The Big E – 2017

I entered three pieces into the Eastern States Exposition this year.  I was delighted to discover that they had all earned first place ribbons.  Reading the judging comment sheets and learning from them pays off. Long Time in Blue, based on the Long Time Gone pattern by Jen Kingwell, was my most elaborate piece.  It … Continue reading The Big E – 2017

One Hour Baskets

Quilt guilds are as bad as Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration.  I go over to socialize with other quilters, and come home with a list of projects I HAVE TO TRY.  Right now. I tried out the One Hour Basket from Kelby Sews.  She has a tutorial here, but you have to buy the pattern … Continue reading One Hour Baskets

Quilt Photography and Temporary Design Wall

I confess, I am a quilting snob.  I require a design wall to lay out my quilts.  I need to put everything up, then step away to get the big picture.  Then I move things around, let it rest, look again, move things around, continuing until I get bored and put it together. My absolute … Continue reading Quilt Photography and Temporary Design Wall

Another Dog in a Sweater

I decided to make a pillow to continue my experiment mixing non-traditional fabrics in my piecing.  This time I used quilter's cottons, minky, faux fur, and leather.  This is a Dog in a Sweater from Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Franson. Leather is by far the most difficult to piece with.  I can't pin it perpendicular … Continue reading Another Dog in a Sweater


This is a non-quilting post.   Don't worry - I'll write words about sewing tomorrow. Last week my son's history teacher sent home an essay assignment for me.  We have made it to Sophomore year in high school, my son is in honors, and I thought I was finished.  Wrong.  Mr. Wishart wants an essay … Continue reading Homework?!!

Sew Together Bag

Well, I've finally gone and done it.  My modern quilt guild (Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild) had a sew-in day on Saturday, and our very own fabulous Eileen taught us how to make a Sew Together Bag from Kelsey Sews.  I've wanted to make one for a while, but there are 4 zippers.  If you … Continue reading Sew Together Bag

Spirograph Quilting!

A few weeks back my Mom let me know her duvet was falling apart, and she would like me to fix it.  I'll do anything for my mom.  So, she ordered fabric for the front and back, and sent the whole shebang down to me for quilting.  She requested I use my Gammill Design Center … Continue reading Spirograph Quilting!