Category Archives: Quilts

Christmas Quilt – A Work in Progress

Prior to Christmas of 2016, I fell in love with the fabric “Town Square” by  Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics.  I was drawn mostly to the color palate and the sheer classic Christmas feeling that I got from a lot of the prints.  I purchased two charm packs of this fabric from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I also purchased a coordinating Kona Charm pack in a gray color.  I liked the way all of these fabrics melded together.

It took me some time to decide on a proper pattern for this quilt.  I searched the web but could not decide. I really wanted something that would looks like snowflakes. I finally found a pattern called “Charming Windmills” from a book by Pam & Nicky Lintott; “More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts.”  I chose this pattern because I thought that the windmill pattern reminded me of snowflakes.

In the following pictures I was making squares, each with a triangle of the printed fabric and the plain gray fabric.

Then I had to take the squares, square them up and then cut them in half.  It was a lot of work, but I am happy how it all turned out.

One of the best things about this project was that I finally had a 1/4″ seam guide on one of my presser feet.  I can say that this helped keep all my seams perfect.  Which meant that I had a better chance of getting all of the windmills points to actually come together like they should.  With out this seam guide, I am not sure that this quilt top would have come out as well as it did.

I then put my first border on this quilt.  I had originally thought that this was going to be my binding only.  However, when I actually finished this quilt top I thought that it was too small.  I decided to start adding borders.  I used this Maroon color for my first border and then went to the fabric store and bought more fabric for the next 5″ border.  Now this quilt was a reasonable size for a lap quilt.  I will use this Maroon color for the binding as well.

Now I am working on quilting this quilt.  I chose to try stippling.  It is going to take me a while, but it is fun to do.


Here is a picture of what I have done so far with Free motion quilting:

I will put up another picture once I finish the stippling on this quilt top.


Christmas Mug Rugs

Seems as though this Holiday Season has come and gone quicker than it did last year.  I did manage to make Christmas Mug Rugs before we had a house full of company for Christmas.  I had a fun time making these mug rugs this time around.  I got a new sewing machine as an early Christmas present, so I had a lot of fun exploring all the different options that it comes with.

Here are some pictures of the fun that I had:

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Abigail’s New Quilt- Update

Well, it has been a couple of days since my last post.  I am so excited about the progress that I have made.

I got all of the rows sewn together.



I had some fun this weekend with out my little one.  I spent some time at my local craft store and quilt shop.  I rummaged through a ton of wonderful fabrics.  I managed to pick out a background fabric for this quilt.  I choose to use one of the fabrics that was in the quilt.  I thought that I was going to use purple, but when it came down to it, I just did not like it enough.  So, I choose the pink.


I think it looks a lot better than the purple option I was originally thinking of.  Once I got the fabric home, I noticed that my quilt top looked bare.  It needed a little extra finishing touches.  I came up with the idea to create a small border around it with the background fabric that I just bought.  I think it looks great so far.  Not to mention that Abby likes it too!




Unfortunately, now I think it needs a second border.  I already bought a blue fabric for the binding, but now I’m going to make a 3 inch border with it instead.  I’ll show pictures of that once I get that finished.  Since I used the backing fabric for a border, I am pretty sure that I do not have enough for the backing of the quilt, so I am going to have to buy more.


Abigail’s New Quilt – Update

I look forward to Abigail’s naps every day now, as I am able to work on her quilt while she naps. Over the past couple of weeks, this is what I have managed to get done.

I first had to get organized:
I layed out all my strips in the order that I wanted. Then I labeled each pile.

I then cut off the selvage from the left side of every strip.


I then took each pile and sewed them together, horizontally and then cut them three inches wide at a 45 degree angle.


I am taking my time and trying to make all the seams as accurate as possible. I am using my walking foot, but as I work on this quilt, I am wishing I had a quarter inch foot.


I managed to re-asemble and sew all the strips together and I cut out pink sashing to go between the rows. The pattern that I am following called for a 2 inch sashing, but I want this quilt to be a bit larger. I cut my sashing to be 3 inches. I cant wait to see what this is going to look like all put together.




I have about 4 rows completed, with sashing attached. I will post pictures of that progress in the next couple of days.