Idea from my cousin

My cousin asked me if I could make a Fabric Bowl Holder and she sent me this link .  Before she picks out some fabric, I decided to make one for myself.  It was easy to make, however I should have made mine a little bigger as my soup bowl is larger than normal.



Practicing on my long-arm is an exercise I try to do most days.  Yesterday I was discouraged, but today I felt better about my progress.  Today I tried using a ruler to make straight lines, not an easy thing to do on a long-arm.

laqlinesMy feathers still have a long way to go.  Sigh.

laqfeatherBut I like my little wiggly flowers.






Busy Day

Another house block – from The Fat Quarter Shop’s 2013 Designer block of the month #9.  I think this is my favorite so far.

fqsblk9Thirty-eight blocks all ready to be sewn together, but I cannot show them because the quilt is a gift and the person getting the quilt might (but probably won’t) see this blog.

confettiblocksAnd among my accomplishments today I also made a backing for this quilt and got it loaded on the long-arm.



I started quilting it, but needed to quit as I had other things on my To Do list today that did not involve being in the Quilt Cave………bills to pay and other mundane things like that.




Another finish

The binding is done and so my Craftsy 2013 Block of the Month quilt is finished.

craftsy2013finishedThe successful machine binding I did the other day inspired me to also do the entire binding on this quilt by machine.  It was not as successful, probably because the quilt is much bigger and harder to maneuver through the sewing machine.  However, from this distance can you see the wobbles?

craftsybindingIt will do.  It is finished.  Mark it off the UFO list.  See happy quilter.




Catching up….

It has been a while since I have posted anything, so here are a few things I have been creating…..

Nine-Patch & Diagonal Cross quilt pattern by Mabeth Oxenreider, fabric Cocheco (P & B) – started November 2000 and finally finished January 2014.

MOquiltFound in my container of 5 inch scrap squares was a charm pack of Rural Jardin (Moda) and I decided to make a quick crazy four-patch quilt.

valentinefourpatchAnd because it is February, I added a little applique heart.

appliqueheartEven though I love to do the hand stitching on binding, this small quilt was a candidate for trying to do both sides of the binding by machine.  Careful pinning made it successful.



I am very fortunate to belong to an Artist’s Trading Card group (2-1/2 X 3-1/2 inch cards).  My January submission for “Bears” was a Teddy bear on a fleece blanket titled “Sleep Aids”.

ATCsleepaidsTo see the other artist’s submissions go to