Scrapbuster of a Scrap Quilt

Scrapbuster of a Scrap Quilt

It’s the last challenge of the year (“Scraptastic”) for season 9 of Project Quilting, and if you’ve been following along you know I’ve entered every challenge this year so far. However, for this one I’m really in a time crunch. I think my real challenge will be to finish it in time! The entire quilted item must be started and completely finished (yup, quilted & bound) within one short week.

I’ve got bins and bins full of leftover fabric from years of sewing. Some are so old, I think they might be considered “vintage “…maybe you’ll recognize a few of these prints. I gathered my beiges, browns, threw in a few reds, greens, and blues, and made a plethora of half square triangles.

As I was pinning them up on my design wall, secondary stars began to appear in the pattern…so I purposely went back and placed light contrasting hst in white or beige in those areas to help the stars shine.

You really need to stand back to see them.

It’s a very simple pattern once you lay the hst and squares out to make one block at a time…

It’s a 16 block made up of hst and squares, and depending on where you place the lights and darks, it creates the stretched star.

Here I’ve done a little better job of alternating the beige and white stars. Each block measures 12-1/2 inches (12 inches finished). It’s a great stash buster, but as you can see on the table, half square triangles seem to multiply like bunnies when you’re not looking! The clock is ticking, so to get done in time, I’d better stop now and use those extras in another project.

I found a great backing in my stash, and here it is on my trusty Tin Lizzy ready to quilt. I’m planning to do straight lines around each of the stars and then fill in with meandering and loops between the stars with swirls inside the centers…leaving the star points unquilted so they pop.

I decided on a faux flange binding.

And here it is…finished just in time!

Hope you’ll stop by Project Quilting and vote for your favorites Mine is #50, hint-hint). Voting begins Sunday, March 25, 2018 (I think voting runs through Friday).

It’s now for sale in my shop here.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting!


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Project Quilting Stitch in Time Entry

Project Quilting Stitch in Time Entry

So…I thought about the challenge for Project Quilting this week…A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE. And nothing came to me for several days. I thought this would be the week I just didn’t enter.

Then, as I was thinking about the time change this Sunday…and about having more daylight, …the sun was shining (even though we did get more snow a few days ago)…and the birds were singing outside. They weren’t singing their usual winter chirps, but their special beautiful spring time songs! Then I thought about how I should be saving bits of colorful ribbon, yarn, and little strips of fabric and putting them outside so the birds could use them because they’ll be building their nests soon. And the idea for the challenge came to me…

I started to equate “a stitch in time” with the little birds getting their nests “stitched” together with bits of string and twigs. And then I started to visualize nests made out of fabric selvages and bright fabric strips. And the idea started taking shape!

I used scraps from my stash to flip and sew the background, and fused the appliqué shapes on top. Then cut up a bunch of my selvedge edges I’ve been saving and quilted them down to create the nest.

I even found the Stonehedge fabric selvage from their fabric called “a stitch in time”!! What are the chances? Totally unplanned! How cool was that?

So here’s my entry for Project Quilting Season 9, Challenge #5 “A Stitch in Time”. I hope you’ll stop by the website to vote for your 10 favorite entries. Voting starts after noon (Wisconsin time) on Sunday, March 11, 2018 and I think it runs through Friday, March 16, 2018.,

Until next time…HAPPY QUILTING!


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Mellow Yellow Organizer

Mellow Yellow Organizer

So I’m enjoying a few days on a quilting retreat at the lovely Jones Mansion Retreat Center. I always enjoy a few days away to relax, refresh, regenerate with a few quilting friends (new and old). I always get a lot of projects done (or at least started) and I always get inspired by my friends and their projects. So much creativity and talent!

This week I was in a room I’ve never had before — the Ivy Room. Isn’t it beautiful?

I’ve been able to enter small art quilts in the first two challenges of Project Quilting Season 9, and made woven fabric into a cell phone bag for the third challenge. But between all that was going on this week, plus packing and organizing for the retreat, I didn’t seem to have time for this challenge.

Then, today, the wonderful owner of the mansion gave us her own pattern and her tutoring skills (she’s an expert quilter and seamstress) to make an organizing mat to go under our sewing machines. I ran down to the local fabric store and found the perfect fabric … one with yellow measuring tape, and the other with spools of thread–many of them yellow.

Isn’t it the cutest?

After sewing it together, I added some YELLOW rick-rack and pink binding with a serpentine stitch.

Here it is…ta-da!

It’ll keep all my needed gadgets right by me and help keep things organized… Hmmmm…it has lots of YELLOW, and finding all my sewing gadgets and goodies at the ready makes me MELLOW! So … I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but I entered it in the “Mellow Yellow” challenge for Project Quilting Season 9 this week!❤️. I hope you’ll click on the link and vote for your favorite quilted entries. Voting begins Sunday (Feb 25) through Friday (Mar 2, 2018).

