Fun Projects

Here are some fun things that others have been doing. Mary Jane used the frog applique for a onesie. I absolutely love this. Mary Jane asked, “Can’t you just hear him singing ‘Hello My Baby’?”

frog on onesie
Mary Jane’s Onesie Frog

And this is a quilt that my friend, Sherry, is working on. She made this as a Quilt As Your GO (QAYG), and I love everything about it. Can’t wait to see it finished.

Sherry's Quilt as you Go
Sherry’s Quilt as you Go

I have almost finished quilting Sherry’s Bargello (how many months has it been on my frame?? – four I think). Last night I rolled it to the last 18 inches. Normally I only quilt about 9-11 inches at a time as that is as much as my arms reach comfortably. Have been babysitting most of the week. My husband had a little complication with his appendectomy (peritoneal hematoma–i.e., internal bleeding after the surgery), so his work this week is to let his body get rid of all that extra blood that is sitting in his abdominal area. 

Christmas Quilt Show

This is my entry in this year’s Christmas Quilt Show. Entries are to be submitted from Nov 23 through Nov 30. This is one of my favorite blogland quilt shows. It is so fun to watch new entries being submitted every day. So, if you have made a Christmas quilt, join the fun and show it off.

My Christmas quilt was made last year and quilted in late summer. It has already been shipped to it’s new home with my sister here in NC. Last year, she was given a table runner and this quilt completes the set.



To make this quilt I used 8 inch blocks and 2 inch sashing. The embroidery blocks were made with the AccuQuilt Holiday Medley die and machine embroidery. The Irish chain blocks use a 4″ square in the middle and 2″ squares in the corners. I just went back through all my blog posts so that I could link a tutorial for this Irish chain variation and realize I haven’t done one. So, a tutorial on making these 8″ Irish chain blocks will be forthcoming very soon. 

Quilting the Pumpkin Table Runner

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this blog post by Megan over at Canoe Ridge Creations. I was really intrigued by the quilting on her mini-quilt, so I just had to try it. And I had the perfect table runner for practice. This is the table runner that I made using Judy Danz’ Have a Pumpkin Good Day machine embroidery set. These applique shapes are cut with the AccuQuilt GO!™ Pumpkins die # 55323. 

Quilting was done by stitching a free-style squiggly line that was the width of my hopping foot. I just went up and down. Then I went back across filling in a squiggly line between each of the original lines. I didn’t try to match the squiggles in anyway, each was independent. The table runner looks great, was fairly easy to do, and not using a ruler with my longarm was far easier for me. I can definitely see that this would work well with free-motion quilting on a regular sewing machine as well as a longarm machine and that it may work better on smaller areas rather than going across an entire large quilt. Wouldn’t it be fun quilting for a mug rug?

Quilting wavy lines


This is the full runner on my kitchen table. I opened the leaves so it would lay flat.


This is a view at an angle so you can see the effect of the quilting and how it makes the pumpkins stand out–almost like trapunto. Quilting around the vines was a dilemma for me, and I did it a couple of different ways. The leaves were stitched in the ditch, but after awhile, I started stitching straight over the redwork stems instead of trying to stitch beside them as an outline. I really couldn’t tell that it changed the overall look and the stitches hardly showed. The thread used on this is Aurifil 50 wt in a color to match the background.

And you can see that the Irish chain squares are done with a freehand continuous curve as they’re definitely not perfectly even. The squiggly line piano keys in the border were also done free-hand. This whole thing really went fast and gave me the exact effect I wanted.





Crazy Hearts

Just wanted to show you some pictures of the crazy hearts quilt that I’m quilting this week. My friend, Sherry pieced this from a set of embroidery hearts I gave her. The hearts are made from crumb blocks and are cut with my AccuQuilt GO™ hearts die like this. They are cut from fabric that is randomly pieced together from scraps.


And then they are stitched onto background fabric with the basic hearts machine embroidery set.

And this is the way I’m quilting these. I am using this quilt to practice the swirls that I plan to use on Sherry’s bargello quilt.



Day 5 Machine Embroidery Blog Hop – Two Fun Projects

Sat morning 11:20 EST – Yay – Cherry’s post has come back from the cybergremlins. Thanks for stopping by.

It’s Friday and there are two really fun projects that I think you’re going to love. Stop in at Cherry Blossom Quilting Studio and Cheeky Cognoscenti’s blogs and enjoy! It’s almost Christmas – so get your gift list out because you can certainly start marking names off the list with these great ideas.

And a little surprise: I am so excited because AccuQuilt is now carrying my machine embroidery designs on their website. Just this morning, there are six designs for the AccuQuilt GO!™ that are now available through AccuQuilt. AccuQuilt and I have been talking and working on this for a very long time, and this is a nice Christmas gift for me to have this come to fruition. I will still maintain my own embroidery shop that has all of my designs, but will also offer as many as possible on the AccuQuilt website. 

Songbird Mug Rug Embroidery Design Giveaway

This is the cute little songbird mug rug that I made on Saturday. I see these cute little paisley birds on all sorts of graphic designs including fabric and just had to create my own take on the little paisley songbird. I used an Accuquilt GO feather for the body and the rest is machine embroidery. The single design will fit a 5 x 7″ embroidery hoop and the mug rug will fit a  6 x 8″ embroidery hoop.

My next project is to create more of these mug rug designs that you can give as Christmas gifts.

If you’d like to have the mug rug design and the individual bird design, just send me an email at busbyquilts at gmail dot com or click on the link below and save the file to your computer. Once you have downloaded the file, you will have to unzip it. I will keep the link active through Sunday, September 16.

 Download Songbird Mug Rug

If you’d like to win one of these mug rugs already made, please head on over to Gene Black’s blog – as he is giving away a completed mug rug to a lucky reader this week.

I’d love to hear from you and see your photos if you make one of these.


Pet Menagerie

This is my entry for the Pets on Quilts Show. It’s a Pet Menagerie of wild, safari animals that are just perfect for a snuggle. This quilt is made with applique animals alternating with safari animals print blocks. The back has a great zigzag across the middle.

This has been a year of making and quilting safari animal quilts – for my nephew and for my grandsons – and they all love their quilt “pets.”

Quilting was done on my Nolting longarm using Aurifil 50 wt thread on top and bobbin.










Flower Circles Quilt Story

Every quilt has a story and this story isn’t finished yet. I had seen a beautiful quilt that had circles on a line, so that inspired me to do something with the rickrack die and the flower circles. Choosing colors is never easy for me – and I had a lot of the gray batik for background fabric. I decided on a scrappy look for the circles as I had quite a few circles that were cut and wanted to use them up. All said, now that this is complete, I am feeling only lukewarm toward it as a quilt top. Quilting often is what “makes” the quilt, so this top still has one more redemption opportunity.

I guess the moral of this story is that not every idea is a success. Here’s the top – unquilted.


Pets on Quilts Quilt Show

It’s only 9 days until the Pets on Quilts Quilt Show opens. And everyone is invited. Not only can you view the show on your computer sitting in your most comfortable chair, but you can also be a part of this show. The show runs from August 1-9. And there are some wonderful prizes. You can find out more about that over at Lilypad Quilting.

Here’s how to enter:

Go to Lilypad Quilting to find out how to add a linky on the Lilypad blog or post your entry in Flickr using your own account or the Pets on Quilts account.

Enter in one of the following categories:

  • dog on quilt / dog themed quilt
  • cat on quilt / cat themed quilt
  • other pet on quilt / other pet themed quilt
  • Best EQ pet theme quilt design
  • Best Art quilt


There will be one winner from each of the above categories based on viewer votes.

There will be random winners chosen from everyone who does one or more of the following:

  • Be a PR Angel (post the badge, blog about the show)
  • Enter the show
  • View the show
  • Vote for Viewers Choice awards
  • Followers who view the show
  • Take the time to visit all of the entries and leave comment love

So get your photos and mouse finger ready! This is going to be a lot of fun.

Here’s what I worked on over the weekend. The turtle shapes were inspired by Snoodles over at Lilypad Quilting. And the shell designs have been in my head for a very long time.


Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

After taking a few days off, yesterday has my quilting life back on track and moving again. Maybe it was going non-stop from April through June that slowed me down in July. Thus, when the opportunity for a beach trip came along, I took advantage. It was a fun trip with family including the grandchildren.

In June, I had so much fun making flowers out of circles that circle flower ideas have been floating around in my head. I have seen a couple of quilts with circles and other shapes on straight lines that look like ribbons running through the quilt. So, with a play on that idea, I used the narrow part of the Accuquilt GO! RickRack die to make strips to go across a 40 x 60″ piece of fabric. And I’m doing MEA (machine embroidery applique) circle flowers randomly along the rickrack. Not sure how this will turn out. It almost seems the flowers are a little small, or I didn’t stitch the rickrack close enough together, but since it’s random, I’ll see how this turns out. Please–suggestions are welcome.

Here’s progress so far:

This is the 40 x 60″ fabric with rickrack attached.

And here it is with one flower complete. That’s at an angle looking down – I’ll try to get a better photo tomorrow. I’m working on a t-shirt quilt, so can let the embroidery machine stitch while I work on the t-shirt quilt.