Sunday, March 31, 2013


 This quilt started as a class challenge. We exchanged 60 5" squares for a variety of prints. The original design called for black background but I wanted a lighter, youthful feel for my granddaughter, Grace, on her first birthday. Pictured here is our grandson, Benjamin (6yr), finding all the insects, candy, animals, etc.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I guess I didn't give Holly enough time. As soon as I posted "Another Wedding Gift", the thank you note came! I'm just thrilled to know that they received the gift and are happy with the results. My apologies for being impatient.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Another Wedding Gift

 Another of my cousin's daughters was getting married so a quilt was in order. I selected fabrics from my stash to audition with her mother and they met with approval. Next I selected a pattern that I had done before, a "stack & whack". 

 This pattern comes from Stack a New Deck by Karla Alexander. I have used this book for several different quilt ideas (Red Onion and Cottage Quarters). Her instructions are clear and allow for your own creativity and variation.

I'm still awaiting a thank you note but I'm hopeful that they liked it.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WEDDING RING Finished, Wedding Quilt #3

 I finished quilting and binding this quilt for my granddaughter, Grace, just after her 1st birthday. I know that I'm a bit early but who knows what's ahead. I want her to have a special memory of her Grandmother.

Since there were no suggested quilting patterns, I selected two patterns to repeat in the open areas. I outlined each wedge within the arcs and shadowed the white shapes.

 I was concerned that the pencil lines would not wash out. I sprayed with a prewash stain remover and threw it in the washer and dryer (removing it while still damp) and all was good. It did press out the major wrinkles so the quilting would show better.

  • Someone suggested folding quilts on the basis to avoid fold lines. I opened the quilt to photograph it just before this post and still found some creases but in the long term, this may be less permanent.