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Nautical Baby Quilt Finish

IMG_2949This week I put together this baby quilt that I designed a few months ago.  It has it’s roots in quilts I made in 2012 and 2013, but with much larger blocks.  The blocks are all real signal flags, but I chose them for their graphic appeal, rather than their meaning.

IMG_2951I had a signal flag print ready for the backing, but as I was looking for some fabric to piece into it, I found a big piece of this great fish batik, and this nautical stripe that I used for the binding.  Love those fish!



This sunny picture shows the quilting.  I wanted improv wavy lines across it, but was afraid I would have trouble making smooth lines on such a large space.

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I used both sides of two rulers to mark a few lines.  That left these voids between the wavy lines, so when I echoed the waves, I doubled back to make wave/flame shapes to fill in.

Incidently, I spray basted this using that same can of June Tailor I started back on February 5.  It’s getting low, but I think I can do one more quilt in January!


I had fun making this, and I think it came out well.  Find it in my Etsy shop soon.

I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


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Sunday Stash:  12/3/17

I spent a few hours this week making up this baby quilt from fabrics I had on hand.  I hadn’t expected to use the turquoise and orange Grunge in this, but there it is.  This was cheerful and fun to work on.  It’s quilted with a serpentine stitch where the frames meet the center patches, using Superior’s Twist thread in turquoise, and Bottom Line below.  (It’s also quilted between all the blocks with Bottom Line.)  I would place the stitching differently next time to make the stitches more visible, but, again, there it is.  It does drape better than some of the ones that have more quilting.  You’ll find this in my Etsy shop.

The numbers are a wash, though, because there was some fabric acquisition over Thanksgiving.

 This week:  +  3.25 yards,  – 3.5 yards

This year:  + 106.75 yards,  – 150.0 yards

Net destashed added in 2017:  43.25 yards

Good luck on your destashing! 

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November / December Goals

PicMonkey Collage Nov 2017I was very successful completing my goals this month!  100%, A+!

November Goals:

  1. Make pillowcases.  Yes!  Here.
  2. Quilt Pacific Stars.  Yes!  Here.
  3. Make Christmas throw.  Yes!  Here.
  4. Make fox baby quilt.  Yes!  Post coming soon.


As busy as December always is, these goals may be too ambitious, but we’ll see.  Sometimes I get in a lot of sewing late in the month after all the festivities.

December Goals:

  1. Cut scraps for Charlotte Hawke’s mystery quilt, Stars Over Fawn Lake (begins in January).
  2. Make blocks for Kat’s Nov/Dec Block Drive for Covered in Love.
  3. Make donation pillowcases for Case for Smiles.
  4. Make nautical baby quilt.


IMG_2249closeEnjoy December, whether you achieve all your goals or not!


Poinsettia Finish

IMG_2920Last week I finished the Poinsettia Quilt, and I’m really happy with the result.  It’s 60″ square, with a bazillion 4″ curved patches.  The design is by Anne at Springleaf Studios, and she did it as a Christmas Quilt-Along in 2015.  I love her fabrics,  but I used what I had.

IMG_2921This is similar to my Spring Violets quilt from 2014.  It’s a Drunkard’s Path variation.  A regular Drunkard’s Path is easier to piece because the “legs” aren’t so exacting.  “Beach Drunk” is a good example of a regular one.

2017-11-16 16.31.37I used Superior Threads’ Fantastico in red and green to quilt the flowers and leaves, and Bottom Line in light green for the background and bottom thread.

IMG_2930The back is a wonderful green and white leaf print that I though was perfect.  So did Yuri.


This is for sale in my Etsy Shop.


And a nice scrappy binding!

Hope you are finishing something.


Sunday Stash:  11/19/17

Hello!  This week some fabric was acquired, fourteen and a quarter yards.  Because I don’t have enough Christmas fabric.  Mm hmm.

But, I also had two wonderful finishes!  Pacific Stars is finished, and so is the poinsettia quilt, which I will post about when the weather clears up.  They used seven and a half, and eight and a half yards, respectively. 

 This week:  +  14.25 yards,  – 16 yards

This year:  + 103.50 yards,  – 146.50 yards

Net destashed added in 2017:  43.00 yards

Speaking of destashing, cutting directions are up for Charlotte Hawke’s mystery scrap quilt, Summer Stars on Fawn Lake.  Sewing directions won’t begin until mid-January.  I’m thinking about doing the smaller one. 

This afternoon I’ve been making spiced nuts for Thanksgiving.  The Cajun Pecans are finished, and the Sherried Orange Walnuts are cooling, and the house smells all warm and orangey. 

Hope you’re having a peaceful time preparing for holidays (or not!), and hope you’re using that stash!


Wednesday Finish!

IMG_2917This week I quilted and bound Pacific Stars.  This is the mystery quilt by Charlotte Scott (The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady), featured over at Carol’s Quilts.  I started the first clue in June, and I have to say that it remained a mystery until the end!  I think it turned out great.  I don’t think the pictures really do it justice.


I don’t usually make medallion quilts, but isn’t this fun and starry?


And I’m not a big fan of square quilts, but this is the second one in a row.  The top is quilted with teal Living Colors and gray Rainbows from Superior Threads, and the bottom is Bottom Line.


This used a lot of scraps, and turned them into a beautiful and unusual quilt.


I hope you’re finding time to finish projects!

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WIP Wednesday: Poinsettias

2017-11-08 12.11.34This week I’ve been working on these red poinsettia blocks.  This design is from Anne at Springleaf Studios.  In 2015 she hosted this Christmas Quilt-along, and I’ve had it on my list ever since.  Back in late 2014 I designed something similar, my Spring Violets quilt.  The units in my new project are 4.5″ instead of 3.5″, and the blocks finish at 16″.  I’m making a total of nine for this throw quilt.

Image result for eq8Also this week, I downloaded the update from EQ7 to EQ8.  (If you get it by Nov. 13, there is a discount.)  So far, so good.  I created a mock-up of this quilt on which I’m working (although I see I oriented the flowers differently!)  I can also, with a little fuss, access my old projects.

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Do you use EQ?  When did you start?  I came in on EQ2.  Later I had 4, and then 7 for many years.  I don’t use all the features, but I like to play with blocks and secondary patterns, and I love how it does the math for me!

IMG_2910And I’ve listed the Star Trek pillow cases in my Etsy Shop, if you need a gift.