Thursday, June 20, 2019

More recent finishes

I had to post about this quilt as I helped the customer find this pattern and adapted it from AlyciaQuilts - QuiltyGirl to fit her wishes.  With all the fussy cutting it ended up much harder than she probably thought it would be, but she is persnickity about using those prints and it turned out really nice!

This is adapted from 'Rotation' from Wilmington Prints using Bohemian Dreams 10" mini-stack, cut in half and bordered with 3" cut strips of Toscana-Vanilla fabric. I fussy cut the medallion border and used other coordinating fabric for the backing and the coordinting stripe for the binding. Vogue panto and Vanilla Milkshake YLI thread with 80/20 batting. All is available in the shop. Original Rotation pattern is free when purchasing sufficient fabrics to make this.

The Beach is my Happy Place ....two versions

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Row by Row - 2019 - Taste the Experience!

This year's Row by Row Experience(tm)'s theme is 'Taste the Experience'.

I wanted to come up with something that seemed local to the area and still had a bit of me in it. So these ombre fabrics seemed to fit the bill for making a tall cool drink. Who doesn't need a cool drink in the coulee on a hot summer day?

This is my 'Drink of Choice' design, using 2 ombre fabrics. One for the background and one for the contents. The placement of elements does all the work. I've added three sheer pieces to lighten the ice near the top even more just for fun.

Quilting: straight lines horizontally in the background, curved lines at the rim of the glass and jagged lines in the glass to represent the ice.

Customers will have the option to make it their personal drink of choice by selecting an appropriate ombre color.

Stop by the shop ...if driving from a distance, please call ahead. I generally will be in the shop Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. Some Wednesdays we will be open until 7pm during our summer kids time which will take place across the street from me this year on Wednesday evenings starting July 10 and going through the end of August.

I'm happy to take appointments on Sunday. Always closed on Saturday for Sabbath Observance.

To check out other Row by Row items available, you can always check here, including prior year fabrics and kits.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Some recent finishes worth sharing

A former student of mine and his wife recently had a baby. They met at a school with green and orange school colors and he works in construction now I thought these fabrics were very appropriate. A simple zig zag using my WW Baby #2 design.

This is a Triangle Frenzy design using Catalina fabric available currently from my shop. My mom put this together for me as a sample.

This was a 'quick commission' request and went together in no time! Side borders on a panel, quilt and bind. All available in my shop. Here is a link to the kit.

This was a long time in the making ....a Gen. Physics College professor of mine from many years ago moved near me in retirement. I got reacquainted with he and his wife but he later lost her to Parkinsons. Some time went by and he got reacquainted with his grade school sweetheart. After many notes were passed, one that said 'Will You Marry Me' was intercepted by the teacher. Many years later he wrote it again and she said Yes. So, I thought this "Paper Obsessed" fabric line was perfect for me to make up an envelope-like quilt. In the spring this year my husband and I were able to visit them and present them with this quilt, "That Note". This was adapted from several envelope-like quilts that I have seen. I added a bit of additional fabric for the large envelope (red "Letters from the Heart" and insert - "I Do"), but otherwise I used a FQ pack of Paper Obsessed and yardage of the notebook paper fabric and Eclectic Elements Postal Stripe for the binding. I used the Envelopes fabric on the back.

I had the opportunity to go out to the Root Pickers, which are within a few miles of the shop, and take a photo of the Tahoe quilt. All 3 wishes fabrics available at the shop. Separator diamonds and background are both Northcott-Toscana also available.

My Quilt InfatuationLinking up with My Quilt Infatuation - Needle and Thread Thursday

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Time for an Update on my last WIP post

Lots of finishes coming together and I realized that it has been several months since I shared some of them, so decided I should put a set of blog posts together to document and talk about a few of them in particular. This post I'll focus on the finishes from the last 3 quilts I was posting about. Come back soon for more!

After quilting this one, Holly Berries in the Snow, I threw it out over the snow in front of my shop!
bad lighting, but you can kind of see the quilting....

After binding it was still snowy outside and I was able to hang it from a pole at my house with Grand Coulee Dam in the background.

My 2015 "WATER" Row by Row Experience quilt, A Columbia River Story, is now complete and hung at the Tri-Cities Quilt Show in March and received an Honorable Mention ribbon too!


Also got a special ribbon for Fly Free at the same show. 

