Sunday, January 31, 2016

Oh, dear

I saw this (new to me) magazine, Simply Moderne. It's published by the same company that puts out Quilt Mania. You know, the European magazine with luscious European quilts? Anyway, The cover caught my eye. I browsed around and kept going back to it. I picked it up 3 times. The 3rd time I knew I had to buy it. Why? 
This pattern:
The pattern is called "Stag Nation" by Rana Heredia for Sewn into the Fabric.

I am captivated by the whimsy.
I used low volume prints for the deer. I deviated from the directions in piecing it.

I dipped into my meager supply of Moda Cross Weave for the background.
I free motioned a wood grain adding straight lines to look like a barn wall.
Finished at 47.5" by 55".
We have purchased a house, so it will hang in the den.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finish 1.2016

Finished this beauty:
51"x51", the Double Square Star quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I love Jenny Doan's tutorial. She seems so real and fun. Her directions are clear and concise. And she focuses on pre-cuts, which I love as well.

I didn't use precuts for this, I went through my scrap bin and cut the required pieces. This quilt goes together really fast and I was amazed at the accuracy of my points.
I quilted meandering feathers in the center, and designed a custom free-motion design in the border.

A baby-girl quilt to have on hand.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

the end of 2015 post

So this is my end of the year post. and it is not filled with all my amazing accomplishments, ways I organized my fabulous life and career, all my dreams and aspirations I achieved. Glad to have survived 2015, grateful to have reconnected to a very dear person from my youth, thrilled to have found our tribe here in the new town. We have recently purchased a home, so 2016 brings another move, but this place we hope to stay for a long time!

A few quilty finishes to share:

Personalized pillows for our nephew's 4. I thread-painted their names. These are travel-pillow sized and I had a grand time making these! The kids loved them too!

Pieced this top, and am currently quilting. I will post a finished pic, but I like the way this came together.

Here's to 2016, may it be filled with love!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Yes, once again I've been absent from the blog for a while. Not that the blog is an obligation, but it is my record. So where have I been? In August I suffered a mild concussion. Conked my noggin on a sharp shelf corner.

The headaches took a few weeks to lessen, and then finally ended.

Then, in early September, while on a business trip, I was injured in a serious car accident. That has taken much longer to recover from. I have been trying to heal the body, and handle the day job, while tending to my spirit, which has felt, a bit, well, broken.

Small sewing, finished this quilt:
And made this pillow:
 The center block was a gift from a friend. The flying geese are so tiny and cute. I did matchstick quilting and love the texture and the way it unifies the piece.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

(tap, tap) Hello! Anyone out there?

Yes, I have been incognito! Summer is almost at end.
I has been difficult to get back into my quilting groove here in the rental. I have gone back to getting things out to work on a project and putting away when expecting guests. I know, first world problems!

Still, I have managed a bit.
Finished this for my son's sweet girlfriend:

This is a top ready to quilt:

This is a variety of house blocks I am combining:
I have also made some pouches in anticipation of holiday giving:
Completed a wedding gift that I will share after the bride receives!
And now, I wait for cooler weather and more sewing/quilting time. I hope all of you are well!