The Back to School Blog Hop

Good morning, blogland!


A group of online quilters got together recently, and launched the Back to School blog hop. It’s a collaborative effort – as all hops are – and I am so happy that they have invited me to participate.  Back to school means taking a fresh start, a fresh look at how we quilt, why we do the things we do, and understanding the basics a bit better. No matter how long you’ve been quilting, you can always learn new things.

We started off with Sam Hunter on Day 1, talking about the logistics of working with spray basting a full size quilt!

Day two was Mandy Liens (a new favorite of mine) with how to remove a dark thread from something light once you’ve begun to quilt it. I hate that when that happens to me, and Mandy has a great tip (And tool) for that.

I’ve recently begun to take another look at batting choices (my not so great ones), and Nancy Stovall has lots of things to review and consider when you’re selecting yours.

Sam has a list of all the hoppers, and this is the kind of appointment blogging you’re going to want to digest – there is tons of good content here, whether you’re a new quilter, a garment sewer…or just someone who needs to go back to basics occasionally.

My day on the hop is Sept 6 (but you’ll see me before then, I promise!


On finding my inspiration again…

If you’ve visited my business page on Facebook this spring,  you’ve noticed a series of postings relative to Creative Inspiration being everywhere…you just have to look for it.  And that’s by and large true, but this spring I’ve been fighting a creative demon that’s shown up consistently.

I know my technical piecing skills improved dramatically over the course of my time as an Island Batik Ambassador, but truthfully, I was never happy with where my free motion skills were. I defaulted a lot to straight line or walking foot quilting, which did get the job done…but always left me feeling unsatisfied.  I am very fortunate to have a lot of friends in the business who quilt beautifully, and I have several choices – but I wanted to expand my base. I even have  all the tools in the toolbox needed. I once had the privilege to sitting in a Harriet Hargrave lecture, where she reminded us that there is no shortcut to becoming a good quilter (or painter, or piano player, or chef….do you see where I am going).  You need to be willing to put the work in.

It’s no coincidence that when I looked at my treasure trove of UFOs to work on this year, they all had one thing in common -they tended to get stuck at the place where I’d begin to quilt them.  Seriously, of the 12 projects I listed, I was stuck there on at least 8 of them.

This weekend, I heard it put another way…and this time it sunk into my head.  You have to be willing to stink at this for a while.  I knew, when I heard that, that I was in the right place…because I certainly stink at this. (Gee, I said it and the world didn’t stop spinning…).  But may be after this weekend, I stink a tiny bit less.

This past weekend, I indulged myself with a weekend at a quilt show as a ‘civilian’; the Maine Quilts Show in Augusta was celebrating their Ruby Jubilee, and this was the one show this year that I will be able to go to and experience on my own.  I can tell you that it’s been far, far to long since I’ve done something like this.  I had put the show on my calendar back in January, and waited until they put their teaching faculty out before selecting classes.  I was thrilled to find out that they were adding Jamie Wallen to their staff this year.

I first found Jamie’s techniques in his prolific video list on You Tube; even though I am not a longarmer (nor do I ever aspire to be), I found his easy listening techniques to be very easy to follow and adapt. Over the years, I had adapted many bad habits as a quilter; I was terrified of marking quilts because I didn’t want to

Jamie Wallen Maine Quilts 2017

be left with something that would never come out.  But I watches, and I learned…the prequel to his classes in Maine.  I probably won’t ever be his most successful student, but his classes definitely made an impact on me, and I can already see the difference in my approach to projects.  Things that used to terrify me no longer do, and I can see that there are ways to modify things to my own skill level.

We were given a great opportunity in the classes in Maine to work with new Longarm machines from Innova (you might as well start with the best), but the biggest thing you needed in his class was a willingness to work and a lot of paper.  My arm was tired from drawing by noontime of day 1 (and I had signed up for 2 days of classes); I needed to run for more paper at lunch that day.

