Wednesday, April 22, 2020


First I want to show you an awesome discovery.

These beautiful Irises

I have never seen them in our yard and I think I know why.....when they were in our yard my husband would mow them down but....he recently put up a new fence and it just so happens that these irises are right in the corner of the fence where it is hard for him to get to...Oh what a lovely discovery.

This quilt top was made in Amerika Samoa, the fabric is from one of the Samoan shops, used the Wedge ruler.  I didn't quilt it because for one, I wanted to make it bigger but didn't have enough fabric, for two, I didn't know how to quilt it and I wanted to do some fancy quilting.

Sooooooooooooo  fast forward to now.  A few months ago I sandwiched it and just kept thinking on how to quilt it.  The other day I thought who cares, if I was to do some detailed quilting it would take me years so I just did a meandering.  The next photo will tell you I made a great decision

Tulip Tumbler
by Barb Gaddy

I designed this quilt many moons ago, let's say seven or eight years ago.  It is on the Accuquilt site.  I used the small tumbler die and  tulip die.

That being said,  when I submitted the pattern I just quilted in the ditch.

I never felt this quilt was truly finished so about 3 years ago I decided to start quilting it.

I earmarked this for someone very special to me, so I have been working off and on.  Do I need to tell you that I am still working on it.

Now......I told myself this week that I was going to get HER done!!


I went through a spool of thread, then  my new one of the same kind kept splitting and skipping so I went on line and ordered me a different brand.  So it sits.

I have to be honest with you, I have a short attention span.  I have to have the TV going to keep me going.

So...................... this is why I prefer to just do a meandering or some other simple design because the quilt would never get finished.

Cozy Quilt Designer

This is the joint project Jeanette from Inchworm Fabrics and I are doing.

I purchased this pattern on Connecting Threads, it is a pdf.  I purchased two, one for myself and one for my sister.  I just felt it is only fair to the designer to buy two even tho my sister can just print off  mine.

Java Batiks
by Freshwater for Maywood Studios

Here are the fabrics I chose and cut out......ummm ummmm good.

We both chose to do a throw, which will be 62" x 71.


Gene Black said...

Sometimes it is best to do whatever you can to just get it done. I have found that there are certain quilting designs that go quickly for me. There are some that just work well for me and others that I can't seem to be happy with.
I would get so bored doing an entire quilt in meandering lines. Are you doing these on the longarm or domestic machine?

Barbara said...

All kinds of growing things somehow survive the worst. How nice to have corner flowers back! Great decision and meandering. This sheltering in place has taught me a few things about priorities. No more OCD, about anything! Also, I’ve grown to hate the TV always on in the background. I’ve traded it for a radio tuned to classical music, and I feel so much more at peace. My body is relaxed. The throw colors are great!

QuiltGram said...

Now this is a pattern that I have wanted to make for some time now. Can’t wait to see it done in your chosen fabrics. I have been toying around with using this one with Janet Claire’s, Ahoy Me Hearties fabrics and some nautical soft my own.

QuiltShopGal said...

What a fun post. And I love the fabrics you selected for Radiant. I'm looking forward to seeing what you and Jeanette both create. I'm confident it will be wonderful.

Marie said...

Hey Barb,
I like the quilts and I know the feeling, I really like to meander as I get it done and fell like I accomplished something ,the fancy stuff is beautiful but I just don't have the time anymore to figure it all out. I love that you use your dies for cutting, I didn't and gave them to a friend and I hope she will enjoy them. Have a beautiful day and yes the Iris is beautiful too! Hugs, Marie

Jackie's Stitches said...

What a lovely discovery the irises are! I've always thought they were a beautiful flower!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your Tulip Tumbler is really pretty, and I'm happy you found the real ones....grin.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Meandering is good quilting, too! It's one of my favorite quilting to do. Beautiful irises! My DH is partial to irises so we notice them more than other flowers. Great that they fell in a protected area. Those batiks are such beautiful colors!!!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I'm so glad the Irises found a place to hide from the mower guy! I am always amazed at the FMQ magicians who can make their quilting look like flowers and feathers, etc.....I agree that meandering is the way to makes my quilting look like I actually knew what I was doing when, in fact, I was just trying to finish! lol.....your patterns and beautiful work are lovely.

Donna Albright said...

I have made the radiant quilt in black, black and white print, and a red and black print. It was beautiful and received a red AQS/DMAQG show in Des Moines, Iowa a few years ago. My friend needed a quilt for a wedding so she bought it from I kinda wish I hadn't sold it. I guess I could make another one. It was a fun one to make.