Quilting as you go Quilt

A while a go I saw one of these ‘quilt as you go’ quilts pop up in my Pinterest feed. It was a little shaggy and pastel so I sort of ignored it. But the idea stuck and when I picked up a nice jelly roll of florals (not normally my thing) I thought it would be nice to try out.  I followed some basic instructions here A Cuppa and a Catchup – this wasn’t the one I originally saw but what Google brought me when I searched. She doesn’t use a jelly roll for her’s but the concept was the same.


As you can imagine – the quilt is super fast. The only issue was that you end up with a lot of vertical stripes. To add a little interest, I inserted a eyelet lace border into the binding and some appliquéd butterflies into the corner. I am VERY happy with those butterflies.


We took the quilt out to Jack London State Park and photographed it at the Wolf House. The boy is just finishing The Lost Hero which has it’s climactic fight at the ruins. It’s awesome, go check it out.



Fancy Foxes

You wan to know what the most fun quilt ever is: Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Foxes. Yay, now you know.


Sadly blurry 😦

I made this one for a friend’s first baby. I knew the mom-to-be was a veterinarian and that they had rescued more than one wild creature from their backyard. I figured I couldn’t go wrong an animal theme. Plus, I’d been eyeing that fox pattern for a while


Making each little fox face became a bit obsessive  – “just one more and I’ll go to see” – level obsessive. I think that red/orange one is my favorite


No, maybe the polka-dot one.


Or.. oh I don’t know. I love them all.

Portrait Session… for a Stuffie

A good friend runs a lovely website called hello, Wonderful. I follow it on Facebook and find lots of interesting ideas that I never seem to find the time to act upon. Last week she linked to a blog that linked to a blog… well, you know how it goes. Eventually we get to Willowday and this awesome idea. The idea is that you will capture a beloved stuffie in a photo before life turns that stuffie into fabric parts.

We just did this project last weekend. Bear is a dear, pensive looking friend and my son and I both loved taking his picture.

bear portrait

I edited the photo to be black and white and had it printed at 12 x 12 at a professional photo printing lab (Dickerman Prints for those in SF). To frame up nicely, I cropped the photo tighter using their online tool. I had the largest Bear portrait printed at 12″ x 12″ mainly because we already had a frame that size. It was super useful as my original photo was not a standard print size.

I printed 4 photos. 2 of Bear and 2 of the boy. For now the framed photo is hanging over our fireplace. I had a lot of trouble getting a good photo of the final project (lots of reflections happening off the glass) but trust me that it looks great.

bear portrait


The others I had printed at 8″ x 10″. I think I have a couple of frames to use but I might hunt around a bit before committing. This is my favorite that I’m thinking of framing up next.

Bear and Boy

Improv Hexie


One to file under “things that are finished” – it’s an improvisational giant hexagon with scrappy borders. I started working on large-ish panels of fabrics that I liked without much of a plan. I first thought I’d do a stack of coins quilt but I have made one of those before and the idea of a very large hexagon was interesting. I figured that since I had no plan, doing something strictly because it was interesting was a fine plan.

Large hex

I tried to use every scrap of the panels that I could. Most lined up in haphazard but pleasing ways and even the ones that didn’t fit added something. As you can see there are no pictures of the back… that would be because it’s a freaking mess. Really, so many mistakes that are just lazy and careless. The quilting is freestyle squares which isn’t great but wouldn’t be terrible if I had pinned better. There are some folds on the back. Serious, serious folds.  I fixed a couple that I could easily get to but one is just too much. Oh well, I’m happy with the quilt top if nothing else. I was hoping to give it as a baby quilt but with the back as it is I think it may need to be a picnic blanket.


  • Good color/pattern choices
  • Fun improv top


  • Terrible sandwich making
  • Lazy quilting
  • Not sure I can give it to anyone with the back all janky 😦


This is my first quilt I’ve really, really finished in quite some time. I used the Trip Around the World instructions here and a fully jelly roll of Uptown Lush that has been sitting in the stash for a while. It’s finished off with straight diagonal quilting. So the squares aren’t perfect… or really even close.  And the “straight” line quilting is wobbly.  But it feel so nice to finish.


I forgot how much I love hand binding.


the back with bonus climber


The final product:

miniquilt3 miniquilt4

Marsala? Ok Ok

Last year I did the Pantone Quilt challenge and it was awesome.  Radiant Orchid wasn’t exactly my type of color but I loved the weird psychedelic forest I made out of it and had a great time.  This year’s color is Marsala… even harder to work with.  But I’m game! I’m into it! Yeehaa!

Now, what the hell am I going to make?


See, that stash is totally worth it

You know those City Gym Shorts that everyone and their sister has pinned to Pinterest? I made them.  And they are awesome.  And you want to make them, too.  Gym shorts for everyone!  Even those of us who haven’t been inside a gym in years. I used an unknown cotton lawn that has been in my stash forever, some red lawn I found in the remnants bin, and a thin red double fold bias tape.  The whole thing took just a few hours and I love, love them. I plan to wear them on the beach in Hawaii next month (oh yeah, we’re going to Hawaii next month).


See the cuteness.



Check out the detail!