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Wednesday, May 13, 2020


This was pieced by multiple members of my Quilt of Valor group.  A foundation paper was used for the string piecing, then removed after sewing.   It's 60 x 70.

I used a white thread for feather in the white sections.  They radiate out from the narrow corners to the wider ends:

I used matching thread to quilt wiggly lines in the red and blue diamonds.  
Fancy stitching wouldn't show, so I kept it simple.

The backing is a red patriotic fabric with stars:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Pat's Quilt

Pat pieced this and had me quilt it for her.  She wanted an edge-to-edge pattern in a thread that matches the lighter green.  It's 104x114.

I used a sunflower pattern for the quilting:

The back is pieced - the light green and a white section in the middle:

Monday, May 11, 2020

Paula'a Christmas Quilt

Paula's sister did the embroidery blocks, and Paula put them all together.  They are just sooo cute.  There are all of the reindeer, plus Santa.   It's 54 x 74.  

I used a white thread in the blocks and sashings, and borders.  

feathers in the white polka dotted borders

8-pointed star in the center of the log cabin blocks

White border lines in the blocks to highlight the embroidery:

I used gold thread to quilt a feathered wreath in the log cabin blocks:

The quilting shows really well on the tone-on-tone backing:

wiggly lines and connecting curves in the triple borders

Friday, May 8, 2020


I finally got around to making valances for the 2 guest rooms and my studio.  I've been working on these crumb blocks for years, and finally put them to use.  Each block is 4" square.  All 3 valances are 16" deep, and the width varies to fit the windows.  I made them during our quilt show week, which is crazy, so I forgot to add width the studio one to take it back to the wall, but oh well - it's just for me.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Sunshine Panel

My neighbor saw this panel and wanted a small wall hanging made with it.  Another friend saw the panel at the same time and wanted a twin quilt from it.  See it here

She wanted a little pop of turquoise so I used that on either side of the 9-patch blocks, and in their centers.  

I pulled in the green and yellow for the 9-patches:

I found the bumble bee fabric that matches the panel and used it for a border (above)
 and quilted it using a swirly pantograph with grey thread(below)

I had a black and white mesh look for the backing:

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Danielle's daughter went to Purdue and sent me these shirts for a quilt.  She even found some Purdue fabric to use on the front and back.  I'ts 50 x 60.  I used a medium grey thread to quilt a pantograph.

quilting pattern

backing fabric

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


This pattern is by Linda Hahn - a New York Beauty pattern.  She has a great way of paper piecing this so it goes together easily.  It's 58 x 58.  I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting so it's super fluffy.  I did lots of ruler work for the quilting.

This is made up of 2 blocks.  One is the New York Beauty, 
and the other is a modified half-square triangle.

The New York Beauty locks are put together is various ways to create the pattern.

Two of the HST blocks are always put in this manner.

border quilting

I found the perfect fabric for the backing - all of the colors from the front:

Monday, May 4, 2020


This is a Bonnie Hunter mystery from 2018-19.  She called for a white/cream background, but I had lots of grey so I used that.  Bought a few more must to have variety.  I bought the gold, but all the rest was from my stash.  This is 74 x 74.  I took 2nd place in our Feb 2020 quilt show

The ribbon committee did a great job this year

There are 2 blocks, one with the gold, and the other a green flower.  

gold flower with quilting detail

green flower

There are 4 borders, and I did a lot of ruler quilting in them:

I used up a lot of leftovers for the backing:

quilting from the back

Saturday, May 2, 2020


I love this pattern - I have made it twice.  This one is 57 x 76. The other one I made for my Mom - see it   here.   I had a jelly roll that was waiting for just the right project, and this one was it.  The black and white connectors really add pop, and the grey background is a great neutral to make the colors stand out.  I used a light grey thread throughout - it really blends with every color.

straight lines quilted in black/white sections

X's and cross-hatching in the melon areas

curved cross-hatching in the larger areas

several different fabrics used up in the back, and bound in the same grey fabric as the front.