Monday, June 18, 2018

"THE QUILT" BY Willow Tree

For Mother's Day my daughter in law sent this to me.  I was so touched by this, it speaks volumes.  All of us quilters know what goes into a  quilt and to wrap our most prized possession in one just, well, there are no words.

Monday, June 11, 2018


This has been a fun project.   This little quilt has been done for some time and I am so glad because life happens.  My husband and I had been sick for weeks and then I went to visit a grandson for two weeks so no sewing has been done except for the curtains in my son's home.

The challenge was to do a modern quilt baby size or larger.  I used my 
Island Batik foundation bundle because I love color!!!
The pain splotches were taken off pinterest,  I just typed in paint splotches and chose the ones I wanted and resized them.

Then as I was putting the paint splotches on I thought of all those little hands through the years that have gotten into my projects and left the tail tail signs.  Even now my sweet grandsons have seized my heart and have left their hand prints there.

I tried to use my Aurifil threads to blanket stitch around the paint and hands.  Before I left to see my son and his family  I had ordered some aurifil threads from Missouri Star Quilt Co. , happiness to find them waiting for me when I came home.   I think I am addicted to these threads and for some reason can't get enough of them.

Yesterday I drove 20 hours by myself to get home, there truly is no place like home.  Even tho it was hard leaving my little grandson and his parents, it was so nice to be headed home.

My husband kept our other grandson overnight while I was gone and this little handprint was waiting for me when I got home on the bathroom door.  Don't ya just love it???

At the risk of repeating myself, these ladies below, Island Batik Ambassadors, are so amazing.  If you want inspiration, go visit their blogs.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


What an exciting month!  I have been looking forward to this Island Batik Ambassador theme for the month of May for quite a while now........and this is why!!!!!!!!!!!!


When I saw this on Gene Black's blog, my heart started pounding and my vision blurred....I  just fell in love with his stain glass (ok, that is a little bit dramatic but you can understand when you see something that totally inspires you).  Gene is one amazing person and I have even met him.  The minute I met him in person I thought, yep, he could pass for family.  He is such a warm, fun, creative person as you can see by his stain glass.  He is a wonderful painter, weaver, and quilter.  If you have time, go over to his blog and scout around.

So...............I immediately emailed Gene and told him that this would be a wonderful block.  We talked back and forth and so I asked him if I could make a block from his stain glass and that I would give him all the credit.  I actually think this would be a beautiful quilt.

The minute Gene gave me the go ahead to make his stain glass into a pattern I did.

I know it will make a beautiful quilt and those Island Batiks are just fabulous.

Well...I didn't stop there.

A few years ago for Christmas I had some scraps from my sister's husbands shirts (I had been making doggies for her grandchildren and various other projects out of his shirts).  As I was saying, I took the scraps and made this pillow below and most of the buttons from the shirts I put on the pillow.

This picture does not do the pillow justice but that is okay, you get the picture.

So I said to myself, day you are going to make yourself one of these pillows.

From looking at her pillow, I think I didn't get the right tree (if you saw all of  my personal designs you would understand why I might not have gotten the right tree)...but who cares right!!

Here is my pillow.

 This pillow is from Alpine Jingle line and I used Aurifil #2155 on the blanket stitching,  The stain glass pillow is made from awesome Island Batik Scraps.

Below are the Island Batik Ambassadors.  They will be posting through out the month their pillow projects.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018



When I saw this tutorial I just had to do this quilt.  I have the larger hex template but I thought I would use the smaller one to use up some of my Island Batik Scraps (joke is on me, they keep multiplying).

This is my little container after I cut my half hexies.

Here is my quilt.

I decided not to make it too large because I know my time constraints and I did not want another UFO.

The border Island Batik fabric I ordered at Missouri Star Quilt, I am not affiliated with them in any way just love their fast delivery and awesome prices.

I worked on it off and on all day yesterday in between dishes, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping etc.

I had a hard time figuring out how many hexies I needed for each row.  Since it was on a slant my mind was not able to see it.  To solve this problem I just drew a line down each side as I did a new row.  There is some waste and to be honest, I enjoyed making this quilt but doubt I will make another, too complicated when it came to adding rows and cutting, at least for my small brain.

Monday, April 16, 2018


My cousin who is a funeral director came over to my house with this huge flag.  She was wondering if I could fold it.

She wanted a flag to drape over the casket of the Veteran, in which she could use over and over.  The cost of buying a folded one is out of this world.

Then at the gravesite another flag will be laid across the top of the casket and then the ceremony of folding it for the family to have.

The trick was having the red and white on the other side of the blue stars.

