Friday, April 29, 2016


First of all, I finished binding the Focal Point table runner designed by Joanne Kerton, and I have enough of the same fabric to make another one using aqua in place of the yellow.  I won't get to this for a while, though, because I just started making a T-shirt quilt for my grand niece.  

Focal Point table runner finished.

Test block for the T-shirt quilt.
Thank goodness for my trusty 1950 Singer Featherweight sewing machine!  My Janome was giving me problems, so I had to take it to the doctor.  

Here's my quite old UFO finish!  The pillow!  I finished the cross stitched sampler a couple years ago - or more - and I had it sitting on a shelf with the ticking fabric for quite a while.  Suddenly, I just said to myself - why not get that finished!  And it took me all of about an hour to get it done.  Why do I put these things off????

I still have a pile of T-shirts to iron interfacing on.  What fun that is!!  Better get to it.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 18, 2016


I am happy to report that I finished Row K of my Dear Jane quilt early!  I have even gotten a start on the last 2 rows by making copies and getting the paper ready for paper piecing.  I'll see if I can get another row done and maybe finish the next 2 rows before the end of May.  I'm sorry that my picture isn't very good - the lighting in my sewing room isn't very bright and the flash won't work because it's not dark enough for that.  BTW, block K-5 is supposed to be appliqué, but I paper pieced it instead and it went so fast (its the 1st block in the second row with the 4 diamond shapes).

I got the Focal Point table runner all pieced.  I'm amazed with the design!  I can't imagine how Joanne was able to figure out how to intersect the circles and get all the pieces in the right place.  I had to rip out my piecing several times - and with the stitch set smaller, it isn't easy!  However, I persevered and got it done!  I was amazed at how good it looked.  Hee Hee!

 This morning I started quilting it and first stitched in the ditch around the white and into all the white diamond shapes.  Then I quilted feathers all around in the white space.  I'm not sure what I will do next.  I made the border more narrow than called for in case the bride and groom get the cabinet on their gift registry - so maybe this can go on top of it.

I really have to hand it to Joanne for this design!

Here's my block for the Civil War  Westering Women's sampler quilt for March.  I still need to appliqué the stem down - but don't have any brown thread!  Wow!  I better get some soon.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Recently I posted about the Focal Point Table Runner designed by Joanne Kerton and published in the June 2016 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  Well, since then, I was checking out the wedding registry of my nephew for his wedding coming up in June and found that they are using grey as a basic color in their color scheme.  

Additionally, I found out (sadly) that The Quilted Hill Quilt Shop in Yamhill, OR is going out of business.  Since I have been there several times, I knew what fabric I wanted to buy in order to make the table runner for a wedding gift.

On my visit to the shop, I snapped a couple pictures.

Shop mascot

Darling sock monkey with quilted skirt

I thought this fabric would be perfect for the table runner.  It's "Burlap" by Dover Hill for Benartex and it comes in several colors.  As you can see, I selected the grey and yellow pattern to use and bought fabric to make 2 table runners.  One will be the wedding gift.  I'm not sure yet which one I will give them - the one with the yellow accent or the aqua accent.

This morning I was up early, so I decided to cut the pieces needed (except for the border and binding).  Yesterday I printed out the paper pieces, so I'm all ready to start!

I've been doing a lot of paper piecing with the Dear Jane quilt, so I hope this will be somewhat easy for me to follow, although the during the piecing of the blocks I will need to be very careful that I put the colors in the correct place.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, April 9, 2016


 Lori of Humble Quilts is having a doll quilt exchange and I am participating this year.  As soon as I get the label on this quilt, I will be mailing it off.   It measures 16 1/4" square and is made with all civil war reproduction fabrics.  Every border is a different fabric, as are the stars.

This backing toile was a small piece of fabric that I found at an estate sale recently.

A blogging friend of mine, Joanne Kerton, has a table runner pattern published in the June, 2016 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.  Congratulations, Joanne!!  The table runner is amazing and is paper pieced.  Now that I have had a lot more practice with PPing, I think I'll give this a try, since I love to have different table runners on hand for each season.

It shows three table runners made exactly the same way, but using different color fabrics for very different looks.  I hope they aren't too hard.  Joanne has been designing quilt patterns for a while now and she has hit the big time with this one in a magazine!

Here's what the cover of the magazine looks like in case you are interested in buying it.

Another bonus for me is the article about T-shirt quilts.  I just agreed to make one for my niece - and I've never done it before.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


This first one is a baby "play" quilt for my great nephew who was born in February.  I had the fabric on hand, so I didn't need to buy anything to get this finished.

Here's a close-up of the truck stop.  Eventually, this baby will be able to drive his toy cars on the quilt.

This next one is a UFO and I started it a few years ago when Barrister's Block had a sew-along.   I had about half of the blocks made, so it wasn't too hard to finish it.  As you can see, this is a raw edge quilt that ravels when washing.  I put it through the wash cycle 2 times,  I've never made one of these quilts before.

Here's a close-up of my quilting and the raw edges.  First, I stitched in the ditch and then added a circle around the bullseyes with a leaf shape in each corner.

I decided to quilt feathers in the borders.  After a while of just feathers, I decided to put a few fancier squiggles and it was pretty easy to do.

Thanks for visiting!