Sketchbook – day I Miles to go…

Jamie’s theory was that you need 15 minutes of drawing to equal 1 – 2 hours on the machine, because of the variables involved (tension, thread, different mobility).  I can see that – and I now have a roadmap to use as I continue on my journey to becoming a better – and more confident quilter.  All it’s going to take is practice… and a lot of it.

Off to doodle, because I will get this.  I dare myself to do it.   What do you need to dare yourself to do?

Oh, and a suggestion – put yourself onto the calendar every so often – it was a fabulous weekend, full of fun, fabric, friends…and adventure.  It was good for my creative side…



My second biggest addiction is…

I know you might be tempted to go for ‘chocolate’ (and before this exercise, I might too!), but my recent adventures in spring cleaning yielded some surprising results.

This is the second part of a series on spring cleaning, the 2017 edition.  TO see the first entry in the series (and to look at the giveaway opportunity that I included in that entry, please click here.)

This organization happened in layers – or truthfully, it’s still happening in layers. I feel some days as if I’ve reached Dante’s 8th ring…but I am getting closer to complete tidiness. I’ve seen enough partial videos of people embracing the concept of decluttering and cleanliness to know that the word ‘joy’ shows up here someplace.

It’s important to remember here that this serves as both my creative space (with all the sewing supplies that go with that), but also as my business office – and that comes with it a treasure trove of office supplies. As I shifted around the various carts and bins in the space, I realized that the office supplies needed a home too.

Seriously, this ‘collection’ came out of three different locations in the ‘office’ – and is funny in that I never have enough pens in the kitchen.

This next picture is my collection of note pads that I’ve accumulated from events, trips, office supplies store. Now you can see why I’ve often said that I shouldn’t be allowed to buy sticky notes – even the color coded ones. 

I decided the best way to get a handle on this was to pull everything out of bags, bins, drawers into one space so that I could see how much of what I had. Once I did that, I could then decide how best to organize what was left. Everything that I will now use on a daily basis  is now on one shelf (there are two boxes), but still – this looks a lot better than what it did.  I have one large sterilite cart under the Ikea desk – that’s the over flow.

At least it looks pretty when I look at it!

Next week – the total reveal (I’ve got the desk under control), and then my top 10 tips for keeping your sewing room under control.   Enjoy!

Spring Cleaning time…and a Giveaway!

To me, there’s nothing like spring to get my cleaning and organizing mojo going, and the sewing room seems to be the Ground Zero for it (yet again) this year.  I’m not sure why it’s this room in the house – more than any other, by far, which needs a good clean and purge every so often…but (like clockwork) here I am again.  It wasn’t simply a case of reshuffling/stuffing things into the same old place, it was time for a complete rethink. This adventure is so big that it’s going to take several posts to cover it…

I started this process with a lot of frustration, a simple sheet of graph paper,  a tape measure, and a list of what was bugging me.  My room is the second bedroom in the house, and it’s a good sized space – with two uninterupted lengths of space in it. It’s also been filled with an ‘eclectic’ mixture of upcycled and repurposed furniture over the years – shopping the basement is my favorite sort of upcycling.

The furniture layout was a major problem – the widest portion of my L shaped desk was directly opposite the widest portion of my sewing desk – and there was an issue whenever I wanted to move to the design wall on the short end.  There are two significant lengths of linear space in the room, one on the end (design wall), and one on the left hand wall, which was a lot longer.  The design wall stayed put, and decisions began to fall into place.

The upcycled, recycled approach way I had furnished the room  meant that I had a lot of unused vertical space above short, stocky pieces that I needed to reclaim.

This was the before shot of part of my yardage stash.  Problem # 1 – it was one of three units in the room; Problem #2 …it was short. Problem #3 was that it was packed so tightly that I couldn’t access any of it.  The problem that it wasn’t was too much fabric…are you nuts?

This is another older shot that I found, with the bookcase in the corner…again, please notice how short it is. There’s a lot of vertical space being left unused in this area…hard to access, but it’s there.

The cutting table next to the bookcase is one of only 2 pieces of furniture that will stay in the room. I worked on the layout, and then I started looking online.  I found that Instagram (using the #sewingroommakeover) offered up the best sources of inspiration, and I began to explore options which might work using Craigslist.

