Miniature Quilt: Tiny Ticky Tacky Houses

I finished it!  A few weeks ago I released the pattern to make my miniature quilt top – Tiny Ticky Tacky Houses.


I am happy to report that I have finished my miniature quilt top – it’s all quilted, bound, and everything!


I free motion quilted roughly around each of the houses.  I wanted to keep it whimsical just like the little houses.  I also added a fun little doors in the houses with my stitching.  I just did free motion meandering in the little green areas.  IMG_3266

I added a small little flange of my black print to the binding just to make the quilt ‘pop’ just that much more.  A fun coordinating stripe binds the final piece. IMG_3270

The back of the fabric!


I snapped my pictures just before the sun went down and didn’t have time to go to the deer fence … maybe later next week I’ll get a few shots of Tiny Ticky Tacky Houses Quilt.

Linking to TGIFF and Finish Up Friday.

2014 A Lovely Year of Finishes–Finishes

I did it!  I finished my August goal for ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’!  My goal this month was Project QUILTING. I technically had two goals.


I had to finish my quilt for the Project QUILTING’ class at Mill House Quilts that I ran and the challenge ‘The Quilt Block’.  Read more about my quilt, how my class went and see the quilts my students created by going HERE.


The second quilt I had to make was for the ‘Red and White’ Challenge. Read more about my Little Red house Quilt HERE

I’m happy to report that even though they’re not big quilts … they are finished quilts!  Now to figure out what goal I can handle for September …

Resolution Bee Block Tutorial

Today is the day of the 35th Block of the ‘Twisted Traditional’ Quilt Along!  35 Blocks!  Wowza!  I actually came up with this block awhile back and I’ve been anxiously waiting to share it with you all.  So – without further adieu …

Resolution Bee Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 9” x 9”

By twisting the traditional block ‘Resolution Square’ we can create a whimsical Bee block.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A - Wings2 – 5” squares

Fabric B – Sky (blue)
2 – 5” x 2.75” rectangles
2 – 2.75” squares
6 – 1.5” squares

Fabric C – Bee Body1 – 2.75” Square
Fabric D – Bee Head1 – 2.75” Square


Layout all your fabric like I show in the diagram above. This will help you as you sew.
Start by sewing your bee head (Fabric D) to your 2.75” background (Fabric B) square. Press toward the bee head.
Sew the 2.75” x 5” background fabric rectangle to complete your head square.
Now sew your bee body (Fabric C) to your 2.75” background (Fabric B) square. Press toward the bee head.
Sew the 2.75” x 5” background fabric rectangle to complete your body square.
A bees wing isn’t square … we’re going to round the corners just a bit.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 1.5” background squares. Place them in three of the four corners of your wing square.
Stitch right on the line you drew.
Trim off the corners.
Press toward the background fabric. Repeat with the second wing.
Layout your bee head, bee body, and two wing blocks in the orientation you see above.
Sew the four patch together.
Either with embroidery or a micron pen it’s time to add the bees antennae.
I just drew mine on for now…I may go back later and embroider them.
And with that…your ‘Resolution Bee’ block is finished!
Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (9/27), 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!

Previous Blocks:

Project QUILTING Recap

Some of you probably just heard me chatting with Pat Sloan about Project QUILTING.  I wanted to make it easy peasy for you to find out more about it when you visited my website!

me on the phone

Of course…I had to instagram myself talking with PAT SLOAN!!!!

I hope you enjoyed our little chat – it was definitely a rush and great experience for me!

If you missed it…you’ll be able to hear it again later tonight by going HERE.

PQ4Me Luxury Quilt Retreat Weekend

Project QUILTING is happening LIVE and in person in January of 2015!  Come and meet, learn from and be inspired by Ebony Love!  Sign up now – spaces are limited!

Project QUILTING – What is it?


There’s still time to start and finish this months off season challenge!  The challenge is Red and White!

Quilts on a Fence

It was a wonderful, but super hot and humid, weekend at the orchard.  Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Kim Lapacek Aug 2014 guestBefore I get to the meat of my post I just wanted to remind you to tune in this afternoon to listen to me chat with Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork and Quilting Radio Show!  You’ll be able to listen in on the fun by going HERE today 3PM EST!

