Monthly Archives: August 2015

Maryland State Fair 2015

So today was the first day for the Maryland State Fair 2015, which was the perfect day to venture up to Timonium to see the quilts that were entered.

I was so excited to see that all of my customers who had entered quilts had all received ribbons.   I apologize ahead of time for the quality of some of the pictures.  They hang the quilts pretty high and sometimes it is hard to get a good shot of them.

These four quilts were by Ellen.


Aviatrix – 2nd Place Ribbon


Second Place Ribbon





Here is a better picture of Nested that I had taken after it was finished being quilted.









This next quilt was made by Peggy of Peggy’s Sewing Center, and received a Second Place and a Best Traditional Quilt Overall Specialty Ribbon




The butterfly quilt was made by Gina and received a Fourth Place.  The picture on the left is the quilt at the fair, and so you can see it clearer, I included a picture (on the right) I had of the quilt right after it had been finished being quilted.

20150828_104610_resized      Butterfly Quilt



The quilt below was made by Nancy and received a Third Place Ribbon.  The picture on the left is taken at the fair, but since my picture didn’t turn out very well, I included a picture (on the right) of the quilt that I had taken after I quilted it.

20150828_104953_resized          Nancy's Chinese Fan Quilt.


I had personally entered three of my own quilts and was pleased with how they did also.

Round She Goes

Round She Goes – Blue Ribbon plus Best Machine Quilting/small quilts


Shimmer – Blue Ribbon



  Third Place

Here’s a better picture that I had taken at home.










There really were some beautiful quilts up at the State Fair this year!!  I find it so inspiring to see all of these quilts and the different ideas that quilters have come up with.

Congratulations to all that entered and an extra congratulations to those that were awarded ribbons.

Happy Quilting!!



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What a Difference Fabric Can Make!!

Here we are at the end of another week, and I have not posted as I had intended.  I keep a notepad next to my computer with ideas on topics/quilts to post about, and the list keeps on growing, yet my time seems like it isn’t.  If only I could add an extra 8 hours to each day!!!  Of course, I guess I could if I gave up sleeping!?!?!?!

Recently, I had the opportunity to quilt two quilts that were the same pattern but used different fabrics.  I think I am always amazed at how our fabric choices can make the same quilt look so totally different.

These both were made (by my customer and friend, Ellen) using the Yellow Brick Road quilt pattern.  The first quilt is made with Halloween themed fabric and the second quilt is using mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics.





Now, I have to say that I love both of these quilts!!  The Halloween one will be great to have out in October and is such a great seasonal quilt.  The Kaffe quilt is one that will brighten a room any time of year.

I know for some that the Yellow Brick Road pattern is a great “go to” pattern.  My “go to” pattern for a quick quilt tends to be a “tossed nine patch” pattern.  What is your favorite “go to” pattern when you need a quilt that needs to be done fairly quickly?

On another note, I have been a user of the Frixion pen and while I have read articles for it and against it as far as marking fabric, I recently read this article and wanted to share it with all of you.  I don’t think this means that I will stop using mine, but it may mean I put more thought into where and when I will be using them.

Frixion Pen Article

I have been quilting a lot of quilts lately, and have many to show you, and I will try to get some pictures up in another blog post sometime soon.

A few of my customers are entering their quilts in the Maryland State Fair within the next couple of weeks.  I wish you all the best!!  I can’t wait to see them hanging for everyone to enjoy!!

Happy Quilting!!

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A Family Treasure

Just a short post today to show you what I was up to for the past couple of weeks…..besides quilting that is!!

I recently had the honor of making a photo quilt for my sweet sister-in-law.  This quilt will go with her as she goes to chemo, and will keep her family close to her when they can’t be with her in person.


With the help of her daughter, I was able to get some family photos and transfer them to fabric using Printed Treasures.  I designed the quilt as I went along, knowing what fabric I was using and how I wanted to frame out the pictures.  I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting to make this quilt soft and cuddly!!

This past weekend I was able to surprise her with this quilt and she just loved it!!  I know that this will be such a comfort to her.

On Wednesday she took her quilt to chemo with her and apparently was the center of attention in the unit as everyone wanted to see the quilt.



I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Happy Quilting!!


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Quilting of the Minis!!

This past month I had a few minis to quilt for one of my customers and boy did I have fun with them.

This first mini quilt was made up of all half square triangles and used a mini charm pack of Elizabeth Hartman’s new line of fabric from Spring Quilt Market.



This next one is a tractor block from Lori Holt’s new book, Vintage Farm Girl.  What a fabulous book this is with lots of great quilt blocks that you can either put together into one quilt or use separately for minis or other accessories.  This mini is just so much fun!!


The quilt below is a paper-pieced Feathered Star mini.  Ellen used a lot of Kaffe fabric for this one.  The pieces on this are pretty tiny, but I think it turned out great!!  The quilting on this sort of evolved as I went along.  This quilt finishes up at about 14″ square.


The back of the Mini Feathered Star

The back of the Mini Feathered Star

I am having a hard time believing that it is already August.  Where is the Summer going??

I have some more quilt pictures to share, but will do that later this week in another post.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Happy Quilting!!




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