Raffle Quilts 2018

Last night the husband attended the appreciation dinner and got to raffle off the 2 quilts I made for the amazing people who care for kids at Shults Lewis in Valparaiso.

The first one I started a few years ago, giving the Swoon block a try with fabrics that were pretty, but not necessarily my favorite. I ended up loving them! LOVE! Because all I had were a limited amount of fat quarters, I had to find border fabrics at different places along the way. I love how it turned out. Usually the husband names the quilts, but while I’m sewing and quilting, my brain names it in my mind. This one?

Old Lady Quilt.

He didn’t think that was very nice, so he came up with something else. And from what he told me, the lady who won it, wanted it really bad! I am always thrilled when a quilt goes to a happy home.

The second one is a batik beauty that I just loved making! I watch The Midnight Quilt Show regularly and some time ago discovered an awesome block I wanted to try! On the show it was called Milky Way. It was super easy to do and lots of fun! I’d made a small wall hanging for the MIL and then wanted to try it in some other fabric, so batiks were the winners!

I quilted this with big swirls. The stitches are a little large, but I think it looks nice enough. I absolutely love the border fabric, which I bought without matching everything “just so” like I usually do. We named it Kaleidoscope.

I have a love/hate relationship with batik fabrics. I think they are just gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are always interesting. They iron well and usually don’t wiggle around while I’m sewing them. But the texture of the fabric bugs me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but batiks just don’t seem to soften up and get cuddly like a quilt is supposed to. And as much as I love that they stitch up well, the texture, the flatness of the fabric makes my hands very dry.

So there it is.

Quilts given to friends who help kids through tough times with love and precious care. We’re so blessed to be able to support this good work.

Have a great weekend, friends!




I’ve completed a few projects lately, and even enjoyed giving a gift to a friend. Last week I gifted A Quilt for Thelma to a good friend. She was terribly surprised and loved it! I got the sweetest thank you note, just gushing appreciation.

The pattern is Keyhole by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I used a very bright jelly roll for the body, second border and binding for the quilt. I think this is the first time I used the entire roll! I had the orange and gray fabrics in the stash, and they worked out pretty well. It was lots of fun to make and to give. The pattern doesn’t require background fabric, so that’s always a plus, IMO. I quilted it with my favorite flower meander. It is so fun and forgiving, love it!

Next I made some HST’s and tried a few different layouts…

None of them worked for me, so those bits are in a basket for another day.

After making my daughter’s Nightmare Before Christmas themed quilt earlier this year, I had a few leftover blocks that I’d sewn into a square. I decided to put a border on and make a pillow cover for her.

I added a spider in the quilting (she hasn’t noticed it yet 🕷) and a spiderweb 🕸. Not perfect but it’s not so easy to see so it’s fine, the rest of it is swirls.

I backed it with the creepy head fabric. She liked it.

Finally, the project I’m working on now, a batik Milky Way quilt. I don’t know if that’s the correct name or not. I saw it on The Midnight Quilt Show. Anyway, my sample blocks turned out pretty cute, see?

I’ll be finishing them up into a wall hanging for my MIL. Pretty cute, with the light and dark points….so I thought the batiks would be a good idea.

I loved this first one. The brown just looks cool. I finished up the rest of them and put them on the wall.

The layout is supposed to be diagonal rows of dark and light halves of the blocks. Not seeing it in all of them. So in the one photo, I turned them so the dark would all be in the same corner. Not sure which way this one will end up just yet. Sometimes a mystery is good.

The last thing I’ve been fiddling with is the tumbler quilt made using 2 1/2″ pieces.

I’ve got another section almost ready to add on, so it could be finished soon! This is the quilt I’d started for the guest room, but I’ve decided to use it on our bed until the double wedding ring is done.

I’m hoping to wrap up a few smaller projects over the next few weeks.

Ha! Aren’t we all?

Have a good weekend, friends.


Little Miss Sassy

This weekend my husband was able to deliver a quilt to one of our dearest friends. We met this amazing couple in college and we’ve been thru lots together, always at a distance.

When we learned a couple weeks ago that Miss Sassy has breast cancer, I knew she needed a quilt ASAP. With some input from her husband, we chose a top (That I already had finished) and I got this quilt done in two days.

After adding the borders, basting and quilting I was thrilled to get the binding on and get ‘er done! (How about that cute little dog?) I quilted it with feather swirls, flowers and leaves, with a few paisleys thrown in here and there.

I used a very adorable fabric for the back. It has foxes and feathers on it! And all the colors that are on the front of the quilt, which was so lucky. I couldn’t have planned it better. The binding obviously matches the border, and I love the clean look of that. The last few quilts have all had scrappy bindings, so this was a treat.

