Half Square Triangles

Since I am off between Christmas and New Years and spending the time in the frozen lands of Upper Michigan I decided to use a Cake Mix Recipe to make half square triangles.


cake mix

I am probably not going to do the individual blocks but use the half square triangles to design a quilt.  I should end up with 176 – 3″ x 3″  half square triangles and 704 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ half square triangles.  I decided to use the Cake Mix so that I could get a variety of fabrics.

The process is rather slow.  First you layer two 10″ squares right sides together.  I am using the Layer Cake of Melbourne by Andrea Komninos for Benartex that I last posted about last time and a cream on cream.  Using the paper pattern guide you pin it to the  10″ squares and sew on the dotted sewing lines.


Next you cut on the solid lines.  Then comes the pressing.  The directions suggest either to the dark side or open.  I decided to do open seams as I am not sure how I am going to sew these baby together.  After the seams are open, I am cutting off the dog-eared triangles.  Slow going but I think this will improve my accuracy when sewing the triangles into a quilt.

Now that I have finished some of the triangles I am a little worried about the directional nature of some of the fabrics.


Hopefully it won’t be an issue.

In case you don’t have any snow where you are this is what it looks like outside my front window.  The highs and lows this week has been between 10 to -15.   Sofie still wants to go for a walk everyday.   BURR…..


Hope you get some quilting in this last week of the year.








Some fun times

So I was at a conference last week in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and decided to explore Plymouth, Wisconsin.  I had been to the Sewing Basket in Plymouth before but I always forget what a wonderful selection of fabric they have.  I ended up buying this  Layer Cake of Melbourne by Andrea Komninos for Benartex.


I love the graphic prints.


And the different colorways.


After shopping I found the Plymouth Cultural Center that had a display of  water color paintings.


To my wonderful surprise I saw two paintings by my friend Chris Sommerfeldt.  She is so talented.  It was a great break from the conference.

And last, here is little Oliver.  He came early so his quilt is not done yet.


Hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.


Star Stepping

So in a quest to get out of my funk I have decided to finish some UFO’s.  Right now I am working on a quilt I started in 2001.  I probably would not have been able to figure that out for myself but there was a receipt in with the fabric from then.  I do remember starting the quilt though.  It was a mystery quilt I started at a quilt guild in Shawano, Wisconsin.  My friend Jeanne Bronikowski was teaching it and she asked me if I would go with her.  Here are the blocks I had done that day before I put it away never to be unearthed until recently.

star stepping blocks

I have been playing with layouts in EQ8.  This is the one I think I am going to go with.

stepping stars

I have to make a few more spinning star blocks and then make the  rest of the connecting blocks.  I’m  excited about finishing this quilt and moving on to other UFO’s.  Thank you Jeanne for all you have done for me and other quilters.

I did longarm a quilt for Tina.  Can’t wait until I can show you the pictures.  It is beautiful.

Spend some time doing what you love today.




Time Flies

It is amazing how the days just fly by without even noticing. It has been 41 days since I last posted on this blog and for the life of me I cannot tell you what I have been doing quilt wise. I know I put together a baby quilt top that still needs to be quilted and given when the new grandchild arrives late November early December so no pictures yet but here’s a little sneak peek.


I worked on some charity quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. If you don’t know who they are here is a link to their website. I received 4 quilts the middle of September. I have finished this one.

And this one.

Don’t you just love that backing.  It is “anastasia” from the Alexander Henry Fabric Collection.

Other than that my quilting has been to a minimum. I have spent a lot of time doing this.


Traveling to and from the place up north almost every other weekend.  That does not allow for a lot of quilting. I did knit two hats though.

Hopefully with the colder weather that is coming our way I will get more time in the studio. I just seem to be in a funk. Not really knowing what I want to work on next. Finish a UFO or make any other quilt for the beds up north.  Maybe that should be a subject for my next most.  Hopefully sooner than 41 days.


Happy Quilting


Bobbins Quilt is Done

I finished another quilt from the 12-Pack Quilts.  I am learning about each quilt from the book during Moda University at Patched Works.  This one is call Bobbins.


Here is a close up and a picture of the back.  I did a lot of ruler work on this quilt and used two 80/20 Quilters Dream Batting.

It is a very heavy quilt but that’s okay because I hear the winters in the U.P. can get very cold.

Thanks for all who posted about my Field of Dreams quilt being accepted into Quilt Expo.  It did not place but it certainly was in good company.  The quilter who took first place in my category was Bethanne Nemesh.  If you are a Star Member of The Quilt Show you can see her on September 23, 2017.  Her quilt was a beauty.

Hope you get some quilting in this weekend.






Up North Relaxation

Spending Labor Day week up north in Iron Mountain.  For my quilting friends who are coming here at the end of the month here is a little tease.

A little mist on the lake.





Some deer in the meadows.

And of course the black bear I saw in town.  Really looking forward to it.

I will be working on a baby quilt for my expected grandson.  I am using Alphabet Soup by Jaybird Quilts. More posts to come.


Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.




Field of Stars


My quilt got accepted into Quilt Expo.  Quilt Expo is held in Madison, Wisconsin on September 7, 8, and 9, 2017.  Words can not express how blessed I feel.  If you go to the show look for it under wall quilts – machine pieced.

Here are some close ups.

This is the first quilt that I did not have a pattern.  I used Julie Herman’s of  Jaybirdquilts Hex N More and Side Kick rulers.  I used her Park Bench pattern as inspiration but then just ran with it.  When making the blocks I concentrated more on value than color.  Somehow it just all turned out.  Of all the quilts I have made, my husband says he likes this one the best.