Long Time Coming

As the title of this post indicates, its been a while since I’ve update this website.  It’s also the lyrics in a Tragically Hip song, Long Time Running, an oldie but goodie off of Road Apples.  I almost always quilt to music, it gets me in the zone.

This first quilt was on the machine from mid-December until the end of January.  The pattern is Beyond the Cherry Trees by Gay Bomers of Sentimental Stitches.  It was a free BOM a couple of years ago, and Alice really outdid herself!  She wanted the original quilting patterns, which are in a sort of naif style of leaves, flowers and stars and the like.  Where the quilting was uneven I just added more with the same feel.  I was on an Amy Winehouse kick while quilting this one.



I spent February and some of March finishing my Gypsy Star.  I started it in a workshop with Kaffe Fassett back in Houston in 2012.   This makes me think of The Temptations “I’ve got Sunshine on a cloudy day…”

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I also finished Three French Hens, a project started when Sandy Klop (aka American Jane) came to visit our guild several years ago.  It uses mostly all American Jane fabric (A Breath of Avignon) and I just love how it turned out.  I did change the orientation of the blocks, so it will fit nicely hanging in my dining room.  Le Lait: L’Album Blanc was the soundtrack for this.

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Next up, a couple of Sue Spargo’s Bird Dance quilts, her BOM from last year.  I was a little concerned that the blocks were quite small, but it all worked out and they turned out really fun!  I think I was into the new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings album around then.

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My Earth & Twig won a teacher’s ribbon at MQX in April – Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” about sums that up!


I bought a new toy!  She is looking pretty good considering her age.  More Amy Winehouse playing this time in the car while I went to pick her up:


And finally, after quilting this:


and this:

Piece of Cake Alice

I decided I really had to make my own!  Luckily Alice still had the pattern, by Piece of Cake and in an old issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (2005 or so?).  Anyhow, I put it in the guild show and so I had to name it, and I must have been listening to my summer playlist because I decided to call it “Hot Fun in the Summertime”.  It is mostly all Vintage Modern fabrics by Bonnie and Camille, although the strip background and bindings are from the Scrumptious line.  I took the pictures outdoors when the sun was low to try and get the dense fill to show.  The diagonal is following the fabric, and on the dot I drew a 1″ grid and filled them with lines alternating horizontally and vertically.  The dense fills along with a double batting of cotton on the bottom and wool on top really make the applique pop.

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Hope you had fun looking, and got a good earworm or two!