May 02 12

April Finishes

I spent a lot of time re-making samples of some of the stuff that was stolen. This table runner is an example:

Here’s a closeup of one of the centers:

I also finished that sampler wallhanging for bird blocks #1 and #2:

If you are making any of the bird block or wreath designs in 15 inch blocks, I began with 23 inch squares (cut into 4 pieces) for the side setting triangles and 12 1/2 inch squares (cut into 2 pieces) for the corner setting triangles. These will be slightly oversized but once the entire quilt has been pieced, I trim my edges so I have a 1/2 inch seam allowance beyond all my block “points.” (I use a wider binding, so you may want to trim yours even closer.) Here’s the center:

…and here’s one of the side setting triangles that are quilted with feathers:

If you ever have a large triangle to fill with feathers but it seems too large for you, it’s always an easy fix to divide and conquer. Here’s a corner triangle that’s been divided in half and then had spine guidelines marked to guide the placement of feathers (soap sliver is the marking tool here):

…and here’s the same triangle with the first feather stitched. You can see there’s also a soap marking about 1/2 inch from the outer edge of the quilt; that’s to remind me to keep my plume tips outside of the binding zone:

And this next table runner shouldn’t really make it into April Finishes,” but I was so darn close! It was totally quilted but not yet trimmed and bound:

The colors aren’t coming out well in the photos. It’s green and purple. Here’s a closeup of the green block wreath:

The background quilting is the rudimentary version of “Plumify It:”

…and I stitched the “Igloos” pattern in the narrow divider/end blocks:

..and here’s a shot of one of the purple wreath blocks:

I could quilt these tablerunners every day! They are such a small quilt that it’s very gratifying to finish the project quickly and it’s very stimulating to see all the texture come to life so quickly as it’s being quilted. On to May projects…cialis endurance


  1. Doreen Says:

    Those are so gorgeous and the quilting showcases the designs wonderfully. I mark for feathers similar to you and I find it works quite well. Such fun;-) Hugs, Doreen

  2. Marie Says:

    These look fantastic! I adore the embroidery embellishments that you add, it really ‘pops’ and compliments the designs.

  3. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    The colors look beautiful on my screen and really nice shots of the stitching. It is shame that you lost your pieces, but I can see you are remaking beautiful new ones.


  4. SewCalGal Says:

    I had so hoped your samples would have been found. But, I’m happy to see you finding strength to move on and I truly believe these are even more spectacular. Love, love, love them.


    PS – OK to pin?

  5. Silvia Says:

    Your designs are wonderful. And to all of you wondering if you can do it, I have done the wreath block and it looks gorgeous, really loved it.

  6. Dorothy Says:

    You have come up trumps in my book…having previous work stolen has spured you on to better things… I admire your courage and determination.