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A few weeks ago I finished this top


I ordered some backing fabric for it.


And today I bought the batting.


I have used it before and I really like it.   I will post pictures when I get started on it.

It has been cold the last few days but the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom.    When I got the camera and told Teddy to come outside for pictures he just stared at me.


I guess he wants to wait for it to warm up again.

Here are some garden pictures without Teddy (click pictures to enlarge)

I said I was done working on the Mackintosh Rose ….but I did a little more

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Happy quilting


New York Beauty


A Google image search for New York Beauty quilt will show you how popular these quilts are.

My friend Bill Volckening (see his blog here ) has a terrific collection of New York Beauty quilts that spans over 150 years.    He has written a book, due in April, about these great quilts. The coffee table book will have over 300 pages with 70 quilts made between 1850 and present day; all examples and variants of the complicated patchwork design best known as New York Beauty.

I was lucky to have a part in a few of the quilts.   I hand quilted a few of the vintage quilt tops that he collected. remember this quilt?


and this


and this


here is a preview of the contents


I am really looking forward to reading it!   Advanced copies can be ordered here

Happy quilting and reading


Just found out they have more pages to see at this link:





I have been working on this quilt today.


All those colors.  and I started thinking about how changing a color changes a quilt.

Remember this?


and how changing it by adding red it changes the whole look


I thought it would be fun to look at the melons with a few other colors

It really changes the whole look to change the background fabric.

green-orange orange purple

So now I have a ton more quilts to make :) LOL

Happy Quilting


Quilt Design


Yesterday I wrote about this quilt top


I posted it to a few Facebook groups and had some comments about the design.   Since I so often work on vintage or antique tops, made by someone else years ago, I don’t usually need to be concerned about the design.  It is fun to make up a design myself.  When I teach floral design I tell the students that 80-90% of a design’s success is based on the selection of materials. Quilting is much the same.

This quilt top stated with the previous quilt top.


Cutting out the setting pieces left me with a pile of melon shaped leftovers in solid black and red print.

starting with that I selected fabrics to go with the melon pieces.


I selected these because I wanted variety in scale of the prints and I wanted to keep it all red and white and black.

The large print (Hello Dahlia by P&B)  was a great find.   The shape of the petals in the print mimic the shape of the melons.


going back to what I teach in floral design;  One way to create “rhythm” (visual movement) in a floral design is repetition. Visually our eyes play connect the dots looking for repeated elements of color, shape, material etc.

For the red dot fabric I selected  black with red pattern.  I almost used solid black but selected this because I didn’t want the center to be that visually heavy..


Solid black would have overpowered the center.

In floral design we try to use a variety of textures and scale.   Think of roses and baby’s breath.   The Rose is large and velvety and the baby’s breath is small and feathery, the contrast adds a lot of interest..   I selected fabrics of various scales and visual textures for the same reason.

Now for the quilt layout.

When I first posted the top I had the center 9 blocks


My plan was just a few little sketches.  I do not make a fully developed pattern before I start but I do visualize in my mind how it will look.

Here are my simple sketches


The one on the post it was the first thought.  I have little post it pads everywhere so I can write down ideas before they disappear.

The top left picture was next.   but it would have made a quilt way larger than I wanted so I simplified the plan and that is the 3rd sketch.

I will make up a pattern when I am finished but it is very simple.

I started to get the corner pieces ready to applique.   I am not a fan of needle turn so I pressed  under the edges and starched


I have a tiny little iron


It helps prevent burned fingers but I find that it doesn’t do the job as well as I would like so I re press with the big iron after I get the edges turned under with the small one.

Teddy is Dressed for St Patric’s Day


His groomer always has seasonally appropriate fabric.

Happy quilting






It Grew


Yesterday I posted about making this quilt top


I said I would join the blocks and then add a border.

I have a hard time keeping things simple so I rotated the top and did this


Next I have to use the dreaded A word…applique

I have the pieces in place but I still need to applique them


Here is a picture of Teddy on the quilt top


It is 80 inches square.

And I think I am done once the applique is done

Happy Quilting


Xs and Os


I made progress on the next melon block top.

It will be 9 blocks 18″ each, and I will add borders.   I have lots more fabrics.


Yesterday I was asked about the back because there is so much bulk in the seams where the 4 units join.

I press the seams to the center


here are the 4 units joined.


The same for the other blocks but different arrangement of the units


Lots of layers of fabric there in the intersection at the center.

I am really not an accurate piecer. I know I could do better but it really is not that important to me to be perfect.  For me close enough is fine.

I don’t use a fancy machine, I have a vintage Singer 301a and I love it.  The tape on the throat plate helps my seam allowance size, I don’t have a 1/4″ foot.


I am calling the quilt  Xs and Os

Here is an X


and an O


and here are all 9


Borders next, but I need to decided what I want to do with them.

Teddy is not offering an opinion, but enjoying watching the progress


Time for a piecing break.   I think I will do some hand quilting ;)

Happy quilting


Creative Lady


Today on Facebook I got called a Creative Lady.

Here is my Facebook profile picture


Do I look like a lady? I do appreciate the creative part, but Lady?

I posted a picture of fabrics that I have an idea for, and the picture generated the comment.


So what is the plan for the fabrics.

First I need to review.  Remember when I made this


When I cut the pieces I was left with a lot of melon shaped pieces of the black and the red, here are some of the black on the red fabric.DSCN5706

I decided to use those melons to make another quilt (this could go on forever because I will have more melons left from cutting out this one.

I am suing the red on the black print.


and the black on the floral


The floral is from a line called Hello Dahlia.  I really like that in this case I just get segments of the flowers.

I will have more blocks done soon and will show you the overall plan.

Happy quilting