Friday, November 8, 2013

Baby Quilts

Two recent baby quilts that I made. I realize that white may not be a popular color for a baby quilt . . .  but then again, I'm realizing I don't really follow the rules. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013


This post is a week overdue.


She won the HOPE Quilt. So happy for her.
Thank you to everyone who purchase a ticket. ALL money raised from HOPE Quilt will go to Annalises Friends. Total is $440.

Myself and Susan Bamonto at last weeks 5K. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

HOPE Raffle Quilt Tickets for Sale

Good afternoon. I FINALLY have the PayPal account set up. You can now purchase raffle tickets for the HOPE quilt.

Tickets are $5 for ONE ticket and $10 for THREE tickets.
When you click on Donate you will be asked to enter donation amount. Please enter in multiples of $5 or $10 and when I receive payment I will then create your raffle tickets. Tickets will be drawn sometime after the race on Saturday, September 14th.

To sign up for the race go to

Front of quilt

Back of quilt

Close up of HOPE

Friday, June 14, 2013

Stitch n Flip Mini

After getting Jacquie Gering's book Quilting Modern I have been going crazy drawing up ideas using her techniques. Of course it helped that a large group of our Guild, the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild took a road trip to Buffalo last month to take her class. She was SO inspiring. I left there bursting with ideas. Stitch n Flip isn't one that she did in the class, but she does it on her Craftsy class and it is SO MUCH FUN. I love that I can make it my own. I love that no matter if I make it a 1/2 inch shorter than I meant to doesn't matter because it comes out looking great.

This is only the second quilt that I've done with this technique, both very small. It was perfect timing that Ellison Lane Quilts had a mini challenge going on. I could practice this while making a mini quilt.

I can't wait to get some other projects done so that I can make a larger quilt using this.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Improv Workshop with Jacquie Gering

Today I went to a fantastic workshop with Jacquie Gering (Quilting Modern) at the Aurora Sewing Center. When I say fantastic I mean, Amazing, when I say amazing I mean, well . . .   you get the idea . . .  I Loved It!!

I managed to get four squares done. They are a great start to a wall hanging.

Here are my blocks. I haven't decided if this is the arrangement yet, but they are all possibilities.

Friday, April 26, 2013

My Leaves

I wanted to show you where I saw the idea for my leaves. I printed it out and traced them about a dozen times and then they got quite easy. At first I kept making my leaf a little cockeyed, not sure why. Anyway, I found this blog very helpful.

A Few Scraps

the leaf idea I used

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feathers and More

I have traced, traced, traced, and traced at least a million feathers. OK, maybe not a million, but I found a book that had feathers and I bought tracing paper and went to town. I think it helped. I started doing them freehand and it started feeling a little more comfortable. Now drawing and sewing are two different things, but it DEFINITELY makes it easier if you do all that drawing first.

Looking at the first time I tried feathers is tough, not just because they are ALL over the place, but the scrap fabric is crazy busy. Didn't help that the thread was verigated.

First attempt BEFORE practing on paper

In my NEW first and second attempts you can see that my feathers aren't perfect, but I was just shooting for them to actually look like feathers and I'm pretty happy with them. On the second one (yellow fabric) you can see the parts where my echoing is off but I'm not worried, that will get better.

NEW first attempt

second attempt 

At the same time I've been doodling my feathers I've been trying to draw leaves. Again they looked very easy. They were looking very sad. I was doodling them on EVERYTHING. These I've got down pretty good. They will be going on the boarder of an Irish Chain quilt that I've been working on that will hopefully be done soon.

My leaves on a vine. Sounds like a good name.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Starting My Journey with Feathers

So far I've avoided any free motion quilting designs that have anything to do with feathers. They are not my friend, at least not yet. I've decided that I will continue to draw them until I get that down. THEN I will TRY it out on the sewing machine. Stay tuned. :)

My right side are getting a little better.

My left side? Needs some serious work. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Scrappy Strip Wall Hanging Quilting Done

All the quilting is done on this wall hanging. This project was so fun, and a great way to practice.

last three more sections of quilting done

it shows up good on the blue back
here is the quilting from the first three sections from the back

good view of all the stitches

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Starry Night Comes Together

Today at the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild meeting all the pieces of the Starry Night Challenge were put together. I thought they might look good, but had NO IDEA how cool it was going to look. So excited to see it when it's actually pieced.

