Foiled Cake Block

Hi everyone!  There’s still a few hours of my birthday month left so I had to find a few minutes to share with you the latest block for Therm O Web’s Mystery Block of the Month.


In honor of my birthday month (and Pips … and my dads) I thought it would be appropriate to create a fun birthday cake block – so I did!

IMG_9014If you want to make your very own fun “Foiled Cake” block just head on over to Therm O Web’s blog to see how it’s done!


Here are the seven blocks I have made so far … just five more to go!

All of the blocks feature iCraft Deco Foils. 

Dresden Neighborhood Workshop

Happy Monday everyone!  I know, I know, you’re all groaning that I’m saying that.  But – in my defense it is a good Monday in my little world.  I am currently sitting in a hotel room patiently waiting until it’s time for me to head over to the Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilt Guild to share with them my presentation “Wildly Careening into Quilts: what I Learned by Not Knowing what I didn’t Know.”  After the presentation a group of quilters will be joining me for my “Dresden Neighborhood” Workshop!

I thought it would be fun to show you all a few of the Dresden Neighborhood Quilts that students from my previous workshops have made!

2015-07-241I love looking back at these pictures!  Everyone was having so much fun!


Each time I teach this class my students teach ME something new! How adorable is this chimney!!?!


And Sylvia fussy cut out a hat for her roof!!!  I adore this!!!!2015-11-121


Penny actually purchased my pattern online and shared with me her wonderful finished product.


Penny made this quilt for a retiring city planner.  The background fabric was signed by his coworkers!

I’ll be sure to share pictures from today’s class a lot sooner than I did these!

Scrappy Girls Club - Zipper Bag Swap

In March I joined in the Scrappy Girls Club Zipper Bag Swap.  I have to admit … swaps cause me high amounts of anxiety.  I want to make sure I send the “perfect” thing to my swap partner in the highest quality I can possibly do. When I first signed up I thought nothing of the fact that I had to put a zipper in this pouch … when I started to really think about that zipper I freaked out a bit.  It had been YEARS since I had made a bag with a zipper – years!  So … of course I had to make some practice bags.  I am so glad I did because in the end … I made a double zipper pouch that easily zipped and unzipped (I can’t say the same for my practice bags) . IMG_8719My swap partner indicated that they like yellow, red, aqua and teal.  Lavenders were not there favorites.  I can work with that!  I decided to piece this tiny pineapple for the made pop of the bag.  IMG_8718For the other side of the bag I just did some improv piecing with similar fabrics to the front.  And some left overs from a previous project I had just completed!IMG_8720I went with Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch Pattern.  I chose to make the medium size bag and I skipped the ribbon embellishment since I was already doing the miniature pineapple.IMG_8721It was a perfect pattern for this project!  Not too big … not too small.  I’ll admit, the first time I practice made this pattern I did not read the directions so I had to tear out a bit.  Turns out if you just follow everything Sarah writes –the bag will turn out perfectly!IMG_8725Each of the zipper pockets have a different colored lining too (and of course different colored zippers).  IMG_8727I think the thing I’m the most proud about it how well my zippers zip and unzip.  I worked really hard to make sure they were perfect!  IMG_8729

A simple straight line quilting using a walking foot and aurifil thread was the perfect complement to this pouch. 

The swap was a really good exercise for me to make something for someone else but stick to my “style” while I did it. The best part – my swap partner loved it!  And that’s really what it’s all about!

Scraptastic Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s my birthday!!!!  I have a slightly different plan for the blog than the original one for today but it will still be scraptastically fun.  My guest blogger will be joining us on Sunday, April 17th now so today I’m going to show you some fabulous scrappy quilts I saw on my recent visit to the International Quilt Show in Chicago.  Hopefully this creates some sparks for your Scrap Quilt Challenge piece(s). 

“Leap Forward at Age 60-Years Old (six-zero) Anniversary” by Naoko Hirano, Komaki, Japan

“Leap Forward at Age 60-Years Old (six-zero) Anniversary” by Naoko Hirano, Komaki, Japan

I love how this quilt utilizes yo-yo’s to create this image of a woman in motion.  Yo-Yo’s are a great way to use up your scraps too!  Just cut them into circles and start sewing! This is one of those projects that I cut out my circles at home.  Then I pack all my supplies – the circles of fabric, needle, thread, scissors and thimble into one convenient tote bag so I can take it along for handwork to do as I watch my girls in gymnastics, dance, basketball or softball.  (I have a similar bag backed for when I want to work on English Paper Piecing). 

