Archive for April, 2009


Add Dimension to your Quilt with Shirring; A Pineapple

April 28, 2009


While playing around with shirring and trying to figure out a way I could incorporate the technique into a quilt I was also looking at my next block for my Dressed for Dinner quilt. I realized that the pineapple in that next block could use some dimension.

I had a photo of a pineapple that I kept in front of me as inspiration and I had the layout sketch from the instruction packet for the Dressed for Dinner kit.



IMG_4331So I cut a block of fabric 1 1/2 times larger than the layout size for slight fullness. I sketched lines in a diamond pattern on the fabric.


I gathered the fabric first one direction and then the other direction. I stabilized the gathering by stitching it to an interfacing and then I turned the edges.


And it is ready to appliqué to my block. I am anxious to see how it looks with all of the other images in the block. There are a few pieces that must overlay over the pineapple. It will be interesting to see how that works.

Have you thought of any ways to use shirring in a quilt? Please tell us about it in the comment section if you have!

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Add Dimension to Your Quilt With Shirring; the Basics

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Add Dimension to Your Quilt with Shirring; An Example


Quilt Inspiration; African Violets

April 27, 2009

African violets 1-1

I pulled this design out of my sketch book. It was inspired by the African Violets that grow on my window sill. The layout was designed in Electric Quilt.


Add Dimension to Your Quilt with Shirring; An Example

April 25, 2009

Gabriela at Gabi with an Eye sent to me these photos of a quilt she made for her daughter. As you can see, she inserted shirring as one of the borders.


In this next photo you can see she also edged the shirring with a length of lace. How pretty and dainty for a little girl! P1010101

This is a very special quilt! Thanks for sharing Gabi!!

Related Posts:

Add Dimension to Your Quilt With Shirring; the Basics

Add Dimension to Your Quilt With Shirring; Stabilizing


Quilts for Soldiers

April 23, 2009

This is a lovely Lone Star top that Wednesday Quilter put together. She donated it to Quilt Studio to be finished for a soldier.





Now it goes on to Debra for binding!


Earth Day

April 22, 2009

Have a great Earth Day and appreciate our home!



Dressed for Dinner; Pie Redo

April 21, 2009

Every time I looked at Dressed for Dinner hanging on the design wall I stressed over the apple pie. I wasn’t happy with the colors and the craftsmanship. But I kept telling myself to, “Let it go. If you go back and redo everything you’ll never get the quilt done!”


Well last week I couldn’t take it any more. I broke down and redid the apple pie. 


Oh, yum! Much better!!

How often do you let yourself go back and redo part of a quilt?

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

April 19, 2009

Amy has organized the first annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival. What a great idea. Thanks Amy!

I’d like to share Sue’s Lone Star as my entry into the show.


It was made as a wedding gift for my SIL and was completed in 2007. Debra Spincic pieced the star for me and I added the borders and quilted it. IMG_2370

Sue’s Lone Star is 80” x 100”. It is constructed of commercial cotton fabrics, Quilter’s Dream Puff batting and cotton threads. It is machine pieced and machine quilted.

IMG_2363IMG_2362Thanks for stopping and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the show.


Remember the Alamo!

April 18, 2009


The kids and I made an effort to Remember the Alamo! this week. We spent a morning roaming the grounds, touring the chapel and museum and listening to the storytellers.  For those of you that are not familiar with the Alamo here is a brief history of it’s most memorable days.


The Alamo was a mission built built by Franciscan missionaries in the San Antonio area during the 1700’s. In 1803 the property was turned into a Spanish military post which included a church that held services for the soldiers. In 1821 Mexico secured its independence from Spain and San Antonio officials swore allegiance to the new independent nation of Mexico. IMG_4271-1

Alarmed by the growth in numbers of colonists moving into Texas from the United States, the Mexican government sought to slow immigration into Texas from the north, and to introduce more new residents from Mexico and Europe. In 1830 a law passed by the Mexican Congress prohibited settlement in Texas by immigrants from the United States, and canceled all colonization contracts.

Colonists opposed the stance of the Mexican government and drew up a list of grievances against the government. As hostilities on both sides increased, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna led 2,000 Mexican soldiers into Texas and arrived at the Alamo on February 23, 1836. The Mexicans demanded unconditional surrender of the Texans. The Texan force retreated into the walled Alamo compound.


Before dawn on March 6, 1836 the attack on the Alamo began. 189 heroes defended the Alamo for 13 days. At the end of the battle only the women and children and one slave were left alive on the Texan side. General Santa Anna’s losses were estimated at 600 men.

The battle at the Alamo was lost by the Texans but the news of the battle rallied the Texans together and gave them time to organize and resist further oppression. The rallying call was, “Remember the Alamo!”  Texans went on to defeat Santa Anna 46 days later at the Battle of San Jacinto. That is a another good story but I will leave it for another day.

I must say that my favorite part of the Alamo experience today is the storytellers.


They stand in the courtyard of the Alamo and expertly tell the story of the battle for Texan independence. I find their stories gripping and I could sit and listen to them all day. The storyteller we listened to pointed out that the story comes down to a few men making a decision. They decided to elevate the value of freedom above the value of their own individual lives. And in the end they gave their lives so that others could live in freedom.

That is why it is important for us today to Remember the Alamo!


Quilt Inspiration

April 17, 2009

While at the River Center Mall yesterday, these tiles were talking to me, “How would you make me in fabric?”IMG_4282IMG_4283

So many challenges… so little time.

How would you make these in fabric?


Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day- April

April 15, 2009

On the 15th of every month Garden Bloggers around the world post photos of the blooms they have in their gardens. Here are the blooms in my garden today:






OK…OK. I  do understand the difference between bloom and fruit. I just couldn’t resist including a picture of the coming harvest!

For links to other Garden Blogger’s blooms check out May Dreams Gardens.

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