Since I’m a bit exhausted still from the weekend…I’m going to mostly be showing you some pictures on this post.  IMG_2816Since my house is surrounded by approximately 3,000 apple trees one would be correct in guessing that at one time or the other we had a problem with deer in the orchard. That person would not be wrong.  The winter of 2008, the deer discovered our orchard and made it their home.  They caused significant damage to our trees and as a result, we had to put up a deer fence.  I was worried the deer fence would make me feel like I’m living in a complex.  It doesn’t!  Woot!  And – on top of deer damage free apple trees … I have a great way to hang up my quilts for their photo shoots!  The other day, I pulled out most of the quilts I had made since my first spontaneous outdoor quilt show and hung them on the fence for a shoot.  I took the pictures myself this go around … so they’re not quite as impressive as the first show … but you’ll get the picture!


IMG_2814I also had a little fun playing with my fish eye camera lens.IMG_2828This is my favorite picture of the shoot!IMG_2841


Tula Pink, City SamplerIMG_2852

Modern Log CabinIMG_2862

Peeking BloomsIMG_2863

Little BoxesIMG_2865

Dresden NeighborhoodIMG_2877

African ImpromptuIMG_2886

Novitiate Nebula2014-08-10a1

My Favorite Block Sampler2014-08-10a

Once Upon A Time


I hope to continue my outdoor quilt show tradition next year.  It’s fun to actually put all the quilts up there and see just how much I managed to finish!

I {Heart} Craftsy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I {Heart} Craftsy.  It’s a great tool to take classes at my convenience and still learn from amazing teachers … all from the comfort of my own home!  Did you know that Craftsy offers a bunch of free mini classes?  These mini classes are a great way to test the water in a certain topic without a huge commitment. 

Online Quilting Class

I would recommend the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Mini Class to anyone in a heart beat!  Many different quilting techniques and styles were touched on – definitely a class I learned TONS from!

There’s even a class on sewing machine feet!  Come on – I know I’m not alone.  I have about 20 different feet and I pretty much use just 3 or 4 of them.  Maybe I’d use the other ones more if I knew what they did or why they’re so helpful!

Also – you’re not going to want to miss your chance for this fabulous giveaway from Craftsy

Our winner’s choice giveaway runs until August 27, 2014. A winner will be selected at random and contacted via e-mail. In the meantime, get some inspiration with these beautiful quilt kits and fabrics from Craftsy!

There’s still time too – enter to win a quilt kit from craftsy!

2014 Craft-Apple-Ar


Tomorrow is the 4th Annual Craft-Apple-Ar at the orchard!  I hope you are all as excited as I am!  We have some really great vendor’s coming with their hand crafted items, vintage finds, and of course – delicious food from Slide Food Cart!


I have a sneak peek at some of the vendors and what you can expect to find when you come out to the orchard tomorrow!


Cheryl of Totally Wired 

Find her on facebook here.

Totally Wired will have handmade tutu’s, wired serving ware, Badger/Packer Barn wood signs. 

totally wiredFavorite apple?  Honeycrisp!!!

Sharon Day of Ginger and Waldo


Ginger and Waldo will have handmade natural body products (solid lotions, lip balms, salt scrubs, cream deodorants, cuticle conditioners)

Favorite apple: Granny Smith!!

Monique Holden-Reinke of Hooked on Knots


Hooked on Knots will have crochet items (market bags, wash cloths, face scrubbies, and soap savers).


Katie Nelson of Gray View Design


Gray View Design will have handmade jewelry that is vintage inspired, or includes actual vintage components; baby and child headbands; vintage and antiques for resale.

Favorite apple?  Pink Lady


Nicole Mihalas, Trunk Keeper #450 for Matilda Jane Clothing


The fabulous Nicole Mihalas will be at the Craft-Apple-Ar with the Matilda Jane Trunk!  It has the greatest girls and Mama clothes ever!  Sunday is the time for you to play with the clothes – try it on, smile, and of course – fall in love with it as so many have before!


photo by Karmen Linder Photography

Favorite apple: Carmel Apples;)


Jenny Bormett of The Painted Daisy

The Painted Daisy will be selling lightweight sweaters, dresses, skirts & a few accessories at the Craft-Apple-Ar!

Favorite apple?  GALA

Brenda Vetter of SoL Criations Alpacas

and on facebook here

We will be selling many alpaca items: yarns, roving, socks, scarves, and hand felted items (scarves, hats, faeries, soaps).


My favorite apple is Wolf River, just something about them.... :)


And this isn’t everyone!  Be sure to stop by and find some great treasures!  (Oh, and apples, caramel apples, and donuts while you’re here too!)

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