Wednesday, April 26, 2017


It has been forever since I blogged anything.  Actually, it's been forever since I even made a quilt of any kind.  Life just sometimes gets in the way.  I finished this little top so that i could put it in a guild quilt show.  It was a practice piece for another top that I made.  I drafted the small pattern from an illustration in the Karen Stone Book.  The pattern was called Yardbirds Circling the Cat.  I called this one Little Birds.  It was in a drawer for years because I didn't really care for it.  But it was the only thing that I had close to being finished.  So now it hangs in my office so I can look at it and think about when I had time to play...

Sunday, March 20, 2016


My friends and I decided to do a challenge using Cherrywood Fabrics.  This is mine.  Still needs to be quilted.  it is so big.. 20" square.  Big in my opinion for a simple design.  Plus using dark purple fabric pieces means  that where they are used, they kind of fade into the background. Oh well, I have another idea in mind.  If I hadn't waited until the last minute to make it, I maybe could have tried something more exciting.  I just have lost my mojo.  I have  been staring at an art quilt on my design wall for a year.  I designed it after I came up with the border idea first. The border is the only thing done.. I know.. it's a backwards idea.  I can't help it. I think that way.. I added a link to instagram on my side column.  It is generally no more exciting than my blog is, but there you have it.  Happy first day of Spring!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016


I'm making progress on the quilt. I actually measured the blocks.  The pinwheels end up at 1.5" or 3/4 " each.  I'm not the mastermind of this madness, that would be Primitive Gatherings Pinwheel Garden.  the quilt finishes out at 22x28"  I only have about 1/4 done.  The piecing is the hardest part.  I have blocked off sections of the layout with post it notes just to keep track of where I am.I have also colored them in, but it was still hard to keep track.  Post-it's make it easier.   Primitive Gatherings has loads of awesome patterns for small scale quilts.  You should take a look PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS

Thursday, December 17, 2015


I've finished all of my Christmas projects.  I got an early start for once.  Usually, it would be unbelievable that I would be working on anything but last minute projects. This project is anything but last minute. This is a 22x28" quilt that is made from a Primitive Gatherings pattern.  I made hundreds of 1" and 2" half square triangles. I mostly worked on these when sewing with friends because they mostly took time and not much thought.  THIS part takes a lot of thought.  I am sure that there are easier ways to do this, but I decided to just grid off the layout sheet and mark as I go.  I should have made a copy, but I didn't think of it.  I don't think that I will consider making this again so it's not a big deal.  Unfortunately, I already put what I thought was a block together, so I am already working out of my grid.  Oh well.  no biggie. I decided to just color areas in red as I pieced them.  There is a LOT to be said for paper piecing.  It is so tedious to piece otherwise.  But like I always say, " making miniature quilts has greatly improved my piecing skills on normal sized quilts".  You should give it a try.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


 Many of you might you Roxanne's Glue Baste it.  I took a class with Sharon Schramber who uses Elmer's School glue.  She sells these little nibs that fit on the bottle.  I have found a much easier way to accomplish this without trouble of cleaning out another nib.  Just open the top a tiny bit.  practice to find the perfect amount.  It isn't much.  then use a Sharpie to mark the lid down to the cap to make sure you can easily find the place every time.  it worked great for me.

Using the pattern gave me little room vertically to  make it a different way.  I may try it differently next time.  I'll add a couple more rows, and make it so I don't need to sew it together this way and put the binding on the outside. 

For the most part I like this one better than my other one, and it will keep my device cozy and protected. 

Monday, August 24, 2015


I hope that no one dies of shock because I have actually posted something.  I have not sat down and turned on my sewing machine since before Easter.  My husband tripped going down the stairs and fractured his leg in three places and was laid up with some sort of cast until after July 4th.  I had spent a lot of my time doing things for him, and just lost the will to do any sewing. 

Anyway, I was pleasantly forced to make a new sleeve for my Kindle because I am displaying my current tumbler block version in a Miniature quilt display that my friends and I are taking part in.
It's nothing special, I just like some added protection for my favorite reading device.