The mat will be great to bring along to retreats and classes, and it can do double-duty as a dust cover when I’m away from my machine… (which is never for long)!

Super cool. Thanks so much Lori!

For more info on other fabulous quilting (and sewing) retreats at the Jones Mansion In Historic Mineral Point, Wisconsin, see my earlier blog here Or visit their website here. You can even rent out the space for your very own retreat with friends.

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Project Quilting Challenge—Confetti

Project Quilting Challenge—Confetti


It’s January, and time to begin Project Quilting!  As you’ll remember from last year, this challenge is put on by Kim Lacapik of Persimon Dreams blog.  Just like “Project Runway”, Project Quilting has a challenge, a time restriction, and instead of voting someone off, the viewer votes who wins!

I’ve been wanting to participate again this year, because it helps the after-holiday, mid-winter blues, and jump starts creativity.

This week’s challenge (#1) is “CONFETTI”.  Right up my alley.  I immediately thought of the “confetti technique” I first saw demonstrated by Noriko Endo.  I’ve used this technique for many of my art quilts in the past, and was wanting to begin a new one.  This challenge is just what I need to get me going.

First I need inspiration…so I took some time to look through my photographs to find something that inspires me. I think I’ll choose a single tree.  One that is the very first to show it’s color and even start dropping some leaves before the others have turned—and the grass is still green.


First, I need to prepare some “confetti” by cutting up batiks and some of my hand-dyed fabrics for the leaves…


Next is the background.  I’ve chosen some hand dyed fabrics for the sky & commercial batiks for the background & foreground.


I cut and temporarily “paste” strips of grey & black fabric onto the background for the tree trunk & branches.


Then “sprinkle” and position the confetti leaves.


Everything gets encased in black tulle & pinned before it’s taken to my sewing machine.


First I straight stitch around the edges so nothing “falls out”, using dark grey cotton thread and my walking foot.


After that, I put on the free-motion foot, drop the feed dogs, and sew over the confetti & tulle with different colors of variegated thread.


I liked the look of circles.



Now I can move on to the bottom half and add the confetti for the leaves that have fallen to the ground.  Everything needs pinning so the confetti doesn’t fall out before I get to the machine!


It always looks better once it’s all straightened and trimmed.


I like to add triangles to the corners so the piece can be hung by wooden dowels.  So here you can see the triangles and binding ready to sew by hand.


And it’s finished.  I’m so glad I got it done in time…it took about 5 days–just finished in time to post today…(deadline is Sunday)…


I hope you’ll go to Persimon’s Dream blog and vote for your favorite “confetti” quilt.  The voting starts soon…January 10, 2016!!

UPDATE:  The voting has closed, & my art quilt came in #2 (SECOND!!) out of the 67 beautiful quilts entered!  I’m so pleased!!  If yours was one of my votes, I want to say thank you so much for your vote!


Hope you enjoyed my journey through making the quilted wall hanging this week to enter in PROJECT QUILTING:  SEASON 7 (2016)!!  It was fun.

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Sweet 16 Heart Table Topper for Challenge #4, Season 6 of Project Quilting

Sweet 16 Heart Table Topper for Challenge #4, Season 6 of Project Quilting

I’ve been thinking about the most recent “Have a Heart” Project Quilting Challenge  (challenge #4 of Season 6) and wondering if I could create some kind of an applique pattern that would have at least 12 hearts in it in less than a week!  Having a wind chill of minus 30 wind chill this week, it’s a great time to be in a nice warm quilt studio working!

So I grabbed some paper, started folding it and cutting it up.  It’s fun—like making those snowflakes when we were kids…!  I have to say that trying to create a quilted object in a week for the challenge gets your creative juices flowing.  After several tries, I finally came up with the heart shapes (see photo above), and started “playing” with them to get them to fit within a 10” square.  (I have lots of left-over layer cake 10” squares that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.)

I grabbed some of my favorite iron-on fusible—“Steam-a’-Seam II”, and traced the hearts onto it.  Then cut them out to arrange on one of my 10” squares.

BTW, are you as thrilled as I am that “Steam-a-Seam” is back?  It’s my favorite fusible because of it’s “stickiness”.  The Warm Company was having some production issues. While they were working on an alternative solution to the paper that they use, the machine that they used for testing and production broke down. But everything is fixed, and it’s finally available again online and at your favorite quilt stores.  Yeahhh!

After pressing the template fusible onto the back of the fabric, I’m ready to cut it out on the line.

After fusing all the medium rose & green hearts onto a light printed layer cake background, I decided to try a little handwork.  So I did a chain stitch around the smaller hearts with a Pearl Cotton thread.  It was more work than I bargained for…so after finishing up all the smaller green hearts by hand, I opted to do a machine blanket stitch around the larger hearts.

