Sunday, September 30, 2012


I'm really fortunate to have several of my grandmother's quilts, and, most importantly, her sewing machine. When I was young, maybe 10 or so, long before I started sewing, she would always tell me that it would be mine some day. Every summer, when we'd visit her on the farm, my brother and I would spend many happy hours with the treadle, trying to make it go as fast as it can. (Okay, maybe not hours, but definitely minutes!)

The modern table runner is made with Authentic by Sweetwater. The setting represents two generations of quilters: my grandmother, an authentic modern quilter for her time, and me, an authentic modern quilter of my time.. And the dog biscuits? Just for fun. (Animal loving also skipped a generation ~ and I like the way they look in the apothecary jar!)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Remember a few years ago

When Liberty of London hit Target? And everything sold out in about an hour? Yeah, I totally missed out.

So I was super excited to find this at my Good Will store!

It makes me happy just looking at it. Definitely going in my sewing room. Now, what to put in it....

Friday, September 28, 2012

It has been brought to my attention

That I haven't blogged in, like, forever.

This is true.

I shall not bore you with excuses, nor with a long catch up post.

This is what I'm working on now:


I've wanted to make this quilt forever. Pulled the fabric for it months and months ago. Changed my mind on the fabric 2 months ago, and finally made my first block. If you haven't made a Swoon yet, let me tell you, these blocks are ginormous! 24" square each. Good thing is, you only need 9 to make the quilt.

I'm making mine with some Amy Butler Soul Blossoms, and the center is Moda cross weave. The first block went together really easily. I changed up some of the cutting in the pattern to make it easier (larger hsts, then trimmed them, eliminated one seam to make better use of large scale prints.) It seems like I haven't had to do any precision sewing in a long time. It felt good. My points are perfect (well, not quilt show perfect, but perfect enough.) I hope to have this done to give to Katie for a Christmas present. My plan is to make at least 2 more blocks this weekend. Those who have made this say they can get a block done in under two hours. I'm not quite up to that speed, but sewing fast has never been a goal of mine. See you Sunday afternoon with some progress.