Friday, October 31, 2014

Sewing Room Wall Hanging

A fun quilt for me with machine applique, hand embroidery
and FMQ on my Janome Horizon.
Thanks to Lori Kennedy at the Inbox Jaunt for the spool quilting motif.
The scissors were from my doodling and her encouragement to try new ideas.
The sewing charms are from Bohemian Findings @ Etsy.

Here are the FMQ spools and floral motifs.

I tried some FMQ words around the thimble.
I like my FMQ scissors around the applique scissor block.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

King size Sampler Quilt

Here's the finished quilt my husband wanted me to make. 
I call it "Quilt a Dream" 
It's my homage to what I love to quilt: 
Applique and hand embroidery from from Bunny Hill and Lynette Anderson, 
piecing from Ryokan and other traditional blocks. 
And my favorite thing: FMQ on my Janome Horizon.
I love it:) 
I designed the layout in 2013 and finished quilting the FMQ this July.
(I quilted the top in four quarter sections 
and the borders and then assembled to finish quilting)
Here's the first assembled quadrant before quilting

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amy's Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure Project

I designed this backpack purse from an old and loved Vera B purse.
I used a practice sandwich from my favorite fabric I did when we practiced FMQ and feathers with Amy on Mondays.
I made one for myself and I donated one for a charity quilt sale.  

Here's a close-up of the feathers. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


 I have been practicing my feathers so I could add them to my FMQ repertoire. They are so much fun!

Here's the single feather wave I quilted on the border to my Le Jardin quilt a free embroidery design found at

Here are the drops on my king size sampler quilt. I used a single feather wave on the first blue border, a double feather wave on the outer blue border and designed a feather motif for the outer blue cornerstone to carry the hearts from the inner read border.

Finishing the king quilt drops

Gracie helping me quilt the feathers on the quilt drops

Oliver helping me add the side drops to the top 

Trimming the batting, ironing the hem, getting the junction between quilted sections ready to SITD and quilt

Finished drops attached and binding finished.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Free Motion Quilting the sampler quilt

Gracie posing pretty with the quilted and assembled top.

Gracie's inspecting her new quilt. 

A close-up of some of the FMQ. Lots of fun quilting these blocks.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

King Size Sampler Quilt

Here are the middle blocks for each quadrant.
The appliques are oriented so each appliqued block
will be upright when the top is assembled.
The blocks on the left are Lynette Anderson
and the blocks on the right are from Anne Sutton's "Henrietta Whiskers"

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sampler Block King bedroom quilt progress

Here are four of the blocks for the 80 x 80 sampler quilt top.
I'll be assembling 10 blocks into a 40 x 40 quadrant,
quilting each 40 x 40 section
and then assembling the four sections into a quilt top.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

McTavishing practice with Amy

Here's the back side

Here's the front side with color from my Derwent pencils.
This McTavishing is sew liberating. I Love it.
Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

McTavishing Practice with Amy

Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventure
I'm going to take advantage of Amy's free motion McTavishing adventure this month.  Hopefully I'll end up with some designs I feel confident to add to my quilting repetoire.  It sure is fun and liberating to practice.

I like to use Angela Walters technique of breaking a large area into boxed shapes then adding the quilting. On the right I made a one sided feather and then added the rest.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Wake Me Up to Kona Bloghop

Hurray, it's my turn for the Wake Me Up to Kona Bloghop.
I have had sew much fun making these projects.
Participating in this Kona bloghop was the perfect opportunity to
 practice my free motion quilting, make some practical useful items
and try my hand at some new techniques.

As always, a big shout out of thanks to our marvelous cheerleaders,
Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.
Amanda Murphy and her beautiful book Color Essentials
Sunrise and Sunset bundles from Robert Kaufman and
lovely threads from Aurifil are our wonderful sponsors.
Here are the other bloggers on my day. I can't wait to see what everyone creates with these wonderful fabrics.
January 20

This pillow sure brightens up my living room couch on a wintry January day!
Machine appliqued figure skate (my favorite Winter Olympic sport) from a Fig Trees Pattern. 
Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt inspired small snowflakes and
I FMQed the larger snowflakes after practicing her pine boughs. 
For my Christmas table I made these placemats.
I loved using Kona white for my Gail Pan embroidery pattern and the red to practice my FMQ.
Inspiration for the quilted Christmas feathers came from Amy at 
Amys Freemotion Quilting. The word quilting from Leslie at MarveLes Art Studio.
I thought that the Kona could be more than just a palette for my FMQ practice.
I made a nice collage of vintage seahorse prints from the internet and a turtle print we had.
Then I ironed an 8x11 sheet of interfacing to the Kona and ran it through my printer, transferring

the collage onto the KONA light blue. I made my own fabric!
I added the turtle applique, some Kona sashing and some FMQ.
Here's the collage in the tote I made.
For the back of the tote I tried out my new Derwent watercolor pencils.
First I applied the Kona seahorse applique. Next I embroidered the seahorse on the left.
Next I quilted the water bubbles, kelp and threadwork on the applique.
Lastly I added the color with dry pencils and applied a thin coat of Folkart textile medium to set the colors.
I tried my hand at a practice whole cloth and added color to my FMQ.
The KONA white definitely makes a wonderful canvas for quilting and painting.
Inspiration for this technique is from a Deborah Louie whole cloth quilt.

I hope you enjoyed my adventures using KONA solids.
I have loved seeing all the wonderful projects made by sew many talented quilters.
Happy beautiful winter morning from our lake in NH!
This is a shout out to Madame Samm for her wonderful button pin tutorial.