July Finish, 2014

My ButtonMy ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’ goal this month wasn’t glamorous…but it was necessary. 
That’s right – I needed to add hanging sleeves and labels to my quilts for the fair and shows I entered them in. 
I did it though!
I hand stitched five sleeves on to the follow quilts…  and it was a late couple of nights!
Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart Full
The Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart
 - ACCEPTED into the 2014 Quit Expo
Modern Log Cabin
Awarded ‘Judges Choice’ at For the love of Quilts Show
Awareded 4th place premium at Lodi Ag Fair
Novitiate Nebula
Novitiate Nebula
Awarded ‘Judges Choice’ at For the love of Quilts Show
 - ACCEPTED into the 2014 Quit Expo

Once Upon A Time
Awarded ‘Viewer’s Choice’ and ‘Judges Choice’ at For the love of Quilts Show
Accepted into the Bad Ass Quilter Society Exhibit in Des Moine, Iowa for the AQS Show October 1st - 4th
African Impromptu
African Impromptu
 - ACCEPTED into the 2014 Quit Expo

AND now that my sleeves are on it’s easy for me to enter these into other local shows.  I’ll be bringing a few to Rio, WI for their quilt show on August 9th.  I just have to decide which ones to bring!  See what I decide to bring by stopping by and checking out the show…
Rio Quilt Show
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 am to 4 pm, Admission $5
Rio High School, 411 Church St.

Mosaic, Spools Block Tutorial

Nope!  I didn’t forget that it is Wednesday!  I just was teaching a class at a local quilt shop this morning titled, “Wanna Be a Blogger?”  One of my tips was to post in the mornings…if at all possible…I knew this one was going to be a night post though.  Without further adieu…let’s check out Block 31 of the 52 Twisted Traditional Blocks in the Quilt Along!


Mosaic, Spool Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 8” x 8”

With careful fabric choices and placements the traditional block ‘Mosaic, No 1’ becomes ‘Mosaic, Spool’.

Cutting Instructions


Fabric A (orange)

4 – 2.25” x 4”

Fabric B (lime green)

2 – 2” x 7”

Fabric C (golden yellow)

2 – 2” x 7”

Fabric D (light blue)

2 – 2” x 7”

Fabric E (burgundy)

2 – 2” x 7”

*Fabric F (horizontally striped cherry)

2 - 2.25” x 4” (or…I used half a charm square so 2.5” x 5”…you’ll be trimming it down later anyway)

*Fabric E (vertically striped cherry)

2 – 2.25” x 4” (or…I used half a charm square so 2.5” x 5”…you’ll be trimming it down later anyway)

*Fabric F and E could be the same fabric if you’d like. If you’re using a stripe though make sure that you cut two strips so the stripes are vertical and two strips so the stripes are horizontal.



Layout your fabrics on your design wall in the order shown in the picture above. We’re going to sew these strips together into four sections.


Two sections will look like this.


The other two other sections will look like this.


Start by placing your middle two strips of each block right sides together. Fabric E will go with Fabric B and Fabric D will go with Fabric C. Stitch a seam.


Iron towards the darker of the two fabrics. Take your Fabric A and place it right sides together with either Fabric B or C depending on which section you’re working on. Center the strip onto the double strip you have sewn. You can see I did this on my cutting mat. It doesn’t have to be exact…just close. Stitch them together.


Take your striped fabric, center it on the opposite side, right sides together and stitch it down.


Iron towards the smaller strips.

IMG_1566Now we’re going to square up our block. I used my 6.5” square for this. I lined my 45-degree line on the square with the center seam of the four strips. Next, find your 4.5” point on your square. I drew a black dot on my ruler so you can see this.



Once you have it all lined up trim the two sides.


Flip your fabric and match up the 4.5” blocks and your 45-degree line once again and make the next two cuts.


You now have a 4.5” square! Repeat this with the other four squares!


A second option for centering your shorter strip with your longer strips is to press a crease on the center of each of the strips. Line these up before you sew and voila!


Once you have the four strip squares made lay them out so you can see your spool! Sew the squares together like you would a four patch.


Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!


If you don’t want your spool to be tipped…add setting corners and put your block on point.

Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (8/30), the PDF will be $1.


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
Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Wanna Be A Blogger?

rowbyrow quilt

Beth Anderson’s beautiful Row By Row Quilt.

Beth is currently taking my ‘Wanna Be A Blogger’ class and I’m showing them how Windows Live Writer Works.

