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



Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


One of my quilts was accepted for the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum exhibit “No Girls Allowed”. The show runs January 29th through April 26th.

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This is the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s Thirteenth Biennial Exhibit of Quilts Made by Men. and the third that I have had a quilt in.

This one was in 2012


and this 2014

I put together a storage shed for tools etc.

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It is so nice to have storage space.    The assembly required exactly 2 million 87 screws.

Remember the boots Quilt top?


I got started on quilting it.   12 weight Aurifil cotton thread (equivalent to size 12 perle cotton ) and a big needle .   Easy to see thread because of the contrast so it is going pretty good.

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several others in progress too……more pictures soon

Happy Quilting



Log Cabin Variation Finished


I bought this antique (circa 1900) quilt top in 2012


It might be hard to tell from the picture how wonky and puckered it is.     It required a remake to get it flat enough to quilt.    You can read how I did that here

I  started the hand quilting and got half done but it got set aside for another project and was forgotten.    I got back to it and finished it .    The batting is Hobb’s Heirloom Wool.  I used YLI black hand quilting thread.  Finished size is 75″ x 90″

I washed it and dried it as soon as I finished the hand quilting.   Machine washed in a top load washer on gently cycle with warm water and regular detergent with the addition of 2 Tablespoons of Dawn dish washing liquid (the dawn keeps stray dye from bleeding).  Dried in the dryer on low temp.
Here it is fresh out of the dryer.


It is hard to see the hand quilting in this light (daylight is best so I’ll take more pics in the morning) but here are more pictures (click to enlarge)

My new light really helped. I can get it very close to the quilt and it helps my vision a lot.   I can get back to quilting small stitches again now.   It is hard to see the stitching here but it is only about 7 stitches per inch .


I have a bunch of other projects in progress to get done…..

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and Teddy


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




Quilting the Star


I finished piecing the second star top this afternoon. I pieced it in rows.


then joined the rows in 2 groups


Then joined the 2


Then I pin basted it.

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And now I am Hand quilting it.


After that is finished I plan to write up a pattern.

Piecing took a little longer than I planned because I kept watching the squirrels out the studio window.

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They can’t get into the bird feeders but it sure doesn’t stop them from trying.

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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