What I Did in February and March :)

I worked on a dog sweater for Roscoe.  He’s actually not too crazy about it.

A couple of my friends have started the Tula 100 Block Sampler so of course I had to dive in.

The top block belongs to Kay.  The bottom block is mine.  99 to go.  HAHAHAI stitched the binding on Stella’s baby quilt.  Mindy, her mom, embroidered it and Gina Allen quilted it.  Stella is a very special baby with a very special mom and dad.   You can watch a WXII video about her here.I taught a beginner applique workshop in Hickory at the Catawba Valley Quilters Guild.  What a fabulous group of women!  Debbie and I had the best time!

I ordered this applique pattern.  I really like it.  80″ square.  We shall see…

I helped Theresa Reid mark up her La Passacaglia so she would be able to trim it.  She is planning to machine quilt it herself.  It is so beautiful.

I worked on my Bari J quilt.  Lots to do but I really like the process.

I got a call from Steph Skardal on Thursday, February 22 to let me know she had won Best in Show at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena.  Crazy!

Here’s the ribbon to prove it.  Her Open Sew peeps were pretty proud of her and so am I.

My daughter-in-law needs a new throw so Steph created this little gem.  I’m still looking for the green fabrics and then I’ll get busy!




La Pass Open House

We had a La Passacaglia Open House almost two weeks ago.  Lots of sharing!!Andrea e-mailed this picture to me.  So right!!

Robin also sent me a picture.  She has been very busy.  Sunshine!

Ginny P’s finish.  Theresa DeWalt quilted this for her.  It’s so fabulous!!  Why did I take only one picture???Joyce’s finish.  Quilted by Gina Allen.  She added a border.  It is the PERFECT frame!My favorite rosette in Joyce’s La Pass.  Who puts The Grinch in a La Pass???Fab.Mary Hil is DONE.  She is trimming it up.  Laura Davies is going to quilt hers…The bicycle rosette.
Close up!

Update:  Laura Davies quilted Mary Hil’s La Pass for her last week.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Pretty amazing!Laura loved it so much that she took a class from me to learn the technique.  She sent me this picture over the weekend.  You go Laura!!
Joan L’s rosettes.  She is going to use lavender stars for her rosettes.Jeanne’s start.  We liked her dark blues.

A good beginning!  It’s a long process…one step at a time.Carole is in one of my Open Sew groups and she brought her rosettes to class.  Those cats…She’s planning on making a deconstructed La Pass.  She will applique her rosettes on a background.Pretty awesome way to sew a star ring…somebody is always coming up with a better way…

Stay tuned!

What I Did in January

I taught my first 2018 class on New Year’s Day!!  Patsy and Katie wanted to learn the basics of the alphabet quilt so we started bright and early.  The sunshine was wonderful and we had a great time.


We had lots of days like this in January.Fortunately, our children gave us a new coffeemaker.  Ours was very old.  🙂  A good friend gave me the thermal cup:  sewing makes everything better.  For sure.  Hot coffee on a cold day.
I worked on my Bari J blocks.  Lots of log auditions.Settled on this color combo.Made this.

I started knitting a sweater for Roscoe.  He is very patient.

I worked on my #barijquiltalong blocks some more.Progress shot.  Not liking the rail fence at the bottom.  That will be a redo.  Fowler and I are pondering.
I taught a beginner embroidery class for “Nevertheless” at Jennifer’s house.  First time doing that.  Very fun!  She was a great hostess!

I taught this class a LOT in January.  This beauty belongs to Beverly.

My Meals on Wheels quilt.  I’m trying to make one quilt a month for their 2018 Christmas distribution.  My friend Carol M donated the flannel.

Remember my cross stitch piece from December?

I worked on this a lot in January.  🙂  I have a lot to do!  Bring on February!





Open Sew: December/January

Linda’s snowflake treeskirt!  She used a dresden ruler for the background and then appliqued the snowflakes.

Her back.  Perfect!!Martha Claire’s little tree skirt.  I want to make one of these for a tiny tree I have!This belongs to Kay and it is glorious.
Kay’s Giant Dresden.  Beautiful!Carole makes wonderful small quilts.   Here’s the BACK.And this is the beautiful front!This belongs to Carole……the back.She also made this great plus quilt.

Diana brought her plus quilt back in January!Carole finished this one!And made this bag for her friend.  I want to be her friend.  🙂Another beautiful creation by Kay.
Joan is not in my Open Sew but she sent me this photograph of her first La Pass rosette.  It is awesome!


Let’s end with this success story!  Lori just finished her SECOND quilt.Her beginner quilt from just several weeks ago!

What I Did in November/December

I started November with a week full of classes.  Not a bad problem to have.  I use my hall as a staging area.  This is what it looked like on Sunday.I finished a birthday gift for Margaret.

