Deer Quilting


I have made some progress hand quilting the deer snowflake quilt.


when I finish this pair of deer I will have 5 more pair to go


and then I will have all the outside edges …you can see the edges drawn in this picture


here is the finished center


here is the snowflake the quilt is based on


lots more stitching to go!!


It rained pretty hard yesterday and a lot of the garden got a bit flattened but the sun is out and there is still a lot of color so I took some pictures.

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I carefully avoided taking pictures that show the weeds! ….I have to get out there and do some work!!

Happy Gardening/Quilting



Interplay Quilt Finish


On July 30 I started a new quilt.   I got a bundle of 12 fat quarters from P&B Textiles called Interplay.

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You can see the post about the design and cutting the pieces here (

Here is the completed top on August 11.


I hand quilted it using size 8 perle cotton thread and a size 5 embroidery needle …black thread on the more solid fabrics and green on the prints.


I used Nature’s Touch cotton batting and black backing fabric.   I always pin baste and don’t use very many pins.


It is hard to see the pins in the picture but if you click on it to enlarge you can see safety pins in the corners of the blocks.

I finished the hand quilting yesterday.


and here is the back


I used the backing fabric for the binding as well.

Here it is after binding and washing and drying (by machine)



The finished size was 45″ x 60″ before quilting , washing and drying.   I will have to measure it again to see how much shrinkage there is but I always expect shrink …the cotton batting will shrink and cause a bit of a puckered look to the quilt which I love.  If you do not want shrink I would use poly batting.

Here are some more pictures of the finished quilt (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy gave it the final sit test


and decided to relax on it

Last night I installed Electric Quilt software and thought I would give it a try with this quilt….sort of a backward approach since normally you start with a design and them make a quilt rather than start with a quilt and try to make a design to match but I think I am getting the hang of it.

Here is a picture of the design in EQ


Sort of fun to do!

Now back to work on the snowflake quilt


Happy Quilting




Home stretch

I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt.


When I get near the end on a quilt it becomes difficult for me to stop until it is done.   This past weekend I worked on it exclusively and I have only 2 corners left to go.

Teddy will be glad when I am done.


he gets a bit bored watching me quilt.

But he loves to get the chance to try out a quilt… he is testing the back.

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He approved it.  You can the unquilted corners better from the back.  The 2 corners on the left.


Back to work

Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.

I got new glasses on Saturday.   Bifocals …and I can actually see to quilt.  The old pair was not nearly strong enough so I was using drugstore readers.  Nice to not have to keep switching between different glasses.


Happy Quilting




Piecing and hand quilting


I have some more of the hand quilting done on the Interplay Quilt.


The quilting thread is #8 perle cotton in black and a green color that I chose to blend with the prints.


The green doesn’t detract from the prints, and the black stands out well against the stripes and dots.

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Here is a view of the back.


My Friend Carla (see her blog here) made me this Schnauzer Scissor Case.


Carla also has a Schnauzer rescue dog.  His name is Max and  he is quite a handsome boy.

I got some of the piecing done on the signature block project.  here it is on the “design floor”.


I wont make into a full-sized quilt with just the signature blocks so I might add more blank blocks to make it a larger quilt.   I will make that decision once I get this part finished.

Back to work for me!

Happy Quilting


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Signature Block Piecing


yesterday I posted about the signature block exchange


I got started on  the top.

I have a vintage top that was the inspiration for what I am dong.

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Here are a bunch of pictures of all the great fabrics in the antique top (click pictures to enlarge)  You can see that I love old fabric!

It is a very simple pattern.  Just a nine patch and a snowball

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I am using reproduction fabric for my signature version.

I started with the snowball blocks with are the signature blocks

I cut the 2.5″ strips into 2.5″ squares.  I sew a square on the diagonal to the corner.

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sew a square to each corner


cut off the corners


press open

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and the rest of the blocks are simple  nine patch blocks

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I have lots of nine patches to make …but all the signature blocks are done.


Happy quilting


Take My Picture


Teddy was sitting next to the hoop and looking up at me as if to say “take my picture”.   He is funny about pictures….he loves to be a photographed.


