Choosing Colors and Fabrics for Quilts

Choosing fabrics for quilts can be a fun experience, but so many times quilters are frustrated by this process.  I am often asked about this while speaking to quilt groups.  Just looking around a quilt shop can be a daunting challenge. Fabrics and prints catch the eye, but do they go together? Will these look …

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Dog vs Quilt – Repairing the Damage

Don't you just love dogs?  They are bundles of furry love with doggie breath, and sometimes they like to chew on things.  Recently, I was contacted to repair a well-loved quilt that had seen its share of doggy attention. Two of the corners were chewed off completely.  This one was on one end. This was …

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Finishing Orizuru – the Cranes Wall Hanging

Orizuru was finished on time, and is currently hanging at the Mountain Regional State Fair, in the Quilts Division category Wall Hangings.  But, finishing it gave me a few more headaches before it was done.  Since the blue markers were working well, I continued with them and marked a few feathers on the outer border.  …

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The Safelight Project 2018 and prize announcement!

Summer items are beginning to hit the local stores, and it is now time to begin collecting up some fun things for this year's Safelight Project.  The director at Safelight is hoping that we can make more of the bags for the residents of the domestic violence shelter.  The 45 bags that we donated last …

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A Quilt Repair

Silk dupioni patches with tapestry and heavier upholstery patches are not the best compatible pair for a heavily used quilt.  As this shredded seam on the silk dupioni shows, the lighter weight fabric always takes the brunt of the stress, and dupioni tends to ravel.  When a lady brought this to me for repair, I …

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Pinwheel Quilt

This past week, I finished quilting a quilt destined for a family that has lost their home in the California fires in Santa Rosa. I was very happy to be a part of this project pieced by a friend, who knows the woman and her family.  The quilt is a scrappy delight, with pinwheels, four-patches …

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Black and Yellow Geometric Quilt

A friend recently asked me to do a quilt for her, and I was delighted.  She is a fantastic piecer and this beautiful black and yellow quilt just showcased her skills.  Look at all those little bits in the middle of the rectangles!  She'll slap me for talking about her, so I won't reveal her …

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Quilting for Foster Care

A friend's quilting group is making a couple of quilts for a local foster care facility, and she asked me to quilt one of them. The quilts are oversize twins, so having them longarm quilted was the groups first choice. Luckily we have a group of longarmers in the area willing to do these larger …

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Quilting the On-Point Quilt

Quilting this violet and green on-point setting quilt was finished on a rainy afternoon.  Outside is so much green now, and getting more green by the day.  I usually unplug the longarm during thunderstorms as I don't fully trust the surge protector, but a light gentle rain makes for a cozy day in the basement …

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Applique Quilt Repair

Repairing a well loved quilt is one of the things I really enjoy doing.  Sometimes a quilt is just used to the point of falling apart, and really, what better tribute to a wonderful quilt than for the owner to wear it out?  I'd much rather see that than a beautiful quilt wrapped in tissue …

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Easter Decorating

Easter is just days away now.  I didn't do a lot of decorating for this holiday this year.  One thing I do have to put out every year, though, is this adorable, now vintage, Happy Easter train.  Look closely and you can see the word Happy spelled out in twig letters held by the little …

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Quilting Magnolia Attic Window

Loading the longarm with the Magnolia Attic Window quilt, I thought a lot about how to quilt it. I knew I wanted the quilting and the color of thread to enhance the shadows and sashing without overpowering the large magnolia print.  Click HERE to see the original construction. Auditioning colors for the quilting, there were …

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Magnolia Attic Window

I really liked this large magnolia print, but I knew that cutting little pieces out of it would obscure the print.  I had been noodling around with some cake layers and jelly roll strips, trying to come up with another new design, when the Attic Window concept occurred to me.  The magnolia print was nearby, …

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