The cliff notes of that was that I was very quickly able to locate some Ikea secondhand pieces  a short drive away from where I live,  one sandwiched in each of our cars. I did have to walk Mike through the measurements to assure him (and me) that the pieces would fit.  First though, there was the clearing out of the room –  Saying good bye to a dresser,  2 bookcases, and the blue shelving unit that once housed the kids legos and race cars…it’s now on its’ way to the next home at Andy’s house, waiting for his kids and toys. I do love that.

And the moving of the contents – this was just a portion of what had to be moved out so we could bring in the new stuff. It’s good to note that I’ve been doing this a long time. This pile doesn’t even begin to address the yardage stash – or the UFOs. There was too much for one photo.

But then…this happened (and it all made sense!)…

Storagegasm – see how tall it is!

In the process of beginning to load in the fabrics, I found (yeah, problem #5 with the layout) items which I had brought back from QuiltMarket in the fall. They are a product I found in the Paper Pieces booth, and they are the boards that you can use to wrap fabric.  I brought back 2 packs of the yardage sized bolts, which I used to wrap the biggest pieces of batiks in my stash. They do work, and my bolts are seen in the top left hand corner of the photo below. They are space saving…

Here’s a chance for you to win the third pack of the Polar Notions boards to try out in your stash – these are Fat Quarter sized (see below). Just leave a comment below about your favorite organizing technique for your sewing space…and I’ll announce the winner when I p



Just leave a comment below about your favorite organizing technique for your sewing space…and I’ll announce the winner when I post up the second part of the series – the unknown issue that I had that I found out during this process.   I have a second obsession that I didn’t even know I had.

I also know that there’s a blog hop on this subject that started this week – organized by Cheryl Sleboda of for information about the Spring Clean your Studio Blog Hop for more tips on this subject.

Til next week…

Tuesday Tales – Tranquility Nights

Tranquility Nights & Cheryl

Tonight’s blog post is one that I’ve been wanting to write for a while. I want to take a moment to tell the story of this quilt, which is destined for a very special purpose, and I’m thrilled beyond belief to share it with you here.

The quilt is named Tranquility Nights, and it’s pictured with the longarm quilter who quilted it for me, Cheryl Szynkowski of of North Port, Fl. This is a project that was talked about over a dinner in Houston last fall, and to say that the final quilt exceeds my expectations is putting it mildly.

MD Anderson

This is our donation to the MD Anderson 2017 Online Quilt Auction, which is held every two years in Houston at Quilt Festival.  This year’s auctions funds will be used to fund the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer research program, which is dedicated to funding effective screening methods, and, ultimately a cure for Ovarian Cancer.  I first became aware of this effort on my first trip to Houston, and I will be making something for each auction going forward.

Tranquility Nights, which was designed by me (using Jaybird Quilts Boomerang pattern as an inspiration), and pulling a lot of the Ambassador box from Island Batik’s shipment last fall.  I drew the Surf and Sand collection from Fourth and Sixth designs, and I knew that the color palette would go beautifully with its’ mission, which has Teal as a signature color.

Now, I have to tell you that working on a quilt like this has yielded a few surprises along the way for both of us.  Cheryl really had the chance to get in touch with her ‘inner modern quilter’ while she worked on this – you’re welcome, by the way.  I think we were both surprised with the gusto with which we took to this project – and she pulled out everything for this one.

Tranquility Nights Details

Cheryl doesn’t blog (yet…hope springs eternal), but I asked her to give me her thoughts as to where she drew her inspiration – “…As I started to quilt I chose the diamonds in the beautiful colors and made them move further by making the design into an off set diamond half and not the same angle as the diamond itself. Then to further that I changed directions. Even though it was a triangle shape it started with a diamond in the smallest area of the design

I kept the triangle on the borders to make the eye travel back and forth between the diamonds and triangles. So that left the middle. I wanted a big circle to find everything the eye to really change direction. I started with it the the guy one side should have feathers. As I did other quilting I realized it would look better with feathers on both sides if the circle makeing it complete. I knew to push all my diamond sizes into the circle. As I put a few in more just needed to be there and I built on that…”

As someone who isn’t remotely in the same category, I am humbled that she put so much of her heart and soul into something that means so much to me.

