Category Archives: Quilts

Tree Skirt 2017

When I asked my Hubby to help me draw a wedge template to make a Christmas tree skirt, he said, “So…you are in a Christmas spirit this year?”

Hmmm…guilty as charged.  The Christmas tree hasn’t been put up and decorated with all the shiny baubles in the last few years.

But the grandbabies are coming on Christmas day this year!


I need the Christmas magic around my house this year.  The tree, the baubles, the trimmings, the lights…it is coming out to transform my home into a place of holiday cheer.

I need a tree skirt.  A glittery tree skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

There are metallic fabrics that have been living in my stash for many a year.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

These fabrics are creating a wonderful skirt to dress up the Christmas tree!

Tree Skirt 2017

Shiny red and green rayon thread is machine quilted on some of the wedges of the skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

And gold metallic thread on the other wedges.

I had some trouble with that metallic thread, but encouragement from a few friends, and perseverance pays off!

Tree Skirt 2017

I rarely make bias binding, so I referenced one of my favorite patchwork books to refresh my memory on the best way to make it.

Tree Skirt 2017

This neutral fabric with metallic dots wasn’t my first choice for binding, but it was the only fabric in my stash that I had enough of.

Tree Skirt 2017

The binding turned out to be a nice accent.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

The free motion quilting gave the skirt great texture!

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

There will be cookies this year, too!


A Quick Project

Remember the quick and easy project that I began when the power was out (click here)?

I found a free pattern online called Sugar Town.

Alyssa's Quilt

I am not a sweet pink, baby blue girlie type of gal, but I have a little girl in mind who I think will love this quilt.

I have had fun taking time out to sew this up.

I changed the original pattern just a bit.  I added setting triangles and corners to my version.

Alyssa's Quilt

The quilt top is as big as the garage door.  Ha, ha!


Hunter’s Star Finish

I began my Hunter’s Star project in September, 2013.  I got as far as the borders, and stalled out.

Then it became my UFO Goal for May 2017.  I got the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich and began quilting.

I am so happy to be able to announce that my Hunter’s Star version is finished!


Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter’s Star Part One

Hunter’s Star Part 2

May OMG 2017 Update

For my Hunter’s Star project, I used the Inklingo Hunter’s Star 9 Inch collection from Linda Franz at her Inklingo website.

Sister’s Choice Quilt Block Part 2

Sister's Choice

In a previous post, I shared some quilt design options with the Sister’s Choice block, using straight set layouts.

I think it is fun to play with on point layouts as well.

You never know; you might prefer a design on point. 

So here is a layout with the Sister’s Choice block and sashing:

Sister's Choice On Point

The same layout, but a different colorway, and some plain blocks added:

Sister's Choice On Point 2

The next few layouts show the Sister’s Choice blocks where some have lines deleted, and some have lines added, to create alternate blocks to play with.

Sister's Choice On Point 3

Sister's Choice On Point 4

For the lover of quilting designs, it is always nice to have open, or negative, spaces to fill.

Sister's Choice On Point 5

For the fun of it, see what happens when you play with the background:

Sister's Choice On Point 6

Sister's Choice On Point 7

I am sure you can come up with many more ideas; especially when you also play with color/value and border combinations!

Sister’s Choice Quilt Block

Let’s explore the Sister’s Choice Quilt Block.

The block is a traditional favorite.

Sister's Choice

Sister’s Choice is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.

Here the blocks are set in a straight set with sashing:

Sister's Choice Straight Set

I’ve moved the color a bit, and that puts more emphasis on the stars:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 2

Let’s look at some straight sets without the sashing.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 3

The next one not only has the sashing removed, but the alternate blocks have some additional lines drawn.  The result is a star within a star.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 4

More alternate block experimenting:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 5

Sister's Choice Straight Set 6

Delete quite a few lines in the alternate block, and it opens up the entire design…great for the quilting lovers! 

Sister's Choice Straight Set 7

Moving blocks around, as well as adding and deleting lines from the original block (Sister’s Choice in this blog post), creates interesting designs.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 8

Sister's Choice Straight Set 9

Sister's Choice Straight Set 10

Let’s not forget about color (most importantly…value).  Changing values creates completely different looks!

Sister's Choice Straight Set 11

When designing your next quilt, take time to experiment with the block’s grid (adding/deleting lines to create alternate blocks), as well as value placement.

You will come up with a winner (or several)!  And have fun doing it!

I use Electric Quilt 7 for quilt designing.  Block Base is another great tool.  Sister’s Choice is #J008 in Block Base.  A pad of graph paper and colored pencils work well too!

February UFO 2017 Goal

Number 9.

9 is the number that was drawn for the monthly goal over at Patchwork Times.

My #9 is old.

Really old.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

The wall hanging began by playing around with Libby Lehman’s threadplay technique.  Then I was asked to teach it.

I have no idea how long ago that was.  A long time ago.  I haven’t taught in years.

And I have no idea what I’m going to do to finish it.

I am linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

Tammy Silvers, from Tamarinis,  invited me to participate in the Island Batik Coastal Mist Blog Hop.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

This is my first blog hop and I have had a great time! Thank you, Tammy!

*Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter a fun giveaway!

The fabrics that I chose to use from this sea breezy collection are beautiful and vibrant!  My photos do not do them justice!

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

I’ve showcased the fabrics with a table runner.

Sea Breeze Tablerunner


Sea Breeze Tablerunner

I used Aurifil 50 wt. for the piecing.  Aurifil 50 wt. and WonderFil 80 wt. Deco-Bob were used for the machine quilting.



Sea Breeze Tablerunner


Sea Breeze Tablerunner


Sea Breeze Tablerunner

If you are an EQ7 user, and you would like to have the project file for the Sea Breeze table runner, simply click on my Freebies Tab at the top of the blog.  You will find a link that will take you to Dropbox, where you can download the project file for free.  No need to have an account with Dropbox.

Sea Breeze Tablerunner

I also made a cute little fabric basket from the scraps.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop


Coastal Mist Blog Hop


Listed are the dates and participants of the Coastal Mist Blog Hop.  Have fun!

January 23 Tammy Silvers blog and website
January 24 Jessica Stewart of Izzy & Ivy Designs
January 25 Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Design
January 26 Connie Campbell of Freemotion by the River
January 27 Katie Laughridge of Live Originally
January 28 Julie Stocker of Pink Doxies
January 29 Linda Pearl of One Quilting Circle
January 30 Laura Conowitch of LC’sCottage
January 31 Cheryl Schenck  of Unspooled
February 01 Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew
February 02 Vanessa Fromm of Fabric Confetti
February 03 Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios
February 04 Erin/Aurifil of Aurifil

Click on the link below to enter to win a Coastal Mist Precut Bundle giveaway! (Link expires when the blog hop ends.)