Further Adventures in Bee Quilting

The magic quilting fairies are unlikely to visit in the night, as much as I keep hoping. If you volunteer to chair/lead/shepherd a project you just might have to do lots of it yourself.

First there was lots and lots of this:


Which not only gave me a tiny bit of photokeratitis , but also made my hands vibrate I was going so fast. On the plus side, this is my second time using a poly thread and I am a #convert4lyfe as the hip kids say these days.


Sneak peek

More tomorrow.


Slow Quilting, long-arm style, part II

I’m still chipping away at this one. It’s been a work in progress for literally a decade but now that I’m all jazzed about it, I want it done RIGHT NOW.

Also I eased into this, not quilting the blocks too heavily when I started. I’m nearing the end of the blocks and I’m going back to previously “done” blocks to add more stitching.

Here are a few random blocks.


This one below needs part of the right hand side of the background ripped out and re-done. Ugh. I fluffed the direction of a couple of those tiny lines. Also needs some threads buried.


All these brown, batik, floral fabrics. I’m glad my tastes have changed. Also that red is not as RED as it looks.

Slow Quilting, long-arm style

It’s my turn on the long-arm this month. Only trouble is I worked so hard in March, May, and September that I’m a bit completely short of unquilted quilts.

Except for this one.


Started October 4, 2007 (note the year!). I loved this quilt so much as I was making it. I worked on it in chunks of time over the past decade. Blocks in 2007-08. Sashing 2009-2010. Borders 2012? 2013? Somewhere along there I fell out of love with it, and out of taste with it too. While too proud of it to chuck it, I didn’t love it enough to ever finish it.

Until I needed something to long-arm. And since I’ve been finishing off old projects all year…

I’m doing only one quilt this month and I’m going slow. I need to develop my long-arm skills and what could be more perfect than using this quilt?

Here are some peeks for you.

Some eight pointed stars for the cornerstones, which will be echoed elsewhere in the quilt.


This is a 30wt variegated Sulky thread.

And I’m thrilled to bits with this border. This is a before and after shot.


– Ghost geese! No idea what to put in that tiny green border. It’s about 1″ wide.

I am having such fun trying out loads of modern quilting designs, trying to choose the best design for each block while quilting consistently AND build my skills. It’s a tall order but so so worth it.

* We will shortly resume regular posts of modern fabrics and quilts. Thank you for your patience during this traditional interlude.

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts, Sew Fresh Quilts, and My Quilt Infatuation. Yay!

Day 631

I didn’t get my quilt done in four days. I’ve been grumpy and out of sorts for a while which usually means no sewing. I’m feeling better (my family is sooo relieved) but now I’m exhausted.

I did iron the fabrics from my beautiful pull.


I have to decide if I want to make this quilt anyway. I tend to get stuck on starting a project that has no definite pattern. I psych myself out about starting.

The only reason I haven’t been really terribly grumpy is that I was able to do some longarming this week. My friend Sarah gave me a quilt top to practice on.


That’s Sarah, not me.

She won all the blocks way back at the February 2014 guild meeting (tutorial here.) I decided that this would be a good quilt for ruler practice.


How to hold a ruler, where to hold a ruler (and where not to!), continuous path, stitch ripping (of course), and how to make up your damn mind. All good things to learn.