Category Archives: Loose Ends

Cross Stitch Quilt

Cross Stitch Quilt

Earlier this year I was honored to work on a group project quilt.  Paul likes to cross stitch and his sister in law, Mary, likes to quilt.  They teamed up to make this quilt.This quilt is fun to see the before and after quilting.  I redefined the blocks with the quilting, obscuring the actual block size.  I love the effect!Except for some straight line ruler work in the cross stitch blocks, all the stitching is freehand!

So, maybe this will motivate me to make a quilt with these vintage cross stitch blocks!  I’m undecided on the way to finish them.

The printed quilting lines make a cool pattern when set together, but it seems like it needs some sashing.  I have 19 of these blocks, yes an odd number!  If you have any ideas, please comment on my Facebook page!

Thanks!  Here’s to a healthy and happy 2017!

Linda 🙂

Great Granny Square Quilt is Done!

Great Granny Square Quilt is Done!

My Great Granny Square quilt Another May finish!  This quilt was started on a whim and I love it when I actually finish!  After checking out Great Granny Square quilts on Pinterest and other blogs, I decided to add cornerstones and binding with a green fabric from my stash.  I tried scrappy cornerstones but the same color looked best to me.

All the fabric was from my stash of 2 1/2″ or 5″ squares plus lots of white remnants.  My quilting buddy, Candace, decided to set her blocks without cornerstones.  Here’s a pic of hers before the binding.  The background fabric is white, my indoor lighting does not do it justice!Candace's Great Granny Square quiltThe block quilting was inspired by a Pinterest pinner who made potholders out of her Great Granny Squares.  After some trial and error, I managed to figure out a path for stitching with the longarm without having to break my thread!  detail back

I love the stitching and did the same thing on Candace’s except for the outside edge fill.

Candace detail backWe’ve finally got some nice weather for outside picture taking.  The natural light is so much better!detail front

all folded and readylove the layersI’m linking with A Stitch in Time for a May finish, check out other finishes here!

May Finishes
I’m working on another bucket list quilt and hopefully will finish this month, too!
Thanks!  Linda 🙂

Mimi’s I Spy!

Mimi’s I Spy!

double nickel birthday girlAnother March finish!  With my sister’s double nickel birthday fast approaching I got busy and finished her “I Spy” quilt.  Look familiar?  It’s the same quilt design as Haley’s I Spy quilt.  My original plan was to make one for each of her grandchildren when her first 2 were born in 2011.  Well, I wasn’t fast enough and now she has 3, plus another due next month!   Therefore, one quilt for Mimi!  Every time they come to Mimi’s house they can play I Spy together.

Patty 55The “P” block reveals her age!

Love LindaThe “L” block is my signature.

Stitched labelThe border became the stitched label.

Name detailOne of my quilting buddies sold me her alphabet panel so I could spell out their family name!  That was lucky!

Mimi's I SpyI love it!  And I’m linking with Such a Sew and Sew: A Stitch In Time for another March finish!  Check out the other projects here.

Thanks!  Linda 🙂

March Finishes

Scrappy Coiled Bowls

Scrappy Coiled Bowls

Coiled bowls first attempt


   Here’s my first attempt at making coiled bowls using clothesline and batiks! filled with Christmas treats     They looked even better filled with cookies! trivet and bowl thread play         My next attempt used variegated thread and a regular zig-zag stitch.  I love how the thread color changes the look of the bowl. same fabric different threads           Now I’m hooked! size reference           Here’s an idea of how big I’m making the bowls.  If you click on picture you’ll notice I used two threads for this bowl, I love it! I have to confess that I cut apart a WIP to make these.  Do you remember the convergent quilt I started recently? Well… In the process of sewing it together, I made a couple mistakes and instead of fixing it, I cut it up to make the bowls!  The strips were the perfect size! I’m linking with Such a Sew and Sew for a December finish.  Check out other finishes here. December Finishes Thanks!  Linda 🙂

Design Wall Monday – A New Plan

Design Wall Monday – A New Plan

Nine Patch and Solids - On Point version


A big thank you to Rainbows and Calico Things quilt shop for a fun summer retreat reunion weekend!  One of the benefits of spending time with fellow quilters is brainstorming and exchanging ideas.

That resulted in my plan to change this nine patch and solid  WIP to an on point layout.  I’m going back to the drawing board, pulling more fabrics to make additional nine patches and looking for a possible border fabric.

I like it!

Check out other Patchwork Times for other Design Wall Monday projects!

Thanks!  🙂 Linda

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