Saturday, November 30, 2013

Autumn Dawn Quilt by Ann Brauer

Ann Brauer of Massachusetts wrote an interesting post about designing the quilt above, "Autumn Dawn." She includes photos of the quilt while in progress. Her blog is called The Quilts of Ann Brauer
See more of her quilts here. Nice work, Ann! 

Friday, November 29, 2013

OOAK Vintage Pincushion

Definitely One-of-a-Kind! This Connecticut antique market find has been transformed (by me) into a pincushion. (From what? I don't know, maybe a vase?) 

When my 26-yo son and I saw this at the Elephant's Trunk in New Milford, he said "Sick!" and I said "Perfect!" I like this fancy little Renaissance guy. The piece is unglazed bisque, and the cushion is pink silk dupioni. Pinsies included. See this pincushion.

Here's another favorite find turned into a pincushion: the Hand & Purse. (Sold.)

See more pincushions: Sea Urchins, Buns, Wool, and Collector

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Robin Halleck's New Upcycle Quilt

Robin Halleck of Northern Michigan just made this beautiful Upcycle quilt for her granddaughter Lydia.  It will be presented to the little 2 1/2 year old this Thanksgiving.

Her fabrics look great on the blue background, don't you think? And I love the swirly quilting with multicolored thread. She says she had a blast making this quilt. Nice job, Robin!

See the pattern here: Upcycle Quilt Pattern.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Selvage Mini Quilt

This colorful mini selvage quilt was made by Missyecaj/Jacey Craft, and posted on flickr
This would make a lovely doll quilt. The dense quilting is just right.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Selvages and Hexagons

Titled "Hash Brown Monday" and found on Pinterest, this selvage quilt with hexagons was pinned from addicted to fabric. Leave a comment if you know who made this pretty quilt. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fabulous Selvage Bookshelf Quilt

I found this selvage bookcase quilt on Pinterest. I tried to find out who made it, but to no avail. If you know, please tell me. 

This quilt is hanging on a black curtain, probably at a quilt show. The outer edge of the quilt is brown. You can see a bit of the sign on the right. What a great job this quilter did with all those narrow selvages!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gilma Simeone's Red Zinger Quilt

Gilma Simeone's beautiful Red Zinger selvage quilt won a Judge's Choice ribbon at the Evening Star Quilters quilt show. Gilma lives in New York. Sharing the moment with Gilma is her niece Sarah.
Wonderful job!! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Veterans Who are Quilters

I've been meeting the nicest group of people since Veteran's Day when I offered free patterns to vets. This is a photo of Melissa Young taken when she was 19 years old. At the time she was at Photography A School in the Navy at Fort Meade, Maryland. Now her artistic endeavors include quilting! 
Vets, we appreciate you!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Teacup Selvage

This is "Penelope Tea Cups" by Holly Holden for Lake House. I like those teacup color windows.

Do any of you have a project in the works that could benefit from this selvage? It's about 18" long.
Leave me a comment and I'll mail it to the first person who steps forward (in the Comments).

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Interesting Hair

 "So there's this girl from my class..." 
That's the caption that's going around the Internet with this photo. 
Very creative! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little Boy's Gets His Wish

Take a look at this heartwarming video. The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted this little boy's wish to be Batman's assistant: Bat Kid, and the people of San Francisco helped make it a big success. The boy's cancer is in remission too. It was time for some good news, don't you think?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Newborn Baby Elf Hat!

I found this very cute baby modeling an elf hat on Etsy and I just had to show you. 
It's in the Babies Republic store from Ireland. 
The photo is by Mary C. Macomber

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Selvage Christmas Tree Tutorial

Here's a tutorial for a selvage Christmas tree wall quilt from Cindy at Live a Colorful Life. There was a giveaway as part of that post, but that was from last year unfortunately. The little star at the top is a button.
This quilt has Christmas-themed selvages. Beautiful!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Scrap Quilt Obsession

I saw this on the Live a Colorful Life blog and I thought "that's me!" 
Scrap quilts with triangles are still on my brain and on my design wall. 

Stay tuned for the next finished quilt, coming soon.

Painting by Elaine Cory in Nevada

This beautiful painting is the work of Elaine Cory in Nevada. She has it listed in her Etsy store: Elaine's Heartsong. She wakes up every morning filled with ideas for new paintings. I love the colors in this one.
Nice work, Elaine!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Free Quilt Pattern for Veterans

If you are a Veteran I'd like to email you a free quilt pattern. Choose one here, then email me at and tell me which one you'd like.
Thank you for your service. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

New Internet Craze: Planking

We take a break from quilting to bring you...(drum roll)...planking! 

Haha! Okay, now back to quilting!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Boutis! Fabulous Stuffed Quilts

Boutis refers to wholecloth quilts made using a stuffing technique from the South of France. Isn't it beautiful?
These photos are from the Boutis Florida Suncoast - Heather blog. 

Do you want to go to France and enjoy the scenery right now, free, and don't have to pack? Click here. 

I love this quilt. I was introduced to boutis by my friend Barbara Harrison when I lived in Pennsylvania. I miss you Barbara! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Modern Scrap Quilt 2: Camelot!

Here it is: modern scrap quilt #2: Camelot! These little knights are fun to make. 

I brought the quilt to Topsmead State Park near my house for this photo. Beautiful day.

Boy version above, girl version below. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Quilter Needs Info about Quilt-as-You-Go

Gloria in Oregon is about to make a Red Zinger. She wants to know if it would be a good idea to use a "Quilt-as-You-Go" method. I've never done that. Does anyone have any advice for Gloria? Let's chat in the Comments to this post. Thanks!

Are you wondering what I'm talking about? See Red Zinger here. We love newbies.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Scraps are Flying!

The second quilt in the triangle scrap series is almost finished. Here's a little sneak peek! You'll never guess this one, it's very different from my previous quilts. Stay tuned!

Take a look at the PINNING in this photo. I don't know why it took me so long to think of doing it this way. I used to hit the pins with the needle now and then. That can really mess up your sewing machine.

See the previous post about pinning and all the good comments there. Okay, back to the sewing machine.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tea Basket Quilt is Finished!

"Tea Basket" is the first in a series of scrap quilts made by sewing triangles by eye. 
This is the kind of side-project that you can work on now and then as the scraps are accumulated. Or, you can cut little triangles off of everything you have and make tons of these little pretties! Like I did. 
The quilt measures 62" x 82."

The lovely machine quilting was done by Maika Christensen of Utah. You can email her at I recommend her highly.

Yes, I made a pattern for this quilt: Tea Basket.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cute Costume

My sister Eileen sent me this photo. I know it has a high "eww!" factor, but at the same time, it's cute too. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November!

This lovely autumn quilt was  made by Lola DeLongoria, Carol Tackett, Marilyn Limbaugh, and quilted by Sharon Malachowski.  It was raffled to benefit Gualala Arts in Gualala, California in 2008. This quilt measures 85" x 110." I love the color combination, just like the colors in my yard (mostly on the ground today). Nice job, ladies!

Here are the quilters while the quilt was in the works (background). It looks like they had a good time.