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

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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