Archive for June, 2010


More Eye Candy

June 30, 2010







Old Maid’s Puzzle

June 28, 2010

I am in the process of exploring different methods of piecing so that I can decide which method to use to assemble my design, Old Maid’s Puzzle. I made one more hat this weekend. IMG_5365 I used Cynthia England’s method for Picture Piecing from her book Picture Piecing. Ms England’s method changes all of the curved lines into straight lines which adds a certain dynamic to the piecing. I like this method even though I tend to get involved in too much detail and create too many little pieces with it.

To recap my progress so far:IMG_5348

Susan Calson’s no rules approach from her book Free-Style Quilts.


Sharon Schamber’s curves the new way from her book Piec-lique.

I think next I will try Ruth B. McDowell’s Piecing.


Eye Candy

June 25, 2010

On the quilting table this week: eye candy sweet and colorful!







Design Wall Monday

June 21, 2010

Old Maid’s Puzzle is the only thing I have on the design wall this Monday. Over the weekend I decided to enlarge her. Some of the pieces were just too small to deal with. I also left the house out… for now. The size is now about 18” x 36”.

IMG_5350 I also decided to do a little experiment. I have 5 or 6 books that have methods for doing pictorial quilts. I am going to make a hat using each of those methods and then decide which method I want to use for the whole quilt.


For the first hat, I used the method Sharon Schamber details in her book Piec-lique. The method uses freezer paper for templates and all of the pieces are sewn with a 1/4” seam allowance. It was a little tricky because some of the pieces were so small and there were a lot of curves. But the hat came out OK.


For the second hat, I used the method Susan Carlson details in her book, Free-Style Quilts (Have you seen her Farmer’s Market series of quilts?). Ms Carlson has a very “no rules” approach to her method. Pieces are simply cut out and glued together in a layered manner. There are no seam allowances and the raw edges are left exposed. The hat above is held together only by glue. What will have to happen is when I quilt the whole thing I’ll have to be sure to stitch heavily enough to hold everything together. I don’t usually quilt so heavily, but I’m trying to keep an open mind because I really did enjoy the assembly method.  Easy-peasy!!

Next I’m going to work with Cynthia England’s method from her book, Picture Piecing.


This Week’s Quilting

June 18, 2010

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I used a panto called Feelin’ Groovy on this one with Isacord Polyester thread. 



This one has a panto design on it called Autumn Oaks and I used Superior’s Rainbows thread. See the oak leaves and acorns?



Old Maid’s Puzzle

June 16, 2010

I managed to put together a hat for the Old Maid last weekend.


This was a very difficult step for me. It was not so much that the physical doing of it was difficult but that it was difficult getting past those voices arguing in my head.

“You can’t do this. You’ve never done anything like it before. This is way out of your league!”

“No I haven’t done anything like this but I’ll just take it one step at a time and learn.”

“It’s a waste of time. Just toss it all in the trash and do something you know how to do.”

Well, it did almost end up in the trash a couple times but not quite. One of those voices was a little bit stronger. And with this victory that voice is even stronger this week.

There are three main quilt artists that I have studied over the years that do work like this. I admire all three greatly. Here are the three and books of theirs that I have studied.

Joan Colvin, Nature’s Studio

Ruth B. McDowell, Piecing

Cynthia England, Picture Piecing

They are all great books and deserve to be read repeatedly.


Indiana Puzzle

June 12, 2010

I’m playing around with some ideas for a quilt for a friend using one of the Indiana Puzzle patterns.

Indiana Puzzle 1

Indiana Puzzle 2

Indiana Puzzle 3

Indiana Puzzle 4

It’s not there yet though…


Something Different

June 8, 2010

The design wall got a good cleaning this weekend and is ready for the next project. I started this design about 4 years ago. At the time I was feeling a little overwhelmed by it so I packed it in a box and stashed it in the closet. I’m wondering if I’m up to it now?


I pulled the drawing from a Dover Clip Art book. She looks to me like she is puzzled about something on the paper she is holding. So I used the Old Maid’s Puzzle block to break up the background. Old Maid's Puzzle


Luckily I also stashed all of the fabrics and a card showing what goes where so I have a good start on the project.


And this is the progress I made over the weekend…



Watermelon Season!

June 4, 2010

I bought our first watermelon of the season this week! Yumm, it was delicious! So-o-o-o sweet. They do grow good watermelons in Texas.


It reminded me of this quilt that I made in 2001. It is from a Debbie Mumm pattern. I had a lot of fun collecting the fabrics for this one.


I zig-zagged the edges of all the appliqué and quilted it on my DSM . The seeds are made from a clay that I baked and hand stitched on like buttons.


And I couldn’t resist changing the last block into an eaten rind with seeds scattered.


Warm Winter Cheer

June 1, 2010

I bought a new sewing machine about a year ago which has an embroidery unit that attaches to it. I love working with it. I am so hooked on machine embroidery. What fun!!


I’ve been slowly learning how to use all of the embroidery software that I got with it. Last week I stitched out the first image that I had digitized myself; this Christmas tree, which will be one of the blocks in Warm Winter Cheer. Very simple and basic but so rewarding!