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Rules for Quilting

It seems like every day there are new quilters wanting to know the “rules” of quilting. They want to know if it’s okay to do this or if doing it that way is allowed. What happened to our ability as artists & crafters to thumb our nose at the mainstream population and actually be creative?

One of the first things I figured out way back when I was learning to quilt, is that there are very few hard and fast rules for quilting. They are as follows:

  • Use a “scant” quarter inch. It REALLY does make a difference.
  • Test your marking utensils on scraps before writing on your pieces/tops.
  • For every quilter out there, there is a different method for doing things.
  • It doesn’t matter which sizing/starch you use, you will end up with the same result.
  • Not all quilting needles are created the same. Buy quality. Trust me.
  • Keep your coffee close, but your seam ripper closer.

When I asked my quilting friends what they considered to be the rules of quilting, the overwhelming response was: “There are no quilting rules”.

Quilting rules are for those without an imagination

There’s a popular saying amongst seasoned quilters.

“There aren’t any quilt police.”

It’s supposed to be a fun hobby. Yes, you need guidelines for the basics, especially if you are new to sewing. Just relax and let your creativity flow. I would imagine that Picasso and Monet had a few canvases that they painted over before they were satisfied with the final product.

It’s okay to make mistakes, to start a top and realize that you don’t like how it’s shaping up, and to curse when you’re frustrated with a new technique. We’ve all done it. Welcome to the sisterhood of quilters.

Do you have a quilting rule that you would like to share? What kind of absurd “rules” have you heard?



My Updated Quilting Bucket List

I have been gone most of the summer up north helping my parents and visiting as many quilt shops as I could squeeze in. I finally made it home two evenings ago and now I am sorting through my quilt purchases and attempting to create a blog organizer so that I can share with y’all the many wonderful things I saw on my trip.

Vintage Hankie Quilt

While getting myself organized I updated my list of quilts that are in UFO stage, need to be quilted, or that I have the fabric sitting here waiting to be made up. The list is alarmingly long, so now that it’s hit the triple digit temperatures, it’s time to hibernate and sew.

1. Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
2. International Quilt Block Swap Sampler
3. Lemon Drops Turnover Swap
4. “For Anna” Stack & Whack
5. I spy
6. Pony Club Sampler x2
7. 1930’s Irish Chain
8. Junior’s Sweet Things quilt
9. 1930’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden
10. Diamond 4-Patch (need to finish hand-quilting it)

Needs to be quilted:
1. Autumn Squares
2. Herringbone Scrappy
3. 1930’s Baby Butterfly
4. Ben’s quilt
5. Red & Tan Double Stack Layer Cake
6. Red & Aqua Christmas jelly roll race
7. 1930’s Grandmother’s Fan
8. 1930’s 9-Patch
9. 8 Point Star
10. Dresden Plate

Want to Make (In no particular order):

1. Beach Fabrics Chevron (I plan to make it similar to the one in Jenny’s video)

2. Green Blog Quilt
3. 1930’s Pink with 2 1/2″ squares
4. Farmer’s Market Baskets (my inspiration is at Crooked Tail Crafts)
5. Farfalle (birthday gift from a great friend)
6. Rhubarb Pie Quilt
7. Scrappy Trips
8. Amish With A Twist kit
9. Amish with a Twist II kit
10. Modern Vintage
11. Hearts/Valentine’s Quilt
12. Christmas Granny Squares
13. Batik Shadows
14. Green Irish Chain
15. Nautical Quilt with a Mariner’s Star
16. Pink Paris novelty fabric using Shenandoah Quilt Pattern
17. 1930’s Periwinkle
18. Thanksgiving Strips (no pattern decided, suggest one???)
19. 1930’s Butterfly (can be found on McCall’s Quilting website)
20. Dancing Leaves flannel kit (pattern can be purchased here)
21. Yellow Strips Chevron quilt
22. “For Emma” using 1930’s strips from a swap
23. Patriotic strips quilt
24. Patriotic squares quilt
25. Lemon Meringue Pie
26. Stolen Rainbows
27. Batik Strips
28. Flying Geese
29. Taffy Treats
30. 2014 Texas Row by Row
31. 2015 Row by Row
32. Tropical Squares

How many quilts are on your bucket list? Are there any on the list that really challenge you? Please share in the comments.


Raw Beet Salad and Homemade Dressing

The flu was rather brutal on this household this month. I spent 10 days in bed and began to wonder if I was ever going to be able to breathe without chest pain again. When I finally made it back into the kitchen, I knew we needed something healthy to purge our liver and fresh that didn’t taste like chicken noodle soup. My husband was hankering for fresh beets, so this is what I chose to make.

Raw beet salad

What you will need:

2 medium beets with greens scrubbed and rinsed
1/2 small head cabbage
2 carrots, scrubbed
1 avocado
1 bunch green onions, cleaned and chopped


1/2 c walnut oil (or oil of your choice, unrefined coconut does not work well)
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Salt to taste

For the dressing, simply whisk all ingredients in a glass measuring cup and let the flavors blend while preparing the salad. Pour into a cruet or simply leave in the measuring cup to serve.

For the salad, first, chop your beet greens into bite size pieces and lay them on a plate. Using a food processor and a shredding blade, grate cabbage, beets and carrots, layering them on top of the beet greens.

Then cut your avocado in half lengthwise around the pit. Twist in two. Using a knife, and holding the first half of the avocado, gently slice through the avocado meat. Use a spoon to scoop it out of the shell and place on top of the grated carrots. Repeat with the other half.  Sprinkle green onions on top. Serve

Makes 6-8 servings as a side dish.

1930's Hexagons

Hexie Progress

It’s been a slow couple of weeks for me, but I did manage to create some more hexagons for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Our household was hit rather hard with the flu this month and I spent several days in bed watching Poirot on Netflix, surfing Pinterest and just plain sleeping. But the end result is a bowl full of hexies.

Quilting Hexagons in a bowl

This is a project that will take me quite some time to complete. I have dozens and dozens of white hexagons to make as well as the green ones to make the garden path, but it’s a good start.


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My Weekend Project

My sewing room is chaos, but I plan to shove enough stuff aside to work on this project this weekend. There is enough fabric there to create a full size quilt for daughter’s bedroom. We went easy on Christmas this year with the thought of re-decorating her bedroom. She’s no longer a toddler and has a few years before she becomes a tween, so the Sweet Dreams line from Lakehouse Drygoods is perfect. Girly, bright, happy, and timeless.

102_3369My thought is to take the flower cluster panels and create a pieced center surrounded by various borders of coordinating fabric. Because I need to have it done by the end of January, I will let my long-armer do the quilting. And then I plan to use prairie points as the border. I have almost all of the coordinating prints and as a prairie points, the binding should look pretty amazing against a white bed skirt.

I plan to take the rest of the fabric and make coordinating items for her room, i.e., lamp shade, curtains, wall art, etc.

Early last month I started reading home organization blogs. Our house is filled with clutter and “stuff” as we have progressively been moving into smaller homes. Most of it is “stuff” we have a sentimental attachment to. My sewing room is full of such items…the buttons I inherited from my mother-in-law, the vintage tools handed down by my great-aunt, etc.  And since we had to move into a smaller house, my sewing room also doubles as an office and triples as a library. It’s time for this stuff to go.

Let me just say before I post these pictures how ashamed I am of my mess. It’s like a scene from Hoarders. And that has me scared spitless. This is not going to be an over night deal, there’s just too much. I have been trolling Pinterest looking for inspiration and I have several ideas floating in the back of my head. The final reveal will take place mid-February as I have A LOT of shopping to do in search of cabinets, storage bins, etc. And as a side note, since taking these photos I have packed up a VERY large box of books to sell as well as sorted out board games and straightened them up. My husband wouldn’t be happy if I get rid of them, because most of them were his when he was a child. But I’ve made a start and that’s what counts. Right?

Messy Sewing Space 1 Messy Sewing Space 2 Messy Sewing Space 3 Messy Sewing Space 4

So if you need some inspiration to de-clutter your sewing space, I invite you to follow my Sewing Room Ideas.

Have a Happy New Year!



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