Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter!

I made this Easter wall hanging a long time ago and I have no idea where I got the pattern.  I really enjoy getting something with any sign of Spring out on the walls after such a long and cold winter, which isn't over yet if the snow a day ago and the cold temperatures overnight are any indication.  We can only hope that things will warm up soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scrap Quilt with 2 1/2 inch strips

In an effort to use up pink, purple and green scraps, I cut 2  1/2 inch strips by 6 inches and added 2 1/2 inch white squares to make this twin size quilt.  I have seen this pattern with several names with the length of the colored blocks varying in different patterns.  It's easy to adjust to any size and a breeze to chain piece.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Speedy Arrowhead Quilt

At our guild mini-retreat on January 25, Bonnie taught us how to make these arrowhead blocks.  Two weeks and a few hours later, I put the last stitches in the binding of this quilt!  It's a world speed record for me.  I'm a quilter who usually finishes one stage of quilt construction and then puts it away to percolate for a few weeks or months.  This time I decided to be like my friend Barbara, who finishes what she starts and has no UFO's!
All these brown and earth done batiks and the backing came from my stash.  I had to buy the brown sashing and binding fabric, but I used at least 8 yards of fabric from my stash.  Not that you would notice a gap!
It's not my usual bright palette, but it's warm and rich in tone, and, best of all, it's finished!

Monday, January 27, 2014


Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild held a winter mini-retreat last Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.  Grace and Bonnie were our hostesses and Bonnie taught us Anita Grossman Solomon's simplified method for making these interesting arrowhead blocks. 

I have made 29 blocks so far, so I guess I'm making a brown quilt!  Not my usual palette, but I have a nice collection of earth tone batiks to use up and somebody I know will love a brown quilt, I'm sure!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Wedding Quilt

My sister-in-law's son got married in September and I offered to make them a quilt.  They wanted a wall quilt to celebrate the wedding.  Using the color scheme of the wedding and a pattern from the Janome website, I made this for them.
The card at the bottom of the quilt is the bride's "Save the Date" card, from which I took the color scheme. She's a glitzy girl, so there is some pink metallic thread and some pink crystals, too.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


This is the Winter Quilt in the series "Every Season Quilts" in the Nancy Halvorsen Art to Heart  book titled "Cottage Charms". 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Joy to the World

This 40" X 40" wallhanging is from a Nancy Halvorsen ART TO HEART pattern titled Joy to the World.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.   This was a fun  project to match up and use lots of leftover fabric.  I made the complete project but it could be easily broken down into smaller scenes if desired.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Placemats

After making 3 placemats for the Guild's recent charity placemat project for Meals on Wheels, I decided this  year I would do placemats for Christmas presents and also make a set for me.  I made my set reversible with two different looks.  The more casual side on top was made with a Charm Pack while the reverse side has a fancy cardinal fabric strip.  The fabrics are more "wintery" than "Christmas" so the placemats can be used after Christmas is over.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Welcome Banner

This turkey is one of the three seasonal designs that come in a pattern/kit from Cotton Ginny.  I used really old brown flowery cottons for the feathers.  That fabric came to me when my mother decided she couldn't quilt anymore and gave me her "vintage" stash. The kit also includes a jack-o-lantern for October and a Santa head for December.  I have made other designs to use on the banner the rest of the year.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite Halloween "quilt" decorations is this wallhanging I made using a pattern I saw in a Keepsake Catalog several years ago.  The witch hair, spider web and spider body are made of yarn and added after the machine applique and quilting was done.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Barn Quilt

My barn quilt is finally up on the shed at the top of our driveway.  My husband even put new siding on the shed before hanging it.  I do not have a very visible location for it so it is not easy to see from the road because of the location of our garage and shed.  I have a perfect view from my kitchen sink so that is a plus.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This small quilt is the result of winning a charm pack at our guild's July meeting when the topic was Modern Quilts.  I tried to apply the speaker's guidelines for "modern" quilts when trying to decide what to do with fabric that I never would have chosen on my own.  After lots of research on internet sites for modern quilts I settled on this design. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Wallhanging

This is the Fall quilt from the pattern Every Season Quilts found in Nancy Halvorsen's 2004 Cottage Charms book in the Art to Heart series.  This book is one of my all time favorites - I have made 10 different projects in the book, some multiple times for gifts.  It has ideas for all four seasons.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pumpkin Table Mat

This Fall Table Mat is one of my favorites.   It is done with machine applique and hand embroidery on the vines and leaf veins.  The pattern is from Primitive Gatherings.  I especially like the various shades in the leaves cut from the same batik fabric.