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January 2016


It is hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I thought there would at least be 12 months…..oh, wait…..there were and they flew by so fast that I can only hope 2016 will move a little slower.

This is the time of year that we all consider how to make this next year be different in some way.  Some of us have goals.  Some of us have resolutions, some of us make lists, and some of us just hope that this new year brings about some changes of some kind or continuation of things we like that happened last year.

I have never been one to make resolutions, but I do have hopes.  For those of you that know me, I always have HIGH hopes.  I seem to want the moon, but will take a piece of cheese if that is what happens.

My hopes for this year is for moderation in projects that I attempt this year.  Moderation in gardening, moderation in landscaping, moderation in my budget, moderation in activities that take time away from what I would really like to do, and moderation in expectations of myself.  There it is, those HIGH hopes once again!

I think my biggest hopes are to travel a bit more this year, to spend more time with my family, and to have a bit more time for my own quilting projects.  Scheduling did not go as I wanted last year so I definitely need to make a change to allow more ME time.

I also hope to be able to write more on the blog and post more photos of the quilts that I complete for myself and for my clients.  I was not very good at posting last year and I apologize.  Time management seems to float right out the window on many days.

Speaking of time management, now is the time to think about the quilt tops you would like to get quilted this year and call to get placed on the schedule.  The slots fill up before you know it and then my turn around time is further out then either of us would like.  I do have some clients that keep a consistent slot every two months so they know when there time is available and they are ready to go.

I truly wish you have a 2016 that is relaxing, loving and pieceful!  I leave you with a few photos for a bit of eye candy until I post again.  Another hope, to post more regularly this year.

















Spring Projects

Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.

I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.

I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!

Karlee's quilt

I also have completed this very large T-Shirt quilt for a beautiful graduate! I really enjoyed making this quilt with all the different fabrics and photos added. It is a different layout than just a grid of T-Shirts. The time involved is more but it certainly was a darling quilt.
Kati's graduation quilt
Kati's grad quilt
I have another T-Shirt quilt ready to go into the frame, a top pinned to my zipper system and ready to go into the frame after the T-Shirt quilt, am piecing a double wedding ring quilt (only two rows to go) and am cutting out a new top.

The garden is in and thriving, the iris are almost in full bloom, all the flower beds are weeded, am getting ready to paint three adirondack chairs and a bench, am working on my vintage trailer, Trixie, and am still “letting the grass grow under my feet”. Guess I need to fit in the mowing soon.

Was working in the studio and this gorgeous dragonfly came to visit.

Remember to be positive about life, count your blessings, and involve yourself in your passions.


Spring Brings Out the Colors

I love spring as the flowers are beginning to have green shoots and the grass is coming alive and not so brown. It certainly is a season to look forward to when it comes to quilting as well.

I have been working on another T-Shirt quilt that turned out very well.



The sashing and border on this quilt really set off the blocks and helped the logos to shine. Two of the center blocks were added from printing pictures and words on fabric. This is a great way to add to the number of logos or to add special sayings or photos.

I hope that as the yard begins to call to you with gardening tasks, you remember to set aside time for quilting. The quilt shows will be coming up and always needs pieces. Also, do not wait to the last minute for those Holiday gifts. Time passes quickly and being rushed to finish things can be very stressful.

Enjoy the spring time……..

Tax Season Always Interrupts My Quilting

It is unbelievable how fast this year is moving. Seems like only yesterday . . . . It also seems that I say that more and more frequently as I age.

I have been very busy during the month of February. Seems like, when it rains, it pours. So I just have to take deep breaths and move forward as best as I can.

As tax season approaches, I am buried in paperwork. I keep thinking that I am more organized this year than last, but I am buried and it needs to be done ASAP. Wish I could just quilt and not be interrupted by such stuff. I am going to try and be even more organized this year. I think I said that last year and here I am once again, complaining. Well, on to the quilting stuff:

My Flying M piece was auctioned and brought a very nice price for a great charity. I am so thankful for the buyer. I loved the piece so much that I think I am going to create something similar for me.

I have been working on this TShirt recently and finished it up for the customer.



It seems to be the season of the TShirt quilt. I am finishing up on the one from last blog post. It is quilted and just waiting for the binding. I hope to have pictures of it for you in the next couple of days.

With the tax season, it seems that everything is happening at once. My vintage trailer, Traveling Trixie is coming along on her renovation. Check out my blog: to see what is going on with her.

I am also having my furniture repaired (dining table base, and regluing a couple of chairs), my sofa and chair reupholstered, packing and moving everything out of my foyer, dining room, living room and hallways (including pictures on the walls) as carpeting is going to be installed.

The bulbs are coming up outside and I already have blooming crocus. The garden is calling for cool weather crops to be planted. Of course, there is prep work to do before this happens.

I also have several quilting projects for clients that are scheduled and keeping me very busy. If you have a quilt that you need made, or a top to be quilted,be sure to get on the schedule soon. I do not like being out more than a couple of months.

Well, wish me luck on the upcoming projects and look for more photos to come in the next couple of days.


Spring Fever Strikes

Seems like every year at this time, I want to be outside enjoying the nice weather. I am being called to come enjoy the sunshine. The sun is out today, but the forecast is for rain, snow, and more cold weather. I always look at the bright side though. I need to do some spring cleaning, organizing of my studio, organizing of my fabric, and general paper work (tax stuff). Maybe I will enjoy today and tackle things tomorrow.



My art piece for the Flying M’s Valentines for Aids event raised some money! I am not sure how much but any amount certainly helps.

