January Finish–Grandma’s Quilt

On February 7th, my husband’s grandma is turning 90.  My sister-in-law, Karma, asked me to My Buttonquilt a quilt for her if she put together a top.  Of course I said I would.

My January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes was to have this quilt finished and ready to gift to Grandma.


And I accomplished that goal!  Just in the nick of time!


Here’s a bit of a close up of the quilting I did – far from perfect but not too shabby …IMG_7168

And another closer look!

And with just a few hours to spare … my January Goal for A Lovely Year of Finished is finished and posted!

Sunrise/Sunset Project QUILTING Prize Winners

It’s that time!  I’m about to share with you all who won the prizes from the 2nd Project QUITING Challenge – Sunrise/Sunset!

Viewer’s Choice

First … our Viewer’s Choice Winner is …

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Mulberry Patch Quilts with her piece ‘Sunset Lake Mendota’

Congrats Jane!  You’ll be receiving …
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10 Small Spools of Edyta’s Threads for Aurifil Thread


her choice of a pattern from Mishka's Playground!


Random Prize Winners


63 names went into the magic hat!  (Diane and I can’t win prizes).

Now it’s time to see who my girls picked to win the random prizes!


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A mini spool collection ‘Gleeful’ from Caroline Hulse of Aurifil Thread goes to …


Hoop & Thimbles!


Sew BitterSweet Designs is giving a choice of one of her patterns to …


Amber G!



Pip picked Pamela Wickman to win …

her choice of a pattern from Mishka's Playground!


Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label to


Nanapapa Upchurch!



Mouse In My Pocket is the lucky winner of the …

logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.
Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.


Marcia would also like to give


Amy McQueen one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

Here are the six quilt patterns the winner will get to chose from:

  1. Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  2. Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  3. Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  4. Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  5. Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  6. Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern - PDF



The pattern ‘Poppies’ from Laundry Basket Quilts is heading to …


The mailbox of Fostering Others!



The pattern ‘Charming Funky Four Patch’ and a Woodland Summer Charm Pack from Village Creek Quilts will be making there way to …


Katie Bishop!


And the final prize …


A copy of the pattern Crockett’s Crossing from Mill House Quilts is going to …


Quilt It Baby!


Thank you so much to everyone for joining in the fun! Keep an eye on your inbox for a message from me to find out how to claim your prize.  If you haven’t seen anything by the time the super bowl is over feel free to contact me.

The next challenge goes up in just over 24 hours!  See you back here soon!

2014 Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Finished

I joined in with Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Along in 2014 along with MANY other quilters from all over! 
EDIT!  I had to add the pictures I just took on the deer fence today – the hanging over the railing ones just weren’t cutting it for me…And just last night – I put the final stitches into the binding.  Of course – it was bitterly windy out when I finished so outdoor pictures were out of the question.  I did manage a decent one with my hubby holding it from our balcony railing
but I will be bringing this out for a traditional fence picture as soon as the weather permits. IMG_7103My aunt Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb did the quilting on this one.  I didn’t think it was possible but the tight swirls of quilting actually made this quilt seem a little less busy.  Oh – it’s still crazy busy but this seemed to help bringing it down at least slightly.IMG_7106
And the back is gorgeous too! I just LOVE this fabric!
The block patterns for this quilt along are all still up and can be found HERE.  Pat is running another FREE quilt along this year too! Check out the ‘Vacation Time’ Mystery HERE.
Linking up to TGIF Friday, Finish It Up Fridays, WIDTW, LAFF, Creative Goodness Party, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, and Fabric Frenzy Friday

Block 2 Layout for the #scrappycrownalong

How is everyone’s #scrappycrownalong’s coming along?  I’m excited to start seeing some blocks popping up on instagram

Today’s block layout is pretty simple!  All you need to make this time is:

  • 4 – 15” blocks

IMG_7077This is a great way to fill up a 30” block –just sew these four 15” blocks together to make a four-patch.IMG_7079

Doesn’t this look dramatic!?

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Here’s what your quilt layout looks like so far.

Be sure to share a picture on the #scrappytripalong flickr group and/or hashtag it with #scrappycrownalong.

The Magical Karmen Lindner Photography

I’m pretty sure it’s not too common for Karmen Lindner to have requests for a quilt photo shoot.  And yet – she amazes me every time!


Local Foods Grow Strong Communities, 2.0

The first photo shoot was stunning in the apple blossoms … this one was stunning with the deep autumn colors in the background.  I hope to do this each year so I have a great record of the quilts I’ve made. 


Little Boxes – Double Wedding Ring Quilt


Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart

I’m going to use these to make an updated portfolio book but I wanted to give you all a few sneak peeks in the meantime …


Tula Pink City Sampler


All photographs on this page were taken by the lovely, talented, and hilarious Karmen Lindner of Karmen Lindner Photography.

Block 1 Layout for the Scrappy Crown Along

It’s time to start something fun and that’s going to be the #scrappycrownalong on my blog!  You can read all about the details  HERE but basically we’ll be making different 30” blocks using a variety of combinations of 15”, 10” and 5” Crown of Thorn Blocks.  You can purchase the tutorial for just $2.50 HERE if you’d like to join in on the fun!

Today’s layout is going to be the same block you see in my quilt along button! 
To make this block – you need to make
  • 2 – 15” Crown of Thorn Blocks
  • 3 – 10” Crown of Thorn Blocks
  • 6 – 5” Crown of Thorn Blocks
I used neutral scraps for my background fabrics and then a variety of medium to dark toned scraps for my crown and thorn portions of the block.
For this block you’ll sew the three 10” blocks in a row, then the six 5” blocks and finally two 15” blocks.  Then sew these rows together - 10” to 5” to 15”.  You’ll have your first fun scrappy 30” Crown of Thorns block all set!

I’m going to share a little short cut with you right off the bat.  Those 5” crown of thorn blocks are a lot of teeny tiny piecing.  I completely, 100% understand if you don’t want to deal with that.  Instead of making those I’m going to give you an alternative.

You can make 5” half square triangles.

1 – 6” square of background fabric
1 – 6” square of thorn fabric


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your background fabric.


Place your background and thorn fabric right sides together.  Sew a seam a quarter-inch on both sides of the line you drew.


Cut along the line you drew.


Press towards the darker fabric.


Square your half square triangles up to 5.5”.  If you ever don’t feel like making the 5” Crown of Thorns blocks feel free to replace them with these 5” (finished) half square triangle blocks!

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The first block is done!  Now you can either keep on going or go with a mini quilt!  Whatever you decide – I’d love to see what you did.  Be sure to share a picture on the #scrappytripalong flickr group and/or hashtag it with #scrappycrownalong. 

Don’t forget to grab a button and add it to your blog!


I’ll share with you another block layout on Thursday so stop back soon!

Sunrise/Sunset Project QUILTING Challenge Time to Vote!

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your SIX Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project QUILTING Challenge – Sunrise/Sunset and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 48 and 63.  Diane made 63 and and I made 48 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think.   We love to hear from you!

The quilt with the most votes will receive these prizes: 
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10 Small Spools of Edyta’s Threads for Aurifil Thread


Mishka's Playground is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern from her store including the yet available 2015 quilt-along!

Aren’t these some great prizes that have been so generously donated!?  I can’t wait to see who wins some fantastic goodies!

Voting will close on Friday, January 30th at 8pm.  Spread the word to your family and friends!
They get SIX votes so they can vote for you and then five other quilts that they like best!
Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31st!

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