Tag Archives: Quilt


Full on line

This quilt is aptly named – not only for it’s looks, but for the difficulties I experienced while piecing it.  This is the Red Onion quilt pattern by Karla Alexander in her book Stack A New Deck. I resized the pattern pieces to make smaller blocks which is probably what lent to the difficulty in piecing.  The first three pieces went together rather smoothly, and I really do enjoy piecing curves. The last piece (green stripes), however, caused me great difficulty.


I had to resort to stretching, stomping, steaming, and more stomping! In the end however, it was worth it. I think it was the perfect pattern to use for this jazzy fabric. I love how the red, green, black, brown and white work together. I also chose a backing that seemed to go with it naturally.

On rack

This is the only rollercoaster ride I was willing to go on and am so glad it is complete.  It is also my 19th out of 20 finishes for my guild’s UFO challenge. The 20th has it’s own messy story – more on that in another post!

on lawn

Going for the Gold

IMG_0363 (Large) A young lady in our community who has also been a part of my quilt guild, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. This award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Having been adopted at 14 months old from Russia, she has a keen awareness of those in need of adoption or in the foster care system. Her project is to make and donate 16 twin size quilts for teens who age out of the Foster care program, and also raising community awareness about the needs for Foster Care. She is also putting together baby quilts for her orphanage. She shares her project and it’s progress on Diana’s Golden Needle,  and all are encouraged to lend to this worthy project. IMG_0362 (Large) Diana’s is using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern. Each year at the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat blocks are constructed for a charity quilt and this year all helped in the construction of blocks for Diana’s quilts. The blocks are pretty and fun to put together.

I am excited for this fine young woman and for her project. You can follow this excellent project and see some great pics on Diana’s Facebook page, Diana’s Golden Needle. You can also join in the fun to assist her in this project – please message her first to see what her present needs are.

Sew Much Progress

Poh with borders (Large)

The Pohutukawa (New Zealand Christmas Flower) quilt top is now all together. I completed the last of the blocks over the last two days, put the blocks together and added the border. Three fabrics were used in the border, piecing them on a diagonal. I really like the look of this – especially for a wall hanging. The border corners are mitered – something I haven’t done in a while and had to put my thinking cap on! My next challenge will be to quilt this piece.  That, however, will wait until after retreat which starts Thursday. I will be heading to Blowing Rock on Wednesday – a little R & R for myself before all the fun (and a bit of madness) begins! The next couple of days I will be finishing last-minute details for the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat 2015.

Retirement has afforded me so much time to do things I really enjoy. In the last month I have completed four books and done much organizing. Good Will has been the recipient of a couple of carloads of “stuff.” The sewing studio has also gotten a bit of a clean out and reorganization. And…much sewing has been done. This wall hanging was begun years ago and I am thrilled that it is now together. And this Christmas season it is sure to be hanging on a wall in my house!

Pop! Garden

on grass

That’s the name of the fabric by Free Spirit and it’s what I have named this quilt. It is all too fitting.  I love the brightness and boldness of the colors. This is a strip quilt that I did on a phone book paper foundation. I am working on several gifts that I plan to give this summer, so have been doing fairly easy patterns.  This was easy, but did become a bit tedious towards the end. I chose to do the Magic Binding method, giving me a bright yellow flange and all done by machine. This is going to a family with young ones so it needs to be durable.


on shrub

This is a quilt I hope they will cuddle in and maybe even bring on a picnic or two! I am doing a total of five different gift quilts – two more to go!

on lounge

Pinwheels, Pinwheels

Christmas Pinwheel design wall (Large)

A while back when I had my epic Christmas scrappy failure, I took all the pieces, sorted and saved them.  There were several pinwheels that were large enough and would go together for a small quilt. Now, I have wanted to make a Christmas quilt for me for a very long time and this is NOT it!  This is just a little holiday throw that will look good thrown over the bench in my living room.  It is nice that my husband really likes it.  It also felt good to use these and save some of my failure.

Corner Pinwheel (Large)

Magic Binding (Large)

The green in the pics looks more turquoise, but in person it really is green and all looks very Christmasy. The borders and corner pinwheels helped a lot. I also used a magic binding which forms a flange while sewing the binding on by machine, both back and front. (Happens to be my new favorite way of putting on a binding).

Christmas Pinwheel (Large)

What is also great, it is another UFO finish for my guild’s challenge.  I now have 17 of the 20 finished! Three more to go and I am determined to get those done by the May deadline.  And yes, I do have additional UFOs and am sure to start a few more!

Label That Quilt

Too often I finish a quilt and have not done a label. Ideally I will do the label and attach it to the back before it is quilted but it seems that rarely happens. I’m also not always sure what I want to name the quilt or what home it is going to find before the quilting.

At our last guild meeting one of the members shared how she is now labeling her quilts. Had to try it and love it! You set the label in a corner of the quilt when you bind it. It gets sewn on as you bind! I just did this on a quilt I am finishing and it feels so good to know when those last binding stitches are done – so is the label. Done and Done!!

Here’s a pic of the finished label. I have attached a PDF for the instructions so it can be printed out for future reference.  corner label inst
corner label(Large)

Remember: your quilt is a work of art! Would a painter finish a painting without a signature? Would a potter finish a piece without a stamp or signature? How wonderful for future generations to know when and where a quilt was made, who made the quilt and any other info you want to put on it. So go cut some squares out and label your quilts

Christmas Quilt – at Last!

A huge pile of Christmas fabrics has been in my stash for a long time.  I have been determined that I would eventually make a Christmas quilt or two.  And I am! I am doing a cross-cut 16 patch.  First, I sewed four 2 “ strips together (really wished I had used wider strips – makes for tiny pieces). Then, each strip set is cut across 2”, creating a row of 4 blocks.

Christmas Strips (Large)Cut Strips (Large)

Four rows of blocks are then sewed together, carefully matching seams, to create a 16 patch.  Hint:  Using a finer bobbin thread and pressing seams open makes for a nice flat block.  I like it much better than “nesting” the seams. The 16 patches are then cut from corner to corner, creating 4 triangles.  I then sew 8 of the triangles to make the block. Whew! Cut, Sew, Cut, Sew, Cut, Sew….

16 Patch (Large)Cut 16 Patch (Large)

Piece triangles (Large)

I need 6 more blocks to add to the design board.  I’m planning on using a dark green with tiny gold stars fabric for a sashing.  Won’t know about borders until I’m there.

blocks on design wall (Large)This has been a LOT of sewing, but I think it will be worth it.  I’m also determined to stick with it and not turn it into a UFO to be finished another year.