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Let’s Play Catch Up – It Has Been Way Too Long

This post is going to have a lot of different types of projects.  It has been so long since I’ve posted and many projects have come and gone.  Let’s rewind the clock back to August 2014.  I’m getting ready to send my one and only sweet daughter off to college and emotions are running high.  One of our co-workers was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months earlier.  We wanted to make her a comforting quilt to get her through the hard days ahead with surgery and treatments.  We made simple blocks with a place in the center for everyone in our company to sign well-wishes and prayers to her.  Here’s the quilt and a few close ups.

Pat Signature Quilt

Pat Signature Quilt Close UPPat Signature Quilt Border Close UP


Second project, before my daughter went off to college, she wanted to make a rug for her new dorm room to match her comforter set.  We went to our local Goodwill store and bought up a bunch of t-shirts.  She cut them into strips and rolled them up in balls.  Then she took three colors at a time and braided the rug.  My job was to sew together the braided rows into a circular rug.  It turned out really cute and she used it her first year of college in her dorm room.  Here’s the photo!

Abby Dorm Rug


Fast forward to the fall season.  My daughter and I had started a Halloween quilt together many years and due to crazy schedules, it got put on the shelf.  After she went to college, I wanted to finish it for her dorm bed for Halloween.  It was emotional dragging it back out, but I’m glad I did.  She enjoyed it during the Halloween season.  I also made a Halloween pillowcase/sham to go with it.

Halloween pillowcaseHalloween Quilt Close UPAbby Halloween Quilt

Another fun Halloween project was this machine embroidery free-standing lace coffin.  Lots of pieces, but way fun to put together and even more fun to decorate with!  This design was from OESD!

Free Standing Lace Coffin

For our annual Fall Fest meeting, I finished a quilt top of the raffle blocks I’d won at a previous full chapter meeting (I think it was the previous Spring Fest).  I may have already posted some of those blocks, but here’s the finished top.  It is on my “UFO to do List” that I plan on finishing this year.  I just need to decide if it needs a border to pull it all together and we’re off.

Raffle Block Close Up Raffle Block quilt

Prior to our Fall Fest our chapter got together to make pillowcases for charity (the chapter hosting the above Fall Fest event asked for these).  Our chapter made all these great pillowcases.  They took little time to make and were so much fun.  Plus it is always fun to have an excuse to get with your quilting friends and sew, sew, sew!

My pillowcases My pillowcases 2 Moonlighters Pillowcases More Moonlighters pillowcases

OK, enough for this time.  I’ll start up next time with the Christmas projects of that year.  Until next time, Happy Sewing & Quilting…




Bible Verse Quilts

I made each of these Bible Verse quilts as gifts, so I had to wait until all three were delivered before I could share them with you.  The first one was made for our pastor and his family who left our area.  I love pairing fun colors with these Bible verse panels.  Here’s quilt #1.  It is the Prayer of St. Francis paired with colorful batik fabrics.

prayer of st francis quilt


Quilt #2 was made for one of our current pastor and his wife.  Our church had a “pounding” for them as they moved into their new home.  For those of you not familiar with a pounding, it is an old tradition where a couple was showered with a pound of things they might need for their pantry.  I decided instead of a pound of something a Bible verse quilt would fit the bill nicely.  This quilt is the “Love” chapter from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13.  Here’s quilt #2.  Yes, the border fabric is the same.  I believe in maximizing my fabric usage!

love is patient quilt

Quilt #3 was made for our missionary family serving in Madagascar.  I had the info that their living room colors were orange and yellow and she picked the verse – Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord”.  I really love the colors.  I tried every combination of batiks I could find in my local quilt shop until I found “The One”.

trust in the Lord quilt

I love making these small panel quilts.  They make great gifts and help me hone my free motion skills and bonding with my Bernina 750.

Until next time, Happy Sewing & Quilting!



