Tuesday, September 1, 2015

new project

I started a new project, something a little different for me.  I purchased this printed panel from Quilt and Textile Collection here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/QTCs.  I picked the smallest size, 6 inches.

I pulled out some reproduction fabrics that I liked and just started; no plan except that it would be a medallion style quilt.  Here are the first two rounds; very simple.

The next round in in progress, a saw tooth border.  What should I do next?  Hmm...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

whole lot of squares

Sewing, not just organizing, has been taking place in the quilt lab.  Using antique fabric from my collection, I put together this 16-patch quilt.  It is about 24 inches square. Each small square is 3/4 inch finished. I had found bundles of the black and red fabrics on an antiquing trip--there are two different prints--and I wanted to highlight them in a little quilt.  I originally had a large-scale floral border, but found as I was getting ready to quilt, the floral fabric was weak and would rip when tugged on.  I switched to the red and white geometric and am happy with it.

When I make a quilt like this, I cut many lights and darks for the 16-patches.  I lay them out the way I like and usually have left overs.  
 I made four-patches with the left-over squares and set them with yellow  for a happier look.  I used the same border fabric for both quilts.

I listed several new items in my Etsy shop including these patchwork pillowcases.  Start your collection today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Quilt Lab Reorganization and Renovations

I have spent the last week reorganizing, renovating, and down-sizing in the quilt lab.  I got rid of an old dresser where I stored fabrics.  It was not ideal storage because I had to rummage through to find just the fabric I wanted.  I found storage cupboards on Amazon and, with some help from my sons, assembled them.  The cupboards have tons of storage space.  I have reproduction fabrics in one and antique fabrics in the other.

 Here is a stack of little quilts I have made over the years.  I can enjoy them whenever I open the doors instead of having them stashed away in a drawer.

It was also fun to decorate the top of the cupboards.
Here are views of the rest of the quilt lab.
 Vintage sewing box with reproduction velvet strawberries.

Storage drawers under the work table hidden by a shower curtain from Target.  I just loved the colors so cut it down to fit.

Monday, August 10, 2015


That's right-I am retired after 27 years.  I am so happy!!!  More time for quilting, quilt history research, and just relaxing.  I have been spending my first week cleaning and organizing around the house.  This book has inspired me.  I have 9 bags of clothing ready for pick-up by Purple Heart tomorrow.

I went through my antique fabrics and listed a whole bunch in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


This quilt fought me the whole way.  It is finally put together.  Even though it is not perfectly square, I am declaring victory and moving on!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Slow progress

I have finally made some progress on my latest project.  This one just did not come together easily for me.  Something about that sashing....Here's the antique quilt.

Here is my progress

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Great fabric selection

Reader Lucy sent me an email with a suggestion for sashing fabric for  my doll quilt reproduction. She found Durham Quilt Collection by Lucien.  The narrower stripe was the perfect size for my quilt.

Here's what I have so far.