Thursday, August 9, 2018

Taking pictures of my quilts

I have decided to put my quilts up for sale.  I signed up with Amazon Handmade and then started to work on getting some good pictures.  My dear hubby built a complex but wonderful quilt frame to hold them up outdoors to take pictures.  So, well I have some pictures!

It was super sunny that day so I guess I am squinting a lot but you get the picture!!!  Although you can see the clips and bars at the top, you can't really see any more of the frame which had to be pretty sturdy to hold some of the larger quilts.

Check out Amazon Handmade to see more of my quilts for sale, well, give me a bit of time to get them all up...  

Coming soon is the Freebies Blog Hop and I am very busy making a quilt for that, because of course I took on a difficult pattern.

Have a great week.  See you at the Blog Hop next week. 

Always, Kay

Friday, July 27, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Well, it is Christmas in July Blog Hop Time and today is my day!  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do for this hop and I found this panel I bought last year because I loved the chickadees so much and the tealish background with the green and red holly was so pretty.  Well, I have to admit that I bought 3 panels and was thinking about making a quilt, but I decided I really didn't want to do that now.  So, what to do with three big quilt panels???  Use them for Christmas in July!

I wish to thank Carol from for hosting this blog hop.

I began by cutting apart all the "pieces" of the panel down to each individual component, except I kept the middle section of one of the panels intact.


This section was going to be left as it is.  I then proceeded to put fusible fleece on the back although I am not sure now why I did that.  It did turn out really nicely though after quilting...

Next I started resewing everything back together, but in totally different ways.


You are probably getting the gist of what I was making now, a table topper with four placemats, two of the bird with berries and two with the birds on the pine tree.  I then applied fusible fleece to these.

But, I was not done yet...  My daughter is always asking for those kitchen towels that have the flap that buttons over the top so she can put it on her stove.  I found a cute red checkered towel that was in my stash and decided to cut it in two to make two towels.


Gathering and attaching it to the front of a panel piece, I then sewed the "inside flap" above this piece.  Then sewing together the front and back outside flap right sides together, I pinned the flaps together folding a quarter of an inch up for the back side, I sewed the three sides together, turned the flap right side out and stitched down the opening through the two flaps and the toweling.

At this point, I was ready to find a button and make the buttonhole.

I knew I would find something in my button box, and so I did.  I decided upon the deep red.

I had never made a buttonhole with my Bernina before, and I tried just "winging it" and ended up taking the entire thing out.  I found my manual, followed the instructions, and OMG it was so easy.  I will have to remember look things up in the instructions.

Anyway, I loved it!


All that was left was to quilt and bind the placemats and table topper.  I used a soft and white batting in between (and yes, this is the time to wonder why I used fleece on all the pieces) and did echoing around all the designs in the pieces.  I think this turned out great and I am really proud of it.


And the final project (Don't tell my daughter because she will be getting this for her birthday):


Happy Christmas in July!  I hope you have enjoyed my project.  Please look at all the other bloggers' posts for other great ideas!

There's a ton of amazing talent among the hoppers.
Be sure to visit them all and leave a sweet will be appreciated!

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Always, Kay

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Friday, July 13, 2018

My Nephew's Wedding Quilt

I love this quilt.  It is all Kaffe, so how can you go wrong?

I put my first quilt label ever on this quilt.  People say you should always put on a label, but I never have before. 

Unless the quilt is for sale, I think I will put it on from now on.  Looks pretty great.

I got them custom printed from a small business in Minneapolis called "Camelsota" so google them on Facebook if interested.  They custom make all kinds of items, including one of a kind t shirts, mugs, etc.  Very affordable also.

The wedding was absolutely beautiful.  I hope they like the quilt!

I just love the gorgeous prints.  A few of my favorites are in this picture, also shows the quilting which was done by Kathryn Hodges Custom Quilting in a swirly paisley type pattern.

Congratulations Steve and Leah!

Always, Kay

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Flying Geese with the Wing Clipper

I have to admit that I have had my issues making flying geese the four at a time way.  I was looking for something to help me with that, because frankly flying geese are a big item in our quilts, right.  So the quilt I am making for an upcoming wedding has 144 flying geese, and they are the 4 x 8 size and when the blocks get bigger, for me there is more of a chance of being off.  Don't know exactly why, but for me it happens.  So, I decided to try the Wing Clipper.

And actually it worked very well...

Note my gripper strips on the ruler.  I found it was definitely necessary to use gripper strips, and as usual, I found a way to make the gripper circles go further.  I also use the area around the little circles because it works just as well.  Not so elegant, but it works!

Perfect geese, much easier.  Take off just a bit on every side and you have some nice looking geese!

Well, there you have it, now to finish up the quilt hopefully in time for the wedding! 

Always, Kay

Friday, June 22, 2018

Christmas in July

Can you believe it is almost July already???

Well, to get you in the mood, lets talk about Christmas!  No way you say?  Well, with June almost over, July is right behind, and you all know what happens in July, right?

Sunny days, warm weather, beaches, boat rides, fishing, all the stuff that makes the summer such a wonderful time of the year.

But NO...

We are thinking about Christmas in July, and not only are we thinking but we also have a blog hop to boot (you know like snow boots???).  I and my cohorts of Christmas in July will be bringing you projects galore to make you forget the warm weather and sew up a storm (snow storm, that is)!  So please join me and all my friends.  I will be posting a schedule soon.

Happy quilting.  Always, Kay

Friday, June 8, 2018

Newest Finish

Hi everyone!

I have a great finish!  I struggled with this pattern because it was all bias and a really odd and sideways way to put it together.  However, even though I will never do this one again, I think that it turned out really nice.

The quilting on this is so perfect.  It was done by my good friend Kathryn Hodges.  If you live in the south part of the Twin Cities, I encourage you to check her out.  Her facebook page is:
Kathryn Hodges Custom Quilting 

The quilting is stars with spirals in the center.  It goes so well with the secondary star block and shows a lot of movement.  This quilt will be for sale.

Hope to make a lot of progress on my nephew's wedding gift this weekend.  Shhhhh...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

And here it is! Woohoo!!

Sorry it has been a while since I have written.  I was so busy getting my rug ready for the show on Thursday that I was even hooking all Memorial weekend.  But it is done!  I dropped it off yesterday morning and both of my pieces are in the show!

 And here it is!  Woohoo!!

The show invite is below...
Opening is Thursday!  Everyone is invited...

Taking pictures of my quilts

I have decided to put my quilts up for sale.  I signed up with Amazon Handmade and then started to work on getting some good pictures.  My d...