Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Can't believe it's been 3 months since I posted! It is tough managing my blog with my business travel. But I try! 
Seriously, when I am home and have time, I would rather be quilting!
So completed this summer:
I had a line-drawn map enlarged at Staples. Then fused the states, appliqu├ęd to my favorite Moda Cross weave and free motion quilted. This was gifted to my son for his birthday.
If this works, follow this link to see a video showing close ups of this quilt:

Another finish is this Rising Star:
The pattern is by MSQC and found in this summer's MODBLOCK magazine. I've always loved watching their tutorials, and lately I've been making several of the MSQU patterns. They are well written, easy to follow and make beautiful quilts!

Piece out!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Been awhile...

But, still here! Working and traveling for the day job. Still settling into the new house. And yes, seeing/quilting when time allows.
Recent projects:
Baby quilt for my son's friends. Yes, that makes me feel old! But the quilt is cute and they love it!
Memory quilt using dog beds for a dear friend. I love how this turned out!
Simple meander to keep it soft and draper , cursive loops for border interest.
Surprise for a dear cousin. My mom helped with the piecing, and suggested the feathers. I love how this turned out!  Even though I don't get to quilt as much as I want, I can still get it done!
More detail.
Border detail.
New wallet for myself. These are fun to make and a very practical design.

Last but not least:
New (to me) BabyLock serger! The old sampling area at work was being cleared out and this was destined for the dumpster. But I rescued it and for the price of servicing I now have an awesome addition to my studio!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

time (mis)management

Antique quilts on display at the 
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center on Harkers Island, NC

yet another month passes with minimal bloggage.

seems like this category of social media is fading a bit. Instagram is more, well, instant. From my IG account I can post to my IG followers, Twitter and Facebook with relative ease.

the blog has always seemed more of a diary of sorts to me. I never have "monetized" it, I would rather this be just a record, a place for accomplishments, thoughts, deeper sharing.

yes, my slower pace of quilting is still slow. we are once again preparing to move. this time to a house we have purchased. it is a cute place, with lots of light. we closed on it in December, but are having some updating done. painting, flooring, counter-tops, fence, and closing the screened porch in for my office/studio. Yes, about 1 year to the day, I will once again have my dedicated space. Should help me maintain focus and momentum for all the quilts in my head! Before and after pictures will come.

Anyway, work is work. My company has been purchased (again). Once more uncertainty rules. Since I moved into a different role, and work from my home office, or travel, the day to day anxiety has slowed. Thank goodness. Although the incessant stress of the past 15 years has already done damage. Without quilting, I would not know how to deal. When things get bad, I make quilts in my head! I hope for the best, but transitions are hard, no matter what intentions are.

Picture above from our Valentine's Weekend trip to the NC coast. My favorite place on Earth.

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.