“Hunter’s Star” Finish

13 06 2017

I began “Hunter’s Star” in a workshop taught by Jane Godshall for Tarheel Quilters (May 2, 2015). Click here to read about the beginning of this project. Jane taught us how to use the Deb Tucker ruler for “Hunter’s Star;” this made the project intriguing and fun!

Along the way, I imagined a Lemoyne Star in the center of the quilt, but discarded the idea after constructing the block and placing it on my design wall. There is just too much of the same fabric, and a thin black flange would cut off star points. I felt a purple star would offer more color contrast, but I didn’t have the right purple in my stash. (The lone Lemoyne Star serves instead as back art.)


The project languished for almost two years. Determined to deliberate no longer, I purchased purple batik at my LQS, Loving Stitches, for border and binding. A stylized leaf edge to edge design is quilted in dark red thread which surprisingly blends well with the mottled magenta fabric.

Another UFO finished and another check mark for my Summer Projects List!

Mosaic Tiles X 2 Finished!

10 06 2017

Bordered in blue, my Jelly Roll Mosaic Tiles quilt is ready to cuddle under. To finish my second quarter pre-cut challenge is exciting! You can read previous blog posts for instructions for the 14″ blocks. 

The quilt bordered in orange was my proto-type for the jelly roll quilt. I used rectangle, square, and triangle scraps with a black and white polka dot to add continuity to all the colorful bits and pieces. 

Both are quilted with a meander that resembles contour plowing. Light robin’s egg blue for the blue quilt and light yellow for the scrappy quilt. 

Now I can move on to the next project on my Summer Projects list!

“Conflagration” Finished and Gifted!

1 06 2017

After finishing Linda’s stockpile of quilts (see previous post), I loaded “Conflagration” on the longarm, determined to finish it for Ty and Mel. Just click here to read more about this quilt. Isn’t that orange/red print perfect for the backing?

Several of you wrote comments/suggestions on the quilting thread color I could use. Since the couple’s favorite color is orange, I chose orange thread and a spikey spiral overall, freehand design. To try “spikey spiral,” begin with making a spiral and echo back out of the spiral. Then make pointed spikes around the outer curve. Once you quilt spikes halfway or three-quarters of the way around the spiral, branch off into the next spiral.

For binding, I deliberated between black solid and black and white stripe. I chose the stripe for a fun, modern finish. Ty and Mel (and their red sofa) make “Conflagration” look good, don’t they?

North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Here We Come!

17 05 2017

I am really looking forward to this weekend . . . I am privileged to lecture/teach at the 2017 NC Quilt Symposium in Raleigh. Click here to read all about this state-wide conference for quilters. If you live locally, you might like to come view the quilt show and shop the vendors.

I’ll be teaching a “Get the Point” workshop for a six hour time slot. This quilt was inspired by Carrie Nelson’s block in vol. 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. I changed the construction method so that workshop participants can use Jelly Roll strips. My students will have the chance to place their 6″ blocks on a design wall, experimenting with various layouts.

I’ll also be lecturing Friday morning about my favorite quick cutting methods. My bulging suitcase of samples is packed and ready to stow in the car. All that remains to do is purchase chocolates to boost the energy level of my students.

Quiltmaker Blog Tour – Day 1

1 05 2017

Just a little reminder to check out Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, today and every day this week. Quiltmaker is celebrating the release of Vol. 15 of 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. You’ll find pictures of several of the blocks and links to various designer’s blogs as well as details for entering contests for free quilt-y items. Click here to link to the blog.

See you tomorrow – it will be my day on the blog tour; I will reveal my block, “Cameo Appearance.”

Piecing and Quilting at Lake Gaston

23 04 2017

Last week I visited my friend, Judy, in the Lake Gaston area of southern Virginia. We are participating in a block exchange with eleven other ladies who each promised to make 540 “Flying Geese” blocks, finishing at 2″ x 4,” by February 2018.

This is my first time using the Bloc Loc “Flying Geese” square up ruler. I love it; my blocks measure a perfect 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2.” Click here to read Rita Hodges’ (of Red Pepper Quilts) rave review of Bloc Loc rulers. Click here to see the Eleanor Burns’ method of making “Flying Geese.” Eleanor also makes a square up ruler which some of the exchange participants are using for “perfect” blocks.

Besides working on our “Flying Geese” blocks, chatting, and looking at quilt magazines, Judy and I hosted a longarm machine quilting workshop for her local longarm group on Monday. Judy invited the ladies and prepared lunch; my part was teaching the class. I shared my favorite freehand designs for edge to edge, blocks, and borders. We talked about pantographs as well as longarm quilters who inspire us.

On Wednesday I shared my trunk show, “It’s Not About the Quilts,” with the Lake Gaston Piecemakers. This is a large collection of friendship quilts I have acquired over the 29-plus years of Army travels. Signature quilts, farewell quilts, block exchanges, group blocks of the month, round robins, and group projects have all found their way into my collection. It was a joy to share my quilts and my memories of special quilting friends with the Piecemakers!

New Home

21 04 2017

Several of you have inquired, and I am delighted to say, “Yes, we have moved into our new home!”

I am working on airing my quilts since they have been cooped up in storage boxes for about nine months. 

We love living with a view of our quarry/lake “out in the country,” knowing that “town” is only two miles away. 

We feel blessed to be settling into our retirement home and happy that, Lord willing, we won’t have to move again!