Friday, December 31, 2021

Crimson Tweed Update

 With my shop closed this week and inventory done I have a little bit of time for myself. I am working on Crimson Tweed - making progress at finishing the borders.

Crimson Tweed progress

The long green vine is just basted on for now. I want to be able to tuck the ends of the holly leaves and stems underneath it so I will applique the vine down last. The holly leaves are sewn down now. The two narrow stems are just set in place for the moment. These will be the next things I sew down. They will be stems with small red berries eventually. The pattern calls for 8 of these stems with berries. We'll see how many I can fit on my version.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Jelly Roll Tree Skirt

 I've had this pattern in my shop for some time. It's called Strippy Tree Skirt. I decided on Wednesday before Christmas that I wanted to make one for myself so I did!

Strippy Tree Skirt 1

The pattern explains a different method for starting than what I decided to do. I used one of my rope coasters instead. Notice the coaster in the center of the tree skirt in the photo below.

Strippy Tree Skirt 2

I just sewed right to it! Then I ripped it out before cutting the slit and adding binding to the cut edge. It worked great! No coasters were harmed in making it either.

This is why I wanted a new tree skirt.

Ms. Boo on Strippy Tree Skirt

Ms. Spooky Boo just will not leave the tree skirt alone! The first year I was married I made a counted cross-stitch tree skirt that I love. But Ms. Boo loves it too and she keeps picking at one of the elements in the design. I am afraid that she is going to mess up the design so the last few years I only pull out the tree skirt on Christmas Eve before we put the presents on top. Now I have one that I can put out with the tree. 

Strippy Tree Skirt 4

This one is all machine stitched so if she pulls out any stitching I can easily fix it.

If you have made any of the other jelly roll rug patterns this one is similar. The pattern is well written with photos and it was fun to make. 

The jelly roll I used is from the Home Sweet Holidays collection by Deb Strain for Moda.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

New Oven Mitts

 I have needed new oven mitts at my house for some time. When I saw this pattern that comes with a silicon shell I ordered the pattern (which comes with one silicon overlay) and a single silicon overlay (with no pattern) so that I could make a set.

oven mitts
The bowl fabric is showing through the silicon overlay. The silicon is clear which makes it hard to photograph. The silicon has a raised pattern on it to help with gripping stuff.

When they first arrived a few weeks ago I opened up the pattern and started to read but there were too many words for me to sift through on that day. So I set them aside. Last weekend I had a little time and wanted to sew something for myself so I pulled it out again. I realized that there really aren't that many words, the pattern writer has included several tips for various ways to sew these up. Once I figured out what the actual directions were and what were the tips, I realized that these are really easy to make! And the tips and photographs/diagrams were very helpful!

You do sew through the silicon. The cuff at the bottom is attached directly to the silicon, but my little Bernina didn't have any trouble sewing through the silicon. The silicon is always sandwiched between fabric so it didn't stick to the machine bed at all.

The only negative for these is that they are a little long (go down your arm quite a ways). For me this isn't a problem because I have thin, stick arms, but my husband couldn't get them on all the way because his forearms are bigger than mine. However, there are other sizes of these as well as potholders/trivet. I have ordered the other styles and will make them up to see if they have a more universal fit before committing to purchasing several for my shop.

My hope is that these will stay cleaner for me in my kitchen. They are machine washable and dryer safe but the pattern writer recommends just spot washing them in the kitchen sink. The silicon should be very easy to spot clean.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Another Finish

 This is third quilt I quilted with my new Q20 sit-down machine. It is a digital sample (that is, the quilt is printed on the fabric, not pieced) that I got in my shop back in 2016 for some fabric I had in the shop at that time.

digital sample 1

I quilted it in what would be the ditch if it was pieced using a straight ruler. Then I added a bunch of free motion quilting to fill in.

detail of quilting

Normally I wouldn't add this much quilting to a charity quilt but I was really having fun playing with my new machine. Here is a photo of the back.

back of digital quilt

This one finishes at about 40" by 40" and will be another charity quilt that I will donate to my guild. I have a couple more digital samples that I will quilt up and donate to charity as time permits.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

2021 2nd Saturday Sampler Version 3 :: A Finish

 This is the second quilt I quilted with my new Q20 sit-down machine. I used a ruler to quilt wavy lines across it.

