Sunday, August 28, 2016


I've been teaching a few people how to quilt.   Or rather, how to make quilt tops.

Here's a few samples.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Love is Love is Love

And we need more of it. So I'm making at least blocks and probably quilt(s) for the victim's families along with the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

Strip set of rainbow hearts

Using Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial.

And here's what the off cuts can turn into.

My team. And another finished quilt to be posted soon.

And please, please be nice and kind to someone. Or lots of someones.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Second Quarter Finish Along - #2016FAL

For this year's finish along, I did finish 4 quilts and 1 small project completely in the first quarter and then adopted two giant schnauzers, ages 7 and 8.   AKA 160 pounds of we're really sad and not sure we remember that we're well behaved dogs.   So that's taken quite a bit of sewing time.  

I did get pretty far along on most Q1 projects though so I'm relisting those and adding quite a few.

  1. Birthday in Seville

  2. Minkee Blue and Green Kid

  3. Technicolor

  4. Terrain HSTs

  5. Cushion from the batting scraps

  6. Testing of the Clams

  7. Argyle from Turkey

  8. Flying Geese Bits

  9. Wayward Block Donation

  10. Slab Quilt

  11. Locket - Baby Size

  12. Orange Baby - backing off cuts from Technicolor

  13. Wedding Signatures - maybe, the wedding was this decade, I don't want to rush

  14. Pouch for HW

I'm not always realistic but I like a good set of goals.   And added bonus, one of the dogs already has bonded and has separation anxiety to the tune of pulling the minkee quilt partially off the frame and chewing a side.   So that's a smaller quilt to finish now.  

I don't have all the pictures on my phone but here's 9 of them.   Will add more as soon as I'm home.

Linking up with Elven Garden Quilts

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Starbursts quit - Finished

I'm a bit surprised myself.

That it's actually finished.

This was originally started as part of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild (founding member right here, y'all) SD Bee.   And I hoped to finish in 2013.   C'est la vie.   I'm very happy with how it turned out.   Even though my BFF made me pick a hard to manage quilting pattern.   With starbursts.

Lots of photos to follow - wear sunglasses.  I like 'em bright.

First, Matilda had to pose.   This was her own choice and she did a great job looking surprised.   Or bored.   Or something.  Unless she's bouncing, it's hard to tell.

And the whole thing up on the pulley quilt hanging system that I built for this, or for hanging a shade over the carriage house doors, or for putting up a movie screen.   Or whatever, because pulleys are awesome.  Although I do need a different pole.   Things are heavy.

In the center of each diamond is a 9 pointed starburst.   Why?   I had someone over when I was starting and she didn't like regular stars.   I'm somewhat certain my friends are all in a competition to see who can get me to do the craziest thing.   Who wins?  Everyone.

I extended the lines out from the points and then alternated three designs in the sections.   Big figure eights, wavy lines and swirls.  I didn't think about the fact that in some areas, to complete a section I had to advance the quilt top to get the whole design in.   And then reverse because the quilt is HUGE and there were a million diamonds.  Or maybe it's 92 x 105 inches.   

I bought 3 different yards of fabric for the binding and then used something I already had.   This is one of the reasons why I'm about to run out of fabric.

And this is another of the 2016 FAL planned projects.  Or rather I should say hoped for finishes.  I am only about 1/2 way through at the moment.

Work is Slowing me Down

I'd rather be doing this at the moment.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Rosebuds Baby

I'm on a roll, another quilt finished.   My darling parents got me a couple of groovy boards for Christmas last year and the pattern mom picked was rosebuds.   I didn't have any finished quilt tops that needed rosebuds so came up with a quick 4 patch alternating with white (aka Kona Bone).

All fabrics I had on hand and just seemed to get along well.   The yellow I used previously for handles for an Aeroplane bag a bit ago, And I didn't notice that I had cut long strips off the selvage side so I could have made this a bit quicker.

The back is still the same flannel from my Starburst quilt because it was close at hand and just the right size.   With this and the next baby quilt I'll finish, I used the last of the big batting pieces so yay for that.

Of course, I quilted the word love right in, I'm glad I remembered to go back in there and add it in before it came off the quilting frame.
Here's a good picture of the design.   
And I bound it in the same green swirls from the front squares since that also went well with the back.
Quilting after washing -
It crinkled up really nicely and is a lovely 35 x 40 inch baby quilt.

It's a sweet little quilt and if that's right up your alley, it's listed Etsy shop, Carriage House Quilter .

Groovy Board setup -

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hearts and Bones, My Heart is Full of Love, Etc

I came home from the holidays all sorts of sick.   Thanks plane!   So I was too tired to work on an epic project I'd started in early December, it takes brain power and lots of ups and downs to the ironing station.   So I pulled out a stack of pink 2 1/2 inch squares and grabbed the first piece of flannel I could reach.   It turned out to be about a yard of pink/purple Valori Wells delight.   Since the epic project also involves pixels, I tried a pixelated heart layout.

That seemed doable so I set about to find a background.   Since awhile ago I bought a bolt of Kona Snow, except oops, it was Kona Bone, I decided to use some of that up.   Hence the possible title as a nod to Paul Simon's Hearts and Bones.  

Working a few bits here and there as my energy and coughing levels allowed, I finished up the top, happened to find a perfectly sized batting scrap at the top of the pile and loaded it on Pippi for some quilting.  After another nap, I decided to quilt the word "love" over and over in the heart.   Since I'm super literal and all.   Marking out straight lines for diamonds worked out for the background and then I bound it in more pink, Oval Elements.   Please see this post if you are unclear on why.

Finished at

I really like how it turned out and if you do too, it's now up and listed in my Etsy shop, Carriage House Quilter  - SOLD.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Natural History Baby

A colleague recently welcomed a new baby boy into their family so I made a little gift for them.

Most of the fabrics are Lizzy House Natural History.   It's all delightful and made a really fun and colorful top.   I used this pattern sort of, adjusting for size based on the cuts I felt like making.

It's a nice size at 44 x 55 (ish) and backed with two bits of flannel that got along well with the front.   I quilted all over in a slightly more complicated swirl pattern.   I'm really comfortable with swirls.   Even though I thought I was starting another pattern, I naturally went back to this.  I think it turned out well for this one.

Binding is a green quilter's linen print from my stash.

The baby was born early this year and the quilt gifted as soon as I got over the plague.  So that's an improvement over the last one.    I don't want to get too wacky and finish things before people are borned.

I finally started using my awesome quilt labels from my BFF along with the nerdy QR codes I had printed at Spoonflower.

This is also from my 2016 quarter one Finish Along hosted by Elven Garden Quilts, etc.   I went with a huge list this quarter so let's see how well it works out.