Moda Building Blocks

Well sort of.  I used my collection of Cherrywood fabrics instead of the Moda solids.  My quilt is a bit mellower, although I tried to stay in the same color ways.  This quilt took a long time to machine quilt, do I dare say that it took almost as long to piece it as to quilt it?  The 36″ blocks and the 24″ ones are a challenge because each is, in its own way, a small quilt.  I tried to make each block unique, using templates, stencils, rulers, marking pens and chalk.  I used King Tut “Kanaan” (variegated light grey) on the top and bottom line in the bobbin.  Just one layer of warm and natural white because I didn’t want it to weigh too much.  I doubled up battings once and although it looked nice, it is too heavy to use as a bed cover.   As promised here are a bunch of pictures.


Hard to fit the whole thing in one frame.












Thanks for looking!  I’m proud of this quilt, I feel like I accomplished what I set out to create, a sampler of my talent.

Linking up with Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop , Quilting Reader’s Garden WIPs be Gone , and Judy at Patch work times for Design Wall Monday .  Maybe even Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.



I have been productive this past week.  Just don’t have any spiffy pictures to show for it.  I finished three memory pillows and a quilt top for my Aunt and Cousins.  My Uncle died a few months ago and my Aunt contacted me about making a few pillows for them with his clothes.  I used the Charming Circle ruler template from June Taylor and cut the denim and sewed squares of Hawaiian shirt fabric into them.  Then connected them all together to make a pillow top.  The quilt is a large Carpenters Star pattern, thanks to Judy at Patchwork Times and her free pattern page .  I used a few yards of kona solids and triangles from the 16 different shirts.  My Aunt didn’t ask for a quilt, but I just couldn’t bring myself to toss all the rest of the shirt fabric.  It was emotionally tough for me to open up that box of clothing and use it.  I thought about all the good memories I had of him and I felt good about making a few things that will, hopefully, mean something to them as well.

I also worked on quilting the Moda Building blocks top.  I am going to finish it today, just two more large blocks to go.  My next post will be photo intensive, just wait!  I made this weeks Farmers wife blocks, Golda and Georgia.  They were fun, not so many pieces, more squares and large pieces.

Lastly, I wanted to do some machine embroidery on a few t-shirts for friends when I discovered that my feed dogs weren’t lowering.  Guess its time for Bertha to visit the Spa for her yearly tune up.


Tree of life blocks


If I could count correctly, I could rule the world.  Not really, but my life would be easier.  I started out planning on making 16 blocks for this quilt.  I recounted and came up with 17, so I made one more.  As I lay them out on my design floor, I realized that I had counted wrong, I really need 18.  I hope I have enough scraps left over to make one more tree.  I really don’t want to have to buy more fabric.  Although I may be able to get by with a charm pack…if I can find one.


I was able to make one more tree from my scraps.  Hooray!  Now to get this top together so I can start on my “Gravity” BOM.  Pretty solid fabrics and interesting geometric piecing.

 I made my two Farmer’s Wife blocks this morning, they were simple and straight forward.  I’m 1/3 of the way through these blocks now, they still interest me and I’m having fun with the cute 30’s prints.  Who doesn’t like bears and bunnies in pajamas?

  Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday today.  Thanks for reading.


Hitofude Cardigan

I am joining Judy at Patchwork Times for a Hitofude Knit-a-long.  I would like to make my own Cardigan using some yarn I’ve had in my stash for a while.  It’s called Melody by Jojoland, I remember buying it because I liked the way it changed color/shades.  I think it goes from blue to grayish blue.  I knitted up my swatch and I’m pleased with how the yarn is looking after washing it.  It’s light weight and seems to show the lace pattern well.  I think it will be easy to wear this spring.

I need to get a longer flexible needle though, the one I have is probably going to be too short.  I already got another bunch of ring markers, so I’m set to knit.

Tree of Life

Last summer I saw Edyta Sitars of Laundry Basket Quilts Blue Spruce quilt pattern made using her line of fabrics “Cold Spell”.  I bought a jelly roll of the line, and filed it away for someday.  I have always liked her color choices and patterns.  I made “Hop to it” a few years ago, still like looking at it.


