Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I finished the quilting of Lavender Kisses and its waiting to get its dark purple binding tonight.

The quilting on the front turned out ok, but the back is not as good.... But for the size of the quilt, I am pleased.

This post is linked to Freshly Pieced - WIP Wednesday

and to Fabric Frenzy at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


I started machine quilting this monster quilt this morning at 7:00 A.M. I'm about 3/4ths of the way through and have used 6 bobbins so far.

I set my goal to finish the quilting today, but that might not happen! I am laying on the couch resting right now. Ugh! I'm ready to make some baby quilts, pocketbooks, key fobs and small things like that. :o)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lavender Kisses Top

Here's what I've been doing on this beautiful Saturday!!! I finished sewing the borders on the Lavender Kisses Wedding Quilt.

Machine quilting a big quilt is not for the faint hearted!  I am exhausted from walking around and around, ironing, walking around more and finally getting the quilt sandwich to this stage so that I can pin baste it.

Machine quilting will be on the agenda this week.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lavender Kissing Stars Progress

I've been working diligently on my stepson and his fiance's wedding quilt!  I'm calling it Lavender Kissing Stars for the time being.

I had a few unexpected days at home due to snow storms coming through the south.   This for me was heavenly.  You can see the snow in my view out the window as I was sewing.

I have had little stacks of lavender and purple triangles in front of my sewing machine for weeks!

Its a normal thing at my house for quilt blocks to be spread out on this bed at all times!

The pattern calls for 30 blocks and as of this morning I have finished 25.  The remaining 5 are in progress and won't take too much longer, I hope!  I should be able to start sewing them together in rows before the weekend.

Have a great week!  Our temperatures are forecast to be in the seventies later this week.  I will be resuming my walks on my lunch break if the forecast is right!  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quilting in the snow

I'm enjoying a couple of snow days at home working on a quilt.  These are triangles needed to make a Lemoyne Star quilt.  Each block has eight different purples and violets. 

For each block I randomly pull 8 different sets of two triangles.   Then a white triangle is sewn to one of each set and the remaining 2 colored triangles are sewn together.

I chain piece all the triangles and sew a leader/ender set between sewing each block.  This helps keep each block separate. 

Each row contains five blocks, so I am trying to sew five blocks at a time in assembly line fashion in this order:

1.  Chain piece five sets of eight triangles into squares as described above
2.  Clip apart the squares and stack into five different stacks.
3.  Press the squares
4.  Clip the dog ears
5.  Trim all squares to be 4 1/2 inches.
6.  Lay out one block at a time into the positions they need to be in to make the Lemoyne Star.
7.  Sew the pieces together.

I'll do a post soon that shows the process of sewing the pieces together that has been the fastest and easiest way I've found.

Quilting isn't the only thing going on here.  I've got a pot of vegetable beef soup simmering as I write!  I love snow in the south!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I've been muddling along in the sewing room, trying to make some headway, despite a crazy January!  Here's what's going on:

I've been wanting to try a "Wonky Star", aka "Maverick Star " using instructions from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  I think it turned out really cute.  These fabrics were a gift to me by a blog reader and these pre-cut 2 1/2 inch squares were exactly what the pattern calls for.  Hubby was concerned that the star points were not the same size.... but I assured him that's the way they are supposed to be.

I'm working on a Christmas Log Cabin quilt.  I have a container of all kinds of Christmas fabrics that I want to make use of.  So, I went through it and chose lots of fabrics that have a small print.  I won't buy any more, no matter what.  This quilt will be made with what ever is in that container..

I have the strips laid out to use in sort of a leader and ender fashion.

I'm also working on a purple/lavender quilt using the Lemoyne Star pattern, sometimes also called a "Star Flower".

These two blocks are on display for me to copy, to be sure pieces are in the correct place.

The post in linked to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced HERE.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cheddar Bow Ties "DONE"

I started this quilt in 2011 as a leaders and enders project along with Bonnie at Quiltville. I am so glad to call it "DONE".

I love how it turned out, especially since it was my first attempt at free motion quilting feathers.

I could have kept going and made a larger quilt, but I didn't think I could stand to make any more!  It finishes at about 70 inches square, so its a great throw size quilt.

That makes two recent finishes of old UFOs.  Feels good to finish them.  Its a lot of fun to start new projects, but its more fun to finish old ones