Latest Quilt I’m Working On

November 17th, 2019

I’m finishing up the quilting for my current hospice donation.  I am madly in love with the background fabric on this quilt.  It’s a shade between blue and purple so I am calling it “blurple.”  It is rich and contrasts really nicely with the vivid colors in the Kaffe Fasset fabrics in the center.  Here’s a shot of it on my machine bed as I’m working on that swirly plumette background:


I am a real sucker for having blues and reds/oranges next to one another.  That dramatic contrast just thrills me.  Here is a closer up shot of the background fill design I’m adding to the center section:



I try to be kind of “light-handed” in adding pebbles between the swirled plumettes.  I do that partly because I don’t like to see large expanses of pebbles and also because this is meant to be a snuggly quilt, not a wall quilt, and pebbles really flatten a quilt.  If you haven’t tried to stitch swirled plumettes yet and want to give it a shot, here’s a video Ern and I made awhile back to show how to do it:



…and here’s a shot of the wider borders on the outside.  I love quilting these feathers that are tightly curling around in circular formats:



I’ll post shots of the final quilt once the whole thing is done, but I won’t have a chance to work on this baby again until next weekend.  (Bummer!)

Exciting Announcement – New Online Ruler Class!

November 12th, 2019


If you’re a quilter, you know that ruler-guided free motion quilting is all the rage!  Creating beautiful curves and straight line designs is fast, easy, and EXACT when you’re able to trace along the edge of a ruler or template.




Ruler work breathed new life into my quilting when I learned how to do it, and now I love teaching others how to do it as well.  If you haven’t been able to travel to take a class with me, fear no more, as Missouri Star Quilt Company is now launching my beginner level ruler work class online!




This means you’ll be able to learn on your schedule, in the comfort and privacy of your own sewing room, and I’ll be right there with you!  You’ll be able to work at your own pace and pause the class so that you can practice in real time, when the information and instruction is fresh in your mind.  On top of that, there is no dress code…come in your jammies!





Learn basic ruler work skills and then learn how to transform those basic skills to build even more complex designs.  The sky’s the limit with ruler work!





If you’re on the fence and want an idea of what the class is all about, check out this trailer video and you’ll get an idea of what’s to come:





Ready to try it out your self?  Click here and you’ll be taken to the class page on the Missouri Star website where you can join in on the fun!

A Virtual Fall Craft Fair Hosted by QuiltShopGal!

November 11th, 2019


Quiltshopgal has done it again…she has organized a virtual fall craft fair this week, just in time for folks to pick up all kinds of beautiful handmade items for the holidays.  Everyday this week, she is featuring new online vendors who are featuring handmade items for sale.  Here is the line up:





Monday, Nov 11th

Monday’s Door Prizes are sponsored by:

  • Martingale

  •  By The Yard Calendar

  • Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

Tuesday, Nov 12th

Tuesday’s Door Prizes are sponsored by:

Wednesday, Nov 13th

Wednesday’s Door Prizes are sponsored by:

  • Martingale

  • By The Yard Calendar

  • Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

  • Quilts by Elsie

Thursday, Nov 14th

Thursday’s Door Prizes are sponsored by:

Friday, Nov 15th

Friday’s Door Prizes are sponsored by:

  •  Martingale

  • By The Yard Calendar

  • Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

BUT…she is also offering some fun and small “hunts” on her web site, and if you join in the fun, you are eligible to win some great daily door prizes!  Be sure to visit her blog to get in one the action, and it’s going on NOW!!!!!


No post in a LOOONNNGGG Time!

November 8th, 2019

It’s been a really long time since my last blog post and there really is no one reason for it.  Life got very busy and our new dog took up much more time than I thought she would (but we are still overjoyed to have her in the family!), and the hours of the day just got away from me.  We also did some major renovations on our home and we’ve never done renovations before, and we learned just how much upheaval they can bring with them!  We are about 99% done with renovations that took over almost the entire main floor and we have just started on some major outdoor renovations that will also last for months.  So far, we are very, very happy with the changes in our home and for two people who were already homebodies, we now feel like we never want to leave home.  We are now officially “nesters.”

In spite of this, I have been sewing up a storm, mainly charity sewing.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot as it is quite gratifying.  I pieced, quilted, and bound 14 quilts over the past 12 months and several hundred butterfly pillows, ear/heel pillows, and other assorted comfort items for 2 different hospices.  It is really satisfying to be able to complete projects quickly, and this has kind of been lost on me for the past few decades as I’ve worked on quilts that take several months to years to finish.  It’s also a nice feeling to know that my sewing skills help other people.

Here are some shots of one of the quilts I made for hospice earlier this year.  It is a very basic quilt that began with a center feathered wreath block that was an old leftover and I added borders to it in a classic Amish style:

This was totally fun to quilt.  Here is a close up of the center portion:

And here is a shot that kind of focuses on the widest blue/purple border area:

That section was quilted using the bump-back feather method, and the spine curves were made by tracing around acrylic circles that are used for ruler work quilting.  The narrow side borders are also quilted using the bump-back feather method, but the spines are straight, so the feathers have a very different look.

This next shot is a tangential shot that gives a good sense of the texture created by the quilting:

Ooooh, la-la!!   just love the warm colors and all that feathery goodness!  I sure hope the person who received it loves it as well!

I will try to post more often and I definitely will be posting next week as I have some exciting news to share…

Bold Colors are Back!

February 8th, 2019

My oldest brother needs to have bypass surgery next week, so I’m working on a lap quilt for him to use during his recovery.  He is an aging hippie who loves bold red colors and is also a graphic designer.  I went with another giant-scale orange peel pattern but in very loud and rich colors.  Here is a shot of it on my basting wall:

I ended up outlining the fabric color changes in the orange peel sections and I think that helps to accentuate the graphics of the fabric designs:

The centers of the orange peel blocks are quilted with simple ruler work:

The blue border is quilted with a loop-d-loop design and the outermost border is quilted with a series of arched swags with tapered channels inside:

Here’s a shot of the whole thing quilted:

Hope he likes it and hope he does great with his surgery!