Monday, April 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday - April 7

I've been plugging away at little projects and crossing them off my list.  Here's what I've done:

Finished a paper pieced log cabin (court house steps) and made it into a pillow for my BQFF Barb!  Her birthday is in April but I got it to her one month early for an extra surprise in the mail.  The back is just an envelope closure but I do love the crackle fabric.  I quilted it in circles.

This is the baby quilt that I am making for my new grand-nephew due in August.  This designer has the cutest patterns and it is quilt as you go (stitch and flip method).  I'm using Jenn Ski's "Oink A Doodle Moo" fabric.  Designer:  Susan Marth - Google her!

Here's the back of the quilt with the panel that goes with the fabric line as well as one of the animal prints.  I'll be starting the front soon - this is going very fast!

The March block for Quilt Doodle Doodles BOM is done - oops, looks like I need another snow row...the house was February's block and the tree is for March.  April is out but it will have to wait a bit.


Finally, here is Ooh Rah #3 BOM.  I'm liking these blocks - easy and fast and sure to look great together!  #4 is available also but, again, it will have to wait.  Baby is coming...

Hope you are getting your stitching in - long cold snowy days have to be over soon.  Fingers crossed.  Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, March 10, 2014


Not much on the design wall today but these Wonky blocks might turn into mind is spinning (in a good way)...

 I taught a Wonky class about one week ago, and here are some of my students' houses...

They also made some Wonky stars...
Have you tried these?  Can't wait to make some more!!  I finally finished the yards and yards of fabric for the backing of my blue/white star quilt.  It is at the quilters!!!  Linking up with Judy for more inspiration.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stars in My Eyes

The blue/white stars quilt top is complete!!  Yippee!!  The final borders were added this week and I am pleased.  Binding is also complete - over 450 inches!!!  See more of the quilt here.  This will be one BIG quilt.

The blue mottled border was added to the sides

A pieced border was added to the top to match the other 3 sides
The bottom border is almost the same but with an extra white border
My February block from Quilt Doodle Doodles BOM is almost complete.  I've been involved with a Wonky House and Wonky Stars class (think Gwen Marston) at the LQS so I had to do my own thing on the cabin.  Not very Wonky but definitely original!  Living in northern Michigan, one needs a big fieldstone fireplace/chimney.  My windows, shutters, and steps were fused and I will machine applique them down later this week.  I especially like the sky.

That's it for me.  I'll be piecing the backing for my star quilt this week and then off to my long arm quilter.  Maybe cash in some bottles to help pay for the quilting!  Yikes!!  11,550 square inches!!

Please link up with Judy's Design Wall Monday to be inspired by all those beautiful projects.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, February 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday 2/17

Progress has been made on my blue/white star quilt that had been a UFO since about 2009.  The pattern was a BOM originally found on Judy Laquidara's blog and I'm so happy that it is almost finished.  Here it is on our bed...another border or 3 to go and then off to the quilters.  Most of you probably know this, but I didn't...when I determined the size of this king size quilt, I used the measurements of our top sheet - 104 x 114.  I thought the 114 was the's the width!  I had added 3 more stars to Judy's design, added borders to 3 sides (left, right, bottom) and came out with a quilt that is VERY long and not wide enough.  No problem, 2 more wide borders on the left and right sides and a similar narrowish border at the top (see picture 2 with the pieced remnants) and it should be perfect!  Maybe a little long but it will be tucked under the mattress anyway.  I have an idea for the backing but need to find fabric for the 2 side borders first.

Note the 7" white border under the pieced border.  The last border will be a blue print.

Also, this week I made a potato bag and 2 bowl buddies for my cousin in Texas.  I love this fabric, don't you?
I completed the second block of the Ooh Rah BOM from Quilter's Newsletter...
And, last but not least, I received this beautiful Valentine from my BQFF (Best Quilt Friend Forever) Barb of Paint Creek Quilt - Love it!!  What a clever idea!!  Barb's blog has the link to the tutorial.

That's all from me this week.  I feel like I've accomplished quite a bit.  This week I have 3 classes to teach at our LQS.  Hopefully I will have some photos for you next Monday.  Almost forgot, last week I went to the Gwen Marston Exhibit at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan.  WOW!!!  It's there until April 27th.

