Wednesday, September 23, 2020


The 3rd Sewcial Distance Quilt
 Kim Hensley and I have sewn apart/together
is The Iris Quilt by Erica Jackman

Its a Jelly Roll quilt and sew
one would think quick and easy!

Well let's just talk fabrics for now.
We shopped our stash and I found...
Cosmo Crickets' Circa 1934 Jelly roll
and I found 2 charm pack.
I had the red GRUNGE in my stash.
I used a KONA cream for the sashing.

I also have 2 charm pack of circa 1934
and that will be worked into the backing.

It didn't take long to cut the pieces.

Kim decided she was going to make TWO!

She found this Juniper Berry in her stash
and some coordinating fabrics for the accent
and the sashing.

Here is Kim's Juniper Berry Holiday fabric
all cut and ready to sew!

Her second selection of fabrics is Hoopla

Cutting...quick and easy.

Sewing the units was also quick and easy.
Yes this is gonna be awesome!
I picked the right fabrics.

and Kim's Hoopla was a fast sew!

That's where the fun stopped.
I have much more to say about this quilt pattern...
but it deserves a post of its own...
I am very HAPPY I am only sewing ONE!


Wednesday, September 16, 2020


I finally finished them this summer.  
Lots of fun gifts for some lucky recipients.
Most of these patterns are free!

Lined Drawstring Bag
Tutorial by Jeni Baker, In Color Order Blog

 Adorable Llamas

I couldn't pass on GNOME fabric.
This tutorial is by Noodlehead, Wide Open Pouch.

The front and back have different colors
and I switched the zipper out to turquoise.

The One Hour Basket is perfect for
these Llamas dressed in their Holiday Sweaters and scarves.

I did swap out the lining to a black and white.
Not sure why, maybe I misplaced the other option.

Another Wide Open Zipper Pouch.
These are so easy.
I love the way the zipper is installed
allowing the bags to 'open wide"

I love this one...might have to keep it!

Little Sheep make a cute Wide Open Pouch.
I have many friends who knit and crochet!

You can see this open and the zipper dangling to the side.
Lots of space to get in and out of the pouch.

Another Drawstring Bag by Jeni
You can use the tutorial, yet make this bag ANY size.

This one is sew cute...and a bit smaller than the others.

These were QAYG units that used some of my
scraps and my Mom's dresser scarves.

I have made many of these and given
to the Granddaughters.  Then I found this in my
sewing room.  Might just keep it!

This bag is the Perfect pouch.
It works up easy and is flat when finished.
Good for an embroidery or cross stitch project.

This was to be a Reversible Box Tote. 
I didn't like the interfacing, sew...
I cut off the handle and made another
Wide Open Pouch.

It's all about what is easy and will still look good!
Nailed it!

I have a few wallets cut out...
Sew they should be next on my to do's...
but are they?

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Second Sewcial Distance Sewing Pattern
with Kim Hensley is....COLOR DIVE 
a free pattern by Anna Marie Horner.

I had a lot of Alison Glass scraps that I received
last you via #getyourquiltywishgranted on Instagram.

This was my first Rainbow designed quilt.
All pieces are 5" squares with a few HST 
to transition from one color to the next.

I selected a fun all over Edge 2 Edge design
for Coleen to longarm quilt.
It's a good size also, 64" x 76"

This is Coleen...she's just awesome!

The backing is also Allison Glass and a 
bit of Guicy Guice

Binding is my final journey of making the quilt.
I like to hand stitch it down and relive that journey.

Kim made a Twin size and isn't it amazing.

Having someone to sew with, even at a distance
keeps you focused and moving forward.

Do you have a sewcial distance sewing friend?

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


September 2019 I was asked to do a trunk show for
The Perry County Sewcial Club.
A new quilt guild located in Perry County, OH

I knew the founding gals and said I would love to.
Being new and no budget, I offered to exchange my show
for fabrics.   If each person could bring me a scrap of
a pink or coral flower...I would make 
Laura Heine's Pinkerton Flamingo with those fabrics.

I received over 40 pieces of fabric!

The process begins by fusing and cutting all the fabric pieces
to be designed into the collage. 

I drew the design on the interfacing.
Then piece by Piece you lay out and fuse the
pieces onto the interfacing.

I loved this part of the design but it took me
4 hours to lay it out and another hour to fuse down everything.

Then you cut out the flamingo.

The backing is made with all the other fabrics the 
girls gave me and a bit from my stash.

I lay the top over the backing to make sure it fit!
You can see the horizontal layers of the background.
From white down to pinks.
I used Quilters Dream batting for this bird.

Pin basting for me!

The quilting was done by me on my Bernina 740
The bird body is a small stipple.
The rest of the top is Echo Quilting all around the Flamingo.
It took 8 hours to quilt!

I am lucky to have a large quilting table.

Here's a nice view of the finished quilting.

The Perry County Flamingo
has found a perfect summery place to reside!

She was a challenge and I stepped out of my
normal piecing and quilting to give her a life.
I am very happy she came into my life.
Just like those Perry Sewcial Club Quilters.
However, I would have selected a smaller
collage design if I had to do a "first collage" again!

I trimmed her down a bit and she was in a solo quilt and sold. show where someone offered a price I couldn't refuse.
She now has a new home.