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.

I’m so excited!

I finally finished piecing the Bobbin quilt from 12 Pack Quilts.  It is on the machine and I must say it is turning out beautifully.  I just love it.  I will tell you all the details when the quilt is finished.   For now enjoy the quilting.

close up swirlslong shotcorner

Happy quilting this weekend.


Free Motion Quilting

I free motion quilted this piece of ice dyed fabric for a friend.  It is a piece I won during a drawing when I attended MQX Quilt Festival– Midwest in Springfield, Illinois last year.

top 2

Because of the organic nature of the ice dyed fabric I didn’t want to quilt the piece too formally.  I love the free-flowing quilting.  Here is the quilting from the back.

back 2

The backing was an old linen cloth that has a design on for embroidery.  My friend plans on having friends and family that come over to her house to sign and date the back.  What a great idea.

If you would like to try your hand at ice dying this is the book that came with the piece of fabric.  I haven’t tried it yet but hope to in the near future.


If you would like me to quilt for you contact me at baretreequilting@gmail.com.  Hope you’re getting time this weekend to do some quilting.






Slow Going

I have been working on my Bobbins quilt for a while now.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s summer or the amount of actually sewing involved in this case.  I have been sewing squares onto two corners or a 3 1/2 inch square




At first I was going to mark each square with a line down the middle.     

But when I realized I would have to mark 576 squares I changed my mind pretty quickly.

So I used some masking tape to mark a line even with the needle of my machine and then sewed each square by starting at one point while making sure the point on the other side of the square stayed along the masking tape.

It certainly went much faster.

While I sewed I was able to look at my row by row quilt.

The rows were made by my good friends Louise Haddon, Dorothy Livernash, Nancy Thone and Carolyn Sanger.  I then but the rows together by adding the solid color, black shadows and backround.  I quilted the quilt after taking a class on Craftsy called Wild Quilting by Christina Cameli.   If you have never taken a class at Craftsy you don’t know what your missing.  I have taken several and I can tell you they are informational, inspirational and professionally done.  Hop over there and check them out.


I did enter a quilt in Quilt Expo which is held in Madison, Wisconsin on September 7-9, 2017.  If you have never been to that show try to get there.  It is an excellent show.  I should know by the end of the month if my quilt has been accepted.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I’ll let you know.

Happy Quilting everyone!