Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Collaborative Quilts

I.  Jigsaw Puzzle (designed by Alyssa Clancy)

Every year my church quilting group makes a quilt to raffle at the Women"s Retreat to support Women's Ministries at Pomona Baptist Church. 

The theme this years was "70's".
We went into our stash and combined
oranges, pinks and greens for this retro look.

The retired teachers from my former school have continued the tradition of making quilts for retirees which we started while we were still working at South Pointe Middle School. We see each other twice a week to work on our own projects but also to plan and piece these two quilts.

Claudia, English and ESL teacher, is moving to Arizona. We took the colors for her quilt from the tile in her new house.

I found these fabrics that reminded me of 50's prints and knew they were perfect for my friend Marsha, who is retiring this year. She has been part of our teacher quilter's group from the beginning and has helped make all the retiree quilts. We will miss her since she will also be moving to Prescott, Arizona but we are already planning a gals quilting retreat to her new home.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


I embroidered the names of 87 nations we have traveled to and 
we still have more countries we want to visit!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quilting My Travels

 I am currently enjoying hand quilting my "AROUND THE WORLD" quilt, featuring the fabrics and representations from the 90 countries we have visited. 

Each fabric calls for a different quilting motif. Sometimes shadowing the images within, while others work best with traditional patterns. I'm using a combination of hand quilting thread and pearl cotton for more plain areas. 

 The quilting on this king size quilt has gone much faster than I thought and should be done within a month.

 In the meantime I continue to work on piecing several other quilts: 2 for retirees from my former school, my 6th wedding quilt for my grandnephew and a undesignated quilt from a B&W swap.
 Watch for those being posted.
 Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I like to take hand sewing quilt projects on our many travels. On this trip to Antarctica, I pieced a doll blanket for my two & half year old granddaughter. 

With cutting the pieces ahead, I was able to finish the top, hand quilt it to a flannel back and bind it. Grace knew right away what it was for.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Lauren, my grandniece, is ready for a grown up quilt. 

This modern design by Me and My Sister Designs was the perfect choice. The design looks best with bold prints. Although the pattern was designed to use cake layers sold in coordinating colors and patterns, I chose my own fabrics. 

The other night Lauren and her sister Lilly decided to spread out all the quilts I've made for them for movie night. It tickles me to know that they love them all.

Drunkard's Path from Scraps

This had been on my to do list for years. I found this different adaptation using multiple prints of light and dark instead of the traditional 2 color design. The original quilt size is 54" x 66" but I added extra blocks to make it king size. I started by collecting scraps from various sources, cutting no more than 12 of each shape from both light and dark prints. Part way into the cutting I realized that the pattern called for more light scraps than dark. I wasn't going to discard the extras so I made the outer squares the reverse of light and dark. You may notice the difference or not. 

I chose to hand piece the curves because of their size but also because I was laid up with foot surgery. The blocks were machine pieced.

In planning the layout, I used 12'x12' scrapbook paper to arrange the small squares. I rolled masking tape and fixed them in place on the paper until ready to sew each block. By laying out all the squares first I achieved a balanced design. 

The repeat of the border fit perfectly at the corners even with increasing the size. I finished by hand quilting circles that outlined the curves.

Here's the pattern if you'd like to try this. Just click on the pictures to print the actual size.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hobbling but not tied down

The latest in foot fashion!
I had foot surgery last week. All is going well but it does restrict my independence. I'm using a walker and hopping on my good foot. All should be mended in 6 weeks and another 6 weeks of being careful. 

In the mean time I have finished embroidering the countries we have visited onto the border of the quilt, "AROUND THE WORLD". With my quilting friends here today, I managed to sew on the border. Now to decide on the backing. I have a panel of vintage cruise ships and luggage tags to incorporate. The designing should be fun.