This time, I decided to do a "Miniatures in a Minute" (yeah right) triangle pieced version. 
Although I know that there are easier ways to do this, I cut each piece from some sets of charm squares and sorted them into a box
at first I just put the different colors into a ziplock bag and thought I would randomly choose them.  When I kept pulling out matching pieces, I decided that doing it this way would make it easier to make them 'random'.

It took me most of the day to prepare the foundation and cut the pieces.. okay, I was working on knitting some socks in between. Winter is coming...

 I managed to get a few rows pieced before I needed to get to bed. I will show you my progress.  I probably won't get to work on it again until Wednesday.
Until then, happy sewing!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015


First of all, Thank You! For all of the nice comments.  It is good to know that someone out there is still reading my blog. I also have been looking at blogs and other people gave me the idea for these two tools that I am going to show you
If you like to make little hexagons but you don't want to go really small, here is a tool that will punch 1" hexagon templates out of card stock

This is the medium.  There is also a large that makes 1 1/2 " hexagons.  I haven't found a small one.  I got mine from AMAZON if you have "Prime" this is the best way... no shipping.  I looked when I was in a local craft store and couldn't find it. At least doing it this way saved steps, and gas.

The next thing I came across were these:

I don't use a whole lot of starch, but when I do, these will come in handy and make it easier.
I got mine on Amazon, but you can find them in the paint section of Lowes or Home depot. They are actually supposed to be used for cans of paint.. which is also a great idea. 

That's it for today, I hope that you all have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


There are so many beautiful miniature quilts being made.  Some are entered into quilt shows, some that are just as beautiful never are.  After a long break,  my quilt CHASING LIBERTY was accepted into 3 major shows. I didn't get any ribbons there, which is okay.  What is important is that I love it.  This quilt is probably my most favorite of all of the quilts that I have made.  Recently, I put it into my guild's show. I always wrestle with doing this, because I don't want any resentment real or imagined that I would put a quilt that has been in juried shows into my guild's show.  Even writing this makes me feel like I think entirely too much of myself.  That definitely isn't the case.  I just want to share my quilts with local quilters that aren't fortunate enough to get to go to the big shows.  That, and I am NOT a prolific quilter.  I'm more of a thinker and designer, but when it comes down to it, I end up knitting.  You wouldn't believe how many shawls I have.  I like to knit, and shawls are the most fun.. especially the intricate lacy designs with lots of beads.  I recently finished one that has 5,000 tiny beads!  Totally useless for anything other than stunning non-knitters.  LOL
Anyway, I put two of my most recent finished quilts into my guilds show, and was honored to get this
Not only did I get the cute little ribbons for miniature quilts, they gave me a "Peer Choice" which means other quilters chose Liberty as their favorite quilt.  This means more to me than any other recognition I have ever received (okay second to having my other quilt chosen for the National Quilt Museum) .  My guild has many, many talented quilters. 

I'm going to get back to work.  I have an art quilt that I wanted done by June.. that isn't going to happen.  But I am going to work on a miniature that I've been thinking about.  Just for fun.  I don't have another competition quilt in me right now.  They are so much work!!

Today, I got a nice email from a lady named Terri who told me that I still have an audience.  So since I know that one person is still looking at my blog, it is time that I get moving on something that might be helpful to someone that is interested in making miniatures.

Spring is here!! time to wipe away the cobwebs and get to work!!


Sunday, November 23, 2014


If anyone is still out there, after many starts on another competition quilt I am stumped.  The one idea that I have played in my mind for years, just didn't pan out once I started making blocks.  I tried a couple more things going a completely different route.  These are 1.5" blocks.
Neither one do it for me much.  Truth be told, I like the one on the left, but a general consensus of friends think it is boring. "You need to add some color".. in my opinion, that would defeat the entire idea of a gradated gray quilt.  I look at it as a two color quilt.. grey and black.  Of course, many think I should add other colors to the quilt on the right.  I must have doubted myself because I asked opinions, wasn't sure about the advice I was getting.  So, I am in a kind of malaise about the whole thing.  I have/will miss the deadline to enter Paducah, but I still have time to get something together to enter Houston.

