Trying Something New with Island Batik

The March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is to try a new technique.  I went all in and decided to make myself an article of clothing with my rayon fabric.  I originally received a length of red rayon, but I traded with Sally Manke for this gorgeous lavender, as red isn't really my color. I'm … Continue reading Trying Something New with Island Batik

31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

I've decided to join Cheryl at Muppin and try to blog every day for the entire month of December.  This WILL be a challenge for me, because I try not to just blather about anything - I want my blog to be informational and useful. To that end, tonight I am going to write a little … Continue reading 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge


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?!!

The Big E – Contest Entry

Last year was my second time entering a quilt into a competition.  The first time was a loss, and it took me a while to get over it.  I'm fairly certain I entered it incorrectly and had my novice quilt judged against professional machine quilters.  Not that I'm bitter.  I did better at the Big … Continue reading The Big E – Contest Entry

Bursting with Blues Part 2

These blocks came together very quickly.  The technique is easy, but I don't think it leads to a lot of precision.  At least the way I did it. They need to be trimmed down to 9 1/2" rather than 10".  There are several spots where the pieces don't reach to the seam allowance.  That will … Continue reading Bursting with Blues Part 2

Snowflake Shimmer Fabric Cutting

My fabric is all cut out!  Isn't it pretty?  I decided to use the Michael Miller Cotton Couture line, and it has such a wonderful hand.  It is silky and soft, such a pleasure to work with. I can't wait to get to stitching these beauties together. Since I have no self control, I stitched … Continue reading Snowflake Shimmer Fabric Cutting

Denim Improv

Earlier this year I completed my Denim Mondrian quilt.  While I enjoyed the pattern very much, I was a little frustrated with the amount of prep work required, and also some incomplete information in the pattern.  I still have plenty of denim left, so I developed an idea for my own denim quilt.  I used … Continue reading Denim Improv