My Scary Brain Part 2!

A week or so ago, I posted the first My Scary Brain post. Once I had posted it and looked back at it, I figured that it didn’t look so scary and what was I worried about?

Then I started remembering all the quilts and other items that I want to make that I hadn’t included in that list. Like:

The Lizzie Anne bag by Bunny Hills Designs. This is no longer on the Bunny Hill website but I did find it in some shops when I searched for it, so you could find it if you wanted to.

The Tammy Bag by Madame Sam. This one is available on I bought the hardware for it when I first bought the pattern, but this one is still awaiting its turn.

At least five other Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorials. Under the Stars Quilt, Herringbone Quilt, the Quatrefoil Block, Summer in the Park, Summer in the Park with Honey Buns, The Binding Tool Star Quilt, etc. etc.

Some Thimble Blossoms patterns: Tulips, Mini-Tulips, Swoon, Mini-Swoon, Mini-Puddle Jumper

A Catalina Sling purse by Pink Sand Beach Designs

A Mariner’s Compass Quilt

A Lonestar Quilt

A Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Okay, you get the idea. I was less than forthcoming with that first post. Sigh. And the list just goes on and on and on! I sincerely need to finish some quilts so I can get on to the next ones!

Quilt on!



Books on Monday – New English Paper Piecing

Yep, it is another book about EPP. Sigh. Does this look like a trend? Unfortunately, it does. But I still maintain I will NOT BE DOING ANY EPP IN THE NEAR FUTURE! I can promise you that.

So this week’s book is New English Paper Piecing: A Faster Approach to a Traditional Favorite by Sue Daley. And, yes, that is the usual Amazon Affiliate link below:

Note the “faster approach” in the subtitle. I’m always up for a faster approach. As long as it is still precise. I do like to be fairly precise and I do like little fiddly bits. Hmmm. Just not fond of paper.

The author combines EPP and appliqué in her quilts, and they are gorgeous. She does have a couple of tricks to make the EPP go faster, but it would be rude of me to tell you what they are. Just let me say, I think they save time but not enough for my taste. And they still require whip stitching.

She has many different shapes she uses in these quilts. There is one bed runner with double wedding rings made of pentagon shapes. Very attractive! She also has a few shapes I’ve never seen before. And these projects are gorgeous! All of them. If you think of EPP as only hexagons (and you shouldn’t after my last few book reviews), this book will show you many other shapes you can EPP. (Have I gushed enough about the designs in this book yet?)

So what is in this book?

  • Introduction
  • Tools & Equipment (Some of these may surprise you!)
  • English Paper-Piecing Techniques
  • Appliqué Techniques
  • Finishing Your Quilt
  • Projects (Have I mentioned that I love them?)
  • About the Author
  • Resources

If you like EPP and want some interesting and different patterns, this book is for you. I’m working on figuring out how to do some of these without the paper, because that is what I do. This is definitely a book I will keep, because I love these patterns. I’m sure I can figure something out! At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Quilt on!


Stopping by on Sunday

I have a Fourth of July finish! This is exciting to me because life has kept me from doing a lot of sewing. After all, this project was slated to be completed prior to last weekend (June 27) before life (in the form of volunteer subbing several days in a secretarial capacity for our church) stepped in and left me with no time to do it.

Before I show off the great work of art, let me mention my trip to Chicagoland to dogsit for our granddog, Loki. Our eldest adopted Loki a couple of months ago and hoped to not have to kennel him while she was gone on a business trip because it just seemed like too soon. So Loki’s grandparents drove to area to keep him company while she was gone. We were there about 5 days, mostly just hanging out with Loki. I did get to visit with a Twilter friend, Carole and visit an awesome quilt shop, Quilter’s Quest.


Here we are at Quilter’s Quest!


Here is my fabric haul. The bottom fabric is a practice free motion quilting piece.


My Row by Row haul. Quilter’s Quest’s row is a vertical row! So cool.


My book haul. Yes, some paper-piecing geese may be on the horizon here. And a One-Block Wonder.


This fabric came from the trunk of Carole’s car! Yes, she has fabric she is giving away.

IMG_2785And here is the little guy looking for his mama!

Prior to leaving, I had hoped to make a bed for Loki. I had purchased and washed the fabric a couple of weeks ago and assumed that I’d have plenty of time to throw it together and take it with us when we went. Then I was needed elsewhere, so this weekend was the first chance I had to work on the dog bed.

The pattern I used is the Snooze Dog Bed pattern from Pellon’s site. (Yes, I did use the Pellon pet bed insert. I purchased it from JoAnn’s online. ) Yes, I layered the fabrics and quilted them together. Yes, I did some fusible appliqué.


In process


Finished appliqué.

I also had to put a zipper in. I haven’t done that in years and don’t feel like it went very well, but finished is better than perfect!


Finished bed!


I got to deliver it because my girls have invented a holiday known as Sisters’ Day and my eldest was staying at the youngest’s home with Loki so they could spend the time together. When I put the bed on the floor, he immediately got on and claimed it. Complete with a closed eye smile!IMG_2808

And an imitation of sleep.

What did you make this weekend?

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – All Points Patchwork

Here is another book on English Paper Piecing. This sure makes it look as if I’m thinking of trying my hand at it, doesn’t it. Don’t hold your breath. But I may try something that looks very like EPP. Anyway, back to today’s review.

Today’s book is All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects by Diane Gilleland. And, yes, that link below is an Amazon Affiliate link. I have to pay for overseas shipping somehow!

This is a beautiful book. It is the most thorough book I have yet read on how to do various shapes of EPP. The uses the author finds for EPP shapes and rosettes or flowers or stars is very inspiring. Which is her point in writing this book. There are no directions for specific projects, but there is lots of inspiration. And lots of information about how to actually do the process of EPP.  I am very happy to own this, even if I do not plan to really do any EPP in the near future.

Here is what you can find in this book, along with many pictures, of course:

  • Hello, EPP! (This is an introduction to both the book and EPP.)
  • Chapter 1: Tools and Materials
  • Chapter 2: Basic Techniques
  • Chapter 3: Building Your Own EPP Patterns (I find this one very exciting!)
  • Chapter 4: Working with Hexagons
  • Chapter 5: Working with Diamonds and Jewels
  • Chapter 6: Working with Triangles and Tumblers
  • Chapter 7: Working with Octagons and Pentagons
  • Chapter 8: Working with Curved Shapes
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sample EPP Templates
  • Index

This is not a short book. (224 pages.) It is not full of projects. Make sure you understand this so that you are not disappointed like the only one star review of this book on But if you want to become an EPP pro, this book will not disappoint you.

Quilt on!

My Scary Brain

No this is not a post about me sliding into Alzheimer’s or having psycho-killer urges, I promise. It is just about…. Well, read on and find out!

Back in May, Jaye (artquiltmaker) wrote a post which she called Dream Projects #5. Now, I suppose that I have read the other 4 Dream Projects posts as well, but apparently when I read this one, I was running with it in my own mind. All I could think with the number of Dream Projects Jaye had listed was, “I’m not the only one whose list is this long (or longer)!” While that reassured me a little, it made me fear for the relatives of all of the rest of the quilters with this problem.

That being said, here is my list of Dream Projects (or at least a few of them).

Two Jen Kingwell patterns – The Gypsy Wife and Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I own both patterns already and have been gathering the leftover scraps from the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM for The Gypsy Wife. It will require other colors also, but that’s the start. Green Tea and Sweet Beans will require being comfortable with appliqué, so that will require learning.

Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion but not in solids. I’m thinking stunning batiks for this one! I am not a solids girl so much.

Jaybird Quilts’ Gravity quilt, also not in solids. I think I have enough batiks to make this one too! I stocked up on grays at a Hancock’s of Paducah sale.

Then there are the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorials I want to do!  The Illusion Block Quilt is at the top of the list since I already have everything I need to complete one or two! I don’t think I’ll name other names here. It’s enough to say there are a lot of them.

Then there are the three very special super secret quilts for which I’ve been hunting and gathering fabric for several years now. I really want to get on them, but I haven’t finished designing them yet.

And I want to make a Scrapitude and a Playing with 9-Patches quilt designed by Charlotte Hawkins. I already own both patterns, and I certainly have plenty of scraps!

And then there is almost every quilt that Judy Martin has ever designed.

And La Passacaglia quilt and many others from the Millefiori Designs books.

And I ordered the Full Bloom quilt kit from Hancock’s of Paducah.

See. This is getting out of hand.

Because I still have so much to finish! Aaaaaargh!!!!!

See why my brain is scary. Sigh.

Quilt on!

Life Is Full of Tough Choices, Isn’t It?

Yes, I am quoting Ursula from the Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.” We do that often around here. (“The Little Mermaid” is one of the eight movies you have to see to be a real Firestone.) Why am I quoting Ursula? Because I’m having trouble making a choice on sashing colors for my Scrap in a Box quilt. Here are some of the fabrics I have tried starting with an overall look at my Scrap in a Box blocks on the design wall:


Below is gold Fairy Frost. I don’t like the gold and I actually don’t really think the Fairy Frost idea works in this quilt – which is something you won’t read from me very often. Fairy Frost is my fave!IMG_2759

Below here is a brownish Fairy Frost. We all know I don’t like brown. I’m thinking I bought this one because it reminded me of Coca Cola.


Here is a lavender Fairy Frost.IMG_2765

Then I got dramatic and tried black. I don’t hate it but…IMG_2768

This is a goldish yellow, and it is a definite no!IMG_2770

Deep purple.IMG_2771

Deep royal blueIMG_2773

A lighter yellowIMG_2774

An orangey pinkIMG_2775

A lighter yellowIMG_2777


An even lighter yellowIMG_2779

White, which I expected to like better than I do.IMG_2782

To be honest, I ruled out all the Fairy Frost because I think this quilt needs the slight calming of a solid. I like the deep purple and the red and a couple of the lighter yellows. So, opinions anyone?

Quilt on!


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Quilt on!


Yep, I’ve been missing in action for a while now. I wish I could say that I’ve been quilting so much that I didn’t have time for anything else. But no, that is not what it was. My lovely, sweet mother-in-law passed away almost two weeks ago, at the ripe old age of ninety-one. Dementia is a horrible disease, and we are all happy that she is no longer suffering from it. (If you want to read one of the best descriptions of grief I’ve read in a long time, I highly recommend chapter nine of Marie Bostwick’s novel The Second Sister.) It has been a busy two weeks, but we are now in recovery mode after a very awesome memorial service yesterday. I expect the groggy drugged feeling to continue for three or four days here.


Before that, I was blessed to be able to assemble a couple of very special projects for a couple of Twilter friends. (In case you’ve never heard of Twilters – a term coined by Very Lazy Daisy – we are quilters on Twitter – come join us!)

First, was Katie’s quilt. Katie blogs and podcasts at Katie’s Quilting Corner. Katie went through a health ordeal a couple of months back (you can hear her podcast about it here), and, as we Twilters tend to do, we made her a quilt. I offered to collect the blocks and assemble it & (after some back and forth between Daisy of Very Lazy Daisy fame and Pam of Hip to Be a Square) Daisy quilted it, added the binding and mailed it. Here is what it looked like when it left me:IMG_2658

Daisy tweeted a close-up of the quilting:

Quilting on Katie's Stars!

And Tina of Weezy Works podcast made this awesome label (yes, I stole this picture and the next one from Katie’s Quilting Corner’s Facebook Page and, yes, that’s Katie in the picture):


And here is the whole quilt with Katie:

Katie and quilt

Now, if you have been reading this blog or looking at pictures of quilts that I’ve made for any length of time, you will know that this is not my normal style of quilt to make. (Wait, first take a minute to admire all of the different 9″ finished star blocks that people sent in rainbow colors! I just loved getting the mail during this project!) It was inspired by two things: a quilt that Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams podcast and blog pointed out to me on Pinterest (which I would link to now if I could find it) and the Jaybird Quilts pattern Science Fair. Katie’s taste runs to modern, so that was my goal here. And we all know that modern is not normally me, but I do like the way this quilt looks. And we made Katie’s mom cry. (Maybe she should get a quilt too! I can’t even imagine how awful that experience must have been for her.

I hadn’t even finished piecing Katie’s top when we heard more bad news. Stephanie of Blessed 2 Quilt podcast & blog (mostly silent now; I hope that is temporary!) had a very ill daughter and it was not looking good at all. (Unfortunately, Stephanie lost her daughter on May 9.) We Twilters started one of the longest direct messages that I’ve ever seen. We decided on 10″ finished hearts in red, pink, orange and purple on cream background. I must confess that when the purple hearts started arriving, I wasn’t  sure how to fit them in. But it worked itself out. The sashing is one I learned when making a quilt for my eldest daughter a few years back, and I love the way it looks. Tami made the backing and Jaye of the Artquiltmaker blog made the binding. Tina of Weezy Works podcast made the label and quilted, bound and mailed the quilt to Stephanie. She gave us the tracking number in the direct message stream, and we followed that package! Then we had to wait for Stephanie to get home and see it.

Tina made the label. That is a picture of Stephanie’s daughter there! So perfect!

One lesson I learned between the two quilts was to take pictures of each of the individual blocks. I have a picture of each of the heart blocks, but did not take pictures of each individual star block. I really regret that. Sigh.

Note: The finished pictures of the quilts are shared with permission from Daisy, Katie and Stephanie. (I used to be the copyright police at work. Not going to change my position on copyright now.)

I am going to start a new project today. It will be a dog bed for my grand dog, Loki. I’m hoping to do enough to get some good pictures up within the next couple of days.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Irish Chain Quilts

Today we are back with a look at a fairly new book – Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design by Melissa Corry of the Happy Quilting blog. (Amazon Affiliate link below.)

I have been following Melissa’s blog for a while now and was intrigued with her pictures of some of these quilts when she announced this book. I have always loved the look of Irish Chain quilts. We actually made one for the church auction one year, a Double Irish Chain. And I love the idea of contemporary versions of traditional patterns. So I pre-ordered this book from Amazon and waited patiently for its release.

I was not disappointed when it arrived. I love almost every quilt in this book (although there are a couple I will probably not make because they are just wonky enough to irritate me – we know that I am weird about wonkiness). I am even considering making Connect the Dots which is the appliquéd circle chain quilt. Yeah, I know. I think if I do that I will purchase a circle die for my Accuquilt Go! cutter.

Back to the topic at hand here. The designs are fresh and modern with big blocks and lots of white space. There is a chain made of dots and one made with houses. There are chains that are perfect and chains that are oh so slightly wonky. The directions are clear and understandable. The pictures are inspiring. And all of the quilts look like fun.

The sections in this book are:

  • Introduction
  • Twist on Tradition (four quilts)
  • Modern Patchwork (four quilts)
  • Improvisational Piecing (four quilts)
  • Appliquéd Chains (three quilts)
  • Quiltmaking Basics
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

If you like the look of modern quilts with a nod to tradition, this is a good book to check out!

Quilt on!