Janet's Quilt

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 1 comment

This is a quilt that my friend, Janet, pieced and she was kind enough to let me practice on! Can't wait for her to see it!

The Garden Grows!

Saturday, June 6, 2015 1 comment

I love english paper piecing, especially in the quiet of the morning! My Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt is really growing!! July will be two years I have been working on this one. How time flies!

Finished! Curved Log Cabin Quilt!

Saturday, May 30, 2015 No comments

I made this quilt as a surprise birthday present for my daughter. It is queen size and I utilized a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Quilt fabric is Sue Daly's French Courtyard by Riley Blake. She was ecstatic!

Early Morning EPP Planning

Saturday, May 23, 2015 No comments

Is there any better way to start the day?

The Boat House is Quilted!

Monday, May 18, 2015 No comments

I finished quilting my grandson's Wiggling Quilt (Natalia Bonner pattern). I love The Boat House fabric and he is going to love this quilt. I will post another picture when I finish the binding.

Back to EPP!

Sunday, May 10, 2015 No comments

Finally pulled out my EPP project that I started two years ago and stitched a little this morning! I really want to work toward finishing it this year. July will actually make two years so I know I won't be done by July, but maybe December!

Quilting the Boathouse Quilt

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 2 comments

Finally squeezing in a little quilting time. I am using a pantograph by Patricia Ritter called Constellation. The quilt pattern is Wiggling Quilt from Natalia Bonner's One Block Modern Quilts book.

My First Pantograph

Sunday, April 19, 2015 No comments

I decided today was as good a day as any to try a pantograph. I was wobbly at first, but tried to concentrate on moving faster and not necessarily being precise. That really helped. This was fun and I will definitely do another so can continue to practice.

The pattern I used is called Ocean Breeze by Lorien Quilting. I purchased it from Urban Elementz. The quilt was stitched on my HandiQuilter Avante.

Is it Summer yet?

Sunday, April 12, 2015 No comments

I found these wonderful embroidered blocks at MQX East. They are available from Kings Treasures and I am so looking forward to summer. I know that I have to wait for Spring, but doesn't summer sound wonderful?

Practice Squares from Leah's MXQ East Class

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 No comments

Here are my samples that I stitched in the class today. I felt more comfortable than I have in the past. Definitely not perfect, but certainly getting better every time!!

MQX East - With Leah Day

I feel very fortunate that I was able to take a class with Leah Day today at MQX East in Manchester, NH. She is simply awesome- fun and inspirational! I was amazed by the beauty of her quilts. they were so impressive in person. I have included a few pictures of some of her work she shared with us.

If you ever get a chance to take a class with Leah, do it!

Seashore Couch Cushion Cover

Saturday, April 4, 2015 No comments

Playing with placement on this small quilt that will be used to cover the couch cushions in our Maine cottage. It will make it easy to clean up after the dog and grandkids! I think I like it, but will play with it for a little bit.

Magical Blocks - Out of the Box

Sunday, March 8, 2015 No comments

I decided to start this project this weekend. It is a quilt from a Craftsy class led by Kimberly Einmo. I consider it a great skill builder quilt. I don't even know how my half-square triangles I created this weekend! Fabric is Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda. I really love the fabric!

Spool Quilt is Complete!

Sunday, March 1, 2015 No comments

Another finish for today! Yay! This is a pattern by Fig Tree and Co (Joanna Figueroa) and is part of her Craftsy class. The fabric is Bake Sale by Lori Holt for Riley Blake. I learned a lot of new techniques on this one and I absolutely love the colors.

#sewmystash2015 #sewymystash2015precutsparty

Dog Crate Cover is Complete!

Love this! Finished the binding this morning, washed, dried and tried it out for size. It looks so much better than a blanket over the top of the crate!

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/7

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1 comment

Well I am making progress! Woo hoo! I have not worked on my EPP as much, but it seems like I am on a roll now!

Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts!

Spool Quilt is Quilted!

Sunday, February 22, 2015 No comments

I loaded up the spool quilt this morning and quilted away. This is only my fifth quilt on my Avante so I certainly need more practice, but I am feeling more comfortable. I may even try pantographs!

Gracie's First Quilt In Progress

Saturday, February 21, 2015 No comments

She sure picks up quick and she remembered everything from a few months ago. She went over all the controls before she started and it was so cute! She is doing a great job and I am having so much fun with her! This is actually going to be a picnic blanket for her stuffed animals. So more like a mini quilt. And why is that? Because she wanted to save all the dog fabric for her EPP hexagons! Too funny!

Gracie's First Quilt

Gracie chose Puppy Love by Greta Lynn for Benartex and she is so excited to get started. This will be her first quilt and she really struggled with using the sewing machine versus english paper piecing. I talked her into the sewing machine because I really want her to get comfortable with her machine. Love spending time with my granddaughter!

Dog Crate Cover Design in Progress!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 No comments

I love designing on the fly :) so much fun just creating and not following a pattern.

Dog Crate Cover - The Beginning

Sunday, February 15, 2015 No comments

Half-square triangle blocks are pressed and dog ears removed. I absolutely adore these colors. Now for measuring and arrangement...basically playing!

New Project in Progress!

Just finished stitching 80 half-square triangle units. The fabric is Zoe by Jennifer Young for Benartex. This is going to be a dog crate cover for my Scrappy (he's the cutest Mini-Schnauzer ever)!

Spool Quilt Top is Complete!

