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.



Moda Block Heads

I have neglected the Moda Blockhead block of the week for quite a while.  It’s time to catch up

img_1953.   img_1951 I’m still using the Japanese fabric.  I can see several more quilts made with this fabric.  Today, as I was cutting, I put several large pieces aside for another quilt.

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Block # 41 has been published.  The original instructions say that there will be approximately 46 blocks so the project is almost finished.  The setting will be revealed after the last block is published.  There will also be settings to use the blocks in several small quilts.

I still have a few blocks to sew to catch up but they probably will be done before the last block is published.  Block # 39 has been cut out and is waiting by the sewing machine.  It calls for sixty 2 1/2″ half-square triangles and 24 triangles on the four corners.  There is also a pieced 17 1/2″ center square.  The block is 24″ square.  It will take a lot of very careful sewing.

Have a great day and happy quilting.




I’ve been hand quilting in the evening while watching TV.  Hand quilting is very relaxing, but it takes a long time.


I started this little quilt long ago.  One of my first books was about Amish quilts.  This is one that I made from this  book.  It is called Rail Fence.  I made and finished several small quilts from that book, but this one was put aside and forgotten.



img_1947Rail Fence is quilted in the ditch.  The quilting doesn’t show.  It just holds the quilt together. Some of the black squares are quilted with a medallion.  I don’t have the pattern but I can copy it to quilt the remainder of the squares.



There are other partially hand quilted small quilts in the UFO pile.  There is no law that says that I can’t finish them by machine quilting.  At least they would be finished.  I also have several old tops that were never quilted.  Piecing is quicker than quilting.

During the day, I have been working on the quilt that uses the embroidery squares that I made last summer.   The top should be finished soon.



Have a great day and happy quilting.






Annie Louise

Annie Louise has a new wig and a clean face.  She looks so much different than she did before.  It’s amazing how cleaning 100 years of grime off her face brought back her color.img_1939 img_1909




Her wardrobe has started to grow.

It is fun to research what women were wearing in the early 1900’s.  I still intend to duplicate the dresses that my ancestors wore.  That is for another day.

I started with her underwear.  Her size is different than the patterns that I have collected, so I thought that I would make everything out of muslin first.  That way, I could tweak the size before I made them out of finer fabric.  The muslin  underwear is very nice.  That is what she will have for now.

rrr  Annie Louise has two pair of pantaloons.   I made one and the other was a gift from a neighbor.  Thank you, Amy.  Both fit her very well. The petticoat is her original one and goes very well with the antique pantaloons. img_1942

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img_1941Her petticoat has several layers of lace.  It is elegant even though it is muslin,  She will have to have full skirted dresses when she wears it.   When I make a slimmer dress, I will have to make another slimmer petticoat.

img_1945She has a chemise.  It doesn’t fit her very well and I will have to adjust the size.  It is lined which makes it heavy.  I think it would be better with one layer or a lighter weight fabric.



img_1940I made a doll quilt as a challenge for the Guild.  I named it “Annie Louise’s quilt”. It belongs to her.  There was a piece of fabric left over and I decided to make a day dress for her.  I laid muslin on her old dress and made a pattern for the new dress.  It was almost accurate.  It just needed a few adjustments before I cut the good fabric.  Now, I can use the muslin patterns and make other clothes.

img_1937There are two tucks at the bottom of the skirt.  I have a border guide foot that I’ve never used.  It was great to keep the tucks even.  There are many other ways to use this foot.





The dress was hemmed by machine using the blind hem stitch.




Making doll clothes will be a good way to use all the presser feet that I’ve bought and left in the package.  Janome has many You Tube tutorials that have excellent instructions.

Have a great day and happy quilting.




