Lay out of a quilt in a progress

I am working on a Snowball quilt and a few of the fabrics are very “strong”. By strong, I mean fabrics that really stand out and your eye seems to go to those designs. When I am laying out blocks for one of these quilts, I take a lot of photos with my phone along the way. The pics will point out where I need to move around those blocks that jump out. Try taking pics of your lay out along the way and see if it helps you balance your quilt!

pansy layout


Patriotic jelly roll quilt

I just finished this patriotic jelly roll quilt and yes I made another jelly roll quilt. I have noticed this about myself in the last couple of years that once I make a quilt pattern (really this is not a pattern at all) I want to make it a couple of times with different color ways. I become fascinated with how color makes such a difference.

One of my goals has been to piece together backings out of my fabric stash. I really struggled with this one (just like on my other jelly roll quilt) but I am very pleased with how this backing came together. The thought has occurred to me to start with the backing and then find the fabrics for the top! Talk about working backwards……

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and found some time to sew or quilt. I have also been watching the Masters golf tournament so it has been a fabulous weekend.

Tamipatriotic frontpatriotic back1

My latest creation, a jelly roll race quilt

Good morning and happy April Fool’s Day! I hope no one gets a really awful prank played on them today (little innocent jokes are okay……).

Over the weekend, I finished yet another jelly roll race quilt. Gosh, when I just want to create quickly and sew with some pretty fabric, I grab a jelly roll and go to town. In my opinion, this type of quilt is all about the fabric. Since the design is simple, the fabric should really shine and stand out! This is Color Me Happy by Vanessa Christensen for Moda. Great colors of navy, kelly and grass greens, gray, pinks, aqua and turquoise. The size is 54″ x 65″ and is now listed in my Etsy shop. Here is the link if you would like to take a look at some of my other creations:

One of my biggest goals recently is to make the quilt back out of fabrics that are in my stash. I really, really struggled with this one and had to end up buying a couple of yards to go with a couple of smaller pieces of fabric. Oh well, the best laid plans….


Take care of your back while quilting!

I have never had a fancy or very comfortable sewing chair, I have always used an extra chair from the kitchen table. As I have gotten older, the evidence of not sitting properly at my sewing machine has presented itself with sore shoulders and an achy back. Not very fun to not feel well at the end of a productive day of quilting! So I recently bought myself a really comfortable and adjustable chair. It really supports my back, it swivels so I just simply turn a little and I am able to get up and move directly to my ironing board (no weird twisting to get out of a stationary chair), and it is high enough off of the floor so that my arms are pretty much at a 90 degree angle (which I believe is ergonomically correct). No more hunching my shoulders!! And drum roll………IT IS A VERY PRETTY BRIGHT PINK (my fav color). I found this beauty at Office Depot for around $65 on sale.

Treat yourself and take care of your back while you are doing something that you enjoy.