I was also working on a "Sew Musical" 2018 Row by Row Experience Quilt ...which I have now named Tribute to RB (my dad). This has been donated to Monterey Bay Academy as a fundraiser for roadworks in memory of my dad. I'll post more later about this quilt and 2 or 3 others that are being donated with information about how you can help out in the fundraising and perhaps be able to get these quilts into your own possession! Stay tuned.

Both of these have also been donated and there will be possibly one more.

Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss - Thanks Jennifer!
Brag About your Beauties-a pageant of finishes!

and Monday Making

Thursday, February 21, 2019


I've finished two tops so far this year and have another in progress that is close to finishing. So here are some visuals.

This has been in progress since 2007. Last Dec. I taught the Peppermint Candy Table Runner class. The same colors are used in this project and I had carefully curated fabrics to make blocks (each unique). So, I cut out the blocks for this project and was able to use the leftovers for the Peppermint project. This inspired me to push on and get this project done too. I'm ready to quilt it now and am calling it Holly in the Snow --I plan to show it at the Tri-Cities Quilt Guild Show at the end of March. (Kennewick WA)

2015 Row by Row Experience H20 Theme --- I'm calling this collection -- The Columbia River Story -- using my Road Trip finishing design (pattern and border fabric kits available in other year themes). It is ready to be quilted and I plan to show it at the end of March at the Tri-Cities Quilt Guild show as well.

2018 Sew Musical - Row by Row Experience ...I've got 3 more blocks to do and this one will be ready to quilt. I'm planning on donating this to Monterey Bay Academy to raise funds for road resurfacing in honor of my dad who passed away last August. Their alumni weekend is in April and there is a big Oceanaires Reunion Concert. My dad traveled with this select choir as the sound guy. I curated these rows last summer while he was declining in health and his life and love of flight, physics and music inspired this collection.

Linking up with Wait Loss Wednesday 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

WIP 2018

2018 Wrap-up

If it says 'available' it means a pattern is available via or physically in my shop in Grand Coulee, WA unless otherwise stated. Either way...I hope if you're interested you'll consider purchasing.  This is mostly written for my own documentation and to inspire you. Thank you for reading!

Sometimes you get the opportunity to see a customer quilt that you put special stitches into since it was made in honor of a 125 year celebration of a school and it raised funds and ultimately was given to the retiring principal who passed away within a month of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of 2017. I made it a mission to work with his wife to get the quilt hung in their home where she had always wanted it. I was pretty excited when we made this 'floating hanger' concept into a reality.

This one was a commission a couple of years ago and the client's daughter added the skirt and made valences for the windows. She loves it ...and that makes me happy!

OFFICIALLY REVEALED in 2018 but was finished in prior years
* Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog - Inspired by Elvis, but mindful of its origin --now available as part of a traveling exhibit "Inspired by Elvis" and in print, published by Schiffer Publishing.

*Cusco Alley -  pattern available - released at Spring Quilt Market
                                                  *Spirit Butterfly - pattern available - released at Spring Quilt Market

NEW - 2018
#1 - City Shadows - pattern available

#2 - Well Done - (design is checkmark version of the pattern by Susie Weaver - Two Fabric Bargello) - kits with pattern available 

#3 - Sea Dance - pattern available - released at Fall Quilt Market

#4 - Row by Row - Dark Side of the Moon - digital pattern available or kits while supplies last

#5 - taking the Jr Row leftover and making a backpack

#6 - Triangle Frenzy Runners (3) - fabric available

#7 Prayer quilt  -- started with this panel print, resulted in this special finish for my mom's neighbor who graciously accommodated my husband and I during the passing of my father.

#8 QOV-Eagle - & #9 QOV-Mt Rushmore

These are 'brother' quilts that developed as part of the Quilts of Valor Stars Facebook Group Panel Challenge. The fun aspect of this is that in making the 'Boston' blocks, you easily get two settings at the same time. so, these borders are now available as kits (meaning without the panels--use any patriotic panel)  -- one set of fabric yields 2 border sets.

#10 - A Fairy Christmas Topper Nov. 23
When asked to design a tree skirt or table topper for a local client ...I needed to test out the directions and went looking for some elements in my stash. I found these leftover pieces of fairies and poinsettias which always make me think of a dear friend from my childhood and high school. I figured out a way to make the concept with the fabrics and found the rest in my shop. What a fun thing to put together and surprise my friend with something new for her Christmas time decorating.

