Happy Easter

This morning, we had another blast from old man winter. My

favorite saying is” if the weather is rotten outside, it is a perfect

day for quilting inside.”  Don’t you agree?


Baby girl quilt

My son is heading to Thailand, this summer, with our local

Church. Fundraising is always a big part of raising money for the

kids to go, so how can I not make a quilt?


I saw this panel at Lens Mills or Fabricland and I couldn’t resist

buying it. It is so cute. I think it is based on a book called”How

Much Do I Love You?”


I added borders because the panel wasn’t big enough by itself. I knew

that feathers would help dress it up a little and make it a bit more

classy. I hope the receipent thinks so too.


The backing

I has some light pink fabric that I thought would match the front

of the quilt.  Again, I think it fits and works well with the front.

I used a white polyester thread on the front and the backing of

the quilt.


Kathy’s Quilt

Kathy made this quilt for her grand daughter who is leaving

for University in the fall. Can you guess what university she

will be attending in the fall?  What a great idea!!


A close up of the blocks used for the quilt top itself.

I really am beginning to like words on a quilt. Maybe I am

transitioning into the Modern Quilt Movement without

realizing it.


The back of Kathy’s quilt

Kathy pieced her backing. This is one of my favorite

techniques as well. It helps use up the left over fabric and

adds lots of interest on the back of the quilt.

I used an Omni polyester cream thread for the top and the

back of the quilt. And “Raindrops” was the name of the

overall design quilted onto the top.


This is the picture of what I discovered in my washing

machine this week. I am attempting to teach my teenage

boys how to do their own laundry. Great idea  but sometimes

it fails miserably.

While the washing machine was spinning, the laundry soap

container fell off the machine and landed on the floor, laundry

soap flying everywhere.  The cap just happened to be left OFF

of the container. A huge puddle  was lying on the floor so

my daughter cleaned up the mess.

As a result, the towels were smothered in laundry soap and

when I washed them, this is the result of it. I had to laugh

or I would have yelled. No one was home anyways to hear

my rant.

It was funny because I cleaned the washing machine out with

a scoop. So much for teaching the kids self sufficiency.

What are your funny kid stories? I am sure that you

must have at least one to tell.

Have a great Easter.


As you are proably aware,  Frozen is a big hit here amongst the

younger kids.  My niece has jumped on the bandwagon too.


Although this isn’t for my niece, I am hoping that some young lady

will beg her parents for it. The youth group at my Church is having a

silent auction at the end of the month. What other item would

I put into an auction than a quilt?

The panel was purchased at Fabricland. I know that is a bad word

amongst quilters but it was the only place I saw one. Fabricland even

supplied a pattern for you to follow to make the quilt.

I changed it a little because I didn’t have a lot of time to make it.

I added the white border, as one solid piece and the outer blue border.

The blue fabric also matches the panel and was purchased at Fabricland

as well.


In the white border, I used some thin silver fabric, again purchased at Fabricland.

Because it was so thin and flimsy, I added Steam A Seam to the back of it, by

ironing it on. Then all I had to do was cut it out and iron it onto the border.

I later stitched around each snowflake with a silver zigzag stitch. I even stitched

this on my longarm because it drives me crazy to do it on my domestic machine.


As you can see,  I also switched up the snowflakes and stitched some in a dark

grey thread. I did try the silver metallic thread but ran into tension issues.


In the inner burgundy border, I thought that swirls would be good, as  a

reminder fo the cold wind that blows in the winter time. I am glad that

is over right now.


In the outer blue border, I followed the design of the print. I really

couldn’t think of what to stitch in that space so I went with the print.




In the center of the panel, I merely followed the pattern itself.

That was actually fun to do.  I even stitched in the braids for the girl

on the right. I know their names are Anna and Olga but I don’t know

which one is which.

There was a pink and white flannel for the back.

I used a variety of threads too. Polyester, Glide, and Metro threads were

all used. Some young lady is going to go home happy at the end of the


Have a great week.


Around The World Blog Tour- Part 1

Kerry, over at Simple Bird Applique has asked me to participate in The Around

The World Blog Tour.  She  posted yesterday and I am due to post next Monday,

November 14th. Thank you Kerry for the invitation. I will say more in my post

next week….stay tuned.

Lynn has been a very busy little beaver.  She is such a quick and very talented quilter.

Her applique quilts are always amazing and she has the best fabric out there.


This is a quilt that uses a panel but it is divided up into 3 sections. What a great

design idea!


Lynn chose a panto- designed by Cheryl Barnes- for this quilt. I used a taupe

polyester thread for the top and backing.


Another picture of the dragonflies. I love the pieced border on this quilt.


Who can forget the backing. It is a light yellow color.  The stitching shows up

beautifully on a solid backing.

The second of Lynn’s quilts. The material in this quilt is so rich, colorful and

beautiful. It has metallic thread running through it as well.


The angle is a little wierd but there is a peacock in the middle of the panel.  Again,

another panel that was taken apart and stitched back together so creatively. The

piecing really adds another dimension to the top.


The peacocks are gorgeous.  This makes up the center panel.


The borders also have gorgeous fabrics in them. Lynn did tell me where she

bought  the fabric but I can’t remember what she told me. If you want to know,

let me know and I can find out from her again.


The backing was  a light blue color. We used a  light polyester grey thread for

the top and the backing. It did match well. A  panto by Linda Taylor was used

as well.

Here is a little change in scenery for you. This is a BOM I am doing

through Spruce It UP Quilting, in NB. The title of this wallhanging is From

Deauville to Cape Cod. The designer lives in France. I saw it on her blog

“Quilt, Stitch, Scrap.” This is the 3rd block for the year.  I found some faux

suede strips that were all  different colors.  Because they are so thin, it works

well for the umbrella pole and the chair legs.



See you on the World Blog Tour next week.