Friday, February 16, 2018

What am I working on?  I laughed because my cousin said she couldn't start something new because she said she has a few things started already.  Jeez, I wish I only had "a few things" and all my others were done!  In progress, I have a quilt to hand sew the binding:


This quilt is a special one for me because I worked on it for 2 years and it is one of my absolute favorites.  It is Berties' Year by Bonnie Sullivan.  Wool applique on flannel.
















Then I have a BOM from my local quilt shop, Quilt Cove in Eagan, and we are to month five.  I am totally up to date, using some flannels I got at a quilt shop garage sale in St. Cloud at Grubers.  I am really looking forward to next week when we get the sixth clue and hopefully some of those pieces get put together.


I also have a smaller girl's quilt that I am putting together,
a fairly easy one.
And a trio of smaller projects, a BOM called Vintage Treasures that a friend is sharing in Facebook and a couple of minis for my daughter, both wool on cotton.  I will talk about my process in the Vintage Treasures in a later post.  



These are just the things I a currently working on.  I have a quilt at the quilter and about six other UFOs, and I haven't got a count on the ones I haven't started yet.  But I am getting them done, several in progress at a time...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I just found out about Angela Walters' new free motion quilt along.

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/2018/02/07/free-motion-challenge-quilting-along/

machine quilting along with angela walters
Every week she plans to do a you tube video to have us work on a specific free motion pattern.  She will do two blocks every week, one traditional and one a bit different.

I am really looking forward to this.  Please join in.

All my best....  Kay

Monday, February 5, 2018



My daughter gave me this awesome picture for Christmas.  Since I love the old Singer machines it is so perfect.  It looks like my vintage 301.  It is hung right where my sewing table comes against the wall.  Right where I see it every time I sew.  

What special sewing item that isn't something used directly in your sewing have you received lately?

Love and Light, Kay

Saturday, February 3, 2018

This is one of my latest finishes.  It has Laurel Burch horses and is very pretty.  When I get more pictures of it, I am going to put it up for sale on my website.  I have four quilts so far to start to put up for sale.  I have a few more in process and I would have gotten them done sooner except I was sewing like crazy for Christmas.


The pattern for this was a mystery quilt by Debby Caffrey done by my LQS, Quilt Cove in Eagan Minnesota.  

Love and Light, Kay

Sunday, January 28, 2018

New House, New Project, Build Another Design Wall

This is a post from a few years ago, but we have moved and I need a new design space so I am reposting this as much for me as it is for you...


So, what is a design wall?  Well, first of all, you know that a quilter needs his/her space, right?  I have taken over all of what once was a dining room and a big room in the basement.  Why?  Because a quilter has a bunch of stuff.  This stuff is not all fabric.  It is sewing machines, cutting boards, big tables to hold quilts as they are being quilted, other big tables to provide space for making quilt sandwiches (not a food group), and for me, an area by the laundry room downstairs for my dyeing studio (yes, we call them all our studios).
My dining room sewing table, design wall behind.
So, in my dining room where I have my sewing machine and big quilting table, I decided I needed a design wall.  A design wall is a place where you can put up blocks you have made and easily move them around to make the quilt design, hence design wall.  The blocks have to stick and be easily moved around, so I went on a quest to find out what people made design walls of.  What I found out was that blocks stick magically to batting, so the outside of my wall I made of batting.  For the inside, I went to Menards and bought two one-inch sheets of insulation.  So, since my wall was a standard height, I took the insulation and covered it, only to find out that "standard" is not standard, you have floors and rugs and ceiling treatments that make when you cover the "standard", you get a bit of a tight fit, as below:
About a six inch gap!




Curved away from the wall!



Should be flat against the wall!


So, down to the cutting board, remove the spray-basted batting and do what I should have done in the first place, measure and cut the board to the proper height.   Well, I almost got it right; styrofoam is hard to cut with a kitchen knife so what you can't see is that there is a gap and the board is a bit wonky, but I am happy!

I now have my design wall in my design studio and am as happy as punch!


Saturday, January 27, 2018


Just thought I would share this quilt that I finally finished and gave to a recent high school graduate.  I have been taking my quilt tops out and getting them finished.  I have given some away, some to charity and some as gifts but I have come to the point in my work that I really need to start selling my work.  I will put them up on my website soon and then they will be available.  I need to sell in order to make more!  I will also put up my journey in Rosemaling.   I am making a firm commitment to get better all the time at Rosemaling so you will be seeing more of my painting in days to come. 

I love having you here and I hope my blog will be one you continue to follow.

Thanks a bunch for being you!   Kay

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Well, here I am again...

Lots of things have happened.  I have become a really good quiltmaker.  Really good.  Ready to sell my quilts.  I will be posting them on kayholm.com and sending pictures your way on the Sew Golden a Chance.  It really has become so golden a chance.

Lots to share, lots of worries, lots of hopes, lots of dreams...

My next program I am working on is Rosemaling.  I hope to be selling some pieces soon.  Watch for pictures and updates.

SO, I am a quilt maker and a good one.  Soon to be a Rosemaler and a good one.  Please check back often.