#11 and #12- (2) Rugs   Nov and Dec. #13  (Mug Rug to match using leftover HSTs from joining the jelly roll to make rug #2). We're doing a class to make this rug on Feb. 1, 2019.


#14-18 (4) Phone Charging Caddies from rug #1 leftovers and a bit of extra fabric Dec. Previously made one to test the Warm Company's Fusible product. These grommets in a variety of colors are available in the shop. Newsprint fabric is also available.

#19 - Peppermint Patty Dec 22 -- Did this as a class and enjoyed finding fabrics in my stash to make this a bit scrappy. As a result you'll see something in 2019 that got resurrected out of my stash and will get finished!

From 2017

*Bonnie Hunter Quiltville On Ringo Lake
1/16/18 - completed piecing the top.
3/22/18 - Quilted
4/3/18 - Bound
Delivered to our guardian angel - 5/2018

*GRAFIC sample - Turning Twenty - pieced 2017; quilted/finished 2018
Fabrics available, Pattern available

*"B" sample center - Turning Twenty Again!; borders added 4/2018
quilted/finished 2018 - KIT and pattern available  -- "B-eautiful Bee-attitudes"

*Ribbon Box quilt (v2) - finished Nov 2018 -- "Custom Ribbon Box"

From 2014

Fall Wallhanging ...The pumpkin block was traded in an orphan block exchange as part of the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild ...many years ago. The corn block was a block lotto also with WWVQG many years ago ...and no one else made it so I got my own block back ....for which I was very excited as I love this block. The leaves were made as a wrong size for a commission, so I threw them into this fall grouping. The pilgrim's hat is a self-drawn foundation paper design and an EQ tutorial here on my blog. The turkey is foundation pieced from a book and I fussy cut the feather pieces. I got the top put together last year and finally got to the quilting this year. At my local county fair it won a Special Award Ribbon.

From ...WAY OLD :-)

Joint Projects Completed
Joint Secret Project w/Verlie Ward - Kaffe Fassett fabric, my Boondoggle Butterfly design. Pattern available as "Spirit Butterfly".

  • While at retreat in 2018, Highland Quilts in Athena, OR sponsored fabric kits for the Puzzle Box design. All tops made at retreat were donated to the Bags of Love program out of their shop. This is the one that I put together.

  • Happy Place RAL - Monterey Bay 

This row pattern is available. Kits are now sold out, but some of the fabric yardage is still available.
I gave it to my mom to then incorporate into a quilt which will be auctioned off to raise funds for roadways at Monterey Bay Academy in memory of my dad.

  • QOV - TT - Sub - Working with one of my teenage students, I encouraged her to do more than just the skill builder class and work on a complete quilt. Donating the fabrics and suggesting a design using the Turning Twenty pattern, we combined a couple of different collections of fabric to create a Quilt of Valor for a veteran who worked on nuclear subs. I then quilted (Twister panto) it and fussy cut the binding for her to finish. This will be presented at a future time.

  • Tahoe by Cluck Cluck Sew (pattern) and fabrics by 3wishes -Kohana  I convinced my mom to put together this store sample some time ago and I finally got it quilted. It uses the 3wishes fabrics and two Toscana fabrics for the background and setting diamonds and binding. This one I quilted using a Quills panto, wool batting and a flannel backing and finishes about 48" x 60". This is a fat quarter friendly design and can easily be made into a variety of sizes. Let me know what size you'd like and I'd be happy to put a kit together for you.

New WIP in 2018
365 block challenge --- I kept up pretty good through May and then that was it. Maybe I can get back to it in 2019 and finish it up. At least I have all the blocks designs now and can continue my 2ndary design coloration plans before I proceed. Kathryn Kerr is hosting this again from Australia.

