Monthly Archives: September 2013

Design Wall Monday – What a Pile of Scraps!

Design Wall Monday – What a Pile of Scraps!

scraps from haley


Okay, it’s a design pile of future quilts!

I love that my 10 year old granddaughter, Haley, knows me so well that she’d give me a big bag of scraps she got at a garage sale.  And I love that when Haley  told the seller she was buying them for her grandma, she gave them to her for free!  What a great birthday present!


After all the company was gone, I enjoyed my quiet time sorting and ironing the scraps!  Here’s my sorting process.  sorted scraps

1.  Pieced remnants for Mile a Minute project

2.  1 1/2″ strips for Trash to Treasure Pineapple quilt

3.  Small strips and pieces to be cut into 2″ and 2 1/2″ charm squares for PSQ quilts and swaps

4.  Large pieces sorted by light, mediums and blacks

5.  Bright strips for string pieced Tummy Time quits

6.  Batik strips and pieces

Because I’m a scrap quilter, these fabrics will be used!   Most of the fabric is quilt shop quality fabric, too!  Haley did a great job!

Check out other Design Wall Monday projects at Patchwork Times.

This week is a Houston warm up!  It starts with a small group quilting retreat in Des Moines and the AQS quilt show.  Stay tuned for updates!

Thanks!  Linda 🙂

Janann’s Iowa Star

Janann’s Iowa Star

Janann's Iowa Star


Do you recognize this block?  Yes, it’s called Iowa Star.  Janann designed an awesome fall wall hanging featuring Iowa Star blocks.

overlapping designs


The quilting design overlaps the blocks creating a secondary pattern.  This quilt was so much fun to stitch and watch the designs come together.

fun feather designs


I love how it looks!

back quilting detail

The pieced back has a lighter color which shows of the quilting design.  I love it!

Yes, I’m going to Houston Quilt Festival but before that I’ll be going to the AQS in Des Moines!  Will you be there?

Thanks!   Linda 🙂


Design Wall Monday – Jane’s Convergent Quilt

Design Wall Monday – Jane’s Convergent Quilt




Houston, we have a problem!

A couple of weeks ago, my quilting friend, Jane, showed me how she made her Convergent quilt.  I got a good start and then had to put it way, not good.



Okay, Houston, let’s fix it!  I spent a couple hours trying to put the pieces back in order for sewing!


Here is Jane’s quilt.  Now that I know what I’m doing (sorta), I’ll pick brighter colors for the next one!

Jane's Convergent quilt











Houston, no problem here!!  I’m going to the  International Quilt Festival Houston next month!!!  Another check mark on my bucket list!!  Are you going to Houston, we’ll see you there!!


Can you tell I’m excited?  🙂 🙂  Linda 🙂


Got so excited I forgot to link to Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday!

Design Wall Monday – PSQ #2!

Design Wall Monday – PSQ #2!

PSQ2 - Dancing Nines


What’s on the design wall?  The beginning of my second Postage Stamp quilt!  The design is a Bonnie Hunter pattern called, Dancing Nines.  While it may not be a traditional PSQ, I wanted my PSQ #2 to be totally different from the first.  I’m using my swap charms so every charms is unique.

I love it!

The nine patches sew together fast as leaders and enders or as mindless sewing, my favorite!

Check out Patchwork Times for other Design Wall Monday projects!

Thanks!  Linda 🙂

The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs and Rachel’s Confetti Toss

The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs and Rachel’s Confetti Toss

Rachel's Confetti Toss


Do you like to read and quilt?  If so, check out Starwood Quilter, an online quilter’s book club.  For the month of September we are reading, The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs.  There’s still time to get in on the fun!


Many years ago, before I started “quilting”, I made a string quilt using the scraps from the clothes I was making for our daughter.  The quilt is tied with polyester high loft batting and the backing is rolled to the front finishing the edges.   Confetti Toss is the antique quilt it’s patterned after, published in Quilts Sew Quick by Oxmoor House in 1995.  I’m still making string quilts, however they have evolved!


Do you want to make this quilt?  Check out The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs, the pattern is at the end of the book!!


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