Monday, July 10, 2017


A few more Celebrating Mary Brown blocks are finished this month.

This block had some small corner appliques that were a good opportunity to try some broderie perse.

The center is cutaway applique. These blocks are very relaxing to me, I could do a whole quilt of just this.

I got a little carried away with fussy cutting in this block.

Probably less is more, but I did't really realize I had put in so much until the block was finished.

This little leaf quilt is for a charity auction this fall for my local quilt guild. I had 60 donation leaf blocks and a couple yards of leftover background fabric to assemble into a quilt top.

There is enough fabric for a 2 1/2 inch border but I am not sure if it needs it. It measures 72 x 81 like this so that is a nice size already.

Happy Summer all,


Flower garden on a recent walk...


Sunday, June 18, 2017


After sewing piles and piles of Panama Pyramids,

And adding a black print background pyramid to each of my pieced pyramids,

And lying them all out and starting to sew the rows together,

And machine quilting and quilting and quilting,

It is FINISHED! Panama Pyramids Sew Along 2016-2017


I spent most of the last month working on Panama Pyramids but I also finished a couple more Celebrating Mary Brown blocks.

The four corner sections of the quilt are complete and sewn together.

I decided that bottom right blue striped vase was a little light and plain so I added a little tweak.

Next block featured birds, (and a dog who I suppose is barking at them-that is what my dog does). I love picking out special fabrics for bird wings.

One of the best Applique tips I ever received was to prep berries with the same thread they will be appliquéd to the block. It makes for a "hairy" block but a quick stitch once you start appliqueing them down.

I must admit the next block gave me pause. I stared at this pattern for days trying to decide how to do it.

I finally decided to do a sort of applique-curved paper peicing thing. I copied the pattern on heavy weight freezer paper and cut out each section and ironed it to the back of the fabrics (luckily the pattern was reversible).

I glued under the seam allowances of the convex curves and left the concave curved seam allowance extended. Sue Daly (Patchwork for Busy Fingers) describes this technique much better than I do on a YouTube video for making a paper pieced apple core shape quilt. I appliquéd those prepped convex curves over top of the concave piece.

Section by section and lots of pressing it came together.

Because that last block worked so well with an English Paper Pieced technique I just kept right at it with the Seven Sisters block. EPP the stars

Then applique them onto the background.

And finally a simple back basting applique block, this one seemed quick after all that paper piecing.

Happy Stitching all,




Tuesday, May 16, 2017


This month I have been on a roll with Celebrating Mary Brown.

There are a couple blocks in CMB that I have made with an English Paper Piecing technique, this works especially well if I want to do fussy cutting. After I piece the sections together by hand I starch and iron the piece, then remove the papers and press one more time and applique the paper pieced unit onto the background.

The other quilt I am working on is Panama Pyramids. I have put a nice dent in my reproduction scraps and have all the pyramid blocks cut, I try to get a couple sewn every day.


Lots of fussy cutting opportunities in this quilt also. I am anxious to start cutting the background triangles but I think it would be better to remember which side of the large background triangles is on the straight of grain and have it on the bottom edge of each row. So until I am ready to start sewing the rows together I am holding off, but here is a little preview of pieced blocks lying on the background fabrics.

Happy Stitching All,



Thursday, May 4, 2017

A New Little Doll Quilt

For the last couple years I eagerly look forward to Lori's doll quilt exchange. This is my second year participating and I received this beautiful quilt from Sue F.

Sue also has a blog so drop by to see her beautiful quilts at

Sue also sent me this great fat quarter from her native New Zealand. At first I pictured fussy cutting the birds or a sheep and being used in my applique projects but I just don't know if I will ever be able to cut it :). She also made a little credit card purse that is so handy. Thank you for all Sue!

My new little quilt has joined the quilt I received last year. I am looking forward to this wall in my sewing room being covered with doll quilts.

Happy Stitching All,



Tuesday, April 11, 2017


It has been a good month with two quilt finishes, Woo Hoo!

The first is the little quilt I have made for the annual doll quilt exchange hosted by Lori on the Humble Quilts blog. (

I made a mini pyramid quilt with some of the smaller triangle sections from the Panama Pyramid quilt I am working on.

I really like this gold fabric for the background triangles and would probably use it for my big quilt if I could find more of it.

Same with the black print for the border but they were both pulled out of my stash and I can not even remember where either of the fabrics came from. I machine quilted the little quilt, it finished up at 14 X 16 inches.

Most of my sewing time this month was spent on machine quilting Rowdy Flat Library quilt.

I kept it simple, outlining all the appliques and walking foot lines in the border, sashing, and pieced blocks.

The background fill on the applique blocks is a meandering line with a few loops to represent all the bees and bugs flight paths.

I have a couple more applique blocks finished on Celebrating Mary Brown. I have been working on the four corner sections of the quilt.


Just to break up all the leaf applique in these corner sections I found a block in the quilt with some piecing:

I have been sort of dreading this block because I am not very successful at piecing diamonds and these pieces are small for this 10 inch block.

My friend Julie came up with the great idea of paper piecing this block with just eight large diamonds and some fussy cutting. I had a fabric in mind and made some templates.

Once I had a window template made I got out the hinged mirrors I have to see what different sections of the fabric would look like.

Lots of options with this fabric.

Once I decided which design I wanted I put some registration marks on the window template and marked the cutting lines on the fabric.

Now I have 8 large paper pieced diamonds ready to stitch together and then I will applique the star onto the background.

Happy Stitching all,