Aves -- I got the fabrics selected and the first block cut out ...but that is it...does that count? ;-)

 2018 Row by Row - Sew Musical
 Junior version - Piano Keys 

Rows I'm making to create a 2018 'Sew Musical' quilt


2017 WIP List
*2017 RxR - It's all about the Journey Row from Colorado Springs, CO
*2017 RxR - Quilted Posies, Spokane, WA
*2017 RxR - paper airplanes (done 7/2018)

*Alletaire --2015 BHQuiltville mystery Step 2 progress
1/9/18 - completed step 2
1/11/18 - part of step 3
1/30 - step 3
2/1 - started cutting step 4 and confirmed my decision to make it a larger quilt, so started cutting the additional parts for steps 1-4.


finished Lone Star piecing  (note : resurrected from a 2009 class w/Eddie Walker)

Ready to Quilt from 2016 list
  • A Ticket in Hand - with borders added. 
  • Road trip 2016 
  • 2016 North Central Washington Shop Hop - Come Fall into Love
  • Labyrinth

from 2015
  • Four Patch Flip- a spring result, but has been sitting there waiting for me to work on it. - now ready to quilt!
    Finished Piecing - 4/12/18

from 2014
  • Electric City - a new 1892 Rondure version, stalled in 2015 --most got going in March 2017, still needed to do 3rd round.  3rd round completed May 2018. Borders added October 2018.
  • Baskets - WW Valley Quilt Guild 2006 BOM (pictured years ago! and my quilting designs for it continue to evolve)

Joint Projects (ready to quilt)
  • Cool Penguin, partly pieced by Julie Tapley - Country Register Pattern Sample
  • Quilter's Fruit Loop --2015 Shop Hop sample (pieced by Nancy Cargo -- re-did grass/fencing sections due to a pattern difference from the original image); finished applique of kites and grass borders 10/17
  • Inverted Rondure - Nancy Cargo
Joint WIPs:
  • Camouflage Canopy (waiting for tester to return it)
2007 Alaska Shop Hop --got them out and thought, 10 years --I need to finish this and realized one block was stitched wrong, so I fixed it, got something done! Still several more blocks to make and decisions on ultimate placement and size, etc.

Out of the Darkness - Pam Bono --maybe one more block, then center and borders

OLD LIST, once upon a time was publicly listed as 'next items' but never got started and there are too many piles of fabric destined as possible projects to list here ;-)...ha!:
  • Peace Park
  • Snowflake/blizzard --except that I used some of the snowflakes as inspiration for the Cool Penguin design and in my "Protection from the Storm" several years ago
  • 2007 Shop Hop the Blues - bow ties?
  • 2009 Shop Hop the Blues - fall leaves?

2014 list
  • OWN -  did Pine Needles in early 2017; next up are 2 large blocks
2015 list
  • Metro Rings --I was able to make a decision on the QSTs, so they will be different.
  • French Braid
  • Dogwood Limb (EQ Seasons RAL)
    --to quilt or expand ??
  • Lucky Pot of Gold or Ode to Ireland (a Mi Amore shamrock version) applique still to add.
2016 UFOs:

  • Train set - with IB Sea Salt Sandy and some other background -- an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger. #Accuquilt dies (rentable in the classroom) were used to cut these.
  • Little cars - with IB Fire Island -- an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger. #Accuquilt die (rentable in the classroom) was used to cut these.
  • Umbrellas -- an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger. #Accuquilt die (rentable in the classroom) was used to cut these.
  • Raindrops --an IBA challenge that I want to incorporate into something bigger.
  • 2015 Row by Row - my own Columbia River story version --several rows have been made, but alas they are sitting waiting for more attention!
 - Colorado row completed - top row (2018)
to do: Spokane Quilting Bee and one from Canada, besides another of my own.

Completed: 23 + 2 non quilted items + 5 joint projects
Started the year (2018) with WIP: 30 + 5 joint projects
New end of year 2018 WIP: 4
Ended 2018 with WIP: 27 + 3 joint projects   --lots that just need to be quilted!!

So less 'joint projects' in progress to end the year AND less personal WIPs ...Yipee!

Note: projects for others, I quilted 58.  All were hand guided, some were also bound and some were for charity.

TOTAL: 86!! quiltings Which means I did slow down a bit in 2018 ....perhaps out of necessity due to my dad's passing, but in reality ... I needed it for my own health.

I posted a PLANS for 2018 in January of 2018 and to complete the circle is a brief  recap of what I accomplished from that overarching set of goals: 

  • 5 of the quilts to be quilted; 
  • 1 of the QOV joint projects; 
  • 2 of the piecing projects were finshed and 
  • 3 are now ready to be quilted.
  • Of my 'new ideas' for 2018, I got one completed, another almost half, and the other barely started.
  • And for the most part all the other plans actually happened!

So...what's up for 2019? ....balance!