Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I wish everyone a very happy, healthy new year ~ hoping that you will find an abundance of time to spend with family and friends to make cherished memories.

Any new year's resolutions? Several quilting ones come to mind for me....

I'd like to quilt some of my quilt tops that have been piling up!

Plan a design for Troy's baseball quilt...start collecting fabric and have it done for XMas next year?....maybe...

Learn wool applique. It must be easier than hand applique!

I'd like to hear your quilting resolutions!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Round Robin - Quilt Tops Revealed!

In January 2009, my bee embarked on a project that would last the whole year! We started a round robin. Each member made a center block and then we rotated them amoung the bee members, each of us adding to it before passing it on. No rules - you could add to one or all four sides. We finished in December and presented the final quilt tops to each other. We did not show the quilts to each other as we were making each round - so it was a terrific surprise to all of us when each one was revealed. Here they are. Click on photo for larger image. It was such fun!

Original Block...

Became the quilt top...

Original Block...

Quilt Top...

Original Block...

Became this quilt top...

Original Block...

Transformed into the quilt top...

Original Block..

Turned into this quilt top...

Original Block...

Became this quilt top...

We are working on one more ... but can't show it here...yet. She's a reader!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Quilt

Here's a great Christmas Quilt that I just finished quilting for my customer Marianne M. The pinwheels give it such movement!
Here is a photo of the side borders (in red on the quilt).

And here is the back - which shows the snowflake quilting in each of the snowball blocks.

One the table...

A close-up of the pinwheel block.

Such a fun one to quilt!
Click on any photo to enlarge.
Sewcalgal is having a virtual Christmas Quilt Show. check it out at

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I have been quilting and here are a couple customer quilts...

A homespun was used for the border fabric. Love her choice of colors and her piecing is very precise. SID (stitch-in the ditch) helps to accentuates her perfect piecing.
A Christmas Quilt...check out the border.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

I knitted a little turkey dishrag. (click on link to free pattern). These are the best dishrags and so easy and quick to make. You can whip one up in a couple hours. This one will be a gift for my sister-in-law.

These Five Layer Bars are for dessert today.
Don't these look good?

Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 stick of butter, melted.
1 cup: chocolate, butterscotch morsels, shredded coconut
1/2 cup pecans
1 can sweetened condensed milk.
9 x 13 pan. Mix cracker crumbs and butter to make the crust. Top with the morels, coconut and nuts. pour the condensed milk on top and bake 350-degrees for about 30 minutes. Wait until completely cool before cutting into bars. Mmmmmmm yummy.

We've had a busy month. My DH (dear husband) was in the hospital a couple times, but he is recovering and we are blessed and thankful.
We also celebrated Cooper's 1-Year birthday in November. Here is the traditional birthday cheeseburger! He thought it was great!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. "...O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever." (Psalm 30:12)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Retreat Weekend

Our annual bee retreat at Homestead Cabin Retreat in Wisconsin. (Click on the title to be taken to the website.)We had lots of fun and sewing time over the long weekend. Here are some pictures of the quilts that we were working on....

Sandy worked on a reversible jacket...
Haloween Witches
Quilt tops finished from previous years
An unfinished table runner tuned into Quilters Lingerie?
My car-pool buddy.
Making new friends.
Quilting into the wee hours of the night.
A dangerous spot to quilt in!
Even Patsy was able to quilt with us for a while.

We are already looking forward to next year!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bear's Paw

There is just something about two-color quilts that I love. I had the pleasure to quilt this beautiful Bear's Paw quilt top, pieced by Barbara White.

Free-hand feathered background quilting.

Feathered Borders

Love the spiky border.

All done...