Red Borders 

To finish off the Christmas feathered star quilt, I started with a skinny red border to follow the green paisley setting triangles. This still seemed smallish, so I added more of the red and white snowflakes pattern and finally finished the quilt top with another 2 1/2” red border.  This last red border brought the quilt to 64 inches square- just slightly larger than a standard lap quilt size, which will be great for wrapping around someone on a chilly winter day.   The backing will be the green paisley, and I’ll probably finish the quilt with a green binding to match the backing after the machine quilter finishes quilting this top for me!

The shop owner gave me a three week turn around time for machine quilting this quilt top with their long arm service.   So I’ll be done with this UFO by the end of January- plenty of time before next Christmas🎄🎄🎄🎄on to the next project!

Decisions Decisions

Time for a skinny border

Are you needing a project for a cold and snowy day?  Me too!  While it snows and the wind blows making it feel like 5 below zero outside,  I’m digging  into a holiday project.  Check out this festive, holiday quilt top!  It had been patiently waiting back in the project box last week while we celebrated Christmas with family.

After dishes and laundry this morning,  I reached into my pile of UFO’s  in the project box – looking for the perfect project to work on during my vacation day.  I just love creating holiday quilts and this one pops with bright colors!

I had completed the center, feathered star block using a “no Y seam” technique between Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas.  Then, put it away for a week and waited for another chance to spend a day (hopefully) finishing this quilt top in time for NEXT year!  In order to make the quilt larger, I decided to use two different prints for large setting triangles.

Center feathered star square

The first layer of setting triangles pieced after the feathered star is made of a fun red and white snowflake print.  I found a bold, paisley print in holiday greens for the second set of setting triangles.   This took the size of the green, red and white center, feathered star block from a 24 inch square to 47 inches square in no time.

Setting triangles Accent colors

Now, it’s time for a 2 1/2 inch border before deciding if it is big enough to stop piecing and start quilting.

Border choices

Which color should I use? Red or white?  Let me know your thoughts.  While I’m waiting to hear back. I’ll find another seasonal UFO and work on that for a while.

Time for a skinny border

Easy Hunter’s Star


I just had to have another project to get going on the Standard.  Sew….. I happened to find some cute sock monkey fabric and decided to find some complimentary fabrics for a baby shower quilt. The sock monkey fabric will be the backing.


The pattern I chose is Hunters Star – the same pattern I used for the parents wedding quilt. Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, has a fantastic tutorial on YouTube for creating a Hunters Star quilt using half square triangles.  Here is the link:


It all starts with 5 inch strips- some will turn into 4 patches, and some will be sewn into half square triangles.


You can see how the arrow appears when the star  and 4 patch are lined up correctly.


It takes 16 half square triangles to make one star, and that has been the most time consuming part of this project.


I plan to do the quilting for this one myself, and with the deadline two weeks from now- I better get back to business on my day off!

Never under estimate the power of an “older” machine

imageThis machine runs smoothly with a little rhythm that relaxes your mind.  I had a fun time finishing this cute little owl wall hanging on my antique Standard treadle machine.


I’m calling this one “What a Hoot!”

Now, I just need to find the right foot to do the quilting by treadle- what do you think?


I’ll check the manual too


Treadle Fun

Today I played on my OLD Standard Treadle for some fun.  It is amazing how nicely it works after all these years !


I have decided to do an entire quilt top on this machine and will be updating this site with my progress on it.


Today I put together 12 square in a square fussy cut owls- they are so cute peaking out aren’t they?


I’ll even try chain piecing some squares with no electricity required…


What a HOOT


News about an old Quilt

1930s kite pattern
1930’s Kite Pattern

I know I have posted on this quilt before, but I found out some new  information about the quilt pattern today that I would like to share with you!

The individual kite squares were hand pieced in the 1930’s by my husband’s great-grandmother.  Luckily for us, the pieced blocks (joined by machine in the 1930’s) were not damaged by time.

Today, as I was surfing the net for background information on the pattern, I found this website – Moore About Nancy:  The Kite quilt block.    This blog, written by Candice Moore,  has information on the pattern when it was published in both 1933 and 1877.   Candice explains about the pattern when it was posted in 1933 in the Chicago Tribune.  The Kite pattern was one in a series of patterns by Nancy Cabot.  Thanks Candice 🙂

Candice notes in her blog post that the pattern was also published much earlier in the Progressive Farmer as Star Kites 1877.  The hand written pattern can be found on the Quilt Index website.

Can you just imagine someone in 1877 reading this pattern, then sitting down to sew the kite squares by hand?  Now, you too can continue this time-honored tradition by slowing down, unplugging the electronics (did I just say that!) and joining the slow quilting movement at least for a little while.

Happy Sewing or Surfing – and Enjoy this Spring Day – maybe even fly a kite 🙂

Welcome to Modern Quilting

I am venturing into the land of Modern Quilting with fabric choices in bright polka-dots, set with solids.  I have also chosen to make a modern design for this new quilt top.


I found these great polka dot prints in a jelly roll, and thought immediately that they would look fantastic set with some solids – like grey and yellow for a modern quilt.


The Chevron is still trending, so I decided to create a “fat” and “thin”  chevron using the grey for the wider chevron shape and the 2 1/2 inch strips from the jelly roll for the more narrow chevron shape.  As you can see there are many 1/2 square triangles involved in this project. and I have found an EASY way to make them.


It starts with two 2 1/2 in strips sewn right sides together on both edges.  See a future post for details.

I am happy with the first two blocks, what do you think???


This finished size is a rectangle – GASP- so, non-traditional of me!

Stay tuned as I will be finishing this (hopefully) in the next week or 2 or so………

Pet Project – Puppy Quilt

After the Y-seams, the rows are connected and I custom fitted a triangle piece to even up the edges.
Now for the border and backing!
Straight seams are easy!
DSCN0880[1]I actually quilted this one myself, with the feed dogs down and free motion foot on.  I may have done a bit too much, but I am happy with the end result. The backing is a cute all over print that can disquise my amature free motion work! – Now all we need is the pup.





Quilting up a Puppy Project


OK – we are currently pet-less if that is a word, and I am thinking that it is time to get a puppy for our house.  The kids are grown and moving out, and I need some replacement for that missing time and attention given to the kids!!  So, I found this cute stack of fabrics with a puppy print and decided to make a tumbling blocks quilt – puppy sized.


This was my first attempt at a tumbling block quilt, and I think that the project would have been better with some higher contrast fabrics, or better planning in placement.  The hardest part? Y-Seams.  If you know of a pattern without using the Y-seam, let me know!

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The best part was seeing the seams aligned after sewing down one side, then pivoting 1/4 inch before the corner, then sewing down the other side.  – all this piece needs is a little press with the iron.

Finished Y-seam
See the next post for my progress!