Friday, May 29, 2015

Rainbow Rain {A finish}

Oh dear, I've had this one finished for quite awhile!

This finish was too easy. I top stitched each raindrop and cloud and then I added a loose serpentine stitch for the quilting. White binding finishes the quilt.

(You can see the original post with details about my favorite applique technique here.)

Rainbow Rain Finish

A close up of the stitching:

Rainbow Rain Finish

For the back, I used pieces of the the purple - blue - green color way. The fabrics are all From Bump to Baby by Gina Martin. Completely lovely pastels if I must say!

Rainbow Rain Finish

My darling middle girl who will be 7 in a matter of days TODAY helped me take the pictures on a late summer evening. There was a bit less light than I thought, but she was so proud helping me. She proclaimed herself better than Daddy and then complained knowingly about how her arms hurt. I love her so!

If you'd like the templates to make your own version, I've got them as an instant PDF download in my shop.

Thanks guys!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Catch me on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

Hey all! On Monday June 1st, I'll be chatting with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio. Follow this link to tune in to the show.  The show starts at 4pm Eastern and we'll be talking live!

I hope you'll listen in! (I'll try not to say "um" too much. Gulp!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This morning

The morning finds me waking up early (on purpose! gasp!) in an effort to get on top of my day before the summer vacationing little ones wake. The house is dark; it's almost raining here as a cloudburst just scoots to the south of me.  (I so love a rainstorm.) The birds are chirping. The Today Show is on (I never am able to watch, but I love it.) A handful of joggers happen past my window, but I'm still in my jammies, coffee in hand.

I have (at least) 3 quilts planned and fabrics picked. Now who can give me more time. Lots of computer work this week. ����

This week finds me in the middle of a bunch of computer work, but I so long to start at least 3 new quilts. I have many new ideas that I'm so excited about! But, must get through my to-do list first, right? There's nothing like a to-do list to make my fingers itchy to make.

I hope you are well!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Modern Medallion Blog Tour {Wedding Bouquet}

Giveaway is now closed - Jacklynn won! Thank you all for playing. I so enjoyed reading about your leisure activities while I finished my novel from the couch. It was a good week. ;)


I can remember clearly the moment I discovered my love of medallion quilts. I've never been a fan of sampler quilts, so to my surprise I fell hard for medallions. Of course, my discovery probably coincided slash was caused by the #marcellemedallion (by Alexia Marcelle Abegg) craze.

My realization came during my first venture into medallion making with my Lucky medallion, which I made using selvages from my favorite fabrics.  I cannot tell you how much fun making medallions are! Lucky has long long been on my list to make into a quilt pattern - there are a few things I would do differently.

Lucky, a selvedge medallion

When Janice and Beth invited my to submit a sketch for their medallion book, I was thrilled. Here's my sketch I submitted. Actually, the sketch I submitted was a bit different; Janice and Beth asked that I alter it a bit, which was the right call. Anyways, I even had fun making the sketch so I've been waiting to show it to you. :)

Wedding bouquet quilt sketch

I really love blocks on point and probably my favorite thing to do with medallion quilts is to turn the center on point. I probably will always to do this, I love on point so!

The theme of this medallion was flowers: a center flower made from the pickle dish motif, orange peel flowers, and more flowers at the corners using a half of a pickle dish. Also there are flying geese made from HSTs, checkerboards, and herringbones. These are a few of my favorite things....

I knew this quilt needed special quilting to take the quilt to the next level. Danielle Wilkes of Nacho Mama Quilts delivered...

soft ...

Wedding Bouquet Medallion

billowy ...

Wedding Bouquet Medallion

luxurious ...

Wedding Bouquet Medallion


(Danielle brought it didn't she?)

I'm honored to be a part of this wonderful book alongside so many talented quilt makers. I'd love it if you were to visit the other stops on the blog tour to read about the other contributors and see the quilts!

May 19th: ME! :)


If you'd like to win a copy of the Modern Medallion Workbook, by Janice Zellar Ryan and Beth Vassalo,  leave a comment on this post. I just got back from Quilt Market and am rewarding myself with a book (I'm reading The American Heiress for my bookclub right now); how do you like to unwind or reward yourself? (Quilting! Sewing! Reading! Gardening! Cleaning! Organizing! Eating! - I guess that' my list!) (Note: Winner's outside the US will be sent an electronic copy.) I'll choose a winner on Sunday May 24th. 

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