Archive for the ‘Techniques’ Category

A few little projects that I’ve been working on…

April 6, 2016

Yes, I know…  I haven’t been around much lately, but I have so many projects that I’m working on!  Here’s a little peek…

102_1086Close-up on a friends quilt…  This was a fun one!

102_1092And a couple of mugrugs I quilted for another friend!

102_1088And last but not least, my furry helper is showing you the last quilt top that I’ve completed…

102_1052I did this as an online mystery with several friends.  I kept sewing my rows on wrong and unpicked the same row 4 times!  Mey!  I added the braid around the edge to finish it off…  Yeah!  Now to put it in the “Needs to be quilted” pile.

Thanks for visiting!!!


Little Covered Tin Tutorial…

January 19, 2016

One of my friends, Paula, in Roy Quilt Guild gave me a baggie full of little tins as I am the “birthday person” this year.

I have been tasked to make little handmade gifties for all 30+ members of the guild to give them at meeting on their birthday months.

Paula told me of these fabulous little tins she had been seeing on Pinterest.  Sure enough I cruised on over there to see what she was talking about.

What a fun bunch of stuff to look at!

So this is what I did with the baggie of tins….127_0910I spray painted them all a neutral color.  I used the spray paint that I had in the house, which is ancient!  But that’s okay, all of that will be covered when I’m done with them…127_0912Next, I hot glued magnets in the bottom of the tins.  Make sure that your magnet is where you want it before you put it down or it will stick where you don’t want it to.  (First one!  LOL!) The magnet is a great place to store needles/pins for retreats/classes.

127_0914Next, I Mod-podged the top of the tin and put it upside down on the wrong side of my fabric.

127_0917I smoothed out the top, and then cut around the tin a little more than 1/8th of an inch.  (It will depend on how big your tin is…  Look at the edge of the lid and see how wide it is.)

127_0920After you trim the edges, use more Mod-podge around the edge of the fabric.127_0924Smooth around all 4 sides of the lid.

Don’t get Mod-podge on your fingers.  😉

127_0925If you have more than one tin, it’s fun to play with variety!

127_0926Hot glue some trim around raw edge of the fabric to hide the unfinished sides.  Start with a dot of hot glue at the hinge side of the tin and hot glue every 1/4 or 1/2 inch or so…  When you have the trim all the way around, you can put a dot of hot glue at the end to secure/finish it.  I will probably play with some embellishments for the top when I’m not trying to get them finished so quickly!  😉  It pays to have a birthday later in the year…

127_0950Thanks for stopping by!

Busy busy busy…

August 28, 2015

Sorry I’ve been MIA, but I have been busy busy busy!  Working on several client quilts, charity quilts, and challenge quilts…

127_0631I did this one for Betty…127_0632And this one as well…

And then two Quilt of Valor Quilts…  127_0638I tried to stick with stars, stripes, and swirls for both of them.

127_0642Now, onto a Halloween quilt for a friend, and a Happy Chemo quilt!

(Plus I’ve been madly plugging away on my fair challenge quilt…  More on that later!)

Thanks for visiting!

A little Sourdough Bread Tutorial…

April 21, 2015

First of all, I’m a quilter, not a baker, so all results are individual to each participant!  LOL!

(That was my not-so-legal disclaimer.)

Since I had to throw out my last sour dough start due to lack of use, I had to start all over.

Thought you might like to see how I do it, and join along if you’re so motivated!

A special thanks to my buddy Vivian for sharing a sourdough start and her recipes with me!

(She did give me permission to share with all of you…)

Sourdough Start:

2 cups warm water (I use tap water, but Vivian swears by Distilled)

1 package of dry yeast

2 cups flour

1 Tbs sugar.  (Oh my gosh!  I used 1 cup!

No wonder it exploded!  More on that later.)

We’ll proceed like I didn’t make that huge blunder and see how the bread comes out…

DSC_0004Put warm water into crock.  I usually use a large mouth glass quart jar.  DO NOT USE METAL UTENSILS OR CROCKS!

Sprinkle yeast over water and stir with a wooden spoon until dissolved.  DSC_0006Add flour and sugar (1 Tbs for numbskulls like me.)

Mix until smooth.  Cover and set aside for 36 to 45 hours.  (I marked the calendar for when it would be ready to use.)

Stir each time you are in the kitchen. When it is ready, I pour 1 1/2 cup starter from main crock into a separate jar to prepare

for a double batch which makes about 3 loaves.  I cover 1 1/2 cup starter and put it in the refrigerator overnight to slow the growth.

Then I add 1 cup flour and 1 cup water to remaining sourdough start in large crock, and stir well.  Large crock remains on the counter.

Both jars are covered with Parchment paper folded in half and use rings to secure.

Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the center of the parchment paper to allow starter to vent.DSC_0009

(I double my batch to save on cooking time and ease of clean-up!)   I will give you the recipe for the way that I make it!

About Sourdough:  Every time you take sourdough from your crock for a recipe, you always add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup water.

Your main crock needs to sit out overnight to allow fermentation. If you don’t use it the next day, you can refrigerate it up to a week.

If you’re going to be longer than that, just discard a cup or so of starter and then “re-feed” with 1 cup flour and 1 cup water.

(It should be the consistency of mud when it’s stirred together.)

It is alright to have “bubbling” or a layer of tan fluid on top of your starter.  Just mix it back together with a wooden spoon.

Now for what not to do…


DSC_0010I couldn’t understand why it was bubbling up so much.  It didn’t do that last time…

And when I took the rings off…  *POP*!!!DSC_0011I’ll know by this evening if I have to remake my starter.  Hopefully it’s still good 😉

Thanks for visiting!  And make sure you only add 1 Tablespoon of sugar…

I needed a TV shelf…

January 12, 2015

And rather than go with plain wood, I decided to get creative…IMG_1653My DH put the shelf together, and then I painted it green.  I didn’t do complete coverage as I wanted it to have some background texture.

