Category Archives: Quilt-A-Long

Big Decisions

Well I’ve managed to complete several blocks and some of the sashing pieces.  I’ve been experimenting with different layouts to try and decide how I want to finish my On Ringo Lake quilt.

Here is my on-point layout as it was designed by the author Bonnie K. Hunter:


Here are the same blocks with them arranged in rows and columns rather than on-point:


Here are some of my own ideas that I have been playing with.  I doubled up the sashing to create a secondary design and added blue blocks (on-point and standard layouts).  If I pick this design I am going to add a variety of different blue blocks to keep with the scrappy look.



And these two use a four patch instead of the solid squares:


I can’t decide which one I like best.  Any and all opinions welcome.

Linking up to the Mystery Monday linkup at Quiltsville’s Quips and Snips





Filed under mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake Mystery, QAL, Quilt-A-Long

Mystery Quilt WIP

This has been a crazy week.  Thank goodness it was a holiday week so I had lots of free time.  I have cut over 3000 pieces of fabric and assembled hundreds of blocks but I’m still way behind.


I finished all the nine patches for part one:


Part 4 finished:


Part 6 added a triangle to all the pieces completed in part 4:


So I’ve completed parts 1, 4 and 6 and I’ve got the pieces of fabric cut for parts 2, 3 and 5. I thought I was doing really well until Bonnie released parts 7, 8 and 9 in the last 3 days instead of the normal one part a week.  We now know what the finished quilt will look like.  I really like it and it is motivating me to keep going.  It is never too late to join us.  Remember to download all the instructions before they are removed from Bonnie’s website.    #quiltville #quiltvillemystery #onringolakequilt

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Mystery Quilt


I was surfing on the weekend and stumbled upon Quiltville On Ringo Lake Mystery quilt-a-long.  I’ve never done a mystery quilt because I didn’t want to invest the time and money making a quilt only to discover that I didn’t like the finished product.  I went back and looked at some of the previous mystery quilts on Quiltville and they were all lovely.  This year’s mystery quilt is designed to be made from scraps….and like any fabric-a-holic I have more than my share of fabric.  To make a long story short, I decided to join in.  The only problem is that it started 5 weeks ago so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.  Week one was a nine patch….actually a lot of nine patches.  I’ve got the first four made…..many, many, many more to go.

I’m linking up to Mystery TUESDAY Link-Up, Part 5

#quiltville #quiltvillemystery  #onringolakequilt



Filed under On Ringo Lake Mystery, QAL, Quilt-A-Long

365 Challenge

I’m participating in the ‪#‎365quiltchallenge2016‬ this year.  It is a block a day challenge that will result in a 90×90 ultimate sampler quilt.    I’m making mine a pseudo scrappy version using blue and brown fabrics from my stash plus a few extras.   So far I am up-to-date on my blocks.  Let’s hope I can keep it up.




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It has been a while since I’ve posted any updates.  I’ve finally finished the FMQ on Shoji Screen.  It has been on my FAL list every quarter this year so hopefully I will get the binding on and have it as a 3rd quarter finish.


Urban Windows is a finished quilt top.  I have a week of vacation starting on September 1st so I hope to get it on the frame then.  I am so glad that I finally decided to play with my quick curve ruler.  Coincidentally, Sew Kind of Wonderful has a new QAL starting  the first week of September using the QCR and their Curve It Up pattern.  I’m looking forward to participating.

I took a picture of the quilt top before and after the sashing and borders were added.  It wasn’t until I was editing the pictures on my laptop that I realized I had missed putting the top and bottom borders on….so it was back to the sewing machine.  I forgot to take another pictures after the missing borders were added.

UrbanWin1 UrbanWind2





Instead of finishing one of my WIP,  I foolishly decided to start a new quilt.  I’m my own worst enemy.  It is Leftovers IV using fabric leftover from my Blue Odyssey quilt.  It’s my first time trying a string block.  They sure go together quickly.


