Friday, January 19, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Pop Art Flower

My intention for today was to show you the first design on a new free motion project I'm working on.  You can see the finished top below.  I used some scrap solids of gorgeous Island Batik fabrics to complete the top.  I had planned to get it layered and ready to sew this week.  And then I got a nasty bug and haven't moved from the couch for three days.  SIGH.  Next week...

So today I show you another oldie, but good.  This is Pop Art Flower.  It never won any awards, but it's one of my favorites.

I used a single spine feather with pearls on the other side for the border.  It was the first time I'd done this and I love the way it turned out.

My applique shapes were too big to leave unquilted, so I added some quilting detail inside them which I really like.

In the center I did this crazy motif I marked with a compass.  It turned out really well, but it looks odd merging into the yellow blanket stitching around the edge.  I'm still trying to decide how it's best to quilt blanket stitched flowers.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On Ringo Lake Top COMPLETE!

This is my first mystery quilt and my first finish!  I added some extra cream sashing and a few extra triangles in the setting triangles.  It's a bit bigger than I'd planned at 84 by 84 inches, but I am so happy with how it turned out.  Now to decide batting and backing and turn it over to my amazing mother to quilt.  That is once we get over our mutual colds.  Gotta love winter.  SIGH.  I had 5 students out of 22 out sick today and I'm down for the count tomorrow.  I need to get rid of these chills.

Here's a picture from when I was first assembling the top.

And here's a sneak peek at Friday's'll have to come back to find out more!

I hope you get to quilt today!  (And I get to sleep away all the germs...)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Geometric Inspiration and the Work of my Third Graders

My third graders get me.  A kid opened their library book, saw this pattern and had to come show it to me.  They make me smile.

This is also a fun geometric from a pillow I fixed for a friend.

And since they'd seen me playing with pattern blocks they wanted a chance too during indoor recess when it was -10 last week.  They insisted I take pictures.  Here's their work.

I hope you get to quilt today!  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel...On Ringo Lake

I am getting soooooo close.  I can feel it.  My goal is to finish putting the top together this weekend!  All the blocks are finished and the pieces for my modified sashing and setting triangles are made.  Now it's assembly time.  I've got this....I hope!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Doddles of the Day

Oh there's nothing like just doodling away on your machine to make me happy!  Here are a few doodles for today.  I have an upcoming free motion project that I can't wait to share with you.  Stay tuned!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Piecing Accuracy Tip

I've confessed this before...I am an overpinner.  I pin a ton.  Yes, I pin the ends of 2 inch squares together.  Why?  Well, that's important to me!  There is a reason.

Here you see my piece going under the presser foot.  Notice the pin at the end.

The value of this pin?  Think sailing for a moment, or any boat for that matter.  The way you turn the rudder or a sailboat, or the engine on a motor boot affects the direction the boat goes.  I use this pin as an engine/rudder for guiding my piece under the needle.  Sometimes at the end of a piece it can veer left or right.  I find this annoying as it really affects accuracy.

Here you can see me maneuvering the pin left and right.  It really helps me guide the piece.

I generally sew until the pin is right under the presser food and then I left the fabric be pulled by the feed dogs into the machine and off of the pin.  In this way I keep complete control of all the stitches all the way to the end of the piece.

Here I still have control of the pin with my finger and the piece is completely sewn.  I now can pick up the pin and put it on the pincushion.

 I hope this tip helps you with accuracy.  Yes, it takes time to pin all the pieces, but it's something I find relaxing to do in front of the TV at night when I'm too tired to do anything else.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Island Batik Ambassadors Four Seasons Blog Hop has Started!

be sure to check them all out!

Island Batiks also has a giveaway on their blog at!

Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop


Monday, January 8 – Blue Moon Collection

Tuesday, January 9 – Mountain’s Majesty Collection

Wednesday, January 10 – Alpine Ice Collection

Thursday, January 11 – Alpine Jungle Collection


Monday, January 15 – Elementz

Tuesday, January 16 –Southern Blooms

Wednesday, January 17 – Morning Sunshine

Thursday, January 18 – Season’s Shades


Monday, January 22 – Paisley Dot

Tuesday, January 23 – Sunflower Serenade

Wednesday, January 24 – City Culture 2

Thursday, January 25 – City Culture 2


Monday, January 29 – Autumn’s Grace

Tuesday, January 30 – Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday, January 31 – Plum Delicious

Thursday, February 1 – Northern Woods

Doodle Inspiration

Once a doodle, always a doodler.  I had fun drawing during a meeting.

I stacked these while I was playing blocks with my son.  I like the shapes....hmmm.

Some of the third graders at school made these in art class.  I adore them.  I think my favorite is the one in the upper right corner. 

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

On Ringo Lake - Clue #8 - Blocks

I am slowly pinning, slowly pinning yes I am...words rephrased from the Song that Never Ends...

I am an over-pinner.  Always have been, trying to reform, but it's a challenge and a process I suppose.

These are 1/3 of the blocks sewn...

And I had to lay one out.  So pretty!  Back to it hopefully soon.  The car died.  I have spent the last two days car shopping, but I'm almost ready to make a purchase!  I will be glad when it's done.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Japanese Fans

I'll admit it.  I am totally sucked into my current show quilt (which I can't show you yet) and the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt On Ringo Lake (I'll show you that tomorrow), so what to post today?  Well, the quilt on the wall behind my couch in my living room seemed like something fun I haven't shared.  It's about 10 years old.

I have an entire stack of Asian fabric I fell in love with.  Ask me how many quilts I've made with're looking at it.  Just this one.  I have a lot of Asian fabric aging nicely in my closet.  

I had fun quilting pagodas in the corners.

See the beads in the very corner?  they cover up some not so nice quilting.  It took a little time, but made a big difference.  All the fans have this detail.

Around the center circle are twelve cranes.  They are each trapuntoed.  Unfortunately, their beaks are rather skinny and hard to see.

In the outer border I had fun with a sashiko pattern.  Sashiko is a traditional Japanese needle art usually done in white thread on indigo.  If you Google it, you'll find lots of familiar quilting patterns.

The center of this is a trapuntoed Japanese family crest.  I have no idea which one, but I really like it.  When I first sewed the background fill behind it my tension was really off.  The only good part is that it was so loose I could just pull it right out!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador 2018

I am thrilled to be an Ambassador for Island Batik again this year!  I can't wait to see what fun projects and fabrics they have in store for us.

Here are a few quilts that I've made for them over the past two years as an Ambassador.

There are a few more....somewhere, but you get the idea!  It's a blast and I can't wait for this year.

I hope you get to quilt today!