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



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


Star Quilts Finished


I finished the second star quilt today.


I started hand quilting it Saturday Night and spent all day Sunday finishing the hand quilting ( really simple quilting with large stitches and heavy thread )  and did the binding today.


Here are a bunch of pictures (click to enlarge)

I wrote up a pattern which is available here:

I am so glad to be ahead of the curve this year!   I always plan to make a Christmas quilt each year and usually don’t finish until mid December!   Now I need to decide where to hang these (don’t worry I will wait until after Thanksgiving ;) )

Teddy is feeling much better.    His allergies are pretty much seasonal, Spring and Fall, and it seems that the fall itching is about over and he will be fine until spring.


He sure does enjoy looking out the window.

Happy Quilting




Star Quilt


I finished the first star quilt.  I decided to try it on the machine.    I must confess I really hated it!    I have only done one other machine quilted quilt so I am sure I would have liked it more if I was better at it…and if I had a walking foot….and didn’t use junk batting that I had on hand….

Be that as it may it was enlightening.    I have done so may hand quilted quilts that it felt like it would have been so much easier to do it by hand.  Im sure machine quilters would feel the same after doing one by hand.

Anyway I did really simple straight line quilting.


Then I got the idea that some decorative stitching might be fun…..( I recently got that Singer 600 so I wanted to play with it and Teddy wanted to watch)


I like the addition of the stitching.


It would have been great in silver metallic thread but I used what I had ….white .  I even used the decorative stitch to sew on the binding.


I think I will do the other star by hand :)


The newest issue of Quilters Newsletter came yesterday.


My reindeer snowflake quilt is on page 19.


Teddy spent the whole day at the vet yesterday getting tests for allergies.   The hope is that if we find what he is allergic to we can stop his itchy skin problems.    He had a long hard day  and had to have blood drawn and a sedative ……here he is with his bandage

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He is feeling fine today but I don’t imagine he will be happy to go back to see the vet again any time soon.

The Teddy quilts that I made for the Quilt Alliance fund raiser will be auctioned on eBay soon

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All of the quilts can be seen here

The quilts will be divided into 2 groups
Auction #1: Monday, Nov. 9 – Monday, Nov. 16 2015
Auction #2: Monday, Nov. 16 – Monday, Nov. 23 2015

I will post a link when the auction starts so we can see how much Teddy sells for :)

Happy Quilting



Strip Star 2


I finished the piecing on the blue star.

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I still need to add a border but I couldn’t wait to start the Christmas print star.

I am using 2.5 inch strips, 18 different Christmas prints and 18 neutrals ( 6 strips each of 3 different fabrics) .     3 strips are sewn together then cut using the 60 degree triangle ruler.



Here you can see the progress as the star grows.


Each section of the star is made from one of the strip sets.

Here it is all filled in.


I will sew all the pieces together , and then decide if I want to cut the edges or leave them jagged.

I’ll post the result soon

Happy quilting



Strip Star


A did some more piecing on the blue top.    I made the center with 2.5 inch precuts in blue winter prints.   It turns out the roll only had 20 strips…..and I made 6 strip sets of 3 (so I have 2 of the white leftover) 3 sets of mostly dark, and 3 of light.   each set will make one point of the star.


A yard and 1/2 of background fabric filled it in.


then Teddy checked it out.


next I started to sew it together in strips


It will also get a border…..and will finish at about 46×52  depending on the border ….I also have a package of Christmas prints in red and green and gold so I think I will make one with those too.

A few days ago I posted a few studio pictures after I hung some of my paintings……here are two over the cutting table

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I will hopefully have the finished star top to show tomorrow :)

Happy Quilting


Holiday Blues


I have been busy organizing and cleaning and painting …..and tonight I needed to sew something!   I think that helps retain sanity.    And when I get an Idea I need to do it or my head might explode.    I am using a holiday print Jelly Roll of 40 2.5″ strips of blues and whites.

sewing 3 strips per set


Here is a start of the layout with the lighter sets.


I will post some progress in a day or 2.

Meanwhile Teddy is waiting for me at the quilt hoop.


Happy Quilting