Category Archives: Quilting

Quilt Book Review: Beyond the Tee

It’s been slow getting quilt books in for me to review.  It’s something I love to do but haven’t had many books lately.  I love doing the reviews and seeing what’s new and you all seem to enjoy them too.  I ended emailing Martingale to see if they were still offering the program for bloggers to get review copies.  I haven’t heard from them yet.  Hopefully, they still are.

I do have a book from C&T Publishing that I thought was a great take on T-shirt and memory quilts.  It is called Beyond the Tee:  Innovative T-shirt Quilts by Mary Cannizzaro & Jen Cannizzaro.

The title is a little misleading as some of the quilts are not made from T-shirts.  Some are made from men’s ties or even baby clothes….not just T-Shirts.

Here is the table of contents….

There are nine quilts in the book.  If you check out the quilt below, you’ll see that this quilt is not made from T-shirts.

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Quilt Finish: Bricks in the Barnyard

Yahoo!!  Check this out.  I have another quilt finish.

That pile of my finished quilt tops that weren’t getting quilted is getting smaller and smaller.  A blog reader suggested that I do one every three weeks to get them done and then I’d have them done by the end of the year.  That’s a great idea but totally not me.  I HAVE to strike while the iron is hot.  When I’m in the mood, I have to keep going with whatever it is for a long as it lasts.

Right now I am in the mood to finish getting these quilt tops finished and that is EXACTLY what I’m going to do.  FINISH THEM ASAP.

While my sewing room is not completely set up, it’s a great time do work on these as the quilt machine is set up and easy to use even though everything is still in a bit of a disarray.

It has felt so good to tackle these.

This quilt is Bricks in the Barnyard.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter pattern in the book Scraps and Shirttails Book Two.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.   It’s one of my favorite books.

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Quilting Motif: Hook and Point

Over a month ago I showed you the Hook and Bump edge to edge quilting motif that I often use.  Today I’m going to show you the hook and point.

Here is the quilt that did the design on….

This is a simple quilt.  It’s charm square only.  When my neighbor girl was living across the street from me she often came over and sewed with me.  One of the quickest ways to teach someone to make a quilt is to grab charm packs and start sewing.

I had cut some 5″ squares from my fabric and one day when she was at my house we sewed.  I sewed the same thing she was so she didn’t think it was just a beginner project.

Here is a closer picture where you can see the quilting motif.

I call it the hook and point.

Here is the Youtube video I did of me explaining how to do the quilting.

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I’ve Gone Rogue!

Remember I am supposed to be doing the Dirty Dozen Challenge?  Remember I always do the Bonnie Hunter mystery?

Well, I’ve gone rogue.  I’m not following the rules.  I’m not being my normal self…and I think I’m okay with that.

With the Dirty Dozen we are supposed to work on the UFO that is picked each month.  I went off the rails…remember these quilts were sitting on the quilting frame??

I decided to throw them on the quilting machine and get them done.  I was done waiting for their number to show up on the Dirty Dozen list.  I just wanted them finished and out of the way.

I have new designs worked up on EQ but I’m letting them sit.

Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt colors were revealed.  I don’t think I’m going to do it.

I am finding myself so happy with less stuff in my quilting room that I don’t care to clutter it up with something I might like…or might not like.

I asked myself, “Would you rather sew the mystery or would you rather finally get your Double Wedding Ring quilt completely finished?”  I asked would you rather do the mystery or work on your bucket list quilt, Hawaiian Sunset?”  This quilt??? Continue reading