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The family heirloom wallhanging is complete.  It looks so small on the wall!  The final measurements are 15-1/2 x 15-1/2.

The center block was hand pieced by my husband’s grandmother, Mary Lee Anna Mize Womack, who passed away in 1986 in Louisiana.  The HST’s were made from Kona Denim, Windsor and White.  The batting is Warm and White.

The backing is Blueberry Crumb Cake by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics.  It was machine quilted using Coats and Clark white for machine quilting.  You know, I think I’ve had fewer problems with the less expensive thread.  Imagine that.

I attached a sleeve to the back for hanging.  I tried to use the corner pocket method for hanging but my machine said I was crazy to think he could handle that much fabric at once.    I wonder if he knows he’s about to be replaced.


New Quilt Project


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Here’s some more Sweetwater fabric I’ve been hoarding.

One thing is for sure – I need photography lessons.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



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A few months ago my husband’s cousin contacted some family members and asked if they would be interested in some quilt blocks that had been hand pieced by their grandmother, Mary Lee Anna Mize Womack (1897-1986), affectionately known as Mama Womack.  She had just enough of them to go around to all the first generation cousins so naturally I jumped on it.

My first thought was to feature it in a larger pinwheel sampler style quilt but the extremely small seam allowances would make it too delicate for everyday washing.  I decided to make it into a wall hanging.

I checked my Kona Color Card for some similar solids.   The closest I could find were Windsor, Denim and Evening so I ordered a 1/2 yard of each.  After receiving those and playing with the block I decided to frame it in Kona White and do a row of White/Windsor and White/Denim HST’s around that followed by a solid binding, probably in Windsor.  I did not want to do anything to draw attention away from Mama Womack’s hand work.

At the narrowest point, the block measured 9-5/8 by 10-1/4. I decided to make it a nine inch square. This would be the only way to make it even and center the points as much as possible.  I hated cutting it down but for all we know that was exactly what she had intended to do all along.

The border was intentionally wide because I was doing this by trial and error. I wasn’t sure how much room I would need.

The white border is a tad off but I’m almost done.

Linking up to W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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Here is my first attempt at making a Swoon block designed by Camille Roskelley.  The fabric is Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda.  I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew for right now.

My points look pretty good – for the most part.  A few need to be redone.  It’s the seam bulk that is making me crazy.  No amount of ironing seems to help.  I would normally try to press each seam in the opposite direction of its “partner” seam so they lay together smoothly.  That’s next to impossible with this pattern.  I’m not sure how you quilt over this kind of bulkiness.  Maybe I should try pressing everything open instead. Or maybe my old iron needs to be replaced.

I think I may take a break and work on a more cooperative project.


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I had some reservations about Malka Dubrawsky’s ”a stitch in color” for Moda Fabrics.  I’ve been a fan of her pillow designs for a long time but I generally don’t care for the bold hand painted look represented by her first line of fabrics.  That is until I saw the pillow she made with them.

And as I look back through her preview projects, I’m really drawn to this mini quilt.

As is the case with her pillow, I used a package of charm squares and the same windows blocks but increased the size of the “frame” using Kona in Medium Gray.  I think that may have been a mistake as it appears to have changed the overall effect of the pattern.  I wish I could explain that but the words escape me right now.  The finished size is 38 x 43.  I’m still using Warm and White cotton batting.  The backing is made with two of Malka’s prints, the same orange and blue used for the binding.  The quilting is intentionally wonky.  The thread is Mettler.

My bindings are looking much more polished.

My Singer machine has been behaving lately.  It seems the more lint it traps the better it sews.


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This was my second quilt using the Authentic line by Sweetwater for Moda.  The Jelly Roll 1600 pattern can be found on numerous web sites and there are Jelly Roll race videos on YouTube.  I can’t remember where I saw it first but it seemed like it would be a good project for getting back into quilting.

The finished quilt measured 48 x 55.  The backing has more Authentic and some Bella Snow by Moda.  I used both YLI thread and some Mettler.  The batting was Warm and White.

I had more trouble with my machines than anything else on this quilt.  The quilt was pieced using a 1970 Singer Touch and Sew which belonged to my mother.  The other Authentic quilt was also pieced using that machine.  They were both quilted using my Singer 52-61-2J purchased in 1997 or so.  It worked great on the last two quilts but the tension problems returned with this one.  I tried to finish the quilting on the Touch and Sew but with about 10 inches to go the foot pedal gave out.  I ended up having to deal with the newer machine’s issues (cranky tension and skipped stitches) in order to complete the quilting.  Switching thread brands did not seem to help matters and I changed needles (90/14) numerous times.

