Here Comes Winter

Here Comes Winter – Quilted Projects to Warm Your Home by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

This book is full of adorable quilt and applique projects.  I love each and every design in this book!

Martingale - Here Comes Winter (Print version + eBook bundle)

Projects include quilts, table toppers, wall hangings, pillows, etc.

Martingale - Here Comes Winter (Print version + eBook bundle)

I think I MUST make this wall hanging.

Martingale - Here Comes Winter (Print version + eBook bundle)

Or this one called “Run, Run Rudolph”…

Martingale - Here Comes Winter (Print version + eBook bundle)

I don’t know why, but i love this quilt.  I think it’s the colors and how they pop against each other.  But, then… I do love solids together, too.

Martingale - Here Comes Winter (Print version + eBook bundle)

Here’s a cute throw for the back of the quilt.  You could pair it with the pillows above, too.

Martingale - Here Comes Winter (Print version + eBook bundle)

I can’t wait to see what this duo of authors comes up with next.  They have a lot of creative and fun ideas!  You can find their book here

Quiltmaking Essentials

Quiltmaking Essentials 1: Cutting and Piecing Skills by Donna Lynn Thomas

This is the PERFECT book for beginning quilters – I was pleased to find something so basic available for people who just want to learn how to make quilts on their own or for those who want to know the basics before having to do so in front of or with others.  Donna gives detailed instructions of the many aspects of quilt making.

Martingale - Quiltmaking Essentials I (Print version + eBook bundle)

Table of Contents

Martingale - Quiltmaking Essentials I (Print version + eBook bundle)

Parts of a quilt (so you know what quilters are talking about!)

Martingale - Quiltmaking Essentials I (Print version + eBook bundle)

Short-Cuts (also known as “tricks” of the trade)

Martingale - Quiltmaking Essentials I (Print version + eBook bundle)

In this book you will learn about fabric preparation, rotary cutting, block construction, etc.  If you already know how to do these, don’t bother with buying it for yourself.  Buy it for someone you want to learn how to make quilts with you!  You can find it here.

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

I’ve decided to do book reviews a little differently from now on.  Usually I do several reviews in one blog post, but then I get bogged down.  I think it will be easier for me to do one at a time and maybe it will be easier for you to get tidbits at a time, also making it easier for you to look up a book.  So… the title of the blog post is also the title of the book, Celebrate Christmas with that Patchwork Place: 22 Festive Projects to Quilt and Sew.

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 This book takes a fresh look at Christmas decor with the projects of 13 designers.  There are quilts, table runners, mantel covers, stockings, ornaments, an apron and pillows.  I have to admit that my favorites are the mantel covers, stockings and ornaments.  Here is my favorite mantel cover.

Martingale - Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place (Print version + eBoo

My favorite stocking pattern… the back is made to be the back of the snow person!  How cute!

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And, aren’t these ornaments adorable?  They are embroidered – you know I am loving embroidered stuff lately!

Martingale - Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place (Print version + eBoo
You will find step-by-step instructions and illustrations for quilters and sewists of all skill levels in this book, and you can find the book at Martingale’s site here

Quilt Catch Up

As those of you who have blogs know, blogging takes time.  I know that is why I haven’t gotten around to posting pictures of customer quilts I have worked on in the last month.  I will try to share a lot of pictures in this post and write just enough for you to get the info on these quilts.  I have to tell you that I have not snuck any surprises into any of these quilts.  I think my mind’s battle with itself scared me from adding any more surprises into other people’s quilts.  Here goes…

First off is Cindi’s quilt for her niece.  I love her color choices!  And, I was so happy to finally get to use some pink thread! She wanted the baby’s name quilted into the quilt, so we did that with a darker color.

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Next is Nancy’s quilt – her colors are soothing and go together so well.  Nancy gave me free range, so I decided to quilt feathers all over in the background white and make tulip  petals in the log cabin blocks with a matching thread.

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Marianne made a quilt using jelly rolls.  She wanted a simple swirl with the color names quilted into the middle of the colors.  I love how she made an otherwise simple jelly roll quilt look like it was a lot of work – I imagine it was!

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This next one is Leslie’s first quilt.  Can you believe it?  I thought she did an awesome job of piecing all those little squares together and getting them to match up.  I have to admit that while quilting this quilt, I fell in love the with colors and have decided that I MUST make a black and rust quilt for myself (add it to the list).

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And, here is Charlotte’s quilt for her grandson.  The critters are made with minky fabric, so they are soft and enticing for a baby.  We decided to just stitch in the ditch around the pinwheels and cornerstone blocks, echo around the animals, and quilt swirls to look like blowing wind near the pinwheels.

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Do you have a favorite from any of these?

Quilts from Days Gone By

What do you do when you know someone hasn’t finished a project that needs finishing, and this person hasn’t finished it because he or she is not able?  Do you help?  If it’s something you specialize in, do you offer to finish it?  As it turns out, I’m guilty on all charges.  Not only did I offer to help, but I offered to finish these quilts.


It started out to be one quilt.  My husband’s Aunt Joyce has this quilt that she had started in the late 1980s, possibly in the early 1990s.  She was planning on giving it to her son when she finished, but she never finished it.  And… it was hand quilted… well, what she got done, which was most of it, was hand quilted.  All she had left to do was 2 borders and the cornerstones.

I’m not a hand quilter, and I haven’t been a hand quilter since I started my first full-sized quilt.  It’s just too hard on my hand and wrist and it takes waaaaay too long – I don’t have the patience for it.  But, Aunt Joyce is like a second mother to me, and I just can’t leave it unfinished for her son.  She’s in her mid 80s.  So, I offered to finish it for her.

When I was looking for the matching fabric for the borders that she had stashed away, I found a quilt top that looked very much like the hand-quilted one.  I figured I could finish that, even though it needs to be quilted entirely, by machine pretty quickly… probably sooner than the hand-quilted one.  I think I’m going to quilt feathers into the borders – there are plenty of wide open spaces.


I didn’t know which side is the top, so I put the blocks that I thought might have the most stretch at the top, specifically the block with the hexagons.  That way I can try to tame it before it gets “stretched in” to the bottom.


I hope I can do this quilt justice.  The blocks were hand pieced.  This is one of those dilemmas where you don’t want to sabotage a hand-pieced quilt with machine quilting, so what do you do?  I don’t have time to hand quilt it, so it’s going to have to be machine quilted.  I will, of course, continue to hand-quilt the one that was started that way.  I think it would bastardize it at this point to machine quilt it since most of it is hand quilted.

What are your thoughts on machine quilting a hand-pieced quilt top?  Tough Decision, huh?




Charity Quilt

Finally got the charity quilt done that I’ve been working on to be donated to Safehome.


I quilted paws all over it to go with the cat theme.



This quilt is so apropos since Safehome is building a pet shelter. If you are interested, you can help them build the shelter by donating here.   They still need over $10,000 to go before they can build the shelter