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


Hand Quilting again…and snow


I am focusing my hand quilting attention on a great quilt.    It has a lot of quilting so it won’t be done quickly.


The more blocks I finish the more I am deciding that I will stuff (trapunto) the feathers between the blocks.  It will really make them special.

It has been snowing here.   Nothing like in some parts of the country!  but snow enough to make it look like December rather than November.

Teddy hates the snow, he wasn’t built for it and after a walk he likes to sit on my lap to warm up is cold toes.   He does like to look out the window.


Not much to see there, but there are some neighborhood cats that like to hide in the garden.

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He is always on the lookout for someone who is coming to steal his bone….he is very protective of it and if he sees anyone coming down the street he goes to guard it.


This is the time of year where time seems to disappear and I wonder if I am really getting anything done.   Probably because I have so many things going on at once.

look at my work table (OK let’s be honest it is the dining room table)


organized chaos

I worked on snowflake patterns/instructions and made a file of them available on my Etsy site see the link for that on the sidebar to the right of this page.  I also made a snowflake and pattern that I am posting here for you as a free download.


Here is the pattern snowflake 11-19-14

I am working to get the Snowflake quilt pattern done and up on the site soon…this week I hope

Back to work for me

Stay warm!

and Happy Quilting



Fabric Give Away


My friends at P&B Textiles have generously offered fabrics for a give away.   There are 5 fat quarter bundles!

First is a line called Luxury Essentials


Next is Bella Suede


Also Island Breeze (click picture to see the whole line)


And Fontaine (click picture to see the entire line)


And last Blissful Moments (click picture to see entire line)


Each bundle will have one fat quarter of each fabric in the line and will be sent to you directly from P&B Textiles.

To enter the give away add a comment to this post stating that you would like to be entered.  I will do a random number pick of the entries (first comment will be number one, second comment 2, etc).  I will select the winning 5 numbers on Nov 27, Thanksgiving day.  The winners will have their fabrics in time for a holiday project.

(I normally try to respond to every comment but for this post I will not be able to respond or it will throw off my number system and if you have not commented on this blog before it might take a while for the comment to appear because I need to approve them before they appear )

They sent me 2 bundles and I am starting to piece a quilt top with the Luxury Essentials line.


I am becoming more and more a solid fan.   This line is solid but not.   The pictures don’t do justice to the gold accent print on the fabric but it really feels like the holidays to me.

I wanted to make something simple with all easy cuts and all straight line seams and use all 30 fabrics. A bonus of this design is that there are no points to match up.

Here is a block layout of the pieces.


Here are a few completed blocks they are 12 inches square.

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Every block will be a bit different.

I will post more pictures as I get more done.  (you know I have at least a dozen projects going at once so it wont be done tomorrow ;) )  I plan for it to be a full-sized quilt so there will be a lot of blocks!

Happy Quilting and good luck in the drawing!







I started hand quilting this quilt on March 5 (see that post here

I worked on it off and on since then.   The vintage top had some problems and you can see how I fixed that here

I quilted vines in the sashing and here is how I marked those


I washed it after It was finished to get out the pencil marks and the dirt from years of storage.    I washed it on the gentle cycle in the machine with hot water, I used Tide and a cup of Oxiclean and a few tablespoons of Dawn dish washing liquid.   The dawn prevents any stray dyes from reabsorbing into the fabrics.     I then dried it in the dryer at regular temperature.


All the dirt and markings came out.

Here are pictures of all the blocks (click pictures to enlarge)

Here is the back….that horrible backing fabric that was the biggest quilting mistake I ever made.


Teddy had to make his final inspection… is is looking closely at the stitching


He decided that it will do

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I still need to steam out some wrinkles that always happen in the washing and drying and then it is on to other quilts.

This morning I looked out the window to see this.


looks like a not so good day to work in the garden :)

My friends at P&B Textiles are generously providing fabrics for a give away……here is a preview of 2 of the lines

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Check back next time for details on how to enter and see more pictures of all the fabrics.


Happy Quilting!





Quick update


It has been a crazy week but it isn’t over yet :)    I have still got 11 sashing strips to finish hand quilting on the lily quilt.


I had thought they would take an hour each…..I was wrong…more like 2

Teddy is anxious for me to finish it


I took a few pictures of the snowflake quilt…..which I plan to finish the pattern for this weekend

Back to work….

Happy Quilting