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April One Monthly Goal

Happy Wednesday!


I’m choosing one of my easier UFO’s for  April’s One Monthly Goal.  It’s a wonky cross quilt using left over  10 x 10 inch squares from the Me and My Sister Layer cake Shades of Black. I believe I started this project sometime in 2014. My goal is to use some of the techniques I learned in Angela Walter’s “Dot to Dot” Craftsy class.

FMQ (free motion quilting) really scares me….

2018 OMG April










To prepare myself I made a set of placemats to practice my stippling. Normally I am a warm colored kinda gal but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try soft pastels!

Voila set of 4 free motion quilted placemats — not bad??


placemat practice FMQ








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Until next time Happy sewing and quilting !

Spring Is In The Air

Happy Tuesday!

One of my 2018 goals is to keep my entryway decorated with quilted wallhangings. Knowing that the first of the month is always around the corner provides me with a deadline which motivates me to get something created.

For March and April to celebrate Spring and Easter I created a supersized plus quilt measuring 36 x 36 inches. I’m a bit obsessed with plus and cross quilts. I used simple straight line machine quilting with one inch intervals making this easy to make and finish.

plus supersize quilt

plus supersize quilt

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plus supersize quilt cu

plus supersize quilt back

plus supersize quilt back


The beautiful fabric I used for the plus sign was paper garden digitally printer color collage by Flaurie & Finch for RJR. The colors and flowers remind me of spring; I don’t remember when I purchased it but was happy to find it in my stash. I used Basic Grey’s for Moda Grunge Basics in navy as the background fabric. I found the backing fabric in the clearance section at JoAnn’s – perfect match.

My inspiration for the table runner in the entryway came from Samelia’s Mum: Tulip Time Quilt Pattern. Again I used Grunge basics for each block’s background.  I used the last of my Fresh Cut charm pack for the tulips. Both the background and tulip fabrics were designed by Basic Grey for Moda. The runner measures  10 x 44 inches.

tulip runner cu

Tulip runner cu

tulip runner

tulip runner


Linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!


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