BQL Challenge – Final Offerings


I wanted to post the last two quilts that I made for the British Quilt List calendar challenge……

The first of these was actually for the month of October, but I didn’t get it finished by the end of the month. 


It was a fun (and fast) quilt and I really like the look of the 3-D pinwheels.  I decided to play with the quilting and tried using a double needle with a blue thread on one side and a green on the other.  The first problem arose when I was doing straight lines and wanted to turn a corner… cant keep the needle in the piece and make the turn!!!  

I really like the way that the loops look with the two needles, but the back doesn’t work well since the threads sit on the top of the back and dont lock inside the batting….but I liked the look of the stitch to use it again on my guild challenge piece (previous post).  But, that time I didn’t use a dual needle, but instead just quilted the loops in two passes.


The final quilt was for December and it was an easy fusible mosaic design.  I decided to use colors other than the traditional red and greens and was pleased with the blues, greens, golds and purples.

It was a wonderful and fun year of making monthly calendar quilts and I am truly thankful to Kandy Newton and her cohorts from the BQL for making the challenge possible. 

It was very rewarding to finish the last quilt and post photos just before midnight on the 31st of December!!!!  And, it was exciting to hang the January quilt in my studio.

First one finished

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I have now finished the first of the projects that were on my list for the week.  This is the November offering for the British Quilt List calendar challenge.  I didn’t finish the October challenge in time to get the instructions, so I had to guess about the technique.  Because I was in a hurry, I opted to simply use Wonder-Under to fuse the circles and then to use machine embroidery stitches around the edges.  


Now onto the ornament of the day……

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I won this ornament in an exchange that our guild had a lot of years ago.  It was made by an older woman named Kathryn Hancock and it is very special to me.  A few years before she passed away, she bought a UFO of mine at a garage sale.  When I asked her WHY in the world she wanted it, she explained that this way she would have something that I made!!


That comment has always stuck with me and seeing this ornament each year gives me a warm and wonderful feeling.  

…..Thank you Kathryn and I miss you!!!!…….

BQL for September

BQL September

Today I finished my British Quilt List challenge quilt for September.  I haven’t made a log cabin block since I first started quilting back in 1985, and I was reminded that it is not my favorite block to make.   

I made 12 blocks last week, thinking that I was finished, but then realized that I needed 16 blocks, so made the extra four today.   The biggest trick was to figure out the arrangement of the blocks, so I got on to Electric Quilt and tried out several different possibilities.

I couldn’t decide how to quilt it so finally just worked it in an overall swirl.

It has been a bit of a disappointing day since we were supposed to go to the University of Georgia football game tonight, but thunderstorms rolled in about 2 hours before kickoff so we didn’t get to go……maybe next week!!!

BQL August Quilt


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         This is the calendar quilt for August for the  British Quilt List Challenge.  The challenge was to make a quilt based solely on half-square triangles.

Mine was made in red and black in honor of the University of Georgia football team who have their first game next Saturday. 


BQL July Challenge

This is the quilt that I made for the British Quilt List calendar challenge for July. The design was for a bargello quilt and I originally had a hard time thinking of what colors to use. Then I started reflecting that it was a quilt for July and, since I live in the US, maybe I should do red, white and blue!!! So, I pulled out all of my Americana fabrics that have been sitting around for years and started to play.

I was careful to keep all of the stripes running the same direction and especially made sure that the hearts were vertical and not horizontal!!! What I didn’t remember, was that when you do bargello, you sew the strips together and cut across the strip set and re-sew the new strips together. I am sure that you can see where I am headed……I still managed to get the hearts going sideways and the stripes running the wrong direction!!!!

Oh well, I actually liked how the big red, white and blue stripe looks like a firecracker with the firework fabric being the “pop” at the end.

So, as with most things, it all worked out for the best!!!!

I have to add a cute comment here… our charity bee, we often take dull-ish fabrics and sew them into large strips and then cross-cut them into 5 strips and “bargello” them to give the quilt a bit more interest. One of our members had never heard the term “bargello” and she thought that we said “Bordello”. So, after a good laugh, we now “bordello” striped quilts that need a pick-me-up!! I guess in that context, the word still works!!!!

Bye for now.

BQL for June

As I have mentioned before, I am a member of the “British Quilt List” monthly challenge and yesterday was the due date for the June quilt. As soon as I finished the rust piece, I immediately started working on this one and fortunately it didn’t take very long to make. The list moderator, Kandy Newton has once again done a wonderful job of designing a quilt that helps us to try different techniques…..this time it was tucks.

She gave two great pieces of advice. The first was to use high contrast fabrics and the second was to starch the fabrics before we started cutting!!!

I cant wait to see the next installment.

Trapunto Two Ways

I have been quilting the large trapunto piece that I have previously shown…..Here is the latest picture of it…….

Once again, I am desperately hoping that they blue lines come out!!!!!

