General Information Quilting

Teal Mini Swap 2016 – Teal and Tulia

Designed by Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs, “Teal Mini Swap” is an annual event intended to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, funds for Ovarian Research Fund, and give quilters and sewers a fun little swap. In the last five years this has raised approximately $8,500

Iris of Misty Fuse had share the post of this event and immediately I signed up. There was a $15 fee which included you piece of challenge fabric and information about the partner that has been chosen for you to swap with.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

So this is the quilting design for the background and the main focus of the quilt.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

I applied fuseable to the fabrics and cut each one out.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

This is the original layout I had planned.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Played a little bit with the orientation.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Decided this is what I found best for me. It allowed me to think about quilting the ladies without any gap. Going up one way and continue with out a start and stop going the other direction.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

The dark teal stripe was the challenge fabric.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Stitching around in a straight stitch as opposed to a zig zag stitch. Just my preference. Used my Bernina Virtuoso 160.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

I like to try to carry the design of the front over to the label. Think of it as another element and not just a tag…

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

The backing fabric is Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman, and the sleeve Tula Pink. I used Perma Core thread and wrapped a gift in more of Tula Pink fabric I had left from the front.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

One was a 5 inch sq. I had in my stash,Tula fabric and challenge fabric.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Two more Tula fabrics. One Tula had signed , and another from my stash!

Simply Moderne Topiary

Have you heard of the magazine Simply Moderne?

This publication is fairly new and, in fact, NOV/DEC issue #3  came out. Yep, I am excited too!  Tell ya why in a moment.


As you look through the many inspiring pages of work and designs you will notice it is sooooo filled with info. Wonderful crafted works and patterns with just a smidge of advertising. Yes, a smidge. And choked full of templates in the back. Just enough balance for my taste and pleasure. Now, if you have a copy or are still going to Joann Fabrics or Barnes and Noble before they switch out, grab a copy.
simply moderne vol 3 3

THEN….turn to pages 54 – 57.   See it? Yep… or mine I should say.   If you look really close on page 43 , even the back of my quilt was able to be used as a table topper. I Know! exciting right?  Pinching myself…

If you have any questions on making Topiary feel free to contact me.

Oh, and have a Wonderful and Creative New Year!


Clearing the Air

While it’s been a tough two weeks some fresh air and a lake view does the mind, body and soul some good. Having colorful quilts surrounding you at the same time brings a smile to your face. Like sunshine on the water.

Lake House Quilts 412015 (3)

Lake House Quilts 412015 (2)

Lake House Quilts 412015 (1)


Open Studio International Quilt Festival

My schedule for Open Studio at this weekend’s International Quilt Festival is;

  • Sleeves on Quilts – Thursday, March 26 th 10:00 am until Noon
  • Paper Piecing – Thursday, March 26 th 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
  • Beyond Basic Binding – Friday, March 27 th 10:00 until Noon

Quilt Sleeve Tutorial

Here is a tutorial I am offering at this year’s International Quilt Festival Open Studio.

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (1)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (2)

Measure quilt back from edge to edge in the direction where the sleeve will hang. This will be your length. (top) The width will be 9 inches. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (5)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (4)

Place your sleeve right side down. Fold your nine inch edge a ¼ inch in on each side. PRESS. (top) Fold another ¼ of an inch on each side. PRESS. Then machine stitch close to inner edge. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (6)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (9)

Bring the bottom edge up to meet (raw edges) wrong side together. (top) With wrong sides together, sew a ¼ inch seam the length of the sleeve. Begin the seam about ½ inch from the end, backstitch, continue seam to the end, then backstitch. This prevents the tail of the thread from hanging out the end of the sleeve. Press to form a new crease at the folded edge. Baste a large stitch ¼ inch along the new folded edge. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (10)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (11)

Place your hands into the sleeve rotate sleeve to position basted edge on the bottom and the stitched seam on top. (top) Position the two seams over each other. Gently press your top seam open. Press entire sleeve forming two new creased folds. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (12)

Take sleeve with opened seam side down against quilt backing. Center along quilt back, pin sleeve along pressed edges to the quilt back. The top of the sleeve should be about ½ inch from the top of the quilt.

Hands sew top of sleeve, being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt. Then hand sew bottom sleeve again being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt.

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (13)

Hands sew bottom edge of the sleeve sides to the back of the quilt. I recommended that you double stitch or tack the corners.

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (14)

Remove the basting stitch to give the sleeve the needed “D” shape for proper hanging.


Quiltcon 2015 – Celebration and Winners

Quiltcon 2015 in Austin, Texas was a great celebration of modern quilting. Look below for prior postings with images from the other categories.

Quiltcon 2015 - Best Of Show

Quiltcon 2015 – Best of Show

i Quilt by Kathy York
Austin, Texas, Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Kathy York

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Face #1 by Melissa Averinos Individual MQG

Judge’s Choice, Janine Vangool

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos
West Barnstable, Massachusetts, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Melissa Averinos Quilted by: Melissa Averinos & Suzanne Whiteside

Quiltcon 2015 - Bias Tape Challenge

First Place, Bias Tape Quilting Challenge

CPU by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia, Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones

Quiltcon 2015 - Best Machine Quilting

First Place, Best Machine Quilting

Diving Geese by Katie Pedersen
Seattle, Washington, Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Katie Pedersen Quilted by: Krista Withers

Quiltcon 2015 - Quilting Excellence

2015 Coats Award of Quilting Excellence

Coral Reef by Marla Varner
Sequim, Washington, Bainbridge Island MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Marla Varner

Quiltcon 2015 - Applique

First Place, Appliqué

Anniversary Quilt by Katrina Hertzer
Calgary, AB, Canada, Calgary MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katrina Hertzer

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnie Individual MQG

First Place, Improvisation

The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle
Monroe, New York, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Nydia Kehnle

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - For Tonya by Emily Coffey Ashville MQG

Judge’s Choice, Stevii Graves

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, MQG of Asheville
Pieced & Quilted by: Miriam Coffey

Quiltcon 2015 - Handwork

First Place, Handwork

Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral
Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Patricia Lutteral

Quiltcon 2015 - Modern Traditionalism

First Place, Modern Traditionalism

Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper
Centerport, New York Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kim Soper

Quiltcon 2015 - Small Quilt

First Place, Small Quilts

What’s the frequency, love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Woodbridge, Connecticut, Southern Connecticut MQG
Pieced & Quitled by: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Quilcon 2015 Minimalist - Breath by Leanne Chahley Edmonton MQG

First Place, Minimalist Design

Breathe by Leanne Chahley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Edmonton MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Leanne Chahley

Quiltcon 2015 - Group Or Bee Quilts

First Place, Group or Bee Quilts

Playing with Little Bits created by participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland, Baltimore MQG
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons Quilted by: Rose Daley

Quiltcon 2015 Piecing - Flight Path by Mary Menzer Virginia Beach MQG

First Place, Piecing

Flight Path by Mary Menzer
Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia Beach MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Mary Menzer

Quiltcon 2015 - Use Of Negative Space

First Place, Use of Negative Space

Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury
North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vancouver MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Krista Hennebury

*Sorry, no image of 7 Up by Debra Jalbert

First Place, Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

7 Up by Debra Jalbert
Clermont, Florida, Orlando MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Debra Jalbert

Quiltcon 2015 - Youth

First Place, Youth and Judge’s Choice, Carolyn Friedlander

Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia, Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon Quilted by: Mollie McMahon & Jules McMahon

Quiltcon 2015 - People Choice Award

People’s Choice Award at Quilt Con 2015 went to “A Quilt for Our Bed” by Laura Hartrich and quilted by Nikki Maroon.

Quiltcon 2015

Quiltcon 2015 - ORD to Austin Non Stop

Quiltcon 2015 Early Wednesday morning. Waiting for American Airlines flight and feeling pretty Bad Ass right now. Wanna be a Bad Ass Quilter too? Head over to Bad Ass Quilter’s Society and talk to Maddie Kertay.

Quiltcon 2015 - Emily, Shruti & Me

Headed out to Iron Cactus for a taste of Austin (Texas). Emily Lang from Mommy’s Nap Time and Shruti Dandekar made the trip from India.

Quiltcon 2015 - Grand Rover MOD Squad

Met these lovely ladies at OHare Airport on their layover from Ontario Canada. Their group is the Grand River MOD Squad (Audrey,Marsha,Dorothy and Marilyn). Check out their group on FB.

Quiltcon 2015 - Registeration

Yep a pile of goodie bags. Who wouldn’t want to dive into these…

Quiltcon 2015 - Joyce Franklin & MeCame all the way to Austin Texas and met Joyce Franklin from the Midwest. Owner of Quilts and Other Notions in Creston, Iowa.

Welcome to Quiltcon 2015 Austin Texas

Mary Fons, Bias Binding & Quilty Oh My

Judy Tucker joins Mary Fons on Quilty to give you step-by-step instructions for doing bias binding on your quilt. This quilt finish allows you to do curved borders more easily because the fabric stretches. Judy tells you more about it in this informative tutorial.

Judy Tucker QNNTV TIMQ

Judy talks about the simple quilt she made at a quilting retreat. In this particular quilt, Judy re-sized every single one of her 300-plus quilt blocks. Learn more about Judy’s process for putting this quilt together. 

Finding The Right Design

Have you ever had a task that you found to have a brain block on?  Maybe mine was temporarily away or just taking a break. My customer and quilt friend, Janice H. had brought me her quilt top to enhance with longarming the right design. She really liked her fabric with the crows and liked the folk feel, this top was giving her.


I looked at many digital designs; okay hundreds.  Auditioned various designs including a leaf design, but didn’t want to make the finished quilt too seasonal. Found a design by Debra Geissler and Designs by Deb, that had a great design with a pear but adding a bird would be better for this quilt.


Okay, so if we could just add a crow……hmmmmm. I contacted Deb , sent her a close up of what I was hoping to achieve and 2 days later, DONE.


Deb was open, fast and right on the money with the design.


Happy Quilter = Happy Customer!!!!

I must say, this is the second time I have asked for a tweak, or something special from Deb and she has been a pleasure to work with.