Friday, February 10, 2023

 As I mentioned last time, in all my years of quilting, I've never made a Log Cabin quilt before.

I went very traditional with color and layout, and I am basting it for quilting today. This picture only shows a part of it--it is 96" x 96"!


I'll post a better picture when it is completed.

Happy Quilting! 😺

Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Couple of Recent Finishes

 December was a month when I got little done but, I'm trying to make up for it.

Here are two quilts I finished so far this month.

The first is Rolling Waves (82" x 82"). The pattern is from a free, downloadable ebook available HERE. I used only two fabrics for the top (a difficult thing for this scrappy quilter!). The back is a patchwork cheater's cloth.

Rolling Waves (82" x 82")

Rolling Waves (backing and binding detail)

The quilt is hanging straight down from the fence, but the use of different sizes and shapes of blocks gives it the illusion of rolling waves. It is an easy pattern--all nine patches. The effect is achieved by their arrangement.

The second quilt is Hourglass Wreath (58" x 72") from MSQC. The tutorial is available HERE.

I used a Kaffe Fassett layer cake to make this one. I rarely buy precuts (other than fat quarters), but KF is an exception for me. I like getting lots of his different prints without having to buy yardage.

KF Hourglass Wreath (58" x 72")

KF Hourglass Wreath (backing and binding detail)

This is another beautiful, but easy pattern to make.

I'm not thrilled with mine--I think the black I chose for the background does not have enough contrast with some of the KF fabrics. I'll pay closer attention to that next time. I used every inch of the black, so I went with a paisley black for the binding. 

Right now, I'm working on a log cabin quilt. I've never made one before, and I'm enjoying it very much. I'd like to explore the pattern and variations more this year. Maybe I'll think of 2023 as my Log Cabin Year.

I'm afraid I have stalled on the BH mystery quilt--as I said earlier, December was quite the month! I'll get back to it later. I have the first clue completed.

Happy Quilting! 😸

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Winter Mystery--Chilhowie--Designed by Bonnie Hunter

It is that time of year again--Mystery Time. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰  Bonnie Hunter's mystery this year is entitled Chilhowie. You can find her introductory post with colors, amounts, and any special tools needed HERE.


I'm planning to change up the colors a bit. Instead of purple, I have burgundy; instead of orange, I'm going with yellow/gold; and Bonnie's aqua will change to green for me. I have an inspiration photo below.

Inspiration photo for Chilhowie

I don't usually pull out fabrics until they figure in the instructions--I know I have plenty of these.


I often work on another project alongside the mystery. This year, I think I'll do Ditch Lilies. It uses a lot of orange, so that is one reason I changed the color in the mystery. Orange is not my favorite, but it is necessary for Ditch Lilies--their orange glows in the summer sun.


This image is a link to the ordering page for the quilt pattern.


I'm looking forward to beginning this new mystery. Each week's clue will be posted on Bonnie's blog; there is no charge or sign-up required. Save the clues each week, even if you aren't making the quilt right now. After the reveal, she will take the instructions down, and the pattern will be available for purchase.

Happy Quilting! 😸

Saturday, August 27, 2022


Maymont--A Bonnie Hunter design--80" x 92"


Earlier this summer, I began Maymont, a design by Bonnie Hunter. That post is HERE.

This quilt is a hodge-podge of fun fabrics.

Maymont (fabric detail)


Maymont (fabric detail)


Maymont (fabric detail)

 I had so much fun re-visiting some of these fabrics! They make an overall impression, but when you look more closely there is much to find.

I backed it with a favorite floral--to me, these look like the painted roses in Alice. I was fortunate to have a binding fabric that complemented the backing--the shades of color are almost identical!

Maymont (backing and binding detail)

Unlike the original pattern, I used reds for all the cornerstones to bring a bit of control to my crazy riot of scraps.

This is a great pattern. Thanks, Bonnie!

Happy Quilting! 😸





Friday, August 19, 2022

Hearts of Hope--A Bonnie Hunter Design πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦


Hearts of Hope (55" x 68")


This was a sew-along pattern designed by Bonnie Hunter to show respect for the people of Ukraine. I made it in honor of my mother-in-law whose family fled the region ahead of WW2.


Hearts of Hope (border and binding detail)

If you have read my blog before, you know how much I love string piecing--so, you can believe that I enjoyed making this one.

Hearts of Hope (backing detail)

I used a lovely sunflower (the Ukrainian national flower) print for the back.

Hearts of Hope Pillow (18" x 18")

As usual, I had leftover blocks, so I put them together into this accent pillow. The pillow is also backed with the sunflower print.

Happy Quilting! 😺

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Balloon Baby

 A new grandniece--a new quilt!

This is a bright and happy flannel D9P (quick and easy). 🎈🎈🎈

Balloon Baby 42" x 42"

Balloon Baby (back and binding detail)

I used a scrappy binding for this one, and I succeeded in my aim to use almost every bit of this fabric. I've just a few inches left; they will find their way into something scrappy in the future.

Welcome to the world, baby girl!

Happy Quilting! 😸

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Big Boy Quilt

I made a quilt for one of my grand-nephews.

Here is his baby quilt.

I try to make a flannel baby quilt, then a regular cotton big-kid quilt for kids in my family. This way, when they move from a crib to a big bed, they have a quilt that will fit.

This time, I went with a string quilt. I made 4.5" HSTs with strings and a neutral background. I arranged them in a layout I saw HERE.

Here is my result.

String Squares (76" x 94")

String Squares (binding and border detail)

He likes a series of books about The Little Blue Truck. I didn't find licensed fabric for the character, but I did find blue trucks for the backing.

String Squares (backing and binding detail)

Lots and lots of scraps in this one--I hope he likes it!

Happy Quilting! 😸