Stellar Twist Quilt Pattern and Class!

Hi everyone,

I’ve designed a foundation paper pieced pattern (FPP) called Stellar Twist! This pattern is perfect for beginners who want to learn the basics of FPP techniques. I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be teaching this pattern at a local quilt store, Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe on Saturday, July 29th.

In addition, Hollyhill is having a Grand Opening Celebration at their new location in Wilsonville on Saturday, July 15th. I’ll be attending the celebration, so come out and say hello and register for the class!

Currently, the pattern is only available if you attend the class. At a later date, I’ll likely have the pattern for purchase on Craftsy.

Here is a look at the mini quilt version using the Sunday Supper fabric collection by Sweetwater.

Stellar Twist Mini Quilt

I used my HQSixteen to do some heavy custom quilting on this mini using white Aurifil thread in 50 weight.

Stellar Twist Custom Quilting

Stellar Twist Mini, photo by Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe

The Stellar Twist pattern is very versatile! Add more blocks to create a crib quilt or bed quilt or stitch blocks together vertically to make a table runner. For the class, I’m also making a Halloween table runner sampler and a holiday table runner sampler.

Here’s a look at a Halloween table runner using Moda Grunge fabric. This one will be quilted soon!

Stellar Twist Halloween Table Runner

Next, I will sew the holiday table runner version in time for the meet-n-greet at the Grand Opening Celebration!

Enjoy and happy quilting!


A Dachshund Pillow!

Hello quilty friends!

I’ve been working on making a small version of the new Dogs in Sweaters pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. After I finished making the 4 dog blocks (post to come soon!) using plaid fabric for the dog sweaters, I decided to make another dog using bright colors in the pillow size.

I pulled these fabrics to use:

  • Friedlander Fabric, Elevation in White for the background. It has a subtle pattern of cross-hatching lines.
  • Kona Coal for the ears and tail.
  • Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic in Fog for extra sparkle in the dog’s body, face, and feet.
  • Spectrum by V and Co for Moda #10862 for the pink sweater and pillow binding.
  • Remix #15240-50 by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman for the lime green sweater trim.
  • The pillow background is a green print from my stash. I don’t have the selvege anymore so I’m not sure what line it is from.

This pattern uses traditional piecing methods and comes together pretty quickly. I pieced the dog with Aurifil 2600, a light gray/silver color, in 50 wt. I also used the same thread to quilt diagonal cross-hatching lines across the pillow front.

I used Aurifil 5017, a lime green color, 50 wt to stitch around the eye glasses and to do the same diagonal quilting on the pillow back.

I couldn’t find the right size pillow form at any local quilt stores, but I finally found one at Ikea! Naturally, I picked up an extra form so I can made a second pillow eventually! 🙂

For a final accent, I added 2 pink hot-fix crystals to the glasses.

I really love how this pillow turned out! It’s a cute, easy project that you can do in a day.

I’ve finished piecing the small quilt using the same pattern, and hope to get it quilted in the next week!

Dachshund Pillow!

Pillow Back

Close-Up of the Glasses and Extra Bling!

I think Pepper approves!

Happy quilting!


First Quilt Finish of 2017!

Wow, it’s been a long time since my last blog post! This year, I hope to blog more often than I did last year. I tend to post everyday to Instagram and my poor blog suffers.

Last year, I participated in a monthly bee on Instagram. I was queen bee in August and received 11 Fizzy blocks from the bee members. Several years ago, I painted a cherry blossom mural in my bedroom so I chose colors to match the mural so that I could finally make a bed quilt. I made many more blocks to go with the bee blocks during the fall and winter. I added some borders and finished up the binding today.

I used Aurifil in cream to piece my blocks. For the quilting, I used So Fine 50# weight thread in Silver Screen and silver SuperBOBs for the bobbin.

I’m calling the quilt “Cherry Blossoms.” Here are some pictures of the finished quilt. My husband and I held up the quilt while our son took the outside photos. The back of the quilt features signature blocks from the ladies in the bee.

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Cherry Blossom quilt on a king-size bed

Cherry Blossom quilt on a king-size bed

Next, I need to make some matching pillow cases with some of the leftover fabric and blocks!

This quilt will be featured in Make Modern Magazine, Issue 26 in January 2019 as part of an article on Bee Hive Quilts.

Happy quilting!


Brutus Quilt, First Finish of 2016

Happy New Year, everyone!

My quilty goal this year is to finish more projects before starting new ones! Sound familiar?

In a bittersweet first finish for the year, I completed the quilting and binding on my Brutus memory quilt this week.