Liberated Log Cabin with Purple Border (2000) and me
Linking up with Judy where inspiration blossoms!!!

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, February 6, 2014


I would like you to meet Cathy of Big Lake Quilter.  If you would like to see her work AND have a chance to win a book called Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley (and who wouldn't?), I have her blog site right here for you!!  Cathy is a fellow Michigander who used to live by the Big Lake (which means that she lived by Lake Superior!!)  Now, that is a true pioneer.  Think about living way, way north by the largest fresh water lake in the entire United States and the second largest lake in the world!!  The other side of the lake, if you could see that far, is Canada.  Now Cathy lives way, way south near Detroit where things are more normal, weather wise.  Cathy has some great projects going and is currently celebrating 3 years of blogging with some great prizes - one a week for the month of February!!  Please go check it out and tell her Judy sent you!

Here is contest #1 (hurry, the deadline is Friday at midnight) here.

Cathy also has another little contest called "The Travelling Stash"...cute idea.  If you win, you receive a box of quilty stuff.  You choose what you want, add more to the box, and send it on to the winner of your Travelling Stash contest.  If you are interested in this one, click here.

I hope you visit Cathy.  Stay warm now!   Almost forgot, here's a sneak peak at my latest adventure...guess where I went last Monday?...More to come...

Happy Stitching,

Monday, February 3, 2014


I didn't have anything to show last week but I do this week!!  Woohoo!!

My star UFO has the parts joined together and trimmed.  This is the center "panel" of the quilt top.  I've figured out the borders and will begin to add them this week .

I've shown this quilt before but it was just a flimsy.  It's a strip tube quilt called "Just Too Easy".  Cathy quilted it for me and it is now bound and lovingly used by my DH.  The fabrics were fat quarter batiks from my stash.  I love the backing - love blue and green together!

Finally, this is the first strip of a BOM by Cindy of Quilt Doodle Designs.  The snowmen will have eyes eventually.  The second block has been published, a Cozy Cabin.  It's a very cute BOM and one that is easy and fun to do.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.  Have a great week everyone and keep on stitching!! 

Happy Stitching,

Monday, January 20, 2014


I tried to post last Monday but Blogger was giving me fits.  I tried, waited, came back, tried again, and so on for most of the day.  Finally gave up.  Here is what I was going to show you...

(Whew, it worked!)  NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg created a star block while on the space station last year and International Quilt Festival is requesting quilters to submit a 9.5" star block variation.  These blocks will join Karen's block in a quilt which will be displayed in Houston in the fall of 2014.  Go here for more information.  I based my block on one designed by Wendy Sheppard ("Hurry Home", Love of Quilting, Jan/Feb 2014).  Had to hunt for my blue fabric - where did it all go?

I knew I had more blue fabric somewhere and found a UFO from Judy Laquidara (around 2009?) called Star BOM.  All the blocks were made and some even joined together.  Lots of extra blue fabric was in that box which gave me just what I needed for the star block above.  I was on a roll so I next tackled Judy's UFO.  The center part of the quilt is almost complete (more done since this picture was taken) and I'm now figuring out the borders.  It will be a King for our bed.

Stars in My Eyes

The "quilt" in the upper right is a Lil' Twister pattern for a Christmas wreath class that I taught at Delphine's (LQS) last November.  I made the traditional sample (red, green, and white) but during class I started to make this Autumn wreath to illustrate the method.  Finished cutting and sewing the pieces back together last week - it just needs some borders but I will need to shop for that fabric as (gasp) I don't seem to have any autumn prints.  The block in the upper left was a mistake from another project but I like it a lot so it may become something else.  Inspiration??

And finally, Quilter's Newsletter sent me a little blurb which included the free 2014 BOM called "Ooh-Rah".  Click here for the pattern.  It uses some lovely batik fabric with patriotic motifs by Island Batik.  Instead, I'm using the blue fabrics from my star quilt above.  It seems I have LOTS of blue fabric!!  All the blocks in the BOM are from old QN issues!!

That's what I've been up to in the last two weeks.  What have you been doing??  Linking up with Judy's DWM...

Happy Stitching,