Catch me if you can

Sometimes I have a quilt design rattling around in my head for months, nay, years. I suppose the idea is gestating inside my brain until one day, when I turn my head just right, a vision of the completed quilt will flutter outside my line of sight and then, maddeningly, it will be gone once again.

Then one day I actually stop stalling and start sewing and the thing will appear as if by magic. Magic like this happens in the spring when long dormant things begin to spring into life:

carrot paper pieceing
This carrot grew from my original design idea of 3″x3″ to fun and skinny 9.5″x4.5″

The white/gray/brown colors of the late winter/pre-spring have me re-evaluating my #orangeaversion.

Anticipate my carrot paper piecing pattern soon!

This is Sandy signing off from Western New York.

Scrappy Valentines…Made With Love

Sandy and I are always looking for ways to use scraps of fabric…no matter how tiny they might be!  I decided to make Valentine’s Day cards using some of the little scraps I just couldn’t throw away.

I started with a package of blank 4×5 inch blank note cards.  You can find smaller or larger blank note cards but this seemed like a good size for Valentine’s Day cards.


I looked through my box of tangled trims…yikes, what a disaster!  I untangled them and picked out colors that would coordinate with pink and red.


Then…I just started cutting out hearts from little scraps…below is just a start!


Two hearts from one scrap!  I liked both and decided to use them on different cards.


This is cute!  Mom likes pink, this might be the one for her.  It looks big in the picture below but it is sized to fit on the 4 x 5 inch card.


How about this green trim!  What a find in my tangle of trims!


I found some tulle scraps and some cute buttons…this will add some zip to my Valentines!


I’ll be working on my Valentines over the weekend.  I plan to sew and/or glue the fabric hearts to the cards and use glue to add buttons and trim.

Give this a try!  It’s a fun way to use up extra scraps of fabric and trim AND your Valentines will be one of a kind!




Tips Needed: Thread & Fabric Painting

Cindy reporting in today.

At the most recent quilt show, sponsored by my guild, there were several quilts on display that used thread and fabric painting techniques.  These quilts captured my attention because of their beauty but also because I am intrigued by the process of making art quilts with thread and painted fabric.

The center of these flowers were “fuzzy and furry”.  This “fuzzy and furry technique”, for lack of a better term, added another dimension to the flowers…very life like!


The photo below is striking but this quilt is even more beautiful in real life.  I think I stood in front of this for at least 15 minutes.  There is so much to see and so many techniques to study.  The shading of the sky, the log, the feathers, the grass…and even the dragonflies!


Here is a dragonfly up close and personal.


Look at all these fabrics working together…wow!


The Kingfisher  shown below is another quilt I studied for quite some time.


So…after seeing these lovely art quilts, I think one of my goals for 2019 is to begin my art quilt journey and attempt fabric and thread painting.

I would love to hear from you!

What’s the best way to get started?

Do you have any beginner tips to share?