Let the Good Times Roll Quilt Challenge

My chapter of our local quilt guild issued a challenge for our Springfest meeting back in May of this year.  I wasn’t going to participate because nothing came to me, but at the last minute (yes a week before the meeting) I got a good idea.  The theme was “Let the Good Times Roll”.  I wanted to incorporate Mardi Gras and something personal.  I came up with “My Favorite Things” and decided that is how I best could “let the good times roll”.  I took photos of many of my favorite things…my husband, my daughter, foods I like, sewing, knitting, quilting, horses and my two kitties plus a few more things and printed them out on fabric paper.  Then I made a collage of them on my background fabric.  It was a lot of fun and I love the purple, gold and green fabrics I found to coordinate.  I just did free motion quilting around the quilt and used ribbon embellishment to accent the embroidery design of the quilt name.  Now I just need to find a good place in my office/studio to hang up this quilt to keep me focused on the good things in life when the irritating and bad things come along.  Here are the photos.

myfavoritethings1"My Favorite Things"


"My Favorite Things Close up"

Until next time, Happy Sewing & Quilting,


Even More Bright Stars Quilts 2014

Wow, I just realize it has been a long time since I’ve shared with you all.  May in fact.  I guess having a daughter about to graduate from high school takes priority.  We made it through graduation, summer and moving her to college.  That was the absolute hardest thing I have ever done.  Although we miss her terribly, she is flourishing and doing great on her own.  We are so very proud of her.  She is a member of the marching band at James Madison University–the Marching Royal Dukes.  We were able to see her perform for the first time last weekend at Family Weekend.  So proud.

"abby mrd photo"

That really isn’t my purpose for posting tonight, but I had to be a proud mom for a few minutes.  I have a huge list of projects to share with you, and hope I can get them posted in the near future.  Our quilt guild participates in Bright Star Quilt projects for a local preschool program.   It is so much fun making these quilts for the little ones who appreciate them so much.  Here are this year’s donations that I made.

"Bright Stars Quilt 1 2014""Bright Stars Quilt 2 2014"

Here are some close ups of the quilting.

"Bright Stars Quilt 1 Close Up""Bright Stars Quilt 2 Close Up"

Sorry this is short.  Just trying to get back into things.  I did free motion quilting on both of these, and played with some new designs I’ve learned in various forums and Craftsy.com classes.  Lots of things to come including a hallenge quilt from my guild, “Let the Good Times Roll”,  several more installments on my “bag of the month” project and some gifts I’ve made.  I have two friends having babies in the Winter, so will have those two quilts to share.  Also, I won some raffle blocks at our guild’s Springfest meeting and finally put them together last week.  Lots of fun projects.

Until next time, Happy Sewing & Quilting,


Lots of Baby Quilts

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve shared.  My last post was in July…where has the time gone?  It is Senior Year for my daughter, so that should explain some.  Marching Band season started early August and concluded mid-November.  Then the holidays, my band booster craft fair and need I say more?

I wanted to get at least one more post in for 2013.  I hope everyone had a good Christmas.  The first quilt below is a quilt I made for my daughter’s best friend’s nephew who was born in early fall.  It was a fun quilt kit I got at a recent quilt show.  My new technique for it was making a mitered border.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be.  What did we do before YouTube tutorials?  I really can’t remember back that far.  I did free-motion quilting on my 440 to finish this one.  It was a lot of fun and I love the bright colors.

"Zoo Friends Baby Quilt"

One of my mom’s church groups decided to make quilts for kids in the local hospital.  She asked me to make one for her, so I made three.  I always have baby quilt fabric in my stash and thought they would be fun.  Two are panel quilts and one was a patter that used fat quarters.  More fun.  All free-motion or grid quilted on my Bernina 440.

"Safari Baby Quilt""Blue Jean Teddy Quilt""Pink and Green Baby Quilt"

The last quilt is for a friend who I have known many years.  I work with her mom and am excited to see her grow up, get married and have her first baby.  It is flannel and so very soft.  The parents did not know the sex of the baby ahead of time, so I went with colors that would work for either.

"Mariah Baby Quilt"

I have a saga to share because, yes, I did put my Bernina 830 back on the quilt frame and used Quilt Motion for the first time in a long time.  My 830 has been acting up and I’ve been hesitant to get back into it.  I’ll share that saga when I have more brain power to remember all the details and “lessons learned” on that one.

Happy New Year and until next time, happy sewing & quilting!



