Monday, January 14, 2019


As if quilting isn't a big enough hobby...
to pour money into...

I now find myself being "such a card" maker!
I joined a group of quilty friends who also make cards.

Lets just say...a couple of these gals have been
making cards for close to 20 years.
No armatures ...cept me.

Here are a few cards I decided to make using
 Black, Gray, White and Yellow

The Thank You is a word die cut by Sizzix

Dimensional wings on this bee

A happy sentiment from Stampin up
Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set

The quilted hear is a die cut from Stampin Up's
Quilted Christmas Set.

This cute sewing theme die cut set is from Jillian Designs.

And here's a quick look that includes a couple more bee themes.

My friend Kim Hensley gifted me this sewing machine
 "handmade" stamp that's great for sewing themed cards!
 have a couple other options as well.

Sew you may see more posts about my card making.
It's like making mini quilts and just as time consuming...
not to mention the costs...some might think
it silly...but its just another creative outlet. 

Friday, January 4, 2019


Nothing bugs me more than a beautiful quilt
with crappy looking binding!
SEW here's how I sew on binding!

My binding are all 2 1/2" wide
Piece strips with angled seams for less bulk.
 1/4" foot with a guide

***Whereever you begin sewing down the binding...
LEAVE a loose 10" tail (for mitre finish)

Sew binding down the side of the quilt, aligning raw edges
STOP the needle 1/4" from the edge of the quilt
TURN the quilt 45 degrees (clockwise)
 and sew STRAIGHT OFF the edge of the quilt.
Like this!

Here's a close up view.

TURN the entire quilt (quarter turn counter-clockwise) 
Raw edge of quilt always to the right side.
FOLD the binding straight back
MAKE a 45 degree angle fold and finger press
Like this...

Bring the binding strip forward,  straight down along and 
on top of the right side of the quilt and finger press.
DO NOT loose the 45 degree you do this.

Begin the 1/4" seam the top edge of
 the binding and quilt corner
DO NOT LOOSE THE 45 degree fold at any time

Continue sewing 1/4" seam 
REPEAT this process, for each corner.

Now lets talk Mitered Seam Finish..
Don't loose me here...its not hard.
I have posted about this technique before and you
can review that tutorial HERE (more detail)

or stay right here...
Leave a loose 10" tail at the beginning of 
sewing down the binding

Leave a 10" loose tail at the beginning strip of the binding.
Start sewing at the 10" mark, back stitch to secure.

Sew all the binding on around the quilt.
When you get to the last edge of the quilt....
STOP sewing when there is 10" of space, back stitch
Then cut another 10" tail.

Now your binding has two tail and a 10" space 
between the loose tails.

Pull down the tails toward each other, pin them down snugly.
This is important to get a tight binding finish

Fold back each tail (right and left sides) 
Leave a snug 1/4" space between the tails.

Trim each tail to 1 1/4" out from each FOLD
(keep that 1/4" space centered)
The 1 1/4" trim on either side is half of the 2 1/2" binding width.  

Now THIS is the tricky part.   Fold the ends as if you were 
sewing binding strips Right SIDES together.

Sew across at a diagonal...
just like sewing the binding strips together.
Lay the sewn piece out flat to make sure it is NOT twisted BEFORE you trim off to 1/4" seam!!!

Now flatten it out, press and sew it down to finish your binding.

THIS is the flat, mitered seam finish.  
trim off any dog ears as needed.
I prefer to "hand sew" the bindings 
for a beautiful finish. 
I have yet to see a machine sewn finish that looks pretty?

FLORENCE the Party Animal...shes been framed!

Let me know if you give these techniques a try
and how they work for you!

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Year In Review

2018 has been a fun year...
It started in Ocean Isle Beach, NC
where I spent the winter.
I was only an hour from my son in Myrtle Beach
so I got to see him at least once a week! 

While at the beach I made 3 quilt tops
and later finished them at home.  

Ghastlies by the Sea
A Ghastlies Moments Panel
transformed into large Economy Blocks

Ghastlies Peep Show
I used 4 early lines of Ghastlies from 2009 - 2012
The Ghastlies, Ghastlies Night,
Ghastlies Reunion, Ghastlies End
 Thimble Blossoms Red Velvet Pattern variation.

Painted Forest pattern by Blue Nichols Quilts.
A dark background of stash fabrics
making it a Halloween Version 
with Cotton and Steel Spellbound and Boo
"Don't Go Into the Forest"
I did an asymmetrical setting vs straight
rows of the trees

I also made a few zipper bags.
The Clarissa bag is my favorite.

Back to Ohio in April and sewing was done for a while.
Spring brings my garden work!
May rolled around and I made this Poolside tote
for a special friend who retired.  

June, I began sewing a quilt for a good neighbor.
His birthday is July 4th and Red, White and Blue!
Sadly, Mark was diagnosed with lung cancer.
He is doing ok but is happy to have this
quilt to snuggle under with his recovery.

August rolled around and I wanted to make the
Range Back Pack.
I used cork, Essex linen and 
 Buckeye colors of scarlet and gray.

September I quilted my Pumpkin Quilt
that I had sewn together at a May retreat.

October new baby received this sweet quilt.

But the quilt I was happiest to finish was...
My Ghastlies Mode Make Modern Building Blocks.
A five year project...drove me nuts
the pattern sucked, sew many tiny pieces 
and the sections often did not fit together
requiring "strips" be sewn to make them fit!
Really Moda? who tested this pattern?
I decided to make the blocks I wanted
and fill in some fussy cut blocks 
to highlight my Ghastlies fabrics. finished quickly!
Cassandra Beaver quilted this huge 82" x 96" monster!

I made over 50 projects in 2018
 bags, zipper pouches, table runners, place mats, 
pot holders, baskets, pin cushions, cushion covers
 and numerous blocks or WIPs that still remain on my shelves.
AND this number includes
7 Lap size or larger quilts!

I also knitted some scarves...this is my fav

I am now in a card making group that meets once a month 
and having a great time creating with paper and ink.

I also usher for 6 Columubs OH Theatres.
Since July 1 (when the season begins)
I have ushered 28 events.

I ushered enough shows before July that I earned
free tickets to the Summer Movie Series.
I invited some crazy girls to join me in a night of
American Graffiti FUN!
Oh yes, we stopped traffic!

The best project this year was my sewing room remodel!
I spent two weeks at the beach while my
nephew did all this work.
All I had to do was fill in the color!

I look forward to 2019
Lots of sewing, card making, vacations
and time with family and friends. 

Wishing you a very KWILTY New Year!