New York Suspension


I finished the quilt.


I started it way back in April of 2013  Here is the post

I am calling it New York Suspension.   It is a sort of combination of the Suspension Bridge pattern


and New York Beauty


I made it with reproduction fabrics.   I used cotton batting  and washed and dried it to give it the crinkled vintage look.

When I made the top I added a 2 inch strip around the edge, that strip became the binding.  I left that strip unquilted.


Next I folded back the strip and trimmed the batting and backing.


then I folded it over to the seam and pressed it


then folded it to the back and pinned and hand stitched it to the backing.


Here are a few of the blocks to show the hand quilting.

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Of course Teddy tested it


He approves.

Here is the back.


I used about 1200 yards of hand quilting thread and it took what seems like forever.    I can’t remember how long the piecing took but I estimate 300 hours in hand quilting.   The finished size is 71 x 92.

I am not sure what I will do with it.  Most of my quilts I keep and they become part of my trunk shows.     I might sell this one……..
if Teddy lets me


Happy Quilting


Supervisor Teddy


I made a backing for this top.


I used the leftover light fabrics from the top


Supervisor Teddy tested it out.


Once he said it was OK I taped the backing to the floor .   I have carpet in the studio so I taped the backing down with masking tape rather than tack it to the wood floor like I did in the old space.


I am using Hobb’s Tuscany cotton wool blend batting.


I spread out and smooth the batting on the backing then put on the top and smooth that out.   Here it is layered and pinned.


It is hard to see the pins.   I don’t use many.

I have a bag full of perle cotton thread leftover from several quilts and I plan to do the hand quilting with it.


It wont happen tomorrow.   I have a lot of hand quilting to do first but It is good to have it set to go.

Happy Quilting





When September comes to Lansing I start to see a lot of Monarch Butterflies in my garden.    Click pictures to enlarge

They were in a cooperative mood and let me get a few pictures.

It has been a while since I have had time to paint but I enjoy painting butterflies

Monarch Painting

It is starting to look like fall even though it was 88 degrees today and the humidity was almost that high.   I am finally getting some tomatoes that look like they will ripen soon.     Some of the “fall” flowers are blooming, the hydrangea are changing color, mums in bloom,  lots of walnuts and leaves from the neighbors trees are bombarding the yard.

I took a few pictures of the garden

Teddy was happy to come inside and turn on the Air conditioning


Happy Quilting



one thousand posts

1000 anniversary monument

This is post number 1000.    I had no idea when I started blogging in 2011 that I would even make it to 100 posts but here I am at 1000 posts and over 1,650,000 views from 156 countries.    I didn’t  realize I had so much to say :)   or that anyone would want to read it.    Thanks to everyone for following what I do!

Now back to quilting.

I finished my crazy hex quilt top (click pictures to enlarge)

I think it looks better when I erase the background


I have enough of the lighter fabrics left to piece together for a backing


This isn’t exactly how I will do it but just a test to see if I have enough, they will need to be rearranged to distribute the colors better.    I do not like to piece backing because it makes it so much harder to hand quilt.    It becomes harder because I can’t see the seams on the back and they are much harder to quilt when you can’t really plan the stitches around them.     These pieces are pretty big so there wont be that many seams and I think it will look nice.

I posted this picture a few days ago.


The fabrics for this are part of a kit.   They are all precut and in little bundles.


Being precuts you might imagine that they are pretty accurate.     That however is not the case.   I taped off an area on my mat to show the correct size of one piece.    The red one is the correct size and the blue pieces show how much variation in size there is. (click pictures to enlarge)

The kit is intended to make this


I have some vintage star quilt tops, made from kits,  that are so distorted that they are unquiltable and will need remaking. I have always assumed the distortion was all due to inaccurate piecing.    Now I know that is not entirely the case.    With all the pieces different sizes it is unrealistic to think that the quilt will be flat and accurate.   I do plan to finish it…..but I am not going to make it a star…I will post what I make soon.

Happy quilting
and thank you for reading!


My Supervisor


The time flies when there is so much to do!  The garden has been taking time because I am thinning and transplanting.

Teddy has been supervising transplanting.


He has to stay in the fenced yard while I go and dig up the plants…he can watch from the deck.


I (we) moved a few more shrubs today and several perennials.


here are a few pictures from the studio window.

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speaking of the studio  here it is….I already need to clean up but love the space


The garden has taken up a lot of time so I haven’t finished piecing the top.


I have an idea for a new quilt so I started to play with that …..I couldn’t help myself.


I did a lot of hand quilting … is one of the quilts…still 4 blocks to go.

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I will post more soon….when the light is better

Happy Quilting



transplanting and a bit of piecing


I did a bit of gardening this weekend.   The forecast is for much cooler weather the next week or more  (in the 50’s at night and 70 day) so it is great for transplanting.  Almost as soon as I finished we got an inch of rain which is a lot for Lansing , the average for the entire month of Aug is 3.25 inches.

The old garden is so jam-packed that I plan to buy very little for the new one.   I will move most over from the old.    I moved 11 roses yesterday.  They were tucked in between so many other plants that they were hardly visible and actually suffering from lack of space and sun so they were pretty small.  I pruned them a lot too so that they had less foliage to support while they grow new roots.


They don’t look like much now but I have high hopes for next year.

When fighting with roses it is probably a good idea to wear long sleeves.   I really didn’t notice the damage I did to myself until I was sewing later.

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I also transplanted a viburnum, a hydrangea, some hostas, ferns, A nine bark, and a few seedling perennials around the few shrubs I left from the previous mess.    I have a lot more to go but here is the start of that area. and no noticeable holes left in the old garden.


Remember what that looked like in July?


What a difference some green grass makes.    The seed grew fast even though it really wasn’t the right time of year to plant it.

I did get some hand quilting done….I’ll try to spread out the quilts for pictures soon.    I also did some piecing on my hex quilt.


Teddy is glad that the gardening is done for the day


Happy quilting


Teddy has spoken



I asked Teddy if he thought it was right and he said yes so I am starting to sew the blocks together.

I have been designing it as I go so I have made several changes along the way.   here it was last time I posted.


I added more


and then took some out and added more


When Teddy was happy I knew it was done


I still have some leftovers.


It could go on forever :)

I started to join the blocks


but it was time for a break to do some hand quilting.

I should be able to get it finished up this weekend

Happy Quilting