Over the Border Top


I started this quilt awhile ago at a Lunch and a Quilt at my favorite LQS – Quilter’s General Store and it just needed some borders.  I’m going to a birthday party next week and this will be going as a present, so it was time to pull it out and get it done.

This is a traditional Double Aster Block.  The pattern is Over the Border by Pam’s Piece by Piece.

Over the border quilt top.

As soon as I get the other quilt off the frame – hopefully today – this one will be going on.  I’ll make the backing while I run the other quilt.

Modern Building Blocks


Ever since I’ve seen this quilt I’ve been crazy over it. I decided to make it in Japanese Taupes and joined the BOM from Primitive Gatherings.  To stay on track, I’ve been sewing once a month with a group of friends, which has been a lot of fun for us all and a relaxing way to spend a Sunday.  Two of us are doing the Japanese Taupes and 2 are doing Reproduction fabrics.  Both sets are looking wonderful and I’m cruising right along, with only 2 more blocks this month to be all caught up.  I’m great at collecting  BOMs, but not always getting to them right away, so I’m delighted to be this far along.

Block 1 36.5\" square unfinished.
Block 2 of Modern Building Blocks. 36.5\" square.
These are blocks #1 and #2 which are 36.5″ unfinished.

Modern Building Blocks 30.5\" unfinished.

This is block #3 which is 30.5″ unfinished.

More Modern Building Blocks. Japanese Taupe Fabric.
Modern Building Blocks in Japanese Taupes

The rest are 12.5″ and 6.5″ unfinished.

Can’t wait till the next installment now.

Limelight and Peacocks


Well I have two finishes to show.  I have been playing with the idea of how to photograph my quilts.  Clearly I need some props and nice weather and maybe a photo shoot outside, but since it’s cold, snowy, and I’m suffering from a cold.  I have to settle with my indoor shoot.  I also needed to use a shorter lens and whenever I shoot with this thing, it reminds me why I like fixed focal length lenses.  The photos are just never as crisp for me with a zoom lens.  Anyway all that complaining aside…here are two finishes.

This pattern is Limelight by Villa Rose design and I used Modern Squares as the quilting design in silver Glide thread.  This quilt is for my husband.  This is just a little lap quilt.

Limelight quilt Villa Rose Designs
quilt for my husband with Modern Square and Silver Glide Thread
Limelight Back of quilt Villa Rose Design
The second quilt is the Peacock quilt.  I can’t remember the pattern name, but it was another of those little pocket quilt patterns.  Quilted with Lovely digital quilt pattern in military gold thread by Gilde.

Peacock Quilt for my mother
Peacock quilt for my mother
Peacock quilt for my mother - Military gold thread Lovely quilt design
quilt for my mother

This one needs a label before it leaves here to it’s final destination.  In case it goes walkabout, I want it to be able to find it’s owner.  So I’ve bought some Bubble Jet and a new ink jet printer and going to try printing some labels.

First though…a nap!  I’ve been hacking my brains out for the past two hours getting all sorts of ick out, but I’m so worn out.  I have another quilt on the frame, so after some rest, I’m hoping to quilt that one tonight, cut some labels and get the binding ready.  Also no spoilers…I have to watch the last episode of Downton Abbey.  We binged this weekend on House of Cards.  One crazy show and this season did not disappoint.



Arctic Spring


Ever sine I’ve moved most of my stash and set up another sewing studio in the basement with my long arm, it’s been an on-going challenge to massage things into place.  Just when I think I got…I don’t.

Arctic Spring Quilt Pattern


However with the great blizzard around here yesterday and the fact I have 0% interest in the Super Bowl or the commercials, I decided to tackle the room again.  Better, but not perfect.  For my reward I decided to work on a quilt that was started last year and has been patiently waiting in here.  I knew it needed a design wall to work on, so once I had that area clean, up it went.  This one needs concentration to get the placement right.

Quilting Room
Quilting Room



This is a little Pam Buda quilt from her Prairie Women line – Ye Olde Schoolhouse is the pattern – and it really pushed my piecing skills at the time, so I thought what the heck it would be a good one to practice my quilting on.  Those little chimneys in particular were a real pain.  I suspect these are better paper pieced.  I’ll keep that in mind next time I do a house quilt.


The quilting design is Spilled Ink and I used Connecting Threads Cone Poly thread in a light color.  For such an inexpensive thread it works like a dream in my machine.




Easy Peasy


I can’t believe it’s been so long since I blogged.  Whoops… these pictures have been on my camera for awhile as I’ve already delivered the quilt.


The pattern is Easy Peasy by The Pincushion Boutique. They come every year to the Madison show and I’m always tempted by their booth.  You can get 8 fats that coordinate as a “Sweet Treat.”  I used their pattern Easy Peasy, which was nice and simple and put these blocks together.  I had bought some additional fabric for the border and it really pulled it altogether.


I quilted it on my Avante with Glide Pink thread.  The quilting pattern is called Chantilly.




I really need to find a better way to take photos of my quilts this year.  I think there will be a few more finishes.

One Lucky Girl


So sorry I have been remiss in posting.  Back in August I received a new Handi Quilter Avante.  Well it needed it’s own room, so down in the basement a retractable wall went up and I started to move in.  In November, I received the Pro-Stitcher for the Avante and the day after Thanksgiving it was installed by my husband.  When it got all hooked up, I studied the manual and watched videos.  It wasn’t long and I was off and running.  I did my first quilt which was a table runner.  I love how it turned out and it’s done and on my table.

Hunter\'s Star Quilt finised and on my dining table
Here’s a close up of my quilting.

close-up of Hunter\'s Star quilting
I still have my big Pfaff 4.0 upstairs with my big Tracey Table and Cut ‘n Press in one room and my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen in another.  I’m still massaging things into place, but I have put my Pfaff Passport on a table and my cutting table downstairs to work on things while the machine is stitching.

Anyway…long over due… Here’s some shots of my new quilting studio and stash storage.

My new Avante and ProStitcher
My new quilting area - reproduction fabrics
Cutting area
Sewing area


Not Blue


So the title of this quilt is Am I Blue? by Jo Morton for the Little Women quilts.  Clearly I’m not in a blue mood and mine is a salmon pink and green.  This is small individual blocks are 2 3/4″ and there were 9 blocks at 7 1/4″.  The inner border was 1″ and the outer border 3″ – so overall about 27″ square.

Am I Blue_Jo\'s Little Women Quilt

Baby T with a big border


Wow another month has passed.  Anyway… I got a cool new toy.  It’s a light box, but a new style one.  The Light Pad A950.

Light Pad

Light Pad A950

I finished up the latest installment of Jo’s Little Women with Baby T.  I made the borders larger and now I can see that’s it’s really dwarfed the center, but hey… I like it and it’s done.

Baby T - Jo\'s Little Women Club

Quilting up next.

Baby T- Jo\'s Little Women Club

Look at the light that the new Light Pad puts out.  With the new Light Pad, I should even be able to mark dark borders.   I can see many uses for such a cool new toy.  I have a new table going up to put my writing and art stuff.  It will have a new permanent home there.  Hopefully this weekend or next I can get it all sorted.  Until then I kept it’s padded box and it came in a nice fabric envelope to protect it.  

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