Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Winter embroidery panel quilt

Quilted with the cross-hatch pattern.  

The panels on this quilt are hand-embroidered.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Trouble with borders?

Are you having trouble getting your borders to lay flat?  Here's a link to a nice explanation, showing how to correctly apply borders.

Notice how she measures the border along the middle of the quilt body, and cuts to size before sewing it on.  This is the correct method.  If you just sew on the border, and the trim off the extra, it's very likely you will have a way border with too much fabric that will not lay flat. 

Hope this is helpful for you. 

Fish quilt

Quilted with the Simple Fish pattern...

Monday, March 30, 2020

Animal panel quilt

Quilted with wavy lines.  I like the simple/clean lines of the quilting design- I think it helps to not take away from the detail on the panel.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Big Red Barn goat milk lotion

My good friend, Shanna DeHoogh, makes goat milk lotion, and I am carrying some for sale here in the studio.  If you are looking for a little gift for someone, or just for yourself, pick one up!  It's very moisturizing and absorbs well without feeling greasy.  Chloe and I love it.

She raises & milks her own goats, and then turns the milk into soap & lotion.  Learn more about her products at her website:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pinwheel quilt

Quilted with the "Triangles" pattern.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Wondering what to do at home while you wait out the virus? 

Make a quilt! 

I am still open for business as usual.

The latest quilt, quilted with the "Wild at Heart" pattern. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Rainbow colors quilt

Quilted with the Square Spiral pattern.  This quilt is made of all flannel, with a solid black flannel backing.  The batting used was the Quilter's Dream Midnight Black batting- a very good choice for dark backings to avoid light batting fibers from pushing through & showing on the back.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Triangles quilt

Quilted with the Champagne Bubbles pattern.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

T-shirt quilt

Quilted with the Slope Intercept pattern.  

Friday, March 6, 2020

Animal quilt

Quilted with the Animal Stripes pattern.  

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Leaf quilt

Quilted with a free-hand swirling wind pattern.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Fleece quilt- triangles

I made this quilt from scraps of fleece that were laying around.  The triangles are cut with a 60* triangle ruler.  It went together really fast (the fleece was surprisingly easy to work with on my Pfaff sewing machine), and it's super soft & warm.  

Since the fleece has quite a bit of stretch & thickness, it can't be quilted on the longarm.  I am planning on backing it with flannel, and the doing a tacking "X" stitch on my sewing machine in the middle of each triangle to hold all the layers together.  Kind of like tying, but I don't want the loose yarn ends that happen with that method.  

The quilt is about 57" x 69".

Saturday, February 22, 2020

T-shirt quilt

Quilted with the Slope Intercept pattern. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Denim quilt

I finished putting this together today.  A simple 9-patch + rail fence pattern made from recycled denim.
With the heavier denim, I like to keep the quilting pretty simple & not too dense.  This isn't quilted yet, but I am thinking about a simple X through each block, and flannel for the back.  A very thin batting will help to cushion the thicker denim seams.  All the seams on the quilt top are pressed open, which helps to reduce bulk.
The 9-patch squares are cut at 3.5", and the rail fence rectangles are 9.5" x 3.5".  Super quick to put together.  If you want to make one for yourself, look for denim that is a bit lighter weight, the super-heavy men's work jeans can be too thick to work with, depending on how to you want to quilt it.

The pattern to make this quilt can be found in the book "Scraps & Shirttails" by Bonnie K. Hunter, on page 98.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Gray/yellow quilt

Quilted with the Last Leaves pattern, in a light gray thread.

Triangles quilt

Quilted with the Triangles pattern, in a fun turquoise thread.

T-shirt quilt

Quilted with the Pac-Maze pattern with gray thread.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Flat borders

The most commonly seen problem with quilt tops is getting extra fabric in the outer borders. 

Here's a way to avoid that, and have borders that lay flat.

If your outer borders do not lay flat, then they will need to be removed & fixed before quilting to avoid sewing down the extra fabric as a pucker.  

Monday, December 23, 2019

Winter quilt

Quilted with the Midnight Sparkle pattern:

Here's a very good example of how to do a pieced backing....  It isn't always possible to center backing elements perfectly, so this is a good layout- plus it adds visual interest to the back of the quilt.