As soon as the picture was over he went back to work on his chew bone.

I have been working on some pretty detailed quilting on my snowflake quilt

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here is the back


But it is time for a break from that for a bit so I will finish the Interplay quilt


Remember the vintage top I posted a few days ago?


I bought a wide backing fabric for it


and I am planning another new quilt.   I belong to a Facebook group “men who quilt”  and Scott Griffin organized a block swap with the members.

30 of us signed 6 inch squares of fabric and sent them to Scott who sorted them and mailed them back to us. They arrived yesterday.


I have a roll of fabric that I will use with the blocks


and I will post some pictures when I get going on that.  I’m excited to get to work on that and since they are all dated 2014 I feel compelled to do it this year :) .

Happy Quilting


Big and Small


I have been working on a few different hand quilting projects.   The quilting is very different!

The Interplay quilt is using A large size 5 embroidery needle and #* perle cotton thread. (see this post for more about the Interplay quilt)


I have a few blocks done (click pictures to enlarge)

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here is the back (which is actually a black fabric but didn’t photograph well)


I am also working on the Snowflake Quilt (see this post for more on that)


For this quilt I am using Blue 40 weight cotton Presencia thread ( I buy it here) and a #11 John James between needle.

here you can see the difference between them


I am doing a lot of filling in on the snowflake quilt.


I start at the outside of each shape and then make row after row of addition stitches until the space is filled in.  here I am starting on the hearts.


I am removing my marking lines as I go using a q-tip and water.  Once all the quilting is done the entire quilt will be soaked in plain cold water to be sure that all the making ink comes out.   The water-soluble markers (I am using a clover marker) work great but I find that spraying and dabbing does not get out all of the ink and small amounts will come back unless it is thoroughly rinsed with lost of cold water. (no soap!)

As a reminder here is the snowflake the quilt is based on.


I posted a progress picture of it on my Facebook page and as of now it has had over 11,000 views and I have had some inquiries about a pattern and instructions.   I have not done patterns before but I am planning to do one for this. (after it is finished and I am sure it is the way I want it)

So I have a question for you.   If you wanted to buy a pattern would you prefer a full-sized printed pattern with instructions or a downloadable PDF file?

I still have to finish the quilt and look into printing options and copyright info etc but I am thinking about it.

meanwhile I am also in the middle of 2 other quilts and have several others in progress as well so stay tuned for more.

Happy Quilting


More Garden Picturtes


Hard to believe it is already Aug 9!  The summer is flying by….but the garden continues to grow.   here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

here is the back garden

and the front

I got a bit more done on the snowflake quilt, many stitches to go :)

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This post shows how I started 

More pictures soon

Happy Quilting


New Quilt Top and a Wholecloth Start


I went to the eye doctor today.  I am diabetic and I need to have a dilated eye exam once a year.   The good news is there is no  diabetic retinopathy.   The bad news is that I can’t quilt with dilated eyes :)

Tomorrow I will go back and pick out new glasses.

I got a new quilt top in the mail today!   My friend Lisa Burmann bought it  and asked me if I would like it.  Here is what she said:

I was going to quilt it – but I haven’t because deep down I think it should be hand quilted.

She gave me a great deal….just what she paid for it.

Lisa is an amazingly talented  long arm quilter ….see her website here  and her Facebook page here to see some of here great work.

Here is the top.


It measures 78.5″ x 97.5″  and it is signed in pencil


The block is called “Hickory Leaf” or “The Reel”…as well as several other names.


Lots of space to do quilting in the plain alternating blocks.

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I am looking forward to doing this one….it doesn’t need any repair work!!

I started a bit of hand quilting on the Snowflake whole cloth.   I am using Blue 40 weight thread (Presencia brand) and wool batting (Hobb’s Tuscany)  and a #11 John James between needle.

I have only done a bit in the center but here is what is done


if you look at the snowflake you can get an idea of how I will quilt it.  Everywhere you see the red background will be densely quilted with blue thread causing the white parts to stand out.


so think of the red as blue … the only difference is that I added a flower in the center to fill the space.


Happy Quilting