“Urban Beads”

“Urban Beads” is a quilt pattern by “Sew Kind of Wonderful” using their Quilt Curve Ruler tool for guiding the cutting and squaring up of blocks. My daughter had a stash of ‘Quilter’s Tweed” fabrics which I thought would make a great combination with this pattern. At my little quilting group meeting one week I finished sewing the blocks into columns and tried out a couple of arrangements:
I finally settled on the second arrangement and finished sewing the columns together that day:
A few months later with Christmas approaching, when I wanted to present the quilt as a gift, I completed the quilting and binding. Here the quilt is displayed on my daughter’s chaise lounge:

Close-up of the quilting:

And the machine applied binding:

I did not have quite enough backing, but I did have extra pieces of the block fabric, so I combined the two plus a cat:
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What’s a Swoon Quilt Block?

For the past several years “Swoon” quilts and quilt blocks have been all the rage. Quilters seem to love to make these blocks over-sized and in a variety of fabrics from “Modern” to ” Thirties” to “Reproduction.” This block is very similar if not identical to the traditional “Dutch Rose” or “Carpenter’s Wheel” designs.

In any event, my daughter had a stash of Benartek’s Silk Road fabric collection. She decided a Swoon Quilt would be perfect, so that is what I have been working on. These blocks will finish up sewn into the quilt at a whopping 20″ square. I needed 25 of them with sashing strips (yet to come) to arrive at a king size quilt for her. I have the blocks completed and I think they make a fun little video to watch:

Swoon Blocks Movie
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“The Lady of Shalott” Completed

Here she is: my completed “The Lady of Shalott.” This was a 3 month BOM designed by Ricky Tims I started making in September 2014.
The center with a scroll quilting motif:
There were eight of these star points with a gold background:
I used a paisley quilting motif for the background as seen in this close-up:
There were four of these floral appliques:
I used a feather quilting motif for the background as seen in this close-up:
There were eight of these trumpet vine appliques:
I used a swirl quilting motif for the background as seen in this close-up:
There were eight of these dark pink plain border shapes with a vine quilting motif designed by Ricky:
I used a pebble quilting motif for the background as seen in this close-up. This achieved an embossed effect for the quilted shapes:
The applique in each corner was this bud-and-leaf shape:
I used a pebble quilting motif for the background as seen in this close-up.
I applied a binding with a faux piping by machine. Here is one of the mitered corners:
A view of the back of the quilt:
Hanging from the railing of my loft studio:
The design was by Ricky Tims. All the quilt fabrics were hand dyed fabrics by Ricky Tims acquired at his seminar in West Lafayette, IN, in 2006. The applique threads were Superior Threads Rainbows of several different variegated colors. The quilting threads were several colors of Metro Embroidery Thread. The batting is Hobbs 80/20. The backing was a Fossil Fern fabric. The quilt was free motion quilted on a Gammill Vision 26-10 long-arm quilting machine with stitch regulation. For the first time I quilted sitting down. This enabled me to get much closer to my work and accomplish much smaller background quilting than I have ever done before. The applique stitch was a multi-step blanket stitch on my Janome 6600 sewing machine.

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Woodland Twist Table Runner

Last February I made a quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful see here. I had a few blocks left over, so I made this little table runner.

I used a variegated green thread in shades of green and brown, one of Superior Threads Rainbows collection. I quilted a “dental” feather in the outer border . . .:

. . . more or less parallel lines in the curved diamond areas . . .

. . . and a fern motif in the curved patches:

Here are a few of the curved patches surrounding a curved diamond area:

It was the perfect backdrop for my little art glass pumpkin last fall:

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The Cousins’ Constellation Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt to commemorate a family reunion of my husband’s first cousins on his father’s side of the family. For a quilt designer, having a meaningful occasion to inspire a design is wonderful. I started thinking about the family’s emigration to the United States and how the family grew. So I devised a design representing several generations up through and beyond the cousins’ generation using traditional quilting blocks. The resulting quilt has a traditional quilt block design known as “Lone Star” in the center. This central star represents Henry and Mary, the cousins’ grandparents. Resting in the arms of the Lone Star are eight traditional “Mariner’s Compass” blocks representing each of Henry and Mary’s eight children. Surrounding the eight Mariner’s compasses is a band of thirty two stars representing the cousins in the third generation. Finally, if you look closely, the dark blue background fabric filling out the corners of the quilt has many, many tiny white stars representing all the further generations in the family. The quilt is bordered in what looks like a gold braid pattern, but upon closer examination reveals itself to be small “T’s” representing the family’s last name.
I designed the quilt in EQ7. I had to merge a quilt design . . .
Counsins Constellation Quilt Design
. . . with a block design because the software did not allow the curved band with the 32 stars to be placed directly on the quilt design (At least I could not figure out how to do it!)
Counsins Constellation BlockDesign

