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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Silly Chickens Towel

Here's another kitchen towel project with silly chickens having a conversation.  I've seen similar chickens on several Pinterest boards with anywhere from five to a long row of chickens made with lots of different fabrics.  This was a cute little project perfect for leftover scraps of fabric.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kitchen Towel - Sunflowers

I designed and appliqued the sunflowers on this kitchen towel as a gift for a friend's birthday.  It got me started on several more kitchen towel projects that I will share in future posts.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quilt Block Coasters

You can make these coasters by using a leftover quilt block.  I used a nine patch block, cutting it down the center and across the center, then layered it  right sides facing the backing fabric.  Sew and turn right side out and sew closed.  Quilt if desired.  I saw the idea on a pinterest site "by two.hippos".

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It's Done!

A few posts back I was getting this vintage quilt top ready for quilting so I could finally display it.  I did minimal hand quilting because I am not a very good hand quilter and I don't enjoy doing it.  I couldn't bring myself to do machine quilting on this vintage piece.  It's done and bound and ready to display. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Recently my daughter reminded me she didn't have a suitable seasonal banner for her mini flag stand so I decided to make the tulip from the 2006 March/April issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine.  I liked the result so much I decided to make the complete project featured in the magazine.  It was designed by Leisa Breheny.  The tulips are paper pieced and the project was machine quilted.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spring Mini Flag

This is the spring mini flag from Wee Ones, Plays With Wool.  I did this one with felted wool and all hand sewing rather than the quilting method I sometimes use on these mini flags.  I did manage to get the flower reversed from the pattern when tracing the pattern on the fusible web.  Not the first time I've done that!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blue Diamonds

A few years ago I had the idea to use up small blue fabric scraps using one inch paper diamond templates I bought at a quilt show.  When the paper templates started wearing out after hand sewing several hundred diamonds together with no plan in mind I decided to just make a pillow top and be done with the project.  I was not very conscientious about light, medium and dark colors but I am pleased with the pillow and how it looks on my blue sofa.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Springtime Flowers

With the arrival of spring I swapped out my bed quilt for something more springy.  This quilt was made from a blue/yellow flowery print I bought at a quilt guild yard sale.  I had enough fabric to make two pillow cases and also the wall hanging with 3 D flowers.  It is from a design by Jennie Reyment and was featured on a Simply Quilts episode titled "Creative Tucks and Textures".  My husband built the bed - one of the perks of marrying a shop teacher.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Eggs

Back before I got hooked on quilting, I enjoyed doing cross-stitch.  Each year I made a different Easter egg featured in various cross-stitch magazines.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Besides cross-stitch there is pulled work embroidery, hardanger and beadwork on the eggs.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Vintage Quilt Top

After 4 or 5 hours crawling around on my living room floor, I finally got this vintage top from the 1930's or 1940's, layered and ready to hand quilt.  I bought it at a local shop where vendors sell vintage and hand crafted items.  The top was hand pieced and was found with two other quilt tops when an old house was cleaned out after the owner died.  No one knows who made the top but it is in excellent shape and probably never saw the light of day once it was finished and put away.   I am not a hand quilter but couldn't bring myself to machine quilt something this old though I was really tempted!  It will take a while to get it done if my sore fingers are any indication.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Heart Projects for Valentine's Day

 After I cut the interlocking hearts for this table topper, about 12" in diameter, I had the 6 inner hearts leftover and decided to use them for another project.  The result was the 19" square wall hanging.  Two more projects that used up more fabric scraps that keep multiplying in the closet!  Both projects were done with machine applique using a blanket stitch on the edges.