We spent over 3 hours pinning this puppy, folding and pleating.

We used every pin I had in the house which is ALOT.

We got poked so many time it became maddening.

We got her pinned and the back was all wonky and would not lay flat.

The middle blue was pulling to one side.  We were on each side pinning and folding that I think we were working against each other.

Finally, enough was enough.  She then asked me if I could just make a quilt out of it.

Three hours later and extremely tired she left.

I sat and thought.

and thought.....

and thought....

It was around eleven when I finally got up and took all the pins out.

I kept telling her the pins were working against us.

I ironed the flag.

Then I stared from the middle to get the center and worked over to one side.  Fixed the red and white....and then worked on from the middle to the other side.  I got my huge ironing pad and put it on my quilting table and ironed as I went.  The only thing I pinned were the top and where it had an opening.

At one in the morning, I had her ironed with the hope that my cousin would like it.

It stayed on my cutting table for a week.

Which...I thought....

and thought....

and thought.

I tried sewing the inside and the machine just pulled and it looked horrible.

so I thought some more.

The problem was, I could not move on to another project because this was in my mind.

so Friday night.

I cut (yes, cut it) and made the binding for the top and a sleeve.  I had to hand sew the back (no big deal)

Then I thought some more.

Tried sewing again....NOPE>>>>

then I decided to just tack it, just to keep the pleats .....

Yea!!!  it worked.

She will hang this in her funeral home and use as needed.

We love our Veterans, I have five in my house and am so grateful for them.

This is just one thing that will make the funeral more special, even tho it will not be the same flag they will get when the funeral is over, it is still special.

Monday, April 2, 2018


This is the challenge for the Month of April.

I went searching though my books and believe it or not, came up with this quilt.

Don't ask me why I chose this one because I could not tell you.
This quilt is from the 1890's.

I do know back then not a scrap was wasted.  My mother told me of my grandmother sewing little bitty scraps onto newspaper to get her squares (my mother's job was to take off the newspaper).  I have heard that sometimes the person would leave the newspaper on.
This is  using Hexagonal units from scraps and the yellow square is the stitch and flip piecing (which I did not do).

This is my version.

Three years worth of Island Batik Fabrics rolled up into one quilt.

This was half of my room, you should have seen my cutting table? (choosing not to be embarrassed)

55" x 55"

I used the hexagonal shape and instead of just randomly choosing scraps and sewing them together, I decided to use strips.    One square consisted of four  3" (or less) x 26" strips sewn together and out of that strip I was able to get four hexagons.  In this quilt I used Aurifil # 5001 and as usual it did not disappoint, I used the thread to machine piece and to quilt it.

I also didn't use  the stitch and flip method for the center squares.  I cheated and just blanket stitched them on using Aurifil thread.  Hey, it works, (he who cast the first stone)...(smiling).

To me this was a fun quilt because I loved seeing all of the wonderful Island Batik fabrics come together.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


It seems all it has been doing here is raining.  We finally got a few days of sunshine but it rained last night and I hear it is going to rain tomorrow.

So I took advantage of the sunshine by doing a photo shoot with this quilt.

The quilt doesn't even have a name.  The fabrics I used were Island Batik 5" strips.  I decided to do something different and use Aurifil #2530 for the blanket stitching around the flowers.  When I say different, well, only one petal matched this thread but I think it turned out wonderfully.

I only used five 5" strips.  Two petals were out of some scraps I had left over but the thing that I so love is getting something so simple and cute practically out of nothing but gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.

What was left over from cutting the petals out I used to make the binding.

Why did I make this quilt when I have so many other things to be doing?

All I can do is throw up my hands and say "I DON'T KNOW!"

I just had an idea, and just went for it.

This next quilt is for a fund raiser that I am having at my house, the reason is on the QT so I can't disclose the purpose, just know it is a worthy cause.

This little quilt was made with Island Batik 10" squares.

Diary of a Quilter is where I got the pattern for this quilt.

Trust me when I say, this takes no time at all to make.

If you are in a hurry and need a gift, this will do it.

This quilt had been draped on my quilting frame (quilting frame is my catch all for  all projects that are not done).  For about a month I kept saying that I need to sandwich it and quilt it.  So I finally went to it on Friday and low and behold it was already sandwiched and ready to quilt.  I thought....hummmmm If I had remembered that part was done, I would have had it quilted by now.  Since when am I prone to forgetting?


Life seems to just pass me by.  I don't know where February went and now March is running away as fast as time will allow.  I have had some time in my sewing room this month and have so loved it.

I hope that you too will find time to spend in your sewing room, good for a quilters soul.