Oops….I forgot June!!

Earlier in the year I had been talking about the British Quilt List challenge that I participated in back in 2009..

I had posted thru May and my plan had been to post one a month for the rest of the year.

BUT…..I FORGOT!!!

So, here is the 12-inch quilt for June…..

Sadly, I don’t remember exactly how we made this block. but I am thinking that we sewed the “flap” strips together first and then inserted them into the seams of the backing fabric.

I do remember sewing the top flaps down heading one direction and the bottom flaps the other, and then picking a point somewhere in the middle to turn the flaps the othere direction.

It has wonderful dimension and, for me, the fabrics are perfect!!

It would be interesting to explore this technique further as I am SURE that lots of amazing quilts could come out of it…..

This was a fun quilt to make and I love hanging it in my bathroom in the Spring and Summer.

Have you ever tried a “tuck” quilt??

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”!!

NEW PROJECT!!!

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!!

It’s FINISHED!!

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.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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…..


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Bordering on Insanity….

One of the challenges early in my quilting career came in 1996 in the form of a guild challenge.

At the time, border challenges were all the rage….you know, the ones where you started with the first block and then passed it on to the next person who added a border and then passed it to the next person who added a border….and so on!!

Our guild suggested a border challenge, except we would only work on OUR quilt. BUT, each border had to be a certain size and have certain characteristics.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it!!!

I had a Southwest influence in mind for my quilt and this was my center block…..

If I remember, I added the brown border to make it conform to the proper size.

Next we were to add a small border of squares and then a larger border that I honestly don’t remember the parameters for…..

Then came a larger border with triangles…..

….followed by a tiny border of squares and rectangles. I chose for mine to be on-point…..

Next, there was an “open” design large border where we could do whatever we wanted. Many people chose to add applique but I went with lots of smaller borders and designs that mimicked the inside block…..

The final border had to be POINTS, and I was inspired by the Delectable Mountain pattern…..

This was the final quilt…..

….and I LOVED IT!!!

My one memory of making this quilt was sitting outside with my husband while I struggled to get all of the sizes correct for the next to the last border. Remember that this was pre-“Electric Quilt” so I was using graph paper and when I changed any size in the interior borders, it meant that MANY others had to change as well!! As I was drawing and erasing, my grumbling became louder and louder. Michael finally turned to me and said “I thought that quilting was supposed to be fun”. I immediately retorted….” I AM HAVING FUN…..LEAVE ME ALONE!!”

As I got ready to make the label, I decided to keep up the fun and make it a “Crazy Quilt” label….

…and to name the quilt “Bordering On Insanity!!!

It is a great memory of a REALLY fun challenge!!!