Friday, October 17, 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness

My mom and dad spent a year and a half working among the Indians in and around Mexican Hat.  During that time my mom discovered Blue Bird Flour.  It comes in cotton bags.  She recently gave me a few. 
I cut out the circular blue bird logo.  (Which by the way was not a true circle and made for interesting piecing.) I put these in the center of giant flowers.  Then cut up the rest of the bag along with a bunch of my low volume scraps and created my Blue Bird of Happiness quilt.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

So Special!

Makes me so proud!!! Madeline, made this quilt for her community project hours for school... She learned to sew her scraps, and make this beautiful quilt, which her mother then hand quit led and are donating to basics... I'm so proud of her!  InFact, her brother had done the same thing a couple years earlier! Beautiful people, beautiful work! Thank you Madeline!

Dear V,
 I am very happy to let you know that the quilt my mom and I have been working on is now finished! I am attaching a few photos of the quilt. This is my very first quilt and I am very excited and happy about the results. I am so glad that this quilt is going to such a good cause.  (
Madeline M.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I was one of the six lucky ladies that took the Mini's class with Victoria last weekend at Quilters Take Manhattan. I just finished mine and thought I'd share. As always, lots of fun was had by all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Suzie sent me an image of her quilt made inspired by my Making Me Crazy quilt, in 15 Minutes of Play. Isn't it FABULOUS!!! Way to go Suzie!!

My version below: ( I Love seeing your interpretations! Please send them to me in emails!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WIN a free ticket to a sold out QTM!! (and one to my home!!)

Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway by Aurifil!!!!!

Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.
The Quilt Alliance 
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
to make information about quilts available to a broad public
to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.
This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!
The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6 on Aurifil blog

To enter for this giveaway please visit

(Do not enter for drawing here.. Please go to the Aurifil link.)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mary's Garden

My nieces, Mary and Rachel love to come and sew with me.  Mary is 6 and is pretty handy with a needle and thread.  I let her play in my scraps.  She likes to make little pockets and pillows.  Rachel plays in my same bin of scraps on the design wall.  Like their aunt they like bright colors.  So when I began playing in the bin of scraps it seemed fitting that the quilt should hold one of their names.
 As it grow I felt it reflected Mary's playful personality.
 So Mary's Garden was born.
I have ideas of one for Rachel forming.  Gotta honor both of my budding sewing buddies.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My New Toy

I  have a new toy - a Juki sewing machine and swiftquilter quilting frame.   I chose one of my many UFO's to be the first quilt on this frame.  This one has been waiting for awhile now - it was made for a low value challenge although I have only recently added the 4" blocks in the border. 

My quilting is not perfect but I an happy with it as a first attempt.  It is certainly a step up from my stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting.  I still have to add the binding which I am pretty certain will be white.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anita's finish

Anita took my workshop in Naperviille, Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild. She sent along an image of her finished quilt! Isn't it wonderful? Love that red!! So much fun!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lynn's quilt

The quilt has been donated to a 'quilt sale' here in Wolfeboro, NH. The proceeds go to support the Carroll County Childrens' Advocacy Center located here in our town. They do such important work, and on a shoestring budget. Our guild has adopted them, and will continue to support them.

Thank you Lynn for sharing this with us! A good deed! I love it! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hearts Challenge Finish

When you last saw this quilt, it didn't have borders. Now its done.

I won the box of Victoria's Collection of Aurifil 12 wt threads from last year's Quilter's Take Manhattan where I attended on a "home ticket." I used those threads to quilt this mini with Aurifil 50 wt white in the bobbin and in the background. Everything was done free motion except the "wiggle stitch" in the borders. That was done using my walking foot on my Bernina.

I also really love the back of this quilt. I had some home dec fabric from a sample book with little cherubs on it and combined several different colors of the same print to make the back. 
And I labeled it!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A New Bathroom Quilt

I have made a few small quilts to hang in the bathroom at church. I rotate them occasionally. About a year ago one was stolen on a rummage sale day. I should say, it disappeared. In theory, someone could be "borrowing" it for an extended time. But I really don't expect to ever see it again. It was a word quilt with three words: Faith, Hope, Love. (I should have included "honesty.") Anyway, I finally made a replacement quilt. It's not as elaborate as the other one was, but it looks fine in the bathroom. It's about 12" x 16".

-Carol E.

Sally's Made fabric Hexies!

Sally took my class last year at Canton Village Quilt Works. She sent me a photo of her made fabric hexagon quilt which she has gotten together!  
Nice finish Sally!

Please send me an email showing meYOUR finishes in 15 Minutes of Play!

Happy Summer!