Category Archives: Quilting

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!!

In My Mail

I’ve had fun mail again…It’s so special and means a lot to me.

The bunch of goodies came from Marian in Minnesota.
I was excited about the gray.  I have plans down the road to make this quilt…Silver Linings.  It’s from Bonnie Hunter’s String Frenzy book.  I’ve been collecting grays in everything that gets sent to me.  Gray is a fabric I never buy so if I want gray, I have to be patient and collect it.  You all have been a great help.

The grays will come in handy for this quilt.  I originally thought about changing the gray to blue but I have gray furniture in the living room now so gray it is!!

Kelli and I both have been collecting John Deere fabric.  She’s hoping to get a quilt made for her nephew on Jason’s side of the family with some.  I have a boy here that I want to make one for.

That was so sweet.  Thank you Marian.

I got a HUGE box of scraps from Carla in Odessa, TX.  Carla has sent me scraps before and she has the best scraps.  Last time I was cutting out a scrap quilt, the mail came, I opened that package and immediately cut the fabric and put it in the quilt I was currently working on.  HOW FUN!!   …seriously the box is HUGE!!  See? Continue reading

Trying Something New

Awhile back I reviewed this book for you….
Sew Illustrated by Minki Kim.

Well I’ve been getting a little frustrated with myself.  I buy things with good intentions of stopping and actually making something….but do I?  NO.  I don’t.

Well one Sunday night a week or two ago I was sewing.  I finished up what I was doing and have about an hour before bed.  Hmm.  I decided then and there is was time to step out of my box and try something that I had purchase but had never “gotten around to”.  (We all have those things, right??)

Well this book immediately came to mind.  Do you want to know why?  I recently reviewed one of the author’s new books and told myself I couldn’t buy it unless I made something from the first book first.  UGH.  Well I stuck to my guns and gave it a try.

I thought I’d do a something small first.  How about this pincushion?  It’s so cute don’t you think? Continue reading

I’m Grounded

That’s right.  You read that completely and totally right.  I’m grounded.  I’m not allowed to go into a fabric store.

A couple  Saturdays ago I decided to go shopping.  This rarely happens and if that mood strikes I’m usually pretty quick to talk myself out of it.

I ended up on a bit of an adventure…First I went to my favorite Amish bakery near Hazelton, Iowa…then to Amish Grocery…then to quilt shop Merry’s Stitches near Jessup…then on to Hobby Lobby.  Thanks goodness at least a part of the money I spent was on something needed…groceries.  I really shouldn’t say that as I really was to the point that I needed some fabric.

I get lots of fabric gifted to me and I primarily sew with what is gifted but there comes a point when after making as many bright quilts as I have recently, that a girl needs some neutrals to go with the bright fabrics.  So I was on a mission.  Bright white prints….

Typically when I hunt for them I only find a few….not at Merry’s Stitches!!

She had a ton of white based neutrals, and I bought a ton!!  Seriously….I spent a lot here.  It’s a good thing I’ve been on that fabric diet for so long.

I had to laugh…Merry’s daughter Julie from Patchabilities was there.  I had asked for quarter yard cuts of them all.  (Yes, I am that girl)

Julie said are you sure you don’t just want 1/2 yard cuts.  Well…I’m sure I want to but I can’t afford 1/2 yard cuts on them all.  So I do what I do to make the quilts I want to make.  That means it’s quarter cuts and LOTS of different ones!!

LOTS.  You know it’s bad when the shop gives you a reusable bag with their shop logo.  See… Continue reading