And, hopefully, to you – or someone who will appreciate it. It’s going up for auction this fall, and it’s a full queen size, custom quilted item going for a wonderful cause.  As soon as MD Anderson puts the link on their site for the item to indicate that bidding is open,  I’ll put a button on my website – and Facebook – and Instagram linking to it.

This is a cause that is near and dear to me and to my family, and this is my small way to help raise funds to erradicate this killer. I’ve lost too many friends to this, and it has to stop.

I am blessed to work with some of the most talented people in the industry, and I am so happy that Cheryl and I crossed paths.  If you are looking for a quilter to work with on your special project, I can’t recommend Cheryl highly enough.

So…what are you working on this week?

Thursday Throwback – there’s always a way

I’m not sure why, but this blog post has taken almost as long to birth it as April the giraffe – without the video cam. I am as fascinated as the rest of the world, but I can’t help feel like we’re putting a little pressure on her collectively.

This is a thank you to the girlfriend squad over on my Facebook page who responded to a query last week about a favorite go to jelly roll strip pattern. I loved the ideas (some of them were new names to me – Lasagne quilt?) – and most of all I loved the responses to my plea for help.  Quilters have always been generous souls, and this was yet another example of that fact.

So, let’s start at the beginning – my March 1 draw for the #APQresolution was (just like everyone else’s) # 12 – tagged on my sheet as the Hoffman Jelly roll project.  This is THE jelly roll that I absolutely adore – so much so that I’ve bought it 3 different times (discovered in the Great Sewing Room Clean out of January ’13) when I actually put all my precuts in one place.  I actually destashed one of them to a quilty friend, and then I made a tote bag (left – it’s the Hadleigh bag when we have her) with some of the remainder. I have a lot of fabric left, and when I made up my list for the #APQresolution challenge, this was a natural addition to the 2017 list.

My only issue with this  project (and it’s me, not them!), is that I didn’t put all my projects for 2017 into my list. I’ve not counted new designs, or class samples, or anything else.  As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t invent sewing time. When the lottery drew this number, I looked at what I already have committed to doing – and promptly freaked out.  I have 2 other quilty projects due by the end of this month and neither of them made the list.  So besides the overload, I didn’t have an idea in the world as to what to do – you probably heard my whining all the way from NH. One of those two quilts is another once in a lifetime quilt – for my soon to be here grandson – I won’t rush through that one!

Then I took a breath, and claimed the term rebel. If the goal of the list is to reduce the number of UFOs in the closet, then the number is a tool to accomplish that goal – but not the only tool.  I took another look at the list, and made an ‘executive decision’ to swap in my #4, my Take 4 placemats.

You may, dear reader, be wondering why placemats wound up on my UFO list…really, how hard can they be?

It’s an easy pattern, and I brought it, and the fabric to a guild retreat several years ago – one where I was juggling way too much on my plate, and packed too much to do in one weekend. I could do a whole blog post on how to pack realistically for a retreat, but I digress.  I decided to make the mats, and to use a piped binding technique to finish it off.  I pieced the 4 mats, then tried the technique on the first one.  I flubbed it, and spent an hour ripping it out.  Remember, they’re placemats.

Asked for help, tried again, more ripping.

Dinner (and the requisite before dinner cocktail hour)

I tried again after dinner, and I flubbed it again. Rather than simply make another one and give it up, I took my rotary cutter and applied it (with all my frustrations) to that poor placemat. I’m pretty sure I scared the onlookers – a crazed woman with a rotary cutter can be scary.

The next morning, I pulled out something else, and quietly pieced it until it was time to go. Truthfully, no one dared mention what had happened the night before, but the trash had been emptied. There was no evidence.

