Thursday, 23 October 2014


I have started my Flower Garden quilt over again using a shirting background which for me just works so much better then my original choice. I chose to do this quilt in reproduction fabrics  and yes there are many bright repro's that will work to keep with the "feel" of the quilt that Kim McLean did. I have always loved this quilt and knew I had to make it.  I just couldn't get myself to work on it  anymore and finally realized I just didn't like the background fabric I originally chose, so I gave away the blocks and moved on.   Its not a polka dot background but pretty close...


don't look too close at the appliqué first  applique I have sewn in over a year! I just wanted you to see the fabrics I used (see the bird?, the butterfly?) love when I can show things like in fabrics...   I am thrilled with the new background it was just what I needed to get started again on a quilt I have wanted to make for a long time.
I always lay out fabric in piles like this to look at for a day or two while I audition fabrics for the next block.  see where the scissor points too, yes thats probably the next block..the yellow for sure for the leaves the flower part is probably the second one from the right, still thinking on that…

Here is a pile of some fabrics that will be used in my flower garden quilt see repros can be bright :) Old Brights I am learning to use this term, thought it was perfect for these fabrics.

Here is my second block, orange (cheddar to me)  leaves  and fussy cutting the little green fabric was fun from this fabric below…it was perfect has red/cheddar/green in it to tie in the fabrics yet stands on its own.
fabrics like this have so much potential for appliqué and scrappy quilts, you can cut different motifs out from one fabric….The color of friendship by Judy Roche and Corienne Kramer for Henry glass, sorry its a few years old but if you can find some buy it!

Having a cold this week has been rough I hate the first cold of the season….sitting and appliquéing has been the perfect project…..and yes I have a few more appliqué projects I need to start so happy its fall and winters coming, I find we slow down a bit and I do much more hand work, I have forgotten how much I enjoy it.

Glorious Applique blog has many pictures of Flower Garden blocks/quilts and other quilts by Kim Mclean you can find her patterns at Glorious Color website.

Hope you find time in your sewing room/space….just enjoy the process….

Thank you for your visit and I love reading all your comments….I try to answer them all but somedays I spend my time sewing and just don't get to it….I will always answer questions…
I do appreciate every comment its nice to know you take your time to comment and like my work. Thanks!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014



Yesterday was one of the best mail days ever.  Isn't this little quilt just adorable, I am just in awe.
I love nine patches and these are 3/4ths of an Inch!  can you ever imagine working that small?  NOT ME.   The little quilt is 7" x 7" and made by my friend Janet,  Rogue Quilter blogger.  Thank you again Janet, I just love my little quilt, its a treasure.




Yesterday went and dropped off 2 more quilts at my long arm quilter Lorres and stayed to watch the quilting get started, it was eye opening to watch all the prep work that has to be done before the quilting even begins.  A new appreciation for long arm quilters they earn their money!    This is Fractured , a pattern in Kathy Doughty from Material Obsessions .
I made this quilt over a year ago…it was time to get it quilted!
I also picked up 4 more doll quilts to donate.  I have so much binding to do……

over the weekend , well actually on Sunday, I started a new project, hope to share it in the next few days need to make some progress on it first…..

how fun is this ?


been cutting 6.5" squares for awhile now when I have fabric out.  I need 2 or 3 more piles like this to start a new scrappy quilt….I look at this as inspiration.

hope you find time in your sewing room/space this week….and inspiration in fabric piles, ah its all about the fabric….

Friday, 17 October 2014


Just love how this border fabric adds instant age to my latest little quilt.  choosing fabrics for even these little quilts is a process , I chose all my favorite turkey reds for the blocks, my favorite print of the chrome yellow.  I made the little nine patches and must have tried at least 6 different greens before I settled on this one.  The border fabric was hard, I wanted an aged look, at first I had chosen this one below but it felt too "new/updated/modern " whatever you wanted to say.  not the look I was going for even thought that is one of my favorite fabrics.  I fold up the fabric to about the border size I want to use lay the little quilt top so far on top and just look at it, take a picture, sometimes its a day or two before I can finally decide…..thats how it was with this one.  

At first this was going to be a large quilt, twin size when I made the first block at least that was the plan….  a little quilt won when I remembered seeing an antique little quilt on Pinterest using this block.    maybe someday I will make a large quilt  using these colors and a double nine patch block.  
16 1/4" x 16 3/4" Finished in case you want to whip one up!
this little quilt I wanted it to have a light airy look, I must have tried a dozen different light blue shirtings  or prints and finally this one just made me smile, I found the right one yesterday!  The center has 100 one inch finished squares, I made 4 patches then sewed it together.  
17 1/2" square in case you want to whip one up too!
don't you just love that peek of cheddar popping thru????   I am looking forward to quilting this one this week.


A doll quilt I will be binding today, just wanted to show you the amazing quilting on this little doll quilt.  Even though this is a simple pattern between the fabric I used (you know its always about the fabric!) and the amazing quilting, yes the print fabric has a different  quilting design then the polka dot  fabric between the fabric used this quilt is incredible in mho.  I bet some little girl will treasure this quilt.

I hope you find time in your sewing room/space  this weekend……
thank you for your visit and your comments I really enjoy reading each and every one of them.
I really do try and answer them, I will if there is a question for sure…..  THANKS!!!!!

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts….

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Lots of pictures, doll quilt , quilting…...

I won a giveaway of scraps from Kim at Threadheads Unite blog  Oh it was so fun to look thru the pile and dream up a few little quilts to make with it, but then I realized wow look at all these reds and big pieces….