I really had fun making this one. The pattern was part of a Craftsy class with Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts and the fabric is called Bake Sale by Lori Holt. Now I just have to decide what type of quilting pattern I will use.

Sunday Morning EPP

A little Sunday morning english paper piecing. The snow is flying and the winds are howling. Although the snow is getting old, I do love living in New England! After all, the Governor ordered everyone off the roads so it means I am 'forced' to stitch!

Spool Quilt Sashing

Saturday, February 14, 2015 No comments

Well, I finished the block sashing today. Tomorrow I will work on the outer border and sawtooth border. Fun!

Sawtooth Border for Spool Quilt

Well, the snow is already falling and we are expecting another 12" or so by Monday, which makes it a great weekend to stay in and quilt! I am working on a saw tooth border for my spool quilt today, but have a lot of ideas in my head for other projects! Hoping I can stay focused and finish something :).

Wiggling Quilt Update

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 No comments

I managed to finish the the main part of the quilt top tonight. I just need to add some side borders and then it is ready for quilting! My grandson is going to love it! The Boat House fabric by Sweetwater for Moda is just beautiful!

Wiggling Quilt

Monday, February 9, 2015 No comments

A quilt for my grandson! It is a pattern from Modern One Block Quilts called Wiggling Quilt. I love the way the blocks float. The fabric is The Boat House by Sweetwater for Moda. At the halfway point and hoping to finish the other half tomorrow night after work.

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/6

It's been a little slow moving...I have been battling pneumonia for a couple of weeks so not a lot of progress, but finally a couple of days ago I started feeling motivated! I added a few more flowers and I am looking forward to stitching this section to the main section this week. Feeling very fortunate to be linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts! Your encouragement keeps me chugging along!

First 9 Blocks - 21 to Go

Monday, January 26, 2015 No comments

Here are the first nine blocks I have completed in the Piece N Quilt 30 block sew along. Only 21 to go 😊!

Spool Quilt Progress

Sunday, January 25, 2015 No comments

20 spool blocks completely pieced and trimmed! The pattern is from Fig Tree & Co (part of her Craftsy class) and the fabric is Bake Sale by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. #beeinmybonnet #figtreeco #sewmystash2015

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/3

I managed to squeeze in a little bit of EPP on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. This project is nearly two years old so I need to pick up the speed 😄 LOL #epp #englishpaperpiecing #bonnieandcamille #GFG

Piece of Cake 3 - Ready For Borders

Saturday, January 24, 2015 No comments

This quilt is for my granddaughter, Gracie and she can't wait to get it home! I have to choose borders and then quilt it...so she has a little while to wait! I used Bonnie & Camille's Happy-Go-Lucky fabric line and the pattern is by Camille Roskelley.

Piece N Quilt Sew-Along Progress: Week 2

I am really having fun with this Sew-Along, although I really can't keep up with a block a day! Here are three more (for a total of 7) that I completed this week.

#bonnieandcamille #pnq30quiltblocks

Piece N Quilt Sew-Along Progress

Saturday, January 17, 2015 No comments
I have several goals this year and two of them are to use my fabric stash and to improve my piecing skills.  Well, I decided to join two sew-alongs that Natalia is having.  This post is about the 30 blocks in 30 days sew-along.  It is a lot of fun and I love seeing others work too. 

Here are the first four blocks I have completed this week:
So if you are looking to improve your skills or just searching for new ideas, check out Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting's site Piece N Quilts.  I am sure you will love it!

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/2

Yes, it's Saturday, not Monday!  Just another crazy work week in technology and so here I am posting on Saturday, what I should have posted on Monday!  I spent the week jumping between several projects in my down time and made progress on each.  I will post the other projects separately and focus on my EPP here.

I decided to lay out sections, stitch each section, and then I will put the sections together.  It is actually looking great and I will work on stitching at least one of the large sections to the main quilt top this week.  Although, there are so many quilt alongs and projects floating in myhead that I am fairly confident that I have quilting ADD!  

Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts for EPP motivation!

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/1

Monday, January 5, 2015 8 comments
In 2015, I am going to focus on finishing my projects and top on my list is my Grandmother's Flower Garden. I made a lot of progress in 2014 - thanks to all of my EPP friends and the encouragement sent my way.

The quilt currently measures about 45" x 55" and it is for a queen bed, so I still have some stitching to do!

I am really looking forward to 2015 and linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts!

Piece of Cake 3 - Just getting started

Saturday, January 3, 2015 No comments
I am working on a quilt called "Piece of Cake 3" by Camille Roskelley. I decided to use her fabric line "Happy-Go_Lucky for Moda.

I love seeing 'cut' fabric!
And here is my first block:
24 more to go!

Mother/Daughter Sewing Time

I spent some time with my daughter this morning for her first sewing lesson! She has wanted to start sewing and really needs a quilt for her bed so I decided to show her the quilt as you go modern method. There is a great book on this method:

And here is my daughter working on her very first block:

And here is the finished block:
So proud of her!!

My First Project of 2015

I have so many projects to finish, but I wanted to start off 2015 with a project that I have been yearning to try....free motion quilting. Now I have tried this before, but was really encouraged when I picked up Christina Cameli's book - First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting.

I chose to complete a small sign - about 8x9.5" - to hang near my sewing machine. I free motion quilted this on my Baby Lock Jane.

I feel so proud that I was able to complete the project in just a few hours and that I didn't give up! I really enjoyed the process and I stayed relaxed! If you are interested in free motion quilting, you have to pick up this book! You can purchase the hard copy or the kindle version...I have both!