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!