Wallhanging Tabs

Finished Quilt Tabs for Hanging Quilted Moose WallhangingHanging a quilt is as important as the quilt itself.  Your finished project shouldn’t hang in a way that will detract from its beauty.  Here’s an easy and practical way to make tabs to display your quilts. [Read more…]

Prima Diva

Prima Diva

Prima Diva

I made this Prima Diva Purse.  It’s T H I C K and loaded with pockets – zippered, open, curved, credit cards!  [Read more…]

Continuous Bias Binding

Continuous Bias Binding

Continuous Bias Binding

When making a separate binding for your quilt, continuous bias binding is the way to go.  You can maneuver the binding more easily around corners, and it’s an economical way to use up leftover fabric from your quilt top. [Read more…]

A Woodland Quilt

lindasquilt1In November of 2014 my friend Linda asked me to make a quilt for her son for CHRISTMAS 2014!  She wanted something with a woodsy theme and told me her son loved fishing.  Linda and her husband have a small cabin on their property. The wheels in my head started turning…. [Read more…]

SEVEN-YEAR Quilt

dennissquiltYup, seven years to make this McKenna Ryan quilt…..  But let me explain.  I started the project and then put it away.  I picked it up again.  And put it away.  Several more repeats of the same and then I went to a quilt retreat with my Mom.  I “forced” myself to focus on this quilt.  And I did.  But STILL it wasn’t completed.  So then I started working on it at night while watching tv.  Well, at least until my hands cramped and my eyes crossed!

Seriously, it was a fun project and I would make another one.  McKenna Ryan sells fabrics for her quilts, but I chose to use scraps.  I’m glad I did!  Using scraps made my quilt more affordable.  In addition, I didn’t have the pressure or guilt hanging over me that I had spent bookoo bucks and hadn’t completed my project.  Quilters need to be thrifty at times…..

So what do you think of my quilt?

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How To Square Your Backing Fabric

P1020545In a perfect world, fabric would be cut straight when we purchase it.  However, we don’t live in a perfect world…  Having a square backing for your quilt is essential.  Regardless of whether you tie your quilt, quilt it yourself, or send it to someone for long-arm quilting, this is IMPORTANT!!  No one can see the back as they’re creating magic on the front.

Squaring fabric is simple!  And it relieves tension…  And it makes this quilter thrilled when it’s done properly…  Sew — [Read more…]

Christmas Tree Skirt

We’ve just left behind the month of September, I know; but Christmas is right around the corner – especially if you’re a crafter like me!  I love the holidays, and I strive to make gifts every year.  I envision a year of giving only created pieces of myself…  Ah, to have all the time in the world to accomplish that!!

I do  love sewing holiday items like festive pillowcases, tablecloths, table runners, and Christmas Tree Skirts! [Read more…]

Reach for the Stars Quilt

My Mom receives Quilters Newsletter magazine regularly.

Reach for the Stars Quilt

Reach for the Stars Quilt

On the cover one month was this quilt.

She was so drawn to the colors and encouraged me to make the quilt at the same time.  I love making quilts with different blocks and so I agreed.  Twice a year we, along with seven or so other women, go on quilt retreat at my Uncle and Aunt’s Sabina Farm Inn in Rumford, Maine.  April 2014 was our month to start this new, exciting project! [Read more…]

Passing on a Tradition

My Sons, 17 and 15.5

My Sons, 17 and 15.5

When my sons were four and five years old, they made their first quilts.  My oldest now towers over me at 6’4″ and his brother looms over me at 6′.  The boys were fascinated with trains and spent hours playing near the quilting machine.  They would color, draw, build puzzles, and drive toy vehicles all around me.

I found an applique pattern for trains and thought “some day I’ll make each a quilt”.  Hmmmm.  Guess I took too much time on that project!  The boys started to trace the patterns and color them.  Then it occurred to me that fine motor skills develop nicely when children learn to use scissors.  So one thing led to another and they were tracing patterns on Wonder Under, cutting loosely around the design, ironing these to the backs of specially selected fabrics, and cutting the engine and train cars out — on the lines!!  We used muslin as the background.  Honestly, this decision was made because I never believed the quilts would really get completed.  I should have known better!  The trains circle a station, appropriately named after each boy.  The engineer is a picture of them scanned from a photo onto fabric and placed inside the engine.  The number of their engine was embroidered on each locomotive using my Bernina Artista 200E.

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Bernina Artista 200E

Bernina Artista 200E

Bernina Artista 200E

 

Buying a new sewing machine can be daunting.  About ten years ago I purchased my Bernina Artista 200E sewing machine.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  Then I was afraid of all it could do and whether I would use it to its potential.  Machines of this scope are not inexpensive.  They are an investment.  They are amazing, but, boy, was I intimidated!!

My goal was to have a machine that would embroider and sew wonderfully with the option of some fancy stitches.  Well, let me tell ya!  I found the machine to do it all and do it all extremely well.  Embroidery is accomplished by downloading patterns from the Internet, buying CDs, or discs.  Oh!  And there are some versatile ones already on the machine.  Cool, huh?  Resizing is done by dialing buttons as is positioning of your design.  Easy as pie!! [Read more…]