Donation Quilt Finished

My annual Children’s Hospital donation quilt is complete.


THIS TUTORIAL was a good starting point.  I added more to make it a nice throw size.












This was, I think, my third attempt at freemotion quilting.  Some parts of it are better than others, but one must start somewhere.


The front and the back go together well and the back gave inspiration for the quilting motifs.


It will be part of the Festival of Trees fundraiser during the holidays.

Day of Service

Thursday was our Day of Service at school.  Each spring, the entire middle school spends a day serving various groups and people in our community. Eight groups were out of the school, and two groups stayed inside to do good works that will be delivered later.


This year, I lead the Hospital Buddy Dolls group (inside the school).


Eleven young people and a few parents and I worked to create simple dolls that are used as comfort and education for children facing surgery or other scary procedures.


During the course of a day we were able to create 52 dolls, complete with gowns.


We were tired, but successful.


And people wonder why I love my job.

Friend Quilt Finish

When my friend brought me a bag of pieces she called “scraps,” she was done with this quilt. She was convinced it was ugly and never wanted to see it again.


But, after it was assembled and quilted, I didn’t agree. And I didn’t think she would still feel the same way.

So, I took it “home”–back to her house.


She was stunned.

We’ve all been there–tired, discouraged and unhappy because the quilt doesn’t look like we imagined. Sometimes, though, after some time away from it, we can get perspective and see that, while it isn’t what we imagined, it isn’t bad.


I hope this quilt will bring her happiness, once she gets used to the idea that she really made a perfectly good quilt.

Festival Quilt Finish

This is my major charitable quilt for the year. It is based on donated fabric from Riley Blake and a modified pattern and will go to the annual Festival of Trees in December.


I like the pieced binding and the back.


I don’t have to love a quilt to know that someone will love it.


It will warm the heart and body of a child, surely.


Festival Top Finished

My quilt for the Festival of Trees is now a finished top.


It is a challenge to work with fabric that you might not have chosen given a choice, but, hopefully, this works well enough.


It is based on the Layer Cake Coin Quilt from


With school starting, it will be a while before I can get it quilted, but it isn’t due until November, so I should be fine.



A while back the Special Education Teacher at our school asked for my help on a project.  Some of her students were working on the mathematical principle of “reflection.”

We talked over some possibilities and she settled on an idea.  She had the students design “quilt blocks” on paper, showing reflection in shape, placement and color.

And we are taking it one better–she gave me the paper version and I tried to translate them into real fabric blocks (12″).  They will go back to the students and be made into small pillows for the students to share with their families to show their learning.  Then, of course, take home and enjoy.


Here are two of them–paper version and “translation.”

Sparkle Jane’s Crayola Quilt

My daughter, Sparkle Jane, also created a Crayola Quilt for donation.


This is the Sidewalk Quilt pattern by Pippa Patchwork.


Just simple squares with a geometric all-over quilting design using variegated thread.


The stripey binding and the polka dot back are what really makes it special.  Yay for Sparkle Jane!