Monthly Archives: October 2013

Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple

soft lines

Sometimes simple is best.  Ashton’s instructions for this quilt – soft, puffy, no circles.

Quilter’s Dream Puff batting

So Fine #50 soft grey thread

Irregular soft vertical lines


Ashton's grey yellow white

While this photo doesn’t do the colors justice, you can see the fun blocks used to make this quilt.


Now, time to finish packing for Houston Quilt Festival!!!!

See you there!




A few finds in Omaha…

A few finds in Omaha…

Fire King bowl and scrap fabric

Old Market is a fun area for vintage shopping in downtown Omaha.  Our daughter is a great searching partner, we both look for different things so we don’t miss anything fun!  She treated me to this pristine Fire King bowl, sweet!


We found a few quilt shops to check out around Omaha, too.  I bought a couple scrap bags and my granddaughter selected a mystery bag of $1 fat quarters.   The funny thing is the scrap bags I picked out were mostly green and the mystery fat quarters were green!!  And I might have embarrassed my daughter when I noticed some fabric in the trash and asked if they were going to throw it away!?  Well, yes and she gave it to me!  That’s the fabric in the bowl.  Fabric in the trash is not safe around me!

The countdown to Festival begins!  Are you going?  Have you been?

Thanks.  Linda 🙂


Fabulous Folded Bags or InstaBowls!

Fabulous Folded Bags or InstaBowls!

bowl one and two





Here’s a fun project to try.  The Fabulous Folded Bags is one of the patterns I purchased at the recent AQS show in Des Moines.

Fab Folded Bowls







folded outsideOf course, I don’t follow the pattern and I’m renaming them, “InstaBowls”!



First, I changed the construction to the pillow case method similar to my dish mats and then I folded them differently.  Instead of folding the flaps to the inside, which I felt was too bulky, I left the corners on the outside.


petal bottom





If you fold the flaps out, the bottom looks like a petal!


inside four patch






The inside of the bag has a four patch design, too.


This a great project for sacrificing a couple of fat quarters and batting remnants.  If you have some large batting samples, they are perfect for this.  The hard part is deciding which fat quarters to use!

My InstaBowl will be in my project bag for small group sewing days.  Instant scrap bin!  What will you use yours for?

It’s little but it’s a finish!

I’m joining the October finishes linky party at Such a Sew and Sew: A Stitch in Time.

October Finishes

Check out other October finishes!

Thanks!  Linda 🙂

All my bags are packed……..

All my bags are packed……..

hundreds of charms ready to go


Not my bags for Houston!!  It’s hundreds of 2″ charms ready to mail next week!  Have you signed up to swap?  Check out The Curious Quilter for all the details!

What am I going to do with hundreds of new charms?  Keep sewing charms quilts, of course!  Here’s a link to my first completed PSQ, which I love!



PSQ2 - Dancing Nines


My PSQ #2 is a Bonnie Hunter Dancing Nines pattern.  I love this one, too!  Sewing nine patches is so therapeutic!


It won’t be long and I will be packing my bags for Houston!  See you there!


🙂 Linda



One Side, Two Sides!

One Side, Two Sides!

One side


I was excited to help Diane finish the t-shirt quilt she started for her son.



But wait, the quilt is reversible!  There is another set of t-shirts on the other side!

two sides



I have to admit, I was reluctant to quilt a two sided t-shirt quilt.  But after a little research on my trusty longarm forum, I decided to jump ahead and do it.  The large borders allowed me to stagger the shirts on the “back” and keep the intersections from being on top of each other.  The result was great and the fabric trimmed from the top was used to make the binding.  All done!

Have you made a 2 sided t-shirt quilt?  Thanks!  Linda 🙂


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