Tuesday, October 20, 2020


An AQS Christmas Countdown begins tomorrow!
October 21, 2020

Tami Edinger Pfeil of BEHG Designs
has some adorable floor rug patterns
for you and there's a sew-along!

Patterns are free with the purchase
of a canvas rug kit at HANDBEGH Designs

Tami has fabulous quilt, rug, garland,
felted project patterns for you...
just click here!

Don't go yet...I am gonna show
you what I made using her pattern "Gift Wrapped"

Tami asked me to review the pattern for
"Gift Wrapped"

I asked if I could show the versatility of her pattern
 by making a table runner and using quilters cottons.
Then THIS happened.

I cut all the applique pieces and
used Steam a Seam 2 Lite
to iron them to a tone on tone white background.

I had some red and green polkadot fabric
in my stash, added solid white
to make a pieced backing.

The applique technique is a raw edge.
I used black thread to outline each appliqué
piece, three times.

I machine quilted the table runner on my
Bernina 740 with a long wavy line.
I love the dual feed feet that my machine offers.

The finished runner measures 17 1/2 x 80"

Waaay to big for my patio table
but will be great for a larger dining room table.

I made the binding white solid
so the presents "float" in the design.

I think this turned out sew cute!
But as Tami always says...
use her slub canvas to make a floor rug
and think outside the quilting box

Click here to be directed to the AQS FB group.

Tami's patterns go LIVE on October 21st
Don't miss the fun!

Monday, October 12, 2020


 I am stuck with a CORONA BRAIN stalling
my work with all these fabulous Charley Harper BIRD BRAINS!
The Corona Virus has taken its toll on my Sew-Jo.
Well, all of my creativity, as of late.
I started this queen size quilt last year.
And its in "Limb-o" (pun intended)

I pulled together some of my Charley Harper fabrics
for the Churn Dash block centers.
The gray polka dot for background/
Grunge and Solids for the block framing.

And I found this Churn Dash pattern at a quilt show.
The pinwheels put a "spin" on it!
But as I was making the pinwheels, it lost the appeal
and I ditched it...making regular churn dash blocks.

I cut all these blocks and thought I would take them
last winter to the beach...then left them home.

When I returned home in April...the sewing began.

I didn't like the pinwheel designs
but because I had already cut fabric, I now have lots of  HST left over.
They will become something else.

I am quite organized, sew all blocks are pinned together with clover clips.
And I made the blocks, one at a time.

I have to show you the blocks up close.
CH fabric is amazing.

Then a friend sent me some new CH fabrics she had
and I had to include them in this quilt.

These blocks pulled in some brown
which is perfect for birds...you know, trees are brown!

I lined them up on my design wall
to get a feel for how I wanted the blocks to look
and determine how many blocks I will need.
Should I sash them?
Not sure yet!

I love it...I have made 2 of each (24 total)
but I need 12 more to make it fit the queen bed, without sashing.

My Corona Brain condition seems to be getting better.
Maybe with fall temps and gray skies in Ohio, my 
sewing room will welcome me with beautiful birds...
just waiting to fly!

Thursday, October 1, 2020


The IRIS quilt top by Erica Jackman,
Kitchen Table Quilting, is done.

I selected Cosmo Cricket, circa 1934 jelly roll
I also had  2 charm packs that will go into the backing.

Cutting was quick and easy

Sewing the units was quick and easy.

Sewing the sashing was easy

Then easy stopped, at least for me.
The layout diagram was weird.
Every row had a different length.
Here it is laid out on my floor

Nothing was quick or easy
about sewing the top together.
I made a few mistakes in the lineup
and had to unsew....I hate when that happens.
Once sewn, it had to be trimmed it into a rectangle.
Well I just prayed the diagonal cuts
would work out.

It may not be cut exactly perfect,
but there is no harm in leaving some wiggle room 
for a trim after it is quilted.

I took a few pics of the flimsy in my garden
and it has started to "grow" on me again.

Its funny how the colors in my garden and quilts
seem to align.

I like the way it looks.
I did NOT like the sewing process.

This top has landed in my pile of UFOs...
cause every quilter needs UFOs!