Mustard Seed Inspiration

For the June block in the “Patterns By Jen” challenge…..

…we are being inspired by Yellow Mustard Seed!!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand so we will have to make do with an internet photo!!

I liked the sparkle in the yellow fabric that I chose and even more so when I saw it paired with the background fabric….

It was a fairly easy block with a few flying geese blocks…..

….several “snowball” type blocks…..

….and a bit of careful sewing….

Actually, it was NOT so careful, so after some ripping out and resewing, I had a fun block…..

I participated in this challenge last year as well and my plan is to alternate the blocks from last year and this year to make a final quilt. It might look something like this…..

I can’t wait to get to the end of the year so that I can put all of the blocks together!!!

A Bear of a Challenge!!

My guild issued a challenge earlier this year that was due at our meeting this past week. I never got around to making a quilt but was so impressed with the quilts that were shown.

The challenge was to use a Bears Paw Block, a realistic image of a bear and some form of embellishment!!

The Viewer’s Choice award went to Linda for her collaged bear….

If you are looking for the bears paw block, check out the bottom, right edge of the tree!!

Best use of an embellishment went to Rosie….

For embellishments, she did a big-stitch patch and used fmq for the bear image…

Best use of the Bear’s Paw block went to Jan for this quilt made for her grandson…..

Sue used collage for her Grizzly Bear…..

Pat went with crazy patchwork “teddy” bears…..

Mai had a photo of her mother feeding a bear at Yellowstone and she made three quilts featuring the photo….

Betsy made a sweet wallhanging with not only a Bears Paw block but an actual bears paw….

Finally, Laura used MINK for her bear……

Now I know that you are asking why she used Mink….. the daughter of one of her friends accidentally ran the coat thru the washer and dryer!! Needless to say, it was ruined but Laura found a way to resurrect a small part of it!!

I loved how varied all of these quilts were and the amazing creativity that went into each one.

As I viewed these bear paws, I was reminded of a quilt that I made for my daughter Jenny…..a LONG TIME AGO!!!

Here’s to the ever versitile “Bears Paw”!!

May Color Challenge

I was looking at my calendar and suddenly realized that I needed to catch up with my Color challenge blocks (from Patterns by Jen)!! It is too easy to get behind on some of these!!

The last month that I posted was for April and it was fun learning about Nigelia seeds!!!

The “spice” for May is “Blue Spice Basil”.

Contrary, to the sound of the name, it is NOT blue….the leaves nor the blooms!

So, instead of making the block with blue fabrics, I decided to use green and purple…..

Remember, that I am using the same background for all of the blocks.

The first step was to make eight flying geese blocks. These were made using the 4-at-a-time method. I know that we have talked about this method before, but in case you missed it, here are the steps again…..

Cut along the drawn line and press to make Flying Geese blocks!!

Trim them down to the proper size and they are ready to use.

I am happy with this block…..

I will say that it is one of my favorites so far!!

Now to move onto the June block!!


Yesterday I received a package from “Quilting Is My Therapy” and THAT is always a good thing!!

This time it contained the next installment of Angela Walters’ Free Motion Quilting challenges ….”Free Motion Fillers”.

You don’t have to purchase the fabric to do the challenge, but I love working on pieces that she has designed so I always buy the whole shebang!!

The panel is amazing…..

….as are the “Glide” threads that go along with it……

The challenge starts on June 21st and I am anxiously awaiting the first lesson.

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I do a lot of FMQ and feel comfortable with most designs so you might wonder exactly WHY I am doing yet another challenge.

I don’t think that you can ever learn too much, so signing up for another FMQ challenge will simply help me to improve my skills further, and improving is always a good thing!!

It’s not too late to join the challenge. Check out her website for more information.

I can’t wait to share the things that I will learn!!


Yes, this week I can finally say that the Sawtooth Star Challenge is finished!!!

I am happy with the final quilt…..

Early on, I wondered if I would be able to come up with 12 different designs for this block, but at the end, I had another 10 or so left. It was truly addicting to play with the designs!!

I am also happy that each one of the blocks contains one element that is the same. Every Star point was quilted with a “dot-to-dot” design that helps to tie ALL of the blocks together…..

IF I was going to quilt the entire quilt with just one design, it would probably be this one…..

I really like how the diagonal lines in the corners frame the block!!

I would DEFINITELY use a different color thread in the center block!! I put too much work into them for it not to show!! I have made this mistake so many times before, you would think that I would think about it when I am picking thread colors!!!

I have received photos of two other challenge quilts….

This is Jodie’s finished quilt…..

I LOVE the mixture of black and white with pops of colors!! She did a great job on her quilting and said that she learned a lot from working thru it.


This quilt is from Pat…..

Isn’t that center square fabric amazing!!!

She has just started the quilting process but is off to a great start…..

I can’t wait to see the finished quilt!!!

Thanks to all who participated in the challenge, whether it was just watching the videos or physically making the quilt.

I loved presenting it because it pushed me to learn something new and to utz me out of my comfort zone, and probably most important, IT GAVE ME A DEADLINE TO WORK TO!!!

What will the next challenge be? That all depends on what I want to learn next. As Richard Feynman said “If you want to master something…..teach it!!”

If you have suggestions for future projects, please let me know!!

AND, if you are wondering exactly what this is all about, check out the Challenge page on my website…..

Are you in a rut with your machine quilting? Sure, you know HOW to do FMQ and you have 4 or 5 patterns that you do well. BUT, you are bored with those designs and need a push to try some new things. If so, please join “MOVE-IT…. a Free-Motion Quilting Boot Camp”!! I will take you on a FREE 10-week journey to learn new designs and become more comfortable with just MOVING IT!! You can sign up by clicking HERE. The two videos shown above are part of this video series.