Deer in the Woods–Project QUILTING June Challenge FINISH

It all started with the ‘Panel It’ Project QUILTING Challenge for JuneIMG_9942I had had this deer panel for a bit now and one of my 2014 goals was to do what I had dreamed in my head that I wanted to do with it…converge it for my parent’s cottage.  First…I pulled the fabrics I wanted to go with it – a hand-dyed blue and a brown/gold print.IMG_9943Time for the vertical convergence.IMG_9944And here it is all sewn together.IMG_9945I realized I didn’t want to cut up the deer heads anymore than they already were so I only partially converged horizontally.  I think it created more of a frame around them.  IMG_9946I also decided that the was way too much blue on the right…I decide to just completely cut that side off.IMG_0789I added some partial borders in a green gold print.  This is a belated father’s day gift for my dad and his favorite color is green so I wanted to be sure to add some in.  I then did some vertical wavy quilting in the brown/blue strips and bound the quilt. 

I’ll admit – it didn’t turn out like I had envisioned in my head originally BUT my parents already said they like it and it will look nice hanging in their cabin.IMG_0790

And with that…my June Project QUILTING quilt is finished!

Once Upon a Time… Quilt Finish

In 2013, I worked on both the Aurifil Designer Block of the Month and the Bungalow Quilting and Yarn’s 2013 Paper Piecing Fairy Tale Block of the Month Quilt Along.  I decided right away that I would work in the same fabrics for the blocks of both.  This way – when I was done, I could combine them all into one big, unique, fun quilt!

12 Aurifil blocks (including one completely hand stitched), 20 paper pieced fairy tale blocks (I decided to leave 2 out of the quilt), and a year and a half later – my quilt, “Once Upon a Time…” is finished!

IMG_0514I sent my quilt top to Marcia Wachuta of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting to quilt it with the instructions that I wanted ‘fairytale whimsy’ mixed with tradition.  I also wanted the words “Once Upon a Time” stitched into the top and the words “and they lived Happily Ever After” stitched into the bottom.  Let’s take a closer look at the magic she worked!

fairy tale close upI love that the letters are really densely stitched and really pop out!  Feathers around the fairy tale characters. 


The upper right corner you can find the story of Snow White – with her seven dwarves and the witch.  (The witch has a cat of course…)IMG_0502Grandma’s HouseIMG_0503the Big Bad Wolf…this is the block that started it all!IMG_0504Watch out Little Red Riding Hood!IMG_0506The lower right is home to Goldilocks, the three bears, three bowls, three chairs, and three beds.  IMG_0519In the bottom you can also see the words “and they lived Happily Ever After”.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!IMG_0496

The 12 Aurifil blocks are in split between the upper right and lower left corners. 

And with that – “Once Upon a Time…” is complete!  Now you can fill in the rest of the story!

I have submitted this quilt to the Bad Ass Quilter AQS Quilt Exhibit for the Chattanooga show!  I’ll find out by the end of July if it gets accepted.  There’s still time to enter your ‘Bad Ass’ quilt too – below are the details!

To submit a quilt to the BAQS AQS quilt Exhibit -

Entries can be submitted starting on June 19, by emailing  photos and the quilt information to Melissa Winters at the AQS office,  Submissions are open June 19th to July 8th.  Selections will be made and exhibitors notified with shipping details and directions by the end of July.


  1. Your name and contact information
  2. 1 clear distance photo and 1 up close detail photo.
  3. Quilt dimensions – remember 60×60 or bigger!
  4. Use BAQS Exhibit in the subject line. 

Want more information about Quilt week in Chattanooga?.. want to come visit me?….  Check it out here!   QUILT WEEK CHATTANOOGA

A Lovely Year of Finishes–June Completion

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My A Lovely Year of Finishes June goal was to make and finish the Hungry Caterpillar quilt for Capri’s teacher, Mrs. Ellingson. I actually accomplished this goal a few weeks ago and I shared the rest of the process pictures with you HERE

I was waiting for this post though to show you the pictures I took when the kids gave the quilt to her!

IMG_9948My initial plan was to bring it to school for Capri to give the teacher…but instead, she took the bag on the bus!  I hadn’t realized she had done that and there were a few moments of panic as I remembered that she has to transfer buses too!  I called the school though and they made sure she got off the bus with the bag!  *whew!*


IMG_9952Here’s Capri’s class with Mrs. Ellingson and the quilt!


