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!


Abandoned Quilt Tops

At one point I was over 50 works in progress, which is ridiculous.  I don’t mind having multiple projects going but there is an upper limit which one should not exceed I think and 50 is over it.   So, for December and January, my goal has been to clean out, finish up, donate.  Lots of fabric has gone to LCR.  But more exciting to me, lots of tops are getting knotted to go off to nursing homes.

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It feels wonderful to have them off my list and out of my house.  And even better that they are, hopefully, bringing some warmth and cheer to someone who needs it.

If you have old tops laying around this a great easy way to finish them up quickly- just knot them up and give them away.  And if you’re not interested in that, please think about donating them to Quilter’s Attic for the Mennonite Relief Sale or Lancaster Creative Reuse so someone else can put them to good use!

Until next time,



Table Scraps: Virtual Tour

It was more than 3 years ago, when I was living in Durham, NC that I mentioned casually at a dinner party that I’d like to make a quilt based on the story of the  Syrophonecian Woman.  It took me awhile but I made a whole quilt show instead.  For those weren’t able to see it in person, please feel free to enjoy the virtual tour below.  If you just want the eye candy, skip to the smilebox by clicking on the photo below.  If you’re interested in my thoughts behind the quilts, please feel free to read my artist statement, Table Scraps Statement.


The majority of the quilts are for sale.  If you’re interested the please read the Table Scraps Price List.

Also a giant thank you to all the people who helped me get this show off the ground.  Chad, for inviting me to have the show.  Lila, for her amazing hanging help.  Mary Lou, for all her general awesomeness at the gallery.  Susan, for providing wonderful food for the open.  Chris, for listening to all my pre-show anxiety.  And many many others for coming to see the show, kind comments, and supporting me as a quilter and artist over the years.