• What’s up – 2.03.19

    It seems that I have only been posting lately when I am showing you a finished quilt top. I decided to switch it up and try (emphasis on TRY) to post more often and give you updates on my projects. Here are a few that I am working on.

    quilt center
    Flying Geese – You saw this back in December. You can read more here about the blocks. I have made progress and the quilt center is done. It ended up longer than I wanted but I like the layout so now I have to figure out the side borders. The bad news is that I have a limited amount of the navy blue background fabric left to use.

    Rail fence blocks – this started out as a simple rail fence blocks that I could have set in either a stair step or chevron layout. BUT…and you know there was a but….but that seemed to predictable. I started moving the blocks around and thinking of how I could spice up a layout using these blocks.

    lilac star blocks
    Lilac Star blocks – When I purchased these fabrics I must have thought I was going to make a huge quilt or quilts. Definitely bought more than was needed. Well, I finished French Lilac back 2016 and put the rest of the fabric back on the shelf. It is time to drag them out and have some fun. I love how the star points are floating and there is the bonus of not having to worry about matching points.

    How are your projects coming along?

  • BBB Stars

    I have a pretty big collection of black, brown and beige fabrics. I used some of them to make these wonky star blocks. This quilt took forever to get done. I started making the star blocks back in October of 2016 and slowly completed them by June 2017. I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial to make the floating star blocks. But after sewing them together I couldn’t figure out what to do for borders so it went into a box waiting for inspiration. This past fall I decided to try to finish some of my UFO’s and pulled out the quilt top. With a little help from my quilty friends we were able to come up with a unique spin on a piano key border by adding a punch of rusty red.

    BBB Stars 54 x 68

    How are your projects coming along?

  • Using your old stash for charity

    The first two quilts were made specifically for a local Veterans Home. They need to have the quilt long and narrow so that it will fit the top of the bed. The quilt top used fabrics from my stash (other than background) and I had enough leftover that I was able to piece the backings and cut strips for binding.

    Disappearing Nine Patch (44×76)

    Disappearing Nine Patch

    Antique Tile (38×74)

    Antique Tile

    Floral Plus (48×61)

    Floral Plus

    Not sure where this one will end up but it was a fun, easy quilt to make ONCE I figured out the what contrasting fabric to use that would show off the soft floral fabrics.

    Happy Holidays !

  • from four patches to flying geese

    The story for this quilt started back in Winter of 2015 when I came across a really cute quilt at Little Island Quilting’s blog.

    Little Island Quilting

    Even better than the cute quilt is that she posted a TUTORIAL on how she made it.

    I grabbed some fabrics from my stash and started cutting and sewing.  

    hourglass blocks

    Well…I am not sure if it was my fabric choices but the hourglass blocks that I made ended up being way to busy for me. Wasn’t sure what to do with them so I put them into a box on the shelf.

    Fast forward a few months and I took the project box down to play with the blocks again. After pondering for awhile I decided that I would take the hourglass blocks apart and turn them into the center of a flying geese blocks.  But … what then..  What do I do for a layout? Here are a couple of ideas I was considering.


    I never found a layout I liked so, of course, the blocks went back into the box.

    This bring us to now…. I have added the wing portions to the geese, trimmed them down to 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ using my Bloc Loc ruler and they are now back up on the design wall. I am only showing you a sneak peak since it might change before I am done.

    new idea

    Yes, lots of pins and still finalizing the layout but I like where it is going.

    Happy Holidays

  • Circular Log Cabin

    Every year I try to do a leader ender project using my men’s recycled shirts. This year I decided on a circular log cabin. It started as a leader ender project but I quickly figured out it wasn’t the ideal candidate. If I wanted to plan the placement of my scraps it would be better to sew one block at a time.

    Men’s recycled shirts and a delicate blue floral background fabric came together to create ‘When boy meets girl’.

    When boy meets girl

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

  • 2017 Quiltville Mystery quilt is done

    I participated in Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 Quiltville Mystery ‘On Ringo Lake’. Here is Bonnie’s quilt (75″ x 90″).

    On Ringo Lake

    I decided that I wanted a smaller quilt so I made about half the number of units and then added more as needed once Bonnie did the ‘reveal’. I used solid fabrics instead of going scrappy and simplified the sashing. The border was changed and my version ended up at 71″ square. To give you some perspective – the nine patch in the center of the block finishes at 3″. Yikes…tiny.

    2017 Quiltville Mystery

    I am getting this quilted and will have it hanging at the Minnesota Quilt Show next summer.

    If you follow Bonnie, her first clue will be released in a few days for the 2018 Quiltville Mystery “Good Fortune”. Go check it out and join in the fun.

  • Magazine pattern

    I fell in love with Amy Ellis’s ‘Dash’ quilt in Modern Patchwork May/June 2018 magazine the moment I saw it. I had to make it.

    Dash by Amy Ellis

    Here is my version. I decided on using prints instead of solids and I added couple of extra fabrics to have more variety. I did move some of the blocks around but I still feel it looks similar to the Amy’s. The quilt doesn’t have a name yet. I was thinking that it had a hint of Halloween colors but not sure. Any suggestions?


    It is almost the end of fall in Minnesota. I thought I better take a picture of my burning bush shrub before all of the leaves drop. The good news is that I have quite a bit of perennial plants in my garden and the bad news is that I have lot of perennial plants that need to be cut down for the winter. Lots of work but I am almost done. There are still leaves on one tree so I will need to rake and cleanup the yard again.


    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.