I named the quilt Sassy for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, my friend is one sassy girl. She is as sweet as can be. And she is hilarious. And fun. And she loves Jesus. Secondly, when I got this fabric, the navy didn’t seem to go like everything else. It’s stands out A LOT. I think it’s kinda “sassy ” in there. So there ya go.

So the husband delivered the quilt and said she really liked it, which is what I always hope when I give a quilt to someone dear. I’m hoping it brings her warmth, comfort and the knowledge that we are praying for her every day.

He will be back tomorrow and I’m quilting another gift for a friend. Hoping to have it done before he walks in the door.

Have a good week, friends.


Auction Quilts 2018

For the last several years I have donated quilts to support Shults Lewis Child & Family Services as they have an auction each fall. This year I’ve made five items for the event.

The first is a wall hanging using half square triangles laid out in a light/dark diamond pattern. Most of the fabrics are about the same color value so the illusion is really subtle and cool. This quilt is 30″ x 35″, free motion quilted with Swirl Hooks on my regular sewing machine. It could also be a table topper or be thrown over the back of a chair.

Sun Shine ~ A “bar” layout creating bands of color between bright sunny yellow “rays” shining through. This quilt is 43″ x 45″ and very appropriate for a baby or hanging on a wall. Sun Shine was free motion quilted with Swirls on my sewing machine. The colorful border brings balance to this quilt.

A dolly quilt, perfect for any baby doll who knows winter is coming! This 22″ square quilt is made up of four sashed Irish Chain blocks. It is quilted with a meandering flower design and backed with a girly dress fabric. It could also be a table topper but it really wants to be a dolly quilt….

Pink Posh ~ Fun pink, red and turquoise Paris themed squares make up an Irish Chain design on a very light pink background. At 54″ x 67″, it’s perfect for cozying up with a favorite dolly. (Yes, it does match the dolly quilt above.) It was free motion quilted with the meandering flowers on my sewing machine. It has a fun scrappy binding, which just means not all the same fabrics were used to make the binding. The backing is a red and white sketchy print.

I think it’d be way cool to give Pink Posh AND the dolly quilt as a gift to a sweet little girl!

Elementary ~ Using modern fabrics in one of the oldest quilt blocks is the funnest thing ever! This quilt measures 51″ x 64″ for a nice lap/throw size. I quilted it with large pebbles in the light areas then wiggly lines in the dark half. The binding is also scrappy and lots of fun. The back is a sweet light turquoise floral. This quilt has a distinct math theme, so if you know a teacher….

This Log Cabin quilt is a big favorite of mine. I’ve had the fabrics for a long time and I still actually have a layer cake of it somewhere…. Finding appropriate fabrics for the border was challenging, but our recent Shipshewana trip took care of that.

I’m hoping these quilts go for loads of money to support the children, and that they bless whoever they go to!


Inbetween This ‘n That

I have taken some breaks from the double wedding ring project. I’ve decided not to rush it and try to enjoy the process.

With that said, I’ve got several things going on all at once! First is the quilt I made for my youngest niece. I used a few charm packs that were just fun together, and quilted it with the pretty flower meander that’s my favorite one to do! Looking at the pics again, I threw a few swirls in there too.

The auction at the children’s home is coming up, so I’m adding borders to some things that have been in the works for a while.

The first is a fun half square triangle wall hanging. I love the design in the layout.

I guess it could also be a baby quilt, it’s pretty small. I think the fabrics are Meadowlawn and they’re several years old. Still bright and fun tho!

The second is a baby quilt with a lotta yellow. I made this a few months ago and didn’t like it, so I put it away. Yesterday I discovered the border fabric in my stash, and I think it works! I hope to quilt it with an all over design of some sort.

After dealing with all the precuts I’ve been sewing with, I decided I needed a cover for the sewing machine. So. Much. Dust. I kind of made it up as I went along, and it’s not perfect but it will keep the dust off.

Finally, I quilted and bound the “books” quilt top that has been sitting in a pile for over a year. Each book has a different free motion design, something that kind of goes with the cover fabric. I will put a pic of each individual one.

This was fun to do. The backgrounds are the same, with wavy lines and the book pages just have simple straight-ish lines.

They aren’t perfect, but they’re interesting and that’s almost as good.

I used this awesome Asian cheater fabric on the back, and did the binding different than I usually do. Stitching in the ditch is something I avoid all the time, but getting that binding on without visible stitching on the front…..love it.

I almost forgot, I made this little piggy for my niece too!

As she is just little, I didn’t put eyes on it. It’s made from a super soft cuddle and so stinking soft! And yes, I used that many pins!

Another auction quilt is one I made years ago. I finally put the final border on it today. The daughter helped me choose fabric and I don’t know why it took so long to finish this top!

