Friday, September 22, 2017

Spider Web Quilt ~ Show and Tell

This big beautiful web was made by Kat
inspired by my free

Kat wanted to make a bigger quilt so she started with 4.5" squares.

When it came time to cut the curves, Kat got really creative
and used a hula hoop for the first cut 
and then used the scrap from that as a template for the next cuts.

What a great idea!

Here are Kat's helpful hints with making a larger web:

"A couple of things I learned:
1. When the quilt gets this big, if you cut your 45 degree wedges -before- adding the curved webbing, you wind up with something less than 45 degrees.
2. If you make an extra section to make up for the smaller-than-45-degree wedges, you have to fuse fabric in the middle like you would for a Dresden plate quilt."

Kat says her quilt is a small lap quilt.

Hearing from Kat and seeing the photo of her quilt makes my quilty day!

If you have made a Spider Web Quilt from my tutorial,
I would love to see a photo.

You may email me at

or add a photo to my

Thanks, Kat, for sharing your quilt.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Charming Halloween

Hocus Pocus Spooky Delight!

Soon it will be Halloween Night.

Time to weave a web wicked.

And share the candy box of dread!

heeeheheehee !


# minicharmchocolatequilt


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Going Pokemon

is seriously hosting this Sew-Along


This is sew cute.


I have never sewn this type of pixel block.

Seriously ... I sew have to see if I am up to the challenge.

These are the only Pokemon I am ever going to catch.

Making plans ... seriously ... ;)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Quilt is featured on Quilt Inspiration!

My free tutorial for my

is featured with all the fabulous


I have always been awed and inspired by 
the many free quilt patterns on this site
and am feeling honored to be included in the updated post.

In 2015 I made a larger version of this quilt and added

These quilts are my favorite Halloween decorations.

Maybe this year I should hold another quilt-along.

What do you think?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Quilting is My Happy Place

Loving these colorful summery fabrics

and making these big beautiful blocks.

Looking forward to showing more soon!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sundrops and Apples

These pretty


I am working on finishing another surprise project.

More soon!

It was also a good day for apple picking at

Mmmmm ... apple cider  <3

Cortlands are my favorite baking apples.

Mmmmmm ... apple pie ... <3

Hope your day is happy and bright ... :-)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Quilting Along with the FQS!

Here is Block 1 for my

with the

Fat Quarter Shop

To make this quilt ...

FQS Video Tutorial Here


Free Block Pattern Here

There is a beautiful

Lady of the Lake Quilt Kit

made with

 "The Good Life" fabrics by Bonnie and Camille

that includes the triangle papers.

I am sew excited to be a part of this wonderful quiltalong!

I hope you will soon be sewing along with us soon!

I love this pattern!

As my readers know, I love learning new tips and techniques
and sharing them with all my online quilty friends.

My favorite thing about sewing this FQS version of the traditional
Lady of the Lake Quilt Block
is a wonderful new-to-me method for making HSTs.

Triangles on a Roll

These are the 3" finished size.

For this you cut two squares,
sandwich them right sides together,
(or not pin ... like I did in the photo above),

set your stitch length to 1.6 as recommended, 

and sew as shown by the arrows along the broken stitch lines.

Trim the edges, if need be, and cut in squares along the solid lines.

Cut into triangles on the solid cutting lines.

Fold and peel off the papers.

The small stitch length helps to make the paper removal easier
and will not disrupt your stitches.

Press ... and then ... my favorite part ...

Snip the dog ears off and you are done!

You will have eight perfectly square and sized HST units
ready to sew into blocks.

I love it!

With my achy hands and challenging vision,
these are a sew helpful and time saving, too.

Also, I have never been a fan of drawing lines on the backs on my blocks.
I am always looking for good alternative methods
and this is my new HST method of choice.

I started this journey Here with this glorious bundle of fat quarters
and some yardage that was in my stash.
This is
"On the Wing" by Abi Hall for

To make the best use of my fabric and give my quilt a scrappy look,

I cut one large square and two small squares from each fat quarter 
and then cut my large squares on the diagonal.
saving the piece on the left for future use.

Then I paired these with two different prints.

Sewed and pressed and snipped

and sewed some more ...

... and made two different blocks for each print.

I assembly lined units next to my sewing machine.

Very quickly I had a nice stack of blocks ready to sew into my quilt top.

More  Lady of the Lake Quiltalong posts coming soon!

Thanks to everyone at the

Fat Quarter Shop

for this fun new quiltalong!

Be sure to visit

The Jolly Jabber

today for all you need to know about the
Lady of the Lake Quiltalong
and to see all the other quilts in progress.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Looking forward to showing you my beautiful new quilt.

Hope to see you all sewing along!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WIP Preview

Perfect HST units every time.

Just snip the dog ears and these are ready to sew into blocks.

Please come back tomorrow for all the details
on this wonderful quiltalong!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back to POTC Stitching

I am back to slow stitching my POTC blocks!

I took a break this summer to garden and vacation, play with my new baby kitty 
 and just enjoy the great outdoors. 
I only completed a few blocks. 
I need to take photos and count how many I have done. 

This is the block I am working on now which is one I laid out from 
fabric in my stash at the beginning of summer.

It is slow going as I am only working on this block when my machine is not whirling away.

I have sew many projects I want to sew.

Maestro is sew very helpful ... ;)

This little baby kitty follows me around and constantly cuddles up 
like I am her new momma kitty.

So cute!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

when sewing feels new again

new method

new quilty helper

perfect triangles everytime

new method + cute quilty kitty perfect triangles  = one happy quilter

More piccies coming soon!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sneak Peak!

These fabulous fabrics are 

"On the Wing" by Abi Hall for

and have been in waiting in my stash for the "right" project to come along.

I am sew happy to say that project arrived this month!

Master Quilty Kitty Katniss
has approved this fabric selection!

Time to sew!

Apprentice Quilty Kitty Maestro 
has a lot to learn.
These little kitty feet were trying to catch the fabric going under 
my presser foot.  
Sew I had to take a break from sewing.

Baby kitty has gone to take a nap.

Time to sew!

I am loving this WIP!

Right now it is as hush hush as mama's machine 
when it is time for baby quilty kitty to take her nap.

Looking forward to sharing more photos soon!


Monday, July 31, 2017

July Surprises

July has brought many surprises,

like this wonderful "Vintage Chic"

and ...

 ... this little shadow ...

Now who can this be? 

As you know,
crossed the rainbow bridge in March.
Not a day goes by I do not think of her.
We have all have been very sad.
Although I will always miss her,
it was time to find a new kitty to love.

So my hubby and I went to the 

in nearby Salem, NH,
where there were many pretty kitties to play with ... 

and this little cutie,
just three months old,
who conducted her way right into my hubby's arms
and our hearts.

We could not leave without this baby kitty.

Meet The Maestro!

Maestro is dressed to the nines in a black tuxedo and white cravat.

Maestro settled in right away in her new home

and is very busy 
learning to be a quilty kitty.

Maestro is a natural when it comes to 
inspection and testing.

How does The Katniss feel about her new buddy?

Katniss is very purry and happy and playful again.

Maestro is very cuddly and her
favorite place to sleep is curled up against my arm
in the same spot that Butterfly always slept for so many years.

It is a little uncanny how many expressions, mannerisms, habits and haunts
that were always Butterfly's own
that Maestro has adopted.

I know Butterfly is smiling.

So am I.