Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Row By Row Experience Pattern Available

My 2014 Row By Row Experience pattern, Snowflake Collection,  is now available to purchase for just $3.50!  You can buy it at Craftsy or Etsy.  Here's a full picture, and a few of the individual snowflakes.  Print the third page on card stock for your foundation papers.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Women of the Bible Quilt

I've been working on the Women of the Bible Quilt.  Every Sunday, I make a new block, and learn about one of the women in the Bible.  The past 4 weeks, I have done Eve, Rachel (and Leah), Ruth and Mrs. Noah.  Here they are...

My fabrics are Civil War reproductions, in black, brown, gold, red and blue.  When it's done, it will go on our king size bed.  Four blocks down, 36 to go.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Freebies On My Website

In case you didn't know, I have some free patterns and tutorials on my QuiltedSunshine website.  Here's a link to my Free Page.

The Simple Quilt
The Simple Quilt has a rectangle in the center, with the 4 side borders made exactly the same. It doesn't get any easier than this!  Get the pattern for the matching pillow, too.

Binding Tutorial
Learn how to do traditional French Fold Binding. Includes figuring how much yardage to buy, cutting bias strips, sewing them together, mitering the corners, binding a scalloped edge and how to join the ends. 

Mitered Receiving Blanket
The mitered receiving blanket makes a great baby gift!  You can use 2 pieces of flannel or add some minky.  It's a fun and quick blanket to make, and there are no special tools required.

Friday, October 31, 2014


We LOVE Halloween!  Here are some pictures:

Here's most of the porch.
Here are the boxes that we "carved," and put lamps inside.
This is my Jack-o-lantern, and the talking skull who startles people as they come close to the door.

This is Rick's Jack-o-lantern and the lighted scary tree.

The spider above the door.
This is me, waiting for our guests.  I greet them with, "Welcome, sweet chickens!"
I invite them inside to see our Halloween display.  We have a good collection of bugs, ghost tears, fairy tears, "dead man's bones," Shad the Skull, "wilted violets of death," cat fur rope, a specimen of "The Greater North American Dust Bunny, a death memento...  and our prized possession, a real, mummified bat.

Here are the carved turnip (because turnips were the original Jack-o-lantern), and a rotten ogre's tooth.

I hope you've had a fun Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Windows" Quilt With Flannel and Minky

This has been my most popular quilt pattern at the store lately.  It's my Windows quilt from the pattern, "Brick Work or Windows Denim Quilts."

As you can see, it's not made with denim.  It's made with Flannel and Minky!  It's very fast to make, and it's oh, so snugly!  This one doesn't have any batting, and when it's done, it's done.  There's no quilting or tying needed!

I purchased 2 flannel prints, and the butterfly and green minkies.  But he rest of the minky was scraps.  It's a great way to use up those minky scraps!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I Joined A Quilt Guild!

I haven't joined a quilt guild for about 5 years, just because I'm so busy.  But I decided that I work too much and don't have any fun.  So I joined the "Sew Small" guild, whose focus is on miniature quilts.  I figured the projects wouldn't take as much time or $ because they're small, and it might be do-able.  So I signed-up for the Row Robbin.  There will be 7 ladies participating, so I get to work on 6 other ladies quilts, and get 6 other ladies to work on my quilt.  

Here's the start for my Row Robbin.  This row's finished size will be 6" X 18."  The other ladies will add rows that will be 18" across, but they can be any width, up to 6."  I'm excited to participate!!!

The Row I received to work on at the October meeting is Donna's.  She started her quilt with the Ohio Stars.  I added the wave of circles.

We are also doing a monthly block challenge, which we can do "small or smaller."  In September, we were given the Spinning L's block.  I choose "smaller," and made my blocks 2" and the finished quilt is 11 3/4" square and has 24 blocks.

Our October challenge was 9-patches.  I've always wanted to do a 9-patch with Snowball blocks, so that's what I did.  The finished blocks are 1 1/2".  There are 12 9-patch blocks and 13 Snowball blocks, and the finished quilt is 11 1/2" square.  This quilt has a couple firsts for me.  #1, I did feathers in the border!  #2, I did a single fold binding.

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Denim Quilt Pattern!

Introducing my newest denim quilt pattern, 
the "Denim Waves Beach Quilt."

I have 3 sons, and they go through lots of jeans.  So, what's more natural than saving their old jeans to make denim quilts?  This is my 4th denim quilt pattern to be published.  It will only be available as a pdf download because it's 11 pages, and the printing cost would make it not so affordable.  You can find it on Craftsy, Etsy and YouCanMakeThis.

The Denim Waves Beach Quilt was fun to make!  I'd saved this hand-dyed fabric to make a special quilt, but didn't have a quilt in mind when I bought it.  It goes so great with the denim! The pattern includes 5 wave templates, so you can mix them up and get a random wave feel.  It's done with a quilt-as-you-go method.  And I actually did most of the quilting on the Handi Quilter Avante at the store where I work.