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Quilts Beyond Borders

I cannot believe how long it has been since I completed a quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders. Shame on me! I've had a partially finished quilt sitting on my ironing board for way too long, waiting for binding.

For some unknown reason, I ended up watching (again) the Jelly Roll Race at Missouri Star Quilts. Hmmm...I have a few jelly rolls sitting in my stash. Time to get busy! The jelly rolls I had were 20 strip rolls. Not enough to get to the size I needed for QBB. That's okay. I have a big stash to raid to add more fabric plus backing and binding.

Two days, two quilts, plus I finished the binding on the third. Whew! Time to get them mailed off on Monday.




I made a third jelly roll quilt top but needed a break from quilting. Hopefully it won't sit there for two years waiting to be finished!


Mini Quilt Mania

After taking the summer off from sewing, it was time to get back into Doll Quilt Swap mode. My partner lives in Canada and our theme was "Fall". I wanted to do something that incorporated both things. I found a paper pieced pattern from SeaSew based off of Canada's 150th birthday that is happening in 2017. I thought the pattern was kind of pretty, but I wanted to substitute fall colors. So I did using batik fabrics from my stash. And here is the result. Finished size is 14" 14".


I was so inspired by this little quilt and I had plenty of scraps, so I made two more Fall-themed quilts. This pattern was from a potholder pattern at Buttons and Butterflies. I thought the leaf would make a pretty little mini quilt. It did! Finished size of these are 13.5" wide x 15.5" high.

I kept one for myself and donated the other to the Merc Playhouse in town. At the end of September, they are doing a performance of the The Bedquilt by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. They also …

A New Dust Cover For My Handi Quilter Machine

I have been using a sheet as a dust cover on my Handi Quilter HQ16 longarm machine. Not pretty, but it did the job.

The other day I was shopping at my local quilt store and she had a bolt of fabric that called to me and said, "Hey! I would make a great cover for your longarm machine." The fabric pattern is called Laugh Love Quilt by Amy Hamberlin for Henry Glass Fabrics.

I knew there was a free download pattern on the Handi Quilt website so I checked to see how much yardage I would need before leaving the store. The pattern is for their Avante 18 (they also include info for the Fusion 24). They also include a pattern size if your machine has the Prostitcher--mine does not.

The HQ instructions are really brief and not very informative. There are not many pictures of completed covers to give an idea on what the finished product is like. I found a couple of blog posts for the sit down version covers that were somewhat helpful. Otherwise I would be on my own.

I would need 2-1/2 yard…

Raffle Quilt

I was commissioned by a group of ladies from our local American Legion to make a quilt for them to raffle off for their scholarship fund. I decided to go with a red/white/blue theme and settled on a Carpenter's Star pattern. All of the fabrics are good quality quilting fabrics. No cheap stuff here! The batting is an 80/20 blend. Finished size is approximately 80" x 90".


I did an edge-to-edge design and used Superior Thread's King Tut in a variegated red/white/blue color.
My mother graciously helped by finishing the binding since it is no secret in my house that I do not enjoy hand sewing, although I did sew on the label. The name of the quilt was inspired by the pattern. Carpenters are builders, and this quilt will go towards providing funds for some student's future.


Tickets will be $1.00 each (so I hope the ladies sell lots of tickets!!). I know I will be buying some in hopes of winning it back. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, email me at sally (…

Truffle Tote by CloBird

I recently tested the Truffle Tote pattern from Clobird Designs. I opted to do a Dresden plate version of the bag because I liked the idea. I found a neat Dresden pattern that I scaled down to fit. While I wasn't totally pleased with my final product, I did like the functionality of it. I even used it on a trip via airplane and car to carry my laptop and a few other goodies with me. It worked out great.




Clobird approached me about making another one to display at the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Why, heck yeah!! Materials were provided and I got to work on it. My bag will be in the Andover fabrics booth. All of the fabrics are from Andover including prints from Di Hall-Ford and Kathy Ford, along with a beautiful caramel chambray.  About the only deviation I made from the pattern was to add a layer of Pellon's Flex Foam to the bag bottom to protect my laptop.








This time around, I love the finished product. After the show, I will be receiving my bag back and yo…

Pattern Testing Fun

I recently had the opportunity to test a bag pattern for Sher's Creative Space. Let me tell you, she has designed a really nice bag and the pattern is easy to follow. I like this bag so much, it has become my every day bag. It is just the right size for me, think Momma Bear Bag, not too big, not too small -- just right! I like the two exterior zippered pockets plus the interior slip pockets are handy.

There is also a wristlet pattern to go with Paige but my work schedule kept me from making it. One of these days...

The pattern is on sale for the next 48 hours at the two following shops:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShersPatternShop http://www.craftsy.com/user/470616/pattern-store
Check out the other tester bags on Sher's blog >> http://sherscreativespace.blogspot.com/2016/02/paige-bag-pattern-thank-you-to-my.html