I posted earlier that Janeen of Quilt Art Designs drafted this wonderful foundation paper-pieced pattern for me of my dog, Brutus, who passed away in September 2015 after fighting cancer.

The pattern is based off a photo that I took of Brutus with us on the Broken Top hike in central Oregon in August 2015.

Brutus hikes the Broken Top trail with the Three Sisters in the background

Brutus hikes the Broken Top trail with the Three Sisters in the background

I pieced the quilt using Aurifil 50 weight threads in light tan and black. The blue background is Moda Grunge, the solids are all Kona cotton, and the blacks and grays are from various fabric manufacturers pulled from my stash.

I did a free-motion swirly quilting all over his fur, switching from black thread to a variegated brown thread when needed. For the blue background, I did straight-line quilting using Rainbow thread by Superior. It has a subtle shimmer that you can see in person, but the pictures do not show it well.

For the binding, I went with a black and white print from Cotton & Steel. I like how it vaguely resembles an old film strip yet brings the focus to Brutus.

Brutus Memory Quilt 1

Brutus Memory Quilt 2

I love how this quilt turned out! I think it is my favorite quilt that I have made, and I plan to hang it in our house this weekend. I miss Brutus fiercely and still feel his sweet doggie presence.

Sincere thanks to Janeen for the pattern. Please check out her Craftsy store and her wonderful selection of foundation paper-piecing patterns!

Happy quilting,


A Free Table Runner

Happy Monday, quilty friends!

I hope that you are having a great week and enjoyed the holidays however you celebrate.

I finished up a Christmas themed table runner in time for the festivities last week by using some 2-1/2 inch precuts and a free pattern by Bonnie Olaveson of Bonnie and Camille. The pattern is called “Strippy and Bright” and you could really use any color combination to make a quick and easy table runner for any time of the year. You can find the pattern free at All People Quilt.

I used Aurifil 50 wt in white and free-motion quilted some swirls on the main blocks. For the white border, I free-motion quilted loopy lazy 8 shapes. The binding is completely scrappy from leftover pieces of my 2-1/2 inch strips.

Here’s a look at the finished table runner:

Strippy and Bright Table Runner

Strippy and Bright Table Runner

Strippy and Bright Closeup

Strippy and Bright Closeup

I found this fun ceramic red cardinal to place on the table runner. I just love him! We don’t have red cardinals here in Oregon so it is fun to bring in a decorative one this time of year.

Ceramic cardinal

Ceramic cardinal

Since the new year is almost here, it is time to pack away the holiday decorations. I plan to make 2015 the year of finishing up some UFOs!! How about you?


Chair Re-upholstery Project Reveal!


Several months ago, my husband and I purchased two well-worn chairs from a thrift shop. The upholstery was old, tired, and stained and needed to be refreshed. The chair legs also had some condition issues but the overall bones of the chair looked good.

We removed all the old upholstery to use as a pattern and replaced the foam cushions. For the legs, we removed years worth of dirt and stripped off the old stain. This process was pretty time consuming and took about a month, just working on it in our spare time on the weekends.

Thrift Store Chairs (Before)

Thrift Store Chairs (Before)

Close-up of worn and dated upholstery

Close-up of worn and dated upholstery

I looked through many, many fabric swatches before we settled on a neutral brown home decor fabric with a darker brown swirling pattern called Rooftop Pecan by Jaclyn Smith. This color and pattern worked well with the colors in our house.

We re-stained the legs a rich mahogany color to match existing wood furniture and to pair with a small little antique bistro table that we purchased several weeks ago.

We also added some rubbed bronze upholstery tacks to the backs of the chair for a little extra charm. I really love how they look in person.

Here’s a look at the refreshed chairs (in bright sunshine so the colors are a little different in person):

Re-upholstered chairs, front and back

Re-upholstered chairs, front and back

Re-upholstered Chairs!

Re-upholstered Chairs!

Close-Up of Rubbed Bronze Tack Accents

Close-Up of Rubbed Bronze Tack Accents

My next step is to make some little lumbar cushions for those of us who are vertically challenged! I always like to be able to touch the floor with my feet. I’m going to use the reverse side of leftover scraps from re-upholstering the chairs.

One more look with the before and after pictures side-by-side:

Chair Transformation

Chair Transformation

For my next upholstery project, I’m going to redo the sewing chair that I got from my mom. It’s the chair that came with her original New Home sewing machine from the early 1970s, and the fabric is starting to tear in places. I hope to do that project sometime this winter.