Beautiful Sampler Quilt

If you’re looking for a beautiful quilt, here’s a sampler quilt with closeups of some of the blocks. It’s a very traditional sampler quilt – sort of a modern ‘Dear Jane’ and would be wonderful in any number of color schemes or fabric styles – from brights to batiks to thirties to reproduction. Head on over to the Thread Head blog and enjoy the scenery. The quilt along is over, but the quilt itself is timeless. 

Quick Holiday ornaments – a tutorial – Field Trips in Fiber by Vicki Welsh

Vicki Welsh posted this tutorial for quick holiday ornaments. She uses Misty Fuse fusible and little scraps and tidbits from her studio. As you all know, we all clip corners, trim shiny threads, and this is a great way to use them. If you haven’t seen this tutorial, you must read it. Quick Holiday ornaments – a tutorial – Field Trips in Fiber – Adventures in quilting, hand dyed fabric and fiber art..

And I just have to give a shout-out to WordPress. Images can now be dragged and dropped onto a new post – this is the coolest thing since sliced bread! We all love to use photos and uploading them is tedious. This is so much easier. 

Peppermint Candy?

After 11 days, this is the first day I have waked up without a 3-year old in the house. Ezri spent ten days at the Cleveland Clinic having a neurological evaluation and her 3-year old sister spent those days with me. It was a fun challenge to get her up and off to pre-school every morning. We had frozen yogurt at TCBY every afternoon. We always have to watch Ezri’s weight, so treats like frozen yogurt are very special. Kes is a very happy little girl, and it was fun spending one on one time with her.

In my down time, I started playing with a peppermint candy embroidery. There are no special plans for it, but a few ideas are beginning to gel in my head. Perhaps a holly leaf and peppermint candy wreath quilt block? Thought you’d like to see where I am with it. The blue is one of the first iterations and the purple is a later iteration. Still not sure about the edges, but that will come. This candy design fits the Accuquilt GO circle die.

GO! Peppermint candy - 1st iteration


GO! Peppermint candy 2nd iteration

Christmas Candle Mat

Last night was our Slap Happy Quilters’ Christmas social. We all made candle mats to exchange. This is the one I received which is beautiful. I love the shiny fabric and can’t wait to use it for decorating. Just had to show you. It’s a beautiful block and beautifully done. I love the red and green and the way the plaid accents the colors. I took 3-year old Kes with me, and she wants to keep it for herself. Hmmmmmm. . .



Weekend Quilting Fun

Just wanted to show you some pictures of what I was doing over the weekend. I’ve been working on some digitizing embroidery for snowflakes and Christmas trees and find that the best test for how well the files will work is to use them in a project. So here’s what I was doing:


Christmas Quilt


Tree Embroidery


Tree with Star


Snowflake Table Runners