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!)

Day #3 of the Fall Craft Fair

November 12th, 2019

It’s day # 3 of the handmade craft fair and Ernie’s handmade items are one of the featured vendor “booths.”  If you aren’t familiar with Ernie or his wares, he’s the hubster and a wonderful woodworker/lathe turner.  He’s made all kinds of sewing/quilting related items for me over the years and here are some examples of items he sells in our online store:

These are beautiful key chains that hold mini- screw driver tips and a stiletto tip inside.  I keep one right by my sewing machine and I can change out my ruler foot lickety-split!  The stiletto tip comes in handy when a finger is just too big to do the job.  Ern can make these in a wide variety of colors and you can find them in our online store by clicking here.


Aren’t these ruler holders beautiful?  Ern makes these from a variety of hardwoods and then adds interest by adding some cool inlay designs.  You can have the channels routed for cutting ruler thickness or a little wider to hold 1/4 inch thick machine quilting rulers…just let him know what you’d like!  You can find more about his ruler holders by clicking here.

Next up are these thread racks.  I keep one next to each of my embroidery machines and I use them every day!  I love, love, LOVE the beautiful inlay designs as shown below:

You can find out more about the thread racks by clicking here.

This next item is another acrylic that is turned on the lathe, which means they come in all different kinds of gorgeous colors.  These are seam rippers and/or stilettos:

The picture above shows one that is both a seam ripper and stiletto that is in the “closed position.  This next shot shows the 2-headed instrument with both “business ends” exposed:

(In reality, you would only expose one side at a time so as not to injure yourself!)  You can also get a seam ripper or stiletto all by itself, and here’s a shot of what that might look like:

You can also have him make you a seam ripper on a chain-think how convenient that would be!  Here’s a shot of one of those:

You can find out all about all of these options by clicking here.

Ern also makes items that are great gifts but have nothing to do with sewing.  I love the beautiful colors in his ice cream scoops:

…and you can find out about those by clicking here.  He also makes a wide variety of acrylic turned pen/stylus combos:

…and you can find out about them by clicking here.  He also makes hand turned touch styluses by themselves, like the one below:

…and you can find out about them by clicking here.

I am one lucky woman to be married to this guy, but you can reap the benefit of his woodworking/turning skills as well.  Click here to see all of Ern’s hand made items!

But wait, there’s more!  Ern’s gifts are not the only featured vendor booth today!  Make sure you check out all the other vendors featured today and here is the full line up:

On top of that, Quiltshopgal has lined up sponsors for each day of the fall craft fair, and you ca enter to win some great prizes!  Click here to get to quiltshopgal’s site where you can enter to win some of these wonderful prizes!

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…