Thread Painting

Saturday I took a class with Joyce Hughes, of Joyce Hughes Originals.  The workshop was put on by the Rebecca's Reel Quilters.  I'm always reluctant to not be spending my day with my husband, but today was worth it.  Thread painting is a lot of fun, and this project stitched up very quickly. Joyce started … Continue reading Thread Painting

Longarm Quilting – August, September

  It's been a busy summer for me.  I have plenty of my own projects to work on, and I have been lucky to have a few client pieces as well, along with my fairly regular stream of tops for Quilts of Valor.  The best way to learn how to use my longarm machine is … Continue reading Longarm Quilting – August, September

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?!!