Friday, January 6, 2023
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Swoon Quilt Block #4

 I finished another project on my To Do list so I got to make the next block for my Swoon quilt.

Four done, 8 more to go.  I'm thrilled with my progress so far.  This rewarding myself system is working well.  I just may continue to use it throughout the year to make sure I always make time for my own sewing projects.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Sammy Wallets

My last finishes in 2022 were these 3 Sammy Wallets from Sew Many Creations that were gifts for my 3 sisters. The fun part is they all are constructed in part with cork fabric, which I've found I like working with for projects like this.

They were kits that I purchased and each kit contained everything I needed except thread of course. The bright and black one was gifted to my sister Tina.

The interior fabric is a sage green decor weight which gave a nice feel to the pockets and lining.


The blue floral wallet was sent to my sister Diane who lives in Myrtle Beach.


The interior fabric provided was a nice medium blue.

The last one was gifted to my sister Marianne.  Unlike the other two, the kit for this one included cork fabric for both of the outside sections.

This kit included a rainbow iridescent zipper and pulls and the interior fabric is a pale blue.

I purchased a 4th kit that I may get around to making for myself some day but for now, I have other projects that need to be completed. The sisters really liked their gifts and I'm guessing they will be well used.

Jessica of Sew Many Creations is a member of my local guild and has lots of other great patterns and fabrics available on her website so check it out.

Monday, January 2, 2023

Kate's Interrupted Log Cabin Quilt

My client Kate sent me another great top to quilt for her. It's a fun design called Interrupted Log Cabin which can be found in the book Quilt with Tula and Angela.



It's certainly an interesting modern design that would look great in practically any color palette.

Kate chose the Modernish pantograph which suited the linear style blocks well. Quilters Dream 80/20 batting in Natural along with Glide Mercury thread for the top and So Fine Brown Sugar rounds out the other materials used to finish this one.

Kate always takes advantage of my trimming service and this time Maverick felt the need to inspect my work and help lay it out on the floor.


Here's the glamor shot! I really love the pops of Blue and Teal she added to the piecing.

The wind decided to be a little challenging that day.

It's a good sized quilt, measuring 80" x 80".  It was a Christmas gift for her daughter.

The backing is a fun New York  city scape print she purchased at City Quilter.  They closed the brick and mortar store a few years back but they still have an online store.

The sun shining through from the white strips on the front look like streets themselves.

Here you can see the details of the fabric.  If you have anyone with ties to New York City, this online store is the only place where you'll find fabrics like this.

This was another fun project to quilt for Kate.

I know another quilt will be on it's way to me to stitch soon.  I can't wait to see what it will be.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Linda's Friendship Star Quilt

 My client Linda made a new quilt for her grandson's birthday.  He picked all the fabrics.

Evidently he loves Orange and Purple.  I don't know if he also chose the pattern she used to piece the top but it's a variety of Friendship Stars in an Irish Chain setting.

Linda had a tough time choosing the stitching design.  I steered her to the Caldor pantograph and though she wasn't sure, she trusted my judgement.  Being that this was for her grandson, we wanted a design that looked more masculine and modern.

I think the Calder pantograph gave this quilt just the right feel, perfect for a young man.

The outside photos shows the actual colors so much better than the inside shots. Due to her arthritis, Linda struggles now to sew binding so she asked me to trim and bind this quilt for her.  I used the leftover strips she brought to create the scrappy binding.


There's lots of lovely texture that helped make this quilt shine.

The backing fabric is a fun print that looks like chicken tracks on the ground.


Linda brought her grandson and his mom when she picked it up.  He was beyond thrilled.

I was happy that I could help Linda finish this gift for her grandson.  I know he will love snuggling with this special quilt made by his grandmother's loving hands.

Friday, December 30, 2022

Sandy's Mountain Skiers Quilt

Along with her Batik Mountains quilt, my client Sandy also brought this wonderful Mountain Skiers top for me to quilt for her.

It started out as this fabulously pieced top.

Sandy had a unique request for the quilting.  She wanted vertical freehand wavy lines of varying widths similar to the quilting I had done on the sailboat wall hanging I stitched earlier this year. Her intent for the quilting was to have it mimic the lines in the snow created as skiers made their way down the mountain.

I loaded the top sideways on the frame to make stitching the wavy lines easier.  It worked well.

The thread used was Glide Linen on the top and in the bobbin. Sandy was thrilled with the result.

Quilting is always fun when my clients bring me such interesting projects to help them finish.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Sandy's Batik Mountains Quilt

I truly enjoy the variety of tops that my clients bring me to quilt for them.  It certainly keeps the job interesting.  This is the batik mountains quilt that I helped my client Sandy complete.

This is how it looked before being quilted. The large variety of batik colors and prints she used makes this quilt visually dynamic.

I believe she told me these blocks were paper pieced.

Sandy was sure of the look she was going for and quickly chose the Modernish pantograph for this quilt, along with Glide Sterling thread for both the top and in the bobbin.

The stitching design definitely kept with the modern vibe of this quilt and kind of reminds me of waves of wind as they pass along the mountains' peaks.

Sunshine helped me out with the photo shoot outside where the colors showed much more vibrantly.

The backing was a solid gray which showed off the stitching.

We both love how this turned out. 

Stay tuned to see the other quilt Sandy brought me to stitch for her.

Swoon Quilt Block #3

I've completed another project on my To Do list (I can show it yet as it's a gift) so I was able to reward myself with making another block for my Swoon quilt. 

These are so fun to make.  Lucky for me I've also completed 2 other projects so I'll be working on 2 more Swoon blocks soon.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Charmaine's Asian Half Square Triangle Quilt

Don't you just love it when a client brings you a project that just sings to you. That's what this one did for me. Charmaine pieced this absolutely gorgeous Asian Half Square Triangle top that I had the pleasure of quilting for her. 

Here is the "before" picture.  There are so many gorgeous Asian prints in these blocks that I was staring at this for a long while before I got to work. It was mesmerizing.

See what I mean?  The prints shine when paired with the Black tone on tone print that she used. This strongly temps me to pull out all my Asian fabrics and make my own version.

After the first pass, I liked how it was looking already.

It didn't take long before it was done.  Thankfully it was a nice sunny day so I could get the pics outside. You can't beat the natural light to truly show off  the beautiful colors in this quilt.

Glide thread in Medium Gray was the right choice for the top thread so as to show the stitching some without overshadowing the piecing.

I had just purchased a new panto design called Ginseng by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran which couldn't have been more perfect for this quilt.

The backing is a beautiful Geisha print in Yellow.

In this picture you can better see the details of the backing fabric.  Glide thread in Light Tan worked well to not outshine the print.

I really love how this quilt turned out and so did Charmaine. 










As always, I can't wait to see what fun project Charmaine brings me to quilt next.