Monthly Archives: January 2013

Design Wall Monday – Big “O” Quilt

Design Wall Monday – Big “O” Quilt

20 Big O Blocks


My quilting buddy, Candace, always has an idea for my fabric.  I had a fat quarter bundle, some solid fabric and no quilting plan.  Here’s a blog post at selfsewn that we based this quilt on.  Selfsewn called her quilt, “Shoofly”, I’m calling mine, “Big O”. I love how it looks and I hope I can find some time to sew it together!

Shoo Fly


In BlockBase this is #1645.  One of the published names is Shoo Fly.  It’s the same as my “Big O” block with the colors rearranged!



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

Thanks!  🙂 Linda

Retreat – Part 2!

Retreat – Part 2!

Dawn's Friendship Star plus

A big thank you to Rainbows and Calico Things Quilt shop for letting me jump in at the last minute and join their second retreat weekend!  I had a great time meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

Like last weekend, I worked on my secret projects.  I sewed one quilt top together and finished the blocks for another.  I’m very excited to be this far along!

Show and tell was awesome, again!  I love Dawn’s quilt based on the friendship star block!  The placement of fabric creates a great lattice design.  Jane had a great convergent quilt, (sadly no picture!).  Both of these quilts have been added to my future quilts to make list!

Microwave bowls


I had fun showing how to make microwave fabric bowls.  Here’s my stack of finished bowls, ready to give away!!

Today was a bonus sewing day but everyone had to head home because of an ice storm!  Hopefully, everyone got home save and sound!

Thanks for looking!  🙂 Linda



Margie’s Cheater Quilt

Margie’s Cheater Quilt

Margie's quilt before washing and drying

Last November, I spent a weekend with my sisters.  We foraged through Marge’s closet and found lots of fun stuff!  One of the finds was a cheater quilt that Marge had hoped to hand quilt.  As you know, I’ve been collecting “vintage” tops to finish on my longarm.  Just what I need, more UFOs!

Here’s the quilt finished and bound before washing and drying.  I did not pre-wash the fabrics because I wanted to wash and dry the quilt for the wrinkly, antique look.

after washing and drying

Here’s the quilt after washing.  Every flower center is quilted with a different design.  That was the fun part for me!  I challenged myself to get out rulers, that I never use, to create a fill pattern.  I enjoyed doing freehand feathers the most and had to refrain from putting a feather in each one!

I love it!  It’s going to be very hard to give this quilt back to Marge!

back detail after washing and drying

Every flower block is outlined and echoed, which gives lots of texture.  The petals and leaves puff out giving it the impression of applique.

Back and front detail

The binding is a dark gold Kona cotton.  I love it!  Thanks for looking!  🙂 Linda


I’m linking with A Stitch In Time for a January 2013 finish.

Check out other finishes here.


January Finishes

Design Wall Monday and Retreat Re-Cap

Design Wall Monday and Retreat Re-Cap

Nine Patch with Solids


This quilt project is inspired by an old quilt that my quilting buddy, Candace, was repairing.  The simple layout of nine patches and solid said, “Make me!”.  I got out my box of 2 1/2″ squares and added some solids.  Some of the solids are a Simply Color Ombre jelly roll which adds a fun dimension to the nine patches.

simply color jelly roll







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

Thanks to Rainbows and Calico Things quilt shop for a great retreat!  I’ve attended her retreats since 2002, so it’s always fun to see familiar faces and meet some new ones!  Here’s one of the show and tell quilts that is my next inspiration!

Deb's Strippy Quilt


I couldn’t get the whole quilt in the picture, but you can see the star pattern created in the middle.  I love it!  I’ve already got fabric for the background, so this will go on the quilts to make list!

During retreat, I started 2 secret projects, (for one of them all the blocks are done!), made 2 microwave fabric bowls, started and finished a Jelly Roll Race Quilt!  Check out my facebook page for some pictures.  And, my brain is just overflowing with ideas for future projects!


Candace is starting a new blog tomorrow about Nancy Cabot, be sure to check it out, too!

Thanks!  🙂 Linda



BlockBase Sew Along – Block 7

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 7

Block 7


Here’s my block 7 for the BlockBase Sew Along.  This one finishes at 9 inches.  I used Triangles On a Roll to make all the little 1 1/2″ finished half square triangles.  For the flying geese, I used the Eleanor Burns Flying Geese ruler.  Once I figured out the finished size needed to make every element, it was a piece of cake!  I love how it looks!

Do you have a favorite method for making Flying Geese blocks?

Here’s the link to see how others completed their block 7.


getting organized




I’m off to a quilting retreat sponsored by Rainbows and Calico Things quilt shop!!!  If you want to follow along with all the stitchin’ and …more…check out my facebook page!  I’m excited to see how much sewing I can get done in 3 days.  Some of the projects are secret but I’ll share my progress on the others.

Thanks!  🙂 Linda


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