On Task

Lori Holt’s Bee Happy Sew-Along is just about to get on the way.  She has posted “Be Prepared” instructions for anyone loving this sweet quilt to get a head start.  I am taking full advantage of her organization and have started constructing the flag and pinwheels. IMG_0960.JPGLori might be organized, but take a look at my cutting table….Yikes!  The pile of dark scraps are leftovers and I have found the perfect project for them, if I can add about 10 hours to my day.

I’ve got to say, this is the first time I am actually not behind in a sew-along or class.  We still have plenty of time and she is posting again tomorrow.  You have plenty of time to get in on the action. Visit her blog at Bee In My Bonnet and join in on the fun.



I’m taking advantage of  a typical August day in New Jersey – Hazy, Hot, and Humid by finishing up my Black Cats and Pumpkins quilt.  I constructed the 36 – 6″ star squares last night during Sew What and spent th

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is morning assembling the quilt.  It is copy of a quilt I found on Pinterest (Oy… Pinterest.  Enough said). I used Lori Holt’s patterns for the pumpkins and Stars from her Vintage Farm Girl book and downloaded her pattern for the cat from her blog – Bee In My Bonnet.




I add a 1/8” stay stitch around the circumference of my quilts before I quilt them or send them off to be quilted on the long arm. This is something new I have just added into my quilting regime. Chris – my long arm guru – took me that it keeps the quilt from distorting when on the frame.  So I do it.

I haven’t decided to add borders or not.  The original pin has – what I think – is a 2″ inner border and maybe a 4″ or a 5″ outer border.  Here is it  without any borders. What do you think? To border or not to border?

The bottom left large square photos as if it has no star points.  They are a deep purple and blend into the black in the picture. 

For some reason I feel this need to hunting for a Snickers bar.  #Some treats!!



Christmas in July

Here it is! My first quilt commissioned by Olde City Quilts in Burlington, N.J.


Icicle Days” by Bunny Hill Designs Featured Fabric: Mistletoe Lane by Moda

I met Judy in the shop today and she told me that it has be getting a lot of “ooooh’s and ahhhh’s”. I’m so excited that a shop owner thought my work is worthy enough to hang in her store. Olde City is having their “Christmas in July” sale and I was tickled pink to see my quilt hanging by the sled (funny how I keep calling it “my quilt” like I have any ownership!). If you get a chance and are near the shop, stop in, take a look, and let me know how you like it!


Stars, Bars, and Swirls


I found 12 – 12 1/2 inch blocks in my stash during my “stash buster” year. I really loved all the combination of reds, whites, and blues and all the different fabrics I used. I put them on point and added rail fence alternate blocks using 3 1/2 inch white and cream rails. The set in triangles are blue and I bound it in a bright red. I love the way this came out.