Catching Up

I know I have been slacking off again, if the choice is between actual quilting and writing about quilting, I think you know what is going to win…


This is a quilt that I quilted this fall for Pine Needles, obviously, since we haven’t seen grass in months! I believe it a pattern out of a book they have available in the store.


I quilted this with one of Susan Malletts block designs with an all over swirl pattern. I was really happy with how it turned out!


 The next two quilts I quilted for my Aunt Kris. These were gifts for her granddaughters for Christmas so I didn’t want to share them too early! I think I’m safe now.


I love the colors in both of these quilts! I love anything bright with a strong pattern.

For the blue quilt we decided on white thread and the bubbles pattern.


I really can’t decide which one I like the best.


We decided to use the same bubbles pattern on the pink quilt but went with hot pink thread.

They turned out great and she said the girls loved them!

DSC_0170editThis sweet baby quilt is one that I quilted for Kristina.  It is a kit that she got from Pine Needles Sewing Center. She knew want she wanted to quilt it with and found this pattern for me to use.


The pattern is called Blast Off and she wanted bright orange thread. Very cute!


This quilt is called Blueberry Delight, kits are available through Pine Needles if you are interested.


I used purple thread and a pattern called Lily of the Valley.


This quilt is called Seventh Heaven and will also be available through Pine Needles.


I decided on a teal blue thread in a design called Torrent.

I have several more projects in the works so stay tuned to see what else is new!

Have a great day and stay warm!!


Another Baby Quilt, a finish and a question

sarah minky

Another of our friends had a baby last week, this is number 9 for them! Every baby needs a new quilt so of course I had to make one for her. I had this fabric in my stash, I loved it at first sight. I love turquoise and red together and I thought they would be a nice alternative to a traditional pink baby quilt. I also had this gorgeous minky that matched the turquoise so that sealed the deal!

sarah with calves

I did very simple straight line echo quilting following the inside of the piecing 1/4 inch.  The pattern I used was a swoon block that I found a tutorial for online.  Don’t mind my babies, I guess they wanted in the picture, too.

color block

I also quilted this top that I have had finished for several months.  It was a kit that I bought to practice on when I got my Bernina 830 and Grace frame.

color bloc 2

It is so easy to use I really didn’t need practice pieces, but I did use it to try a new quilting design that I had gotten a while ago. It is called “Natalia’s Let it Snow” and I got it from It is a very dense and complicated design with lots of little loops and points.  It was perfect for this quilt with its simple piecing.

medallion 1

I have also finally finished the top of my Medallion quilt. If you remember I started this quilt as part of a quilt-a-long back in July. Between having kids home, running out of grey fabric and family vacation it took me way longer than I expected to finish the top. This is the first quilt that I have made for myself and I love it.

medallion 2

Now I am having a completely different dilemma. I have no idea how I want to quilt it!!  If you are interested you can check out the other quilts made during the quilt along and see some of the stunning long arm work that the ladies have done. So now my dilemma, do I try to design a quilting motif to use with my Quilt Motion software, do I have someone else do it for me or do I just do a panto design on the whole thing? I think for now it is going to sit and let me think about it for a while. I have other projects filling up my mind that are ready to come out, but if you have any quilting ideas be sure to let me know!!

Have a great day!


Hot Off The Frame

DSC_0003I just finished three more quilts for Pine Needles Sewing Center in Cedar Rapids. These are quilts that another lady has pieced and they have given me to do the machine quilting work. All three of these quilts are samples of kits that will soon be available for purchase so they get to join the gorgeous array of other quilts on display at the store.


This is Twist-N-Turn, I knew as soon as I looked at this one that I was going to some sort of circle pattern, all the dots and circles in the fabric just begged for it! I quilted it with a pattern called bubbles in white So-Fine.


This sweet quilt is made using the dessert roll size precuts. It is out of a pattern book that Pine Needles will be featuring at future events.


I quilted this using a pattern called Budding with white So-Fine thread.


This is Orange Squeeze and the pattern is also from the book I mentioned above.


I quilted this with the pattern Daisey Chain in white So-Fine.

When I took these back to Pine Needles they sent me home with three more so I better get to work!

Let me know what is your favorite.


Hollys Quilt

Hollys 3

This is a quilt that I got to do for Holly.  I absolutely love it!! She told me it was a fat quarter project she got off Pinterest. She bought the fabric as a bundle at her local quilt shop.

Hollys 1

She was not quite sure what she wanted and had this pattern as one of her choices.  From the back you can see the detailed pattern. I used gray thread that matched the border and stood out from the blocks.

Hollys 4

Here the sunlight really makes the quilting stand out in this picture. I only have one regret about this quilt, that I didn’t make it. Good Job Holly!

A BIG Finish!

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I just finished quilting the largest quilt I have ever been asked to do, a monster at 104 X 94, and it filled every inch of my frame. I was asked by Pine Needles Sewing Center to do the quilting on a couple quilts.  Pine Needles is where I purchased my BERNINA 830, Quilters Creative Touch and Grace Frame that I use to finish all of my quilts. It is one of my favorite places. First of all it is beautiful! The displays are all over the store, it is impossible to not find something you want to make when you are admiring the finished quilts on the walls. Secondly, they have the most helpful team of employees and thirdly they have classes on any topic you can think of.  Needless to say,  when I was asked to do these quilts  for the store I was thrilled. I have already finished a smaller lap size quilt and taken it back to the store. I was so excited to take it in I totally forgot to take any pictures.

Frilly Flur

I wanted something different for this quilt, and I found this design on the Intelligent Quilting web site. I have gotten several designs from them and have been tickled pink with them all!

PN 1

I have to admit, I really like floral designs.  However this design caught my eye and I love it! It is very flowing, but very simple and lets the gorgeous quilt shine through.

PN 2

I used off white So Fine thread and I blends nicely with the quilt.

I enjoyed doing this quilt, and I learned a few things too!