I’ve been whip stitching my bindings in place until this one.  I tried a slip stitch on the last quilt but couldn’t get the hang of it.  For some reason it worked well on this quilt.


Aggie Patchwork


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This quilt was an unexpected challenge.  It was based on a design we saw at Lone Star Quiltworks in College Station (Bryan really).  The novelty fabric (four different prints) did not have as tight a weave as quilt quality fabric.  I had a lot of issues with stretching, shifting and raveling.  It’s a bit out of square but I think I did a fair job of hiding that.

The finished size was 45 x 47 which was smaller than I had planned but I was ready to move on.  It was quilted with a zig zag stitch over white satin ribbon.  I also worked in some Kona Medium Gray, White and Burgundy squares.  The backing was made with more of the maroon and beige novelty prints with just a couple of seams.  For the thread I tried some Superior King Tut in white, although I can’t say I could tell much difference from my usual YLI.  The batting was Warm and White and the binding was Kona Burgundy.

It was ready just in time for Parent’s Weekend.  Gig ‘em Aggies!


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I’ve never ripped out so many seams in my life.  This novelty fabric is definitely harder to work with.  It stretches and ravels like crazy.

It’s so out of square it’s embarrassing.  But I finally got it pieced together.  Probably should have used some spray starch.

But I do still need help getting a consistent scant 1/4 inch seam.  I plan to start looking for an accurate 1/4 inch presser foot for my Singer and maybe use some painter’s tape to mark the seam allowance on my machine better.


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Good grief!  It’s been 12 years since I’ve made a quilt and it took me two years to make this one.  Not really.

For the life of me I cannot remember how I got there but one day about two years ago I stumbled upon Jacquie Gering’s Tallgrass Prairie Studio.  I read every page of her blog and I was so inspired to give quilting another try.

The first fabric I fell for was Sweetwater’s Authentic line for Moda.  I never would have put those colors together.  I used a nifty invention called a charm pack.  Whoever came up with the idea of pre-cuts is a real genius.  I bought a matching jelly roll, too.

The design is based on the pattern for Kate Spain’s Verna quilt kit that was available at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I did not pre-wash anything (how would you pre-wash pre-cuts anyway?) and I used spray starch while piecing. The batting is Warm and White.  The quilting thread is YLI.  Since it was my first foray into machine quilting, I used simple straight line stitching.  I had purchased a walking foot ten years earlier but this was the first time I had used it successfully.  That made all the difference in the world.  The finished size is about 44 x 44.  The binding was a bit narrower than I think would prefer.  It made the corners a bit difficult to work on.

Why two years?  I took a break between piecing and quilting so I could redecorate the den and turn it into a “quilting studio”, complete with a DIY 4 x 8 table.  That did take almost two years.  Except for the table, I work solo.  There was a lot of wallpaper to take down, two coats of primer to put up and two coats of paint, ceiling included, for a 19 x 20 room.  So I guess I am committed to quilting regularly from now on.


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In early 2000 I decided to try some more quilting.  I know it was 2000 because that’s the year my second niece was born.  I made two small quilts that year, one for my daughter and one for my newest niece, born in June.

The first was made from some fabric my daughter just had to have while on a quick trip to Hancock Fabrics.  I bought two yards of the pink dragonfly print, a yard of some matching pink solid fabric and grabbed some pink thread for hand quilting.  I also made a mental note to keep all hand quilting thread in a separate place because of that embarrassing episode at the Singer repair shop a couple of years before.

I decided to do a “whole cloth” quilt.  It was quick and I really just wanted to practice the handwork.  I used more of the craft batting from Hobby Lobby and a quilting template I had already purchased.  I call them scallops but there may be a better name for the quilting design.  Templates and chalk work wonders and the quilt was ready in no time.

After the pink quilt was done I decided to do the same for my newest niece.  This time I splurged and went to a real quilt store for the first time.  I was looking for something with Noah’s Ark on it.  I wish I had known that prints from the quilt store actually had names.  I have no clue what I bought but it had lots of browns and medium blues (I think).  I used the same scallop design for the hand quilting.  The backing was made from a blue solid.  At least I think it was.  I didn’t get a picture and now it’s packed away.  Oh well.