Vintage Find

Mom was helping friends clean out their house and move into an assisted living facility.  In the process of cleaning, they found this sweet, vintage baby quilt that needed a loving home.  I gladly stepped up to honor this work of art.  I keep it on this rocking chair that belonged to my great grandmother when she was a child in the 1870’s!


The artist is unknown as the quilt does not have a label!  This is a good lesson for me because I often wish I could skip the label step…but who will know I created quilting masterpieces if I don’t label my work?

This quilt measures 34 inches square and was hand embroidered, machine pieced and machine quilted.  The embroidery is well done and very detailed.  The colors have remained vibrant over the years.  The fawn and the kitten are two of my favorite blocks but the puppy is very cute too…those furry ears are flopping in the wind!



I think the french knot buttons are special.  How about that house on the left with the red chimney and smoke drifting up into the sky?


Of course we have a Sunbonnet Sue!  She’s pushing her baby carriage through a flower garden.  More cute details to admire!


Here is the entire quilt on display.


I am going to add a hanging sleeve to this so I can use it as an inspirational wall hanging in my sewing room!  It seems like every time I look at it, I see another detail that makes me smile!

What’s in Your “To Go” Bag?

Mine is filled with everything I need for my hexie project!


Here’s what’ in my bag:  a hexie flower in progress, hexie templates, fabric covered hexies,  hexies in the process of being covered with fabric, a small pouch, thimbles, two colors of silk thread, straight pins, safety scissors, and my needle case (missing from the picture…oops!)

This colorful “To Go” bag is really a  ‘free with purchase’ make-up bag.  The larger bag has a handle for easy carry and better yet, a zipper for no spillage.  The smaller pouch is the perfect size to hold hexie templates, it zips up and fits neatly in the larger bag.


Let’s talk about traveling with scissors!  These babies belonged to my son when he was about 6 years old and I dug them out of the crayon box he no longer used…can you imagine going to high school without a crayon box?!  These scissors have made it through airport security many times and with the blunt ends, I don’t have to worry about them poking through my fabric when they get jostled around.


I’ll be traveling again soon so I took some time to re-stock my “To Go” bag which is always packed in my carry on bag.  I often meet other quilters who stop and talk when they see me hand stitching my hexies.  It’s fun to hear about what other quilters are working on.

So….what’s in your “To Go” bag?  Let us know!



Patriotic Week

Since it is still the week of July 4th, I thought I’d share another patriotic wall hanging with you.  This pattern is called “Grand Old Flag” and was published in a book called “The Best of Black Mountain Quilts” by Teri Christopherson.  I like the blue and white toile fabric border with the rustic stars and stripes.


Each star is appliqued to a 3″ x 3″ ivory square.  I used the needle turn applique method which was a bit hard with all those star points.  According to the pattern (not me!) the stars don’t have to be in nice, neat rows which made them easier to applique!  I like them wonky!



After looking through this book, I think I will make a few more  Americana quilts from Teri’s designs.  She designed the cutest “Blueberry Basket” table runner and a cute “Blueberry Wreath” wall hanging.

Mom loves to pick blueberries and I think she should have something to remind her of blueberries all year long!  We have been known to pick a few blueberries in our day!  Sorry I got off on a tangent but at least blueberries are a patriotic color!


Sweet Violet Dream

We are, of course in the throes of summer, but just a few weeks ago I snapped this picture of one of the early harbingers of spring. I was thinking about a new quilt project and I remembered a gorgeous poinsettia pillow from the Crafty Quilter. Inspiration struck — what if I could make a wildflower pillow?


A wild violet before it goes back to sleep.

Did you know that violets are edible? Here are few more violet facts.

I have to confess once again to my love of the color purple. This project gave me an excuse to find just the right hue of purple — not blueish, not pinkish, not mauvy –my fabric had to be just the perfect vibrant purple. I found a beautiful dotted Swiss for the flower and then stumbled upon an understated purple and green paisley to use for the background.


Love this fabric purchased from the charming Barefoot Quilter shop in Rushford, NY. It is so mesmerizing that I had to buy it twice not because I a made a cutting error…

I drew the pattern on freezer paper first, then decided to use fusible applique as the foundation. So I traced, labeled and cut out the pieces again.


Next I ironed the pattern pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric, using scraps for the stem and anther? stamen? I wish I knew more about flowers…


Sometimes I love my fabric so much I really hate to cut it. Does that ever happen to you?



Cut out the center of applique shapes to lighten the finished product.

Then I placed all the cut-out pieces on my 10.5″ background square, peeled off the paper back, and ironed the first layer of the flower into place.


This may look upside down, but it’s really not. It’s purposefully positioned as if you were standing above the violet in the forest. Or I can’t figure out how to make this picture rotate. One of these is the correct answer.

I used a zig-zag stitch to set them in the quilt. I added a few simple borders and now I’m ready to quilt.


A series of farm-inspired wildflower mini quilt patterns is rolling around in my head. Stay tuned!