Thursday, January 01, 2015

Another loon quilt

The latest loon wall hanging, a gift for my daughter this past summer. This is the same McKenna Ryan pattern I have used before, but with a few changes. I added pine boughs, subtracted a canoe, and arranged the trees differently.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Civil War Minis


I didn't have room to pack my entire fabric stash to take on vacation, so I just took one tote bag of fat quarters, mostly civil war reproduction fabrics. The small amounts were perfect for making a small quilt tops. I made these little 9 patches by sewing sets of short strips together first. I ended up with 2 blocks in each color, one with dark corners and one with light corners, enough for a 2nd quilt.

Little quilts go together very quickly, so I was able to make several. These next two were made using the leftover triangles cut from flying geese units in another larger quilt.


I found a little basket pattern in an old quilt magazine and thought it would work in another small quilt. I used fusible webbing for the appliques and stitched them down with a machine blanket stitch.

The last small quilt is called Blackbirds and Berries, designed by Kim Diehl, from her book Homestyle Quilts

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pumpkin Wall Hanging

I appliqued this pumpkin  quilt several years ago and started the cross hatch quilting on my old sewing machine. A couple years  later I was fortunate enough to be able to buy a better machine and then finished quilting around the appliques. Finally, again a couple more years later, I sewed on the binding (just a few days ago). I really should not procrastinate so much!

Here's a close up of the pumpkins.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Vacation quilt

I finally finished this log cabin wall hanging while on vacation and hung it over a bed in the cottage. I used stitch in the ditch and outline quilting to keep it simple.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Quilt Show

There was a wonderful quilt show this last weekend, done by the Genessee Valley Quilt Club, with over 600 quilts. There was a great variety of styles represented from antique to civil war to applique to contemporary to art quilts. What an inspiration!!!

Here are a couple pictures of the amazing work:


Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I started this small house wall hanging so long ago I had to dig out the pattern to remind myself what it was called.  It's from One Day in the Country Quilt Cards designed by Sarah Sporrer and is #QC115 Homestead. It's very folksy with the appliques stitched down with long stitches. The sheep just need legs, then it'll be ready to finish. I think maybe the big stitch hand quilting will be the way to go with this one.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I came across a little folk art fabric panel in my stash a while ago and thought it would make a good quick piecing, so I could get right to the quilting. I really don't like to mark quilting patterns, so I just stitch in the ditch, stitch around appliques or shapes in the fabric, and free motion quilt the rest. I like to use feathers if at all possible. Here I did some feathers in the large triangles.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mixed Bouquet in a Tall Vase

This work in progress is a 26" x 32" wall hanging designed by Betsy Chutchian found in the book Cotton and Ewe by Chutchian and Edgell,  published by Design Originals.  It's my first attempt at using felted wool for applique and I rather liked doing raw edges. I'll use a machine blanket stitch for the larger appliques, but will probably do the small blue flowers by hand.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Civil War 9 Patch

This is the last of the Serena Wakelin pieces purchased in Kennebunk, Maine. It's a 9 patch and is about 13" x 17".  

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Flowerpot Applique Wall Quilt

This wall hanging is from the book, Remembering Adelia, by Kathleen Tracy. It's about 19" x 25" and still needs some of the appliques stitched down and  to be quilted and bound (with a nice rusty brown print).
The flowers are ruched by basting the edge of a strip of fabric, pulling the thread to gather, forming it into a circle, and stitching the ends together. Small buttons will be sewn to the flower centers.  I'm thinking about making another one of these too, a little smaller, and with a more floral stripe for the border.