Audience participation!

Here’s what I’ve been working on!  I have one of these layouts in mind but I started thinking…why not get input from other people?  The options are as follows.  If you don’t have an opinion, no worries but it won’t get counted in the tally…since one of these will be chosen.  Yes, there are 2…

sneak peak

I like to road test the quilt top before quilting, just to make sure that it is the size I think it’s going to end up.  Thank goodness this one fits on the queen bed in our daughter’s bedroom.  I loaded the quilt bottom and batting before I ran out of time for the day. …

Labyrinth top

I finally trimmed the rest of the threads on The Splendid Sampler – or at least as many as I’m going to trim – haha!  I learned something obvious about quilting from this that probably sounds dumb to anyone who’s been quilting for a while.  I’ve always pulled the threads up from the bottom…when I…

birthday quilt

My niece, who’s turning 30 in 2 months, asked me back at Christmas time if I would make her a purple quilt for her birthday.  I’m just about “purpled out” after making 4 quilts in the past 12-15 months where that’s a prominent color, but I was flattered that she asked so I’m making it. …

Write the Formula

I feel like I’m constantly saying things to our son like “show your work” for math class.  They recently were working on figuring out the volume of spheres, cubes, pyramids, etc. which involves knowing a lot of different formulas.  As a result, the teacher was telling them at school what I’ve been saying at home…

Spring pillow for spring

I love these pillows because they’re such a quick finish.  Yesterday I ironed all the pieces into place and stitched around them.  That’s actually the part that takes the longest.  I think I’ve officially decided a straight, short stitch about 1/16″ from the edge is the way to go on these.  With some really tiny…

The Splendid Sampler – complete!

Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again.  I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long.  That hurt.  It still hurts.  Anything that involves using…

Stitched through my fingernail!

Short post – I had finished the top and bottom borders and rotated the quilt 90 degrees.  I was basting the “new” top and just got my index finger too close when I was basting it.  The short story is I have a hole in my fingernail and pulled a thread out that got sewed…

bordering the Splendid Sampler

Shiver me timbers!  An arctic freeze passed through our fair town today and temps were in the 50’s this morning. As I was picking up a few things in the backyard I came across one of many sights of spring. I don’t recall what this is called, but it ends up making enormous leaves and…

finished quilting the blocks

I had 2 rows to go by the time I picked this up this evening and decided one way or the other I was going to finish the blocks tonight.  I still have the borders to go but I’ve drawn something out that I’m hoping to use.  I can’t believe I quilted all of that…

still quilting the Splendid Sampler

I went to a machine quilting bee this evening – my first time there – and it was a lot of fun! There were quilters who quilt on a domestic machine, sit-down, and long arms.  Some who quilt for themselves, some who get paid or even make a profession of it, some who have quilts…

more Splendid Sampler quilting

I am officially halfway finished with quilting the Splendid Sampler.  Needless to say, I haven’t been sewing at all.  I’ve been trying to come up with some different quilting designs in as many blocks as I can.  Just as I shut down tonight, I realized I haven’t even done some easy ones, like meandering circles….