Gaa Barge

It has been fun designing all the 32 pieces in the Gaa Barge series.  I have enough scraps taken from the wastebasket or swept off the floor to finish the remainder of my challenge.  I had originally planned to make one a week for a whole year, but gardening got in the way and the series wasn’t finished. Maybe, I can finish the series next winter when the snow flies.

IMG_0473The cat and dog pieces were made with purple and other dark fabrics for the background and tan fabrics for the animals.  The made fabric was made in the mile a minute method.  The patterns for the animals came from a child’s coloring book.  The cut out animals were fused down and then zig zaged around the edges with tan thread.  The lines of the drawing were zig zaged with black  thread.

IMG_0472Shortly after I made these two pieces, I taught a class on this procedure at a local quilt shop.  The pieces were my sample pieces.  They were at the shop when a photographer came to take a picture of the owners.  One of the pieces was grabbed and put under the needle of a sewing machine.  The colors went with a piece that was on the wall behind them.   I enjoy seeing my animal in the picture on the wall when I go to the quilt shop.

Have a great day and happy quilting,

Moda blockhead

I am caught up on piecing the Moda Blockhead block of the week again.  Somehow, piecing the 6″ and 12″ blocks seem easier than piecing and appliqueing the  4 1/2″ Dear Jane blocks.  I have enjoyed this project, especially because it uses the Japanese fabric that my daughter gave to me.  The project will be finished in a few weeks.  I have two other patterns that are ready for that fabric.

IMG_2008Block # 42 is a 12″ block




IMG_2009Block # 43 is a 6″block




IMG_2010Block # 44 is a 12″ block




The original instructions said that there would be 46 blocks so the end of this project is near.  The plan for joining the blocks together should be interesting.  There are  several different sizes.

IMG_2007I have finished sewing the binding on a quilt.  I was helped by my special helper, Miss Molly. She always lays on a quilt when I’m hand quilting or sewing binding.  It must be her pre-quality control inspection.  I’ve learned to take a big handful in my lap, leaving her just enough to be comfortable.


Have a great day and happy quilting.

Crafty Things

Congratulations to King, a Wire Fox Terrier, who make “Best Of show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. He is a beautiful dog.

I have several baskets on shelfs.  The other day, I decided to see what was in them as I hadn’t looked in them for a while. One of the baskets had pretty boxes that I had embellished.  I had forgotten them.  When I put them in the basket, I had intended to put a shelf over the computer station  to hold them.  The shelf is still not up, but there is hope that I will paint or stain it some day and put it on the wall.IMG_1998IMG_1999

The wire mesh boxes were embellished with flowers that were made out of paper.  The paper was stitched and pressed to make them more realistic.  Then the centers were filled with thread. IMG_1997They could hold small treasures.  .




IMG_2001I still have three empty boxes and several flowers. When the shelf is up, I’ll finish them.  Then they can be with the others for a pretty display.



IMG_2003Also in the basket were three small boxes that I made from greeting cards and a photograph.  Greeting card boxes are very small, but are a nice way to present a small gift.


IMG_2004The bottom box is make from a photo of Miss Molly.  The photo was a little larger than a greeting card, so made a larger box.

I may find other forgotten treasures when I check out baskets and bins.

I’ve been working on  two different challenges.  One top is finished and is ready to quilt.  The other is still being pieced.  It has a lot of pieces and will take a while to finish.  I’m pleased with it so far.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

A Finished quilt

The Guild met last Friday night.  David Taylor was our speaker.  His quilts are absolutely awesome.  It was a wonderful night that was enjoyed by all.

I’ve had two quilts at the long arm quilter.  I quilt my smaller ones, but send the larger ones out.  I knew that I had sent quilts that I made last summer, but I couldn’t remember what they were.

I’ve been looking at four block quilts on Pinterest, as I have a drawer of cut squares.  They are cut 2 1/2″, 5″ and other sizes.  There are a lot of 2 1/2″ squares and I’ve been looking for a pattern for them.  There was one quilt that I thought would be perfect to use the squares.

IMG_1992When I received the quilted quilt last week, I was surprised to see that I had already made that one in 5″ squares.   Last summer, I took a box of scraps to Maine and tried to use them up.  Now, I’m wondering what the other quilt at the long arm quilter looks like.

This is such a pretty quilt.  It’s so easy to make.  The white strips are 1/2 the size of the squares.  It could be made with any size square with that formula.

IMG_1994The quilting made the quilt.  It is quilted in a pale blue.  ‘The back is beautiful. IMG_1993

I may still make the quilt with the smaller squares.  It could be made with beginners and enders.  It would be a good way to use up that drawer of fabric.


Have a great day and happy quilting.


I have a big pile of UFO tops on a closet shelf.  Some have been there for a long time.  I should just quilt them and move them along.

IMG_1972This star quilt was made many years ago.  The center poofs out.  I either have to quilt it down or redo the center.  It wouldn’t take long to finish it as it is a small quilt.  When it is finished it will either go into the give away box or become a charity quilt.


IMG_1977Years ago I had a stack and whack class with Bethany Reynolds.  I should have used a floral print, but instead, used golfer fabric.  This was the only quilt that I finished in a class.  Usually, I have to finish them at home.  After all the stack and whack pieces were sewn together, I realized that there were body parts everywhere going around in a circle.  Who would want this quilt?  Maybe if I quilted it and put it into the give away bin someone would take it away.

