Friday, July 31, 2015

Round and round

I quilted in a spiral again for this baby quilt. Spirals lend themselves to balancing out the improv log cabins. Thank you to Inspiration from

I love the softness, the little things to find, and the quilting. There's a deer, a cake, a cow, taxis, a bee. This quilt is for my daughter's work friend. Baby due in October.

Miss C, my lovely granddaughter is my very fine quilt holder. I added a little neutral polka dot to the bottom of this IKEA print for the back.

I could make these improv blocks all day long: Easy, fun, and creative. Just give me a few scraps!

I'm linking up to my favorite blog again for this Friday Finish.

The Blue Angels are flying over my home right now . . . I catch a glimpse of them every so often. It's really summer now!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Flowering Snowballs

A big finish for me! Flowering Snowballs is now the summer quilt on my bed.

I love everything about it: the fabrics, the CURVES, the scrappiness, the quilting. The batting is wool, and I quilted around the balls first then returned with my free motion to flower shapes and squiggles. I like the quilting to be large to keep the quilt soft. My only regret is that I wish I had made it a little more square.

Quilt stats: Flowering Snowball

Quilted my me on my DSM

72" x 96"

Linking up with Finish it up Friday on Crazy Mom Quilts


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Skirt for my Daughter

Mrs T needed something to augment her summer wardrobe, so we went shopping for fabric. It was a real sacrifice: browsing in a great quilting store, "Gossypium" in Issaquah, WA! (Love that store. Check out their website:

She chose a Cotton and Steel piece in coral. I used a pattern that I have made before, Amy Butler's "Barcelona" skirt. The colors work now, and it will be perfect into the fall with boots.

I'm happy with the way the pattern matches up going down the front. It took a bit of figuring how to make that happen, and one mis-cut piece. It's all about the cutting.

When it's washed, the raw edges will show up a little more.

A happy customer!



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Baby Quilts in Process

Babies are a happening thing, cousins and friends. I started two quilts for the new little ones and their parents.

This one is for a work colleague of my daughter's, who is waiting to know the sex. So, I included taxis and cakes, hedgehogs, a cow, frog, and a tea party. The blocks are improv log cabins and haven't been sewn together, yet. I laid them out on my bed to see about placement. I'm happy with all the neutrals.

This quilt will be 36" x 48".


The second baby quilt is for my niece who is having a girl. I found 91 designs from 91 fabrics for some eye-spy action. I was happy that the colors turned out quite balanced as well. I'll add a generous sashing to this one. The squares measure 3.5 inches. I had to cut the one with the names of the states on the bias to get "Washington" to fit. I added a polka-dot of ROYGBV to make the 91.

I'll quilt both of these with the spiral stitching. I'm having fun playing in my sewing room! Can you tell?

Doing quilts like this and the scrap vortex take one down memory lane!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Scrap Vortex-ing

I have lots and lots of scraps, so when Amanda Jean started her quilt-along, I couldn't resist.

My bags of scraps are sorted by color, so to get the vortex look, I took out all the bags and mixed them up. Really mixed them. I found a few trimmings that were already sewn, all the better!

Then disaster struck in the form of an iron overheating and quitting.

There's a big burn on my ironing board, and thankfully I was right there to turn off the iron and unplug it. It's in the garbage. I ordered a new iron on Amazon, but it would be delivered in August. Really, Amazon?

I canceled the order this morning when I realized the delivery date, and will go shopping today. These little "two-sies" need to be pressed!