Monthly Archives: November 2013

Chalk Mat for Jordy!

Chalk Mat for Jordy!

final version after ironing


Happy Birthday, Jordy!  I’m always looking for the next best gift idea to make for my grand nieces and nephews.  After seeing these at a craft show, I decided to make my own.  Of course.  This is actually the 5th version!

My friend, Candace, auditioned the first two with her grandchildren.  I made one with batting and one without.  The consensus was that the batting was easier to write on.

.alternate version


After that, I worked on how to border it

Here’s a version with turned up edges.

The chalkboard fabric is so slippery, it was very hard to do this without puckering.



framed version



For the next version I added borders, using the quilt as you go method.  The binding is 4 strips with the ends turned under.  That was easy.  On a side note, dark fabric shows the white chalk residue.



before ironing


The final version is Jordy’s Hot Wheels fabric and I found a long piece of gray for the binding, which I attached like I would for a quilt.  The chalkboard fabric wasn’t laying flat and I took chance and ironed it from the back on low, which improved it.


I didn’t get a picture of the kids playing with them, but they loved them!




I’m linking up with A Stitch In Time for a November finish!  I need to be finishing some quilts, but this will have to do for know!  Check out the other November finishes!

November Finishes

Thanks!  Linda 🙂

Blue and Yellow, Front and Back

Blue and Yellow, Front and Back

Lois' blue and yellow quiltLots of quilting here!  The outside border is quilted with blue thread, the center area is quilted with yellow thread.  In most cases, I match the needle and bobbin thread.backing detail yellow and blue threadLois used a solid light backing, therefore, the back of the quilt is blue and yellow, too!  What do you think about using contrasting thread against a light backing fabric?  When planning your fabric for the backing, consider the thread!four patch borderHere’s a detail of the quilting designs.  I love how the yellow and blue areas are defined and the 4-patches pop!

The middle is stitched with my Cockscomb meander and the border is a floral meander with Terry Twist in the four patches.  By using freehand designs, I can shrink or enlarge the stitching to fit the space.  I just have to remember which one I’m stitching!

Thanks!  Linda 🙂


Logan’s Quilt

Logan’s Quilt

Logan's Memory QuiltAudrey designed a fun quilt for her son with fun novelty fabrics and fun block patterns.  To compliment her design process created a unique quiting design for each block.block detail

every block is different

quilting detailWhat a fun idea!  This is a great project for collecting novelty fabrics that have meaning and then practice making different blocks.  Put them all together and you have a memory quilt!  The challenge would be knowing when to quit collecting fabrics!

As you can see, I had fun making a unique quilting design for each block.  Fellow longarmers will know what I mean by stand and stare!

Thanks!  Linda 🙂


Back to quilting & Spring Fever

Back to quilting & Spring Fever

Buggy Barn Spring FeverWhen I got back from Houston and started looking at all my great pictures, I realized how far behind I was on posting customer quilts!  Here’s the latest Buggy Barn quilt by Candace of Double Nickel Quilt Challenge.  This is a fun pattern that uses 30 fat quarters, a great stash buster.  And in honor of our first snow of the season, an appropriate title, Spring Fever.quilting detailEach flower has a “feather branch” with a meander throughout the background.  Candace wanted minimal quilting but left the design up to me and I love how it looks.  It’s exactly what I would do if it was my quilt.backing detailThe backing view shows off the quilting.  Candace improved the quilt by washing and drying it to achieve the antique wrinkled look.

It seems like a lot of quilting but it’s still soft and flexible especially with washing and drying.


Deadlines are looming!  Thanks for looking!

🙂 Linda


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