A Quick Check-In

Hello Everyone! I just wanted to do a quick check in since it’s been almost two weeks since my last post.

Last week we visited San Francisco and the Santa Cruz-Big Sur area of California. We had a great time and I’m still working on pictures from the trip. These are a couple of pictures from our drive through Big Sur.


DSC00516I’ll be back later this week with more pictures from our trip.

Since I’ve been home, it’s been busy catching up on things like laundry, groceries and other household chores. I have managed to get a little sewing in.


I’ve finished the Minis and More for this month, Painted Ladies by Fig Tree and Co. It’s not too late to join in. The pattern goes together quickly. You can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon with some beautiful pictures of our trip.



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Finally Finished!

Hello Everyone! I have finally finished my son’s graduation quilt. It’s been a long work in progress over the past two years. I have shown peeks of the progress along the way, but here is the whole quilt!


This is a large quilt. The final measurements are 84″ x 96″. The pattern is a Disappearing 4-Patch, which means I made the block twice. I started with a 4 patch of gold and black, then cut the block horizontally and vertically, rearranged the pieces and sewed it back together. The final block size is 12″. The two alternate blocks are t-shirts. That seemed to be the easiest way to get the KSU emblems in the quilt.

IMG_5805.1I quilted this large quilt on my domestic machine, a Pfaff 4.0 Quilt Expression. I used the 12″ QP Curve by the Quilted Pineapple to quilt the curves in the larger squares and the Westalee Straight Edge Ruler to quilt the straight lines.


Inside the diamond shape, I free motion quilted ribbon candy. I used Angela Walters point to point method for the quilting. I marked the points with a purple  disappearing marker on the gold and a white pencil on the black. Using the disappearing marker was good, but once I marked a section, I had to quilt it. The marker usually only lasts a day or less depending on the humidity. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread to quilt and piece with.


On the T-shirts, I outlined the emblem, then quilted swirls. I thought that would be easier than trying to keep the same pattern as the rest of the quilt.


The black fabrics are a mix of some I had in my stash and ones that I added to complete the quilt. The gold is a Timeless Treasure fabric.


The fabric on the back is Black Shadowplay Flannel by Windham Fabrics.  The Class of 2016 is also from a T-Shirt. The quilting shows up really good here. This was taken on a very windy day a few weeks ago. I didn’t get a lot of cooperation from my holders that day.


My son graduated from Kennesaw State University in May, 2016. I started working on this quilt in the Winter of 2016. It’s taken me a while to get it finished but once I started quilting it, I had it finished in a few months. My son really likes it, but he didn’t want to be on my blog, so no picture of him with it here.

I’m glad to have this off my to do list and my son is happy there are still some cooler days so he can use it. Thanks for stopping by.



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Wednesday Works In Progress

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a good week. It’s been good around here except for the crazy weather. Wind, sun, warm, cold, rain, we’ve had it all except snow. The only sunny day we had that my quilt holders were both here was too windy to get pictures of Jake’s quilt. When I get some good pictures of it, I’ll show our attempt to take pictures in the wind.

I’m trying to keep up with my Winterville quilt.


I pulled some green fabrics for the holly leaves and trees on March 1. There is a little bit of everything in this group, some I’ve had for many years.

After finishing up with the Strawberry Social Mini and pulling the greens out, I had quite a bit of fabric that needed to be returned to their bins.  So at the end of last week I did a little cleaning and organizing in my sewing room. I returned fabrics to their storage containers and organized everything I need to work on in the next couple of months in their own bins. Here they are:


  1. Winterville quilt. You can see in this picture that I reduced the green fabrics some. I took out a lot of the darker fabrics and will stick with the brighter greens.
  2. Alex’s quilt. Alex is my nephew and will graduate from high school in June. I have some of Amy Ellis’s Adventures fabric left over from Corbin’s (another nephew) quilt and will use the Snowbirds pattern from Moda Bakeshop.
  3. Quilting Life 12″ BOM from 2017. I’ve finalized the quilt layout and need to cut the fabric and make the setting blocks for this quilt. By the way, I’ve had lots of fun playing with EQ8 and it has really helped the design process.
  4. Moda Blockheads quilt. I’ve been busy piecing the sashing and the blocks together over the past couple of days.
  5. Save the Bees BOM. This is Jacquelynne Steves BOM for 2018. I plan to work on the first two blocks, which are embroidery and applique, when we travel soon. It’s really cute and the first block will be available in June. I’ll let you know when you can sign up for it.
  6. Swoon Sixteen. I finally pulled together fabric for 3 more blocks. I cut the fabric for this quilt last winter, but only have 6 blocks made. I hope to do better this year!
  7. The Quilting Life 6″ BOM from 2017 is ready to be quilted and the binding is made. I’m having a hard time deciding how to quilt it. I don’t know if I want to quilt and all over design or custom quilt each block. It’s still talking to me.
  8. Wonky Heart pillow. This is the sample I made for the “Almost Invisible Machine Applique” workshop I did. The top needs to be quilted and then needs to have a pillow back made for it.

I think this will keep me busy for a while. Plus I have this month’s Minis and More,Mini Painted Ladies

Mini Painted Ladies, a cute butterfly quilt, by Fig Tree. It will be perfect for spring. I will probably make a smaller, square version so it fits on my table. You can get your copy here and join us for the mini this month. It looks like it’s going to be very quick and easy to piece and it would make a cute table runner for spring if you make a different size. If you make it, join the parade by sending a picture to either Sherri or Michele before the end of the month.



IMG_5925.1This is a progress picture of the Moda Blockhead Quilt. I now have all the rows sewn together and need to add the sashing rows. It’s coming along, but I don’t know if I’ll get back to it before we leave.

IMG_5931.1I also purchased more of The Front Porch fabric by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda. The red and green stack on the right is the bundle I ordered from Sherri. The fat quarter bundle and the fabrics in front were ordered from Olie and Evie. My plan for the fat quarter bundle is to add the fabrics to the Desert Bloom and Creekside fabrics I have to make a quilt for our king size bed. I had to order the fabric because I couldn’t find it locally. I am somewhat disappointed in my local quilt shops, they don’t carry some of the newer Moda designers’ fabrics. There are some new Riley Blake designers too that aren’t carried here. The area is missing out on some really pretty and cute fabrics.

My plan today is to cut fabrics and get my blocks ready for our upcoming trip. What’s on your sewing table for the next month or so. Leave a message and let us know your plans.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Strawberry Social Minis and More

Hello Everyone! I’m back with February’s Minis and More Parade mini, the Strawberry Social Mini by Margot Languedoc of  The Pattern Basket.  The parade is hosted by Michele and Sherri each month. Visit them to see how everyone finished their mini this month.

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This is such a cute pattern and I decided it needed to be a pillow on my foyer bench. I love to make pillows. I can use them in so many places around the house.


I made just one row of strawberries using fabric from Bonnie and Camille’s Day Sail (navy) and The Good Life (aqua and red) fabrics. The background is Little Ruby and the borders are Handmade. I love the Little Ruby background. I’ve been saving this fabric and thought this was perfect to go along with the strawberries. The pillow form measures 22″ x 12″ so I adjusted the borders to make it fit. I made and envelope backing and sewed the binding on after putting the layers together.


As always with the pillows, they look great as a table topper, too! I took pictures on the table and almost decided to use it like this, although it does look good with my other spring and summer pillows.


Since it’s March and there are hopes of sunnier and warmer weather, I’m leaving them out and putting the winter pillows away for the year. If I still had a little girl’s room to decorate, this pillow would be really cute on her bed. Margot also has a full size Strawberry Social quilt that would be cute, too.


When I make a pillow, I back the top with batting and muslin, then quilt it before making the back of the pillow. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread, number 2420, a peachy pink color. It blends perfectly with the borders and you can see it just a little in the background. The leaf quilting design is a new one for me. I’ve been watching a lot of Angela Walters YouTube videos and this is one of her go to designs. I quilted this on my Pfaff QE 4.0 domestic machine.


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the parade of minis. I can’t wait to see what we are making in March.



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Winterville and other Works In Progress

Hello Everyone! We had a rainy week in Cleveland, Mississippi last week for my daughter’s Conference Championship Swim Meet. It was a good thing I took my sewing machine.


My daughter (on the left) had a good week with a couple of best times. The team finished a close second, only 17 points from first place. Way to go Argos!


I took two projects with me to work on. I was able to get some sewing done in the mornings before the swim meet and in the afternoons between prelims and finals. I finished the Winterville center snowflake block and I’m loving how this is looking with the dark blue background, Shadow Play by Maywood Studio.


I finished the four corner snowflake blocks before I left home.


Be sure to send me a picture or post it on Instagram, #tqnwintervilleqal2018, if you are sewing along.

holly blocks

In March, I’ll be making the tree blocks and holly and berry blocks. I do have a hint if you are sewing along, cut out all your background fabric first. The directions call for using your leftovers for the holly blocks.


I also worked on the Strawberry Social Mini by the Pattern Basket while we were in Mississippi. I finished the top while we were there and quilted it over the weekend. It’s ready for the Minis and More Parade on March 1. I loved using Bonnie and Camille fabrics for it.


Before we left, I was pretty busy so I didn’t have time to update you on a few works in progress. I finally finished my son’s quilt! I have been waiting for a sunny day and for both my husband and son to be home at the same time (to hold it) to take some good pictures, but this is a peek. The yellow is supposed to be gold. I’m hoping that taking a picture outside will get the true color.

I also have been working on the Moda Blockhead sashing.


Now I need to sew the rest of the red and black sashing pieces together and cut out the setting triangles and cornerstones. I’ve been playing with EQ8 to finalize the design and fabric requirements. I have enough of what I wanted to use so I’ll get those cut this week and hopefully get the quilt laid out so I can start piecing the rows.