For the next several years, I picked up the remaining package of 3 mats (plus extra fabrics) and moved it several times. I even brought it with me to a few sewing nights – but somehow, they always seemed too tough for me to finish.

So this year, I pulled on my big girl pantaloons and put the project on the list. I toyed with the idea of making a set of 2, and doing something with the extra mat, but last Friday night, I put on some quiet music in the sewing room, and pulled the project out.

In 15 minutes, I had the 4th mat replicated; in a half hour, I had fused each of them to a Craf-Tex foundation.  By that point, I figured I could conquer the world, but I decided to invoke that age old addage “done is good” and made a plain vanilla bias binding.


My Placemats are done!

Done – and it’s a pattern I would make again, with much less drama – like maybe finish it in a weekend or something.

I’ve not yet tackled a piped binding (when they are shown at open sew, I do admire them)…maybe that’s something for another time.

If you’re wondering what I will do with #12 (which is still on my list!), I have decided to play with Jaybird’s Boomerang pattern once again – the fabrics are really this beautiful, and if I resize the directions one more time, I can do this – hopefully in a short month.

The fabric on the left is from the last time I played with Boomerang…and I’ll tell you that story in the next blog post. This is beginning to read like War and Peace.

Until next time…

Wednesday Words – Playing around with something new

In my quest this month to blast through my UFOs as fast as humanly possible, I’ve taken the time to use this exercise as a way to expand my horizons, creatively.  Usually, I’ve been completing projects in a deadline driven way – which leaves little or no time to experiment with new techniques or tools, but not so much this month.  I found myself staring at something in my sewing box, perplexed…exactly what is this and what is it used for?

Twin Needles

I came to love sewing (and quilting) through a convoluted path ‘back in the day’, we had Home Ec, where a long line of sewing machines greeted me every week in 7th grade. I struggled with the mechanics of the machine for a long time, and barely survived the class with my blue floral mini skirt basted together. I have very vivid memories of playing with the tension a lot – so lets just say that a lot of the advanced techniques were skipped.

Today, I am able to sew on a machine which is well suited to my needs – my Janome 8900 is a wonderful creation, and it’s truly a joy to sew on it, and it’s given me the confidence to tackle attachments and feet which test my boundaries.  Those needles in the picture above were something I tried for the first time when I was attaching the machine binding to the Hunter’s star runner this weekend.

Twin needles – size matters

I have several of the twin needles, and the first thing I determined was that there are various sizes which describe the distance between the needles. For the project that I was working on, I selected the red needle, inserted it into my machine, and then determined which thread to use.

I was working with a red, white and blue quilt, so I went with one thread blue and one red – both needles use the same bobbin (gray in my case), and I then needed to thread the machine. I had the blue thread in the regular thread holder in the machine, and installed the red thread (on a bobbin) on the smaller spool pin – the only thing that is recommended is to have the threads unspooling in opposite directions, so that you can avoid tangling, then thread as normal.  The needle threader doesn’t work with twin needles, so you do have to thread each side manually.  For this technique, I used the zig zag foot on my machine.

Test stitch front

I grabbed the closest quilt sandwich I had been working with, put the speed of the machine on low, and began sewing.  It may be hard in the photo to see the blue stitching, but it definitely works and gives a clean stitch. I then turned the piece over so that I could see what was going on on the backside of the piece…clean and neat!


Test stitch back

I am really happy with how this came out, and I can see all kinds of ways to incorporate this into my quilting arsenal.  Here’s a close up shot of the Hunter’s star runner.

Detail of Hunter Star binding

So inquiting minds want to know – what techniques/tools do you have in your room that you’re intimidated by?  Let’s explore together – leave a comment below and we’ll play!

Digging out from under…literally

This headline comes from the fact that we’re getting our first really significant weather here in New Hampshire today as I write this. My desk faces two front windows in the room, and it could be Alaska out there for the snow flying past me all day…although Fairbanks is partly sunny today, with a high of -7.  No thanks, I like February is New England.

