Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Astronomical Quilts!

NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg was hand stitching star quilt blocks on a recent space shuttle mission.  She invited quilters to submit a star block of any pattern and any color.  They are going to the Houston International Quilt Festival and will be made into some star quilts.  Here's my star for the project.

Sofia Designs a Dress

Granddaughters #1 and #3 came to Wellsboro for Hamilton-Gibson's Drama Camp during the first week of July.  Their visit always includes some sewing projects, of course.  Sofia selected this limey T-shirt at Joann's and the dotted seersucker fabric for the skirt of this simple dress.  A few yo-yos decorate the top and the whole thing took about 90 minutes!  I wish her hair was loose so you could see its spun red-gold curls.  What a treat to have them to ourselves for a week!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Barn Quilt

I am on the road traveling across the Midwest and enjoying the barn quilts I have seen.  This one was near New Franklin, Missouri where we camped a few days while bicycling the Katy Trail.  It is one of my favorites.  According to research I did on the Missouri Barn Quilts site, it is called Prairie Flower and is owned by Robby & Lynn Harvey.  It was quite large compared to others I have seen back home in Pennsylvania.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sparkler Mini Quilt

I paper pieced this mini quilt just in time for summer's patriotic holidays.  This 16 X 20 inch quilt pattern can be found in August 2002 McCall's Quilting and was designed by Cheryl Adam. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baby Doll Quilts

I made the pink mini quilt for a doll baby quilt for my niece's first baby daughter born three years ago.  Now a little sister has joined the family so I had to make her a doll quilt too.  I used the same pattern but made it in yellow.  They measure about 12" by 16".

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.