Sunday, April 22, 2018

Texas Tumbleweed, Nebraska Breeze, progress with MQ'ing

Finally, after 3 years in NO progress, I'm getting this D O N E!   This is a free design by Bonnie Hunter of  I've renamed my version, "Nebraska Breeze."

Several gals on an e-mail list asked for photos of machine quilting designs, but my photos would not load properly there, so, here they are.  These designs are casual, large floppy plumey motifs, with a few surprises (missteps!) along the way.  My thread is a soft green.

Backing fabric - what a great find!  Some artist did the work and I was lucky enough to have chosen the original front fabrics 3 years ago that coordinates perfectly!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Texas Tumbleweed

This is my next project to quilt on my DSM.  It sure looks better in the photo than in a pile in my living room!  It's about 76" x 86", and only pin-basted here.  From Bonnie Hunter at, who calls hers Texas Tumbleweed.   I might rename mine something like Nebraska Wind.   I LOVE those long diagonal green paths.  The orange was "iffy" but I've learned that every quilt I make profits from something "iffy". 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hugs and Stitches

For someone who has been busy, I don't see anything I've actually DONE, except this little project. (I think "LIFE" had something to do with it. )

4 patches at the top and bottom to will make it rectangular, then another border will be added.  It ends up being a generous size.  That orange fabric is Peanuts and Snoopy Halloween characters. 

Several of us played with this project and I'm happy that some of the quilters in my group learned how to make this easy and fast quilt.  Thank you to Bonnie Hunter at  She calls it Scrappy Bargello in her Free Patterns.  Our local collection point calls them "Hugs and Stitches."

Fabric needed:  I used 6 consistent fabrics, and calculated that I needed 20 inches of each fabric.  That was too much.  You get 2 blocks from each WOF strata, but, there is some extra at the end of each strip.  While I cut 8 strips for 16 blocks, I actually only used 6 WOF strata strips for the 16 blocks.  I will make up the extra blocks for the back or perhaps a pillow.   Bonnie suggests using shorter pieces of fabric, not WOF.  In that case a person might use all 8 strata strips.  (Clear as mud?)