Border Quilt QAL – Sawtooth Stars!

This is the third installment of the Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen. I'm a little behind on my star border because last week I was out of town at the American Quilt Study Group Seminar in Bethesda, and the week prior to that we had family in town and my oldest step daughter got married! It was a beautiful wedding. I'm so proud of how she pulled it all together--she even made her own centerpieces! We really love our new son-in-law, and are excited to watch them grow together. Now for the Border Quilt update! I have two stars constructed, and all the bits ready to go for the rest of them.   I have a...Read More

Border Quilt QAL – A Checkered Tale (borders 1-4)

Here we are on the second installment of the Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen: the checkered borders and first few background borders. I like to prove you can screw something up and make something beautiful out of it anyway. Let's be honest: that's half the battle of winning at life in general. I made my applique center too large, so my 1st border on my Border Quilt is really a half border (top and bottom only). And I am totally fine with it. In fact, I love it. [caption id="attachment_1036" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Border Quilt - Checkered Borders[/caption] I can already tell I'm going to be madly in love with this quilt...Read More

Border Quilt QAL – DAY ONE!

Jen of Patterns by Jen is kicking off her Border Quilt Quilt Along today!! This week is focused on the centerpiece--whether pieced or panel. I've gone with an appliqué panel. My pieces are fused down and I've decided to do a zig-zag around the raw edges instead of hand embroidery. Come January, I hope to have time to sit and do some handwork over the whole thing. Maybe hand quilt it? We'll see! Wouldn't that be a cozy winter project! In two weeks (on September 26th) we'll be talking about the first few borders. I have my pieces cut! Make today wonderful. Even if all you can muster is a smile at a stranger. “This is a wonderful...Read More

The Border Quilt with the Notorious PBJ

Ok, that's not really what anyone calls her. Except me. I'm not even sure she'll like that. You might know her as Jen of Patterns By Jen. She's running a quilt along for her Border Quilt pattern starting in a couple of weeks, and she's posting interviews with some of the bloggers joining in (she asked some fun questions!). Check out the details on her website and come join us! I mostly make my own patterns, so I'm going to enjoy letting her do the math for me on this one! She's done such a wonderful job writing this up that I feel a little like I'm on a vacation with it. I can just sit back and enjoy...Read More