Modern Dresden’s

I took a fun workshop thru my Modern Quilt Guild on Dresden’s. These dresden’s have straight, pointed, curved and a three-sided variation.

Workshop was given by Candyce Copp Grisham and her new book on dresden’s is an awesome tip book on all Dresden’s she has designed. Be sure to check her website, http://icandyfiberart.com

I sewed a straight edge, serendipity and a bull’s-eye Dresden. There are other varieties in the book that I still need to try.

I had the straight edge Dresden signed by Candyce.

Make sure to check out her book on Dresden’s. It is a book on how to make her Dresden designs not a pattern book. You make the dresden’s and create your own plan on using them.

Fun book. Well explained and good pictures of her techniques in doing the Dresden’s.

Happy Dresden sewing.


Queen of Scrappiness
..Bonnie K Hunter

Do you like scrappy quilts? Well then you probably know Bonnie K Hunter. I was one day checking her workshop/lecture tab on www.quiltville.com and I noticed she was coming to San Antonio, Texas and I hurried and emailed the guild that was bringing Bonnie to reserve me 3 seats. The guild was University United Methodist Church Quilt Guild of San Antonio, UUMCQG.

The reason for 3 seats is that my mother is a fan of Bonnie off social media, she watches her on her YouTube channel. And my sister has just become a Bonnie Hunter fan, she just did her first mystery quilt. Be sure to visit her blog to learn about the yearly mystery quilt pattern.

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My sisters first mystery quilt.

For myself this is my 3rd. I am not done, just started to piece the blocks together. My friend Glenda introduced me to her blog page back in 2014.

If you have never met Bonnie in person, well she is just the friendliest person ever, she makes you feel welcomed and appreciates your presence. And always with a smile on her face and laugh. She does not act highly. Very down to earth!

My mother hand piecing. She does not like electric sewing machines. She loves vintage treadle sewing machines.
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Here are everyone’s blocks.
Bonnie loved that mom and 2 daughters attended her workshop. She said she rarely gets that. Its usually 1 daughter and mom.
A selfie before beginning to sew.

So if you get a chance to take a workshop with Bonnie do so, you will enjoy it as much as we did. I can’t wipe the smile off my face. 😉


Quilt for Mom’s 75th Birthday

Hi! Can’t believe 2018 is about gone and realized I had not posted nothing for the year! Well here’s my posting for the year-end.

My mom’s birthday was in April and last December 2017 I decided to make her a quilt and thought I would be able to finish it by April. What was I thinking, LOL. Well guess what, I did not finish it for her birthday until this past November 2018. It took me almost one year. Hence my blog name!

I decided to use one of Pat Sloan free patterns from ilovetomakequilts.com Grandma’s Kitchen. I decided on this sampler since it has 25 different blocks. My mom likes a variety. If it was a repeated block it would not interest her. The blocks were fun.momspic3mompic2

For fabric I selected 30s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet, Moda fabric and for the backgrounds I chose Bella Solid 30s yellow and Bella Solid light blue.

Her pattern called for quilt as you go as rows. I quilted it on my HQ Sweet Sixteen. For the first two rows I mimicked Pat Sloan’s quilting designs she used and the last two rows I quilted on my own. I used Superior Threads So Fine #50 in color 402. It was the perfect color. Blended so well.

I decided to gift it to her at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November.part0

She has quilted in her years but always for someone else and never made the time to make one for her self. Carpel Tunnel and arthritis stopped her from quilting. (she had surgery for the carpel tunnel and she is able to quilt in short times now)

Happy New Year 2019!



Accomplished for 2017

I was able to finish some of my Phd’s (projects half done) and WIP (work in progress), not a lot but this is plenty that’s marked off my list.

  • Quilted the spray basted quilt top
  • Finished the Bias quilt top; tuned it into a wall hanging
  • Quilted a Project Linus quilt top
  • Finished appliquĂ© block for BOM#3, of Portage Lake
  • a willow tank blouse by Grainline Studio

Hope you are able to cross items off your list for 2017, year is not over yet.

Happy New Year.



Wall hanging

Past couple of sundays I worked on a PhD (project half done) and today I completed it. Woohoo!!!

Back in July I took a class by Latifah Saafir  thru my local modern fabric store. The class was on making a bias quilt top. She explained the process on making bias tape and designing your own bias design or she had patterns to purchase. I of course purchased a pattern, Airshow Quilt.

In order to make it simple and manageable for me I decided to make the pillow top size. With help in picking fabric I purchased a Moda Bella solid, Christmas Red, and Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed linen in Aqua and a fat quarter of Cotton and Steel Basics, Dottie.

Making bias tape took some time and I was able to stitch some of the bias tape in class but did not finish it. At least I knew the procedure to finish it at home, three months later, lol.

I asked her if she would sign my bias pillow top and she gladly did and since she signed it, I decided to turn it into a wall hanging. I quilted it with straight lines using monofilament thread, I didn’t want to cover up her signature with colored thread.

Make sure to visit  Latifah Saafir Studios.

Sewing stats:

  • Started July 2017
  • Finished October 2017

Spray Baste

Hi there! Welcome to my first post! As my blog name says it, it’s a Sunday post. I worked Saturday.

I had company as well, my step-daughter and family was here for a weekend visit and she is starting to learn to how to quilt and she mentioned she wanted to try spray basting and a perfect timing because I had just bought a can of 505 temporary fabric adhesive because I have been wanting to try it my self. Have you spray basted before? Any tips you can share?

So with her assistance and her idea we taped the backing to house wall, used wide blue painters tape, and put batting on backing, it stayed up, and pulled half of batting down and sprayed the batting and started smoothing it onto quilt back and used same procedure to lower part of batting. Turned quilt around to repeat same procedure to the front of quilt top. It was simple since it’s a baby size quilt. Will it be as easy for a larger one?

Hope quilting turns out okay.

Happy Sunday sewing!