Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween UFO

While searching in my stash, I found a bag containing this old Halloween panel and accompanying fabric, plus a picture of a finished quilt.  The fabric was called Scribble Monsters for Clothworks. 

No pattern needed, just border the panel with bright Halloween fabric to make a cute table topper or wall hanging.  It was just too easy not to finish.   

Using stitch in the ditch quilting, a batty backing, and a dotted yellow binding, this 34" x 36" quilt was quick and easy -- a perfect afternoon project.

Jack seems to like it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's a Dog's Life

Not only is Jack stuck behind this barred gated, he's forced to wear this silly costume.

Oh, the humiliation!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Enter if U Dare Blog Hop October 18th


If you love October spookiness and Halloween fun as much as I do, you will love the  

Enter if U Dare  
Blog Hop 

scheduled to start 

October 18th 

Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew is again hosting a Blog Hop for those of us who love fall and all it brings with it.  There will be new sewing creations, spooky ideas, loads of laughs and fun, and a GIVEAWAY!!  
You don't want to miss this!  

Mark your calendar to visit this spook-tacular hop 
and see all of the craziness a bunch of bloggers can scare up for October. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


What is October without a patch of pumpkins? 


Another quick and easy quilt to make to celebrate the wonderful colors of Fall.  Just looking at it makes me think of hayrides and bonfires. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Silly Skulls

The weather here in Central California is just now starting to cool down from the brutal summer we suffered.  I don't think I am going to need a blanket to cover up with just yet, but if I do, I'm ready with my Silly Skulls.

This was a super easy quilt to make.  I bought several 1/8th yard cuts of Halloween fabric and sewed 3" strips of this fabric together, highlighted with prairie points made from 5" squares.  On the black cut of fabric, approximately 37 1/2" x 12 1/2," I appliqued the silly skulls using the raw-edge method.

It might never get cold enough to use this quilt for comfort, but it will be perfect to hide underneath if the boogeyman comes knocking. 


Monday, September 4, 2017

A Garden in Bloom - my new favorite quilt

After making Anni Downs' Gossip in the Garden quilt, I wanted to try my hand at making my own version of a garden quilt.

Some of the sayings I made up, while others I found on Pinterest.  I drew the pictures onto white cotton and embroidered them in the evenings while my husband watched his choice of television programs.  Using the embroidered blocks as my guide, I  surrounded them with various quilt blocks.

I used some scraps I had on hand which featured bees and hives, but the main fabric I used for this quilt was Moda's Chestnut Street. 

This was truly a labor of love.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gossip in the Garden

Australia's Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched creates the greatest quilts.  I was feeling ambitious when I decided to make her 68 1/2" x 70 1/2" Gossip in the Garden quilt.  I quickly fell in love with the whimsical blocks.  I think another endearing part of this quilt is the story embroidered within the blocks.   

I used the raw-edge method to sew the appliques to my background which made making this quilt a little less daunting, and changed up some of the blocks to make it easier.  

Since making this quilt, I have bought several more patterns by Anni Downs.  Her embroidery patterns are so much fun and just make me smile.  I'm not sure if this pattern is available anywhere in the United States, but you can purchase it from her website Hatched & Patched in Australia.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Unicorns and Castles

There is just something about unicorns and little girls -- they are both magical.  So when my girl friend Gail announced she was expecting her third granddaughter, Dylan Paige, I immediately thought of making a unicorn quilt. 

I searched high and low for a cute unicorn pattern and finally found one on Etsy.  It is called Unicornia by Claire Turpin.  The pattern is mostly applique and features the cutest unicorns and castles that any little girl would love.

This is not the easiest quilt I have ever made, but it is probably one of the cutest.  Claire Turpin's design is larger and more intricate than mine, but I was short on time and cut some corners.  I doubt anyone will notice.

Big sisters Ellie and Evie love unicorns, too, so to not disappoint I made each of them a big girl version of the baby quilt.

 Sweet dreams, girls!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Moda Scrap Bag

 If you're like me, you have a bag of scraps.  Some are pretty food sized and others are just tiny bits.  Seldom though do I make a plan to do something major with all those bits and pieces. 