I started the sewing with the eight different Mariner’s Compass blocks:
The next step was to make the central “Lone Star.” Here you can see the eight arms of the central star with the eight mariner’s compasses arrayed around it on my sewing table ready to be sewn together:
All the above sewn together with the addition of some background fabric making a rough octagon:
I used a yardstick as a rather large compass to draw a circle on the octagon:
Trimmed it to be a circle:
Pinned and sewed the band of 32 stars to the central circle:
Pressed the band of 32 stars toward the outer edge:
At this point in the construction, I decided to make the 108 3-inch “T” blocks for the outside border:
Each “T” block contained 16 pieces, so there were 1728 pieces in the whole border!
The borders on the work table with the center:
Next I needed a piece of the dark blue background fabric into which I could set the center circle. I sewed two widths of fabric together lengthwise, placed the completed central circle on top, traced around the circle, added 1/2 inch seam allowance and cut out the center of the background fabric piece:
I pinned the background to the central circle:
Sewed and pressed:
Next, I sewed on the “T” borders. (That is the long-arm quilting machine in the background of the picture!):
At this point the quilt top was completed and ready to be loaded onto the long-arm machine for quilting:
For the border quilting, nothing fancy, mostly just stitch-in-the-ditch:
The 32-star band:
The Mariner’s Compasses:

The central Lone Star:
The central circle background:
The corner backgrounds with the involute curve cross-hatch quilting:
A view of the back of the quilt:
One of the Mariner’s Compasses from the back of the quilt:
One more view of the finished quilt:
The quilt dimensions are 86 inches by 86 inches. The overall pattern was designed by using the EQ7 software program. The fabrics are all cotton quilting fabrics. The pieces were sewn together by machine and the quilting designs are original to this quilt and executed by hand guiding a long arm quilting machine. My husband developed the involute curve quilting design in the dark blue background and cut acrylic templates to help guide the long arm machine quilting. Since everyone always asks, I added them all up and there are 2,881 pieces!

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“Meanderings” Simple Whatnots Club



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Woodland Twist

This project began with a Christmas gift from my daughter of a fat quarter bundle of the Stonehenge collection of fabrics called “Woodland Spring.” I bought some additional Stonehenge fabric from their “Wilderness” collection for the background and backing. I used Jenny Pedigo’s tool the “Quick Curve Ruler” and her pattern “Metro Twist” for the design. I really like the tool and all her designs which you can find here. As a matter of fact, I was so excited by how well things were going that I took no pictures until the top was loaded and I began the quilting process!
After loading the top, the first quilting I did was to stitch in the ditch around all the curved “diamonds.” Then I outline stitched the curved diamonds and stitched close parallel lines within the outline stitching:
After all the previous step was completed for the entire quilt, I went back and filled in the “green” twist patches with a “fern” quilting design:
I used color Leather(20140) Glide thread in the curved diamonds, top and bottom. I used Superior’s Lava color Fuji for the twist patches on the top and color Light Olive(65825) Glide for the bottom thread. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting:
I was so excited by the way the quilting turned out I took these pictures even before the binding was added:
The next day with the binding and sleeve attached, some views from the back:


I would say I was trying to make the backing artistic, but the truth is I had to add a few leftover twist patches to make my backing large enough:
Machine applied binding front and back:

Hanging in my living room, “Woodland Twist” feels right at home in my log cabin!

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Simple Whatnots Club

Delphines in Gaylord, Michigan, my local quilt fabric store, is sponsoring a Kim Diehl “Simple Whatnots Club.” We have completed two little “whatnots” so far:
The first one is entitled “Sunday Supper:”
It serves as a table topper for a side table I use next to the sofa:
Here’s a close-up:
The second “whatnot” is entitled “Widdlytinks:”
It occupies the glass top of the sofa table:
Here’s a close-up:
These little guys have been a lesson in making tiny blocks, tiny yo-yos and a little hand quilting!

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Just in case you thought I forgot about Christmas…..

Have a merry one…
"Christmas Wonder"



A technique from the “One Block Wonders” book by Maxine Rosenthal…

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