Right now I am gathering the materials for a small art quilt.  The idea for it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but, it will prove to be different. Making an art quilt is in many ways much easier than making a miniature quilt, with the exception of the handwork that will be involved, once I get started, I expect that it will not take as much time.

My Chasing Liberty quilt was juried into AQS Paducah, and into IQA Houston.
It has been accepted into Road to California for it's last outing.  It didn't win anything, but it wins in my heart.  Even though it has been 7 years since I had a quilt in a show.  I have only shown 3 quilts, 2 miniatures, and one art quilt.  I have five blue ribbons,  two best of's, and a miniature quilt that is part of the permanent collection at the National Quilt Museum.  That's not too bad, so I can't complain.  Also, out of all of those quilts, I like this one the best, even if the Judges didn't. 

I will make it back soon, and try to be better about posting,even if there is no one out there to read.  Have a good holiday season!!


Saturday, August 9, 2014


Hi everyone!!!  I'm back after my shoulder surgery.  Not much sewing then.  I tried my hand at English paper piecing and piecing by hand.  I'd rather knit.  Although I learned to quilt by hand piecing, I would rather spend my quiet sitting time knitting, because as I am hand piecing, all I can think about is how much faster I could do it by machine. 

I have had the idea for two miniatures in my head for a long time.  I made the first one which is Chasing Liberty.  Which I am proud to say was accepted into Houston this fall, so if you are lucky enough to go, you can see it. 
The other was a pineapple that was based on a place from a favorite book, and was going to be made with a stack of hand dyed grey gradations that I bought for another project.  It wasn't just a pineapple. The design depended on careful mapping of the colors. I mapped out the colors on the final layout, and mapped each of the 60+ blocks. 

The fabric choice works in one design, but not in another .  My pretty much defunct Log cabin with 3" blocks looks great with the greys, but the pineapples, not so much.
I thought that the shades would work.. as you can see in my preview, but with each block taking 45 minutes to an hour to make.. I had to know at what point to give up the idea.  I made several blocks that went from the light center square to the outside edge.. (not shown).  I could see by doing this that my idea would never work. 

So, the lesson being.  To keep trying is always a great plan, as long as you know when the time has come to give up and try something else.  So, it is back to the drawing board for me.

No big plans so far...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


We finally got our little display up.
It is in a small space, but it is locked, which is something that makes you feel better if you are displaying miniature quilts to the public.  I hate to be so paranoid about it, but unfortunately, that's the way it is.   My friend Kaye, brought her regular size blue and white single Irish Chain as a backdrop which really set everything off perfectly.  It was fun to work on these projects, and I'm happy that we could share them.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I did finally finish the quilting on my friend's quilt.  It was not without problems though. I broke FOUR needles just starting the quilting because I didn't pay attention.  The first three were because I didn't tighten my free-motion foot down.  It took the whole thing falling off for me to wise up.  Then I broke the last needle because I didn't tighten the needle into the shaft and it fell and broke.  Then when I finally got my act together, I checked my back and THIS happened

I have several scalpels, so it only took a minute to take this off.  I was probably taking a chance given all of the problems that got me to this point, but it came off easily and I didn't cut a big hole in the back of the quilt.
 The quilting looks defined because I used two layers of Matilda's Own Wool blend batting.  I picked up this small roll at a show a while ago and I don't know if it is even still made. I found that it was uneven in thickness. Thin in one area and fairly see through in others.  That is why I used 2 layers.  I started with silk thread in the bobbin and the needle, but ended up using Bottom Line in the bobbin, which is about the same weight as the silk thread.. and cheaper.
 If this quilt had been intended for competition, I would have taken more time with the stripes on the outer border. But for the most part I think it looks nice. She is putting on a red border.  We hang out little 'show' next week, I will post a photo of everyone's quilt so that you all can see them.