I bet I can make a few more blocks for my RED and WHITE Moda Building Blocks pattern quilt

I am having fun making these blocks… I need to make a few more this weekend.  Its a long term project for me, a few a week I will be happy.

As I continued to look thru this pile there war blocks in there too!  Did you notice the bow tie blocks in the picture above with the reds? and  just look at this one Kim sent
you know it will  have to be a mini quilt!

I just chose that paisley for a border for another little quilt I whipped up this week, need to sew it on today.    maybe this will be a medallion center, so many choices
Thanks Kim  I am thrilled with this box of fabric and blocks!!!! My scrap basket has fabric in it again, YEAH!!!!!

I whipped up another doll quilt for my donation project I have been working on  using these fun 30's and moda's bella solid  PFD, this one works well with 30's as well as repros in mho…. 9900 97

18" x 22"  in case you want to whip one up too!

now its time to start binding these 6 I picked up at my friend Lorre's this week, she donated her long arm services for my donation doll quilt project.  If you have a long arm quilter you use a lot during the year it doesn't hurt to ask if they would donate their services for a quilt you make to donate to some charity or maybe they have a reduced rate for this purpose. Of course don't ask during Christmas /Holiday rush time!  Quilters are such giving people…..
Just look at the quilting
she quilted each one differently fun choices, we both tried to make each quilt special.

Hope your finding time in your sewing room/space this week
thanks for your visit and your comments I love reading them and I do try and answer every one.  If you ask a question I will get back to you.  Thanks!  

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Soscrappy blocks , a few things and my newest little quilt gifted to me!

My brown and black windmill blocks made so far for Soscrappy's Rainbow challenge project on her blog. I posted about where to buy the templates for this block on this post here.



I always liked this quilt from Susan Garman Omigosh!  Julie was having a giveaway on her blog and I was the lucky winner, she also sent me pieces of orange fabric, beautiful happily adding them to the stash.  Thanks Julie!    I will admit I am not making this quilt this little I will increase the size of the block a bit!


sewing rows together  for this quilt, I separate the rows with printer paper.  For me this works if I have 15 - 30  min to sew I could get a row together , its all ready to go.  Being prepared for those short times of sewing available for me turns into productive time.


And I saved the best for last…...
My new little quilt was gifted to me by Katy from Katyquilts blog.  I just love her work and she makes incredible little quilts and makes many of them with antique fabrics, what treasures.  make a cup of coffee, tea and enjoy her blog!

I feel so lucky to have received little quilts from blog friends.  My passion for making little quilts is so strong and then to have someone make one for me makes it even more special.  I treasure all the little quilts people have made me over the years.  Thank you Katy I truly appreciate it.

Friday, 10 October 2014

I made this little quilt this week.  I love the lancaster blue with the pinks.  I have made this one before but gave it away, I needed to make it for me to keep this time.   One of the things about making little quilts is that they make great gifts!  I wanted to make this one again to have a quilt made with Lancaster blue. Simple but graphic with this color combo in mho.
The blocks are 3" finished and the quilt top is 18" square if you want to whip one up yourself.


As soon as I saw these Moda Modern Building Blocks popping up all over blogland I knew I would want to make this quilt too.  I was finally able to get the pattern this week, it arrived on Wed , yesterday I whipped up these 3 blocks. I decided to make it in reds and whites.  My goal is to make each block a different red and white fabric.  Its a long term project !  I will probably add in a few of my favorite blocks like I have seen others do.  I am excited to see this quilt grow.  Its amazing how many patterns are on these cards, it will be a great source for block patterns in the future as well.

Hope you find time in your sewing room/space this weekend  Enjoy…..

I am linking up with  Crazymom's quilt blog for Finish it up Friday

Thank you for your visit and all your comments , I really do try and answer each one but sometimes I just spend my computer time sewing away and forget to go back and thank you for your visit.  I read each and every one of them and   If you have a question I always answer it.
again THANK YOU!!!!!    for taking the time to read my blog and comments, I love them .  makes me want to keep blogging and sharing my passion for quilting and FABRIC, its all about the fabric, right!



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

antique little quilt reproduced….2 doll quilts made to donate…test block

I made another little quilt inspired by my friends antique little quilt.
I have reproduced this quilt before , this time this little quilt will live with me!

I just love how this fabric worked cut up to use in the blocks…..
Its from one of Betsy Chutchian's fabric lines, as soon as I saw this fabric I thought of my friends antique quilt she had hanging in her sewing room…

Instead of the plaid I used this fabric , love the results I achieved with it.
it reminds me of the windowpane look on the block in the middle on the right side but prettier!
This antique little quilt is a block from a larger quilt that was cut down and sold on ebay as blocks.
what a treasure it is.  I bet some of the blocks were beyond repair at least some blocks were saved.
You can tell this quilt was well loved when you study this block.


2 more doll quilts to donate to a charity .  Thanks to my friend Corienne  who gave me the fabric to make a few donation quilts.    These are going to make some little girl smile and keep her doll warm!
love the polka dot backgrounds….I am really starting to like polka dot backgrounds :)

a test block….polka dot background…. what do you think?   I whipped  this up yesterday
love the polka dot background from Comma line by Moda.
unfortunately I didn't buy yards and yards of it so this one may just have to be a little quilt soon.
or maybe I can find more of it, love these colors together,  would make a great quilt.


Hope you find time in your sewing room /space this week…. me I need to sew my  Zoom quilt together top of the list….have all the rows laid out ready to go…. Will share a picture and my process thru this quilt soon….it was a good learning process