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.

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.