New tools

About 6 weeks ago I was chatting with a friend at quilt group about an ironing board – a rectangular piece that sits on top of your ironing board frame.  She said her husband could probably make one for me so I sent her a couple pictures/links.  Well, by the next meeting, I had exactly what I wanted.

While chatting him up at the next meeting, I found out he had made Ms. S a design wall AND he would be more than happy to make me one.  (He’s my new BFF!)  Well, here are pictures of my new ironing board and my 2 new design walls.  The walls are lightweight and 50×80″.  I found a flannelette sheet set with a 2″ square pattern on it (thanks to another friend) and Mr. W attached it with his new handy-dandy electric staple gun.

I am a happy quilter with new tools.

So, this is the first quilt to go on the design wall.  My version of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s double wedding ring quilt.  I’m going to piece it in 4 sections then add embroidery to the different pieces.  We have a list on our kitchen counter where we are adding ideas and words and special events which will be included in the quilt.  It’s going to represent our life/love (yeah….sappy, I know!).  I love the crumb pieced sections especially.


This top is on my ‘mattress’ design wall while I ponder what to do with it.  It’s from a workshop I took with Beth and Trevor Reid at Marilyn’s annual Gathering.  I like it but it is a bit too ‘pristine’ for my style.  I’m on the fence – thinking I might muck it up with either paint, rust or bleach.  Then again, I might just use it as a practice piece for my FMQing.



My latest EPP (English Paper Piecing) project using Eppi-flex is on my other design wall.  I have one more 4-patch block to finish and then I’ll start putting the 4 patch blocks together.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do after that – at least one border of some sort.  I’m thinking circles or curves or improv…one step at a time, right?


I have finished the quilted curtain – Split Personality – but don’t have pictures of it yet.  We’re working to get the curtain rod installed and then I’ll take pictures.

And here’s a picture of my Glorious Hexagon/The New Hexagon top – I don’t think I’ve posted the completed top yet.  Not sure if I’m going to have it quilted or big stitch quilt it.  I’d like to big stitch quilt it, but it’s bigger than I planned.  We’ll see…it might go in the line-up to be hand quilted next winter.



Sue Spargo inspired Crazy Quilt


I finally have finished my version of Sue Spargo’s Instastitch.  I took her basic block idea and went off on my own tangent.  It was basically made from left over bits and pieces from previous quilts.

After doing the embroidery crazy stitching, I big stitch quilted it.  I used quilt lite as the batting.  It’s about 45×50 in size.

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I am currently feeling overloaded and over-stimulated quilt-wise.  I have 6 projects on the go right now in the little house.  Four on design walls, one on the cutting table and one lined up and being used as a leader/ender.  Four of them are close to completion (the tops).  The weather has been warmer so it’s been warmer in the little house and more conducive for working.  And, the quilt mojo is firing.  No complaints!

Glorious Hexagon:  This one is giving me fits.  I don’t like the dark brown inner border but it’s all stitched.  I’m going to change it – I just don’t know to what or how.  I’ve already removed 2 sets of borders.  If I didn’t like the centre and the outer border so much, I’d put it in the bin to hibernate.


Voluptuous Woman:  I’ve finished the fabric shading on her body and stitched it down (more stitching when I attach her to the background).  My problem is she needs a shadow to anchor her – but what I’ve come up with so far sorta looks like a blob of poop – which is not what I’m looking for!  🙂  This fabric is the one I like best so far – but the shape isn’t quite right.


One Block Wonder:  This was a class I took a couple weeks ago.  I keep moving the hexagons around trying to figure out what I want to do with them.  It’s been fun playing. No hurry on this one.


Split Personality – side one of doorway curtain.  I’m making a double-sided curtain to hang in the doorway between the dining room and the TV room.  We finally had A/C installed but it’s not enough to cool the entire house so we’re blocking off the main area to cool.  This side will face the dining room.  It’s another Japanese taupe improv piece.