I posted a picture on Instagram and had several requests for a class so I made another one.  🙂  I am offering it as a introduction to beginner embroidery class this winter.  Come take it with me!

I started the Bari J Quilt A Long.  I’m actually keeping up!

Flying Geese

The remainder of the blocks.  I won’t get the log cabins pieced until January.

I finished this VERY OLD CrabApple Hill project.  It’s an embroidery folder.Tri-fold.The back.  I like it.Lots of Baby Jesus ornaments.
A brand new cross stitch sampler!  I’m going to post progress pictures on this one.  It’s worked on 32 count linen so it’s going to take a little while.

We had the best Christmas!  Here’s my DIL; she’s pretty awesome. I’m going to try to “keep Christmas” this year.  I hope you have a great New Year!


Rainbow Circle

My new Modern Rainbow circle quilt!  I have not attached the hanging sleeve or the binding yet.  It will probably be my first finish of 2018.  🙂  I found the pattern in Modern Rainbow.I cut 3″ squares from some solids and started working on a color progression.  I did lots of pondering!  I also realize I need to run a lint roller over my flannel boards!I needed 24 sets to make up the segments.  Three different fabrics in each set.   I did not have 72 solids so I did use some tonal prints.  I also used the reverse of a couple of fabrics.  This took a long time and the color progression has some issues but it was really kind of awesome to work this.

Here are my 3″ square leftovers.  I will use them for another quilt one day.

I started sewing the sections together and just loved it.  I paper pieced these for accuracy.  I was having a big time……until I got to the curves.I have NEVER been a master of the curve.  I have friends who ARE masters.  I KNOW it is doable, just not by me.

I tried again on another section.  Not good.  It was obvious this was not going to work.  I sewed the entire circle together (I am not going to show you a picture of THAT) and I took it to Theresa DeWalt, queen of the custom quilters.  She kindly suggested I applique just the pieced circle to a background.  I DO know how to applique.

So then it looked like this!  Theresa is a genius.

I saved my money and sent it to her to be quilted.  Oh my.

Now it looks like this.Fabulous circles and feathers.Geometric diamonds.Corner feathers.

It measures 42″ square.  It is one of my favorite quilts EVER.  I’m so happy I didn’t give up!!  Thank you Theresa.  Happy New Year everybody!


What I Did in October

So I decided to keep track of what I’m doing on my blog.  This is what I accomplished the last couple of weeks in October.I finished my baby rainbow star.  It measures about 40″ square.I used a variegated “Razzle” rayon #8 perle from Wonderfil to hand quilt it   Sue Spargo uses Razzle…yum.  It is very shiny and thick and kind of hard to work with but I loved the result.  It’s hanging at Village Fabric and I’ll teach the class again this winter.This is my very first commission quilt ever.  Rainbow bargello.  Karen Fridy quilted it for me.I kinda sorta made the binding match the piecing.  I just sewed binding strips together as I attached it.  Not as hard as it sounds.Here’s the label.  Bonnie Hunter has the directions on her website for that bias tape label.  I use it all the time.How sweet is this?  I am fortunate to be a member of a very special bee.  We make preemie quilts for the little babies at Brenner Children’s hospital.  Several of us are making this ornament this year for our bee members.  This is stitched on metallic Essex linen.  It’s shiny!This was definitely a trial and error ornament.  First I stitched it on a teal blue (the actual color is much darker than this) and one of my dear friends told me it looked like an Easter egg….  I am grateful for my honest friends.  I used a pencil to mark the design.

Then I tried a white background.  I was kind of stuck on using blue.  🙂  Not the look I wanted.

I used a gray and it just didn’t work.  I used a Frixion pen to mark this one.  I haven’t ironed it yet to remove the dark lines.

Fourth time is the charm!   I tried the metallic linen.  I loved the look but it was impossible to trace!    I normally use a fusible on the back of my work and I could not see to trace the design.  So I traced it on Sulky water soluble and stuck it on the linen.  Wow!  It was thick but I was doing just a simple back stitch so it really worked!

Here’s a finished baby before the soluble is removed.

I let it soak in warm water for about 15 minutes.  The soluble washed out and the ornament air dried.

Framed and backed with wool and ready for our bee members!

I finished this velvet and silk scarf for Margaret.  I took this picture outside because I wanted to remember how beautiful the two colors are…I almost QUIT sewing this several times.  Sewing the silk to the velvet was a slippery, impossible mess.  You can see the silk is wider than the velvet?Finally, I finished the end by hand stitching.  Not my best work but it is very soft and light and I’ll bet she loves it.I made my Bari J quiltalong block.  Check.And I started this for Margaret for Christmas.  She will love it.  Stitching outside in the November sunshine is awesome.

I won’t accomplish nearly as much in November!  Happy Thanksgiving!!