Orphan Blocks

Orphan blocks are fun to work with.  There is a reason why they were made and then put away.  Getting beyond the reason and making a quilt from these blocks is hard to do.  Years ago, I made several small blocks with the same pattern.  I don’t remember why I made them,  but I must have been learning a new technique.

img_1935Some are pastel.  Some are green and white.  They are all very plain if left on their own.



img_1933The pale green and coral blocks are set in a nine patch format.  Five of the blocks are in a straight setting and four are in a diagonal setting.  The center block is a straight setting with coping strips on four sides that enlarge it to the size of the blocks that are set in the diagonal setting.  The strips are the same color as the outer border.  The four diagonal set blocks have coping triangles.  The triangles are two different colors which make a star.  The four corners have coping strips on two sides.  They are the same color as the outer triangles, which make it look like a border.  There is a small outer border that is the same color as the star and then the outer border.

img_1934I wanted to do something different with the green and white blocks.  They needed brightening up so I put two together with gold sashing.  I auditioned several fabrics but couldn’t find anything that looked good.  Then, I found the border fabric.  I pulled the sashing colors from the border fabric and the quilt came together.  It just happened.  The inner border is small because that is all the fabric that I had left after making the larger sashing in the center.  This quilt was a happy accident.  Maybe I should call it by that name.

Most of my orphan blocks are together.  I can see several quilts in the future.  They are a little different than a UFO.  A UFO just gets finished.  When making an orphan block, you have to think outside of the box.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Dear Jane

Dear Jane has been sitting in her suitcase for a while.  She has outgrown the project box and is now stored in a small suitcase.  img_1821Twenty five of the center blocks are finished and pieced together.  The blocks are hand quilted and then individually bound and sewn together in the pot holder method.

Originally, I had intended to make each row as it went around the center of the quilt, but my intentions became derailed.

I have the EQ Dear Jane app.  If anyone decides to make a Dear Jane quilt, it would be worth their while to purchase this cd.  There is a wealth of information and printable patterns and instructions.

One day I printed several rows of   instructions.  Then, I found fabric that is close to the original and put it with the pattern. The pile of instructions and fabric is in the suitcase for whenever I decide to work on Dear Jane.

Each pattern gives hints on how the block should be pieced.  Some are foundation pieced, some are rotary cut and some are appliqued.  I have been taking the top pattern and making that block. They are not in any order.  Each block is placed in a baggie when it is together and then placed in a box.  All the baggies in the box are waiting for hand sewing. I won’t have to look for hand sewing to do for a while.

img_1928Twelve blocks are finished and waiting to be sewn to the main quilt.



img_1931Three blocks are quilted, the binding is sewn on and is waiting for the binding to be tacked down.



img_1929Ten blocks need to be quilted.img_1930

There are three applique blocks.  One is reverse applique.  There will be pictures of the applique blocks when they are finished.

There are so many different techniques.  Each block is prettier than the one before.  I’m amazed at how much fun it is to work on the Dear Jane quilt.

When I complete all of the blocks that I’ve started, one third of the center blocks will be finished.  There is still a lot more to do.


Have a great day and happy quilting.


Happy Birthday

Today is Miss Molly’s birthday.  She is nine years old.  We have had her in our family since she was nine weeks old.

a7Wire Fox Terriers are so cute when they are little.


Miss Molly used to dig holes everywhere when she was a puppy.  I’m so glad that she stopped doing that.  We had to be careful where we walked.dscf3873






dscf3916Her brother was Max, a Miniature Schnauzer.  Max was an awesome dog.   Usually an older dog teaches a younger dog how to behave.  Miss Molly didn’t listen to Max at all.  She became the boss when very young.



Miss Molly is highly educated.  She has passed level 1, level 2, and level 3.  She was at the point of taking her companion dog exam when I decided she had gone far enough.  She also has taken agility classes, sniff and search lessons, and dance lessons.  She prefers to dance to Latin music.  When dogs dance, it is just obedience done to music.  She has a few steps, but only dances when she feels like it.  I can hide treats and she searches until she finds them.  Miss Molly will do anything for a treat.  When meeting Miss Molly, you wouldn’t know that she had any training.  She chooses when to obey. dscf4030



When I had Miss Molly groomed for the first time, she changed from a fluffy puppy to a very sophisticated dog.dscf4003

She is afraid of thunder storms.img_0600


Miss Molly takes her job of quality control inspector very seriously.  She checked out the new Japanese fabric scraps.  They passed inspection.  We are allowed to use them. img_0828



She loved the Canadian 150 quilt.  Now she is inspecting a 30 year old UFO as I hand quilt it in the evening.  It’s a good thing it’s a king size so I have space to quilt and she has space to inspect. img_0636

Everyone should have a quality control inspector that is as good as Miss Molly.




