2014 Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Finished

I joined in with Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Along in 2014 along with MANY other quilters from all over!  globetrotterAnd just last night – I put the final stitches into the binding.  Of course – it was bitterly windy out when I finished so outdoor pictures were out of the question.  I did manage a decent one with my hubby holding it from our balcony railing but I will be bringing this out for a traditional fence picture as soon as the weather permits. IMG_7103My aunt Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb did the quilting on this one.  I didn’t think it was possible but the tight swirls of quilting actually made this quilt seem a little less busy.  Oh – it’s still crazy busy but this seemed to help bringing it down at least slightly.IMG_7106

And the back is gorgeous too! I just LOVE this fabric!

The block patterns for this quilt along are all still up and can be found HERE.  Pat is running another FREE quilt along this year too! Check out the ‘Vacation Time’ Mystery HERE.

Linking up to TGIF Friday, Finish It Up Fridays, WIDTW, LAFF, Creative Goodness Party, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, and Fabric Frenzy Friday

Block 2 Layout for the #scrappycrownalong

How is everyone’s #scrappycrownalong’s coming along?  I’m excited to start seeing some blocks popping up on instagram

Today’s block layout is pretty simple!  All you need to make this time is:

  • 4 – 15” blocks

IMG_7077This is a great way to fill up a 30” block –just sew these four 15” blocks together to make a four-patch.IMG_7079

Doesn’t this look dramatic!?

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Here’s what your quilt layout looks like so far.

Be sure to share a picture on the #scrappytripalong flickr group and/or hashtag it with #scrappycrownalong.

The Magical Karmen Lindner Photography

I’m pretty sure it’s not too common for Karmen Lindner to have requests for a quilt photo shoot.  And yet – she amazes me every time!


Local Foods Grow Strong Communities, 2.0

The first photo shoot was stunning in the apple blossoms … this one was stunning with the deep autumn colors in the background.  I hope to do this each year so I have a great record of the quilts I’ve made. 


Little Boxes – Double Wedding Ring Quilt


Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart

I’m going to use these to make an updated portfolio book but I wanted to give you all a few sneak peeks in the meantime …


Tula Pink City Sampler


All photographs on this page were taken by the lovely, talented, and hilarious Karmen Lindner of Karmen Lindner Photography.

Block 1 Layout for the Scrappy Crown Along

It’s time to start something fun and that’s going to be the #scrappycrownalong on my blog!  You can read all about the details  HERE but basically we’ll be making different 30” blocks using a variety of combinations of 15”, 10” and 5” Crown of Thorn Blocks.  You can purchase the tutorial for just $2.50 HERE if you’d like to join in on the fun!

Today’s layout is going to be the same block you see in my quilt along button! 
To make this block – you need to make
  • 2 – 15” Crown of Thorn Blocks
  • 3 – 10” Crown of Thorn Blocks
  • 6 – 5” Crown of Thorn Blocks
I used neutral scraps for my background fabrics and then a variety of medium to dark toned scraps for my crown and thorn portions of the block.
For this block you’ll sew the three 10” blocks in a row, then the six 5” blocks and finally two 15” blocks.  Then sew these rows together - 10” to 5” to 15”.  You’ll have your first fun scrappy 30” Crown of Thorns block all set!

I’m going to share a little short cut with you right off the bat.  Those 5” crown of thorn blocks are a lot of teeny tiny piecing.  I completely, 100% understand if you don’t want to deal with that.  Instead of making those I’m going to give you an alternative.

You can make 5” half square triangles.

1 – 6” square of background fabric
1 – 6” square of thorn fabric


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your background fabric.


Place your background and thorn fabric right sides together.  Sew a seam a quarter-inch on both sides of the line you drew.


Cut along the line you drew.


Press towards the darker fabric.


Square your half square triangles up to 5.5”.  If you ever don’t feel like making the 5” Crown of Thorns blocks feel free to replace them with these 5” (finished) half square triangle blocks!

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The first block is done!  Now you can either keep on going or go with a mini quilt!  Whatever you decide – I’d love to see what you did.  Be sure to share a picture on the #scrappytripalong flickr group and/or hashtag it with #scrappycrownalong. 

Don’t forget to grab a button and add it to your blog!


I’ll share with you another block layout on Thursday so stop back soon!

Sunrise/Sunset Project QUILTING Challenge Time to Vote!

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your SIX Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project QUILTING Challenge – Sunrise/Sunset and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 48 and 63.  Diane made 63 and and I made 48 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think.   We love to hear from you!

The quilt with the most votes will receive these prizes: 
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10 Small Spools of Edyta’s Threads for Aurifil Thread


Mishka's Playground is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern from her store including the yet available 2015 quilt-along!