I found that the Aurifil Thread I won a few weeks ago will match the colors beautifully!  (Thanks again to all who voted for my Sunset quilt–and Kim and Aurifil!!!)

I’m using the “edge” walking foot on my Bernina to do some topstitching around the edges, and stitch in the ditch quilting.

Above you’ll see a close-up of the blanket stitch done in the green (on green) and deep rose (on rose).


And here’s the finished table topper.  It measures 13 x 13 inches after I added the border to the layer cake.  It’s backed with a coordinating fabric, so it’s reversible.





I think it might really look nice as an accent pillow.  Next time, maybe I’ll try making it as a pillow….  or I could enlarge the pattern for a larger table topper or wall hanging.  …Or it might make a cute baby quilt–I can see other blocks surrounding it, or putting 6 blocks together with sashing in-between.  M-m-m-mmm.  More ideas!

Quilting is never-ending, isn’t it? There’s always something new to try. Or one more project to do.

So what do you think?

The voting starts after noon on Sunday, February 22, so be sure to hop on over to Kim Lapacek’s “Permison Dreams Blog”, Project Quilting  to cast your vote for your favorites!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Sunset Art Quilt for Project Quilting Challenge

Sunset Art Quilt for Project Quilting Challenge

This week I’ve decided to join in (for the very first time) with “Project Quilting” challenge.  It’s a one-week quilt challenge put on by Persimon Dreams, a blog by Kim Lapacek.

I met Kim last year while attending her blogging class at Mill House Quilts, and I’ve been following her blog ever since. Kim was recently interviewed on “Sewing with Nancy” by Nancy Zieman about her “Project Quilting” challenges. I’ve been meaning to join in …  I’m finally ready to give it a try.

The theme & rules were given out (in her blog) last Sunday at noon, and the quilted item has to be done and uploaded by this Sunday at noon.  This week’s challenge is “SUNSET”, and the rules are simple–it must be made during the week of the challenge by applique, piecing, or 3 layers quilted together.  There’s no size restrictions.

The first thing that came to mind was a photo I’d taken last summer when my sister, Judi, came to visit Madison.  I treated her to a night downtown at a B&B right on Lake Mendota.  We watched the sunset from the pier after dinner–it was magical.







First I dug through all my fabrics (mostly the one’s I’ve hand-dyed) to find the right shades.







And I sketched my photo onto a piece of muslin.







I think this piece of commercial batik will work for the skyline.







Cutting into the stash, I tried to create the right shading for the background of the sky and water with the sunset in mind.







A few extra bits here and there of slivers of fabric cut with my rotary cutter will (I hope) help convey the feeling of the sunset and it’s reflection on the water.







When all the bits are placed (some with glue, some not) it’s all covered with tulle.  I used black tulle on the water and white tulle on the sky.







Then I quilted it all with batting and backing on my domestic machine with variegated cotton threads in lots of different colors.







Somehow it seemed to need alittle something more–so (after some experimenting) I added a tree with branches and dark foliage.  I’m hoping the foliage looks like the light is sparkling through it–so it’s making it grey and black.







That’s better…







Here’s the finished project (below).  I’ve just uploaded it to Kim’s blog site.  The challenge deadline is Sunday at noon–and voting starts soon after that!  (It would be nice to get a few votes.) 🙂







It’s hard to crop a perfect edge in a quilt–even when it’s nice and square.  It all depends on the angle of the photograph.  On this one, I tried putting black fabric as a background–but it just won’t do.







This one is better–just shows the black binding.






Here’s a close-up.














This photo has more of the wall showing.  Not sure which one I’ll upload for the contest…maybe this one.

Hope you’ll hop on over to Kim’s blog to see all the contestants, and vote for your favorite!

Until next time,



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Class at Mill House Quilts with Kim

Hi All!

The summer has flown by–can you believe it’s going to be August tomorrow?  Where did it go?…

I did take time to take a wonderful class at MILL HOUSE QUILTS. There’s major road construction going on in Waunakee, but you can still easily navigate to the store.

Notice the window dressing?…


The class was taught by Kim Lapacek on “How to Be a Blogger”.  It was jam packed with great information, and I’m sure my blogs will be getting better because of it.  Thanks Kim! I’m hoping she’ll do a follow-up class–Part 2 please.

BTY, under her business name of “Persimon Dreams”, Kim has a wonderful Blog , Etsy Store , and block patterns at Craftsy.

She’ll also be featured on Sewing with Nancy (Nancy’s Corner) on September 15th (WHA TV)–only 6 weeks away… Congrats Kim!  Can’t wait to see you on TV.

Of course, while at Mill House, I couldn’t leave without something.

I’ll show more you tomorrow…  in the meantime



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