Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Yes, its' been a SWELL time making my
Vintage Santa Quilt top. 
I am always late to the sewing party, as
this design came out a couple years ago.
I don't's timeless.

As always, I began with cutting and labeling.
I decided to use a dark charcoal gray fabric
for the background.

Sewing the HO HO HO letters was fun and quick.
Labels help!

My H Letters all in a Row!

Here you can see the dark charcoal gray background.
I love all these vintage inspired prints.

The O letters were soon finished.

Then the HO blocks came together nicely!

It didn't take long for the top to be pieced.
I love an easy and quick quilt top!
I put my least favorite fabrics (hard choice) in the
bottom left corner.. The huge Santa will be appliqued over them
and they get cut away.

 The HO-LD ON comes into play now. 

The Santa needs to be appliqued onto the top.
I think the glue used for Lauren Heiney collages would work well! 
The fabric behind the Santa will need to but trimmed out.

The Santa Panel is HUGE! 60 x 52 but Santa gets trimmed down.
You can place him on the top however you like.

Kim Hensley and I will get together and do that part next year,
Our plates are pretty full right now. 

She wants to investigate long arm quilting ideas for this quilt. 
I am OK with that!  

Friday, November 26, 2021


Why did I not know...there was a fabulous quilt shop in Cincinatti OH

When my friend Kathy Guenter took me there, 
my first thought was..."man this is small"
Nope...don't let that storefront fool ya!
It was narrow but deep...lots of rooms all the way back.

We found lots of notions.

Modern patterns/designers

3 Shelves of Charley Harper fabrics

Solids on Sale!

A great sale area
with these 1/2 yd cuts at $6

And I found a remnant of a Charley Harper
Racoon Christmas print

Yes...I was in STITCHES and will go back!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Seems like a long time ago...
I found a love of Charley Harper fabrics.
I kept collecting them, and made a few smaller projects.
All became part of my guest bedroom.

Then I collected more...and found a pattern I thought
could work for a king size quilt, for the queen size bed.

I cut a lot of blocks and worked on them at intervals.
I didn't like the pattern churn dash corners...
so I just made regular Churn Dash blocks.

Fussy cut centers of many Charley Harper fabrics.

I made 36, 16" Churn Dash blocks
White GRUNGE framed all of them and I selected
a color from the fussy cut pieces for accents.
The background was a Gray with Black Polkadot.

Added a 4" drop of the background fabric
 so it would fit the Queen bed, like a comforter.
It finished at 85 x 89"

I selected Dream Cotton batting
and off she went to my friend Patty Estadt for quilting.

Here you can see the backing...a print called Stitched
and it was perfect for this backing.
I used the background fabric for the binding.

As you can see here...Patty did a beautiful E2E  free-hand 
long arm quilting desgin....not a pantograph!

I made a couple pillow cases out of the backing fabric
and here she is in all her glory!

I still have a ton of Charley Harper fabrics.
Oh gee....what will I make next?

Monday, November 8, 2021


Recently I was interviewed to become a pattern tester for 
The Frannie B Quilt Company.
Two rounds of survey questions and I was in! 

Corinne Wells is the owner and 
has a staff of excellent artists and designers. 
Riley Blake is one of her fabric sponsors. 
Corrine also has released her own fabric designs.

Like this Rocky Mountain Wild
for Riley Blake

Their mission is to take vintage patterns and fabrics 
and give them a Modern feel. 

Just perfect for me!

First up…I did a read only test!
Corrine said I provided excellent feedback
on the written pattern! 

Next test, I made a quilted Christmas Stocking.

Corinne sent me these Riley Blake prints to use. 
I will be mailing this back for a Charity effort
to provide Foster kids a Christmas Stocking. 

I am currently testing on a new pattern 
for Frannie B Quilt Company
Sizes from crib to full size and precut friendly. 
Pattern drops November .23), 2021 

My fabrics are Zen Chic, Quotation 
with a lot of scrappy Low Volume for the background. 

A stack of stars!

If you like making Flying Geese…
This pattern is for you. 

And here is my stargazers top!  

Monday, November 1, 2021


I love a good pumpkin quilt.
HOCUS POCUS by The Pattern Basket
ended up in my sewing room.

Well Pumpkins are still around in November!
Sew take a peek!

I pulled fabrics and began to read the pattern.
I was quite disappointed to learn the instructions had
you cut and make one block at at time.

I don't always follow rules...I don't like rules.
Sew I cut the block pieces,
but did not sew them.
Sew many tiny pieces....I am not happy!
I put it away for awhile.

I had an idea, since I first saw this pattern,
 to incorporate something else into the pumpkins.

Look closely, there's something Ghastlie about to happen.

YES! I designed each Pumpkin with a piece of Ghastlies fabric in them.

There are 3 sizes of pumpkins for a total of 20 pumpkins

I was tired of making the pumpkins.  I put the stems and leaves aside
and made 7 black stars next.

After more fussying around with very tiny pieces....
and adding a border...
The top was completed!

My quilty friend, Kim Hensley, just got a Innova Computerized longarm machine.
She wanted to quilt this for me.
Well...she said...the Ghastlies demanded to be quilted!

She used a quilting design called Fall Surprise...
It's pumpkins and a vine with leaves.

Her long arm skills are moving forward like a tornado!

Binding was a black and white Ghastlies weave print.

And the Ghastlie Pumpkin Patch quilt was done!
It's sew darkly devine!

The backing is just orange yardage from my stash,

This is the 'obligatory" pic of my Hubby, Phil
with the finished quilt over his recliner.
I have been taking these pics for years!

I hope your Pumpkin Patch is full of great color and dark shadows!