Aren’t these some great prizes that have been so generously donated!?  I can’t wait to see who wins some fantastic goodies!

Voting will close on Friday, January 30th at 8pm.  Spread the word to your family and friends!
They get SIX votes so they can vote for you and then five other quilts that they like best!
Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31st!

Fractured Sunset–a Project QUILTING Quilt

I was exhausted after the Project QUITLING Retreat weekend.  I honestly thought I was just going to make an orange and yellow ombre case for my new phone for this weeks Sunrise/Sunset Challenge.  But then … I started to browse through some books and I knew I had to try something else … even if I was starting later than I typically would. 


I quick browsed through my stash – which is super easy since it’s all nicely organized on Polar Notions boards – and pulled out mostly hand-dyes for a sun and water.  The bright yellow is a commercial print because I didn’t have any bright enough hand dyes at my house (I’m sure Diane has tons but I didn’t have time to go two minutes to her house – I’m on a deadline!).  I then pieced it into a very rough looking sunset over the water.

I had a good chunk of Wednesday to work on my piece.  Above  is the amount up cutting and resewing that I finished before lunch …


And this is what I had done before I had to go and get my girls from school …


And here is what I had finished before I headed to bed for the night.


On Thursday, Pip was AMAZING and let me quilt the piece!


Here she is hard at work coloring pictures for me and being so patience as my machine purred away!


I used three different variegated aurifil threads to quilt wavy horizontal lines across the quilt.  It isn’t matchstick quilting but it’s definitely super close quilting.


Once the quilting was done I put the binding on so I could do the hand stitching during gymnastics.


I faced the binding on so it’s all pulled to the back.  It was the perfect decision for this piece.  It’s not perfectly straight on the edges but I like how that fits the organic look of all the pieces chopped and sewn back together.


I also added in some wonderful half square triangle scraps … this is my favorite spot!


Here are a few of the random pieces of commercial fabrics that I stripped in for more interest!

I’m SO happy with how this turned out!

Linking up to 'Show Off Saturday'

Stackaderm, A Quilt that Never Forgets

To be honest, even though I came up with the challenge for the Project QUILTING Retreat weekend, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make for the challenge. Part of what helped was that my friend Trish was in possession of the coloring books we used to inspire us for the applique portion of the challenge.  She brought the coloring books - Piece O' Cake Designs - Whimsical Designs, Getta Grama - Swirling Designs, and Bethany Nicole Pease - Doodle Designs.  Without knowing that portion, it was hard to really think about what I wanted to do. 


I had instructed the retreat attendees to pack an addition 5 to 6 fat quarters to go with the fabric we’d already be providing. I did the same.  These are the random fat quarters I picked  … I guess I found 8 – it’s really hard to leave 99.5% of your fabric stash at home when you have no idea what you’re making!!!


After I helped anyone who needed it get started, I started to flip through the coloring books.  As soon as I saw the drawings of the elephants I knew I wanted to draw three of them.  I still wasn’t’ sure how I was going to work it into a quilt though.

I started to think of other challenges I had to do.  My local guild is having a ‘modern log cabin’ challenge.  I pinterested (yes – it is now a verb) the idea of a modern log cabin around a bit.  I had JUST done two quilts last year where I modernized the log cabin – Modern Log Cabin and Propelled Pixels – how would I do it again?


And then I saw it – the Pineapple block!  It’s a form of the log cabin!  I can do that.  So I did.  With my own twist.  I made three strip strata for each of the ‘pineapples’ around.  It was fun seeing how my randomly chosen fabric came together to create fabulous blocks! 

IMG_6942And here’s the second block …AIMG_6943And the third block … the one thing I tried to keep constant in all the blocks was the black fabric with leaves always frames the elephants I drew.  Now it was decision time – how should I piece these together?

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I did make a fourth block … just in case I wanted to go with a square layout …

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Or maybe I wanted to piece them horizontally into an ‘Elephant Parade’. 


But … the Stack of Elephants won the contest.  And soon after the name of the quilt came … ‘Stackaderm’.

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It was time to quilt!  I had brought along Angela Walter’s book ‘Shape by Shape Quilting’ and wow – did that help!  I broke my pineapple’s into triangles and went at her!IMG_6965Once the quilting was done I had to embellish – so I glued on some little square mirror tiles.IMG_6967

It was the perfect final touch!


And here it is!  ‘Stackaderm’ – started and finished in less than 46 hours at the Project QUILTING Retreat!

I just have to note that it’s common knowledge that at a quilt retreat, “What happens at the retreat, stays at the retreat” but this ‘Stackaderm’ quilt ‘will never forget’ all the fun we had!

Linking up to TGIF Friday, Finish It Up Fridays, WIDTW, LAFF, Creative Goodness Party, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, and Fabric Frenzy Friday