Friday, April 20, 2018


do you use Pinterest? If you don't you should although I warn you it can be addicting and a time suck but so many ideas! so many beautiful things! It's like a magazine that is tailored just for you.

My favorite board is the free motion quilting one and I actually do go back and look at the photos I have pinned sometimes when I am quilting something and am stuck on what to  do. Here are a few of my favorites.
 I love how she did the parts that are sort of dark very densely and it really makes sort of a trapunto effect - really amazing!
 Leah Day - you can tell her designs a mile away
 who doesn't like swirls and curls
 Leah Day again - I do love her stuff
 love this sampler - love everything about it

If you are on pinterest, follow me so I can follow you back and then I can see the cool stuff that you have found. I am here on pinterest.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Let it be

Here is another let it be quilt. Being a simple design it’s easy to plan ahead and leave enough fabric all the way around to wrap around a canvas for hanging. I left a good 3inches all the way around to wrap a canvas for hanging.

Look at my island counter top! It is truly a work of art made by nature. They cut these big slabs from rock and you can see the shifting of the rock or earth whatever it is that makes that swirly ripple. Reminds me of a stream. 

I didn’t put anything on it for a couple of days so I could could bask in the glory but of course now it’s got all all sorts of crap everywhere.

Not much quilting going on because I am installing a vinyl plank floor my self which is a job. I had to take down my sewing machine set up to do it and that is really motivating me to get it done. 

I’ll leave you with this cool inspirational photo I took last week after a freezing rain night with lots of wind. These ice covered sticks look like women rising from the deep to invade the world! 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Nature journal

Not much sewing going on because of my kitchen being renovated and the chaos that creates. Fabric shopping has been replaced (temporarily, I haven’t completely lost my mind) with Home Depot and Lowe’s. I am going to do the floors and paint myself so that means tools. I see why guys have so many tools. You need a special one for every little thing you wanna do. 

Anyway, I can’t just not quilt - just not in me. So I took some fabric that goes together and sewed it randomly together .

And made this journal cover. I love the pine cone fabric.

Here’s the back.
Right now I’m waiting for the granite counter tops to be delivered - so exciting! I’ll show you pictures next week 😉

Friday, March 30, 2018

Angela style quilting

Angela Walters has her own style of quilting and every once in awhile it’s good to watch her videos to buff up on her techniques. She does a lot of swirls and echos and her quilting is beautifully done. She’s been having a quilt along this month so I’ve been getting her videos sent to my email but she has lots on you tube that you can go anytime to check out. I like to put her on my iPad sometimes and practice.

Yesterday I used this gorgeous pine cone fabric to make a small quilt for a journal cover and quilted it “Angela style”. 

The thread matches so you can’t see the front but here is the back. Not great but then because the thread hides the quilting you don’t notice. Good practice but I did learn that when the thread matches so well it’s hard to quilt since it’s hard to see what you’ve done and where you’ve been. That’s why my quilting isn’t very good. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it). What is that tan piece of fabric doing there you ask? There was a scrap under the quilt sandwhich when I was putting it together using the sew and flip method and it got sewn in. You’ve never done that have you. Luckily for a journal cover you don’t see the back, which is why I don’t even use a backing so I simply cut it off and left it. No problem.

Here is a really good video that shows just quilting and shows what a master Angela is at just making different designs flow into each other.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Let it be

First let me get on my soapbox and say how appalling it is how humans are destroying the land therefore destroying the wildlife. Why do we have to chop down trees and bushes. Why build all the huge houses I see all over the place. Every year I see forests and fields cut down. 
Why can’t we just

They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot
Joni Mitchell

Friday, March 16, 2018

Collaboration quilt finish

Look at last weeks post for the details but basically the message here is that we are all halves of our family members through time and that makes us all unique. I had lots of fun embellishing all the figures to make them all different.

And different they are!

Remind you of ant family members? If so, God help you! Lol!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Collaboration quilts

I joined a small online group that is doing a project. It goes like this. We each make a small art quilt depicting the word half in any way we wish. The person that started the group sent us all a package of fabric to use. We make our quilt but don’t finish it because we then send to another member who works on it some more, adding her own twist to the theme. Basically each quilt will be made by two people each with ideas and talents of their own adding to the final piece. It then gets sent back to the originator who gave us the fabric and she will mount and display somewhere.

This is what I came up with - my first thought was half moon although this looks more like a planet so I call it view from the planer cirbaf. Note the Star Trek words quilted on it. I’ll be very interested to see what my partner comes up with.

This is what I got this week from the person I’m doing the second half with. Her idea is that she is half her mother, half her father, who is half of their mother and father and so on. She stamped all those cool looking figures on , of course half of the piece. 

It definitely has a circular feel to it so paying homage to the circle of life, I quilted concentric circles. I then cut it into a circle and am doing the binding now. I did not use bias binding (pain in the ______ ) so I hope it will work by just clipping the corners. So far it seems fine. 

Next I plan to add something different to each figure since all those halves is what makes us all unique. That will be really fun. I’ll show you the finish next week.

I also spent a lot of last week putting my IKEA drawer set together. Not an easy task but worth it. 9 drawers for storing and organizing fabric and “stuff”.
 I love it!