Saturday, December 8, 2012


I have some maintenance issues on this blog.  I have run out of photo storage space and I have a lot more photos to post and nowhere to put them.   For now, I'll be posting quilt pictures on Simply Divine Quilt Company - Facebook page.  So please click the LIKE button on the right-hand side of this blog to continue seeing more.  Thanks!   


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Marge Morris is always quilting.  She recently made these two quilts.  One is a baby quilt with an ABC panel and matching ABC fabric in the border.  It is quilted with ABC's in the panel, lines forming an X in the check part, ribbon candy in the red border and lines in the outer blue border.   
This one is a fun 9-patch with a dog and cat on it.  Most of the quilt is quilted with a paw pattern.
 I did some free-hand quilting on the dog and cat.
Julie Guise made this king-size quilt for her SIL.  The top is made from 5-yards of fabric.  (One of those bundles she picked up in Paducah.)  She lost the pattern that originally came with it, but found this one with a large block size.  (15")   
When you put the blocks together, it makes a secondary pattern - a pinwheel.
Here is the result...
Add a little quilting and wha-laa!  I quilted it with a panto of swirls and flower.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Double Dutch Manor

We had a wonderful weekend retreat at the Double Dutch Manor in Oswego, IL.  The owners lovingly restored a beautiful 1840-era manor.  All the rooms were large, airy and bright.  Gourmet meals were cooked to perfection; so mouth-watering good.  I highly recommend it. 

Lots of room to sew. 
Here are just some of the pictures from our weekend.
This fast and easy "10-minute table runner" was a big hit.  Almost everyone made one! 
Ute worked on a modern hexagon quilt.
 Ute also has a new wool pattern and is teaching a class at Roberts Sewing Center.  This is a sample of wool applique using an embroidery machine.  
 Leesa quilted her sampler quilt...
and pieced this flying geese quilt!
  Charlene gave us the 10-minute table runner demonstration.
She pieced and finished several quilt tops.
 Charlene is showing off "Anita's Arrowhead" block.  It looks complicated, but it's not! 
 So Soft Minkee...
 Kathy made this cute, reversible pumpkin table runner!
And a flag wall hanging.
 Barb pieced and quilted this flannel quilt.  Look at all those squares!  cheater...
Donna worked on some hand applique AND some machine embroidery.  She started pieced together some blocks.
She machine embroidered some "monsters minkees" for the kids.
Here's my finished a charity quilt for Quilts Of Valor.  Yeah! 
I also pieced 2 block of the month blocks...
 And some strip-pieced pot holders.
Mary Ann worked on a Thangles project with brights by Kay Fassett.
 She pieced one log-cabin flannel quilt and finished putting borders on the other.  Very productive!
 Our fashion model Julie made this jacket! 
And she quilted this beautiful fall quilt top with wool applique.
Even our host, Jacqueline joined us for show-n-tell.  She knitted these dolls.
She also hand-crafted these gnomes from clay.  She painted their faces and made the clothing.  Such detail - she is so talented!
It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend and I can't wait to go again.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Black & White

What is black and white and has diamonds all over?  Marcia's quilt!  She used a special ruler to make the blocks:  The X-block ruler   NO 60-degree piecing - it's so easy and super fast.  Very graphic and modern! 

The borders are made from the "left-overs" after she cut the blocks!
I quilted an edge-to-edge with circles, grey thread.  The white backing shows the quilting pattern.