Linking up to

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Show and Tell Tuesday @I Have to Say

Linky Party Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt story

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

I Quilt Thursday @Pretty Bobbins

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

2014 WIP  Size   Current status
Urban Windows  Twin  quilt top
Leftovers IV  Twin  quilt top
Leftovers III  Twin  piecing
Waterlily  Wall hanging  quilt top
One block wonder  Queen   binding
Shoji Screen  Lap/wall   binding
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Binding
2014 Completions   Size
Jana’s Wedding  Queen  gifted
Triangle QAL  Twin
Kimono  Wall hanging   Hung
Pink & blue batik  King
Asian Shadow Box  King
Little Warriors Charity (x7)  Twin   Donated
Charm Square Crib 1  Baby   Donated
Charm Square Crib 2  Baby
Charm Square Crib 3  Baby


Filed under FAL, Finish-A-Long, QAL, Quilt-A-Long, Quilting, WIP, Work-in-progress

Triangle Quilt-a-Long Finished


With just 2 hours to spare before the midnight EST deadline I put the last hand stitch in the binding of my Triangle QAL.  All things considered I am pretty happy with the final product.  The one thing I love about working on a project that isn’t a gift or commission is that I have the freedom to just “wing it” with the design and quilting.  I wanted it to be a little longer to fit a twin bed so I added a thick section about a third of the way down.  The bonus is that it gave me a lot of whitespace to go wild with my free motion quilting.  I also wanted the quilt to have a lot of loft so I used two layers of batter.  Wool on the bottom and a polyester on top.  Another plus…..this is my first FAL for the second quarter at The Littlest Thistle (here is a link back to my original post).


I grouped several triangles together and quilted them as one large triangle and I did some detailed quilting on the solid coloured triangles.

TriQALclose1 TriQALclose2 TriQALclose4 TriQALclose5 TriQALclose6


I like the way the quilting shows up on the backing.



Linking up to:

Triangle QAl @The Sassy Quilter

Sew Darn Crafty @Sew Many Ways

Craftastic Monday @Sew Can Do

Making the World Cuter Mondays @Keeping it Simple

Sweet Sharing Monday @Say Not Sweet Anne

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Show and Tell Tuesday @I Have to Say

Linky Tuesday @FreeMotion by the River

 Show me what you got @Our delightful home

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Whimsy Wednesdays @The NY Melrose Family

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

We Did It Wednesday @Sew Much Ado

WOW Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade

Wow Us Wednesdays @Savvy Southern Style

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Really Random Thursday @Live a Colorful Life

TGIFF @Quilt Matters

Whoop Whoops Fridays @Confessions of a Fabric Addict




Filed under FAL, Finish-A-Long, QAL, Quilt-A-Long

WIP and Triangle QAL


I’ve got all my rows sewn together for the Triangle QAL at the Sassy Quilter.  I’m really looking forward to the FMQ so that I can use some of the techniques that I learned in my longarm class with Judi Madsen last week.  Although all the fabrics are pretty busy and they will hide the quilting, I’m still going to let my inner ‘Madsen’ out to run wild and free.  I haven’t trimmed the sides yet because I haven’t decided if I want to bother with bias binding to go up and down the points or take the easy way out and go with a straight seam.

Linking up to:

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

WIP Wednesday @The needle and thread network

WIP @Freshly Pieced

Triangle Quilt-a-long @The Sassy Quilter

We Did it Wednesday @Sew much ado

Whimsy Wednesday @The NY Melrose Family

Wow Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade

Wow Us Wednesdays @Savvy Southern Style

2014 WIP  Size   Current status
Pink & blue batik  King   binding
Jana’s Wedding  Queen  piecing
Triangle QAL  Twin   FMQ
Waterlily  Wall hanging   quilt top
One block wonder  Queen   binding
Peacock  Lap/wall   FMQ
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Binding
Charm Square Crib 2  Baby  binding
Charm Square Crib 3  Baby  binding
2014 Completions   Size
Kimono  Wall hanging   Hung
Asian Shadow Box  King
Little Warriors Charity (x7)  Twin   Donated
Charm Square Crib 1  Baby   Donated



Filed under QAL, Quilt-A-Long, Quilting, Work-in-progress