Jamestown Landing

This is what I did on my summer “sewcation”.

I have wanted to make this quilt ever since I bought Bonnie Hunters, String Fling book. I started collecting blue and neutral fabrics and started to sew string blocks on April 15, 2016.

I kept a chart of the number of string blocks I needed and I colored in the squares as I completed them. This helped to keep me on track and reinforced that even if I made one string square, I was making progress.

This week I moved furniture so that I could lay out the blocks in rows and sew on the borders. Moved it outside to get full sized photos. This is certainly the largest quilt I have sewn.

Now I need to purchase backing fabric, and decide if I am brave enough ( or crazy enough) to quilt this on my domestic sewing machine.

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Scrappy Christmas Stockings

My local quilt shop is collecting Christmas stockings, they will be filled with toiletries and small gifts and given to women in need at Christmas. There are some fabulous stockings that have been contributed but not many scrappy stockings.  I made these two stockings on the weekend as my contribution.


The first uses an upholstery sample book and a bit of lace, the second was a panel that was designed to be sewn into a book. Both stockings were string pieced.


I hope they bring some Christmas joy this holiday season.

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Warning red wine and quilts don’t mix.

I had my Friday night all planned. I was relaxing with a glass of wine after dinner. I had borrowed ” Saving Mr Banks” from the library that day . Although it came out a few years ago I had not seen it so I was looking forward to watching it. I love anything that Tom Hanks does and this looked good. And of course I planned on doing some hand quilting while watching the movie, after I had finished the wine.

I reached for my glass of wine and….knocked it over , it spilled into the bag where I am keeping my hand pieced Grandmothers Flower garden quilt.


Most of the full glass of wine went into the bag, a bit hit  the carpet but the quilt absorbed most of it. My heart nearly stopped.

I grabbed the bag, moved to  the dining room away from the carpet and took out the quilt. The wine was everywhere! Sorry no photos of the wine soaked quilt… I was not thinking only reacting!

I put it in the bathtub to soak with Dawn dish detergent. I did not know what else to do but knew that I could not let the red wine dry. A quick internet search suggested Oxy Clean. My husband had cleaned the carpet while I was soaking the quilt and drove me to the store to get some Oxy Clean.

I let the quilt soak for about 2 hours and the good news is that the red wine is gone. I was nervous about putting the quilt in the washing machine but really had no choice as it is a  queen size quilt. I used a gentle cycle and gentle spin to get the water out and spread it out on the basement floor to dry overnight.


The batting did shred a bit on the edges but as I had left extra and had machine basted the quilt it will be fine.

Lesson learned …I will be extra careful not to have any liquids around this quilt. The top took me about a year to hand piece and I am nearly two thirds done hand quilting around the flowers . All the flowers were made from scraps and there are no repeat flowers only repeat centers and stones in the path.

Not quite the way I wanted to spend my Friday night. We saved the movie until Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Vintage Pillowcase Quilt

I have seen many vintage quilts made from sheets and knew that I wanted to make one. I decided that I would collect pillowcases instead of sheets so that I could have a large variety without ending up with too much extra yardage.

This turned out to be one of my favorite quilts

Vintage pillowcase quilt

It currently resides on my bed and just fits the top.


Eventually it will be replaced when I complete the Grandmother Flower Garden quilt, I am currently hand quilting around the flowers .


I love the texture that the straight line quilting adds and know that I will do more straight line quilting. I love that it is forgiving even when the lines aren’t straight!

I have a second pillowcase top pieced. I did this using a modified jelly roll technique so it went together quickly. I need to move some of the dark blue pieces, iron it well and get it ready to quilt. I found a vintage sheet for the back yesterday so I will be ready to quilt this soon. Now off to purchase more white thread as it uses a huge amount of thread … but its worth it.


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Scrap-A- Palooza October 2014

I am happy to be linking up to Oh Scrap at Quilting is more fun than housework

Scrappy quilts are my favorite kind of quilts and I have been loving reading all of Cynthia’s great ideas.

When I saw the Scrap- A- Palooza quilt for October, I knew that I had just the scraps for this project. For Christmas 2013 my husband had bought me a batik jelly roll and matching fat quarter pack. I made two double 4 patch lap quilts and still had a handful of scraps leftover just waiting for the right project to use them in.

double 4 patch batik quilt

Here is one of the double 4 patch quilts. I gave one as a wedding gift and kept the other for myself.

I cut the scraps into 2 1/2 inch pieces , chain pieced them together and alternated with long strips of cream to make this Scrap-A-Palooza quilt.

Quiltapalooza October 2014

I am loving this vertical striped quilt. It measures about 42 ” by 42″. I am not sure if I will keep it for a baby quilt, or perhaps add a hanging sleeve so that it can go on the wall. The back is a wild paisley print that I picked up at a thrift store and the orange binding was a sale fabric that I bought in Alaska.


I am looking forward to seeing and making more Scrap quilts in 2015



Nearing the finish line

The grandmothers flower garden quilt is nearly done. I started this in March of 2013 and I am working on finishing the edges.


For some reason I could not decide on how to finish the edges so my progress came to a halt as I contemplated  this. Should I add half hexies, did I want to add a border fabric…what to do?


This is how the edge looked. I decided to use 2 hexagons and fill in the spaces between the flowers and see what it looked like.


I have decided that I quite like the look of the zig zag edge and I was able to baste and fill in almost one edge while watching TV last night.

Now I need to purchase the batting and backing and make the decision on whether to hand quilt or machine quilt. I was leaning towards hand quilting so that it would be entirely done by hand…. but I think that I like the look of machine quilting better and am thinking that I will be happier with the finished product. As well this will allow me to complete this and have it on my bed soon instead of years from now when I complete the endless hours of hand quilting.

I am just pleased that all the flowers are done and just the edges are left to finish.

Slow hexie progress

I was busy last week and did not get much progress done on my grandmothers flower garden quilt.

I stitched the connecting hexagons to get this row ready to add.


And then discovered that in order to keep the pattern, I need to make 10 more of these cream flowers so that I can add the last row of colored flowers and end with a cream row to be consistent with cream all around. I thought that I had made all of the flowers so its back to basting and making flowers for a while.

Currently the edge looks like this.


I could add another cream hexie and 2 half hexies to make this be a straight edge , I will decide once I make the last of the rows.


I did get this disappearing nine patch done over the last two weekends. So there was quilting being done.

floral disappearing nine patch

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Hexagon Quilt progress

I have been working on my grandmothers flower garden quilt but have not taken photos lately. My original plan was to have this be 10 flowers wide by 12 flowers long. I am nearly there. I just need to add one more row of colored flowers and two more rows of cream colored flowers



It currently measures about 60 ” by 68″. I need to start thinking about how I am going to finish the edges and if I will put a border on or not. I started this at the end of March in 2013. My goal is to have the top pieced by the end of March 2014… I think I can do this!

I am linking up to Life under Quilts  Monday morning star count. I needed to purchase a new cord in order to connect my camera to my computer so that I could show my progress. Next week I will be back on track!

Monday morning star count is back!

I am so happy that the Monday morning star count is back at http://www.lifeunderquilts.blogspot.co.uk

I discovered this paper piecing link party and a few short weeks later it was done. I am happy that it is back as I love to see what others are working on and it gives me inspiration as I work on my grandmother flower garden quilt.

I started in March of 2013 and am nearing completion of the basting and joining together of flowers. Here is a photo of the sections side by side, I am working on two sections and then will join them together so that I am not handling the entire quilt.


I have enough colored flowers made


And now need to make more of the cream flowers


Sorry my colors are not true as these photos were taken at night.

Here is my travel kit, although I do most of my stitching at home in front of the television



I have not decided on a border as yet, I am leaning towards hand quilting this even though I know it will take me a few years.


A year in review

2013 was the year that I really became a quilter. I am amazed at how many projects I was able to complete this year. There are a few more things that I made but did not take photos of and I have lots of projects on the go. Its fun to look back and see what I accomplished.

2013 Quilts

My goals this year are to learn how to paper piece and to make some baby quilts for new step grandbaby who is due in June. I also want to get my Grandmothers Flower Garden top completed and then figure out if I will hand or machine quilt it.