And this is side two of Split Personality.  This is using the fabrics we purchased in the Amana Colonies in Iowa earlier this year.  It was a panel print that I cut into squares and sashed.


And finally, simple 9 patch blocks (24) that I’m making in preparation for a quilt group disappearing 9 patch demo that my friend is doing next week.  I figure it’s always good to have a finished top prepped.


Whew….I’m tired just listing these.  I think I need a glass of wine.

OH WAIT….a finish.  I finished Steampunk last week.  It’s hanging over the door to the yoga room.  Looks fab!

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Lyla Jane


Made in memory of Lyla Jane, daughter of my nephew and his wife.

Technique is fabric collage, loosely following the technique outlined in the book Laura’s Little Book of Collage by Laura Heine.  I used about 15-20 different floral fabrics and a lot of Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite.

The dragonfly is actually some sheer curtain fabric that I’ve had for years.  I wanted it to look as if the dragonfly was flying over the flowers.

My friend Robyn quilted Lyla’s name in the leaves on her commercial machine.

The quote on the label is from a dragonfly poem that my sister-in-law has on her frig.

M&M gave out packets of wildflower seeds at Lyla’s memorial so the flower and dragonfly theme seems particularly meaningful.  They have also done a lending library in their front yard for the neighbourhood children.

Thanks to my friend Candy for issuing this challenge!


The Dragonfly
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads,
there lived a little water beetle in a community of water
beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of
their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and
would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their
friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt and irresistible urge
to climb up that stem. However, she was determined that she would
not leave forever. She would come back and tell her friends what
she had found at the top.
When she reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the
surface of the lily pad, she was so tired, and the sun felt so
warm, that she decided she must take a nap. As she slept, her body
changed and when she woke up, she had turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body
designed for flying.
So, fly she did! And, as she sored she saw the beauty of a whole
new world and a far superior way of life to what she had never
known existed.
Then she remembered her beetle friends and how they were thinking
by now she was dead. She wanted to go back to tell them, and
explain to them that she was now more alive than she had ever been
before. Her life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, her new body would not go down into the water. She could
not get back to tell her friends the good news. Then she understood that their time would come, when they, too, would
know what she now knew. So, she raised her wings and flew off into her joyous new life!
Author Unknown




Squircles is finished


Squircles is finally finished.  It is about 60 inches square.  It is based upon a challenge that Audrey from the blog QuiltyFolk issued called Quilty365.


  • Instead of circles – I chose to do freehand cut squircles.
  • They are hand appliquéd onto 4 & 1/2″ blocks – except for a few rogue blocks that were  put onto double sized blocks.
  • Set 10×10 blocks.
  • Pink border was freehand cut.
  • Charcoal border started as a plain charcoal (boring!) and then I painted, stencilled and wrote on it.
  • Used QuiltLite as the batting (it’s that woven light weight interfacing-type stuff which I think is not only the BOMB to quilt with but is the perfect weight for our climate).
  • Big stitch quilted around each squircle and then approximately 1/4″ outside the squircle.  Stitches in the squircles were done with Eleganza thread in multi colors.  Also did random criss-cross lines of big stitching in the outer border in a hot pink.
  • No picture – but I used the wrong side of the backing fabric as the right side was too defined.
  • After I thought it was done, ‘it’ asked to have bright pink embroidery added.  So, what was I to do?  I complied by adding freeform embroidery to about a third of the blocks.  (Squircles is now a happy quilt!).

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I’m linking up with AHIQ.  If you don’t already follow Kaja (Sew Slowly) & Ann (Fret Not Yourself) – you might want to check them out.  They are both so creative and inspirational!

On a personal note – WE HAVE A/C!  Yes, we finally bit the bullet and had air conditioning installed.  No more afternoons sitting in the garage in the car with the air running.

Also, my quilt mojo seems to have returned and I’ve been quilting like a woman possessed the last 4-5 days.  Fun, fun, fun!


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