Wednesday, October 23, 2013


This past weekend my daughter, a friend and I went to the Pacific International QuiltFestival. It was fantastic, overwhelming, too large to absorb in one day. My daughter took almost 200 photos, she usually takes a photo of the quilt, then another of the info card; so I have lots of photos to post. So here are some of the quilts we enjoyed.

 My heart lies in Afric, by Mandy Kirk

 Nioppon Irish Chain, by Tamaris Pardo

Liked how she used decorative stitches across the chains for quilting lines.

 Birch Grove, by  Anne Loveless   

The field Mouse's Habitat,  by  Vonda Mathews

Funny with the felt Cheez-its. Amazing detail and three dimensional.

 Star Burst,  by Mieke Apps 

Loved this. Blue ribbon for "Best use of color"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sewing Museum Items

Beth, author at Love Laugh Quilt blog is hosting a Sewing Museum Link Party. Thought I would join in the fun. There is lots of stuff museum quality items in my home but I am selecting a few that are dear to my heart. This first item is what I would grab running out the door in an emergency, after first pushing my family out the door. Sorry about the photos, items are framed and I got terrible glare from the glass.

Update: My DH was able to take a photo without the glare  from the side.Much better then mine.

This crazy patch octagon was patched together by my maternal grandmother in 1944-45. Given to my parents as a wedding gift. My mother loved it but never did anything with it. She talked about framing it for a long time. I remember looking at it with my mother when I was young, picking out favorite stitches. I framed it and it hangs in my dining room.

The octagon is 18” across. Made of velvets and silks with my grandmothers wonderful embroidery stitches on top. It's framed with spacers so the glass does not sit on the item. I also tacked the item to the acid free backing board so the weight of the item is carried evenly.

My Granny was a crafter, seamstress, tailor, recycler, full of great ideas. I remember one year we made pillows for my bed. She had cut one round and one square, along with pieces for piping out of an old velvet cape. My job was cutting up a bag of old silk stockings into pieces for the stuffing. I though this was crazy; but these pillow were wonderful, soft and I loved them.

Second up is my button collection from my DH great aunt. When she passed away my MIL got 2 large boxes with card of buttons. I selected some of the cards. Remounted the buttons and framed them. They also hang in my dining room.


Nursery rhyme

Glass 3/4" - 1"

These buttons are just under or over a quarter inch across. So cute.

Thank you Beth for reminding me to take time to look closer at my items. I glance, I look, but taking time made me remember treasured moments with my mother and grandmother.

Make sure you check out the other Sewing Museum Links at Love Laugh Quilt

Friday, May 31, 2013

Batik Scraps

Last time I was at a Project Linus meeting they had batik. Batik yardage and scraps. Most of the scraps were 6”-8”x 22” or WOF. Did I need another project? Well, YES, I had just delivered 2 finished quilts; and who doesn't want to come home with a bag of batik scraps. I selected many scraps and some yardage to come home with me. Have finished two tops. An Uneven Rail Fence Quilt:

Then a scrappy top of purples, teals and blues. I used the “Basic Math Quilt” pattern off Moda Bake Shop as a starting point for this quilt. Trying to use what I had, I added a few blocks that have 3 strips.

This quilt went together so fast, great for a donation quilt.

Linking up to CrazyMom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Two finishes this week!

This is a fun quilt. Fun striped fabric and bright colors. I originally was doing a simple rail fence design along with the squares between rows, but I did not like the roosters sideways. Almost pulled out the seam ripper, but knew the blocks would get stuffed in a box. So I just cut the seams off. Made more strips of squares and ended with this quilt.

Easy quilting. Long chains of wavy lines leaving some of the puffiness in the quilt. Love this back. This quilt makes me smile.

Finished a Uneven Rail Fence quilt for TAPS.

This went fast. Used long scraps from other projects and some strips a friend had gifted me. Quilted long fingers with wavy lines.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts , Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Richard and Tanya Quilts.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blocks for Boston

Made 4 blocks for Boston modern Quilt Guild. They plan to make and distribute quilts to those who would benefit from a show of support.

 Eggs, sunny side up?

Favorite has to be this one, I love turquoise.

If you want more information, here is a link:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

In the Blues

Don't have a true finish, but I have been working on a strip quilt in blue. I think I need to add a few more strips.

Linking up to CrazyMom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.