Then I cut some fabulous bright petal shapes from some of my favorite fabrics!

IMG_1656This is it so far…  I’m really loving creating applique on wood!

I’ll post one last picture when I get it mounted on the wall…

Thanks for visiting!

Time for a break?

January 3, 2015

As you can see, I didn’t achieve my goal to get this quilt done before the end of the year…  IMG_1543Stitching and stitching away…  I’ve used a double batt on this with the advice of my quilting friend, Patsy…  (She’s my local expert!)

The cotton batting stabilized the polyester so I won’t have as much problem with the dense quilting causing “waves”.  The looser quilted areas will have polyester batting creating more loft.

My quilt sandwich is as follows:  Backing~cotton batting~medium loft polyester batting~quilt top.  I pin basted prior to quilting.

I was sewing, and sewing, and sewing away on this…  With the extra batting, this quilt is heavier than I’m used to.  Sore shoulders, back, neck, and tri-ceps…  I had somewhere I needed to go, but couldn’t seem to stop quilting.  Until…

???????????????????????????????I guess this is as good a time as any!

And here’s a little exciting news…  I bought a mid-arm quilt machine!  Yay!  I’ll post more on it later.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stitch on!

Wonky Houses Published!

December 14, 2014

I’ve been sitting on an exciting bit of news since September…  My friend, Silvana Pereira Coutinho and I swapped wonky house blocks a couple of years ago.  We each made a block for ourselves and each other and traded them via mail.  At the end of 1 year, we had 24 blocks.  (Silvana lives in Brazil.)  I have to say how much I love the opportunity to meet new friends all around the world through the digital medium!  Thanks for participating in this with me Silvana!  You are an awesome friend and designer!

I made mine into a quilt which was in works to be published in NQA’s “The Quilting Quarterly”. I am so excited as I received my contributor copy yesterday!!!  A special “Thanks” goes out to the Editor, Barbara Polston and of course Silvana!  It is an awesome Issue too…  It features some wonderful mini quilts and mini quilt artists.  It is the Winter 2014 issue, Volume 43 Number 4 #173. If you’d like to order a copy, you can visit their site at


I think in celebration, I am going to give away a signed copy to someone who leaves a comment on this blogpost!  Now, in all fairness, I have to warn you that I am technology challenged.  I do it the old fashioned way.  I put everyone’s names into a basket and have my son draw the winner.  (Of which I take pictures…)  If you would like to be in the drawing, leave me a comment and a way that I can get in touch with you…  (Or you can check back when I post the winner on December 20th)  That gives you a whole week!

IMG_1331Be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win a copy!  I’ll announce the winner in 1 week…

Thanks for visiting, and celebrating mine and Silvana’s publication!

A friends quilt…

November 7, 2014

My friend just gave me this little baby quilt to FMQ for her new grand baby due in a few weeks…  I love the traditional feeling of this one, and really wanted to quilt it as it would have been done hand quilted.

I followed the checkerboard pattern using a feather stitch and filled it in with a grid background.  IMG_1170There has to be an easier way to do it, but I haven’t found it yet!  LOL!  I used strips of tape to mark it with.  (The last grid quilting I did bled when I spritzed out the markings…)  I surrounded the center section with my least favorite motif, meander.  (I’m not terribly comfortable with it!)

I used a pebble stitch in the narrow yellow sashing.  Then I finished it up with a leaf motif along the edges, and a floral along the top and bottom sections.


IMG_1172Here’s a picture of the back…

???????????????????????????????The whole thing…  I love the use of 30’s fabric in this, and I really enjoyed quilting it!

Thanks for stopping  by!


September 26, 2014

Yes, I suffer from SASQ…  (Short Attention Span Quilting)  It is a hard burden to bear.

At Quilt Fest, one of my favorite stores, Village Dry Goods, was demo-ing an awesome new gadget.  Meanwhile I was demo-ing the Magic 9 Patch technique.

I took a short break thanks to my quilting buddy, Patsy, and proceeded to the chocolate fountain for some sustenance.  Since she hadn’t seen me come back yet, nor did I claim to be back, I mosied on over to Village Dry Goods table.

What a fun gadget they were selling!!!  Here it is:

IMG_0464Now, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to watch the extended version, but Fran was nice enough to give me a little lesson when we were shutting down.

Fran and Laurie assured me that I’d be able to figure it out with the directions, plus there is a tutorial if I needed to use it!

I finally gave it a go, and here is the result!

IMG_0463Isn’t it cute!!!  I am such a nerd for little blocks!

p.s. I do not work for this company or any of it’s affiliates since I don’t work at all…  Unless kids and housework count!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll post more on this little block soon…

Utah Quilt Guild’s Quilt Festival 2014!

September 10, 2014

I am getting so excited that I can’t stand it!  Next week begins Utah Quilt Guilds Annual Meeting and Festival…

There will be a quilt show (Yay!!!), vendors, and classes!

I was thrilled to be accepted as a teacher this year…  I’ll be teaching my retractable tape measure that was featured in “The Quilting Quarterly” Journal of the National Quilting Association, Inc~ Volume 42 Number 5 #169.  I added a few simpler paper piecing patterns for the class.

I finished up my patterns today, and I have 30 kits available that are pre-paper pieced if my students want to get straight to the nuts and bolts,  er…  Needles and Threads…

???????????????????????????????Thanks to my friend, MollySewn for sharing her pattern bags with me!!! I’d have been scrambling for sure if she hadn’t offered to bring me some.

Thanks for visiting!!!  Hope you all have a great rest of the week doing what you enjoy!

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