Mom wanted it bigger.

This quilt was originally a gift to my mother for Christmas, but she told me she wanted it bigger so that it could be a comforter for her queen size bed. I guess it’s a good thing she told me she wanted it bigger before I quilted it.

I do not normally use huge borders, but that was the most expeditious way to enlarge this quilt top.  Expeditious when it came to sewing, but not finishing. The delay was caused by the matching fabric being on back order at my local quilt shop, Sew Modern. Now it’s become a late Christmas/Mother’s Day gift. This quilt is a mix of a vintage floral fabric and two solids. The border is Moda’s Cross Weave Woven Blue Blue, and there’s also hint of a Kona solid gold color. The Cross Weave looks more like a turquoise than a blue, but whatever you call it, it’s my mom’s favorite color.

Now the quilt is on my long arm, swiftly on its way to a (delayed) expeditious finish!

Digital Floral Pattern

My life as a quilter is evolving! I've mentioned that I have a new Navigator, a computerized-guided addition to my ABM Innova long arm quilting machine that allows me to do edge-to-edge all over digital designs. The great thing about this is that it offers another option for my clients, and best of all, I'm able to get back to the basics of being a quilter and do more quilt piecing!

Below is my latest, a quick thank you gift for a family that has been very helpful to me.  I pieced it with just two Alexander Henry fabrics, a brown Heath print and a turquoise Cameillia, and a brown-hued solid Kona for the back.  I used 3/4 inch strips pieced inbetween each block.  This created 1/4 inch sashing with the Cameillia fabic making the brown blocks look they're floating.

I usually custom quilt my own quilts. Yet with the addition of the Navigator, I've come to know that not every quilt needs a custom job. And sometimes an all-over quilting design is a great option, as with this quilt.  And now that the quilt has been washed, the simple digital pattern has allowed the batting to crinkle up the quilt in that perfect way that makes it a cozy, functional quilt.

I picked an all-over flower with swirls and leaves. I used this pattern because it worked perfectly with the Camellia flower print without fighting it. The Navigator also allows me to change the scale of the pattern. In this case, I made it large to go with the large print.

Soon I'll be posting a library of my digital patterns to show along with my custom work that's on my site.

Thanks for checking out my blog.

Repurposing an Old Barkcloth Curtain

I have an obsession with vintage fabrics, curtains and tablecloths (as previously discussed here), and my stash runeth over. At last, I've finally finished the quilt I started from an old, and rather beat up, mid-century barkcloth curtain. I fussy cut the images from the not-so-damaged parts of the curtain, bordered each image in a coordinating fabric and then set them afloat in a sea of rust. I quilted the background with blue and green thread to create an additional layer of texture in all that rust. The border is made up of all the fabrics I used in the quilt plus a couple of others.

I actually haven't completely finished it because I still need to attach the binding, but for the most part it is done. I'm excited to really finish it and see it put to use. My first intention was for our home bed, but I am beginning to think that the rustic feel of the quilt makes it better suited for our cabin in Idyllwild. Wherever it lands, I'm happy that it is done since I so rarely make quilts for myself, and that I was able to use some of my beloved vintage fabric!

Long Arm Quilting Sampler

I'm finally doing it.

I've been meaning for a long time now to make a quilt that would show samples of quilting designs I've learned and adapted, highlighted in individual blocks. Of course my practical side played a part in doing this -- I selected fabrics in green, beige, taupe and orange coral so that the finished quilt will match my living room colors.

I'm excited that I am actually doing this long put off idea. The quilting is a good representation of my version of various quilting styles and designs. I often see quilting patterns in everyday items, such as architecture. For example, the green square above appears to me as a staircase when viewed from the top looking down.

I'll be blogging more about this in the days ahead, discussing the various styles and patterns, and my interpretations of them.

Quilt for my dear friend, Kerry

My very dear friend Kerry is celebrating a milestone birthday and I wanted to make her a quilt to recognize this time in her life. It's no surprise for Kerry since I told her about it in advance because I wanted her to have what she wanted. I involved her from the beginning with design ideas, color and fabrics.

The main block in this quilt comes from Elizabeth Hartman's second book, Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics. This block is from her Metropolis quilt, but placed in a whole new setting. I loved this block so much that I wanted to come up with a way to connect the design thoughout the quilt.


Kerry and I went shopping at Sew Modern for the fabrics she wanted me to use in her birthday quilt. She wanted a contempory design, so I went searching for inspiration and found what I was looking for in Elizabeth's book. I needed to modify the setting to make the quilt a specific size and to best incorporate Kerry's chosen fabrics.

I used mostly angular quilting in all the neutral areas and quilted the other areas to best suit the fabric designs.

Although I still need to get the binding on, I was able to show it to Kerry this weekend at her birthday celebration. Happy Brithday Kerry!

Quilt for my dear friend, Kerry


Quilt for our Irish Home Exchange Family

I made this quilt for our Irish home exchange family using Suzanne McNeill's 10-Minute Block that I saw on the Design Originals 123 YouTube channel. It's a quick easy quilt project which was what I needed to ensure that I'd finish it before getting back to all my customer quilts. If I put this project on the back burner, it would suffer the fate of most "back burner" projects. The first photo is after quilting, and the second is before quilting. Guess that's obvious. Hope whoever actually reads this is having a great day. Heck, I hope all those who don't read this are having a great day too. May all the world's inhabitants have a wonderful day. Wish I had the power to actually make that happen.