I’m feeling pretty rusty at this blogging thing! I’ve written so many blog posts in my mind in the month (wow!) since I last logged in, but there always seems to be something else more urgent to do. And frankly, at 33 weeks pregnant, I have a shortage of energy to expend.

Black and Aqua

This quilt is the result of my first online bee. I asked for square in square blocks, thinking that I might cut them up for a bento box style quilt or leave as is. When I got all of the blocks back in the mail, I decided to do a bit of both. Half of the blocks were quartered and re-pieced with teal strips in the center to make up for the loss of seam allowances – and to add a jolt of color, too. I played with the idea of using something contrasting like yellow or lime green, and kind of wish I had now.


Dimensions: 54″ x 54″

Fabrics: Tufted Tweets by Laurie Wisbrun, Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt, Ta Dots from Michael Miller, Darcy by Anna Griffin, Woodland Delight by Paula Prass, and many others

Started:November 2010

Completed: August 2011Black and Aqua

The back is a mix of prints used on the front plus two blocks that didn’t make it in time to go on the front.

It’s nice to have this one crossed of my WIP list, and I am pretty happy with the results. It’s definitely a departure from my normal color palette and aesthetic, but it was fun to try something new.

Popsicle Posies

I made this quilt using a pattern called Popsicle Posies by Sandy Klop (of American Jane). It’s a pretty easy pattern, but the final results look complicated and intricate which makes all the time it takes to assemble it well worth the effort. You will need some undisturbed space to lay out your pieces while you sew the top together (I did not have that luxury). But as a bonus, you will have some nice orphans – I used mine in this baby quilt.

Popsicle Posies

The back is made of leftovers from the front and a bit of extra yardage. I didn’t plan to hand quilt this when I made the back, but I would have made a plain solid backing if I’d thought ahead.

Popsicle Posies

Dimensions: 56″ x 56″

Fabrics: Sweet by Urban Chiks for Moda, coordinating Bella Solids by Moda, Ta Dots in Minnie from Michael Miller

Started: January 2010

Completed: January 2011

Popsicle Posies

I used Perle cotton in size 8 to outline quilt each pinwheel (in colors that coordinated with the fabric in each block). That took me ages to do, and for a while I thought I’d never finish. After I was finally done, I thought very briefly about fan quilting inside each pinwheel. Instead I opted to stipple inside each one so that the final quilt would have lots of texture. My friend Michelle is working on this quilt using Nicey Jane fabrics and she is hand quilting the whole thing. It’s going to be gorgeous. You can see hers here.

Gridlock Quilt

I love the colors in this quilt. Looking at it reminds me that spring is right around the corner. I finished this one in January, but I didn’t like the snow photos I took of it.

The wind today didn’t allow for such great photos either, but at least the colors are more true to life. Here is the back:Gridlock Quilt

Gridlock Quilt

I quilted this with my favorite thread – Aurifil. I used a variegated type for the first time and I loved seeing it work it’s magic on the quilt. Major oops on not getting a detailed shot of the quilting because the thread is very pretty (Aurifil 3920) and variegated is a nice complement to stippling.

Dimensions: 53″ x 72″

Fabrics: Lotus and Belle by Amy Butler, Ta Dots by Michael Miller, Oz by Sanae, Red Letter Day by Lizzy House, Dolce by Tanya Whelan, solids from Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman

Started: May 2010

Completed: January 2011

On a side note, it feels good to be blogging again! I’ve been in a creative rut lately, but I do have another finish to share soon that I’m really, really excited about. (Really, really! :))



This makes Wonderland quilt #3 (#1, my second-ever quilt, and #2).  I am still hoarding quite a bit more fabric from this collection so I bet Wonderland quilts will be showing up around my house for years to come. Need I say that this is one of my favorite fabric collections?  What’s not to love? Look at all that color.

I actually already have a fourth Wonderland quilt planned using some of the orphans from this one. It’s going to be petite so maybe I can whip it up quickly and show you. I’m very excited about it.

I used a cool Anna Griffin print on the back of this quilt. My photo is very shadowy so it’s a bit hard to see but the detail image below shows it quite well. I bought it on a mega discount at fabric.com. It was something like $2.50 or $3 a yard. You really can’t beat that for backing.

Dimensions: 52.5″ x 64″

Fabrics: Wonderland by Momo, solids from Bella Solids by Moda, Flora by Anna Griffin for backing

Started: March 2010

Completed: January 2011

This is actually my second finish of 2011, but I have yet to blog about the first. You can see it here, if you’re interested.

Tomorrow I am teaching a modern quilting class at Make (a cool DIY boutique here in Dallas). I’m really excited to see what fabrics the students bring for their mini quilt. Introducing quilting to newbies is so much fun! If you’re in the DFW area and want to take a class, check out the schedule here. Later this year we’re going to be adding some more advanced classes for those that already quilt. I’ll share details when I know more.



This charm{ing} quilt was made for a newborn boy. I met his mom at a craft fair in the fall and she bought a very girly charm quilt from me. She also requested a boy version since she was expecting twins. The twins were born around New Year’s (8 weeks early) and should be ready to come home to their matching quilts any day now. I’m so happy to have been a part of welcoming them, and I hope they enjoy these quilts for years to come.

Dimensions: 42″ x 42″

Fabrics: Willow by Alexander Henry, Ta Dots from Michael Miller, Wheels by My Mind’s Eye, Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt, Urban Circus by Laurie Wisbrun, Metro Market from Robert Kaufman, Tasty Escapes from Michael Miller, solids from Bella Solids by Moda, vintage chenille for backing

Started: November 2010

Completed: December 2010

[the girl version]

vintage florals - finished!