Another month of UFO’s Completed!

February 28, 2018

As I probably mentioned last month, the Utah Quilt Guild is encouraging it’s members to finish their UFO’s this year.  That means completely finished!  I went through my UFO’s and found about 60.   (Not including bitty blocks…  😉  )  My personal goal this year is to complete about 1/2 of them.  Last month I finished 6, while this month I only completed 4.  (But I did make significant progress on a couple of others as well!)

Here they are:

As some of you remember, myself and 3 of my online besties swapped “Wonky House at Night” blocks for 1 year. Silvana, Soma, Sandy and I were the 4 participants!  We each made 4 blocks each month…  1 for ourselves, and 1 for the other 3 swappers.  That gave us a total of 48 house blocks.  I wanted mine to be a little bit bigger, so I made an additional 51 blocks for a nice uneven 99 blocks.  A little star sashing, and it’s finished!  I missed quilting 1 tree.  Shhhhhhh…  Don’t tell!  Anyhow, here is our fun little group project!  Thank you ladies!!!!!  You rock!

This one needed binding and it’s done!  So fun!  (I did a scrappy binding if you can see along the edge…)

“Kaffe meets Kim”  Haha!  This one was made using mostly Kaffe fabrics (plus my hand dyed yellow) and was designed by Kim Diehl.  I love this one!  It needed binding as well..

And last, but not least, here is a quilt top that I bought at my friend Denise’s yard sale.  It still qualified as a UFO, so it went on my list.  It needed to be quilted and bound and here it is finished!

4 for this month!!!  I am really loving all of these finishes!  Thanks for joining me!



Two more quick finishes before the end of January!!!

January 31, 2018

2 more quick finishes for the Utah Quilt Guild’s UFO challenge for this year!

This is my 2017 Kaffe and Friends quilt taught by Kaye Evans…  I added some solids and a few hand dyed fabrics to make it more “me”!  Milo definitely approves and he thinks my little folk art bird design block looks good enough to eat…  😉  This one needed binding!

I find myself adding bird blocks/quilting to everything I make these days!  (For some reason…)  Again, my center block features my folk art bird surrounded by a floral vine.  Funny story…  I started this design at Winter Quilt retreat last year at Bryce.  (Thanks for the memories Bonnie!)  I needed a circle to trace so I could start my vine design.  There were some big lamp shades on the lamps by the pool.  I took one off and drew a big circle from the bottom and a little circle from the top of the lamp shade, and then drew my circle in between the two sizes.  It worked out perfectly!  (Then I may have put the lamp shade on my head for good measure.  You know, everyone’s a comic…  And added a little song and dance for my friends!) This one needed binding finished.  I did this one by hand and the previous one by machine.

Good to have these 6 quilts finished for January!!!!  Woot!  Woot!

It’s a New Year! And for me, a time to finish some UFO’s…

January 23, 2018


This year, the Utah Quilt Guild is encouraging it’s members to complete UFO’s every month…  I added up all of my UFO’s (Unfinished Objects) and have found that I have at least 59 in all stages of completion.  (If I don’t count all of the Bitty Blocks I have in my bag…)  I have challenged myself to complete half of them this year.  Yup!  That’s right!  30 UFO’s by New Year’s Eve…  That said, I had better get busy!

Above is a quilt that was all finished except for the binding…  Done!


This little quilt just needed a binding as well…  I won’t move along as fast when my bindings are done!


This one needed binding as well…  I stitched this one on by hand.  The other two were done by machine.  Thanks to my buddy Susie for teaching me how to do it so it looks nice!


This little beauty was made by my friend LaRae D.  We did a swap, but she gave me 2 little appliqued tops in exchange for one completed mini.  This one had been waiting for me to get to it for a while…  If you look at this picture closely, you can see “pokeys” in the outer border.  (Places where the white thread was pulled up from the back.)  Tension issues.  Here’s a little tip…  I will take a black Micron pen to each of those little white dots.  Ta da!  It will work like a charm!  Done!!!

156_6313This one isn’t a UFO, but is part of the final swap being held on flickr at the Mini QT Swap…  Still needs some finish work.  The pattern is called, “Open Wide” by “”  It’s a cute little bag!  Well, I have a few more finishes to get done by the end of  the month.  I’ll try to be better about posting!

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Hi there everyone!

August 16, 2017

Yes, I am still out here quilting away!  Pretty sad when I don’t have time to chat…  My quilts are being featured at “My Heritage” fabric store at “Rainbow Gardens” in Ogden.  I hope you enjoy!

The quilt pattern on the left is from “Quilts With Style”, a magazine that is no longer in print.  The one on the right is a Dear Jane Alternate list, “Siggie Quilt” made up of blocks from all over the country and world.  I made the flower border with wool applique.

My collection of smaller quilts…

The quilt on the left is made up a Bee blocks traded online and the one on the right hung in the National Quilt Museum in Padukah…

I love the colors in this one…  So soothing!

My “Dear Jane” quilt finished with the Yahoo “Dear Jane” group….

The fabrics for this one were exchanged with a group of friends!

This one was designed by my friend, Patsy!  I love the interplay of stars…

This one was done for a “Show Stopper Challenge” that we did in Layton Quilt Guild.  Still one of my faves!!!

And a blurry picture of moi.  Thanks for joining me!


Sorry to be so scarce!!!

April 4, 2017

Source: Sorry to be so scarce!!!

Finished a couple of customer quilts and received a swap!

