Sue's Wisconsin State Fair Winner

My friend Sue won 1st Place at the Wisconsin State Fair for her modern quilt. I am so proud of her! She sent me a message thanking me for the use of my longarm which was totally unnecessary. She is always welcome here - I would not have that longarm without her encouragement and support.

Here is her quilt hanging at the fair. I love it. She did a great job putting it all together and it is beautiful.
Sue Healy


Toy Story (Buzz Lightyear) Quilt

I am doing this game (challenge) found over on the Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog called Connie's Dirty Dozen. The idea is to find 12 of your unfinished projects (UFOs) and number them from 1 through 12. Each month a number will be drawn by Connie and that's the numbered project you need to complete by the end of the month. You can read all the rules and instructions for the game here. The game started with July and last month I finished my #8 in two weeks. I had extra incentive in that I was donating the quilt to my church's art fair on the 20th of July so it really needed to get done. Country Threads posted the photo I sent them of my quilt here. Yay! I am keeping up with the game (so far- ha ha).

For August Connie drew #3 so here is my August project all done:
Buzz Lightyear Quilt

Buzz Lightyear Quilt

Toy Story Quilt

Toy Story Quilt

This quilt will go to Quilts for Kids. As you can see the fabric has Buzz Lightyear all over it in large print. I struggled to figure out how to cut up the fabric to make quilt blocks and still see that it's Buzz on the fabric. So I found this cute free tutorial here called the Novelty Quilt tutorial. I thought it was perfect for this fabric so I fussy cut all the Buzz images as well as his enemy. I used all leftover scraps from my scrap bin of solids to make the 2-inch squares. It was a very economical project. I used high-loft batting when I quilted this in order to make the quilting pop. I think I was successful. The quilt feels nice and puffy yet still soft.

So I'm 2 months into the Dirty Dozen game and I feel like am "winning"!


Cindy's Charity Quilt

I quilted my friend Cindy's quilt for her today. I should say over the past few days. It's a pretty big quilt so it took me a while to complete the quilting. It didn't help that I chose a harder pantograph to use for the quilt design.

The pantograph is called ripples and there's lots of curls and waves in it. I wanted to make sure I did a good job for her so I made sure I took my time. It did take a while to complete each row sine they were pretty long rows.

I used a variegated thread from the Superior Thread Omni-V line, the color is called Rolling Hills. It sure felt like a perfect match to the colors of the quilt blocks.  For the back of the quilt I used So Fine thread in Glacier. What a pretty name for a turquoise color thread.

Urban Elementz

The quilt is for a charity raffle and the money will go to the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation.


What's on the design board?

My design board doesn't have any new quilt projects on it except to say that the leftovers from the recently finished One Direction quilt are present. I want to make pillow covers with the orphan blocks and I'm just trying to figure out how to arrange them in a way to use them all up and make them look cute.

I also have some orphan blocks that I'm hoping inspire me to make more Lori Holt-Farm Girl-like quilts. They are a bit putzy so we shall see.

This last week was spent cleaning out my studio and it's amazing how inspired I was to start new things once that was done. I cut 2 new kits to take with me to the senior center sew days. Before cleaning things out, I just couldn't get inspired. I think it was the giant stacks of leftover scraps from other projects that were staring at me - clogging my brain. Ha!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Pattern

Missouri Star Quilt Co Pattern

This time of year is when I spend a lot of time gardening. The produce I get is never taken for granted. Gardening is hard work and I love the rewards Mother Nature brings. I used up the last of the snow peas that I picked in some garlic chicken. It's one of my husband's favorite recipes so there was none left when that dinner was done.