Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Watch It Wednesday: Feathers

Last year, I pieced Pterodactyl One.  Since I've been living in an active construction zone this week, I decided it was time to reward myself by quilting this quilt!

What could be better a better reward than quilting fun feathers on the center medallion of this quilt?

I put on my quilting gloves, threaded my machine with DecoBob, and sat down to enjoy myself:

Have you ever tried quilting with 80 weight DecoBob?  It adds this beautiful texture without showing the thread.  I use it 100% of the time in my bobbin, and it's just as fun in the needle!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In Search Of: Sanity

Nearly 6 months ago, my house was destroyed when a tree fell on it.  We've been living in chaos ever since, waiting for the insurance to come through, the contractors to be available, and the stars to align.  They finally did, and my house is HOPPING!

Since the insurance company couldn't match our damaged, faded, 1974 powder-blue aluminum sidingk (who knew?), my house is now green, shutterless, with fresh white trim.

I now have walls and ceilings.

I picked out paint last night.

To keep sane through this chaos, I'm quilting.  I pulled out my Squared Away Cutie Pattern and a pack of orange fat eighths.  I'm ready to piece today while they (maybe?) start framing a door for my sewing room.  Happy Birthday to ME!!!!

Which background would you choose?

Feel free to suggest something that I haven't shown, as well.

Friday, February 21, 2020


Did you know that sometimes I make quilts that have nothing to do with work?  That sometimes I buy a quilt kit just because I like it?

Several years ago, I bought this Ollie Cutie Quilt Kit from the Quilt Basket because I needed this quilt in my life.  I pieced it last year and recently I finished quilting it:

Please remember that dreary winter months in New York make for awful photographs.  This quilt is richer in normal daylight.  Spring, please come soon!

I had so much fun quilting this quilt!!!  I used several Full Line Stencils to help mark the blocks.  I posted not one but two tutorials about how I quilted the borders. I didn't film a tutorial of the block quilting, but I made this fun little boomerang for you:

Every time I glimpse this quilt, I fall a little more in love with it. 

I'm keeping this quilt.  The only person who will get this quilt from my hands is a grandchild.  Until then... I get to look at this quilt as often as I want!

Isn't it amazing how simple quilting with only one thread color can make a quilt sing???  The wool batting doesn't hurt, either.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Watch It Wednesday -- How to Layer Quilting in a Border

This Cutie Pattern is named Ollie and it's for ME!  The solid burgundy spacer border is a perfect place to quilt to impress!

I chose to use only one color thread (gray/green) and it blends well with the prints and with this border.

I used my 2-inch Circle Grid Stencil and Pounce Pad to mark the center of the border and layered some beautiful quilting.  Watch below!

This border looks complicated but is actually a few simple designs layered together.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Watch It Wednesday -- Loopy Ribbon Candy Using a Stencil

This Cutie Pattern is named Ollie and it's for ME!  OK, it will be put aside for any future grandchildren, but it will live with me for a while.

I chose to use only one color thread (gray/green) and it blends well with the prints and with this border.

I used my Ribbon Candy Stencil and Pounce Pad to space the ribbon candy, and then enlarged and embellished the border.  Watch below!

Doesn't that make a plain border look like something special?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

"Up All Night" Quilting

Yesterday I had one of my periodic infusions to keep my Relapsing Polychondritis under control.  The drugs work wonders and have given me back a somewhat normal life.  The side effects of the meds are moderate but acceptable.  The steroids that they give me with my drugs, however, are pure evil.  I understand why I need them, but I hate them.

Accepting things that I cannot change, I pre-cut fabric for a steroid-fueled sewing binge while I'm not sleeping.

Here's how last night went:

My first quilt finish was Squared Away with a Red and White Cutie Pack

In my war against scraps, I decided to use the extra blocks and scraps of leftovers immediately after finishing the quilt.  All went well until it was time to bind the placemats and potholder:

D'oh!  I twisted the binding when I sewed to together.  No problem!  I'll just pick it out and fix it:

Steroids keep me wide awake but sadly, they don't make me smarter.

Normally, at this point I'd say "Time for bed!"  Well, since I am physically incapable of sleeping, I'll just keep at it until I get it right.

It's just not getting any better!


It was all worth it in the end, though:

Still wide awake, I started on another pre-cut project:

This is a Bowl of Cherries Cutie Quilt made with on-hand brown fabrics and hot pink accents and I totally love it! 

I'm off to make myself some dinner since I couldn't eat at all yesterday.  Then maybe I'll try to rest my eyes for a (please oh please let it happen) nap.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 10, 2020

I. Am. Ready

Today is an infusion day.  I have a rare autoimmune disease and it is kept under control with periodic IV infusions.  I will sleep for most of the 6-8 hours I'm plugged in, come home and feel punky, and then either sleep non-stop or be WIDE AWAKE for the following 24 hours or so. 

I have the Law & Order DVD set and many good books on Audible to keep me company.  I'm also well-prepared for mindless quilting:

I've pre-cut a few Squared Away Cutie quilts, one in red and white prints and the other using Jillily's This & That fabric line.  They will be fun to piece today and even more fun to machine quilt later.  Can you say Ribbon Candy?

Do you ever prepare for mindless quilting for sick days or snow days or "just because" days?

Friday, February 07, 2020

Color Blocks Scrap Quilt

It was my privilege to make Color Blocks Baby Quilt for Annie's Creative Studio and I had leftover fabric bits.  They begged me to make them into a little quilt:

This quilt will eventually be gifted to a baby or someone in need of a lap quilt.  I'm sure it will make someone happy.

What made me happy, though, was machine quilting this sweet little quilt.

I've heard some rules for choosing machine quilting patterns.

Them:  "You should quilt round quilting if the piecing is square"

Me:  "Oh yeah?"

I put my walking foot on my machine and cross-hatching this quilt.  I didn't follow the lines, though; I dropped a pair of chopsticks and however they fell determined my quilting lines.

Yes, really that's how I did it.

To make this quilt even more fun, I quilted it using FabuLux Rocking Horse variegated thread, because it just goes with EVERYTHING!

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Choosing Background Fabrics

Choosing background fabrics can be tricky.  I have a new red and white print Cutie Collection (16 coordinating fat eighths) in my shop and I want to make a Squared Away Cutie Quilt with them.


Which background should I choose?

The problem is, I like all of the choices.  Yellow is so bright.  White is so crisp.  Black is so stark.  Khaki is a muted choice.

I have another infusion treatment next week and will be Wide Awake from the IV steroids that accompany it.  I want to pre-cut this quilt to piece during my recovery time.

Which would you choose?

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Watch It Wednesday: Full Heart Panel, part 1

I'm trying to make the most of my time at home.  When I quilt, I often film a tutorial at the same time.  Win/Win!

I pulled out the Full Heart Panel by Timeless Treasures, basted it together with wool batting, and started machine quilting.

I am filming how to quilt this and will add videos to my Free Online Class as I finish each step.

The first video is on YouTube now:

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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

New Online Class: Color Blocks Baby Quilt

When I'm not traveling to teach machine quilting, I film quilt classes for Annie's Creative Studio at home!

I was so excited to make the Color Blocks Baby Quilt:

I'm sending this quilt to my cousin's new baby.  I know they'll just love it!

Here's the intro to the class:

I love that the pattern is included with the class!

Class description:

"Choose coordinating vintage-style prints to make a baby block quilt perfect for a boy or a girl!

In this Learn, Make, Create! video class brought to you by Annie’s Creative Studio, quilting expert Debby Brown demonstrates how to make the classic half-square triangle and assemble a basic 16-patch block.

In this online video class, you’ll learn how to:
·               Make half-square triangles.
·               Assemble the center Color Blocks.
·               Add the borders.
·               Mark off and machine-quilt spiral flower motif to complete Color Blocks Baby Quilt.

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Monday, February 03, 2020

Dottie: An Ongoing Project

I am trying to finish some old projects, finish everything I start new, and make progress on some long-term projects.  I've previously shown you my Dottie quilt.  I used my scrappy four-patches as a leader and ender project this weekend and made some good progress!

I now have 90 four-patches waiting for an equal number of hand-applique blocks so I can add a few rows to this quilt.