Of course – they all had to find there hand make sure EVERYONE knew it was theirs!IMG_9964

It was really neat to watch the excitement and pride in the children when they inspected the final product.

I know for a fact Mrs. Ellingson loves it!

Guest Blogger Lucky Duck Dreams with Kaliedoscope Twist Block Tutorial: 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

It’s Wednesday! I’m super excited to welcome Colleen Yarnell of Lucky Duck Dreams as todays guest block designer for the 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along!  Colleen has been a supporter of mine for a long time now and she’s an avid Project QUILTING Participant to boot.  Be sure to check her out online:
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Before we get to her ‘twisted block let’s learn a little more about Colleen through a mini interview!

What is your favorite thing about Quilt Alongs?

I love the challenge of quilt alongs!  I sometimes get stuck and the structure of a quilt along allows me to play with fabric-pattern, scale and color.  For the Twisted Traditional blocks I have been using only scraps in a bit of a crazy clashing mix of patterns and colors.
What type of quilter do you consider yourself - traditional, modern, contemporary, other...?
That is such a hard question.  I definitely started out learning traditional techniques in the 1990s from an international online community.  I was also learning the cutting edge at the time and using the most modern fabrics available.  I dabbled in hand dying and screen printing and embellishment. And back then I loved quilting with pearl cottons.   I stopped quilting for about 10 years.  When I started up again 4 years ago the diversity of fabrics and colors was awesome!  There is a large group of 'Modern' quilters and completely identified with.  Funny thing is the wonkiness, simple patterns, and negative space was not so different from what I did in the 1990's, just with better fabrics.  So I guess I'm a Modern Traditionalist with a dash of Artsy fun. (LOVE this description)
What other quilt alongs are you participating in in 2014?
I'm trying not to participate in anything else because I have too many unfinished projects and tops that need quilting.  I love to do the Project Quilting challenges if my work schedule allows.  I often try to meld them with a sewing need to do double duty.  I am involved in the Moderninstabee on instagram.  If I didn't work full time I have a feeling I’d participate in a lot more.  As it is I’m really behind in the Twisted Traditional.

Apples or oranges?
Oranges but I try to do an apple a day 4-5 times a week.  I believe they do help keep the doctor away.

Favorite Book:
Hardest question ever!  I am an elementary librarian and I always carry a book to read! So I'll say my two favorite juvenile novels no three no four that I read as a kid and still will reread on occasion.  Which BTW make great read alouds too!
  • 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Arabela's Raven by Joan Aiken (whole series is great)
  • The Saturdays by Elizabeth Ehnright (whole series is great)
Now let’s check out Colleen’s twisted block!
Kaleidoscope Twist Block!IMG_3798
Head on over to Colleen’s blog HERE to find out how to make this fun block!
I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Instagram/Twitter Hashtag: #52bTT


  • Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

9 Years


June 25th, 2005

9 years ago today was one of the BEST days of my life!  It is the day I married the love of my life.  I know that completely sounds cliché but it is 100% true.  young kim and jaredI knew after the first time I hung out with Jared that I would marry him.  It took him a little bit longer…but eventually he figured it out.  He’s my rock and I’m his wind.  He holds things in place when I mix things up and make it a bit crazy.  I like to say that he calmed me down but I taught him to have a little fun.  wedding

Our wedding day was the perfect celebration of the start of our journey together!  We filled up a church with family and friends, headed to the farm for drinks and food before the final reception where we danced the whole night…I even had bruises on the bottoms of my feet that I never felt until morning. 

kim and jared honeymoonIs marriage hard?  Of course it is. 

Do I still wake up and can’t believe that I’m not sick of him yet?  Yup!  AND I can’t believe he’s not sick of me yet!  Trust me…I’m Emotional!2007 kim andj aredCould I have accomplished what I have without him and his support?  No way!  (And he’s pretty great at building more shelves for my fabric stash too..)2009 kim and jared

Jared and me

photo by Karmen Linder Photography

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photo by Karmen Linder Photography

Would I do it again?  In less than a heart beat.  Looking back through pictures…we have accomplished so much together so far and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.

How to Make a Barn Quilt, Part 3; 2014 Edition

Alright – we’re onto the next step of the barn quilt! 

If you want to see how it all started -

During Part 2, I did get the first coat of barn red onto the quilts.  During Part 3 you’ll see what they look like with all four coats on and the start of color 4.

