Monday, April 11, 2016

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

Moda Fabrics ran a sampler block shuffle from November 2015 to January 2016 where they released 3 blocks weekly for 10 weeks.  Each block was designed by a different quilt teacher or quilt designer.  I chose to make my blocks from a bundle of coordinated blacks, greys and whites with a few other fabrics thrown in.  I made 15 more blocks than the original 30, using the same blocks in different color combinations or placements, which were also provided on the patterns.  The finished quilt is twin size, specifically designed for a daybed.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Eggs

I made these Easter eggs using the Iris Folding patterns I found online at  Both eggs are 6" by 8" and prop on small easels for display.  To use these patterns for paper piecing, I had to reverse the numerical order to do paper piecing,  working from inside to outside as opposed to the paper folding where you work from outside to center. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Paper Pieced Shamrock Towel

I recently discovered Iris Folding Patterns at  They have lots of free patterns available and are a quick project to complete. Instead of doing the paper folding process, I adapted this for paper piecing, fusing the final shape onto a background fabric and finishing with machine blanket stitching.  This one is on a kitchen towel celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Table Topper

I wanted a green table topper for St. Patrick's Day and saw a topper like this on the Sew Pieceful facebook page.  I made a trip to this quilt shop located in Campbell, NY and bought the pattern and fabrics.  The pattern is Happy Holidays by Atkinson Designs and has directions for 3 different sizes from table topper up to tree skirt size.  I'm looking forward to making this topper again for other holidays.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Think Spring!

I needed a quick project for a boring afternoon and decided to do an Easter themed kitchen towel to drape over my oven door handle. This was another way to use up scraps of fabric. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cardinal Quilt

I decorate with cardinals during the winter so this quilt was perfect for my living room.  It is from the pattern Winter's Song by Cheryl Hanes and Prairie Point Peddler.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Winter Friends

This  25 by 33 inch wall hanging is from a 1996 Debbie Mumm book called Nature's Christmas.  I made a few changes to the original pattern including adding a nose and stick arms to the snowman who didn't look finished without them. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Pinwheel Santa

Here is the Santa version of the previous post using the same Whimsical pattern but swapping out the center figure.  I went scrappy on the pinwheels to use up leftover Christmas fabrics. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pinwheel Angel Wall Hanging

This Christmas wall hanging is a compilation of several sources.  The pinwheel border pattern came from a Whimsicals pattern called Christmas Cats.  It had cats in the center which I swapped out to an angel from another pattern. I'll show another version in my next post.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Log Cabin" Quilt

My log cabin quilt is a wall hanging I made at a workshop in 2003.  The instructor was Wendy Etzel and she taught us how to construct the log cabin building and then we were on our own to design the setting for the background.  A separate mini quilt was made in the log cabin style and hangs from a clothesline. I recently found a book of her designs from the year 2000 and I think I will attempt another one of her projects that I never  got around to doing when I first bought the book.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Barn Quilt

I saw this fantastic barn quilt in Cobleskill, NY.  There were several other really big barn quilts right along the main street through the town. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mystery Quilt Challenge

This is my version of the 2015 Mystery Quilt Challenge that our guild recently completed.  I used a bundle of coordinated black, gray and white fabrics plus a red for some contrast.  All of the three different black fabrics have a shiny silver finish that I really like.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

More barn quilts

More barn quilts from Old Mission Peninsula Quilt barn tour near Traverse City, Michigan. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Barn Quilts

I spent 2 weeks exploring Michigan this summer with my husband on our tandem, a bicycle built for two.  What a surprise to find a barn quilt trail on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, Michigan.  Here are two of the barn quilts I saw while touring the peninsula.  He was nice enough to pull over every time I spotted one so I could take pictures. There were 450 other riders on the week long Shoreline West Bicycle Tour in August.  I'll share other barn quilts on a future post.