Blue Spruce by Laundry Basket Quilts


Yesterday I was looking for something new to start and that roll caught my eye.  I don’t have the specific pattern, but I do have the Laundry Basket  book Scrappy Firework Quilts.  In it is a pattern called Schoolhouse Scrappy quilt, which has a tree of life block in it.  I’m going to use it to make my own version of the Blue Spruce quilt.  I like the way the blocks are staggered in her quilt and because they are rectangular, it will make the quilt a bit more symmetrical.  I’m not sure if I will do the appliqué like the original quilt has, because it is more the colors and blocks that I like.  Here are my pieces so far:


I have been keeping up with the Farmer’s wife 1930 Sampler Quilt too.  Here are my latest 4 blocks:




Farmers Wife






Another week of 2016 is starting.  I’m linking up with Judy at Patchwork times for Design Wall Monday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mystery Quilt

IMG_1298Today I finished the borders on Allietare, the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for 2015/6.  I really pushed to get it done yesterday, I was up early and started putting the blocks together.  Four hours later it was together, sans borders.  I had a good book to listen to, so time passed quickly.  Later I pressed it, I wanted it nice and flat so I could measure for the borders.

In my stash I found a not so pretty yellow with red print that I picked up off the sale rack at LQS a while ago.  I still don’t know why I bought it, it reminds me of McDonalds, but its the perfect inner border for this quilt.  The black outer border is scraps from a backing of a different quilt.  I can honestly say that I didn’t have to go and buy any fabric for this quilt top, its all from scraps and stash.   I have fun remembering each quilt that the scraps are from, one of the red calicos is from the early nineties.  I also used it in Orca Bay and Pfeffernuesse, there is now only a small piece of it left.


borders and the red calico

I think I am going to concentrate on the Rubies, Garnets and Diamonds quilt and get that finished up.  I am almost done piecing the 12oo+ HST (ugh!) that make up the sashing.  I  think there are only 4 more blocks to do to finish.  The last few have been made using templates, not the easiest or speediest way to construct them.  I will persevere.

Linking up with Mystery Link-up Monday at Quiltville’s Quips and Snips today.

Coxcomb Medallion


It is done.  The top of the Coxcomb Medallion quilt.  I started this in February 2015 as a block of the month.  The flying geese were done over a four month stretch, there are 224 of them.  All the small 3 inch blocks were done a bunch at a time.  The 6 inch ones were done two or three a month and the Swag, pumpkin seed blocks, and center appliqué were made up over a three month period.  Yes, they are hand appliquéd <smile>.  There are twelve floater/borders and four rounds of pieced blocks.  Its about 94 inches square.  I am planning on a dark blue binding.  I enjoyed making this quilt because of the variety of blocks and the very good instructions by Sue Garman.   Green and pink are not my first choice for colors, but I have to stretch my likes/preferences and try different combinations, otherwise all my quilts would be blue.  Now to finish up Allietare, all my blocks are made and setting triangles.  I need to find a good border fabric.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.  Thanks for reading.

End of the Year rush

I have been trying to finish my Coxcomb Medallion quilt to participate in the fourth quarter 2015 Finish A long at On the Windy Side.  This has been an ongoing BOM for me, I just want to be done with it already.   In October I did two months work in one, and then I ordered the last pattern  from Sue Garman at Come Quilt directly, so that I could finish before January 7th.  I had enough fabric, and scraps from the past 11 months.  The other day I was reading through the rules of the QAL, and it clearly states that the quilt must be finished, and bound, to be considered for the contest.  Sadly there is no way that is going to happen for this quilt.  The top will be done, but the quilting…nope.

Here is a picture of it from earlier today. IMG_1287

I have since added another pink floater strip and a round of three inch assorted blocks.  I need to add two more floaters, a border, the flying geese and then a couple more borders to finish this top.  Oh yeah, and about 12 more blue dots to the swag border.  This top will be finished by the 7th.

I was looking at my list of quilts made (lifetime) and it seems I have made 28 this year, 16 are still tops though.  So 12 finished, not bad.  I feel good about my accomplishments this year, and I’m looking forward to a productive 2016.

Been working on Allietare too, finished the 5th clue Saturday. I also made two more farmers wife blocks, Eva and Fanny.  These are a week early, because we are supposed to take this week off.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.  Happy New Year!