Wednesday, August 09, 2017


I was so happy to get this huge quilt finished! It has been on the machine for two weeks.  I recorded over 9-1/2 hours on the machine, which means I probably put in almost twice that much time on it.  

This is the Wallflower Quilt that I made from a kit from Craftsy.  It is 90" wide and 108" long.  That is about as big a quilt that will fit on my machine.  I hope to never get one that big again.

Let me know if you are interested in it.

I even got the binding made and sewn on - there will be a lot of time put in hand sewing it down on the back.  Later.

After I got it off the machine, I performed my monthly grease and clean. 

Waxing the rails.

Monday, August 07, 2017


I took a class at Gossypium Quilt Shop in Issaquah last Saturday.  It was "Improv Piecing" taught by Debbie Jeske.

I was intrigued and had a good time.

I was so excited about finishing the project that I designed a block while at work and then came home early one day and made the block.

I cut out the paper pieces and used those as templates for the parts of the block.

All of the blocks together.

 Today, I sewed the blocks together and put a border on it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I've been waiting for some Kona cotton solid, Bluebell, to be delivered that I wanted to use as binding for the Solstice Quilt.  It took about a week and a half to come from Hancock's of Paducah.

It arrived yesterday, I put it (and the rest of the fabric I ordered) through the wash and dry.  This morning I went out early to the studio and made the binding.

I now have a satisfying project to work on while watching TV.  [I've been re-watching "The Game of Thrones"]

Once I finish the binding, I need to put it in the wash and hope the yellow chalk that I used to mark it comes out!

Monday, July 24, 2017


I heard a great idea a while back about using precut squares as the lead in and out while piecing (I don't know how to explain this).  I cut a group of leftover fabrics from a previous project into 3" squares and have been sewing them together as I piece other projects.

They finally came together into a small quilt, 35" by 45".

I put it on Eduard, my A-1 Longarm, (he finally gets a name) on Monday morning.  I set up a pantograph for the first time.  I used "Chinook" by Urban Elementz.  I was finished before dinner.  Yea!

I got out the thesaurus and looked for a name that meant something about lead-in or in-the-beginning and came up with "Prelude".  This is LA004.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


I started this block on our trip to Kansas City Missouri at the beginning of June.  I finally finished it today at work (as finished as it's going to get).
This is Block 55 "Dedication Rose" of Splendid Sampler, designed by Lisa Bongean.

Friday, July 21, 2017


I've been quilting a few minutes every night after work.

Practice, practice, practice.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


It took all week, but I got the last of it quilted this morning.

I took it off the machine and trimmed the batting off and squared it up.  It turned out great.

I started thinking about binding - what was I going to use?

My fallback was using the ugly plaid I put on the back - it sort of matches, but not really.

As I was making the binding (what a pain flannel is) it occurred to me that maybe a print would look good - especially a toile, a white with blue toile de Jouy.  I have some, somewhere.  When I looked through my stash I came up with 3 or 4 that might work, but I did not have enough to do the whole binding.  What about a solid?  I looked through my solids stash - nothing.

But I have a sample card for Kona Cotton Solids.  There are 303 color swatches on it - there's got to be one that matches, right?  Well, as it turns out, there is one that's sort of close.  That means I have to go order it and wait for it to get here.