February do Good Stitches Block

This month we made woven blocks using Jessica Kelly's Simply Woven tutorial at Moda Bake Shop.

This was a really clever block. I love it when someone is able to come up with a simple way to get a really complex look. A little time consuming but well worth the effort. The finished quilt is going to be stunning! I may even keep this one in mind for a future quilt to make as a gift for someone. Lots of fun! 

Time to knuckle down

I'm going to go out on a limb and dub 2013 the Year of the Finishes.

I've completed five quilt tops and no quilting. I've also got several 3x6 Bee blocks that need to be sewn together into something as well as one more quilt top that I started but have not yet finished.  So that is my goal this year...finish what I started last year. :)

Baby Quilt Redo
T-Shirt Quilt
Totally Groovy

Sew Intertwined

T-Shirt Quilt top for the Hubs

I finally finished the quilt top for my husband that I started last June

It was long enough back in June but wasn't quite wide enough so I had to get a few more t-shirts and filled in with some photos I had printed by Spoonflower. He doesn't know about those.

Kitty photos

Baby & Doggies

Design element ;)

I have volunteered the T-shirt quilt to be the first quilt to be quilted on Daisy. It's going to be pretty simple, just stitching in the ditch around each t-shirt and I'm going to try and see if I can do an echo around the AC/DC design element above that will run through the entire background fabric. It looks pretty cool in my head. We'll see if I can actually pull it off. 

A Labor of Love

My folks just got a new fifth wheel and will be glamping it up this coming summer. I offered to make them a new quilt for their bed since they are not big fans of the bedcover that came with the unit. It's a win-win..they get a beautiful new quilt that is warm, snuggly & attractive and I get free advertising for my yet to be started quilting company. :)

Both my parents like native american designs and we considered many quilt patterns on-line and weren't quite finding anything that really seemed just right. My mom had this great needlepoint that she had done years ago hanging on her wall and I suggested using a portion of it as the inspiration for their new quilt. 

So at Christmas I took a picture of the portion I thought would work nicely: 

After studying the design I figured doing half-rectangle triangles would be the easiest method of duplicating the pattern. I used an Excel spreadsheet to help me define the pattern and fill in the colors my mom preferred, brown, taupe/beige, rust & a bit of blue. 

She didn't want solids so she chose some fabrics on-line that she liked and I used Adobe Photoshop Elements to fill in the design with the fabric patterns. 

We have some kokopelli's and petroglyphs and some great Stonehenge fabrics to use as mock solids and a beautiful blue batik to give it a pop of color. I think it's going to be awesome. 

Their first camping trip is the end of April beginning of May so my goal is to have it pieced & quilted by then. 


After finally getting the tension & timing adjusted on Daisy I've been able to spend a little time practicing each evening. Usually only 20 minutes to an hour. I usually try to stop when I start feeling frustrated. I want to enjoy learning and not dread it. There is quite a learning curve to long arm quilting and I'm not a very patient person. I've got LOTS of quilt tops that need finishing and a whole slew of ideas as to how I want to finish each quilt. My mind thinks it'll be easy and then my hands get working and it's a bit tricker than I was anticipating. I'm not quite confidant enough to quilt an actual quilt...but I'm impatient to get started. We'll see which of my two sides wins out...the impatient one or the nit-picky perfectionist. 

I've been working from both the front & the back of the machine and like aspects of both. I just need to get into a rhythm and practice practice practice. 

Some free hand swirls

HST Quilt top DONE!

I LOVE it!

It turned out so well and I'm really looking forward to quilting each little block. It's going to be so much fun.