Free Form Super Mini Spool Quilt

This month’s Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge was ‘Independence”  One could interpret the word however they seemed fit.


I went the  'independence from traditional 1/4" seams...or I guess...seams at all!' route.  IMG_2015

This quilt is tiny!  it’s just a 13” square.  I had a lot going on this month but I really wanted to at least something for the challenge…so here’s what I did!


It used 100% scraps and even an ‘orphan block’ from my Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild Challenge Quilt. 


I also attempted a faced binding because I wanted to see if I could do it before I tried it on a different quilt.  I thought it was ‘okay’ – not my favorite but can see why it would be useful at times.

So…would you like a tutorial on how to do this?  I’m going to be putting one up to give folks some ideas for Fabric N Quilts Scrap Quilt challenge and it’s going to be a free form block.  Would you like a tutorial on either:

A.  raw edge free form


B. free form with nice seams.

Leave a comment below and let me know which you’d prefer!


Be sure to link up your ‘Independence’ quilts before the end of the day on Thursday.  Do that HERE

Aurifil and Globe Trotting BOM Progress

We’re seven months through the year which means I have seven blocks times two (fourteen)  finished for the two different BOMs I’m participating in this year.

Pat Sloan’s Mystery Globetrotting BOM


Block 7 – Sydney Australia


My seven blocks so far…

Aurifil BOM


Block 7 from Camille Roskelley


My 7 blocks so far…I’m going to add pops of color to the final blocks and then also to portions of whatever sashing I decide to add in.  I just couldn’t handle the low volume thing anymore!

What BOMs are you doing?

Summer of Camping

Nope – not that kind of camping!  My big girls both attended two one week day camps this summer.

Camp Invention was first.

IMG_0428CapriIMG_0435CediIMG_0437In this camp…they learned about how things work. They had to take apart things, and create something new…like a pinball game.  Here’s what Capri’s classes machine looked like.IMG_0441And here was what Cedi’s classes pinball machine looked like.  Both girls had a lot of fun at this camp.

Gymnastics Camp

IMG_0729The very next week the girls had Gymnastics camp.  It was from 9 to 5 for five days straight…I wasn’t sure if Capri would be able to handle it and we talked about it a lot before I let her commit to it.  Right before the deadline I told her that she wouldn’t be able to do art for five days…and that I wanted her to sleep on it before making her decision.  The next day she came downstairs to my room at 5 in morning and said, “Momma, I dreamt about gymnastics and fairies.  I want to do the camp.”  How does one say no to that!?IMG_0738At the end of the week the girls’ all put on a show for the parents.  It was so cool to see how happy they all looked as a team.IMG_0764That’s Cedi!IMG_0766And here is Capri doing her cartwheel for the routine.IMG_0769They all had tattoo’s next to their eyes.  The coaches did all the girls hair and ‘make up’ (sparkles) before the big show.  My girls were so proud of it all!IMG_0770Here is Capri with her friend, Abby!IMG_0773

And there are the sisters!  Seriously – when did they get so old!?

Boxed In Mini Quilt

I joined in on Canoe Ridge Creations Fresh Mini Quilt Club this round and I’m happy to say that I have one completely finished! (one more top to quilt yet and one more top to make and quilt…)

IMG_1650It wasn’t really in my initial plans to have this finished this week…but things just happened and this was the perfect quilt to practice my free motion quilting on..and voila…’Boxed In’ is finished!IMG_1655I have definitely fallen in love with min quilts – it’s a great way to audition colors and practice quilting patterns before getting to the ‘big quilts’.IMG_1663

If I were to do this again…I would have done my ‘lip’ of fabric on the binding in a purple to match the little bits of purple seen in the green fabric.

I really love these mini quilts.  It’s been a great way to try out color combinations and work on my free motion quilting skills!  This one will be great either as a little wall hanging or even as a table topper!

Rain Rain Go Away In Style

I have a new product in my etsy shop – umbrella’s!  I had them made from photo’s of my quilts and of photo’s I’ve taken in my orchard.  IMG_7439

Columns and CirclesIMG_7493

Granny SquareIMG_7541

Hexagon Umbrella


Modern Log CabinIMG_7482

Amazing TechnicolorIMG_7444




Scarlet Apple BlossomsIMG_7462

Apple Blossoms

These are the umbrella’s I have in my shop now…when (if) they sell…I’ll give some more photo’s a try…I think these are super fun!

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