Monthly Archives: October 2010

Look Out: My Mom is Blogging!

Almost a year ago, I taught my mom how to quilt.  In April, we took a sampler quilt class together and ever since then, she had been addicted to quilting.  With the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, she has been checking out all of the inspiration online and decided to join the blogosphere fun!

Here is her new blog Fran’s Quilts with her first posting being an entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival:


Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Pickle Dish

It seems to be the rhythm, each new quilt that I make becomes my favorite.  When choosing one to share for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, it was an easy decision.  My most recent finish was a Pickle Dish quilt made from batiks using a paper piecing technique.  The finished size was 72″ by 72″ and was machine quilted.  This quilt was given to a friend for her wedding earlier this month.

Be inspired by checking out the other quilts within the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side:

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival


The Turning Point

A few months ago, I followed the pattern for my dragonfly quilt only to realize that the pattern wasn’t exact.  When I found out that I had to do major trimming, I determined it was time to take a break and then I started another quilt.  Today I decided that I should work on some UFO’s and pulled out this quilt.  I trimmed all of the diamonds (over 100!)  After piecing the cornerstone, I am now at the turning point of this quilt with full motivation to make progress this weekend.


Mark Your Calendars…

Mark Your Calendars: October 29th – November 5th

Amy’s Creative Side Blog is hosting another Blogger’s Quilt Festival from  Join the fun, grab a button, and be inspired!

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival


Help Wanted: Quilted Postcards

I had lots of random scraps of batting and have seen many examples of adorable quilted postcards.  Thus, I spent time cutting these scraps into over 100 6″ x 4″ rectangles.  My goal (note, the word goal) is to create quilted postcards for the holidays.  As I have been searching online for a tutorials, I was curious to know if anyone had some great tips for these postcards.  Please share!


Same Block with Many Names

As I continue my Underground Railroad quilt class, the homework for this week consisted of the ‘Underground Railroad’ block.  I knew that it had another common name of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’.  Many blocks have different names, pending the era and the region.  According to, there are several other names for this same block: Road to California, Off to San Francisco, Gone to Chicago, Stepping Stones and Trail of the Covered Wagon. Do you know other blocks that have multiple names?

Each week, I continue to learn about the Underground Railroad through this class and I am still fancinated by the history behind each of these blocks.  Here are the blocks for tomorrow’s class:

  • Square 6: Shoofly (Right Bottom)
  • Square 7: Bow Ties (Right Top)
  • Square 8: Underground Railroad (Left)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues


Sewing Machines Sing

Well, I don’t know about sing…but they sure hum!  Tonight a I joined others from the Philly Modern Quilt Guild for a Sewing Night at Cloth and Bobbin in Narberth, PA.  It was a great night and the sewing machines were definitely humming to the fabric.  My sewing machine was humming to my hexagon quilt with the black points.  Slowly this quilt makes more progress, as the hexagons turned into diamonds.

Links to previous posts for my hexagon quilt: 168 Hexagons, 336 Triangles


It’s Official!

I am now a member of the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild with my official membership card.  Today we had a treat bag swap and I now have an adorable pair of treat bags made my Grace from Sewn and Grown.  They were filled with Dots — Polka Dots and Candy Dots!  Check out her Tiny Treat Bag Post with step by step pictures.

We also had a fat quarter swap with 4 fat quarters.  I now have a collection of pinks and oranges.  One of the pinks was a gold mine, as I am collecting fabric for a new quilt with dragon flies.  It flows perfectly with this collection of random fabrics and is starting to bring these fabrics together.  What a fun night of swaps and being with follow quilters!


Ready for the Treat Bag Swap

Tomorrow is my second meeting for the Modern Quilt Guild of Philadelphia.  For this meeting, we will be doing a treat bag swap using a Moda Bake Shop pattern: Itty Bitty Poochie Bag.  They were quick to make if you had fabric ribbon.  It took me a bit longer, as I didn’t have fabric ribbon.  Thus, I had to make my own out of fabric.  Check out the treat bags that I made for the swap using leaf fabric for a fall theme:


The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues

Yet again, it is Sunday night and I am finishing my blocks for tomorrow’s Underground Railroad Sampler Quilt Cass.  This homework was quick because I pre-cut all of my fabric during the previous class.  All I had left tonight was a piecing.  Here are my finished squares:

  • Square 3: Bear’s Paw (Left)
  • Square 5: Log Cabin (Right)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks