Category Archives: applique

Kathleen’s Modern Dresden


My friend, Kathleen, appliquéd this beautiful Dresden Plate quilt and I was so excited to get to quilt it for her. It measures about 89″ X 106″. The dresden’s are made using Fat Quarters from Art Gallery’s Sweet as Honey Collection and they are hand appliquéd on Essex Linen. She backed it using Cloud 9 Organic Voile. It is pretty sweet all the way around. Kathleen is the reason I am the quilter and the longarm quilter that I am today. She taught me how to quilt and encouraged me to longarm. Thanks kb! Be sure to check out her blog, KB Quilts. You can see all the wonderful things she makes, as well as what she teaches and inspires others to make.




DSC_0032It’s always good to have my 3 helpers on staff when it comes to getting pictures of the beauties I get to quilt. I think they have a pretty good system going.




Linda’s Quilt

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Linda’s Rainbow Rocks

I just finished quilting Linda’s Rainbow Rocks Quilt today. It was so much fun quilting this quilt. It had a lot of negative space for me to play around with. Can’t wait to give it back to her.

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It has only taken my a year and a half, but I finally have the last block in my applique quilt done (12 blocks in all). I put the finally stitches in it last night while watching the Olympics. I wonder how long it will take me to get the blocks together and the border put on? 

Hopping To It

Block #8
I have been busy trying to catch up on my Hop To It quilt.
Block #7
There are 12 blocks in all and I am currently working on # 9.

Lucky #5

I don’t know. Is 5 lucky? Well, let’s just say it is. It could be. Anyway, #5 is done! Yeah!

Busy, Busy

Things are busy here, like always. We had family here last week. My brother and his wife and three boys were here. Fletch could not get enough of playing with them. Aren’t my boys handsome all dressed to go to church on Easter!?! I’m proud of myself for actually getting everyone ready and a picture made of them and still making it to church on time. The Allen’s run late to EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING! I could get up five hours early to get ready and still run late.

There hasn’t been too much sewing going on here lately with all the activities and family, but I did manage to finish up another block for my Hop To It quilt. Summer is going to be busy. Who knows how much I’ll get done. I’ve decided I’m not going to worry so much about getting too much sewing done. I’m just gonna have fun!

Block #3

Yeah! I have block #3 finished. Now to get crack-a-lackin’ on #4.

Block #2 = Done

Moving right along on my applique quilt, I am happy to say that I am a block ahead of my planned one block a month. Here’s hoping that I can keep this pace up.
On a side note; I heard on the news the other day that lack of sleep can make you appear uglier than you really are. Great! They really give the mother of a newborn a lot to feel confident about. Ugggh!

You Can Call Me Crazy or You Can Call Me Crazy

I must be. I decided that with a newborn and everything, that now would be a good time to start a new applique quilt. It’s only one block a month, right. Totally do-able. Yup, totally!

Show + Tell

It’s Finished! I put the final stitches in the quilt for the Rally for the Cure yesterday. I also got the raffle tickets ordered today, so we will be harassing everyone to buy them soon. Like last year, all the proceeded for the quilt raffle will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The drawing will be October 6.
This year, they are having a garden theme so I used a Brick Path pattern and added a flower and bunny applique to the top. I also used Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow fabric line. I’m really digging that fabric line.

Fletcher is going to a birthday party on Saturday so I made this little art tote for the gift. (I’m thinking this would be a good tutorial. I’ll have to work on that.) I’m always weary of how people will react to “handmade” gifts, but that’s what they’re getting. Hope it goes well. I can’t go to the party because I will be at a quilt retreat in Black Mountain, NC,(YEAH!) so the hubbers has to take Fletch. He is not exactly thrilled to have to take Fletch without me, but he’s gotta do it. Hopefully, some of the other daddies will be there.
And finally, my Sunday sewing project was this Barcelona skirt in Modern Meadow fabric (of course.) I have never put in an invisible zipper before now, but I did it and it turned out pretty good, so there will be more invisible zippers put in things from now on. Actually, I would like to make another skirt since it went together so quickly.
There is a ton more things to get done before I head off for a long weekend with my quilting peeps and I need to start thinking about what I am going to take to work on, so I’m off to get more things checked off my list.