I started the morning with the intention of having my Tree up and decorated by now.    Then I remembered some fabric I bought in the spring.    Holiday Jelly roll.    20 strips.    So I say to myself….self you can whip up a new tree shirt in a few hours.   Self is always over confident ;)

Well I started by arranging the strips in groups of 10 alternating light and dark


sew them together and repeat with the other 10 strips


cut into wedges and arrange


sew together the wedges


The open end will close together with ties when it is done

Teddy wanted to give it the sit test


I am going to stop now and put up the tree.   I will get the skirt layered and quilted after that.

Happy Quilting


The Winners


The fabric bundle giveaway winners are in!

I had 419 entries.  Each comment on the giveaway post was one entry.  The first comment posted was number one, second number two and so on.

There are 5 Fabric Bundles so I needed 5 numbers.   I used a random number generator which took the numbers 1 – 419 and made them into a random sequence. The winners are the first 5 numbers in the sequence.

nov drawing

The first bundle is Luxury Essentials. (click on the picture to see the full line)


And The winner is Lilian Hedley

Next is Bella Suede (click on the picture to see the full line)

And the Winner is Brenda

Next is Island Breeze (click on the picture to see the full line)

And the winner is Karin Pierce

Next is Fontaine (click on the picture to see the full line)

and the winner is Mary Jo Olson

And last Blissful Moments (click on the picture to see the full line)


and the winner is Dawn Cooper


A big Thank you to P&B Textiles for generously providing the fabrics!!

I will send the winners an email tomorrow to get  shipping information.   So check your Email

Happy Thanksgiving!


Trees and Quilts


Last night after teaching class I stopped by the State Capital.   I only live a few blocks away and I wanted to get a look at the State Christmas Tree.

Here are some pictures of the Capital building and the State Tree.    Unfortunately one section of the lights on one side were out but I am sure that they will be fixed soon. (click pictures to enlarge)

The Big Tree lighting was last week.    I usually put up my tree (actually trees) after thanksgiving.   I do plan to do that one on Friday, but I did one early.   I have a ton of Santa ornaments so I do one tree of only Santa ornaments.

And I finished the Luxury Essentials Quilt top.

After all the blocks were pieced and arranger how I wanted them I sewed the blocks into rows.    It might be just me but I find that it is very easy to get the blocks confused and the order mixed up so I label the blocks with mashing tape.    I put numbers on the tape like this….see the top row


then when sewing I make sure that the ones go together and then the twos etc.


then after the rows are all stitched together I mark the rows the same way


It keeps me from adding them backward.  here is the finished top.

Next I need to get a backing fabric and start quilting.

Remember the Drawing for the fabric giveaway is tomorrow.

Happy Quilting




I finished piecing the Luxury Essentials blocks.


I made 48 blocks and the layout is 8 rows of 6, finishing at 72″ x 96″.    I think I am going to make one more block and make it 7 rows of 7 blocks to finish at 84″ square.

I do have enough fabric to make another block

here is one block


If I layout all the blocks in this orientation (long pieces at top and bottom) This is how it looks


If I alternate the blocks by turning every other block the look changes


Not a huge difference but I think it looks much more random this way.

I will give it a day and think about it before I sew all the blocks together.

I will use the same fabrics for the binding as I used in the centers.   I need to decide on a backing fabric.  I think I will know it when I see it so a trip to the store is in order.

Do you remember cousin It from the Adams Family?

Here is the pile of thread tails I accumulated while making these blocks


I have another bundle of fabrics to design a top with


This one is also part of the giveaway.  There is still time to enter.  The Drawing will be Thursday (enter here) …..I am trying to teach Teddy to pull numbers out of a hat but so far no luck so I think It will be a random number generator that will do the selection.   I will notify the winners on Friday.

Teddy decided to ball up his quilt on top of a few pillows and sit on top of it.


He can see out the window better from a higher perch.

Hand quilting tonight will be more work on the Antique applique quilt.


I am thinking of doing another version of the snowflake quilt using the same pattern.

I want to do one with much less quilting…only the outline of the design.    All that filling takes a lot of time and can be intimidating


and I think it would still be a pretty cool quilt if it were done without the filling stitches.  I am thinking of doing it with red perle cotton thread.

Happy Quilting




Nap Time?


What does a quilt inspector dog do when he gets tired of watching quilting?   He takes a nap.


Before he settles down to nap he spends a good bit of time making his nest.

He used his quilt


and one that I made several years ago


I have been talking about making a pattern for my Reindeer Snowflake quilt for months


I finally got it done (working on the pattern was not interesting to Teddy hence the napping)

I have listed it on my Etsy page.   you can see that here:  Snowflake Quilt Pattern

Now it is time for a bit of Teddy time   then back to work

Happy Quilting



Colorful blocks


I made up a few more of the blocks with the Luxury Essentials Fabrics (the fabric is part of the give away…see that here

I now have 24 blocks done…..there will be 24 more , I have only used half of the fabrics so far.


I love all the colors , I do need to shift around the blocks a bit to keep 2 of the same fabrics from being next to each other….perhaps a bit over-obsessive but it would drive me crazy if I sewed them together like that. (see the lower left with the blue fabric)

I was thinking that I might also like this if it were monochromatic.    I converted a picture to  gray-scale

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I think it has real potential that way too.

Teddy gave the blocks an initial test.


He sure does look good with all those colors.


Today I plan to get the pattern finished for the Snowflake quilt


made from this snowflake


And I want to finish the Batik top


and I would like to finish the orange quilt top


I think I need at least a few days :)

Happy Quilting


Hand Quilting and Piecing


I have been so busy the last few days that I haven’t gotten a lot of quilting done.

I worked for a bit last night on the Luxury Essentials blocks. (see the post about the fabric give away here

here is a block ready to sew


With 6 blocks you can start to see how the design will look


When I have it finished I will hand quilt it.

My hand quilting project for now is still the antique applique quilt.

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Teddy is still concerned that someone is going to steal his bone…he keeps checking on it and keeping it in his sight.


It is still snowy and cold and perfect weather for hand quilting……Even with the hoop on a stand the quilt covers you up nicely as you work.

Happy quilting