BOM for February

I have been occasionally working on Ashley’s and my quilts but the nicer weather and some other “stuff” have slowed my progress.  That’s okay.  I’ll get it done.  This is my first BOM but knowing me, I’m not surprised.





Did you see the bird that flew into the picture?! I found him in the middle of some yardage.  Must have been nesting.  He’s from my birdbath quilt.

Comparison side by side


Two quilts, same pattern, both blue and white and they really look different.

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The Quilt Show BOM

I subscribe to The Quilt Show where you can watch episodes, much like a quilting TV program, on your computer. For a long time, I thought it was too expensive for what you get.  Now, having watch the programs for a year, I feel it is well worth it if you are looking to be inspired or to learn a new technique.  I have learned so much.

One of the benefits other than the video, is the Block of the Month that is offered free to subscribers each year.  This year the quilt is designed by Sue Garman, a very talented quilter and designer.  Unfortunately Sue recently passed away.  I’m sure she has left a big hole in the quilting world and in many people’s lives.

I decided to do the BOM.  However, as I often do, I changed it from multi-colored to blue and white.  I have wanted a blue and white quilt for my bed and decided now was the time.  I know I need to have lots of different fabrics and values of blue.  I hope this will be successful but only time will tell.

I added to my work by deciding to make a second one in dusty blue and off white for my stepdaughter, Ashley. The feathered star was January’s work.  The inner star and the halo (small triangles that circle the inner star) really shine in Ashley’s block.





Mine, not so much.  But my fussy cut inner star is so me and the flowered center too.



Here’s the 2 blocks together.  (Ignore the applique on top.  That’s a post for another time.)


It will be interesting to see if they continue to be different or if they become similar.

If you are a regular blog reader, you know I take a lot of pictures of Beau, my miniature poodle.  He and my husband were sitting in the quilting room while I was working and apparently, Beau was so bored he drifted off to sleep!


You should see Beau now.  He had a major hair cut.

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Daisy Quilt

Karen made this lovely daisy quilt.  It has gone well with the beautiful days we’ve been having-bright and cheery.


Alfresco pantograph with Omni Banana thread.


The back had a center panel of solid yellow.  The pantograph really shines.


That puts a smile on your face!

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Quilt of Valor

I recently quilted a Quilt of Valor that was a simple pattern but interesting with the fabrics chosen for the snowball blocks.


Snowball blocks with cornerstones in the sashing.  Patriot pantograph with blue thread.

I pray it will warm a veteran’s heart.

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Love It, Teach It

If you have a granddaughter or daughter who shows an interest in learning to sew, then grab that opportunity.  You just might establish a stronger bond between you with the shared love of a creative hobby.  Or at worse, you will have introduced a skill they may return to at a later date, in one form or another.

Pauli has the good fortune to have a granddaughter who is interested in learning to make quilts.  I don’t know if this is her first, but she is well on her way to enjoying a lifetime of quilting.  Her granddaughter picked out fabrics and sewed the quilt with grandmother helping, of course, when needed.

Light grey thread with Ocean Froth pantograph. It’s a large quilt at 83 x 100. Pictures taken when it was laid over my longarm.


Ocean Froth Pantograph


With light grey thread on a “reads as solid” light grey back, it looks like a whole cloth.


My Mom was a china painter and did beautiful work.  She even held classes.  I was a grown woman when I decided to learn so I joined one of her classes.  It was enlightening but Mom wanted my pieces to look as good as hers so she would take it out of my hands and fix it.  She said I would regret it later if she didn’t.  Actually that made it no longer mine and I didn’t pursue the hobby.  I appreciated Mom’s ability and much later in life discovered that I might have one ounce of her creativity in me afterall.

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Making Bias Binding

I have always had trouble making bias binding.  I don’t do it very often opting for straight cut binding for all my straight edge quilts.  But when I needed to make binding for Nancy’s Wedding Ring quilt with scalloped edges ( Nancy Remembered), I thought “Here I go again.”.  The last time I made bias binding, I had to go back to the store and buy more fabric because I messed up.

So I searched the internet, found a site that had a lot of pictures (my favorite way to learn) and gave it a go.  It worked!

Here is a picture of my fabric cut and sewn together correctly.  Hurrah. Even the instructions for the line drawing were understandable.


Weird looking isn’t it?


At first I thought maybe this method takes more time than cutting individual 45 degree strips and sewing them together, but all of a sudden I was done.  I actually think it was faster with less waste.

IMG_2230You can see I have wrapped the binding around a toilet paper roll and will put a cord through it and hang it around my neck when I sew it on.  Donna gave this tip at Guild so I’ll check it out.

Are you wondering where I found such good instructions? Go to Sew 4 Home by clicking here.

Hope this has helped you with your bias binding.

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Nancy Remembered

For quite some time, I’ve been finishing quilts (backing, quilting and binding) that a friend made before she passed away. Her husband wanted them finished so family members would be able to enjoy them and remember Nancy. Here’s the last 2.

Wedding Ring Quilt-Shell Shock Pantograph with white thread.


Apparently I didn’t take a picture after it was bound.  I had to review how to make bias binding (that’s a post for later), learn to find the 1/4″ on the new walking foot on my new machine, and then hand sew it.  It seemed to take forever and is definitely not the best binding job I’ve ever done.  But it is done.

The last quilt is an applique quilt which I chose light-medium custom quilting. This quilt has wood felt appliques with pieced blocks.

That’s Nancy’s husband, John, on the left.  I think he is happy we are finally done!


Some easy triangle quilting and piano key outer border.


One of the appliques.


Center block.


Quilting using a stencil on some of the stars.


Nancy had a look of peace on her face every time I saw her.  I think she lived Phillipines 4:7.”And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

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