The May challenge for the British Quilt List challenge is a trapunto piece as well. I have been wanting to try doing trapunto a different way (I read it in some magazine but cant now find the magazine) and decided that this was a good piece to try it on. I liked this method because it meant that I didn’t have to cut out the batting from the back of the quilt…..I always manage to cut the front fabric by mistake.

Here is what I did……

Draw the outside lines of the design onto freezer paper and then lightly iron it onto the batting You could also draw these directly on the batting, but I couldn’t figure out what pen to use……

Cut out the pieces and remove the freezer paper…..

Lay out the pieces on the front fabric… have to be careful because everything is backwards….

I know that this is not easy to do because I realized that my word would read right to left rather than left to right so I had to change it after I had already started sewing. Here is how I changed it. …..

Use Water Soluble thread in the bobbin and regular thread in the needle and free-motion stitch on the back of the quilt top (around the edges of the batting pieces). This holds them in place and puts an outline of the pieces on the front of the quilt. You can see in the previous picture that I have already sewn around the “A”. Here is the front after the outlining has been done…..

Baste the quilt …..I also used a blue wash-out pen and drew in a few details…..

Stipple the background….by the way, the pattern I used took forever and used a huge amount of thread.

Soak the piece in cool water to remove the blue lines and the wash-out thread.

Replace the water with hot water and soak for a few minutes. Pop into a hot dryer until dry.

Square up the piece (it lost over 1/2 inch in this process)….

A few things that I learned……this works great for large shapes that will be trapuntoed (is that a word???).

Using this particular type of stippling you need to make sure that the shapes are larger….you may notice that the flower leaves on the right sort of disappeared among the stippling.

I am looking forward to trying this again, changing these few things.

Thanks for reading.


I am a member of the Yahoo Group, “British Quilt List”, which I joined two years ago just before we were making a 2 month trip to England. Last year they had a bag making monthly challenge. I did the January bag and then decided that I really wasn’t interested in making 12 bags, so I dropped out.

This year, I joined the challenge again. The theme for the year is making calendar quilts….each is 12 inches square and follows instructions and themes set by the challenge moderator, Kandy Newton. (By the way, I got to spend a day with Kandy while in England and she is a wonderful quilter and a hoot to be around!!!).

Well, I made the January quilt (click here to see it) and had it posted to the BQL photos before the first week in January. Things went down hill from there!!!!!

So, this past two weeks I have been working to catch up on the challenges and here are my next three entries……

The February quilt was going to be based on a bed of Daffodils that were growing
just outside my window, but a freak Snow Storm (we dont often get snow) greatly
shortened their duration. This quilt will help me to remember their beauty.

The March quilt uses a photo that I took at Kew Gardens when visiting London two
years ago. My husband was visiting a researcher there and we arrived at the
research facility about 1-1/2 hours before the gardens opened. I had planned to
just walk slowly to the main entrance and wait for opening, but was told to go
on into the gardens from the research entrance. So, I got to spend over an hour
wandering the gardens before the hoards of school children arrived. It was

The April purses use fabrics that I bought in India last year. I still have to
bind this one and add a bunch of embellishments, but those can be done in front
of the TV and at my leisure.

I have done a lot of FMQ, but never while in such a hurry, so I put my foot down
and let the needle fly. It was actually quite fun!!

I just got the instructions for the May challenge……a machine trapunto piece!!! Maybe I will get it finished in the next 30 days!!!

Crumb Quilts

There has been a wonderful discussion on the British Quilt List about “Crumb Quilts” that use all of your little bitty bits and pieces (those that I normally throw away)…..I know, I am really bad!!!!

Anyway, I got to thinking about them and googled to look for Crumb Quilt patterns. In doing so, I came across a wonderful website with a bunch of free patterns for scrap quilts. I cant wait to try some of these. Click here if you want to have a look.

BQL Challenge

I have been a member of the yahoo group, “British Quilt List” for about 2 years. I joined when we were getting ready to spend two months in Oxford and actually got to spend time with two wonderful quilters as a result. I also got to attend two meetings of the Oxford Quilt Guild and go to one of their big national shows.

Last year BQL had a bag challenge where the participants made a different bag or purse each month. Well, the last thing that I need is another tote bag or purse, so I didn’t do the 12 months of challenges.

However, this year they are doing a calendar challenge. The idea is that you print off a paper calendar and baste it to the bottom of the 12 inch piece that you have made. I am not so interested in the calendar, but thought the idea of making a small quilt each month might give me a chance to try a few new techniques.

The January quilt instructions were posted on the 1st and I was able to spend a few hours on Saturday and then finish it up on Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed making the piece by using only fabrics that were in my scrap box, and I may try to use this idea to make most of these upcoming quilts.

Technically, it is not a wonderful quilt, but was fun to make and isn’t that the point of making quilts!!!!

Well, today is the first day of “TAX SEASON” for me, so I know that the fun days of spending hours in my studio are past, but I am still hoping to get in there for at least 30 minutes each day!!! We will see how that works out this week!!!