Like many quilters at this time of year, I looked around my studio at the beginning of January – and pretty much wondered what happened.  Where did all these bags, boxes, bins, etc come from? More importantly, how am I ever going to get it back into the closet so I can shut the door and pretend they aren’t there.  The quick answer is…I’m not.

I became aware of the All People Quilt UFO Challenge on Facebook early in January (or maybe late in December…it’s all a blur), and I was intrigued. The premise of the challenge is that you select 12 UFOs from your stash (if you’re in this challenge, it’s a given), and then list them out in a linear fashion.  At the beginning of the month,  the people at APQ post which number UFO you’re going to be working on that month.

It’s a fun, encouraging group, and we’re clicking right along as of mid-February now.  Here’s a picture of my ‘List’…some are older, some need a gentle nudge – but all of these will get done. 


It’s humbling to list all the projects out there…and I know as I opened bins and bags, I did locate several projects that I forgot about originally.  I have enough for several lists (would you believe 3?), but for now, I’m concentrating on just the one pager.

When I filled out my sheet (which is, by the way, completely on the honor system!), I knew that January was going to be #6, and so I plugged Island Star into that. I had a deadline of mid-January, so I knew that I wasn’t going to be working on anything else anyway.

The second column of the sheet (which might be hard to read) is labeled Status Before…it’s hard to measure your progress if you don’t know where you begin. For me, it was hard to miss that a lot of this group starts out as Needs Quilting.  Wow – talk about  a lightbulb moment…I’m very tentative with my machine quilting skills.

I use January as goal setting time for the business, and for the creative side of things, I am designating 2017 as my year to improve my technical skills. I do have all the tools I need to become a better technician…I just need to overcome some roadblocks. Every path starts with a single step, right?

Ugly Fabric Challenge, Flimsy done Jan 2017

I actually finished the January piece in the middle of January for the blog hop, and I found I actually did get into a rhythm with the sewing. I was missing something to just piece – I randomly picked up my Ugly Fabric quilt, named because you use your ugliest fabric as a foundation to piece on.  By the end of January, I had pieced that one into a more contemporary flimsy than the original I had laid out, and it’s waiting to be scheduled with the longarm rental location. I have hours banked with them.  So I have finished two quilts, and I’m now working on my February.

Hunters Star Runner – February 2017

My February pull was #8 – on my list, it’s called the Hunters Star Table runner. It can also be called the project from hell, and I really was uninspired by what I had done with the blocks.  That’s totally fine – some of these are several years old, and my tastes have taken a more modern bent. The pitfall of letting a project sit dormant for so long is that you lose track of the pieces, you forget where you were, you lost the instructions for the tool.  Another reason to bust the UFOs.

I’ll be continuing this theme throughout the year, and if you follow my on instagram at @patchworkpearl, you’ll get to see more of the fun with this project.

Til next week…




Finally Friday – Questions on Island Star

Hello…and welcome to February!  I’m in New England, and if the rest of the winter is like what we’ve had so far (thank you, Mr. Groundhog!), this one won’t be all that bad. However, since I became engaged during the Blizzard of ’78, I know how unpredictable the February can be. Today is sunny out – but cold.

I’ve loved spending the weekend reading over the comments that were left on the blog last week for the New Beginnings blog hop for Island Batik.

Island Star

I had questions from several of you concerning how I adapted the original pattern from Jaybird Quilts, Night Sky to make the Island Star Quilt. I want to take you through the  process that I used in this project – and share with you one thing that I wish I had done differently.

This pattern is constructed using a 3½” strip to make the basic star.  The pattern gives directions for baby, lap, twin, queen and king sized quilts, but the star in all of them is made with the same size strip.  The size variation is accounted for both in the number of stars made, and in the dimensions of the frame for each individual star.

The pattern is made using Jaybird’s SideKick ruler, which allows you to cut strips up to 4½” wide.  I upgraded the ruler to the Super SideKick, which gives you the extra flexibility of cutting strips up to 8½” wide.  We were originally asked to make a project at least 24″ in diameter, but with the bigger proportions, I wasn’t worried about that piece of it.

