Scrappy Flying Geese

February 1, 2018
I’ve always thought of Flying Geese as a border application in traditional quilts; something to be added later. I have been playing with geese lately and came up with a scrappy modern twist.
Recently I bought an Accuquilt Go! Big and it came with a die for cutting flying geese. After a few test runs with some scraps, I kind of, sort of, got a bit carried away. The little scrappy geese units I was making, looked like candy to me. So after a few Pinterest inspirational searches, I decided that I liked how they looked grouped together by similar background/corner unit colors. I used a white Kona for the negative space and quilted it with 100 wt Microquilter thread from Superior with 80/20 Hobbs batting. I quilted some ghost geese blocks and a lot of free hand fillers, trying to keep each section a little different, but still having a similar feel for the texture.

This turned out to be a gift for my son’s fiance, even though I really wanted to keep it for myself!

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Ruth’s Quilt

January 24, 2018

My neighbor Ruth is an incredibly generous and kind person.  She loves my dog as her own.  I’ve recently been recovering from a serious injury and Ruth took care of my dog, Bailey.  She brought her along when she walked her dog.  She played with her, brought her toys and treats.  She would come over get her and take her over to her house while she was out working in her yard.  There was even a gift bag tied to my fence with birthday presents for Bailey!

Bailey WM

Here’s Bailey!  Any excuse to add a picture of my dog, lol!

Anyway, like I was saying…. Ruth went above and beyond her neighborly obligations to take care of my beloved Bailey.  So, I wanted to do something special for her.  Ruth is a person who appreciated home made items.  She’s also been know to make a quilt or two.  So, during my recovery, I made Ruth a half square triangle quilt using the pattern (and some of the quilting ideas) from http://tamarackshack.blogspot.com/2016/10/free-pdf-download-patternfour-patch.html.  I saw Kathy Schwartz’s quilt on Pinterest and loved it.  I had been wanting to make one, so this was a perfect opportunity.  Once I had it on the Gammill,  I took the opportunity to use all the negative space as kind of a sampler to use different quilting designs.

For Ruth’s quilt, I used Moda’s Hometown Girl charm packs, and the cream Fabric is PB Textile’s Apple Cider.  It was quilted with Superior So Fine and I used Hobb’s 80/20 batting.

I did finally get the quilt to Ruth, who was stunned that I made it for her.  She was touched and it made her tear up.  She just kept saying that she would have taken care of Bailey anyways.  I’m so thankful to Ruth, I just wanted to show it.

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23 July 2017

Ok…I think I truly am going to need to work on my blogging updates.  There just always seems to be time to sew or quilt, but not quite enough to write about it.  Note to self… get crackin’!

So my Ode to Mondrian is finished and I did want to post a picture of it completely finished.

Mondrian finished WM

You’ll notice that I did not bind it traditionally, but used a facing instead.  I love the clean finish on the this quilt and I really think it works.  I followed the directions from art quilter, Terry Aske’s blog on her favorite quilt facing technique.  As a garment sewer, it just makes sense to me.  So…check it out!

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Ode to Mondrian

It is an absolutely beautiful spring day here in SE Michigan.  I spent a good part of the day pruning raspberries and moving some blueberry bushes.  Feels like Spring!

I also managed to get in the quilt room today to work on a wall hanging that I have loaded on the longarm.  I was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s work and wanted to make a quilt using the same principles.  Plus, it gives me a lot of negative space to practice my free motion quilting.  My sister says that it reminds her of the mod dresses from the 60s.  I just find it perky!

Happy Spring Quilting!




To Block or not to Block my quilt

I have a UFO (unfinished object to non-quilters) that has recently been finished. I know…I know.. I am so proud! It is an applique Halloween quilt. Yes, I am aware that I’m talking about a Halloween quilt 15 days before Christmas. This is a project that I would take out every September and add something to it with the most hopeful of intentions for completion before Halloween arrives. Well, this year is the year! I did finish the applique and quilting by Halloween, but that is where the progress stops. The quilt sat in my sewing room awaiting a binding. So you are thinking…that it is really not complete. I know…glass half full.
Last weekend, I went to trim it up to add the binding and realized that after quilting, I now had a stretched out quilt that had floppy corners. It definitely did not have floppy corners before. No matter how much trimming I do, it is not going to hang properly, let alone, look nice. So I decided that I would attempt to block it. I have never done this before, but I read it in a book!
I have a 4′ by 7.5′ sheet of 2 inch foam board (the pink stuff about $30) that I covered with a flannel sheet to use as a design wall (or for blocking). I placed the board on the floor with the quilt laying on it, top up. Carefully, I sprayed the quilt with plain tap water using a spray bottle until it was saturated. Next, using pins and a quilting ruler, I gently stretched the border into a straight line, holding it in place with pins going all the way through into the foam board. I used the ruler to insure the corners were square and the borders straight. It took some additional spraying, adjusting, and repinning to get the quilt stretched to the right position. I’m quite sure I used every pin in the house. Once everything was where I wanted it, I left it to dry overnight, sewing room door closed (no dogs allowed). The next day, my quilt looked great. I bound it and it is finished. Woo-hoo.

Bottom line, the foam board has been a great addition to my sewing room.  Blocking quilt…will definitely be spending the time to do this in the future. Well worth the results.


Quilt pinned to foam board.  I just needed to use the pins around the edges of the border.


I used the clear quilting ruler to make sure the borders were straight.


Halloween quilt finished!  Machine applique, machine embroidery, and quilted on the new long arm.


Close up of quilting.