Have a great day and happy quilting.















My Guild in Maine is having a block draw.  We were given a pattern and two fat quarters of beautiful fabric.  The fabric was to go in the flying geese row, just outside the center star.  We added our own fabric for the rest of the block.

img_1920The block is 18″ square finished and is made of flying geese. squares,  and half square triangles.  It was easy to make even though it looks complicated.  Someone from the Guild will win all the blocks in a drawing.  Even if I don’t win the blocks, I have the pattern and might make more blocks for my own quilt.img_1918






I’m still working to catch up with the Moda Blockhead series.  I made a 24″ block.  img_1917The next block was a 12″ square  applique block.  I didn’t want to make an applique block, so I substituted the draw block, leaving out one row to make it the right size.  It was quicker to make that the original block.  The omitted row had eight small half square triangles in the corners.  Leaving out that row didn’t detract from the block.  It looks like a star within a star block.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Moda Blockhead

I haven’t pieced any of the Moda Blockhead blocks since I came back to New Hampshire.  I had decided to take a break for a while. It has been a long while as I was nine blocks behind.  It doesn’t seem as if I’ve been back that long.

The instructions are printed for all nine and I have started to catch up.  I have finished piecing six blocks, but somehow, one of the blocks is missing.  I spent some time this afternoon picking up the sewing room but couldn’t find it.  At least, I have a neater sewing room.  I’m not going to keep looking.  It will show up sometime when I’m looking for something else.

img_1916 img_1915 img_1914 img_1913 img_1912I still have lots of the Japanese fabric to finish this project and make at least two more bed quilts.

There are about ten more blocks to come.  Then I will find out how to set them together.  If there isn’t sashing between them, I may machine quilt them individually and put them together pot holder style.  It’s much easier to quilt a small block than a whole quilt.

The Century block is finished.  All the examples for a demonstration at Guild are pieced.  The demo is tonight.  I have four more pieces waiting to be quilted.  That pile grows too fast.  Fortunately, they are smaller pieces and will quilt quickly.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


Blocks of the month

I had intended to write about something else tonight, but for some unknown reason my  phone is not sending my photos to the computer.  Hopefully, it’s just a temporary glitch.  I will go to my photo files and write about something else.

For years, I designed the block of the month for the Guild.  I made sample blocks to see if my instructions were understandable. Sampler quilts are fun to make.  I still have several blocks waiting to go into a finished quilt.  I also made blocks of the month from different quilt designers on the Internet. img_0496

This is a Puzzle quilt.  There are twenty blocks, but only ten patterns.  To solve the puzzle, you have to match  the blocks that have the same pattern.  It is harder to match them up than you think it is.  I finally wrote the answer on the back of the quilt so that I would remember.



img_0493Using the white sashing with green triangles on the corner give this quilt a secondary pattern. Green stars pop up when looking at it closely.






img_0492This quilt was designed for the quilter to find their own quilt patterns.  Hints were: find a pattern that begins with the first letter of your first name.  Find a pattern that has to do with weather.  Find a pattern that has an animal in it’s name. There were many other hints.  Every quilt was different.  The quilter could choose the size of the blocks and the setting.



img_0518I don’t know why this quilt has only eight blocks. It looks as if I added fancy corner triangles to the two red center blocks to make them the same size as the outside blocks with the multiple sashing.





It’s amazing how four sampler quilts can look so different with a change in sashing or setting.


Have a great day and happy quilting.