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).


A new project-finally

23 09 2016

Having finished a lot of previous projects, I am finally starting a new one, one I have been thinking about for a while.

I cut a ton of 2″ strips from black and white fabrics I had collected, probable cutting way too much, nothing new for me.  And next I  cut another ton of center triangles.  Loving the triangle shape these days.

Then I made about 140 of these triangle patterns using freezer paper.  These are the foundations on which the strips are sewn.


And here is the result of my sewing so far, not even halfway finished, but lots of fun along the way.  I’m still thinking about getting some color into all this neutral, but that will happen when I get all the blocks on the design wall.  Maybe some magic will happen.



And here below are all the scraps from trimming the extras off the edges of the foundations. I started throwing them into this nice bowl, and all of a sudden they were an arty project all on their own.  Gonna keep doing this and see how full it gets.




Yellow Triangles–another pyramid quilt

26 08 2016

I feel as though I have made tons of these “pyramid” quilts.  They are sooooooo fun to play with. See this link for a few views of others I have made.

The challenge here was to use yellow, a color that plays very well with other colors, but one that I had never thought to use on its own.  Combining all the different yellows with prints in blacks and whites made this task very simple.  The finished look is very scrappy, one of my favorite genres.

artwork by Susan Dague

Yellow Triangles, 2016

60.5″ x 70.5″

I cut the pyramid patches using an 8″, 60 degree Triangle Non-Slip Ruler from Creative Grids.  The flat notch across the top of the template is the marker for the grain of the fabric.   This helps in keeping the side of the triangles that are cut on the bias under control.


Yellow Triangles, Detail

The quilting pattern is also an old favorite of mine.  I have made a sturdy cardboard template for marking these curves.  I find that marking them takes time, but the actual quilting goes much faster and easier when they are marked.

The 60-degree triangles quilted into the border are meant to echo the triangles in the body of the quilt.  And my real favorite part of this whole quilt in the fussy-cut row of white dots in the inner border.

This quilt is a college graduation gift for family friend Sophia.  Hope she enjoys it.