The quilt itself – after you add the framing strips to the star and add in the triangles (work with me)…actually finished to 40″ W x 46″ Long.  When I measured it, that perplexed me (I didn’t think it was that out of square). When I did some checking, I discovered something unique about the pattern.

The diameter of the star itself – using 8½” strips instead of 3½” strips throughout the pattern – is not a true hexagon. The 6 star blades toward the front measure 31″ from tip to tip; the 6 split stars from the back (the purple and turquoise ones) measure 36″ tip to tip.  In the original pattern outline, she assembles the stars in strips, and the difference isn’t noticeable.  When I Supersized the star, I also supersized the proportions.

The star block isolated

I had to look at what size to make the frame. I knew that the resulting star was going to float in the background, and I also knew that the largest dimension given in the pattern for the frame is  3″, and that’s for a king sized quilt. I kind of arbitrarily decided to use a 4½” strip for the frame size – and that is one decision I would change. You waste  a lot of fabric when you make the frame, and if the strips are cut with a 4½” strip, the excess can either be sub cut into (2) 2¼” strips or (1) 2½” strip and (1) 2″ strip.  I will make this measurement 5″ the next time I make this variation – the leftover fabric will go further.  Lesson learned – and note to self, order more of the background fabric.

Setting triangles

Once the frame is added to the star, I was left with the  question of taking a big octagon and turning it into a rectangle for hanging and display purposes. There’s probably a high tech method to show you where the setting triangles are in this quilt, but we’re going low tech here.  We have 4 different right triangles added to 4 of the six sides of the quilt. I measured the two straight pieces of the sides, and used those dimensions to create the triangles – and yes, I was generous in the measurements.

I have a longstanding UFO for this pattern which I am now looking forward to unearthing and restarting – I have a lifetime membership of the UFO of the month club…maybe it’ll make it in sooner!

Congrats to Maureen for winning the fat quarter giveway as part of the hop last week.

OK….you know it’s coming – Go Pats!

Sunday Special – Coastal Mist Blog Hop

Welcome to this Sunday Special entry on the blog – I’m thrilled to be participating in the Coastal Mist Blog Hop, hosted by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.

Coastal Mist Blog Hop

I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with Tammy on a number of projects, and I was thrilled to be invited to participate on this latest venture of hers.

Coastal Mist Catalog page

Many of you will know my fondness (ok, obsession) for all things turquoise, and the colors in this line are a lot of fun to play with. Coastal Mist is now available for your local quilt shop to purchase, so it’s a good time to shop!

I selected two of the bright colors and a light for the background, and I knew right away that this was the perfect opportunity to break out my new Quick Curve Ruler© by the ladies at Sew Kind of Wonderful…and play with the options.

This pattern is the free pattern which comes with the ruler, and they do recommend making several trial blocks.  This time I actually did follow the directions, and became more comfortable with the techniques before cutting into the fabric.  I can say that I am looking forward to having this runner on my screen porch table this summer…the colors just make me happy.


This close up gives you a peak at the luscious colors of the fabric – I like the way they balanced out with the design.

I hope that you are following along with the other designers in this hop; I’m included with some very talented designers, and I’ve learned something from every one who is working on this project with me.   Here’s the list so you can pull up a comfy chair, grab a cup of something hot (I’m writing this from NH, and in January, that’s the only way to roll…), and enjoy the eye candy.

The Coastal Mist Blog Hop Schedule

1/24/17    Jessica Stewart     Izzy & Ivy Designs

1/25/17    Susan Emory    Swirly Girls Design

1/26/17    Connie Campbell    Freemotion by the River

1/27/17    Katie Laughridge    Live Originally

1/28/17    Julie Stocker    Pink Doxies

1/29/17    Linda Pearl    One Quilting Circle

1/30/17    Laura Conowitch    LC’s Cottage

1/31/17    Cheryl Schenck    Unspooled

2/1/17    Marian Pena    Seams to Be Sew

2/2/17    Vanessa Fromm    Fabric Confetti

2/3/17    Ebony Love    Love Bug Studio

2/4/17    Erin Sampson    Aurifil

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