Recently I acquired a Moda Scrap Bag.  The bag contained differently sized strips of Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique.  This is a gorgeous line featuring colors of tan, pink, green, black and brown.  If you've ever seen a Moda Scrap Bag, you know it is the left overs from Moda's production of jelly rolls.  Bags contain varying widths of strips, mostly 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" in width (some considerably more narrow) and about 32" long.  In my bag were 36 strips.

After some thought, I decided to sew together about 30 of the strips which, when finished, measured about 66" long.  To assemble, I cut the sewn strips into three 8-1/2" sections and added an 8-1/2" strip of white in between. 

To add a little pizazz, I meandered a length of small green rickrack up the middle of each white section and used the raw-edge method to sew on small leaves which I cut of of the left over strips.

The finished size of this quilt is approximately 42" x 68."  The binding and backing are all ready for me to finish this quilt, which I like to do in the evenings while my husband has control of the tv remote.

This project cost me less than $25 to make and I think it will make a nice little quilt to give as a gift or to snuggle under on chilly evenings.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

I'm a Moda Chef!

I was so thrilled when one of my designs was accepted by the Moda Bake Shop.  It's a super easy design to make, using Rail Fence and Maple Leaf blocks, and lends itself well to just about any color scheme.

For this project I used Moda's new line Gooseberry Lane by Kansas Troubles Quilters.  The colors were perfect for an autumn-winter quilt.

You can get the pattern and see the tutorial here:


Or you can use the instructions here:

This quilt finishes at 42″ x 58″.
1 Jelly Roll {Gooseberry Lane by Kansas Troubles Quilters}
1/2 yard background fabric
2 yards backing fabric
1/2 yard binding fabric
46″ x 62″ batting
Separate jelly roll strips by color, from dark to light.

From Jelly Roll strips cut:
112 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles
49 – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares
7 – 1″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle

From Background fabric cut:
7 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles
7 – 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles
42 – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares

Rail Fence Block (Make 28):
Choose 4 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles of varying colors and sew together.  Press seams going in one direction.  Finished size 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

Beginning with a horizontal (sideways) block, sew 7 blocks together, alternating between vertical and horizontal directions.
Beginning with a vertical (up and down) block, sew 3 more rows of 7 together.
Set one row beginning with vertical block on top aside.  Sew the remaining 3 rows together, placing the row beginning with the horizontal block in the middle of the other 2.
(For my quilt I chose to have 3 rows beginning with a vertical block and only 1 horizontal row, but you can choose to make 2 vertical and 2 horizontal.  Your choice.)

Maple Leaf Block (Make 7):
Begin building your Maple Leaf Block by sewing together Half Square Triangles (HST).  You will need 4 HSTs per block, for a total of 28 HSTs to complete all 7 blocks.
I like to use the Stitch and Flip method.  To do this, press a 2 1/2″ square of background fabric in half diagonally from corner to corner.  Place pressed square on top of a print square, right sides together, and sew on the diagonal crease.  Press to set seam.  Flip open and press print square toward the corner.  Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

Leaf Stem (Make 7)
For each stem, cut a 2 1/2″ background square diagonally from corner to corner.  Align the stem print 1″ x 3 1/2″ piece across the long side of triangle, right sides together.  Pin in place and sew across long side of triangle.  Place other half of triangle on top of print sem, right sides together, and pin in place.  Sew across long side of triangle.  Press flat.  (I prefer to press the print toward the dark side to prevent it from showing through the background fabric.)  Line up with ruler and trim to 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ square.

To assemble your Maple Leaf block, refer to picture for layout direction of HSTs.
First Row: 
HST – HST – Background Square
Second Row:
Print Square – Print Square – HST
Third Row:
Stem – Print Square – HST
Press each row, alternating direction of seam.  Line up seams and sew rows together.  Press flat.  Finished size 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

To each Maple Leaf Block add an 8 1/2″ rectangle and a 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown.  Finished block size 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Make 4 Unit A blocks and 3 Unit B blocks.

Assemble the leaf row by sewing blocks together as shown.  Sew Unit B blocks to top of Unit A blocks.  Completed blocks will cascade downward in a helter skelter fashion.

Complete your quilt top by sewing together the Maple Leaf row to the lone Rail Fence row, then sewing this section to the 3-row Rail Fence section.

Baste, quilt and bind as desired.
This lap quilt finishes at 42″ x 58″.