Jan 052006
 

Every year by early January I’ve had enough of the Christmas red & green, so I always love to bring out this table runner and top it with silver and crystal candlesticks and white candles.   The color scheme is a refreshing change.

quilted table runner ohio star

One of these days I’m going to remove the puffy batting, (which likes to make the candlesticks tip over) add cotton batting and hand quilt it.  One of these days . . .

quilted table runner ohio star close up

Dec 152005
 

For many years my boys and I had made gingerbread houses during Christmas time.  This year we decided to go bigger.  They each had their own house to build and I decided to get really ambitious with mine.  I think it required a triple batch of gingerbread, at least a quadruple batch of frosting and a few trips to the candy store, but isn’t it wonderfully over the top?

My favorite part is the “rose” window and the way the  lights on the inside make it glow.

gingerbread church

Aug 212005
 

This is the biggest quilt I ever made!

Haha, I had to throw this in.  When my husband & I put in a patio, we couldn’t do it the simple way.  Naturally neither Gary nor I would be satisfied with a simple, easy brick pattern.  No, it had to be one of the more complicated out there, herringbone on the diagonal.

patio-diagonal-herringbone-pattern

Yup, that really is me, and I really did all the cutting in on the wetsaw (That means cutting all those little pieces to fill in the spaces.  It was just like making a big quilt!)  But, yeah, I also really did manage to sand off all the fingerprints from my fingers.  (Duh, now I know not to brush away concrete dust with bare hands.  Derrrrrrrrr.)

patio-diagonal-herringbone-pattern-1

 

Jun 032005
 

rag quilt

A “rag” quilt made for a wedding gift.  My hands hurt just to look at it.  All that snipping.  Ouch.

All the snipping aside, it’s a very simple pattern:

  • Cut 8″ squares of fabric and sandwich them right sides out with 6″ squares of batting.  (The batting should be centered on the fabric squares, leaving 1″ without batting all around.)
  • Machine quilt the batting area only of each of these sandwiches.
  • Then sew them together with 1″ seam allowances.
  • Next, snip all of the seam allowances every 1/2′”.
  • Finally, bring it to the local laundromat to wash & dry and let all the raw edges fray.  (Do NOT wash & dry this in your home machines, you will regret it.  Consider yourself warned.)
Apr 122005
 

Sometimes I drive myself insane, ya know?

I bought these fabrics at a quilt show simply because they were packaged in a lovely bundle of fat quarters and I adored the combination of colors.  I also bought the pattern because the people there were cleverly marketing patterns that took just eight FQ’s.  (The number in each of their bundles, of course.)

What I didn’t consider at the time was that these fabrics are all VERY THICK flannels, and the pattern is a complicated one.  Smart people reserve flannels for simple patterns.

===sigh===

It came out pretty good, just don’t look too closely at the points.

flannel quilt-garden lattice
The pattern was cleverly designed.  You sewed together strips of a light and a dark fabric and then sewed a strip of white to either side.  Then you cut squares on point from these strips.  It would look something like this:

lattice-quilt-strip-set

I couldn’t leave well enough alone, though.  You see, the lighter color outside border of my quilt was not part of the original pattern.  These pieces were all the leftover triangles from cutting the main pieces, and the pattern told you to ===gasp=== discard them!  No way, Jose.

So I sat down, did a lot of math and figured out how to use each and every one of them in a border (Ok, ok,  so there are four on the back for the label.)
Absolute insanity, I tell ya.

flannel quilt-garden lattice

Mar 182005
 

This project came out far nicer than I expected.  I had Cindy Brick’s Hanky-Panky Crazy Quilts and a pile of my grandmother’s handkerchiefs, none of which seemed overly special.

However, after following Cindy’s excellent directions and adding a few special touches, I was quite pleased with the outcome.  The cat, the African violet buttons and all the bits of green bring to mind particular memories of my grandmother and my relationship with her.

So, if you ever find yourself with a stash of hankies and are wondering what to do with them, try making one of these little quilts.  I think you’ll find it a very meaningful way to honor someone special.

hanky quilt