New year, new quilt plans

24 02 2017

Time for something new, a project that helps keep me happy, so why not more of the Happy Quilt Series, the one I started when I took my first class with Freddy Moran.  Freddy’s Parts Department quilts can be seen in the two books she wrote in collaboration with Gwen Marston.

So I made some tentative blocks:


The Pineapple block took FOREVER, so I nixed it for now.  I was looking for something I could work on at a week-long retreat, and that block did not seem as though it would be much fun.  And the coloring is not quite right for me yet either.

So I chose the swirly one.


Named Swirligig by the designer Beth, this downloadable paper-piecing pattern is available HERE on her Etsy site.  This pattern comes with four different variations, each with 3 different sizes.  Really nice patterns.

I don’t quite know how these are going together yet, but it was fun making all of them.  I’ll definitely keep going on this.

Just one potential layout?


I also had all the leisure time at that retreat to sort through all of the other presewn “parts” that I have made and saved over the past few years.  I wanted to see them all together, to decide if any of these inspired me.

AAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!   Had no idea I had this much!  Piles upon piles of all sorts of blocks, borders, and small inserts.


There are at least two quilts hiding in this picture.  Can’t wait to find them.

When I wanted to take a break at the retreat from the paper-piecing, I worked on a few more donation quilts for EBHQ’s Children’s Quilt Project.  Simple sewing, just for fun.

Puppies with Black and White

Puppies with Black and White


African Animals

African Animals


Scrappy Rail Fence

Scrappy Rail Fence

And, my fave, using the Richard Scarry fabric.  Reminds me of the Busiest People Ever book I shared with my kids.

Scarry Firemen

Scarry Firemen


Scarry Firemen, Detail

Scarry Firemen, Detail

I love these fun fabrics.



More donation quilts for kids

27 01 2017

Here are a few things that I worked on over the holiday season,  just to keep myself sane.

Sometimes it’s fun to just sit and sew, with no huge or magnificant plans in mind.  These five are the results of just such playing.

These quilts measure approximately 36″ x 42″, just the right size to sew and quilt easily.  All of these quilts have been  donated to the Children’s Quilt Project wing of EBHQ’s Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project.

Leftover solids in a Rail Fence pattern with a wild border.



More 2″ squares–so fun to put together!



A Rail Fence quilt made from donated sample fabrics.

Scrappy Rail Fence


All squares with great African animal fabric donated by Jane S.  Love this fabric–it made at least three quilts for the kids.

African Animals


And  these Dalmation puppies on red played very well with some great black and white fabrics.

Puppies with Black and White


New holiday stockings

6 01 2017

Here are my most recent Christmas stocking creations.

In the past, I have made stockings mainly for the cats, but this time they were made for two of the kind humans who take such good care of the cats,  just like Dave and Wendy do.  (See their stockings seen HERE.)


Detail of Patrick’s stocking



Shannon’s was a lot of fun to make and is the only one on which I’ve used different colored flosses for the name.  This fabric was so fun and wacky that I thought the multi-colors would work well.


Detail of Shannon’s stocking


Since I’m always keeping count, these two bring the total count up to 15.   I hope Santa fills these and all the others with treats and fun every year.

Five donations completed

28 10 2016

It feels good to complete projects.  “Done” is satisfying.  And it’s easier when the projects are these small quilts for donation to EBHQ’s Quilt Project.

Since these were simple quilts that I put together on a recent trip, I quilted them myself.  And four of the five were made from my favorite 2.5″ cut squares.  Very fun.

Here’s the gallery:

Squares in zigzag pattern


Zigzag detail



Random squares, with little animals popping up every now and then:





Random squares with cute birds popping up:





All sorts of leftover squares that seemed to go with this wild border:



And leftover solid rectangles that play with my dotty background:


All were photographed on the wall in my studio;  no professional photographer here, but I wanted to get a shot of each before I bring them in for distribution.


a sneak peek at the Triangles, in progress.





Halloween Creatures–a selvage quilt

14 10 2016

Just for the upcoming holiday, a Halloween quilt.

This is another top that was left unquilted for the longest time.  And it got finished in the flurry of getting-things-done last spring.


I have always loved these scary creatures, featured on this older Alexander Henry fabric.  The images are weird, yet kinda cute as well as nicely detailed.  Have always liked AH fabrics in general.

The quilt was made using the selvages of a wide variety of fabrics, not merely Halloween prints.  Here is a close detail of those selvages.  Click on the image to enlarge; some of these dotty edges are charming.


I made this top about 10 years ago, when my daughter bought Karen Griska’s book Quilts from the Selvage Edge and made a quilt using Karen’s techniques .  Pinterest has many examples of these quilts online.

This border fabric was a fabulous find, since it combined all the Halloween colors already used Inc the quilt—so fun.


And, just for more fun, here are a couple more of these CQP quilts from kits.




7 10 2016

I have finished 133 of these puppies, and I think that may be enough. They look kinda cool on the floor, so I am really jazzed about how they might look on my design wall.


And here is the fun one:










I will have to make a pile of half-triangles for the sides of the quilt and a few more blocks to see how I can get color into this piece.

Here is a sample, just because I happened to have this black-with-red fabric nearby. Don’t know if this will be enough color to compete with all this black and white.




And, now that I have finished all of these blocks, I am amazed to realize that I never once considered using the same fabric for all three sides of each of these triangles.  Oh, well . . .

Would have looked like this:



Maybe that is how the color can be used.  Hmmmmmm . . . .

And here’s another one of the CQP kits, just for fun:



A little different . . .

29 09 2016

And now for something completely different—–

I duecided to take a break from paper-piecing isosceles  triangles when I had finished 92.  So I sewed together two tops for making into quilts for our Children’s Quilt Project wing of EBHQ’s Community Quilts efforts.

I made these tops from kits I made for the Project using my all-time favorites—the leftover 2″ squares.

Kits kinda come together on their own.  Scraps cut into 2.5″ squares begin to combine into interesting groups or color combinations, and these groups find fun borders and binding.  I love this process.

Sometimes, when I create a kit, I can’t let go of it and HAVE to make it myself.  Then, I usually finish the whole quilt.  And it does still feel good to know that some child/family will receive this quilt.  I know they really appreciate these cuddly comfort quilts that our guild donates to a wide variety of deserving non-profits.

The latest two—




Still have three more kits that I could  sew now, but I think it’s time to get those last 40 triangles sewn (if they actually ARE the last triangles; I almost never know).