Sunday, February 26, 2012


I have a friend who has moved to a senior apt. complex and she is not thrilled about it. Her birthday is Saturday and I thought a small wall piece might cheer her up. Fibermania is the queen of leaves and this is similar to one on her blog. I love her work, very bright and artistic. This is fused and although you cannot see it it is also heavily quilted. I fused a piece of Pellon Decor bond between the backing and batting to keep it flat and it was a dream to quilt thru. Have a great week!
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Friday, February 17, 2012


Everyone on the Internet has been making mug rugs for quite some time. I am still mulling over the baby quilt so I thought I'd give it a try. It is a great way to use up odd fabric pieces and left over batting that I cannot throw away. Mine have appendages. That way I can identify them if the suddenly disappear into a crowd of rugs.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012


This is my just finished piecing project. It is a pattern from the book Allegro by Terry Atkinson whose designs are wonderful and directions are right on. So how will I quilt this? I don't want to distort the straight lines so I will definitely not do straight lines across the quilt. I would consider straight lines from top to bottom. This is fast and keeps the modern look. However, I like to soften the lines by quilting a curvy pattern and crossing the lines with the thread. Baby quilts are great for learning a motif , like feathers. Babies don't care how those feathers look, and I guarantee your feathers will improve by the end of the quilting. I could do flowers also. I do know I will change colors with each row. So I will let it "stew" for a few days and keep you posted on my final decision.
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Friday, February 10, 2012


I was cleaning and moving stuff when this design book for crafters opened to this page. HUMMM. I said to myself. Taking a short cut and using a stitch I feel comfortable with ( headbands) I added "an element" to one of the larger headbands. Having a defined border(the circle) was interesting also. So How will I use this in my everyday quilting? Well instead of completing a continuous headband, every once and a while I will insert a curly cue without the circle boundary of course. It could be interesting over all. Or could you see these circles on a border? Oh my, Oh my!

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Monday, February 6, 2012


Fabric choices will definitely help in creating a " feeling" about a quilt. You want calm? You want quiet? Choose large pieces with simple designs. Quilting motifs can add to your desired feel. This large quilt has large pieces of what I call quiet fabric and the color reminded me of water. So to enhance that zen feel I quilted a water design with a few leaves. It was recently purchased and has a new home. May it bring peace and quiet to their lives.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012


Can you believe this is Feb. 2nd already? Diane Gaudinsky started Feb. with feathers over at SewCalGal FMQ challenge. I love feathers but I don.t often make a quilt that looks attractive using such a soft touch. This wall hanging is 10 x 12 inches. Just big enough to put petite feathers between the heart blocks. No matter what the size, feathers are always impressive. If you haven't read her tutorial check it out. She gives lots of great information.
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