Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in photos

Some photos of the highlights of my 2009!

My first book was published!

I turned 40!

Son graduated from college.

Daughter graduated from high school.

Son got married!

Cruise to Canada.

Trip to Las Vegas.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fifty Finishes cancelled due to illness

I've come down with something nasty and will not be able to finish. Maybe next year?

Happy New Year, everyone. I'll post again after the plague has passed.


I pieced this shop sample in my hotel room at the Vermont Quilt Festival last summer.

It's been hanging, unbound, in my local quilt shop ever since. Again, I pulled it off the wall to finish the binding so I'd have a chance at reaching my fifty finishes. I have no shame whatsoever.


I needed a quick gift a while back, so I quilted up a sheet of potholders. I cut them, sewed the binding to the front, finished two potholders and let the rest sit for many moons.

Since it's gift-giving season and I needed some more quick gifts, I pulled the stack of unfinished potholders out and bound them.

Aren't they cute?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


My husband is good friends with a young man at work and I'm friends with his young wife. (We find that very convenient.) We met them shortly after they married. I've always felt bad that I didn't give them a quilt for their wedding, so I'm giving them a quilt for Christmas. It won't be delivered until they come to our New Year's Eve party, so I was given a few days grace to finish it.

I'm sorry for the dark photo -- we were chasing daylight.

Does anyone have a copy of Thimberries Beginner's Luck book? I do, and I cannot count the number of quilts that I've made from it. All of this fabric was in my collection (stash is a dirty word). It was pieced quickly, quilted quickly, and bound by machine (gasp!).

Monday, December 28, 2009


Last spring I went to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh with my friend who owns a quilt shop. She let me sit with her while she shopped for new fabrics. I ooh-ed and aah-ed over all the pretty colors, but my friend noticed extraordinary joy when I saw Birdie fabric from Moda and ordered the fabric for her shop!

Since I picked the fabric, I got to make the sample:

I pieced and quilt this around Thanksgiving, and it's hung on the shop wall, unbound ever since. Since nothing will deter me from finishing 50 quilts in 2009, I pulled it off the wall and bound it. That makes it officially finished, does it not?
Here's a close-up of why this is the happiest fabric on earth:

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Forty! (Iike me)

Once upon a time, I made enough blue and white blocks to make five baby quilts. Quilts 1-4 have been quilted, bound, and given away over the years; quilt 5 has lain unnoticed in my studio for several years.

As I am striving to reach my goal of 50 quilts finished in 2009, I pulled this forlorn little quilt top out and finished it!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thirty-nine (for the first time)

My daughter's friend has an absolutely adorable neice. I made a quilt for her birthday last year. Fortunately it was child-sized, or my daughter's friend would have stolen it and let her neice be quilt-less.

Since I finally finished my son's friends graduation quilts (after only 4 years), I'm working on my daughter's friend's quilts (only 6 months late). I reproduced the little girl's quilt in a person-sized manner.

It even has a cool purple spider-web back!

Eleven more projects to go this year. I'm still not sure if that's gonna happen, but I love the empty spaces in the sewing room as the projects head out the door!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Replacement Quilts

Five years ago, a lovely girl graduated from high school. At that time, I made her a quilt. About 5 minutes later, her mother stole that quilt from her. This lovely young lady is now in her own apartment, quiltless. My 38th finish of the year should rectify that situation.

I make this scrappy four-patch quilt whenever the 2-inch square bucket overflows.

It even has a scrappy back!


I finished this quilt a little while ago (notice, no snow in the background):

After it's lived it's life as a sample, my daughter has laid claim to it. "I don't want to keep it, Mom, I just kind of like it." Alrighty, then.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

If you don't have fun saying Kokopelli.....

.... you're probably pronouncing it wrong.

This summer, my son got married (yay!). At the wedding, my husband's uncle asked if I could make a Kokopelli quilt for his wife. I promised to get right on that, after the mother-son dance and other trivialites.

In early November, I had a "holy crap!" moment, when I remembered that I had promised this quilt by Christmas. I found paper-pieced patterns and embroidery patterns for Kokopelli and they all screamed one thing to me "we'll take FOREVER to make!" Off to the internet I went to find Kokopelli quilt fabric.

Once the fabric arrived, I quickly chopped it into large pieces thanks to "Beginner's Luck" by Thimbleberries.

I finished the binding and mailed the quilt before Christmas. I deserve chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.


Monday, December 21, 2009


I haven't thrown in the towel yet. I'm quilting my fingers to the bone, and searching my brain for finished quilts that I haven't yet photographed. This is one of the latter:

There is some fun quilting in the black that can barely be seen. It has long rows of feathers, made with Handi Quilter Groovy Boards.

This will be a gift for a special young lady (who I hope doesn't read my blog!).

Fifteen quilts in 10 days.... can she do it? Probably not!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cute overload

I'm not dead. I've been silent due to travel, both work and personal.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to publish Fifty Finishes by the end of the year. I've finished over fifty projects, but many are secret to-be-published projects that I cannot share here.

Last night I made the cutest. apron. ever.