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

Feb 082005
 

Of all the quilts I’ve made, this is one of my favorites.

batik-quilt-overall
Keepsake Quilts is a store that sends out a wonderful catalog every so often (you can find them here) and this quilt was featured on one of their covers.  They were selling the pattern, but instead of buying it, I got out my graph paper & calculator and figured it out.  It was a fun challenge!  (Yes, I LIKE to do math.)

The other thing I adore about this quilt are the fabrics.  I had these batiks left over from something else.  They were all stuffed into a small basket and didn’t look like they go very far, so I decided to keep making blocks until I ran out. I was amazed at how far that little pile went, I still have some left.

batik-quilt-close
The machine quilting follows  the pattern of the fabric on the backside, which was a fun way to do it.  The idea for that technique came from Larraine Scouler’s book, Quilting Back to Front: Fun & Easy No-Mark Techniques.

Jan 152005
 

I won the blocks for this Christmas quilt at a guild raffle.  Everybody who wanted to participate made a block, and then we drew names for the winners.

christmas quilt-ohio star blocks from guild exchange

Everyone also had to contribute a fabric square that matched their center square, so I designed this setting in order to be able to use them.

I hand quilted it, you can see some of the design in the border.

christmas_quilt_close