Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"What do you do with all those quilts?"

I get asked fairly often what I do with all the quilts I make - do you? In fact, I got asked twice this last weekend. There's really a very simple answer.
  • I USE THEM - In my home, they hang on walls, cover beds, stack on dressers, lay over couches, pile in closets and dresser drawers. I keep one in my car. I have several at my office.

  • I GIFT THEM - Parents, kids, grandgirl, sibs, nieces, nephews. They all have them. Some have several. Sometimes they go to friends too.

  • I DONATE THEM - I belong to a charity bee and work with my local guild specifically to make quilts to give away. These result in group-made quilts of course, but I also occasionally give my own quilts to local charities that I like to support.

  • I SHOW THEM - I have a collection that have been in quilt shows, or I intend to enter in shows. 

  • I SHARE THEM - Whether in classes, lectures, or trunk shows, depending on the topic, I need samples. So quilts that may be used in that way, again, I hang onto.

  • I STORE THEM - There are a few that just don't find themselves in the above categories, so they wait until the right time or the right person. Or I just can't bear to give them away but they don't have an active purpose right now. Or I like to use them during specific seasons.

  • I SELL THEM - OK, this just happened once. 

I'm sure to non-quilters, it's hard to understand how I can just keep making. But as YOU all know, makers gotta make! I'm not always thinking of the end result or the destination when I start a new project. I really do try to use them well and share them generously. But sometimes, often, I just need to make one more.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Showing Off Improv Stripes :: One

Well it's been just over a week since the soft ending of the Improv Stripes QAL, I've shared my own variegated finish, and it's high time to start sharing what others have created! I'll note each maker and link back to their projects so you can read all about them!



Katy/katyquilts (KatyQuilts blog post)






Wendy/piecefulwendy times two!




Aren't they terrific? I love the variety - in the stripes, the palettes, and the types of projects. I'll be back soon with more to share!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Back in June (duh) I joined the #junequiltqal hosted by Amanda Jean/crazy mom quilts, with my annual summer goal of lowering the level of the scrap basket. I liked making the little slabs, and they went pretty quick.

Even though this quilt uses oodles of scraps, there was also alot of other fabric that went into the background and cornerstones. I did purchase those fabrics just for this project and actually made choices that really surprised me but I felt were suggested by the fabrics in the scrappy quilt blocks I'd pieced together. For background, Kona Ice Peach won the honors, and one of my new favorites was picked for the cornerstones - Wink in Coral from Birch Fabrics.

Backing was another surprising choice - a Luxe 108" Wideback in Coral from Michael Miller Fabrics. There was no way I was going to piece a back for this one, and when I surveyed my choices in widebacks, this one just seemed to 'fit', bright and bold as it may be.

Without giving it much thought other than using as many scraps as possible, I had made the largest size of  the June quilt, following the instructions in Amanda Jean's book, No Scrap Left Behind. And that thing turned out big! Like 86" square big! Bigger than I wanted to quilt myself big. [Note that instructions for two smaller versions can be found on her blog.]

So I contacted my guild buddy Pam Cole of Keeping it Simple and she was willing to quilt it for me. IF I had quilted it myself, I had thought a grid would be nice, and Pam had a grid-like pantograph that suited the quilt nicely. Pam likes to use Hobbs 80/20 batting, so I was trying that for the first time. I can attest to the fact it makes a very soft quilt!

Once home, it was a luxury to be able to just trim the quilt and get right to binding! For that, I had chosen Window Dressing in Twig & Coral from Cloud9. I confess I was in quite a quandary - I loved the fabric, I just wasn't sure it went with the quilt, but I really wanted to use it, so I just went with it. And I think it'll be just fine.

The palette of this one, especially, is so different from my norm. But I like it! Something about it is soothing to me. It was definitely a bit of fun to get this point, though I'll also admit I'm glad to have it done! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Minimal Day :: Reverse Quarter Opal

This month's block for Seattle MQG's block-of-the-month may just have been the quickest and easiest of them all. 

I kinda love the 'reverse' aspect of it and how it 'fits' with its predecessors.

More complicated reverse applique is up for next month, and though it's been a while since I've done that, I've actually done quite a bit, so I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted. Until then....

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Pincushion Parade Continues

The #pinnieparade, a daily pincushion party hosted by Cheri/@tinkerellen, marches on and has been such a good chance to try some new designs in miniature - some improvisational, and some with patterns created by others. Week one can be seen in a prior post, and here are the ones I've posted over the last week!

Day 8 - This little (3 1/2") #pincushion started with some tiny squares I found in my scrap basket and I really have no idea where they came from. But they were a perfect find for an improv nine-patch, and I had alot of fun with it.

Day 9 - This one is an oldie but a goodie using the Hexy Bee pattern from badskirt.

Day 10 - I'd been wanting to try Anna/noodlehead's Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial for a while, and I'm glad I did!

Day 11 - From Amanda Jean/crazy mom quilts' Plenty of Pincushions Vol. 1 came 'Sailboats', one of my favorites so far, pieced from the scraps on my cutting table the night I made it. Oh yeah.

Day 12 - Another oldie, but still one I really like alot was miniaturized from Leanne/she can quilt's Canvas pattern, and a perfect foil for Leanne's signature matchstick quilting.

Day 13 - A second one from Amanda Jean/crazy mom quiltsPlenty of Pincushions Vol. 1 is the paper-pieced Pineapple block made from Anna Marie Horner voile. Yummy.

Day 14 - And finally for the end of this second week are Triangle pincushions from Carolyn Friedlander's Crew Pincushion Pattern. I made the larger one, and it was SO quick and fast, I had to try the medium one right away. I never would have guessed these were so simple to whip together!

So, nearly half-way through the month and going strong. Fingers crossed I can keep up the momentum.