23 09 2009




Welcome to the journal of my work.  I’m looking forward to chronicling both the old and the new. Ideas, inspirations, mistakes, and progress will all be celebrated.



Two new works-in-progress

9 10 2015

I have a pile of quilts that I have almost finished quilting, just a few more finishing touches.  Since I can’t showcase them here yet, I will show the two projects that are just getting started, always a fun part of the process.

The first is another of the Pyramid block quilts that I really love, having made a lot of them using many different sized triangles.


I don’t know where this one will end up design-wise, but I know this is how I wanted this part to be—-a big jumble of all these yukata fabrics smashed together.  Half triangles will finish off the ends of the  rows so that this center will be a straight rectangle.  What comes next is TBD.


And the second WIP (which will be immediately followed by another similar one) is the beginning of the lettering on a Christmas stocking for one of the two new kitties in my extended family.

“J” and padding for “a” are completed.


These are so fun to make.  Stay tuned to see the finished products; I think they will be special.



Time for some cuteness

28 08 2015

I just finished working on the quilting of a small piece for the Children”s Quilt Project of our guild.  Someone donated these super cute pets and their friends panels to the Project, and I could not resist sewing them into a top.  I think that I am drawn to this imagery because these pets remind me of the children’s books I checked out of the Ida Public Library when I was much, much younger.


I’m continuing my venturing into the arena of free-motion quilting, and these smaller pieces are perfect for practicing.  I decided to put just a little  quilting into these blocks, and I like the way it turned out.  Hope it makes someone else happy, too.

Kitten Block


Eat Your Vegetables III

21 08 2015

Back in late 2013 I was working with the leftovers from a pack of half yard pieces of this whole line of vegetable fabrics.  I had finished two small quilts using these fabrics and was working on a third, having trouble finding borders, etc.

Here is the finished quilt, and I love how it turned out, mainly because of something that is not easily visible.

 Eat Your Vegetables III , 2015 36.5

Here is a detail of the quilting . . .

Eat Your Vegetables III--Detail

and this is the surprise that I think makes this quilt fun:

Eat Your Vegetables III Backing

Eat Your Vegetables III

The backing is older Joe Boxer fabric chock full of junk food. The colors almost match perfectly, although the image contents are conflicting.  Fun for me.

Happy Quilt II-much more fun

14 08 2015

Surprise, surprise. . . . I just can’t stop playing with these bright, bold, geometric fabrics that I first began to put together when taking the Freddy Moran Parts Department class  (see previous post about the Happy Quilt).


So I made Happy Quilt II, because I still had more of these strata leftover (hooorrraaaaaay for leftovers!!).  And the yellow background fabric in this quilt in between the rows of strips reminds me of another quilt of mine, Yellow Rows of Seven.

When I started quilting a thousand years ago, people did not favor yellow and orange, thinking they were too bold and difficult to work in with other colors.  So it feels as though I have come full circle now, loving yellow and orange equally with all the other colors.

Happy Quilt II, 2015 60" x 74" Photography by Sibila Savage

Happy Quilt II, 2015
60″ x 74″
Photography by Sibila Savage

And I had fun doing a very simple quilting pattern on this quilt.  Seems as though “simple” is my only style these days.

Happy Quilt II, detail

Happy Quilt II, detail

And stay tuned.  I am pretty sure that I am not finished with this “Happy” phase.  Guess it’s a series.

Here’s an option for another, although I’m not completely satisfied with it yet.  Must by why it’s not finished yet.

Happy work in progress

Happy work in progress

Two vintage quilt tops–eye-popping color

7 08 2015

Here are two of my vintage quilt tops that I love a lot.  These are perhaps the oldest in my collection.

Beware–if you stare at these too long, your eyeballs might start to wiggle.

I decided to photograph them as tops and not quilts, since I don’t know when I will have a chance to get them quilted, and also because I might sell them and want to remember these two beauties.

artwork by Susan Dague

When looking at the detail photograph, I can see the really wonderful fabrics used in the half-square triangles of the main blocks without the distraction of the yellow and the cheddar overwhelming them.

artwork by Susan Dague


The second quilt top is a postage stamp pattern with really fabulous fabrics playing with each other.  Included in these small blocks are many lovely plaids and stripes.

artwork by Susan DagueThe plaids and stripes coordinate so well with each other..


I’m beginning to understand why I really like the Civil War reproduction fabrics, since they have much the same character as these authentic vintage fabrics.



Sewing for the Children’s Quilt Project

5 06 2015

I am soooo totally still into the just-sit-down-and-sew mood, and this time for a different reason.

It is because I am so busy organizing fabric donations and kit construction for my quilt guild’s volunteer effort, the Children’s Quilt Project (more info here),  and I have consequently felt as though I did not have time to work on my own quilts.

Since this other work in non-sewing, I have sneaked into the studio and grabbed time to sew on quick and easy projects that I can finish in a shorter period of time.

Here’s the gallery of items I’ve made since the last post:

From triangle scraps donated by EBHQ-er Judy J, an actual finished quilt—-


I quilted and bound this lovely top sewn (from a kit I put together) by another EBHQ member—-


Sorting through all the donations of fabrics to the Project, I found a large bin half full of 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.  I played with these for a while, and came up with a few quilt tops—-

A Christmas Chinese Coin Variation—-


A Sideways Christmas Chinese Coin—-


A Christmas Rail Fence—-


A Somber Rail Fence—-


A Purple Rail Fence—-


A Brickwork—-


Two Stripes—-



And one large Four Patches with Half Square Triangles—-


That’s all for now.



Just sit down and sew

13 03 2015

I am still in the mood of wanting to sit down and sew, life continuing to be a bit hectic.   And I have sewn a lot—finished one top and have it pinned and ready to quilt, almost finished with another top, and have finished these two lap quilts.  Done feels nice.

One made from my old favorites, the 2.5″ squares

Squares_RedTurqBlkWhtAnd one Rail Fence


A wonderful way to just sit and sew is by putting two fabrics together and sewing them with half square triangle paper.  Once you find the Triangle Zone, these things seem to make themselves.

Start with the fabrics—–


Cut apart the sewn triangle papers to make something like this—–


Pull off all the paper and arrange these squares in any of many, many different patterns.  These are just a few that I’m using in the piece that is almost finished.

Broken Dishes




Or Sawtooth borders


Soooooo much fun.



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