2021 BOM version 3

quilting close-up

Yes, I probably could have done this design without a ruler, but I wanted to experiment with using a ruler on my new machine. Worked great! And the best part is that I can use my regular Bernina ruler foot (#72 foot) on my Q20.

For the back I found this fun print in my stash that complemented my color scheme on the front.

back of quilt

This quilt will be donated to my local hospital for the oncology department. It finished at about 40" by 50".

This is the third version of this quilt I have made. It was made as part of the 2nd Saturday Sampler Club I have at my shop. It's a block of the month program I run through the shop. Soon I will have the first version of the 2022 2nd Saturday Sampler Club project done and ready for quilting. This year I will be opening sign-ups to anyone. The patterns will be emailed to you so you don't have to be local to participate. The cost will be just $25 and there is no kit or fabric purchase required. I will be recommending that you purchase a single fabric for the background and a 1/2 yard of a dark fabric for another part of the quilt, but these are just recommendations not requirements. All the details, along with a sign-up link, will be in the post in which I reveal the top. Hopefully that will be happening before the end of this year. The 2022 program will not begin until March 12, 2022 so there will be plenty of time to sign up.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Charity Quilt Finish

 I have no idea when I pieced this top but it was well before I opened my shop in 2016.

squares charity quilt

This is the first quilt I quilted with my new Q20 sit-down machine. I fell head over heels in love with that machine on this project! 

squares charity quilt back

For the backing I found this very old print in my stash. I must have really loved it when I bought it because I have 5 or so yards of it! 

This quilt will be given to my local guild to donate to a local charity. It finished at about 40" by 50".

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Q20 Play

 I have been bonding with my new Q20 machine.

Q20 machine

I have quilted two charity quilts already with her but don't have pictures of those yet for you. Next time! The first one I just did a quick all-over meander to get used to the machine. The second one I quilted with a ruler that I have had for a while. I'll give details on that when I show you the finished quilt.

Right now I am working on a third charity quilt with her. I'm getting fancy with this one. It is an old digital sample that I got for the shop the first year I opened in 2016.

3rd project 1

I am doing this one with a combination of free-motion quilting and ruler quilting. I'm mainly using the ruler to do straight lines since this one is a cheater quilt (that is, the design is printed on the fabric instead of being pieced).

3rd quilt 2

There are flying geese printed along the border but they only go part way along each side. So I did some flying geese that are just stitched.

3rd quilt 3

I have already stitched around each ring in what would be the ditch if it were pieced. Now I am going back and filling in the on-point squares. I haven't decided how I will quilt the rest just yet but something will come to me.

Free fuse and fusible batting

I have been using a couple newish products for these quilts. One is Fusible 80/20 batting from Quilter's Dream. I sure do love this batting! And when they offered me a free sample to try it out a couple years ago I originally said no because I don't like fusible batting! I'm so glad the lady taking my order talked me into taking it! It is fusible on one side and I always fuse the backing fabric to the batting. Then I use the Free Fuse powder to baste the top to the batting.

Basting is not the most fun part of quilting but it is necessary and it really needs to be done well in order for the quilting to turn out nice. However, it is much easier with these two products!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Canna Blossom

 I have had this little pin cushion cut out for months! I finally decided to pull it out and get her done.

Canna Blossom Pin Cushion start

I have everything appliqued down now and have started on the embroidery. Hopefully I will be able to use it as a pin cushion soon!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Flannel Plaid Star Quilt :: A Finish

 I received a bunch of new plaid flannels recently, Scrappenstance designed by Kim Deihl. They are so pretty that I felt I just had to design something using this collection. Here it is, Flannel Plaid Star.

Flannel Plaid Star Quilt

The quilt finishes at 64" by 80". We made up a few kits if you want to make one too. The kits are $99.99 and include all the fabric for the front plus the binding and the pattern. Backing fabric is NOT included but you will need 4 yards of regular width fabric or 2 yards of wide back.

Flannel Plaid Star Kits

Originally I picked another one of the plaids from the collection for the backing, but then I saw this bolt of "animal portraits" I have from another collection. The animals were spaced out almost perfectly to fit on the back so I changed my mind and used it instead. My long arm quilter did a great job of getting the backing design centered.

