Rainbow Orange Peels: Finished

I absolutely love how the this quilt turned out.


After I machine appliqued the petals, I was dying to get back to hand work, so it is hand quilted.


The orange peel design pops great on the back from the quilting.


And now it’s off to it’s new home in North Carolina.

Until next time!  Jill

European Fabric Shopping

Just back from a fabulous two week trip to Europe.  In case there was any doubt that I’m a total fabric junky…

Switzerland- cool modern prints


Germany- Novelty Fabrics


Czech Republic- Bold print and charming flower needle books

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Now laundry to do and recovering from jet lag.


Improv One Block Wonder

One simple Improv block- a square with a scrappy triangle.

Teal Block

All sorts of layouts

Teal Layouts

Butterflies, diamonds, lines, mountains, totally random, star of david with just one block.  Add a second triangle to another side and it gives you a whole new set of layouts!


More Abandoned Quilt Tops

Continuing to clean out the quilting closets and knot old tops.

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Always a good feeling to cross things off the done list.  Now I’m busy with some tote bags, a black and white half square quilt, a scrap quilt for myself…the project list never ends.

Until next time, Jill

Rainbow Orange Peel, in progress

Trying a new machine appliqué technique on this quilt. It’s a bit slow compared to regular machine piecing, but certainly faster than hand appliqué. 

Not that I mind hand work, it’s just not for this project. So I’m glad I found a suitable replacement with light interfacing and a glue stick. Working like a charm to turn those edges. 

Eight on, forty one more to go. 



This was a stretch for me color-wise because reds and oranges aren’t my go to’s, but I’m glad that I stretched because I LOVE it.


I’m also in love with the print on the back and so glad I finally found a place for it.

Cornered with Back 2

Until next time.  Jill

Bib Making Craze

Sewing for babies is too much fun, especially when it’s for someone you really love.   I set out to make a few bibs for the six month “birthday” of my best friend’s son but I just couldn’t stop.  Now I’m stocked for a few baby showers, which is never a bad thing.

Bib Mosaic

The patchwork were fun, but I loved the monsters the most.

Bibs Monsters

I didn’t follow a pattern, but I was inspired by this picture.  If you need a pattern this looks like a good resource.

Happy 6 Months Alyosha!