Category Archives: Finished Projects

It’s FINISHED: Spider Web String

I am so excited to wrap this one up and put it in the finished pile.  I started this some time ago.  When we hosted a retreat in 2017 with Bonnie Hunter the Spider Web String was one of the quilts that the participants made.


Oops…there’s snow on the right hand lower part of the quilt…it’s so snowy here!!

You can find the free pattern for this quilt on Bonnie Hunter’s site HERE.  She did hers in a 6 x 7 setting.  I did mine larger.  It’s an  8 x 8 setting.  The quilt, if I remember right, is 96″ x 96″.


Here it is as it came off the quilting frame.


A BIG shout of to all of the blog readers who sent me fabric to make this.  All of these little scraps in scrap bags that were sent to me were collected and put into this quilt.  Oh I love scrap bags.  I could never have the great variety that I have without all of those tiny pieces.  If you don’t like scraps and strings, I’ll happily accept any anyone wants to part with.  Making these kind of quilts makes my heart happy.

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Quilt Finish: Baby Friedman’s Quilt

I’m so thrilled to have this one done!!  The baby has been contemplating an early arrival….well not the baby as much as Kalissa’s recent tests and ultrasounds.  A week ago at an ultrasound little Mr. Friedman was already an over 8 pound baby.  That was with a month to go.  A C-section before the due date has been mentioned…for now we wait.  We need to keep that baby incubating as long as we can.

In light of all of that, it’s good I have this finished!!


I took a lot of pictures and hope to do a little commentary on the process of my thinking while I made the quilt.

Check out the wonky log cabin blocks in two to the corners…I love how they look…. I did them like this with the hope that the neutral background would “turn the corner” with the letters.

With Carver’s baby quilt I bound in red…this time I decided to see if I could use one shirt and have enough for binding.  I easily did.

I went with a blue and I really like the look.  The red made it seem a little more “fenced in”.

There is a lot going on with this quilt.  It’s busy but I love it.  The blocks are actually sewn together in rows.  The blocks were 8″ wide but they could be any length.  They were then sewn into strips to come up with a 40″ row.

Then I put on a 2″ inner border.  The the outer border was again cut at 8″ wide.

I tried to add some cute details…see the little strips of scraps under the letters.  It would have been MUCH easier not to add that but I wanted to spice it up.


To make these quilts fun it’s important to “do the little details”.

Other things I did was make LOTS of stars.  I made the flying geese line up in a row. 
Here they are from another angle.
For the colors I stuck with primarily blue, reds, yellows and neutrals.  I like it MUCH better than when I mixed all of the colors in.

Everything is free form.  I don’t measure a thing.  I don’t plan much of it out.  I often find a piece of something in the scrap box and build on to it or I cut it up.  I try to change things up….some stars are all the same color, some are red, some have a background scrap for the center of the star.  Some are cut wonky after they are made.  Some are put on the diagonal…some not.


Here are more stars to check out. Continue reading

Hunter’s Star: FINISHED!!

Here it is people….Hunter’s Star and it’s completely finished.

I am THRILLED with it.  I started this at the same time I started the mystery.  I would sew the mystery clue and then sew on the Hunter’s Star quilt.  I had a secret hope that I could finish them both at the same time…and for the most part, I did.  I had Hunter’s Star into a top but abandoned that when the reveal for the mystery came out.  I finished the mystery and then loaded this on the frame right away.

I hurried to finish this up while there was still some light hoping I could get outside to take some pictures.  I have a clothesline up between the two pillars of the porch and I pin my quilts to it when I take pictures.


We got our first big snow of the winter over the weekend but up until then, for the most part, Iowa hasn’t had a lot of snow.  I was totally okay with that!!

I got the quilt off the frame on Sunday…

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Tulip Fields: It’s FINISHED!!

Back when I made the goal of making all of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling, a couple people thought it was a lofty goal.  To be honest, I did too but what’s life without goals.

Here the last quilt  is all finished.   This is Tulip Fields.  Kalissa happened to be home and told me to hold it up so she could take a picture of me with it…Little hamball Carver had to jump in the picture with me!


The weather outside was yucky…misty, sleet and then 4″ of snow so I couldn’t get a big picture with the quilt….

I did get this as I took it off the quilting frame….It’s the best I could do for a big layout.


My sewing room was not clean and my space up there is limited too so it is what it is….right?!

The quilting took me for forever…seriously, FOREVER.  You can see I did a really dense pattern though.

I put myself on a “fabric diet” some time ago and I’ve been honoring that.  Only thrifted, gifted or auction fabric has some into the house since summer time I think…I wasn’t going to break the diet yet (after all it’s the one diet I’ve been most successful with).  So I needed to come up with a binding.  The binding I found did not technically match the border fabric but it was pretty close….see? Continue reading