Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beginner Quilters

     Monday evening at JoAnn Fabrics I taught 2 beginner quilters to make the Ohio Star block.
They did a great job on their 1st blocks so I wanted to share.
     Here is Deborah with her block                         and here is Linda with her block.

The directions also give them most of the parts for a second block with a slight change in the position of the dark and medium value pieces.

On these cold days it is great to enjoy some time sewing and quilting.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


     I finished the last FMQ on the bug jar baby quilt and hand sewed the back of the binding Saturday morning while watching “Sewing with Nancy” on TV.

I quilted the Echo Shortcut motif ( learned from Leah Day) in the red made-fabric border, then a simple meander in the green outer border.  

     In the afternoon I quilted a large meander on this adult comfort quilt for guild.  The guild cuts and packages kits which members sew together.  Most adult kits are 5" squares and finish at 60 by 72". I sandwiched and quilted the top another member sewed together.  There are other members who will add the binding. 

   I have a small version of Bonnie Hunter’s “Grand Illusion” Mystery from 2014 sandwiched and ready to be quilted next but it will probably wait a week.  Starting next Thursday I will be substituting for the nanny and taking care of granddaughters for a week. Hopefully Mattie and I will have time for another sewing lesson.

Enjoy a relaxing few minutes to sew, quilt and create.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Progress on Quilting

   I am working on quilting the bug jar quilt for a baby gift.  I meandered the brown background and used a beige and brown variegated thread to free-motion quilt "woodgrain" on the bookshelf  areas.
   I hope I am not quilting too heavily because I want it to still be cuddly.

Hope you find some time to sew or quilt.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Check Out Martha's Quilts

    I have been busy this week but don’t have much to show for it.  Tuesday morning was Comfort Quilt Sew Day for guild.  I spent most of the time cutting 2 ½” strips.  I brought home an adult top and got it sandwiched and ready for quilting. 

    Wednesday was sew day for my church quilt group.  The time flew by.  Martha turned in 2 finished quilts.  Both are lovely.   The Carolina Chain was her first on-point quilt and the Vegetable Swirl was her first “stack ‘n whack”.


       Today I sandwiched the baby bug quilt top.  I need to get if finished in February.  I am pleased with the made-fabric red border. 

Hope you find a few minutes to sew/quilt each day.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Student’s Blocks

    I recently taught a new quilter for the Block of the Month class at JoAnn Fabrics.  She easily made the 2 classic blocks even though she said they were her first. 
For the Anvil block the focus was learning to make half-square triangle units.

For the King’s Crown the focus was on making no-waste flying geese units.

She did a great job on these classic blocks and bought enough fabric so there will be many more in her future. 

With the cold rain and threat of ice and snow, I hope you stay inside and warm and find a few minutes to sew or quilt. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Playing More with Black, White and Red

     While overseeing work on new floors at my “Grandma’s Place” (small condo about 4 miles from granddaughters as home away from home),
 I played with my stash of black, white and red scraps.  Some were small and some were strips of various sizes leftover from various projects.  Since I had some strips left over from a class, I decided to use as many as I could to make several of the same 10” finished blocks. With other smaller scraps (crumbs) I free-pieced; sometimes in a logcabin or courthouse step style.  As of this morning I have 4 paper-pieced heart blocks leftover from a class (which are smaller and may get frames) plus 17 various 10” blocks. 

I still have a pile of strips and scraps for many more.  I don’t yet have a plan for how I will use them in a quilt.  I have just enjoyed the free-piecing.

Hope you find a few minutes to sew or quilt.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

First Finish of 2016

     For my first project of 2016  I tackled a top already sandwiched and waiting. 
I decided that the piecing lent itself to using several FM motifs – different for each third. I love the feathers I quilted in the top portion.  

I don’t really like the sharp grain lines in the colored part; however, they create a good contrast to the other parts.   I do like the echoed drops in the bottom portion.  The loops in the border were too spaced so I went back and quilted another line sort of echoing the first loops.

Overall I am pleased with the finished quilt and think it is a good sample for quilting class I will be teaching in February and March at Creative Sewing Machine Center in West Columbia.

Enjoy a few minutes of sewing / quilting each day.