Thursday, October 05, 2017


Ripple is strip-pieced, jelly roll race style, from many of my hand-dyed blues and greens. In a jelly roll race, you piece the strips end to end until you have one long strip, then divide that in half and sew the halves together side by side. And so on and so forth until you have approximately the size you're aiming for. It helps to do a little math first, to get an idea of how many strips you'll need. I pieced them together on the diagonal, as you would for binding, and inserted narrow strips of orange here and there.

It's quilted in straight-ish lines, and every three or four strips, I threw in some circles or bubbles.

The back is a large scale Alexander Henry print that matches the colors pretty well. I needed to piece the yardage to fit, so I threw in some orange to tie in with the top.For something so simple, it came out really nice.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


A simple quilt for some friends, who call each other Moose and Squirrel. I had some Rocky and Bullwinkle fabric, although when I dug it out, it turned out to have more Boris and Natasha on it. I put that in the cornerstones. I could have fussy-cut it and featured it in the centers instead, but I kind of wanted it to be more of a surprise. The centers instead are heart fabric, and the sashes include cats and earth wrapped in rainbows.

The back features frogs leaping for joy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Progress has been slow lately. But one of the things I like about quilting is that even a little progress now and then adds up, and eventually you get a finished quilt. Unlike some other activities, like, say gardening, where letting things go for awhile means needing to start over.

On this lap quilt, I wanted to use up some fabrics in colors I don't often use. I had quite a chunk of the yellow print and paired it with various red prints. That print also came in a blue colorway, with splashes of purple and green. I used it as the main fabric in 2 different quilts, and still have a little left over.

The back used leftover pieces from the front plus a large piece of gold ombre fabric.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Early or Late?

This is either too late for last Christmas or really early for Christmas 2017. But I just finished putting the binding on last night.

It was my first try at using the Quick Curve Ruler, which really does make piecing curves easy. It takes a little getting used to cutting in the ruler's slot. This is adapted from the Abacus pattern. I used a set of fat quarters and I wanted to make the most of each, so I cut the bead portions wider than the pattern called for. 

The prints feature a lot of pinks and lime green, so I made the background out of Kona Cerise, and the bars linking the beads a light green batik.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seeing Squares

Finished this at last. The pattern is Seeing Squares, by Empty Bobbin Studios. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow, but I got very bored doing all the cutting and sewing of small units before any blocks went together. As a result, I put it away several times (over a few years) before finally committing to getting it done this fall. And at the end, I put on a solid border, interspersed with a few four patches, rather than do another set of blocks.

The color scheme was chosen to coordinate with the backing fabric. Probably not my favorite combination of colors, but I wanted to use up the fabric. The quilting was done the same way Angela Walters did the quilt in the pattern. It was pretty easy and quick to do, until my thread started shredding and breaking every couple of passes. That extended the time as well.