Charity Quilt #4 Done

I finished my 4th Bright Stars charity quilt this past weekend and have moved on to the next project.  I’m getting a little behind with sharing, so here goes.  I had a few issues with the quilting on this final quilt, but I think it was because I was rushing to get to the end and start the next project.  I tried a few more new to me free-motion stitches.  We I should say I attempted them, and then some of them became my own creation.  I quilted around the motifs in the panel first which was the easy part, then I stippled around the sky and background parts.  This panel had a few small borders that I thought would be good to practice some of my new skills.  Well I should have practiced on a “sandwich” first, but I tend to be very impatient.  I still am happy with how the quilt came out, but I’ll share a few of my trials so maybe you can learn from my mistakes.

I thought it would be nice to do a string of pearls in the narrow border.  Ok, free-motion stitching a good circle was a lot harder than I imagined.  Leah Day on my Craftsy.com class made it look so easy.  Yes, I know, she’s an expert and has done it a lot.  I gave myself a break and just did arcs along the border.  If you don’t count the first wobbly circle, the border looks pretty good.  Then I decided to try river path in the large borders.  My mistake was using red thread on red fabric.  I couldn’t see where I was going…especially when quilting away from myself.  To top it off, I ran over one of my basting pins and bent my needle.  In the same few minutes, I spilled my container of basting pins, not once, but twice.  You would think I would have given up and came back to it later, but I can be pretty stubborn…especially nearing the end of a project.

Here’s Bright Stars quilt #4.  I just hope the kids getting these quilts enjoy them.  It was a good practice for my new free-motion stitches I’ve learned.  I need lots of practice, so I do find myself going back to my old stand by of stippling.

"Bright Stars Quilt #4"

Here’s a close up of the quilting.

"Bright Stars Quilt #4 Close Up"

Here’s a photo of some echo quilting around the sunflowers…this was fun.

"Bright Stars Quilt #4 Echo Quilting"

I’ve already started and finished my prayer quilt and have turned it over to a friend who is going to machine stitch ribbons on the blocks to make it an official prayer quilt. I don’t want to post that project until the quilt has been delivered to its recipient, but that will be soon I hope.  I just took 120 charm squares (including the Prayer Shawl blocks from Block Party Studios…love their stuff) and sewed them into rows.  It made a nice lap quilt size.  Ok, I’m giving too much away.  I’ll save it for the next post.

Until next time, happy sewing & quilting,


Bright Stars Quilts #2 & #3 – More Charity Quilts

OK, so I’m cheating a little by posting two quilts in the same post.  We had 10″ of snow today so I was rushing to beat the “electricity can go off at anytime” deadline.  I finished machine quilting and binding my third of four Bright Stars quilts before my May 4th deadline.  Guess I shouldn’t call it a deadline when the task is so much fun.  I was able to try out a few more free-motion quilting techniques learned in my Craftsy.com class “Free Motion Quilting A Sampler” taught by Leah Day.  She is a fantastic teacher and isn’t all caught up in everything being perfect (although you wouldn’t know that to see her finished work).  Quilt #2 was a fun Alphabet Sampler panel that I’ve had for a while.  I free-motion quilted around the alphabet blocks and around the animals in each block, then stippled in the border area.  Here’s quilt #2.

"Bright Stars Quilt #2"

And here’s a block close up so you can see the cute animals and my not-so-perfect free-motion quilting, but it was fun.

"Bright Stars Quilt #2 Close Up"

Quilt #3 is another panel I’ve had in my stash for a while.  There were lots of animals to practice free-motion quilting around, and I did my basic stippling around the open areas.  For the blue border, I decided to try one of Leah’s lessons.  Square spiral, it was a lot of fun even with all the travel stitching.  It was good practice for me.  The outside border was just regular stippling.  Another fun quilt.  Not sure what new stitch I’ll try on the last quilt, but we’ll see.  Here’s quilt #3.

"Bright Stars Quilt #3"

I tried to enhance this image in Photoshop so you could actually see the square spiral stitching.

"Bright Stars Quilt #3 Square Spiral"

And here’s a close up of the rest of the quilting.

"Bright Stars Quilt #3 Close Up"

I’m going to be sad to see this project come to fruition.  I might just have to raid my stash even further and make more Bright Stars Quilts.  I want to tackle another t-shirt quilt next.  I found a great pattern at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show that I’m anxious to try out.

Until next time, happy sewing & quilting!