On the Monday before we left, I taught an “Almost Invisible Machine Applique” workshop to my guild, The Silver Comet Stitchers. This was my first time teaching a quilting related class and I really enjoyed it.


It took a lot of prep work over several months, but I had a lot of fun teaching it. We made three samples, two mug rugs and my Wonky Heart Mini, to learn using invisible and matching thread, different stitches, and techniques for curves and points. I think the attendees had fun and learned some new things, too, except for having to thread a very small, 60/8 Microtex Needle!

I’ll have the Minis and More Strawberry Social post up on Thursday afternoon. Please stop back to see it and the other parade minis. Thanks for stopping by!


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Embroidery Hoop Art

Hello Everyone! Today I’m excited to share the Embroidery/Applique Hoop Art that I made for Jaquelynne Steves’ Art of Home Club


I hope you were able to sign up for this wonderful club last week. If not, you can sign up here so you’ll be the first to know when Jacquelynne opens the club for new members again. Each month, Jacquelynne designs a new collection of embroidery or applique patterns and several ways to use them. This month, the collection combines embroidery mixed with a little applique and is designed to be used in embroidery hoops. Hoop Art is very popular now.


I wrapped the outside hoop on two of the pieces with bias strips.


I left the third hoop plain and quilted the piece to show the members a different way to showcase the embroidery.



On the bee project, I embroidered satin stitch flower petals, backstitched a cross hatch pattern in the center, then outlined the center with a chain stitch.


After I centered the pieces in the hoop, I sewed a running stitch about an inch from the hoop on the back. I pulled the thread to gather the fabric, then trimmed the excess fabric. Use scrap book paper to cover the back if you want a more finished look.

As an added bonus, I used one of the designs on a pocket of a tea towel apron I made.



You can find the tutorial for making the apron here. Jacquelynne always has such cute designs, but you need to be a club member to have access to them. If you want to be part of the club, sign up to be notified as soon as the club opens for members again.

We will be traveling soon to see my daughter’s NCAA D2 Conference Swim Meet in the Mississippi Delta. I’m taking my sewing machine with us again this year, because there is not much to do in that part of the country. I hope to finish the snowflake blocks for the Winterville quilt and start and finish this month’s Minis and More Project,

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Strawberry Social Mini by Margot Languedoc of The Pattern Basket.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


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Hearts and More!

Hello Everyone! I hope your weekend has been fun. Ours has been overcast, drizzly, and rainy. Perfect for sewing!

I had a pretty busy week last week, lots of sewing, but some writing, too.


Before Christmas, I made some of the samples for Jacquelynne Steves Art of Home Club for this month. This is a peak at one of the hoop art embroideries that I made.


I also made an apron using one of this month’s designs on the pocket. I finished up the tutorial for that this past week and will post it on the 20th when the club projects are released. Jacquelynne currently has the club open for new members, so go here to see what it’s all about and sign up.

I also cut my fabric for the Winterville Snowflake blocks for the Instagram quilt along I’m hosting, #tqnwintervilleqal2018.


Don’t forget to send me pictures of your finished blocks if you’re not following on IG. I’ll post them here.

The week before, I finished my last Moda Blockheads block, Block 48!


This week, I cut the sashing and trimmed all the blocks.

The picture on the right is going to be my layout. I still need to cut the corner stones and setting triangles, but I hope to start sewing the sashing to the blocks this week.

IMG_5805I finally finished quilting my son’s quilt on Friday (yeah) and made the binding yesterday. I hope to get it sewn on later today.

I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but I’m going to be teaching a workshop for my quilt guild next Monday on “almost invisible machine applique.” I have been busy working on the class notes and projects for that. For one of the projects, I remade my Wonky Hearts applique.

IMG_5813.1I love this fabric by Sandy Gervais called Love You for Moda. I plan to make a pillow after the workshop.

And since there have been hearts everywhere on Instagram the past few weeks, I took a break and used the Love You layer cake and Project Red by Sweetwater for Moda layer cakeIMG_5790.1

to make some more hearts!


I turned these hearts into this cute table mat.



I made all the pieces from 10″ squares, so the sashing is pieced, too. The Love You layer cake had two pieces of each fabric so I was able to make the binding, too.


I kept the quilting simple so the fabrics could shine and used a preset stitch on my machine to quilt it. My hearts are rectangle, not square. I made several test blocks to get the look that I wanted.


My square test block ended up as a coaster.  I added some batting and backing, put the block right sides together with the backing, sewed a 1/4″ seam and turned. It can’t get any easier than that!

That’s it for now. I think this will be another busy week. I need to finish my workshop notes and make the snowflake blocks. I also will be sewing binding on Jake’s quilt. The quilt measures 83″ x 95″. I think it will take some time, I’m pretty slow when it comes to sewing on binding.

Hope you have a great week ahead. Thanks for stopping by.





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