Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Don't stick a fork in it . . .

. . . but it's done!

Don't you love a finish?

It's almost as great a feeling as when you need a certain color of fabric and you simply MUST play in your stash for a while! (Grin)

This is the lovely border fabric that I used for my "Maggie's First Dance" quilt, of the free BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. And I had enough of that cute green print to make the binding strips. Score!

I like how the green makes a gentle edge . . . sometimes I like a little more contrast, but I really wanted the pieced and the embroidered blocks to be the stars of the show.

I especially love blind stitch on the binding (above). When I started quilting years ago, I did what I think is called whipstitch, and I was not happy with how it looked. Blindstitch videos are available on youtube, so if you are just starting out, check those and you'll be happy with your binding!

This is my system for wall hangings . . . I make rod pockets on both the top and the bottom, and then slip fairly thin dowels through. I like the way the entire top of the quilt is supported, and I also like that the bottom is held down nicely. No ripples or billowing, just a nice, straight project.

And here it is on the wall! Huzzah!

I had originally planned to display this in a different room, but when I realized that the blue half square triangles were a match for the walls in this guest bedroom? It's a no-brainer! This is its new home!

So, don't stick a fork in it, but it's definitely done!

We'll have more quilty merriment soon, so stick around!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Call going out for helpers!

The folks at Petfinder and at our buddies The Quilt Pattern Magazine are calling for help.....can you give them a hand?

They have received a request for kennel quilts from the Humane Society of Missouri; they are taking care of animals that have been displaced by floods, and they need our help.

Here is a link to show you a pattern for the kennel quilts: click here!

Click here for a form to send along with your completed tiny quilts, and here is the address to send the quilts to:
Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Be sure to spread the word by posting photos on the TQPM Kennel Quilt Facebook page, too!

Want to know more about the project? Check this out!

Be back soon with more quilty stuff!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I do love me some jelly rolls.

No, no, not that kind.

Definitely not, since I'm on a low carb diet. (Grin)

The kind that I love don't have ANY calories at all!

See what I mean?

Yummmm....look at this "Baltimore Blues" jelly roll from the Fat Quarter Shop!

And check out this one, called "Bread and Butter" by American Jane for Moda Fabrics!

While you are wiping the drool from your keyboard, head over to our sponsor's site and check out this sale!

The folks at the Fat Quarter Shop are focusing on jelly rolls and there might be a neat project coming soon that we'll tell you about . . . so you might want to have at least one of these lovelies in your stash!

Just sayin . .. . 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Progress, slowly but surely!

Remember my hand-stitching project?

That cute "Maggie's First Dance" quilt from the pattern by Jacquelynne Steves.

I wanted to show you that I'd made some progress!

The centers of the yellow blocks are getting some freehand stitching that will vary from block to block:

I bumped up the contrast to make it easier to see!

And I'm slowly making my way around the pieced blocks with my colored threads -- love how this looks from the back of the quilt:

This is so relaxing and fun!

When it's all done, I'll have a wall-hanging that I can be proud of!

More merriment and mayhem soon!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Hope all of you have a blessed and peaceful Easter!

I hope you'll be rejoicing with me in the fact that He is risen, for all of us!

Happy Easter!