I am going to be a guest blogger for the APQS blog this next couple of weeks. I am very excited to be able to do this. It is going to be an article about how to decide what to quilt on a quilt. Wow! Just how do I explain that so it sounds good to the reader? I am currently working on it and will let you know when it is published and where.

I have been very busy working on two Tshirt quilts and a Memory quilt.

This is one that I am working on today. I still need to add a border to it and get it quilted. I am also putting the binding on the other one but forgot to take a picture. Guess I really need to be outside. So, I will give you more pictures when the day is not so nice.

Call if you need to get on my schedule. I am really beginning to fill up and I know I need to build gardening time into my schedule.. Are your crocus up yet? I am going to look for mine…….

Be thankful for all your blessings!



T-Shirt Quilt Fixed and Beautiful

Sometimes I get projects from clients that need some tender loving changes to make them into a great quilt. This T-shirt quilt had been started by the girl that is going to receive it for Christmas.

She had cut the logos (roughly) and tried to make a collage out of them. They had been attached to a piece of fleece with yarn. Of course, they were rolling on the edges and the client did not know how to finish the quilt.

I took the logos apart and reframed them with fabric. Some of the logos were cut to close to the edges and I lost part due to the quarter inch seam I needed to add the new fabric. Even when things do not work out as planned, it is still possible to fix them and create a great quilt to snuggle into.

Speaking of snuggling, my other helping hand insisted we snuggle just a bit before I could finish this post.

Loaded into the frame and Crystal Rose (my APQS Millenium) and I have begun the quilting.

Crystal Rose the great machine

Here are a few closeups of the quilting on this t-shirt quilt.


So here is the finished quilt. It has been transformed into a lap quilt out of the logos that had started their journey differently. Once again, this is a finished piece and is ready to go to the client.

T-Shirt quilt

Do you have any t-shirts that need to be transformed? Are your drawers filled with t-shirts that you have collected from different events or activities you participated in during your past? If so, consider contacting me and let’s see what we can make so those t-shirts are being used and so you have more space.


Keeping Local Connections!

How many of you have a quilt group you meet with regularly? How often do you meet? The importance of having a small group of quilting friends provides many benefits to each of us.

Support is one of the number one reasons many of us join a quilting group. Being able to share ideas and stories with others who have the same passion of quilting keeps us involved in our projects. It is fabulous to be able to bounce ideas off others who may have suggestions for difficult things we encounter on our current quilt project.

Friendship is another reason to join a quilt group. The connection with others who share our same interests helps us build a network of friends. Many quilters have a connection to others that they would not have otherwise. The quilting world is a huge, diverse group. We can truly be enriched by our friendships.

Ideas abound as individuals share thought and ask questions about quilts they are making. Patterns, fabric, color combinations, gadgets and tools are all shared at various times in a group gathering.

I have more than one group that I attend. Seems that I have a passion when it comes to quilting. My life is truly enriched by these connections! Think about joining a group if you have not already done so. It will provide more benefits than you can count.

Last night I shared two client quilts that I have been working on lately. The first one is a T-Shirt quilt for a husband. He is currently looking for various shirts in his drawers and closets, but he will not find them as they are in a quilt at my house.

firefighter t-shirt quilt

It came out of the quilting frame late last night. I will show additional pictures as soon as I get the binding in place.

I also am getting ready to bind a king size memory quilt. It turned out simply beautiful. I will be sharing it in the next blog post.

May you connect with many other quilters and enrich your life.


Springtime Is Busy

Springtime is always a renewal time for me. My gardens are begging to be weeded and planted and weeded again.
My flowers are blooming and I want to be outside enjoying them. And my silver maple tree is dumping helicopter seeds everywhere.



Then there is the quilting projects that are also keeping me very busy. I finished this great quilt.

I also completed this beauty as well.



I completed this T-shirt quilt.

I have a memory wedding quilt in the frame, and I stayed up late last night to cut the strips for the memory quilt that is next on my project list.
Springtime is busy! I think I will make a cup of tea and sit by the pond and enjoy the flowers. A needed break will help clear the brain and hopefully rejuvenate my energy. Keep quilting, Sue

The Kitchen Sink

Today was full of things to do, I did not accomplish much. But what is new? It feels wonderful to have my time full. I cannot understand or relate to others who are bored. Not one of those feelings I ever have had.
My darling daughter is an Editorial Assistant for What a great sight to look on line and see her fab face smiling back. Congrats darling!

This is a rag type quilt made out of so many scrap pieces. What a good way for my client to use up that fabric. I love scrap quilts. It it seems like every time I touch my scraps, they multiply like rabbits in heat. I should seriously consider not making scrap quilts, I guess. Any way, thought you might like to see one of the projects in the studio today.



Enjoy these gorgeous days as we move into fall. Sue

Dogs Days of Summer

It is hard to believe that we are in the beginning of August already. What happened to all my time to get things done this summer? It seems that this happens every year about this time. I think about all the things I had planned to do and what is still on the list.
I have been very busy with the gardening, time spent becoming a Master Gardener through the U of I program, basic yard work, organizing (seems like I am always organizing), and quilting, quilting, quilting.

This great quilt was soooo much fun to quilt. It is one that just made me smile as I quilted it. It had fabulous butterflies in the border fabric. I traced one of them as a template and then randomly traced around the template on the quilt top. That gave me a great place to echo quilt as I quilted feathers, swirls, leaves, vines, and butterflies.

20120806-082556.jpg This was such a great top. Great music, great fun top, fabulous thread (thanks to my sister), and away I quilted.

20120806-082846.jpg Free motion quilting unleashes my creativity and just makes me smile. Enjoy the time you have to do the things you like, the things on your to do list will wait until you get to them.