Pay It Forward

I have joined my first PIF from Jilly’s Space.

The concept of a PIF occurs when acts of kindness are performed without expecting anything in return and are passed on, trusting that the recipients will do the same and Pay It Forward, resulting in a never ending chain of kindness.

By signing on, my commitment is to make and send a gift to the first 3 friends who post a comment to this post requesting to join this exchange and who promise to Pay It Forward to 3 other persons, and so on.


At this time, I don’t know what my 3 gifts will be, but I can promise you a gift made by me and from my heart that I will send to you within the next 365 days. By signing on, what YOU then have to do in return is to Pay It Forward by making the same announcement and commitment on YOUR blog.

If you are one of the first 3 that sign up, please be sure there is a way I can contact you through your blog or email so I can get your contact info. Also, because this completed project MAY be larger (I’m not sure yet, but the possibility is there), I’m going to limit participation to US residents only, because shipping gets to be expensive.

So who wants to play?


One down – 87,000 to go

The Everything Old Is New Again quilt is finished and the pattern is available in my Etsy shop. Actually, it’s been finished for almost a week, but I finally finished the pattern this morning. Why, oh why did I think the pieced border was a good idea?! It is easy to sew and adds a nice little bit of interest, but it’s a real pain to calculate in five different quilt sizes. See, my patterns include directions for different size quilts, and the spacing of the white squares in this border is different for each size. It took me longer to figure out and write the instructions for the outer border than for the entire rest of the quilt.


Everything Old is New Again

It looks good, doesn’t it? So does Mom’s version:

Everything Old is New Again - Mom

I took both versions to the quilt shop, along with a dozen patterns, and they loved them. They’re going to kit it in both colorways and take it to a show in Rockford in May. Mom’s pretty excited that her quilt is going to be displayed. I’m much more casual about it, since this is my third quilt on display. (*snort* – if you believe that…)

This makes ONE quilt finished for the Spring to Finish list! Woohoo!

Hurry up and wait

I finished the Everything Old is New Again top, then used the remaining charm squares to piece a strip for the back. It’s loaded on the frame to be quilted but I don’t have any white quilting thread! It was all ready to go yesterday, but of course the quilt shop was closed on Easter. Mom’s going to pick up some thread today and I’ll quilt it tonight. Fortunately, Mom ENJOYS doing the binding so it should be finished for Wednesday’s quilt guild.

Everything Old on the frame

It’s made with charm packs and a little yardage. I used Sultry by basicgrey from Moda. I love the pink and green and brown combination. It’s girly but modern. Mom found a charm pack that she loved, also by Moda – Northern Solitude by Holly Taylor. She finished her quilt first (of course).

Everything - Mom

Isn’t it gorgeous? And speaking of gorgeous Mom quilts, here’s her finished Family Star BOM:

Mom's Family Star BOM quilt 1

She’s the only one of us who has actually finished. I love how it turned out. When all five are done I’ll post them together so you can see how different they look, even though we did the same blocks.

Then last night on a whim (as usual) I experimented with a zigzag quilt technique that I found on the Bee Square Blog by Crazy Mom Quilts (CMQ is of my favorite blogs, by the way – she has the best tutorials). I used some leftover white from my Everything Old quilt, and did a miniature version. I tried pressing the seam open and I was pleased with how it turned out.

Zig Zag quilt

I spray starched the heck out of it because I did it in miniature. See?
Zig Zag quilt size

And yes, I know I wasn’t supposed to start another project. Hmmph.

“Professional” Quilting Instructor

The coolest thing happened to me today – I was asked to speak at a local quilt guild, and THEY’LL PAY ME! Sure, it isn’t a huge amount, but I love public speaking and I love quilting and I love drafting quilt patterns, so to get paid for doing all three is just beyond fabulous. They would like me to talk about my process for designing and writing quilt patterns, so I need to do a little preparation. I need to make handouts, and I need to finish the quilt I’m currently working on, and I need to have plenty of patterns printed, and I need to collect some quilt samples, and…

Boy, I’d better get busy.

