Monday, November 28, 2016


I finished quilting this car quilt.  The embroidered blocks were a set of partially done blocks that I picked up at an estate sale.  I finished the embroidery and put them together into a baby quilt/wall hanging size quilt.  

When I was trying to figure out what to quilt in the border, I went to a favorite blog for quilting designs, The Inbox Jaunt.  Lori Kennedy has some amazing quilting designs with directions for how to make them by free motion quilting.  I found this race car design and when I read her step by step instructions it look pretty easy.  Below is my first try at it on my practice scrap.    

It seemed easy and I made them all around the border of the quilt.  They aren't perfect, but I like them anyway.    Here are a couple close ups of the cars as quilted in the border.  They aren't real visible because of the plaid fabric, but maybe you can see how they turned out.  No two of them are exactly the same.

I definitely will continue to use Lori's ideas - they are amazing!  

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Quilters Madder is quilted and bound!  Yea!  I really like it and think I will use it as a table topper.

I stitched straight lines in the middle and small feathers in the border,

I also made 2 of these table toppers.  This is the medium sized one and I also made a small one.  It's a pattern from Atkinson Designs, "Happy Holidays" designed by Terry Atkinson.  I have used this pattern before and made other table toppers for different times of the year.

I quilted leaf shapes in some of the spaces.

Yesterday I quilted 3 table runners and I have and have one more table topper left to quilt.  In the mean time, I have other things in the works.   Now, I have 2 more tops ready to baste and will soon have another one.  Some of these will be for gifts and others to sell at a craft fair in 2 weeks.  

Have a happy Thanksgiving - in case I don't post again before then.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Today I basted 7 small quilts.  Some are Christmas table toppers and some are musical table runners.

This first one is from a pattern I have made a few other times - Happy Holidays, designed by Terry Atkinson.  I made 2 Christmas table toppers in the small and medium sizes.  Both have the same fabric layout as in the one below, which is the medium one.

Below are the other quilts folded so you can only see their backings.

The goofy Santa fabric was purchased at a garage sale and I have only used it for backing Christmas quilts as it is rather silly.

I hope to get these quilted soon.  Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 4, 2016


Today is the link party for the Quilters Madder SAL (sew-a-long) organized by Lori at Humble Quilts.

I have all my blocks placed on my design wall, but not sewn together yet.  I hope to get it finished next week when I will have a little more time.  I'm not sure if I will add the HST border or not.  

Quilters Madder
In case you are wondering, "madder" is a reddish brown color of fabric that was popular in the civil war era - maybe - I'm not exactly sure.  I know it has something to do with dying fabric red.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


I just had to show pictures of my DIL's car that we set up as a doll house for the Trunk and Treat at our church.  My sweet 7 year old GD dressed up as Super Girl.

The doll house idea was just about the only thing I could think of, and I think it was kind of cute.  I couldn't fit as much in as I wanted to.  The doll bed was made for me by my Grandpa around 1950 and the doll in it was my Mom's doll.  I made the cloth doll sitting in the chair on the left and my sister gave me the little sewing machine that is on the desk part of the chair.

Last night we went to DS#2's home to watch the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians!!!  GO, CUBS!!  Since we were both born in Chicago and raised in the area, we have always been Cubs fans - well, mainly DH, but I'm definitely rooting for them to win the World Series.  Tonight we're going back to watch the final game and I'm fixing crock pot beef stew to take over there.

Obviously taken before the end of the game.  Final score was 9-3!

Sorry this is blurry