These were leftover blocks from a quilt I made for a dear friend years ago. Hoping to finish this up soon.

I guess that’s it for now. I’ve got more to do for the auction, and it’s been fun to find goodies to finish up to donate.

Have a good weekend, friends.


Thus it Begins

Earlier this month I shared that I would be making a Double Wedding Ring Quilt for the husband and my anniversary, which was even earlier this month!

I’ve got the arcs sewn all together, so it was time to start cutting the background pieces. Several years ago a dear friend gave me her manual Accuquilt system, so I bought the DWR set, just to make life easier.

I think it’s going to be awesome. I’m using the Navy Grunge for background and I love it. We chose a couple “4-patch” pieces for the ends of the arcs, but I don’t like the pink, so I’ll be looking for something else. But for now, I sew the football shape to the arcs.

Seriously, I’m using 9-11 pins to keep it together while I sew. And yes, I’m sewing over those pins.

I have just enough pins to prep about 10 arcs, sew, press then do it again.

This was just what I needed to do today.

Usually I’m not a pinner or a slow, “start at the dot 1/4″ in then stop at the other one” kind of girl. Today I became that girl, enjoying the quiet and routine of what I was doing. It was nice.

Here are a few of what I got done with today. I have lots (LOTS AND LOTS) to go!

I hope going scrappy isn’t a mistake.

I have this vision in my mind of this beautiful quilt on our bed…..and I hate to second guess myself, especially since I’ve got so much time, money and fabric invested here….so I guess I won’t.

Surely I’m not the first quilter to wonder if I’ve made a mistake in fabric choices or something else. I know I’m not.

We’ve got the auction coming up in 6 weeks or so, so I’ll be figuring that out soon.

Have a great week!


You-know-where freezes over!

Oh my, did I really say that!?

Approximately 20 years ago I started learning how to piece and quilt. Almost immediately the husband announced he’d like a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.


Earlier this year, being aware that our 35th wedding anniversary would be happening, I thought it’d be nice to make it for “him.” For years I was afraid of the curves, but I recently (like in the last 2 years) found that I actually could sew a curve. Who knew!

So this is my practice block. I learned a few things in the process of putting it together.

  • It’s not as horrible to do as I thought it’d be.
  • Mark the 1/4″ spots like the directions say.
  • This is not a quick project.
  • Do. Not. Rush.
  • Pin.

Needless to say, this quilt won’t be done for our anniversary, which was last week.

But I do have 110 arcs made, only 188 to go. I think. I’m kind of guessing at what I need as I don’t have an actual pattern.

I printed out a couple of DWR layouts and counted everything.

So. Much. Math.

Not sure if it’s right, but I can cut more if I need to.

Since I got such a late start on this project, the husband helped me pick a background fabric to go with our Asian fabric rings. We went with navy grunge. I haven’t gotten to that part yet, but I’m excited to see how it looks. Hoping it’s as striking as I imagine.

Since 2000 we have often gone to Shipshewana for our anniversary, and this year was no different. I didn’t take as many pictures as usual, but I did get a few pics of the quilts hanging up at Yoder’s. They always display great quilts.

I love the border on this one. The colors are so pretty.

I may have shared this one before. It was featured in a Quilt Sampler magazine in the last few years.

I love this one! The quilting is outstanding and the striped fabric in the blocks really makes them pop!

And this is a very nice sampler itself. I think all the fabrics are solids. Appliqué adds so much to a quilt, doesn’t it.

Ok, it’s possible that this one makes you go, “What?” But after looking at it a bit more, and driving around Shipshewana at night, this is much like the reflector on Amish buggies. So my initial reaction has been amended. Now I think the use of the different orange colors is very clever. The “Slow Life” name should have given me a clue.

Who doesn’t love a BIG STAR QUILT!? So fun!

I thought this one was pretty cool. Covers from the Shipshewana Quilt Festival for the last several years. So cool with the solids on black.

Finally, we also spent a bit of time in Middlebury. It was ridiculously hot so being in the shops was such a treat. The Essenhaus has some adorable shops all within walking distance of the bakery/restaurant.

Outside of the building with the quilt shop is this awesome barn quilt.

You will see these all over the place in the area, if you’re paying attention. I love that we got a pic of this one this time.

Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have thought about actually making a DWR quilt. That’s how it is when one is new to a craft.

I’ve made hundreds (seriously, I counted recently!) of quilts, some good, some horribly, HORRIBLY bad, some awesome……every single one was part of the learning process. As the skills change, as the shortcuts are learned and discarded, as the confidence grows, one starts to think……”I think I can.”

Two years ago I sewed a curve, with no pins. It worked. It pressed beautifully.

“I think I can.”

So something new begins.

I’ll update as we go!

Have a great weekend, friends.