Wednesday, February 16, 2022


One of the sewcial distance quilts Kim Hensley and I sewed in 2021
was making a fun 4-Patch Slice quilt.
I  finished it as my first 2022 project!
Sometimes we begin, get the top done and then it’s timing
to get the quilts quilted and bound.

I used Wonder fabric line by Kate and Birdie
and it was perfect for a baby quilt.
The pattern I selected was by Inspiring Creations.
I like the different layouts she offered
and the wider insert strips.

Kim used some of her Bonnie & Camile fabrics.

I loved the way my baby quilt turned out.
Its a good size though 48" x 54"

Kim also long arm quilted it using an
Edge 2 Edge design with Moon and Stars.
Kim has been practicing on her new Innova
long arm machine and I am thrilled with the result.

I used GRUNGE Spots for the backing.
This is the perfect backing for it!

I decided on this triangular modern layout
cause I like different.

The 4patch slice pattern I used way by Inspiring Creations
and you can find it here 

This is Kim’s finish and she used a 4-patch Lattice from
Missouri Star and you can find the YouTube Tutorial here.

Such a fun view of how one pattern can be sewn up and look so different. 

Monday, February 7, 2022


What a fabulous and fun finish for Gemma’s first quilt. 
This quilt  has been in the making since 2019 BC (before Covid)
We finally got it finished at the end of December, 2021. 

I thought a Jelly roll quilt would be perfect and teach her the basic skills.
I had plenty of scrap strips sew
Gemma picked out those she loved.  

Nahhhh…we never have any fun in my sewing room!

Gemma has never been afraid of the big sewing machine. 
Here she was about 8 1/2…and the project was underway.  

She easily managed sewing the strips together…end to end at an angle. 
I would show her, then she would do what I said and  
would explain what she was doing and why.
That’s how ya learn….

THEN she began mastering the 1/4” seam allowance.
If the sewing got off track…she had to stop, fix the issues and begin again. 
A seam ripper fits everyone’s hand.
She learned quickly how to manage the fabric feed
keeping the fabric straight and lined up along the edge of the 1/4” foot. 

She also learned how to press the fabric.  
Pressing is NOT moving the iron all over stretching the fabric. 
Lift and place. 
She also loved the spray starch lesson. 

The strips were simply magical as they came together !
She was sew excited to see what strip lined up against another 
This is about where we had to stop when COVID reared it’s UGLY head. 

When it was time to resume our journey together..
I did most of the work for layout and pinning the quilt sandwich.
This takes time and I wanted her sewing as soon as possible. 
I did leave a corner for her to pin….cause it’s an important step
in the quilting process. 

Now 10 years old, Gemma is back in the drivers seat, doing straight line quilting. 
She’s a bit taller and her foot now reaches the pedal.  

She was very focused quilting the lines down the middle of the strips.
Once she got the hang of it…the speed picked up a little.  

I made the binding and sewed most of it on while Gemma watched me, 
paying close attention to the mitered corners technique I use.  I let her work on those. 
My mitred corner philosophy…learn to do sew then correctly.  
Nothing worse than an ugly binding corner on a beautiful quilt. 

Gemma pressed the binding once it was sewn to the quilt. 
Then we used a serpentine stitch for a machine finish. 
I like to hand stitch binding finishes but we wanted to get this done
Sew she could take it home.

And DONE looks sew cute over her! 

Aunt Kathy is very proud of her!

Heres a good pic of the fun backing she picked out. 

Notice how much she has grown since we began this quilt 2 years ago. 

And now snuggling is at its best. 

Two happy people, right here !

I sewed a text label on for her with my Bernina. 

Uncle Phil had his photo taken with her and her quilt.
He ranted and raved about her work and how proud he was of her too!  

We have plans for another quilt in 2022.
She picked out a ‘rail fence’ pattern and fabrics from my stash. 

Look at this sweet girl, my great niece, who will celebrate her 11th birthday in April.
I can’t tell you how much teaching her to quilt means to me. 

Friday, February 4, 2022


Who would have ever imagined that in January, 2022
we would still be dealing with the damn corona virus
 and all the ugly heads that have mutated.

I could go on a rant right now...
but that won't help get shots into arms.

Sew, I will talk about how I deal with the insanity.
Sewing has saved me and this
"CUT LOOSE" pattern along with my sewcial distance partner,
 Kim Hensley, gives me focus and goals to meet for a beautiful finish!

This quilt is our 7th sewcial distance sewing
"apart/together" since April, 2020 

I had a great stash of Alison Glass scraps.
How perfect is this color scheme!

I use my stash (without buying more fabric) any time possible.
Many patterns offer a cutting chart that uses a specific line of fabric.
Like this line by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit fabrics.
Erica Jackman, Kitchen Table Quilting made the quilt on the pattern.

I don't worry too much about fabric lines or prints.
I stick to keeping the colors as close as I can
to the pattern chart (above)

Next, I pull my stash fabrics and using the fabric requirements guide
cut, label and bag the fabrics.  Often I put a bit extra in the bag and/or
I allow myself to swap out fabric that might not be what I want I sew the blocks together.

After everything is cut...I still have a pile of Alison Glass fabrics to use.
I have made one other quilt before this one. 
Maybe someone else who quilts will get these scraps gifted?

Kim decided to use her stash of Jennifer Paganelli fabrics.
She tagged Jennifer on Instagram and lets just say, Jennifer is excited.

Kim has also bagged and tagged her pretties.

I am pretty sure these tops and maybe the entire quilts will be finished
 before spring thaw!

Stay tuned to the best sewcial distance station in town!