Flannel Plaid Star Back

This is the first completely flannel quilt I have made in a while. It is really warm! I had to keep moving it off of me as I was sewing the binding down on the back because I was roasting!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Whispering Pines Sidelights Quilt :: A Finish

 My long arm quilter takes a break every December so I am trying to get some things quilted before December. I even broke my personal rule of not taking her anything to quilt for me until I get all of the previous batch of quilts finished.

This one was a shop sample for the fabric collection Whispering Pines and the Sidelights pattern. I am completely out of the Whispering Pines collection in the regular width fabrics but I still have a little of the 108" wide back from the Whispering Pines collection.

Whispering PInes Sidelights Quilt

This quilt is now for sale. If you are local you can come into the shop to purchase or anyone can purchase it online. The quilt finishes at 46" by 62". Click here to view the quilt in my online shop. The price of the quilt is over the free shipping minimum so it would ship free.

For the back I choose a gray/blue textural print. The fabric is from a collection called Fusion and comes in regular width and wide back.

Whispering Pines Sidelights Quilt Back

As with all of my quilts, this one has a label on the back.

Whispering Pines Sidelights Quilt Label

The Sidelights pattern calls for several fabrics to be used for the "windows" along the side and bottom. However, for this version we used one fabric and fussy cut elements from it to frame along the side and bottom.

Whispering Pines Sidelights Quilt Detail 2

Whispering Pines Sidelights Quilt Detail 1

And it has been beautifully and professionally quilted. The binding was machine sewed to the front and expertly hand sewn to the back.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Block Talk Golf Version :: A Finish

Block Talk Golf Version

 I used two of the Golf themed Itsy Bitsy panels and the Block Talk pattern for this quilt. One of the panels was used for the center blocks and the second was used for the border. The framing fabrics I used are a black print, a gray print and a white print and the accent fabric is a grass print which I also used for the binding.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


 I made this fun quilt recently and decided to offer kits through my shop.

Stargazer quilt

I have it kitted three ways and am offering a special price for these kits this week only, November 15-20, 2021.

Deal One: The Stargazer Fat Quarter Bundle

Stargazer complete kit

The bundle includes the 24 Fat Quarters shown in the photo which are the exact fabrics used in the quilt shown in the first photo above.

The regular price is $84 plus the pattern. The deal price is $74.99 plus the pattern is included for FREE.

Deal Two: The Stargazer Low Volume Fat Quarter Bundle

Stargazer Low Volume FQ Bundle

The bundle includes the 16 Fat Quarters shown in the photo.

The regular price is $56 plus the pattern. The deal price is $50.99 plus the pattern is included for FREE.

Deal Three: The Stargazer Brights Fat Quarter Bundle

Stargazer Brights FQ Bundle

The bundle includes the 8 Fat Quarters shown in the photo.

The regular price is $28 plus the pattern. The deal price is $24.99 plus the pattern is included for FREE.

The deal is only good through the online shop. Local folks can select "in store pick-up" as your delivery option so that you don't have to pay for shipping and we will notify you when your order is ready for pick-up. These offers are only good while supplies last.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Exciting Delivery

 I purchased new toy recently for my shop.

New Q20 in boxes

New Q20 in boxes

I currently have a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 at my shop that belongs to a customer. She brought the machine in so I could help her to get it working and then give her lessons on it. I've got it working and she has started lessons. I quilted a small project on it to make sure everything was working properly and realized how much I missed quilting some things myself. I also have a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 at home but I rarely have time to quilt something at home. So I decided to buy the shop a Bernina Q20 sit-down machine. That is what is in the boxes.

I will need help to get her set up at the shop and I need to clear a space for her too. As soon as I get her all set up I will tell you more about her.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Crimson Tweed

 I am making progress again on my Crimson Tweed project.

Crimson Tweed progress

All of the blocks are completed. I have them pinned to my design wall waiting for when I have time to sew them together. I still have to complete the borders. Two of the borders are plain; the other two require applique and embroidery.

Monday, November 1, 2021


 My long arm quilter is back! I dropped off a bunch of quilts for her to quilt for me last week and she returned a few late last week when she stopped into the shop.

quilts to bind

However, I haven't finished ANY of them yet! I have one long side left to hand sew the binding to the back on the first one, not shown in the photo above. I have the binding sewn to the front of another and binding made but not attached to the front yet for a third. The rest will have to wait. So I'm working, but have nothing I'm ready to share yet.