Archive for December, 2015

Heron Quilting Finished!

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The day before Christmas, I finished quilting the Heron quilt.

MQthefaceThere are some metallic threads in the water for sparkle.


I settled in to watch some TV and bury all of the missed thread ends. I get most of those as I do the quilting, every time I change to a new color of thread, but there are always a few that get missed. I got interrupted and then didn’t get back to it til after Christmas.

I always like to lay it out and check it from the back side to be sure there are no missed spots.

MQthebackThis backing fabric is a home dec fabric that I like to use on the back as it has a nice weight that helps to keep the work flat.  But it does present a problem when it comes to blocking because it is treated to repel water.  I prewash to help overcome that and work a little harder to make sure it wets evenly.

Before blocking, the work is already pretty flat,


but after blocking and drying it is perfectly flat!


Focus Friday – Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas to You!


Studio Organization

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Since I retired from traveling to teach and do guild programs, my storage area for teaching supplies has become a dusty mess! This is underneath my cutting table, which is an old oak drafting table from the highway department.  It is right in your line of vision when you enter the studio, not pretty!  (The mess, not the table, which I think is quite attractive!)


We decided to go back to IKEA and get this drawer unit to try and organize things a little better. It fits almost perfectly in the space.


Most of those projects, plus some group projects and UFO’s are now stored out of sight and there are three drawers for art supplies and projects as well, and even one empty drawer!  Not for long, I’ll bet!  It is VERY white so it still demands too much attention, but maybe I will get used to it. Definitely better than before!

Focus Friday – Pineapple Cactus

Friday, December 18th, 2015

“Pineapple Cactus” is my Focus Friday choice for today. A tricky old traditional pattern made “sew on the line” simple through the magic of foundation papers. This innovative technique makes the hard stuff easy!

The pattern includes enough papers to do the 56” square wall hanging. More are available if you want to do a bed quilt version.

“Pineapple Cactus” was traditionally done in red and green, so probably would have been a popular Christmas quilt, but I have chosen to do it in golds and greens with a red accent. Be innovative and use the colors of your choice!


Pineapple Cactus (with papers) – INNOVATIONS #95105 – approx 56 X 56” Pattern: $9.00
additional papers available for $5.00

Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Cover Sample wallhanging is for sale, machine quilted, $500.00. Email me for details.

Also for sale is “Technologically Challenged” (approx 32” square) which used some of the papers from “Pineapple Cactus”.


This piece has many dreaded computer generated messages machine embroidered into the design, for example: “Sorry, a system error occurred”, ”Please check peripheral cable connection and try again”, “Unexpected error!”

The instructions for this version is not included in the pattern

Catching Up

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

I’m not doing so well, am I?  With classes ended for this semester you’d think I’d have more time, but it’s not happening. It seems like there are so many things vying for the available minutes; meetings and appointments, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, plus all of those daily tasks that are never really done. Same for you, I’m sure!

I grab minutes when I can to try and finish the heron quilt. It’s deadline is in January and I have the next project bouncing around in my head. I laid it out after yesterday’s session to examine it from the back and found a few spots needing more quilting, plus the majority of the sky left to do, but the end is within sight finally!

I thought Focus Friday might help me focus more on this blog, and it has to some extent but I don’t want it to dominate and turn my blog into a sales venue, as it has been doing. I will try to do better. I did meet last week’s deadline on Facebook, but it didn’t make it over here to blog land. This week’s Focus Friday quilt is “Strip Trip”. I love this quilt. Not only is it pretty, it is so easy. There are only six different fabrics and they are cut into large units of color that get sewn together into a large block and then sliced into strips to be re-arranged and sewn together for the top. A great way to use the bright large contemporary prints, or even in solids for a more “modern” look.


Strip Trip – INNOVATIONS #06447 approximately 56 X 71” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

The Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $1500.00. Email me for details.

Focus Friday – Circling Pines

Friday, December 4th, 2015

It’s December already, so time to start thinking about Christmas! It’s too late to make it for this year, but the Circling Pines pattern would make a great Christmas gift for your favorite quilter, or get a jump on next year and get started on one for yourself!


Circling Pines – approximately 87 X 87” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $2250.00 . Email me for details.