Pieceful Monday

Friday rolled around and I realized I didn’t have any finishes to share and I wouldn’t have time for much quilting. BigJ is still laying flooring in our downstairs, so I opted to let him work and did little quilting over the weekend.

I am ready to stitch the Humble Quilts Quilters Madder QAL blocks together. The pattern is Old Maid’s Puzzle. I don’t usually like pink quilts, but this quilt has grown on me. I’m not sure what I will do with this quilt once it’s completed, but it has been a fun process. I’ll definitely do another QAL if Lori hosts another.  Here’s the blocks on my design board.


The autumn table runner has yet to be finished. I’m still thinking about the quilting and what I want to do. I need to try a few practice runs on a couple of ideas. Then I need to just get it done.

I’m also ready to pull out some Christmas fabric and make a few projects. Here’s some fabric I have in my stash that I think I’ll use.


For today, I’ll work on the Madder quilt and do some practice runs on the quilting for the table runner. However, my daughter is home, so I may forego all quilt projects for the day and just spend time with her!

Linking up today with Cooking Up Quilts, Em’s Scrap Bag and Love Laugh Quilt.



In The Works Wednesday

I spent most of Monday moving things back into my quilt room. In the evening, I continued stitching the wool leaves on my table runner. I’m using Valdani thread, 12 wt. for the stitching. Some are stitching with matching thread, others with a different color. I have done a running stitch outline on a few of the leaves as well. Here’s a few photos of them.

Same view as my previous post, but showing the embellishing on the leaves.
A closer view of the leaves. I just need to finish the three on the right!

I was surprised and delighted when Susan of Quilt Fabrication highlighted my runner in her Midweek Makers post today. Thanks so much, Susan!

I’ve been thinking about how to quilt the table runner. I have some ideas and I’ll begin practicing some of those this week. I had hoped to have this runner done by now, but I want to take this part slow and enjoy the process.

I’m almost caught up with the Quilters Madder Quilt Along. I finished the second step last night. Today, I’ll finish the third step and be ready for the reveal on Friday. I’ve really enjoyed this and hope to do another QAL with Humble Quilts soon. Here are my Step 2 pieces.

48 little HST’s! That’s my new floor in the background — a vinyl tile that look like cork.

One other highlight of the week was winning an Instagram drawing from Aurifil threads for their 20K Giveaway. I won 20 small spools of Aurifil thread! That should help with my machine quilting practice, since I’ll no longer have the excuse of not having the right color of quilting thread – haha!

I’ve partially moved back into my quilt room. It is now a workable space once again. However, there are boxes and whatnot that still need to be moved back, downsized, or gotten rid of. I’ll tackle that the rest of this week as well.

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.



Pieceful Monday

On Friday I had hoped to be able to show you the finished table runner. Today I hoped to show you my progress on the Quilters Madder Quiltalong. Instead I spent the entire weekend laid low by a cold/flu bug, so there was not much sewing done.

Last Wednesday, a few of you asked about Madder prints after I posted my blog. Madder is a type of dye, and the color content of the dye varies with the soil and the weather. The madder colors are brilliant red, brick red, salmon pink, light pink, peach, buff, pink, lavender grays, medium brown, chocolate, violet, darker purple, and near black. Mordants used for the dye produce these results: weak alum – pink; strong alum – red; weak iron – lilac or violet; strong iron – black; mixture – various browns; copper – scarlet red. This information was given to me by Margo of Reproduction Fabrics.  She has put together some fat 1/8 bundles of Madder prints; you can find those here.

I have managed to get the first blocks for the quilt along completed. Just a few simple four patches and two patches. I hope to get a little further along on the project later today.


Last night I began adding some stem stitching to the leaves on my table runner, adding some veins and a few outline stitches.


My goal for today is to get moved back into my quilt space now that I have new flooring. Then I hope to get some sewing done on the QAL blocks. I’ll continue working on the runner this evening.

Linking up today with Cooking Up Quilts, Em’s Scrap Bag today.





