Table Scraps!

Yes, I’ve kind of dropped off the face of the earth here on the blog for the last few months.  I took a summer break from having wifi at home.  And I’ve been drowning under a pile of in progress quilts that are waiting on their big reveal.

Rainbow Strings Close Up

And here it is!  Almost.  More than a dozen quilts of mine will be on display at the Parrot Gallery this fall.  It’s been more challenging than I could have imagined.  There is a whole new level of anxiety for me when it comes to hanging my quilts on the wall and calling them art.  Obsessing if their good enough.  Figuring out the hanging.  The semi tortured process of writing an artist statement.  The whole deal.  But I’ve finally started to feel like it’s going to happen and maybe it’s even going to go well.

So please come and celebrate scraps with me!


Table Scraps: A quilter’s reflection on Mark 7: 24-30

Opening November 7, 2014 in conjunction with Lancaster First Friday

Parrot Gallery at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster

328 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA

It isn’t always black and white

Sometimes of my long overdue WIPS seem to trace my (somewhat frequent) moving habit.

In Black and White 2

I started piecing these blocks five some years ago in Durham, NC.  I got the top together two years ago in Harrisburg, PA.  And I, finally, quilted it here in Columbia, PA.



And now, it found it’s home near my original home in western Pennsylvania as my cousin’s wedding gift.

Always a great feeling to finish something so long overdue!  Five of twelve done on my over due goal list.

Fall 2014 Progress

Start to Finish

Baby Shapes on Fence

My latest finish

Scrap Pile

After rummaging through a pile of scraps I settled on a color palette

Scrap Colors

Thoroughly enjoyed my newish design wall to work on the layout

Piecing in progress

Improv piecing the back (FYI- this is a really bad idea for hand quilters, not exactly fun to quilt through.  Not that it will keep me from doing is again, but…)

Improv in progress

Quilting lots and lots of clam shells

Baby Shapes Block


Baby Shapes

A special prayer for my best friend’s new baby (borrowed from my church)

Baby Shapes Back on Fence 1

(Pattern adapted from From Modern Shapes Sampler by Sarah Flynn in Modern Baby)

Are you a leader?

My current leader-ender* project.

Leader Ender

Or, at 1/2″ finished squares, perhaps proof that I’m basically insane.

*Leader Enders are scrap projects that I piece at the start and end of piecing main projects to reduce the need to rethread the sewing machine needle.

On the design wall

First of all, I have a “design wall” now, which took all the effort of thumb tacking a piece of batting to the wall beside my sewing table.  Why didn’t I do this years ago?  So helpful.

Design Wall

I’m following a pattern for this quilt (from Modern Baby) which isn’t really my thing.  I’m an improv-er at heart.  So, I’m improving something special for the back to balance things out.

Improv in progress

Until next time!  Jill

Snowy Day Finish


Started: 2010

Materials: Scrap strips from the Scrap Exchange, with a few supplemental pieces from my yardage (for missing colors).

Techniques: Foundation pieced, Hand Quilted

Finished: 2/13/14



Last and First

My last finish of 2013:

Scrappy Stipes

A scrappy quilt off to the nursing home ministry at my mother’s church.

And my first finish of 2014:

Improv Quilt

I started this little improv baby quilt back in fall of 2012 as a teaching tool for a class I led for my guild and I just bound it up on 1/1/14.  Good to start the year off with a finish!