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,