Let’s start by seeing how the Ohio Star Quilt is progressing.

IMG_9742I finished all four coats of red.  See how nicely that covers!  It was time to tape out the blue.IMG_9744While working on this I realized that the barn red was darker than my sketch of red was.  I decided to switch the blues so the points didn’t get ‘lost’ in the red.IMG_9748

Here you go – the inner square is now the darker blue and the outer points of the star are the lighter blue.  I’m really happy with this decision.  Once the four coats are on it will be time for the final tape pull of the Ohio Star Barn Quilt!IMG_9743I finished up the four coats of red, pulled the paint IMG_9745and it was time to tape the fourth color – blue!  I found that once the humidity starts my frog tape doesn’t seem to stick as well to the already painted sections.  The blue painters tape on the other hand isn’t perfect – but does seem to get that initial stick much better.  Then, I make sure to paint a ‘seal’ along the sides of the tape so everything stays in place until I’m ready to pull it off.  IMG_9747

And yes – this will be the darker blue.  The paint store person told me the darker blue would look better if I started with one coat of the lighter blue first.  Stay tuned to see how the dark blue looks!

My Favorite Quilt

Sew Mama Sew is hosting a fun series – My Favorite Quilt – on their blog right now.  I knew I wanted to join in the fun but I had some serious thinking to do first!kim036

photo by Karmen Linder Photography

Over the last couple of years I feel like I have grown tremendously as a quilter.  It was really hard for me to decide which of my quilts was my favorite.  I really am proud of some of the most recent quilts I’ve finished up this year but I knew I wanted to pick a ‘turning point’ quilt.  I am super proud of the ‘Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt’.  But – I don’t think it was the turning point…


photo by Karmen Linder Photography

I also love how the bright colors with the black and white printed background worked in my ‘Christmas in July Quilt’ (far right quilt). But – it also wasn’t ‘the’ quilt.


photo by Karmen Linder Photography

After much thought, I’m pretty sure ‘the’ quilt was my ‘Home Sweet Home’ Quilt.  I will always love this quilt. 


photo by Karmen Linder Photography

This is the first ‘quilt along’ that I ran on my blog and it was super fun!  I had a great time playing with different fabrics, different techniques, and learning from the variety of quilters that shared their knowledge when they shared their block.

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished Alright – let’s get down to some specific questions.

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?

'Home Sweet Home’ is a fun mix of 20 different quilt blocks featuring either a house a tree or both!  Seventeen different bloggers from all over the world designed a block and made a tutorial for the blocks on this quilt.  I then designed and made 49 different pieced sashings.   I made this quilt in 2012.   The quilt along started in January and went through the middle of April.  I did an initial fabric pull of a variety of green, blue and pinks to start with – a nice variety of darks, lights and mediums.  More fabrics were added (and eliminated) from the initial pull as the quilt progressed…

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?

Yes!  “Home Sweet Home” took 3rd in the 2013 Lodi Ag Fair and it was accepted and shown at the 2013 Quilt Expo. 

Home Sweet Home Quilt - FinishedWhat memories or people does the quilt make you think of?

So many quilt bloggers!  This was the start of quite a few of my online friendships.  I have continued to work with and follow along with many of the block designers for this quilt.

I also still remember sewing together sashings between birthday celebrations of my daughter, Pip’s, first birthday! 

Since this is a scrappy quilt – many of the fabrics I used remind me of other quilts or projects I’d made.

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished What do you like best about the quilt?

I think what I like best is that I put twenty completely different blocks together with 49 different sashings and made a cohesive quilt!  I also love that even now – when I look at this quilt I see something new – be it in the fabric or the quilting, which, by the way, was done by the very talented Marcia Wachuta of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting.

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?

I feel like I grow as a quilter in all quilt along/blocks of the months I participate in.  There’s so much one can learn from other quilters. Following their tutorials really help me open my eyes to new techniques and methods.  I also find that the more quilt alongs/boms I participate in the better I become as an accurate piecer. 

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?

Hmmm…I would like to make this quilt again.  I know I would use different fabrics – but simply because I can’t make the same quilt again.  And of course – different fabrics would probably lead to a different layout of the blocks. 

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished

Where is the quilt now?

Hanging over the railing on my second floor for all to view.  I like to use it as one of my ‘talking quilts’ during the trunk shows I’m doing for quilt guilds. 


photo by Karmen Linder Photography
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