Work In Progress Wednesday

One of the first things I did today was stop at Reproduction Fabrics, one of my favorite local quilt shops. I enjoy the fabric, but I also enjoy visiting with Margo.  Not only is she a delightful lady, she also teaches me so much about textile history. One of these times when I visit, I’ll remember to take some photos; I get so busy visiting with Margo that I forget!

The reason I stopped by Margo’s shop? I have decided to join the Quilts Madder Quilt Along by Humble Quilts. I have some madder fabric, but no shirtings, so a visit to see Margo was necessary (or at least a good excuse). I am almost three weeks behind on starting this QAL, so I need to get going. I am so excited to see how this turns out!

Here’s what I came home with.

Shirtings on the left, madders on the right.

Okay, let’s talk about my current work in progress. Remember that little table runner that needed something to balance all of the white space in the center? Here’s what I’m adding to counter some of that white space.


The wool leaves are traced from actual leaves. Rather than hunt for leaf shapes on the Internet, I went out and picked up a few in my yard. I gently ironed them flat, photocopied them, and then used the photocopies to trace the shapes to my fusible. Once I have stitched them all down and add a little stitch work on each leaf, I’ll show you some close up photos. I think the leaves fill in the space nicely, and quilting the white space doesn’t seem nearly so intimidating.

In the midst of this project, I need to clear out my quilt room before Friday. Seriously. I need to clear everything out, furniture and all. We are putting new flooring in our downstairs area, starting with my quilt room. It’s gonna be a busy rest of the week. I am determined to move my machine and sewing projects upstairs so I can continue to quilt while the new floor is going in. I’ll let you know how progress is coming along later this week.

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.



Pieceful Monday

It was a quiet weekend with lovely, cool weather. The fall colors have yet to peak, but BigJ and I still took a Sunday afternoon drive around the area, just to be sure. We stopped at one of our favorite apple orchards and, of course, bought apples and a few pumpkins.

My project for the weekend ended up being a quick table runner, made from a pattern called Game Board by Pieced Tree Patterns. These little patterns go together quickly. I actually downsized the pattern and it’s still bigger than I really wanted, but it will do.

I decided to play with these fabrics that I picked up at our local shop, Reproduction Fabrics. The border fabrics are Margo’s Mignonettes from Margo Krager for Andover Fabrics, and the white fabric with gold dots is a Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics piece. Perfect colors for fall, aren’t they?


Here’s the finished top. That big empty center has me thinking, however. It needs something, and I have a plan. I hope to work on that today and show the final product to you later this week.


With fall colors starting to pop, I need to get rolling on my Christmas projects and gifts. I’m hoping to make most of my gifts this year (I say this every year). I always tell myself I’m going to start in July (ha!) and then October rolls around and I’m late to the game once more. At least I’m a little ahead this year because some of them are already done.

Remember that little pack of coasters I made? They arrived safely to their destination, and she loved them. It’s always fun to hear that our quilted gifts will be enjoyed, isn’t it? Much to my surprise and delight, Beth from Cooking Up Quilts highlighted my little coasters in her blog. Thanks, Beth!

I hope all of you have a wonderful week, full of thread, needles and stitching!

Linking up today with Cooking Up Quilts and Em’s Scrapbag.


Autumn in the Air and My Home

Fall is definitely in the air these days. Northern Minnesota even had some snow last night. Oh how I wish the Autumn season could last longer than it does!

Most of the projects I’ve finished this week have already been posted, so I’ve decided to join the linky part hosted by  Bernie of Needle and Foot and show you some of my autumn quilts and woolies today.

I thought I’d take you on a mini tour of my Autumn quilt decor in my home. It was a challenge to get pictures in my dark, tree-shaded living room, so please bear with me.

The quilt below is one of my very first lap or throw quilts. While we do use it as a throw, most often I use it for decoration during the Autumn season. It is a pattern I made years ago; I believe it was in a quilt magazine. It is one of my favorite quilts. The quilting shelf was made for me by my brother, Steve. You can see some of his other work here.

