Four Point Star

13 10 2017

It’s Fall, ya’ll. And since I have completed nearly all the projects on my Summer projects list, I have started a new project–a baby quilt for my soon-expected grand niece. “Flower Mill” by Moda is the beautiful fabric line. Quilt in a Day provides excellent detailed instructions with their On Point square up ruler. This would be a great project for 5″ Charm Squares (our fourth quarter pre-cut challenge). My Four Point Stars measure 8,” finished. I plan to make 16 blocks, total. I will keep you posted on my progress!

Do you have a new project this Fall?


Family Time-Out

4 10 2017

I am taking a break from blogging this week. We are traveling north to celebrate and honor the life of my father-in-law, Harold Dolinger, who passed away 24 September. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for safe travel and God’s peace and comfort. 

Two Applique Methods for “Orange Peel” Blocks

21 08 2017

As you know, I am diligently working on an “Orange Peel” hand applique project. In response to last week’s post on the subject, Patti sent me a picture of her take-along “Orange Peel” blocks. Aren’t the fabric “peels” pretty?

Patti writes, “I had a charm pack called ‘Soho Calicos’ from Benartex and a grey Bella Solid charm pack. I think I got both on Daily Deals from MSQC (Missouri Star Quilt Company). I may donate it to our church this winter for an auction for Missions.
It’s my ‘work on while waiting for my husband in surgery’ and ‘while watching evening TV’ project.”

To prep the “peels” for hand applique, Patti is using lightweight fusible webbing to turn under the 1/4″ seam allowance. She found a great explanatory tutorial on the Missouri Star Quilt Company channel of You Tube. Click here to watch the “Orange Peel” tutorial.

Alternately, I am using a freezer paper method to prep my “peels.” I cut out 4 templates of the exact size of the “peels” from freezer paper–no seam allowance added. Spray starching the fabric at this point is helpful. I placed the waxy side of the freezer paper “peels” to the right side of the fabric and  pressed with a dry iron. Then I cut out all around the “peels,” 1/4″ larger all around for a turn-under seam allowance. As you can see from the photo, I finger-pressed all around the “peel,” using the freezer paper edge as a guide. The starch aids in making the creases.

Using very thin pins, I will attach the “peel” to the background fabric and then hand applique in place. Once each “peel” is appliqued, I remove the freezer paper and reuse it on the next set of “peels.” The freezer paper templates can be used several times before the wax no longer adheres to the fabric.

Have you tried either of these methods for prepping hand applique? Do you have a preference?

“Blue Sky” Progress

17 08 2017

“Orange Peel” blocks from “Blue Sky” fabrics is my current take-along hand applique project. Click here to read my original post about the planned quilt. I have completed 19 of the 25 required appliqued blocks for my quilt, and I plan to work on a few more during layovers in airports today as I fly home to NC from TX.

What has been your take-along project this summer?

Ran’s Retirement Quilt Finished!

8 08 2017

Hubby retired from active Army service as a chaplain two years ago. My daughter and I thought the perfect way to mark such a momentous occasion was to make him a quilt. So, we made a deal. She would construct the top, and I would quilt it on my longarm.

Trinity is a fan of the “Carpenter’s Star” patchwork design. She constructed the star around a U.S. flag and used pieces of several types of the camouflage uniforms Ran wore during his 30 years of service to make the star. The patchwork star blocks surrounding the central medallion measure 16″ square and are made with various Americana prints. Completing the quilt is an outer Piano Key border of “cheater” striped fabric. This fabric was a gift from Ran’s mother several years ago meaning three generations had a hand in making this gift.

Trinity artfully placed flags and printed Scripture verses within the pieced back.

I enhanced the star points with quilted feathers. And a simple continuous curve design securely holds all the camouflage triangles in place. I bound the quilt with blue-on-blue polka dot fabric leftover from the backing. Click on either photo to better view the quilting designs.

A belated congratulations to you, Ran! We know this quilt will warm you figuratively as well as literally each time you snooze in its comfort.

Quilting with the Grands – a Summary

6 08 2017

A quick look-back at previous blog posts tells me that I need to bring you up to date on what’s been happening in my sewing room. I have been hosting grandchildren . . . and they have worked on sewing quilts!

Krystine enrolled in a “Prest-O, Change-O” class that I taught at Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC. I designed the pattern which uses two packs of 5″ charm squares and some yardage. Krystine sewed the squares together, and then we cut the quilt apart diagonally. Moved the pieces. Sewed it together again. Moved the pieces. Sewed it together again. And Prest-O, Change-O, the squares are on-point. She had fun selecting an inner and outer border, discovering that batiks are a favorite fabric to work with.

Kaleb worked with a Star Wars panel that his mom purchased at a quilt show. We used Electric Quilt software to figure out border widths, designs, and colors. Notice that the stars in the four corners of the second border are actual star colors: red, blue, yellow, and white. The corner blocks in the outer border are stylized X-Wing fighter jets. Kaleb plans to enter this in a 4-H fair next spring.


Not to be left out, 4 year old Aidan decided to make a rocket ship quilt for his little brother. I’ll post more about his quilt in the future.

I had a grand time sewing with the grands during the past few weeks!

Have you worked on a quilt project with a child this summer?

Interview by Shannon

1 08 2017

My friend and fellow quilt guild member, Shannon, recently asked me some quilt related questions which she posted on her blog, It was fun to reflect on my beginnings as a quilter and to express my thoughts on my favorite art/craft/hobby/occupation. Click here to travel to Shannon’s blog. Feel free to read her previous posts and “follow” along if the content of her blog appeals to you.