Sunday, April 30, 2023

A finish for Sarah!

 My daughter had moved to a bigger apartment a while back.  And for that she needed furniture as she had increased her space a great deal from a studio with a kind of small bedroom  to a 2 bedroom space.  Wonderful wood floors and lots of room for an office as well. She purchased a new couch and with her new decor, I offered to make her a new lap quilt. 

I finally made it and finished the top on my retreat in early March. And now, I got it back from the longarm quilter.  It is a very modern design found in an issue from last year's American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  The fabrics were a collection from Connecting Threads. The inside border was a golden tone of the same line and the background was also a light version of the same line; the print is a very light version. ( You really can't see it in the photos. )

She and I selected a minky/Shannon cuddle fabric for the back which makes it so soft and accentuates the swirly quilting designs. 

I then decided to make a single fold binding of the scrumptious fabric and attach it by machine. 

And now it is DONE!  


Quilting design on the front; the thread color was done in a light gray.

The binding was attached by a zig zag on the machine which will fluff out after wearing and a wash. 
I also just wanted to finish it and didn't want to hand sew the synthetic fabric.

Yummy plush fabric showing off the quilting design.

Saturday, April 22, 2023


 I have been missing from quilting for several reasons. 

First and foremost, my husband and I took a trip to visit and cherish our grandchildren.  We flew this time to Louisiana. And although it is supposed to be a warmer climate being in the more southern region of the US, we were met by cold and rainy weather.  This may have restricted our outdoor activities.  But it did not affect the fun we shared with the boys.  Lots of snuggling and books!  Without a doubt the very best part. 

We shared 2 Easter dinners with them. One with just the 6 of us and the other with my daughter in law's extended family. The latter had amazing desserts and I loved the pecan pie myself. 

I have been unable to sew on my sewing machine.  It is in at the "spa" receiving its yearly chiropractic care and cleaning.  Today it has been 2 weeks; so I expect to get it back very soon. 

So I have not done much but cutting out parts for piecing. It is actually stunting to my process.

But since my return, our weather was just gorgeous last week: in the 80s and sunny.  Trees have bud, the grass is greening, and my tulips have arisen from the ground.  

Funny how we are back to SNOW this morning. It is only a quarter of an inch, but it is cold and a drastic change.  I liked wearing my spring clothing, being outside, and cleaning up around the house and porches. 

Sunday, April 2, 2023


           My Ocean Waves is completed.                                          TA DA!  ( Cymbal Crash!)

Here she is up close and personal on a dreary not sunny day.
You can notice the quilting down by my long armor, Judee Purdy. 
It was completed in triangle pieces. 

Beautiful border to coordinate with the quilting.

A better picture of the piecing, but not as much of the colors which are warm.
Most of the fabrics were Kim Diehl. Although the background was Katie's blouse by Betsy Chutchian.

The back was a wide back also by Kim Diehl.  I warm Mandala pattern.

The binding is scrappy and took a couple days to hand sew. Yeah for tv and streaming program!

And  huge thank you to my husband for assisting with the photographic hanging of the quilt outdoors. 


TA DA!  (  2nd Cymbal Crash!)   

(I am married to a percussionist and have 2 children who followed in his footsteps.)