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!

Crayola Geese

The Crayola quilt for charity is complete.


It is my fourth attempt at long arm quilting.  And you can tell.  My lines aren’t confident and some of my points are loopy, but practice is the only way to learn.

DSC00744I do like the layout and the challenge of working with the fabric as it came.  The variety of grey background fabric gives it some texture and the pieced border makes me happy, too.


Overall, I call it a success…isn’t that a synonym for a-project-that-I-learned-from-and-is-now-finished?

Four In A Weekend

I rarely sit down to watch television or even a movie.  So, when the necessity of a lot of sitting and watching comes along, it really helps for me to have something to keep my hands busy and me awake.  Perhaps it is only me, but too often when I sit quietly for any length of time I am fast asleep, but I didn’t want to be.  I wanted to listen (GENERAL CONFERENCE).


So, I prepared and saved quilts to bind.  It is the perfect activity–nearly mindless and allowing me to pay attention.

In a single weekend I was able to bind FOUR quilts–the four denim quilts intended for my brother’s children this Christmas.


They were all quilted by Tara, probably some of the last “simple” quilts that I will send out to be quilted.  She did a great job, as usual.

What a successful weekend!  Full hands and a full heart–here is one favorite thought from the broadcast that stuck with me:

Elder Jose L. Alonso