applique

How to do fusible applique

I know how to do hand applique, needle turn, Hawaiian and spray starch method, but using fusible web to do applique by machine is my favorite method by far. It is fast, accurate and very sturdy. I use it often for kids projects, because it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

Craftsy class review: ‘Help! How Do I Quilt It?’

I enrolled in one of Craftsy’s newer quilting classes, “Help! How Do I Quilt It? A Machine Quilting Manual” by Angela Walters last week to get some ideas for quilting my 2014 Block of the Month quilt. I have never quilted anything so large in anything other than an all-over pattern and wanted to do something special for this quilt with 11 different blocks and five borders. I definitely got

Sock Monkey crib quilt pattern is here!

The Sock Monkey crib quilt pattern is easily the most popular quilt I’ve ever made on this blog. Two years after I made it, the blog post is still among the top 10 posts viewed every day and last week alone I got two requests to share my pattern. Well it’s finally here. I finished writing up the pattern last weekend and it is now available for download. Just click

Just Hangin’ Around

This is the first in a series of crib quilt I’m working on that takes a modern twist on pictorial kit quilts that were popular in the mid-20th Century. I have a few of the antique crib quilts in my collection. They feature one large image that is appliqued, embroidered or both. Some are on a plain background, others feature decorative borders. My modern versions are made entirely from batiks

Jungle baby quilt reveal!

It was the morning of my sister’s baby shower, and I showed up at my sister’s house with a cardboard gift box. Instead of giving her the present, I locked myself in the nursery rearranged the room, much to the chagrin of her uber-friendly beagle, and staged a photo shoot with the jungle baby quilt I’ve been working on for her son. Nobody really finds my behavior weird anymore. They get

New baby, new junlge crib quilt design

I’m going to have a new nephew in a couple months so that means it is baby quilt time. My very practical sister who is already thinking ahead to baby number two, chose a jungle theme for the nursery since it is gender neutral. Her husband suggested an underwater theme, not a colorful ocean scene, but bass. That one didn’t get too much consideration. I took jungle characters from a

I should have had my quilt judged

I love “Hangin’ Around.” I designed the pattern, pieced, appliqued and quilted it myself. I am very proud of my work. But I didn’t have it judged in the Great River Quilt show, hosted by my guild the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild. I just entered it for display because of the quilting in the final border. I attempted a leaf pattern that was too difficult for my free motion quilting

Quilt retreat is coming!

In two days I’ll be on my way to Quilt Retreat in rural DeWitt, Iowa, for four days of quilting, eating and sleeping. That’s it. There’s no laundry to do, dogs to let out, kitchens to paint. Just quilt, eat and sleep. It makes for a glorious and productive weekend. I’m also really excited because my aunt is coming with on this retreat. She lives in the Chicago suburbs and

The monkey baby quilt is taking shape

A couple weeks ago I teased you all with a post about a baby quilt I’m working on that features a giant monkey hanging from a tree branch. Well today comes the reveal of the top. The top isn’t completely done because while the applique is fused in place, I still need to finish stitching around the edges to keep it there. I chose a dark brown thread that I’m going