Friday, March 25, 2016

Evergreen State

I finished my last block of the block of the month at my local quilt shop! It celebrates the features of Washington State.

I had never done a mariner's compass before, and using paper piecing, it went together nicely. The blocks of this quilt have required many new-to-me methods. Our April task will be to put the whole thing together. I can't wait.

The evergreen tree uses "French braid" as do the hearts in the coffee block.

Watch this space for the final finish!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Pixie Baskets

Tiny baskets. A satisfying little project, and like potato chips, you can't just make one.

I made four . . . So far. I changed the pattern just a bit to add 1/2 inch on the height. Fun and easy. ( I LOVE that Charlie Harper print of birds. )


Here's the tutorial:


Saturday, March 12, 2016


A marriage celebration is happening next weekend, and I am ready. Hooray!

My two wonderful sisters in law are formally getting married after 35+ years together. I'm pleased that they can enjoy all the legal benefits of marriage.

The colors come from the kale fabric from Kaffe Fassett: greens, turquoise, reds, gold. My favorite part of quilting is putting all the fabrics together. I have never made a quilt from just one "line," I would rather mix things up for a scrappy look.
The binding is mostly turquoise with a few red pearl bracelets at one corner.
The backing is mostly a sheet from The Company Store that I purchased a while ago on sale. The large piece makes the backing easy to assemble. And the gulls are so cute! I did a little piecing on it, as I had some alphabet blocks to make the initials of the happy couple. My son told me that the green + has a particular meaning, but that's legal here, so, oh well!

Spiral quilting seems to be my "go to" design. I really should venture away from this predictability, but when the quilt is a gift, I want a guaranteed result.

Statistics: Square in a Square, Economy Blocks

Finished size 80" x 62"

Pieced and quilted by me.

Thanks for your visit! Linking up with crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sun Break

I'm just home from a break in Palm Springs. I managed to do a little handwork while sitting by the pool in the shade.

The bougainvillea was gorgeous, and looking at this photo brings with it the scent of citrus blossoms.

Now I'm home, it's raining and windy, and this quilt is under the machine going round and round.

Can you see the trees outside my sewing room blowing?

I hope this quilt will be finished for Friday's Finish-it-up.