Snowflake Applique


As you may have noticed I love to make snowflakes.  ( see how here

I decided to try one in applique.     I started by cutting one using freezer paper.   The freezer paper was pretty easy to cut.   I then pressed the snowflake to white fabric and cut it out.   Then I glue basted it to a blue background fabric.


I then machine appliqued it.   I have had this Brother Machine for several years and it wouldn’t work.  I just kept getting error messages.


but I fiddled with it and got it running again and it worked great.   My vintage machines don’t have a blanket stitch and this one does.

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The glue shows a bit in this picture (click on the picture to enlarge it) with only part of the applique done.


After it was all stitched I rinsed it to remove the glue and then pressed it.

It took a long time to do.  There are a million turns and starts and stops and I really am new to machine applique but I think it turned out pretty good.


This made an 18inch block.  This would make a nice pillow top.  12 blocks with sashing would make a full sized quilt.   I think I’ll make one with 12 different snowflakes.  Check back for updates on that.

We had lots of snow here in Lansing Michigan….here are a few pictures out my studio window.

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Teddy prefers to say inside when it is cold and snowy.


Happy Quilting



Silver Bells in the City


Today was “Silver Bells in the City” in Lansing Michigan.    That is the day they have a light parade and fireworks and then light the Christmas Tree in front of the State Capital Building.

Here is a post I did in 2012 all about Christmas trees and the state capital tree.

Here is the tree arriving in front of the Capital


I am not one for crowds!   It usually looks like this.


I live only a few blocks away so I can see the tree some other time……but I have been excited to get my own tree put up and since the state tree is up I used that as a rationalization to do one at home.  ( a week earlier than I usually do it)

I have a bazillion Santa ornaments.    I collect them, most of them were gifts.   Here are a few.


I have room for a ten foot tree in my new bay window.    I should be able to fit them all on it.

I started with the big ones.


then the small


Then Teddy had to pose


We need a quilt on the wicker chair




I think it looks pretty good


As soon as I took the pictures I unplugged the lights…..after Thanksgiving it gets plugged in again.

Back to quilting





Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


One of my quilts was accepted for the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum exhibit “No Girls Allowed”. The show runs January 29th through April 26th.

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This is the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s Thirteenth Biennial Exhibit of Quilts Made by Men. and the third that I have had a quilt in.

This one was in 2012


and this 2014

I put together a storage shed for tools etc.

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It is so nice to have storage space.    The assembly required exactly 2 million 87 screws.

Remember the boots Quilt top?


I got started on quilting it.   12 weight Aurifil cotton thread (equivalent to size 12 perle cotton ) and a big needle .   Easy to see thread because of the contrast so it is going pretty good.

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several others in progress too……more pictures soon

Happy Quilting



Snowflakes again


I couldn’t resist making more snowflakes.   Here they all are (click pictures to enlarge)

I got the patterns finished (available here

I really think I need to make this one into a quilt.


I’m done with them for a while and now back to quilting…..more on that soon

Happy quilting


Log Cabin Variation Finished


I bought this antique (circa 1900) quilt top in 2012


It might be hard to tell from the picture how wonky and puckered it is.     It required a remake to get it flat enough to quilt.    You can read how I did that here

I  started the hand quilting and got half done but it got set aside for another project and was forgotten.    I got back to it and finished it .    The batting is Hobb’s Heirloom Wool.  I used YLI black hand quilting thread.  Finished size is 75″ x 90″

I washed it and dried it as soon as I finished the hand quilting.   Machine washed in a top load washer on gently cycle with warm water and regular detergent with the addition of 2 Tablespoons of Dawn dish washing liquid (the dawn keeps stray dye from bleeding).  Dried in the dryer on low temp.
Here it is fresh out of the dryer.


It is hard to see the hand quilting in this light (daylight is best so I’ll take more pics in the morning) but here are more pictures (click to enlarge)

My new light really helped. I can get it very close to the quilt and it helps my vision a lot.   I can get back to quilting small stitches again now.   It is hard to see the stitching here but it is only about 7 stitches per inch .


I have a bunch of other projects in progress to get done…..

happy quilting


and Teddy


Snowflake Season


It is getting cold and there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow.    I decided it is time to make some snowflakes.    Back in 2012 I did a post with a tutorial.   You can read that here

Since then I have done a few more snowflake posts with patterns and instructions.


And I have made a snowflake quilt.


I also have some pattern sets available on Etsy

I am working on another group of patterns….this one will have 20 patterns that are easier to cut than some of the previous designs.

Here are some previews.

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Teddy went to the groomer so he has a new seasonal bandanna to show off.


Now it is nap time


Happy Quilting


Teddy For Sale


Teddy is for sale.   Well not really Teddy but 2 Teddy quilts.

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I made these quilts for the Animals We love contest and they are now being auctioned .  The auction funds the Quilt Alliance which does some great work for the quilt community.


The Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1993, supports and develops projects to document, preserve, and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers. The AAQ brings together groups and individuals from the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to advance the recognition of quilts and their makers in American culture.

All of the “Animals We Love” contest quilts were donated by their makers and before being auctioned, the quilts went on a national exhibition tour that began at the Utah headquarters of Handi Quilter, Inc, and included stops at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and the International Quilt Festival. This eBay auction is one of the Alliance’s most important annual fundraisers and provides crucial funds that support the operation of projects like Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! Thank you to all of the creative and generous artists who donated their work to support the Alliance! And thank you for bidding!!

There are 2 Auctions… this week and one next.    This Teddy is for auction this week.


This one is up for auction next week


Here is the link to the auction.

There are several really great quilts available.

Happy Quilting