Big Bang” by Marlies Jannsen of Gieten, The Netherlands

“Big Bang” by Marlies Jannsen of Gieten, The Netherlands

Big Bang” by Marlies Jannsen of Gieten, The Netherlands

This quilt was beautiful done using tiny bits of fabric from all parts of the rainbow.  Another great way to use your scraps!
“Heading West” by Jill Fisher from Iowa City, Iowa

“Heading West” by Jill Fisher from Iowa City, Iowa

I just love the mixture of tree blocks and log cabins in this quilt.  Mixing these two blocks make for a beautiful and intriguing scrappy quilt!

“9229” by Nik-ki Whittingham of Chicago, Illinois

“9229” by Nik-ki Whittingham of Chicago, Illinois

Sometimes the simplest block (a nine patch) put together at different sizes and scales can create a dramatic, eye-catching quilt.  The quilt “9229” is no exception. 

“Day and Night” by Joan Bratton of Woodridge, Illinois

“Day and Night” by Joan Bratton of Woodridge, Illinois

Improv piecing is always a great way to utilize your scraps!  If the improv piecing gets a bit wild for your taste, calm it down with some solid fabrics.  I just love what Joan Bratton did in her piece “Day and Night” photo'd above.

All five of the quilts I shared above are drastically different styles of quilting … but they all have so much potential for scrap quilts!  I hope this helped inspire you a bit.  Stop back on Sunday and we’ll all find out what fun tips, tricks, and/or patterns Michele Foster of Quilting Gallery has to share with us!


Beautiful Blooms Pillow for ThermoWeb

I am having such a great time making these raw edge applique pillows highlighting iCraft Deco Foil words.  Since spring is here it was time to make a spring themed pillow … and I chose the word “BLOOM.”

Bloom PIllow

The pillows are also a great size for me to practice my free motion quilting on!  If you want to make one of these great pillows head on over to the Therm O Web blog to check out my tutorial.

I don’t know about you but I’m super excited about the warmer weather predicted here in Wisconsin later this week!  It’s going to feel so amazing to get some sunshine. 

I’m not 100% sure of my plans … but I’m guessing I’ll be doing some handwork outside basking in the sun. 

Caveman Junk Quilt Block

Happy April 11th!  The 11th of the month means it’s time to vote for your favorite block made for this months Modern Quilts Unlimited block challenge.

I was completely clueless on what to do with the challenge of airplanes and sailboats.

I decided to go Ricky Tims’ caveman style for this one.

With caveman style you just take your fabric and cut the shape you want with your rotary cutter (no ruler).  The creates a fun wonky-ness you don’t get with straight lines.

caveman process

For my sailboat (aka junk) block I layered three fabrics from Michael Miller, caveman style cut out the shape and then sewed it all back together.  See a slideshow of the process here.

Caveman Junk Block

To get to the 12.5” minimum I added a border.

While I would love for you to vote for mine I’ll be the first to say that there are many others that are much more creative and cool.  So what I’m going to ask is that you head over to the page and pick the block that is your favorite. 



The Splendid Sampler Progress and a Little Update

I’m not sure what my deal was … but I just couldn’t open up my laptop this past week.  I messed around on my ipad but really didn’t do any work on the computer … Now that I’m typing again though I have to admit it feels good!

Even though I wasn’t on the computer I was keeping myself busy.  My girls had spring break last week so we had plenty to do to keep everyone occupied and happy. 


My oldest daughter, Cedi, even had her hair CHOPPED off!  She donated it and is now getting used to the short due.  I personally love it!  I think she looks adorable!

I worked on a bunch of quilting projects … a few I can’t share with you all just yet … but here’s a few that I can.


I’m continuing to work on my blocks for The Splendid Sampler.  Here is Block #11 – Crocheted Thoughts designed by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish.  I just did the crocheted doiley part of the block … not the string and hook.  It’s far from perfect but I had a great time using the different stitches and working with embroidery.

quilt block

And here is Block #12 – Checkerboard designed by Pat SloanI made my block with just two fabrics!  They are border prints which is how so many different colors, patterns, and designs are showing up!  I’m having a ton of fun playing with the panel prints and border fabrics on these blocks. 

Once tomorrow arrives I’ll be four blocks behind … but I know I’ll catch up!  These little 6.5” blocks are just too much fun not to make!



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