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IMG_1974I used to have a surger.  It was a simple one but I didn’t like it.  Probably, I didn’t practice enough to give it a chance.  I did make one quilt, but the corners didn’t match. The surger wasn’t really made to make a quilt.  It didn’t help that the fabric made it look like a big overripe watermelon.  It’s the perfect size for a Linus quilt.  When I finish it, it will have a home.  Someone will like a cheery watermelon quilt.

IMG_1979This brown quilt must have been made many years ago.  There was a period of time when I used brown fabric in my quilts all the time.  This is the only unfinished brown quilt  that I have.  It is pretty.  Miss Molly has inspected it and thinks that I should quilt it and give it to someone who will enjoy it. IMG_1981




There are many more unfinished quilts on the shelf.  Most of them are small.  Some are twin size.  They all have different reasons why I haven’t quilted them.  It would be nice to have an empty shelf.  I should get busy and quilt them one at a time.

Have a great day and happy quilting.




The International Challenge quilt is on the basting rack and has been thread basted.  It is ready to quilt. IMG_1964

I know that I am going to make a small stipple with white thread around the embroideries.  A decision will have to be made about the thread and the quilting for the green and red blocks.


IMG_1965I had some extra blocks so I found a feather quilting pattern that would fit.  I used green Aurifil thread.  It is very nice, but when I set it on the quilt to see how it would look, it was distracting.  There were too many circles.


IMG_1969       IMG_1970I did some ruler work on the other blocks with different colored thread.  Also some free motion quilting.  I still don’t like ruler work.  Maybe some day I’ll enjoy it, but I’ll have to practice a long time to get to that point.  I’m glad that I practiced on other blocks and didn’t jump in and quilt something that I didn’t like.  The red center of one block was very nice quilted with dark green thread.  It had a very small border and free motion quilting.


I have a lot of solid fabric so I pieced strips with the colors of the blocks.  Then I embroidered quilting patterns, stopping and changing colors to see how the quilting would look with the different colored thread.  None of the quilting patterns looked right.  I did decide that the light green fabric should be quilted with light green thread and the darker green fabric should be quilted with darker green thread.  I did like how the red fabric looked with the darker green thread.

IMG_1968I found a quilting pattern that had a center flower and thought that I could change colors to make it fit on the block.  It is a nice quilting pattern, but it was not right for this quilt.  Making it did give me an idea for making another quilt.  I could  make quilted 8″ squares with solid fabric and put them into a quilt.  Very fast and easy.  That’s for another day.

The final decision is that the thread color should match the fabric, except for the red fabric.  That will be toned down with dark green thread.  The embroideries are so busy that seeing a quilting pattern on the other block is distracting.  Using the same color thread in free motion quilting will give texture and not take away from the embroidery block. I won’t stipple quilt, but will make a leafy meander or another background filler.  The spaces are small so the filler should be a small one.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Not Much

I spent the day doing household chores that really needed to be done.  After breakfast, I made a long list of things that I should work on today.  There are just two items left on the list this evening, so I feel that I had a good day.

The Moda Block head project is up to date.  Just a few more to make and then they can go into a quilt. IMG_1921





The backings are ready for two quilts.  One will go into the basting frame tomorrow.  After I baste it and quilt it, I will decide if I’ll quilt the other one or send it to the long arm quilter.  She does such a beautiful job and I want this one to be nice.

I’ve been drafting a 2″ x 6″ block.  The 1/4″ seam allowance was  added to the pieces.  It seemed like a lot of work to piece the large amount of blocks that I needed for the project.   The block has two 1″ half square triangles, plus other size triangles.  As I was looking at it, I suddenly realized that It could be paper pieced.  The block was in EQ7 already.  With a few clicks of the mouse, I had the numbered paper piecing pattern.  It will be easy and accurate.  I was able to print three blocks on each paper. The colors change in each set of three blocks. I can write the proper color on the papers and keep everything in order.  I saved myself a lot of frustration by thinking about what to do before I started.  The quilt is in Southwestern colors.  A few years ago, when I flew over Utah and Arizona I saw these colors in the landscape and commented that those colors would make a beautiful quilt.  Now I will find out.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

International Challenge

Last year at the Vermont Quilt Festival, friends from Canada and the United States decided to make a challenge quilt.  This quilt is called the five yard quilt.  It uses five different one yard pieces of fabric.  The quilt has eighteen 6″ focus squares.  When one of my friends told me that she was going to sew Red work in her squares, I decided to make machine embroidery for my focus blocks.  In a previous post, I showed fourteen blocks that I had embroidered.  Last week, I embroidered the last four blocks and made the quilt.  img_1958img_1955


I am making another challenge quilt and had bought the green fabric for that quilt.  I changed my mind and wanted teal for the other quilt so I used the green fabric for this quilt.

Today, I found the fabric for the back and know what I want to do when I machine quilt it.  I also found the backing fabric for the Temperature quilt.  The basting frame will be set up in the living room and I can start basting both quilts.

Wednesday is the day that the Moda Block head blocks are posted. The pattern for block # 42 arrived today.   I’ve finished the 24″ block with 60 half square triangles.  That leaves one old block to piece and the new one from today’s posting.  It is good to be almost caught up.

I’ve found a quilt pattern for the Kimberly Einmo 6″ blocks.  The drawer of solid fabric is full.  I will use that fabric for the sashing and border.  There are 50 blocks, so I will have some left over for the back.

Have a great day and happy quilting.