Spring to Finish

Tallgrass Prairie Studio has a new “challenge” for us – at least, it’s a challenge for me. Count up your unfinished projects, work like crazy during the month of April to finish them, then on April 30th go back and post a comment telling how many you finished. Each finish enters you in a drawing for really cool stuff.

I have so many projects to finish, it’s sad. I am a starter, not a finisher. Halfway through a project I either get bored with it or I get excited about another project and go great guns on THAT one. Maybe this challenge will help.

So, in that spirit, here’s a list of my unfinished projects:

1. Everything Old is New Again – the newest project, I need to finish this quickly because I’ve written a pattern for it. Once it’s done I’ll photograph it, update the pattern, and then take the quilt and pattern to my local quilt shop. She’ll buy some patterns, display the quilt, and sell kits. My mom is doing the same pattern in a different fabric line, so who knows, maybe the quilt shop will want both! In this case, money is a great motivator, since she’ll purchase the patterns up front.

string blocks
2. String Quilt – All of the blocks are done, laid out, sewn together in four patches, picked up in order, rows numbered – all I have to do is add the sashing and the top is finished.

3. Flannel Quilt – I think it was three years ago that I started a simple flannel quilt for my cousin. It morphed a few times because of issues with flannel (I discovered that I do NOT like working with flannel!), and I needed to add fabric. I have to figure out if I have everything I need to finish it, or if it has to morph once again.

Family BOM Star 4
4. Family Star BOM – I have about 8 blocks out of the fifteen finished, so there’s a bit more work here, but Mom’s is done and on her bed, Karen’s is probably in the final stages, and Pat was working on the setting squares. I need to get in gear.

5. Quilt Shop BOM – This is a few years old. I joined a block of the month and worked diligently on my 18″ squares. I finished six, and the remaining six sit in little plastic bags, waiting to be finished. In my defense, I sashed the six finished ones and they’re hanging on a wall in our living room. Still, I need to complete the other blocks and either take it down and turn it into a real quilt, or make throw pillows out of them.

Bright quilt
6. Bright Jacob’s Ladder – It just needs two borders and then it’s a nice little baby quilt.

Storm at Sea
7. Storm at Sea – I love this quilt, and it was supposed to be finished at 12 blocks. It’s just that I put so much effort into this, and the 12 block version looks so small! Either I make more blocks, or I figure out something interesting for borders.

8. Zigzags for Zoe – Technically this one hasn’t been started, so it really isn’t “unfinished.” I’d like to make a “baby” quilt – okay, CHILD’S quilt – for the first cousin’s baby. She’s a bright, energetic child, so I wanted to make a bright, energetic quilt. I came across the simple two-rails on point version of a zigzag quilt at crazymomquilts, and I have everything I need to do it. It should be fast… but is this a case of getting sidetracked by yet another new project?

And the ridiculously long list of quilts that are pieced and just waiting to be quilted:

Good & Plenty layout
9. Good & Plenty Quilt – Top is done – this is for the neighbor’s daughter’s graduation in May.

Ohio Shadows
10. Brother’s Quilt – This was a Christmas gift… FOUR years ago.

11. Aunt’s Quilt – I showed her the top before Christmas last year, hoping that her knowing about it would be an incentive to finish it. Hasn’t happened. I did fix the block that was turned wrong, though.

Allison Raine
12. TWO baby quilts – I made hourglass tops for the daughters of two of my cousins, and here they sit. The “babies” are two or three years old.

13. My throw – Quilt it before I no longer like the fabrics!

Log Cabin Wallhanging
14. Log Cabin Wall Quilt – Four simple blocks, perfect for a wall hanging.

15. Class Quilt – My very first quilt, a sampler that is pieced, bordered, layered and partially quilted. I played with free motion quilting on my standard machine and it looks awful. It’s been hanging around collecting dust and cat hair every since.