Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Finished Quilt Top (which still needs a name)


I did it!  I did it!  I did it!  I finally finished the wedding quilt top (only a week after the wedding, whatever… it will be either a first Christmas or an anniversary gift).


It’s a modified version of the Dissappearing Four-Patch from this tutorial.  I used 6 1/2 inch blocks to start and sliced 1 1/4 inches on each side of the seams.  I found some useful techniques while cutting these, so I may make my own tutorial later in the summer.  The biggest: buy a rotating cutting mat.  It makes everything so very much easier.

There are some special facbrics in this quilt.  In addition to a beautiful shot cotton and some great prints, there are two Spoonflower prints.  A lobster print for my niece, she has a HUGE thing for lobsters and seems to have quite the collection of random lobster things, and a rooster quilt for her husband, who it seems is equally fond of roosters.


A note on Spoonflower prints: they definitely print lighter than you expect.  It wasn’t bad, but I was expeting more of a navy for the lobsters and it came out more of a dusty royal blue.  Other than that, they are wonderful and just what I needed to make the quilt special.

There is a 3 inch (finished) border of grey surrounded by 6 inch piano keys.  I made the piano keys by strip piecing 2 1/2 inch strips into groups of 3-5, then cutting them down to 6 1/2 inches.  Then I just laid them out randomly and got a great, easy border.

Linking up to Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, which is in Australia today with Audrey at Glory Be Quilter and with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

TGIFF                                                  Crazy Mom Quilts Friday


Work In Progress Wednesday: Bricklayers’ Edition


Well, it may not be quilty, but the project getting all the attention this week in my house has been in the backyard.  My dad and I have been working to build a patio.

New Patio, Day 4

We’ve been planning it for years and bought the material last summer, but all sorts of things seemed to get in the way.  This year, with no lifeguarding to waste my time, I’ve been able to spend plenty of time at my parents’ house.

Sunday, my niece and I laid the first four rounds of quarter bricks while my dad cut and cut on the wet saw.  Monday, my father spent most of the morning leveling and re-laying our work.  We spent the afternoon finishing the circle.  Tuesday we worked in the morning, leveling again, then laying the first round of full length bricks.  We started the second, but needed another new blade.  Today, we made it through the rest of the second row and on to the third.

New Patio, Day 4

There’s still a lot of work to go.  We will finish the circle with a third row of full bricks, put a field stone sitting wall on the outside edge, and fill the distance from the circle to the deck with brick–hopefully in a herringbone pattern.  We’re also building a small installation for the grill with some counter space on either side.

New Patio, Day 4

Wish me luck!  I’m linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday

My First Quilt


I started quilting at the beginning of 2013.  I finished my Rainbow Bricks quilt top, using skills I’d developed while making dresses.  Then, I realized, I was going to have to quilt the beast and ground to a halt.  I did some research, read some books, tried to figure it all out, but I wasn’t sure where to go with the top.  Any ideas I had were so clearly above my skill level.

Instead, I decided to try a small piece.  I looked through the Moda Bakeshop, at the time, my only real reference and found a charm-friendly pattern for a nine patch.  After buying some cute fabric, I cut and pieced and created a little top.  I made my sandwich, just like the books said, basted with pins, and used a cheap walking foot with a guide to straight-line quilt the entire thing.  Here are the results:

My First Quilt

It may not be perfect– the seams don’t all match, the quilting lines are a bit off in some places, but I like it.  It’s cute and cheery.  I gave it to my mother for her birthday that March because she would never care that it’s not perfect.  For her, I made it, and that is all that matters.  I’m now working on a quilt top that is destined for my parents.  It is much more technical.  The quilting will be much more involved.  Most of all– it will be bigger! (Queen Sized!)

Q3 Finish Along List


Hello, there! Well, my Q1 FAL at The Littlest Thistle did not go so hot.  No finishes that quarter.  And I missed the Q2 link up entirely, which is fine as I didn’t finish anything then, either.  But now it’s summer!  Magical summer when I have so much time it’s nearly unbearable.  (I LOVE IT!)

So, in addition to a summer band and chorus, I will be hiking, trekking, redesigning curriculum, building a patio, building a sewing/quilting table, and finishing things!

Candidates for finishing this quarter are:

  1. Heather’s Wedding Quilt (still in need of a proper name)– the piecing is done, but I need to perfect my freemotion skills before I can quilt the giant.
  2. Christmas quilt– I was working on a big Christmas-colored star around the holidays, I may whip out that basket and start up again.
  3. My Parent’s pinwheel quilt– This one’s been on the back burner since last fall.  The biggest setback came when I realized that I had only made half as many blocks as I actually needed.  I should really pick it up again and get it done.
  4. My own Modern Totems quilt– I just adore M-R’s design.
  5. A scrap quilt with leftovers from the wedding quilt and/or the reject strip pieces from the first attempt.
  6. Rainbow Bricks– The quilting on this was put off in favor of new projects, but I want my own quilt!
  7. Starshine– Just needs quilting, but I have no ideas for it yet.
  8. The green and purple quilt kit I just purchsed
  9. Fall “Spin Cycle” quilt from connecting threads.  This one would be just in time for the new season.

Baby Stuff for the new grandniece/nephew

  1. Crocheted baby blanket (Also in need of a proper name)– This probably doesn’t count, but I’m working on it so it’s going here.  Right now it looks like I’ll need about 10 more rounds to finish (read: 11 hours).  Sounds like a great rainy day project with a bunch of movies.
  2. An elephant mobile–It will be made of felt and have various cheery fabrics for ears.  Totally a stitchy make, so it counts.


  1. Black speckled wrap dress– Pattern and fabric chosen.  Now to cut and sew.
  2. Purple knit dress– In the same state as above, although, additionally, I am terrified of sewing knits.
  3. Solid knit dress– the pattern is chosen, but I am waffling on the rest
  4. The two batik skirts– The purple one is not only set aside, It’s been cut for a year!  I just have to stitch it together!  The red-violet fabric is chosen, but not cut yet.
  5. The dream white knit top.  It is insanely needed to wear with the above skirts.
  6. Any of the 5 knit tops I bought fabric and a pattern for this morning.
  7. Two cream and print a-line skirts
  8. Yellow eyelet a-line skirt
  9. Grey and silver polka dot skirt
  10. Brown polka dot skirt
  11. Black paisley-ish skirt

Wow.  6 WIP’s and quite a few clothing plans.  I may have until October 6th to work on Q3, but with all my school stuff starting up in September, I’m really looking at a two-month timetable.  Just a bit over-enthusiastic, I guess.  Sorry this post is free of any eye-candy,my fabrics are spread between two houses at the moment.  I know that the list sounds vague, but I promise, I have actually committed to all of these items over the past few years and have fabric and patterns for all of them.  Wicked scary, right? I guess I had better get to work!!!

Another goal for this summer is to be more present here on the blog.  I’m thinking of joining some linky’s like WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.