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Here is my Emerald’s quilt that I made for my birthday. You can read the blog post here

Fairy Garden post is here

My non quilting creative things I made over the  past couple of weeks. Click on each pic for a larger more detailed image.


Hope you are enjoying your relaxing days of summer!



Emeralds Quilt Machine Quilting progress

I did have a winner for the Machine Quilting blog hop and you can read about it here

I want to thank all those who particpated in the blog hop and the giveway. It was really a great time and I learned so much. I plan to do another blog hop in the fall and I hope you join me for that hop!!!

I continue to apply all that I learned recently. Ruler work is the skill I am trying to master. I loaded my celebration quilt of my 5oth birthday , or jubilee quilt,  that I pieced last year. It is called Emeralds (my birthstone) and you can read about the idea I had here. I wanted to celebrate versus getting sad over entering into the age where I qualified for AARP,

I decided to quilt it to look like faceted emeralds with sparkle and shine. I am nearly finished with the quilt but I wanted to show you how it is quilting up on the frame. Overall, I like it. I have a few wobbly lines but I realized I need a 10 in ruler … the one I have is really too big. I will buy one when I go to Grand Rapids for the quilt show next month.  Here is progress pics and a little video




Quilt on!


Toured a Sub in Michigan!


There are not enough weekends in the summer are there? No Highland games this weekend so we decided we wanted to make a day trip somewhere. We picked up our son and went to Muskegon, Michigan where they have a WWII submarine called the Silversides and a Coast Guard Cutter called the Maclaren. What a gem this stop is. The Lake Michigan shoreline is lovely and the museum is well done. The ships are not easy to climb on if you have mobility issues, they are self guided tours and they are just as they were during the war.

I want to say that all of us touring the sub could not believe how anyone could live on this vessel. It is cramped, stale air and had to be loud. It was incredible to see the movie and read the stories of WWII veterans. It was very interesting to read about the subs missions and all that it did. On behalf of me and my family, we salute you the crew of the Silversides and all veterans. We remembered our Grandfathers who all served in WWII, and our Grandmothers who worked in the factories in Flint, Mich to help with the war effort.

It really was a great generation of men and women.


Fairy Garden and Quilt

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Here is my fairy garden quilt. I am slowly making a fairy garden outside and if you click on my pictures you can see the details of my garden and the quilt. I love make believe and the older I get the more I am in love with its magic. I also like miniatures so here is the perfect combo for gardening as well as inspiration for my quilt.

I love the idea of mushroom houses and  all things Lord of the Rings for my garden and that will slowly take shape over time. However, I wanted my quilt to have the improv mushrooms with one big mushroom house that I found free online here. The trees in the border are made with a quick curve ruler and their Christmas tree pattern that was free online last year. These are my test pieces and I never went any further with it. I  just started to free hand cut shapes for the mushrooms and then added the stalk last. I wanted to have some “shadow” so I had some background in different colors. I really have been saving my unicorn fabric for some magical quilt and I decided this was it. I may do a tutorial for how I made mushrooms in the future.

So you can see I quilted all kinds of free motion quilting in nearly every space on this quilt. There are no fairies quilted but on the lower green border I did quilt a 4 winged creature to give the idea of a fairy flying around.

here is a little video so you can see what it looks like!

Here is the long video from the Machine quilting blog hop and you can hear all about this fairy garden quilt in this video too.

I took this picture by accident and realized how much this thread accented the quilting on this piece!

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Quilt on!


Week 10 -Whole Cloth Quilt

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This week is the final chapter called Butterflies in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop


The final week is here. This week is the chapter about making a whole cloth quilt. In this chapter of the book the quilt was a intricate whole cloth butterfly quilt. It is a gorgeous quilt! I wanted to start on a smaller scale and draw my own design in the center. I used a compass to draw the center medallion and flowers. Then on the paper I outlined it in a sharpie. Next, I laid the white fabric over the paper and used a Frixion pen to trace the design.  I then drew a large square around the circular motif and filled it with lines like sunlight. I filled in the negative spaces between the rays and outlined the square. Then quilted all links of spirals and swirls. Hard to describe so let me show you …. and there will be a video at the end to discuss this little quilt. I was so proud of it I signed my name at the bottom. When I was finished, I hit the frixion pen marks with my hot irons super steam, I did not press the quilt.



You can click on each picture to see the progress on the quilt and below is the video talking about making the quilt.

I want to remind everyone the giveaway is open until July 7th and don’t just enter mine I have three friends who are also giving away a copy of the book, too.

I hope you had as much fun as I did during the machine quilting blog hop. I appreciate the time spent reading and participating in the blog hop. I am going to keep practicing and tomorrow I am posting  of a recent finish. I have lots of thing going on creatively…. pretty much all the time. I have a Facebook Group as well as my Instagram account that you can see the feed on the side bar. I also have a podcast twice a month, AND you can sign up for my newsletter to keep up with all I have going on.

Quilt on!