Slow Progress


Last time I had 2 sides finished.


Now I have 3.

It seems to be taking forever….but I should be able to finish the piecing tomorrow.

It has been a great luxury to have the space on the floor to lay out the blocks and still have room to work.

The garden is starting to bloom more. (click pictures to enlarge)

The grass in the new fenced in yard is starting to fill in.   I had to have some grass for Teddy.  I thought about doing sod but grass seed is a lot less expensive :)


I will be planting the space around the edges with flowers and shrubs.  Most of that will have to wait for spring.

Happy Quilting




Rain in the forecast


Looks like rain any time now.    I took some pictures before the rain knocks the flowers flat.   I exaggerate but sometimes the rain does do a bit of damage.

Something quilty next time


More Trapunto and some garden pictures

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I finished some more of the trapunto.    The quilt looks a bit bumpy in the picture but that is because I have had it sort of wadded up in my hands to get the stuffing in.    It really is still flat.     Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)

It did rain last night and it looks like more today.   It is very cloudy so the color of the pictures is not the best but you can still see how things are growing.

The grass is still wet from the rain so Teddy decided to stay inside …..he doesn’t like to get his feet wet.  Here he is in his “I’m bored” pose ( he thinks it is my fault that it is wet outside)


Happy Quilting


Home Again


I just got home…Teddy comes home tomorrow.
My garden grew in my absence, and so did the grass and the weeds.   I have some work to do ….here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

A few pictures from the road today which might be used as quilt inspiration.

Now I get to unpack…

Happy quilting


Quilted Pillow


The internet is amazing to me.   It brings together so many people and ideas.

A few weeks ago I posted about the Teddy Quilt I made with the bandanas that Teddy gets from his groomer.


It got a lot of interest and led me to meet (on-line) Delse Buss. If not for the internet we would never have connected.     Delse is a quilter who makes the coolest pillows.   A photo of your dog is transformed into a custom-made, hand appliqued and hand quilted pillow .

Here is Teddy

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and here is the Pillow Delse made


It really is fun! (right now I just stuffed it with batting scraps so it is a bit lumpy…..I will buy a 12 inch pillow from to stuff it properly)


Here is a link to the Etsy store so you can see more examples

Thanks for the pillow Delse.   Teddy and I both love it!

Here are a few pictures of the floral designs the students made in my class last night.   The snapdragons were a bit curvy from shipping but will straighten up within a day.    (click pictures to enlarge)

It is a very damp and gloomy day here but flowers always brighten things up.

I am pretty pleased with the way the new top is coming together.


Back to work for me

Happy Quilting




Autumn is here.   The trees are really colorful around town and I need to get to work on fall clean up in my garden.

A few things still look good.  I took a few pictures but it is starting to rain so I will try again in a few days.     (click pictures to enlarge)

If the weather is good I have some bulbs to plant  and there are bags of leaves to rake and plants to cut down and flowers to harvest for drying.

I taught a class today….more floral design, I did get a few pictures.

I hope to get this quilt finished this week


I will post pictures soon

Happy Fall


Teddy quilt started


I started hand quilting the Teddy quilt.

Teddy is an on top of the quilt guy so I wanted the quilt to be very thick and puffy.   I used an extra loft poly batting.


The backing is a dog bone pattern


As always I pin basted the layers together (very few pins works best for me)


I am hand quilting it with black perle cotton thread #12 and a size 5 embroidery needle. A note about perle cotton thread; it is different than embroidery floss.    Embroidery floss is not a good choice for hand quilting.  The individual strands are not as strong and are not twisted together like they are in perle cotton thread.


I am not marking this.  I am just quilting around the pieces and then adding 3 more rows by eye .


You can see Teddy on the far left checking my work.


He asked if he could sit on it yet


I got his approval.

I did make a few more border pieces for the Batik Quilt.


It wont be too much longer before I get the top finished (I hope)

As promised here are a few pictures from the Basic floral design class I teach. (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting