Friday, April 6, 2018


Welcome to my stop on the Postcard Parade.

When I saw on Instagram that Elm Street Quilts was hosting a postcard swap I became intrigued.  I've been seeing quilted postcards popping up here and there and decided to join in and give one a try.  Postcards are only 4x6 inches - I have time for that!

When we signed up for the swap we were asked to give a one word prompt for what we'd like to receive.  Then we received an email with a swap partners name, address, and her request.  My partner's prompt was CAT.

There are several cat patterns out there but I went straight to one a guild friend, Pam, created, the Cheddar Cat I downsized Pam's pattern by 1/2 to make it fit the 4x6 size.  

There are 28 pieces in this block!

That makes the back worth taking a photo of!  (I over-sized the borders here and didn't trim to the final 4x6 size till after it was quilted.)

I read through my partner's blog and found she was traveling and had made a stop at what turned into a very interesting museum.  It reminded me of a family vacation we took years ago so gave me a perfect "postcard" note to send.

I don't have a fabric marker and even if I did I would be afraid to use it but I have had success several times running freezer paper backed fabric through my printer so went with that method for the back.  

I read through several tutorials before starting my postcard, including Patty's.  Ultimately, here's what I did:
  • made a 4x6 block
  • quilted it with a scrap of batting
  • trimmed it to 4x6"
  • printed the back
  • layered one piece of very stiff interfacing between the front and back
  • zig-zag stitched it all together using a stitch width of 5 and length of 4 (next time I'll go shorter.)
Super fun little project!

Wondering what I received in return?  
When I signed up for the swap I was completely focused on my Kaleidoscope quilt for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book hop. prompt was PLUS.  Sarah in Texas made me a plus of pluses!

More of a mini-quilt, really, she even bound it!  

And it appears that she, too, was afraid to write on the back! 

So she sent a sweet note instead.  Thank you Sarah.  Love the Alison Glass fabrics, too!

Now hop along to check out the other postcards that have been exchanged.

Denise @ DottieDoodle
Karen @ Run Sew Fun  ←You are here!
Laura @ LC's Cottage
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Susan @ California Fiber and Music

Thanks so much to Patty for a very well organized swap.

I'll also be linking up with: 
Sew Fresh Quilts - Let's Bee Social
Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish it up Friday

Monday, April 2, 2018

sewtopia swap

I'm excited to be attending Sewtopia this year and made this Carry-All Pincushion for the swap.
The pattern is from Handmade Style by Anna Graham.
I'm including a few of my favorite notions:  wonder clips, Aurifil thread, a FUN tape measure, and a hera marker.

 All the fabrics are Cotton and Steel.  

I fussy cut UTAH for the strap because Sewtopia will be held in Salt Lake City this time.

And I'm wrapping it all up in a drawstring bag I made using this free tutorial by Jeni Baker.  I had to alter the dimensions so the oversized pincushion would fit!

I'm also participating in Sewtopia's Michael Miller Challenge.  Here's a sneak peek at my project.  My family is all about space and I had a blast using these fun prints!  I'll share full photos of this soon.

Thanks for stopping by.  
I hope you're working on a fun project this week.  

I'll be linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

modern plus sign quilts - kaleidoscope plus

I'm honored to have been invited to participate in the Modern Plus Sign Quilts blog hop and I'm excited to share my Kaleidoscope Plus quilt with you today.

Photo credit: C&T Publications
When we received a copy of the book we each had a few days to choose which quilt we would like to make.  There are 16 interesting and exciting patterns and this Kaleidoscope Plus quilt really intrigued me.  I have always thought color with kaleidoscopes so I wanted to try this pattern using colors.

This quilt is made with both foundation pieced and traditionally pieced blocks.  I re-created the blocks with my EQ8 software then started playing around with bright solid colors.  There are infinite options.  Ultimately, I decided to use up some blue, orange, and green print scraps and went with this placement.  It was fun!  And it wasn't too hard to keep track of how many of each color block I needed.
The background, the pluses, and the stars around each plus are all Cotton and Steel prints.  The stars are a metallic basic but between my limited photography skills and the bright sun at the frozen beach I can't help you to see the sparkle.  Sorry about that.

For the back I used this print I had stashed away from the Ansonia collection by Denyse Schmidt.  The blues and yellow-greens are a perfect match with the scraps on the front.

The wind is really helping to show off the binding!  I love how this Dottie print, another Cotton and Steel basic, wraps around the edge.  There's a little sparkle in those dots, too. Along with being colorful, kaleidoscopes sparkle in my mind!

I free motion quilted this with all over jagged lines.  I used Aurifil 2021 (my favorite!) 50wt thread for all the piecing and quilting.

 Quilter's Dream cotton select loft batting always gives such a beautiful drape.  

I'm super pleased with my quilt and excited to attempt a few more of the Modern Plus Sign patterns.  I think next up will be a Postage Plus quilt using my hoarded bits of Liberty.  Doesn't that sound luxurious?  

The book is available on Amazon or from C&T Publishing.  Or better yet, you can get a signed copy from either Cheryl or Paige.  

Here are all the you can hop along and hopefully be inspired to make your own Modern Plus Sign Quilt!  

Signature Plus
Kitty @ Night Quilter

Tribal Plus
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Plus Surround
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Kaleidoscope Plus
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun    ←Me!

Postage Plus
Bernie @ Needle and Foot

Rick Rack Runner
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Row Addition

Transparency Chains
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Faceted Rings
Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter

Petal Plus
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Message in a Bottle
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

Cute as a Button
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Anja @ Anja Quilts

Pinwheel Plus


Bear Claw Plus
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Finally, there's a daily giveaway!!!  
You can participate using the rafflecopter on either Cheryl's or Paige's blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Along with participating in the book's Blog Hop, I'll be linking up this post with 
Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Socia
Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

i spy economy blocks

Another fun baby quilt.  This time I was pretending to be Rita!
I used her Economy block tutorial to make these.  I adjusted the size so my blocks finish at 8" square.  That means my center squares are cut at 4.5"  Digging through my stash to fussy cut these was a blast!  I was surprised that I had no problem finding 30 different things to "spy".
Here are a few close ups so you can spy some things, too.

Quilted with organic straight lines about 1/2" apart.  This time I did things like Rita. I started by ditch stitching all the horizontal and vertical block seam lines.  Then I filled in with 16 vertical lines within each block.  Yes, it's time consuming, but I do love the texture of straight lines.  And by golly, Rita is right, those initial stabilizing lines really help keep things lined up.

Quilter's Dream cotton request loft batting and this darling (black & white!) alphabet print on the back.  Baby can spy his letters as he gets older!
Do you notice the binding is a little wider?  I used directions from Lynn Harris' book Every Last Piece to make this single fold 1/2" binding.

Not the same black and white stripe that's Rita's signature but this fabric was in my stash.  I spent a few extra minutes and lined up the print when I was sewing the strips together.  So worth it!!!  I couldn't be happier with how this finished up. 

Just in time for gifting!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 19, 2018

under the sea

When Daddy is a scuba diver and Mama's favorite neutral is teal it takes this quilt maker about a minute to decide to use Elizabeth Hartman's Awesome Ocean pattern and make some creatures who live Under the Sea.  It takes a lot longer to get the song out of my head.  Not to worry, The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie.  

Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?

I made one of each of Elizabeth's creatures and rearranged them into a horizontal quilt.  I like how there's a little space between them so they have more room to swim around.
I started with a fat 8th bundle of Heather Ross's Mendocino fabric then added a few solids and scraps of other prints. 

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll

Let me introduce you:
Tony the turtle, Mr. Manatee, and Puffy...


Salty the seahorse... (my favorite!)

Preppy the whale, Octavian, and a couple Chuckles!

We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea

My little bundle of Mendocino had just one piece big enough to fussy cut this pair of mermaids.

And I had enough yardage of the blue fish print to piece a backing. 

Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

I quilted this with my walking foot and a stretched out serpentine stitch.  I used my Hera marker to make lines then stitched on each side of them to get the wavy under-water look.  
I was hoping to photograph this quilt with a beautiful lake in the background so I took it up north, twice, but the weather just would not cooperate.  Oh well - I should have known!

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake 

So, I'm settling for an aquarium in the snow! 

Now I'm wondering if you have a favorite Disney movie?  
Or a favorite Elizabeth Hartman animal pattern?

I'll be linking up with: 

Friday, January 12, 2018

wrapping it up

Almost 2 weeks into the new year and I'm finally wrapping it up and sharing my December makes.  First up, a 30 Wood Forest to celebrate one of my favorite people in the whole wide world turning 30!  She loves the northern woods - in any season!
I used this tutorial by Amy Smart.  I originally intended to make this into a table runner but I couldn't work that out so I off-set the trees and made a wall hanging.  I added the borders "Log Cabin" style.  Who doesn't love a cabin in the woods?

The back is a map because everyone needs a map to navigate their way through a forest.

Especially when there are bobcats hiding in the trees! 😜

Next, rope bowls.  This year it was rope bowls for everyone.  Have you caught this bug?  Modern Handcraft has a video tutorial to get you started but be careful - they're addicting!

Finally, my top 9 Instagram photos.  This year I updated the collage to include my top 10 because...So. Many. Babies!!!  What a year!  Two new grandsons for us and many new friends for them!  The bottom row includes my favorite photos of major personal sewing accomplishments:  finishing this year's Summer Sampler, completing 100 blocks in 100 days (watch for that quilt to hopefully be finished this spring), and meeting Crazy Mom Quilts!  

17 has always been my favorite number and 2017 did not disappoint!  Thank you so much for sharing this fun journey with me. Your encouraging comments are so appreciated.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!  
Keep warm!

I'll be linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, December 17, 2017

another plus quilt

Plus quilts are always a win!
I made this one using this free pattern by Jeli Quilts as a guide.  I had an odd sized bundle of Rae Hoeskta's Lotus Pond that I cut up into 4" squares.  I added a few more rows and columns than the pattern directs.  For the background I used  Painter's Pallette from Paintbrush Studios in Aluminum.  Super soft and in my stash - win, win!  Have you tried these solids?  They're wonderful.  

For the back I found a cut of the green print from the collection on sale at Stash Fabrics.  I needed a little more than a width of fabric (of course) so used some of the odd sized scraps that were leftover to make a colorful strip and pieced it in.  This green will go well with grass stains for summer concert-in-the-park goers - win!

I marked a grid following the lines of the pluses.  Then I free motion quilted this all-over pattern.  I washed the  quilt before photographing to erase all the blue lines.  Quilter's Dream cotton select loft batting.  Look how crinkly and cozy it looks - win!

Two labels for this quilt. My usual (with the year on the back), and because all the prints are from the same collection I used a bit of the backing selvage and included a second label.  (Rae's name is on the backside.)

Rolled and tied just in time for gifting.  Win!  

Happy holidays to everyone!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.