Quilt Geek

January 20, 2012

I downloaded a quilting app for my iPhone.  It’s called QuiltCalc.  I gave it a quick try, but I’m anxious to use it more.  There are options to figure yardage of backing, binding, borders.  You can also enter the size of a piece and how many required and figure out how much fabric you need.  How fun is that?

Siri find iTunes.

Now if I could only get Siri to cut out my quilts.



Quilts and Math

January 18, 2012

Like quilting?  Like math?  Me too.

Tessellations . . .

hexagons, Pythagorean Theorem,  fractals and more.

I found this article fascinating.


Math phobic??  That’s okay.  You can enjoy the photos.

Free Quilting Patterns

January 14, 2012

Cruising the web this morning, I found some free quilting patterns.  The first was a group of five ebooks from McCalls.  All I had to do was sign up for their newsletter and wah lah,  I was instantly taken to the download links.  In about 5 minutes, I had five quilt books on my desktop.   Some patterns are nicer than others of course.  There are several I’d like to make.  Some would definitely make nice charity quilts.  Click on the link to get copies for yourself.

McCalls Five Free eBooks

The second freebie I found was a table runner by Kari Nichols.  It’s posted on the McCalls Editors’ Blog.  I’ve been looking for a long runner for my table, so I just may try this one.  It’s 52 1/2 in long.

Artfully Simple Table Runner

Who doesn’t like free?

Quilting: Back at It Again

January 9, 2012

I quilted a baby quilt for Becky on my longarm this past week.  I used a variegated rainbow thread and a pantograph called Double Plume.  Wasn’t sure how I’d like the thread, but it really stands out nicely.

I have to compliment Becky on her piecing.  This quilt top was flat on the batting when I pinned it on.  No ripples or uneven borders.  Beautiful.

Quilt Retreat: Day 1

August 3, 2011

We’re here and it’s as fabulous as always.

Finished my first quilt!  All I had to do was sew on the borders.  Why do I procrastinate like this?

Some tah dahs:

Rolling for fat quarters:

The big winners:

We’re off to a wonderful start.

Quilt Retreat Here I Come

August 1, 2011


I’m jumping for joy.  Heading out this morning to Bridge Creek Cottage in Augusta,     Wisconsin.  It’s our WISQ and friends annual quilt retreat.

In just hours I’ll be at this place sewing myself into quilting bliss.


Last Chance Free Pattern

July 31, 2011

Bonnie Hunter is one of my favorite quilt people online.  She’s full of so much passion and amazingly prolific.  Wish I got 1/4 of the quilts done that she does.  I’d be thrilled. Anyway . . . today is the last day to get her mystery quilt pattern, Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll for free.

Go to her blog where you can download and print a copy for yourself.


The Sixth Day of Christmas in July

July 30, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree , Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are your branches . . .

Here’s a cute little tree designed by Amy using Kate Spain’s new line Flurry.  Visit Moda’s Bake Shop for a tutorial.

Christmas Tree Recipe

I’m back from my vacation, and it was fantastical.   So, Christmas in July will probably extend into Christmas in August.  Stay tuned.

The Fifth Day of Christmas in July

July 24, 2011

On the fifth day of Christmas in July, my love of quilting brought to me:


This is another Moda fabric collection designed by Sentimental Studios.  I always love a little black in my Christmas fabric and that’s what I like most about this line.

A quick search didn’t produce any projects today.  What would you make out of this?

I’m heading up to the North Shore of Lake Superior today, my favorite summer destination.    I’ll be doing a little mini shop hop, so I’ll post my treasures when I get back.

On Vacation and Loving It

July 24, 2011

North Shore of Lake Superior.