Hugs and Kisses Quilt

This quilt is my last quilt as leader of the Guild’s Quilts of Love (aka Heart Quilts) program. Members make blocks which are assembled into quilts and given to members who lose a love one or who are in the hospital. I’ve been doing this for five years and have spent many hours working on a total of 51 quilts. Between my longarm business, increased physical fitness activities, and a desire to make quilts for myself (imagine that!), I needed to free up some time. I’m also very tired of “hearts.”

So this last quilt only has one small heart. It’s the Hugs and Kisses quilt tutorial from Christa’s Quilts. Click here to view the tutorial. You’ll notice as you scroll down that she has already finish another quilt-a-long and is about to start yet another. You might want to visit her store where an awesome sale is going on.

For quilting I did a freehand overall of hearts and swirls. I did the hearts the way Nichole Rivera does on her YouTube video, “Bottom’s Up Hearts.” First time I’ve done a freehand overall and it won’t be the last! I also experimented with swags with the hearts inside. While it stitched out fine, choosing to do it in a double border with high contrast fabrics, was not the right place to use it.

Here’s several pics.




Swags and hearts


The backing fabric was donated by Joyce and it is just perfect for this quilt. See the Eiffel Towers?
Another Guild member will bind it as it will be delivered to the new Quilts of Love chairman, Sandra, and her committee tomorrow.



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Hugs and Kisses Quilt Blocks

I love the look of the Hugs and Kisses Quilt made by Christa Quilts and since I’m in charge of the Quilts of Love (see post here) at the Guild, I thought it would make a good project for the Guild. I used some scraps to make four blocks as examples. It will be fun to see what the ladies come up with.

Click on the button on the right to see Christa’s quilt and instructions.


Beauregard likes to play IPad games at night too.


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Quilts of Love

Last evening I visited Honey in one of our local rehab facilities to deliver this lap quilt to her. Our Guild makes blocks, turns them into quilts, and gives them to members who are in the hospital or if a loved one passes on. It’s our way of wrapping them in hugs and well wishes. We call them Quilts of Love.

All the blocks from this particular one were made by Dode who received a “Heart Quilt.” She wanted to pay it forwarded. It was her way of thanking the Guild for their kindness.

The pantograph used for quilting is Popcorn.


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Quilts At MidAtlantic Quilt Festival

My friends and I recently returned from the MidAtlantic Quilt Show in Hampton, VA. We spent one day at the show and that wasn’t enough time to see all the quilts and visit vendors. So quilt viewing came first and then I stopped in to see vendors that were particularly interesting to me.

I stopped twice at Longarm machine vendors because I may sell my Gammill. I need to stop taking up 2 bedrooms in the house and a smaller machine would help. But big decisions such as this are tough.

The pictures I take at quilt shows are ones that are of particular interest to me which means the quilting part of the process. I probably have pics of more non-winning quilt than winning ones. Here’s the first installment.



This next one is made from cheesecloth and thread. Awesome.









My camera battery died at this point so I switched to my phone. Have no idea if the quality is any good or if I can get them off the phone. If all is good, I’ll post more another time.

I must get working on the binding for a customer’s double wedding ring quilt. Been procrastinating.

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The Luna Moth Has Landed

Today I leave for Raleigh, NC to the NC Quilt Symposium.  I’ve never been a full time student for this 3 day quilt show and classes.  I have gone to the quilt show a couple of times, but this time,  I get to attend classes, eat, sleep, drink wine, and giggle with friends.  So love doing all of the above.

The Symposium asked quilters to volunteer to make an apron that will be auctioned off to raise money for their local food bank.  Always glad to help with such efforts.    I had to name it for the auction.  I tried to think of something that had to do with luna moths but the light bulb wasn’t coming on.  Finally I was saying “luna moth” out loud over and over and said lunar module.  So silly me used word play to name it.

The pattern is Apron Jazz by Barbara Brandeburg.  The only change I made was to make the bib portion into a little mini quilt before attaching the skirt.  I appliqued a luna moth and then did my version of McTavishing around it.  The apron skirt forms a “V” as does the bib.  I love the border on the skirt.  Fabrics are Amy Butler.


Did you notice my pretty flower garden in the background.  I’m definitely not a gardener, so I’m so enjoying how pretty it looks this year.

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The Year of Finish

I was surprised to see how long it has been since I posted anything on my blog.  Doesn’t seem like it has been that long, but then that’s why I haven’t posted!  I was busy getting ready for 18 for Thanksgiving dinner and then getting ready for Christmas.  I think I just took my first breath in a month 2 days ago.

In order to help me get more old stuff taken care of and not get distracted, I am participating in Judy Laquidara’s UFO Challenge.  My Guild is also doing a UFO Challenge so hopefully I’ll accomplish two things at one time.  Sure would be great to get all these projects finished.  Ahhhh.  That would be such a good feeling.

Here’s my list of projects that need to be finished.

1. Christmas Mystery

2. Woodland Christmas

3.  Queen Bee Friendship

4.  Floral Comfort Quilt

5. Drunkards Path

6. Bargello

7. Blue and White Pinwheel

8. Tablecloth Linen Quilt

9. Amish

10. Fishing

11. Aqua Floral with border problem

12. Feathered Star

Stay tuned to see what happens and check out Judy’s great blog.  You can click on the UFO button on the right.

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Pretty in Nature and Quilts

This past week, I went to my Guild’s Retreat in Asheboro, NC which is in a much more hilly landscape than the Sandhills where I live.  It is so calming to leave the sand and pine trees behind and enter a world of rising hills, streams, and at this time of year, beautiful color.  The retreat was a great time of fun and getting to know some of the other quilters in my Guild.  I also made a lot of progress on several of my own projects.  Here’s a picture taken from the front porch of the lodge.

From the back porch.

Here’s a color scheme for a quilt!

Another pretty view is of Nancy’s latest quilts.  The first one is so sweet.  Since dots were in the fabric, I choose to do the Bubble pantograph.

Her Christmas quilt really put me in the Christmas spirit while I stitched Tannenbaum pantograph with gold Sew Fine thread.

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