Notice how different everyones blocks are. VERY COOL!

Starry Night Block Challenge

I will get back to my scrap strip quilt in a bit. I wanted to post a block that I did for the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. The challenge was this. They took Van Gogh's Starry Night painting and divided it up into 24 pieces. I had planned to create my piece with little scraps of fabric. Every time I started I gave up. It looked horrible. That and I wasn't even sure how to stitch them on without them looking like a mess. 

Then I thought of appliqueing pieces on. Let's just say appliqué is not my forte. :(

I have to say my final piece I'm very happy with. :)

This is the piece I was given to interpret.

The sun was my favorite part.

The sun in detail.

Finished (which actually is side wise I think. If you look at Van Gogh's original, I think I have it oriented the wrong way. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

More Scrappy Strip Quilting Done

Finished the echo strip and then finished filling in the strip next to it with Spiral Matrix. Originally was going to just fill that in with straight stitching, but I like this look better.

Here you can see the different internal designs I was thinking of. I like the others, but for this I think I like Spiral Matrix. Any excuse to use it. It's a little messy because I was playing with the outside designs as well.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Scrap Strips

I'm working on a quilt that has three inch squares and it will be made of scraps. It will mean using fabrics that I've rather grown out of, but I don't want any duplicate squares. Well, the other night I was cutting some of the squares up in the living room, which I normally don't do. I was cutting them and just tossing the scraps on the floor. When I was picking up everything I noticed some of the scraps all in a row. That gave me the idea to put some in a long row and just sew them down and make a runner out of it. I put a bit of glue to keep them in place and then stitched them down. That evolved into using this piece to practice my free motion quilting.

Before I started quilting. Keep in mind these strips are just on there with a couple dabs of glue.

Straight stitches on the center over the strips and each side will have three sections with different free motion designs. In the middle one here I'm thinking of added straight lines in between those curves.

Some of my doodles with ideas for the sides.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More Free Motion Practice

I did a few more tonight. I should be working on trying to finish some quilts, but . . .  this has been kind of relaxing. I'd say it's my favorite part, but I do like the piecing too. Yeah . . .   actual quilting is my favorite part. :)

Wave Chain, or as I like to call it. Funky Cactus. :)


Tree Bark. Or Peacock feathers as my husband calls them. :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Free Motion Quilting Practice

I have so much in the works still, but I joined this facebook page called Learning Free Motion Quilting.  It's basically a group of quilters who a showing their fmq each day or whenever they can. One of the woman starting posting, starting from the beginning one of Leah Day's designs from her 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Project. Starting with the beginner designs. Some I have done, some I haven't. Some are easier than others. Of course some I enjoy more and practice more. Anyway, I thought I would share what I have done so far. I think I might be a couple days behind.

  Shadow Waves

   Cursive Fs

Sashiko Shell

Tree Roots

Brain Coral

Monday, February 25, 2013

I Had A Busy Weekend

So, I've been working on getting a lot of projects started. I'm good at that. Finishing them? Well that's a whole different story.

I'm actually putting some projects together so that I have quilts to practice my free motion quilting.

Here are a few things I got started over the weekend.

This one is a an updated design from a previous post.

I loved these fabrics and found a way to make a great quilt out of not much fabric. I'm going to piece ivory solid fabric in between these blocks. I think I might actually keep this one.

It's funny, when I was putting this fabric on the design wall I was staggering them with the idea of trimming the columns and filling them in with the fabric I trimmed. Looking at it here I'm thinking I will leave it the way it is and just fill in with white. 

This fabric is Reunion by Sweetwater Fabrics by Moda. I LOVE IT.  I was going to just piece all the charm squares together but I really wanted to mix them up a bit. SO . . .  I started out with four squares and cut the outside leaving a 5" four patch and then pieced what I cut around it. I'm going to fill this in possibly with white or maybe get one of the lighter reunion fabrics to fill in. I love the fabric that looks like jacks. I'm thinking about a boarder out of one of those. This is a very promising quilt in progress. "Messed up Reunion" I like the sound of that.