Friday, April 28, 2023


Remember the 20 block CH Winter bird top.
Well I decided I wanted to make it a bit smaller.
WHY?  Many reasons 

I am having a solo quilt show later this year
at Inniswood Gardens. and I want to make this a wallhanging.
I can quilt a smaller size a bit easter.
I will probably sell this one.

Sew 12 Blocks of CH Winter Birds seems plenty.
And I was lucky to get this pic with a snow fall.
Ohio did not have too much snow this year, not complaining.

You can see here I set my Bernina 740 to use an enlongated "serpintine" stitch.
I just eyeballed the widths apart.

I like to snap a pic of the machine screen so I don't forget the stitch info.
Length was 3.0 and width 6.4 (B740 has a 9 MM wide option)

The gray thread looks great

It looks great hanging in the guest room.
A perfect wall hanging size.

And here's my sweet hubby posing for his traditional and  "obligatory" pic.
I have taken a pic of him with every finished quilt for
many, many years.

My solo quilt show is the entire month of October, 2023
Meet the Artist event is Sunday afternoon
Oct 15, 2-4 pm

Friday, April 21, 2023


Being a Scottish Highlander of Clan Gordon
my heart belongs to all things Plaidish.
My heart also belongs to THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

Sew I am combining the two to make
Erica Jackman's Plaidish II

@kitchentablequilting had me crushing so hard
on her first Plaidish, I made two!

A true scrappy version!

A 3 color version using all Christmas prints.

But back to Plaidish II

I pulled all the OSU fabrics I had in my stash,
Most were scraps, which lend themselves to her Plaidish patterns.

There are only 3 blocks and they chain piece quickly.
The cutting is the part that takes a minute or two.

Erica has you sort your scrap selections by Dark, Medium and Light values.
I wanted to use only 3 color values, Black, Red, Gray.

Blacks - Dark Values

Reds - Medium Value

Grey - Low Value

I am working on this in between other projects.
AND its a great "retreat" project as
one doesn't have to pay a lot of attention,
when one likes to sewcialize!

Will I have it finished before BUCKEYE Football season?
I doubt it.

If you want a couple very easy SCRAP patterns to
get you over your fear of scraps...
try these

Head over to Kitchen Table Quilting website
take a look around 
and down load these two for free!.

Monday, April 10, 2023


Gemma has decided her 2nd quilt
will be a Rail Fence in Rainbow colors.

I cut the fabrics for her.
She figured out the color arrangement!

Laying out the stacks for some chain piecing.

And sewing them together.

She really liked the design wall and figuring out
what goes where...

I love teaching her quilting.
And she seems to enjoy it as well.

School and her horse keep her pretty busy.
I know this summer we can put some serious time on it!
I love her in my tshirt!

Today is her birthday and she's now 12, going on 25!
Happy Birthday Gemma, my Gem!

Sunday, April 2, 2023


What began as a bunch of leftover pink strips
gifted to me by Kim Hensley...
became a fun project and big surprise for me
at the end.

Sometimes the Heart(s) will surprise you!

I sent this pic to my son, Eric to show him what I was working on. 
He immediately said, if I had not promised this to anyone...

Eric is very artistic and musically inclined.
He plays guitar, drums, and has a private radio station where
He uploads eclectic music choices
He also loves pinks and purple colors!

His musical entity name is Xyllian Hartz!
I never knew that!

In my stash I found a couple very old
 Amy Butler prints from the "LOVE" line.

I quilted in on my Bernina using straight lines.

I used the text option on my Bernina
and put the label right onto the front of the quilt.

And here's the finished Xyllian Hartz Quilt!
It hung in my hallway as I had imagined.

I took this beauty to Franklin Park Conservatory for 
the perfect photo op with the orchid displays.
Oh the fun conversations I had that day!

But the biggest surprise of these Hearts
is that they will hang in my son's home!
AND I am delivering it to him the beach!

It does a Mother's Heart good!