This display is at the top of the stairs in my home, so I am standing on the steps to get the full quilt in the picture. That’s the reason for the weird angle.

Fall is one of my favorite times to pull out my woolie projects. If you’ve been following me, you know that I usually have a woolie close by to work on. This next little set of pin cushions is a nod to Autumn and Halloween.


The little owl pattern was too irresistable when I visited a quilt shop in Minnesota a year or so ago. The pattern is a Half Pints by Buttermilk Basin and went together quickly.

The pin cushion with the scaredy cat was a free download online a few years ago from Shirley Hudson Designs. Another quick project, and so cute!

The little pumpkin was a pin cushion pattern  by a quilt shop I visited while on a trip to Missouri a few years ago. It is the first of the woolie pin cushions I made.

This little hanger is also made by my brother. He and his wife, Nita, of What a Hoot Quilting sell these. They hold little 6-1/2″ blocks and easily tuck into spaces where you just need a little something. (Am I an affiliate of What A Hoot? No, just a big fan who gets paid in hugs. Good enough for me!)

Harvest Moon, copyright Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

The little block on the hanger is my own design. I just sketched it up one day and stitched it together. I call it Harvest Moon.

This little quilt was made from a pattern in the Fall 2012 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. When we put in the bookshelves, which BigJ designed and built, he added this little nook so that I could hang my mini quilts on display. It’s one of my favorite design features in our house!


That’s my linky party share! Thanks for hosting this, Bernie!

(I’m not an affiliate of any of these companies; just giving them a little applause for their great patterns.)





Work in Progress Wednesday

This week I have been enjoying just being home. We had a busy weekend with travel, speaking, and spending time with good friends and family. Part of that time was spent with my brother Steve and his wife Nita. They have a quilting business, so it’s fun to catch up with them and see what they are up to. Nita gave me a peek at the quilts for classes she will be teaching; she inspires me more than she realizes. I can’t tell you how I wish I lived closer to her!

So let me show you what I’ve been creating this week. I have spent most of my time just playing with my scraps. I have used one pattern, but the rest are just things I came up with.

Remember those little stars I was working on? Well, I ended up with nine of them out of the scraps I had. The scraps were left over from another mini quilt I had made, so I used up as much of them as I could while making the stars. I pondered what to do with them when putting them together as a quilt — should I just stack them 3 rows of 3? Should I set them on point?

On Monday, I knew what I wanted to do with eight of those little stars. It was a totally different idea than I started with. This was so much fun, I’m tempted to do another set. These would make great Christmas gifts, but this stack is getting mailed to someone this week.


The coasters went together quickly. I didn’t quilt them much, just a quick stitch through them each way. I thought the binding would take me awhile, but it didn’t. They were the perfect handwork project for later that evening. I love the little neat stack they make!


Yesterday I got up earlier than I had planned, due to a household snafu (it could have been something major, but it wasn’t, thank goodness). So my quilt day began early and I made the most of it.

I had a baggie of little scraps left over from a Kim Diehl quilt I had made. I couldn’t wait to dig into these and see where it led. I knew there were enough scraps for a few small nine patch blocks, so I stitched as many together as I could get, which was 4. I turned them on point and added the rest of the neutral blocks. Rather than making it square, I chose to keep it this fun shape. The neutral blocks needed something, and what are Kim Diehl fabrics without some appliqué? So I pulled out my wool scraps (I save the most ridiculously small wool scraps but they come in handy) and came up with this, based on some of Kim’s other designs. I hope to finish this today.


Remember that I said I had nine little stars made? One little orphan star that was withheld from the coasters because of a squaring mistake. As I was looking through Kim Diehl’s latest book Simple Christmas Tidings I came across a pattern that I could make using my little star in place of the one called for in the pattern. It will be a cute little quilt hanger to be hung from a doorknob, etc. Here’s the top with the wool appliqué completed, waiting for the next quilting to be done on it.


We have been having lovely cool weather here, but today is rainy and overcast. Another perfect day for quilting!

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts and Quilt Fabrication today.