April 4, 2017

I quilted these two lovely quilts for Sara…And the back…

I really enjoyed working on her Storm at Sea as well!I did a couple of specialty areas you can see here:

And last but not least, I received this awesome swap in the flickr “Triptych” swap on MQTS.Lots of awesome goodies, plus a beautiful triptych depicting the beauty of Utah! I’m working like a mad woman to get some quilts ready for UQSM (aka HMQS under new ownership due to the untimely passing of HMQS’s previous owner.)  2 more labels to make and 2 more quilts to block and then I can get back to my regularly scheduled program!

Thanks for stopping by!

Me and my little things…

March 15, 2017

We are swapping post cards in Layton Quilt Guild this year…  I wanted to show you what I did for the “It’s not easy being green” theme.

And here’s what I wrote on the back…

  I found the frog image online and drew him out with pencil.  I used “Inktense” pencils to color him with and then added “Textile Medium”.  I finished him off using a Micron pen to outline him.  I made the 3-D leaves using 2 pieces of fabric with fusible web between them and then stitched the edges.  I pulled them into a tuck to give them dimension!  3-D is so fun!

And last, but not least, I am working on this little “Triptych” quilt for a swap in the MQTS swap on flickr.  Now to get them bound!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

A couple of quilt shows…

March 7, 2017

I have some quilts hanging at Union Station in Ogden this month….  I thought you might enjoy seeing them!

Here is my funky hand-dyed piece, “Steam Punk Milkyway”.  I dyed the fabric, and then quilted the heck out of it, (shocking that I would do that right?!  LOL!), adding some eyelash yarn around one of the “planets”.  Then I painted some un-quilted areas using “Lumiere” metallic fabric paints by Jacquard.  Lastly, I used some thin wire I had left over from my beading days and created swirls which I added to the un-quilted squares sandwiched between the “stairs” and hung some more tightly curled swirls on the moon.

This piece is called “Crayon Canyon”.  I designed it from a photograph.  This one hung in Padukah at the “National Quilt Museum” as part of the “Simply Southwest” exhibit.  The picture doesn’t show the colors super well.  They look like crayons!  (That melted when left in a hot car all day.)

And last but not least, “Little Garden Beauty”.  I used Kaffee prints on a neutral background.  This is one of my faves!

Meanwhile, up the road at the Brigham City Museum, the Utah Quilt Guild’s Ruby Jubilee is in full swing!  I have 2 quilts that I quilted for Roy, and Layton Quilt Guilds…

This one was titled, “Royal Stars” and was pieced by Roy Quilt Guild members, and designed by Patsy Shelton.  I love this pattern!!!

And here comes Layton Quilt Guild’s quilt…

It was designed by Lorri Bashein, pieced by members of Layton Quilt Guild, and the center was hand embroidered by Brenda Sacher.

Thanks for visiting the exhibits with me!!!

I know… I am soooooo bad!

March 4, 2017

I have been crazy busy!  Story of my life lately…  I rushed to get things done before I went to a quilting retreat at Bryce (which I’ll try to post on later).  I didn’t quite get this done before I left a couple of weeks ago, but finished it within days of being home.

100_5658I’m going to enter it into a couple of shows, so I won’t show you the front until it goes “public”.  (Although I have shown a few sneak peeks…)

100_5660Here’s a close up with a little more detail…  I love the dyed back!!!

100_5663And I worked on 3 UFO’s while at Bryce.  Here I’m auditioning a bird in the center…  He made the cut!  More on him later.

100_5665When I returned from Bryce, I received 8 customer quilts to quilt.  Yikes!  Guess what I’ve been doing?

100_5667This one is hanging at Union Station in Ogden right now.  Pretty funky!  I’ll be there tomorrow and will show you the whole thing.

100_5676And this guy is finally made in fabric.  I designed the pattern last year but didn’t have time to work on it.  It’s a long way from finished, but I imagine down the road he’ll be a finished pattern in quilt form.

100_5683And last but not least, another client quilt I’ve worked on.  There are others as well, but I forgot to take there pictures!  Poor neglected things…

I’m hoping that things will slow down a titch, but I just sent in my contract to teach at Quilt Fest.  Guess that means I’ll  add “whip up a pattern” to my to-do list!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Busy busy!

January 22, 2017

And it’s not getting ready to slow down anytime soon!

I have Bryce Winter Retreat coming up in a few weeks and plan on trying to get all of my client quilts done before I go…

Here is a quilt that I quilted for Lisa S.  What a fun quilt!100_5577And the back so you can see the quilting a little easier….100_5579I’m also working on a 50 Shades of Red swap on Flickr in the Mini QT Swap.

I found the center heart image on Free Heart Clip Art.  Love it!!!100_5622And I finished the Wonky House Quilts that we made in Roy Quilt Guild using mine and Silvana’s Patterns that were featured in The National Quilting Associations, “Quilting Quarterly”, although we did ours in 6 inches instead of 4.

100_5591Guild Members had to bring in their finished house block and they got a freebie tree block!  It really encouraged people to get their houses done!

And last but not least, I quilted this gorgeous quilt for my friend Susan H.  100_5582It was too mucky outside to get a picture of the whole thing,  but I quilted all 5o blocks with different backgrounds.  Talk about challenging!!!  Susan got these blocks at a yard sale.  The blue border fabric had bled onto the light backgrounds so the owner got rid of them.  Susan removed the offending fabric and was able to get out the blue coloring.  Didn’t this come out great?!

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