Friday, December 12, 2014

Paper Pieced Ornament

While browsing pinterest recently I came upon this ornament on a blog called  However it was made with a paper craft technique called Iris Folding.  I printed out several of her free patterns and decided to try it with fabric and paper piecing.  While the paper folding method starts at the outer edge and works in, I figured I could do a paper piecing method by going backwords on the 35 marked sections of the pattern, from the high numbers down to one, working from the center out, then sewing right sides together with a backing fabric, turn right side out, press and add the ornament holder by fusing and top stitching. You can embellish with fancy stitching or beads, etc. as desired if you really want to put a lot of time into the project.  You need only a few fabric scraps because the sections are really small.  You can alter the size by leaving off one or two of the last rounds.  I fussy cut the center snowflake piece of fabric.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Mini Flag

Time to switch out my mini flags.  For December I cut out a tree shape and trunk and used blanket stitching to attach to the background.  I used gold metallic thread to sew on a garland using a fancy stitch on my Bernina.  I hand sewed on lots of little beads and a gold star button to decorate my mini tree.  It measures 3 by 8 1/2 inches.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Welcome Banner

In the past I posted other interchangeable parts that go with this Changing Seasons Welcome Banner.  Here is the Santa face to use in the Christmas holiday season.  The pattern/kit is from Cotton Ginnys.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gobble Till You Wobble

This 14" x 14" seasonal piece was a fun pattern I bought at Quilting Around Chautaugua in September, one of the best quilt weekends around.  It's a great place to shop lots of quilting vendors and find seasonal projects like this one published by Briarwood Cottage from Idaho Falls, Idaho.  I used my scraps to duplicate similar colors to those on the pattern cover.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Mini Flag

Time to take down the pumpkin and bring out the Thanksgiving turkey.  This is another mini flag from Wee Ones, from Plays With Wool.  I chose to eliminate the word "Thanks" they had at the bottom of the flag and gave the turkey feet instead. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Felted Wool Pumpkin

This pumpkin project is from the line of mini flag quilts Wee Ones, Standing Tall by Plays with Wool Designs.  It is a 3 1/2 by 8 inch piece done with felted wool techniques but could be done with quilt fabrics appliqued onto the background. There are other seasonal designs available to switch out on the base which my husband made for me.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Apple Harvest #4

This quilt is from the same book as Apple Harvest #3 and was meant to be a pillow cover.  I changed it into a wall hanging.  It is done with the batting exposed behind the top fabrics for the apple and leaves.  All those edges were pinked and quilted down to the backing with a running stitch for the quilting.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Apple Harvest #3

My Apple Pie Mini Quilt comes from the book Two-Hour Mini Quilt Projects by McKenzie Kate. The sunflowers and pie crust are added on to the quilt base for more dimension.  Buttons add more embellishment.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Apple Harvest #2

I have made three of these apple wall hangings, two for friends who decorate their kitchens with apples and one for myself.  The pattern was from a very old Debbie Mumm book.  It's a good way to use scraps.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Apple Harvest #1

September means displaying my small apple quilts.  This one is done crazy quilt style with hand embroidery stitching on the seams.  I liked the results so much that I made two pumpkin wall hangings in the same style.

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".