Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday–September 21, 2014

This is sort of my design wall.  What’s actually up there is a Round Robin that I can’t show you.  But this is something I am working on and will continue to work on at a retreat I’m attending later this week.  I started it at a retreat in August but didn’t have enough fabric with me to finish it.  This time I hope to be better prepared.  Confused smile

blackandwhite table topper

It doesn’t look like much right now because they are just kind of laying there but once I get another couple of strip sets made and cut up it will hopefully look much better.

To see what others are working on check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday–September 15, 2014

This year I have been participating in two Round Robins.  This month I am working on my BFF’s quilt.  I am the 9th of 10 people that will be adding a round.  Whew, we are nearing the end and hey are getting harder and harder to figure out what to do next.

Obviously, I can’t show you the whole thing, but here is Marilyn’s center.  I’ve reached out to another friend for some advice and ideas (thank you Pat) and I think I now know what I’m going to do.  The reveal is October 22 and I am getting really excited and just a little anxious. 


To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times



Friday, September 12, 2014


Last night was the “reveal” of a round robin I participated in at one of my local quilt guilds, Quilters by the Sea.  My center was the circle of flying geese in bright color, using Kona black for the background.  This was a free paper pieced pattern I found on the internet.  I included some of the “geese” fabric and some Kona black.  Look what I got back last night!!!!!


Can we all say “STUNNING”.  I am so grateful to Lori Ramsey, Tatia Sheffield, Suzanne Heer, Sue Towler and Connie Higgins for making this a fantastic experience.  I can not thank you ladies enough. 



Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday–September 8, 2014

Unfortunately there is absolutely nothing on my design wall in my sewing room.  I have instead been preparing to teach and speak at Orange Grove Quilters Guild this week.  My lecture and trunk show are Wednesday morning and my In and Out workshop is Tuesday and then again Thursday. 

This is my portable design wall that is a step-by-step visual for creating the block.  I’m taught this before but I have now added the layout for making a completely interlocking quilt.


I taught this quilt originally as a totally scrappy quilt but have since added the completely interlocking version like the one below made with a constant background and 4 different reds. 


To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall Monday–August 25, 2014

Not exactly my design wall but all layered, pin basted and ready to go under the needle and be quilted.  This is a 4 patch kaleidoscope set in a shadow box.  The fabric I used is an Alexander Henry called El Burrito.


I wanted to showcase the leftover fabric on the back so I made a giant 4 patch kaleidoscope so that you get a better appreciation of what the fabric looks like.


I’m teaching today and then I have to finish up some round robins that are due next week but hopefully I’ll get to start quilting this by the end of the week.

To see what others are up to, check out Judy’s Patchwork Time blog.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Blocks Are Made

I finally finished my log cabin blocks. 


I ended up making 39 (I think) log cabin blocks and plus who knows how many others blocks throughout the year for my Amish With A Twist block of the month.


All the blocks are now made and it’s time to move on to Month 13 which is the borders.


I need to cut up a whole bunch of 2 1/2” squares and start sewing them together but I think the end is in sight. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Itty Bitty Pincushion

While my sister was visiting we made Hexagon Travel Bags.  The closure is a magnetic snap.  My sister made us cute little hexi pincushions that have a magnetic snap on the back.  When you have the travel bag open you can snap the pin cushion right in place.



You can find the Hexagon Travel Bag tutorial here

A big thank you to my sister Melinda for making me the pincushion and helping me make my bag. 



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