Category Archives: Finished Projects

Millie’s Row Quilt: A Quilt FINISH!!

I’ve had a busy week but I managed to get the quilt off the frame and get it bound.  Here it is….

I am happy with it.

This all started kind of impromptu.  I had left overs from the quilts I’ve recently finish and rather than put them in the orphan block basket I decided to try to see if I could use them up….

There are pieces from my Hourglass quilt.  I actually had to make four more blocks.  Find that quilt HERE.

There are pieces for my Wild Child quilt.  Find that HERE.

There are pieces for my Jewel Box quilt top.  It’s yet to be finished.  I had to make four more half square triangles.  This is just a top but… Continue reading

Quilt Finish: Wild Child

Wild Child is finished!!  That means I have the 5 childcare Christmas quilts finished.  I’m so happy.  I feel a bit freed up.

I’ve made this quilt before…  The one below was done in the colors from the book.  The book I’m referring to String Fling by Bonnie Hunter.


In the book she uses a teal color for the alternate blocks and a floral print for the border.

This is what I ended up with…polka dot backing, the floral and pink borders.  I like that version but I’ll admit, I like this one even better.  I think purple is more my color.

This quilt came together quickly as I had 20 white blocks already done.  See when I made the first quilt I oriented one set of white blocks the wrong way with triangle direction not matching. I decided to set those blocks aside with the intention of pulling them out one day and making a baby quilt.
When I bought the border fabric I bought enough of if for binding too.

Back when I was a new quilter I wouldn’t have matched border and binding.  I liked a boxed off look of a different colored binding.  Nowadays, I like things easy and flowing.  I knew finding a matching binding that wasn’t the same fabric would be challenging so I bought 3/4 of a yard more of border fabric.

You can see my awesome white based neutrals.  They make me smile.

I did a simply loopy quilting motif.  I do this freehand on most kids quilts.  I figure they will be washed often.  Also, on a busy quilt like this, there’s no need to add custom quilting.

It was getting dark as I was taking pictures.  I’m so surprised they turned out.

At the time I made the first version of this quilt a couple years ago I was so frustrated I screwed up those 20 blocks…today, I’m thrilled I did.  This quilt turned out so nice…even nicer than the original I think.

The backing is teal that was in my stash.  Happily is was a 108″ backing fabric.  No need for piecing on this one!!
Isn’t it a happy quilt??

Of course a Ruby picture….

Can you believe I accidently made extra blocks?  AH…rather than put it all the mess away, I’m going to make a baby quilt.  I’ll need to make about 15 extra blocks…no biggie.  I went to the fabric shop to get more of this border fabric.  DARN.  There wasn’t any.  I got something else at the fabric shop but I’m really tempted to order this.  Hmm.  I found this on Quilted Twins.  It is close but not the exact same of coloring as the one I used above.  (Find it here)


I’m still not sure what I’m going to do…I did end up buying something else at the quilt shop so I think I’m going with that.  I’m going to get the center together and then decide which way to go.  I might just have to order this.

I would like to advise that I think it’s best if you pick the border fabric first..then the alternate block color..then the inside border color.

I really don’t mind having a little extra Kaffe fabric around.  I have been collecting Kaffe fabrics and a quilt from them is going to happen.

In the meantime…I’m celebrating the finish of this quilt and patting myself on the back for the finishes I’ve made in the last few weeks.  It’s a great feeling to have it done!!

Quilt FINISH: Hourglass Quilt

I finished up my hourglass quilt.  I was able to get it loaded and quilted on Sunday night.

Oh what a pretty array of color.  I had so much fun with this quilt.  I’d happily make one again and again.

It was fun to slow down my quilting a little bit and take in all of the different prints.  I love these.  See the one that says, “Iowa”.  Next to it there is one that says, “make soup”.

After that, it was on to binding.  I was REALLY tempted.  Really, really tempted to let it sit and do something else.  Then I reminded myself that this quilt needs to get done so the next quilts can get done.  It’s so much nicer to say, I have one finished vs I have one to bind.

I ended up going with a pink binding.  It was the color that I had enough of.  
Originally I had hoped to bind in teal.  Teal is the center fabric and I thought it would bring that color out if I bound in it but I didn’t have enough teal.  I only had enough of pink or lime green.  I went with the pink.  I’ll save the lime green in case I do another boy quilt at some point.

So are you tired of my babble and ready to see the whole quilt?  Well here it is… Continue reading

Where We are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Sometimes projects go in and out of here that I often forget what’s out or where it is.  That was the case of this quilt until someone told me it was hanging in American Patchwork and Quilting’s booth at the Houston Quilt Market.

First off…there is the magazine the quilt it in…December 2019 issue 161.

I had forgotten that it was in this issue until a blog reader contacted me and said, “Love your quilt in APQ magazine”.  Hmm, I thought.  Which one was that?

I went online and looked it up.  Yep.  Now I remembered.

Later I got a message from Carla the gal that does a lot of our longarming if the quilt is going in a magazine.  She said..Did you quilt the quilt that’s in the December issue of APQ?  I said yes….  She was surprised.  Typically I don’t do costume quilting and I don’t do anything like this.

Then Carla asked, “Did you use rulers?”  I said nope.  She was surprised again.

What happened was I had this top here that I adored but hadn’t quilted it.  I wanted some motivation so I snapped a couple pictures of it and sent it in to the magazine for consideration.  They said yes…can you have it here ASAP?  Oh great.  I wasn’t looking for that much motivation.  Although I know Carla would have dropped everything, I knew what I wanted on the quilt and thought I could pull it off and it would be “good enough”.  So I tried.

I did it free hand.  Look close.  You can see it’s free hand….I’m okay with it.  I can do something like this….it’s just point to point quilting.

I hate working with rulers so free hand was my option….and look.  It was good enough for magazine publication…and that’s proof that it’s okay to not be perfect and to just DO IT!

Well from there I was tagged in a Facebook post from Chris Wells on Quilted Twins’ page.  She said that she saw a picture of my quilt on Instagram from the Houston Quilt Market.  Oh my.  I didn’t even know it was going there.  Hmmm.  I’m flattered.  I hunted and tried to find a picture on line but didn’t see one.  Ahhh.  I figured it was all a myth and went on with life.

Then last week APS contacted me about sending back my quilt.  I asked if the quilt was at Quilt Market in Houston and asked if I could see a picture of it.  They sent this…. Continue reading