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Haunted House

I did another Dresden Plate village, this time for my DIL, who loves Halloween.  Hopefully it arrives at their house in Kansas tomorrow so she will have a little time to enjoy it yet this year.  …


Added by Barb/WI on October 25, 2018 at 10:21am — 4 Comments

Tribute wallhanging

This wallhanging is based on a larger one I found in a magazine.  I made this to hang in my 7 year old granddaughter's bedroom, at our house.  It is a tribute to her mom, our daughter-in-law, who just passed away much too young after her 7 year battle with metastatic breast cancer.  She truly knew how to live life in full bloom, and made making memories a priority.  We never heard her complain as she fought bravely until she had nothing left to fight with.  (Sorry, didn't plan to add the…


Added by Barb/WI on August 8, 2018 at 6:43am — 7 Comments

Non-traditional Dresden

These Dresden village quilts are quite fun to do.  In our quilt group one was done for Halloween, another in progress for Halloween, a few all season, like mine, and one in a beach theme.  I'm thinking ahead, and would like to do a Halloween village for a DIL that would appreciate it. …


Added by Barb/WI on February 19, 2018 at 6:23pm — 12 Comments

This year's go to gift...

When I'm trying to think of something special to make for someone, this is this year's choice.  This is the one I made for my DIL.  It is the Victorian Table Runner from Southwind Designs.…


Added by Barb/WI on December 6, 2017 at 4:29pm — 8 Comments

Little Quilt

A nearby quilt shop offers a chance to get some brush ups on embroidery skills once a month.  $15 for the entire year, can you believe it.  I've been working on some small projects while I'm there.  This is my latest.  It will be a birthday gift for my SIL.…


Added by Barb/WI on July 24, 2016 at 4:44am — 8 Comments

Finished and delivered...

Late last summer I posted a question about using football jerseys in a quilt.  Oh, how I did not want to use them in a quilt, put my niece and sister kept telling me I could do it.  What an easy target I was.  I finished that darn quilt a few weeks ago, and had the chance to deliver it this past weekend, at a family wedding.  The quilt looks so simple that I am sure they will never understand what went into making it.  Backing the mesh fabrics, trying to stitch anywhere near the rubbery…


Added by Barb/WI on June 8, 2016 at 6:54am — 10 Comments

Birthday gift...

My granddaughter is turning 5 in a few weeks, and has always had a thing for mermaids.  I have a feeling she will love snuggling down into this mermaid bag with one of her dolls.…


Added by Barb/WI on April 18, 2016 at 5:53pm — 10 Comments


My husband has a birthday on the 23rd, and I have been scrambling to get this quilt done for him.  I think it will be a hit.  Badger men's basketball plays on the 23rd, so he can give it a test run.  Won't be quite the same though without Bo Ryan at the helm.  Now I'd best finish up a few little Christmas gifts.

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Hope you cherish every minute of time you get with family and friends.…


Added by Barb/WI on December 20, 2015 at 5:41pm — 7 Comments


Our annual quilt group Christmas party is tomorrow.  We will have a gift exchange, lots of yummy goodies, a hot chocolate bar, and always bring donations for our food pantry.  It should be fun.  Each year I have been making a thank you gift for the gals that come.  This is what I did for this year.  Just finished filling them with goodies.…


Added by Barb/WI on December 4, 2015 at 3:25pm — 9 Comments

Feeling like fall...

I've been putzing around with little fall things lately.  The runner is something we did in our quilt group on Saturday.  I'm having a hard time trying to convince a few of the ladies that, yes, they can do their own free motion quilting.  So, this was a quick project to try to sell them on the idea.…


Added by Barb/WI on September 28, 2015 at 7:10am — 7 Comments

Quilt Expo

Last week Thursday I was at the Quilt Exp in Madison, Wisconsin.  I was totally humbled by the amazing stitching, and artistry on display.  I left feeling thrilled for having gone, yet so inadequate at my quilting.  I sent pictures to my DIL, who said yes, they are beautiful, probably take years to make, but I would much rather have a quilt to cuddle with.  Yay!  She said just the right thing...a great reminder of why I quilt.  I will try to add a few pictures here from the Expo.…


Added by Barb/WI on September 17, 2015 at 6:09am — 7 Comments

Football Jersey Quilt?

Has anyone had any experience working with football jerseys?  My niece would like me to turn a few jerseys into some kind of throw.  It is so different from working with t-shirts.  I am not sure how I could stabilize the fabric enough to work with it.  I am assuming they will melt if I try to use any iron-on product.  I would really prefer to not turn it into a tied quilt, since she does not plan for it to be utilitarian, more a keepsake.

Added by Barb/WI on August 13, 2015 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Holiday Greetings

Merry Christmas dear friends, and hope your New Year is sew fantastic!  Enjoy every minute you can with family and friends, and strive to find joy in every day.

Added by Barb/WI on December 24, 2014 at 10:05am — 5 Comments

Extra quilt blocks

At our last quilt group meeting, my demo was this quilt block.  I like the block so well I didn't want to waste my samples, so I made two…


Added by Barb/WI on November 17, 2014 at 5:18pm — 8 Comments

Baby Quilts, Etc.

Darn!  I thought I was going to post pictures of the baby quilts I've been finishing for some November babies arrivals.  I can't seem to figure out how to upload the pictures.  I used to have no problem with it :-(

I've also been working on some Christmas table toppers, or wallhangings, and gifts for the ladies in our quilt group.  I've got tons of stuff to get done for the holidays, but worse case scenario, I change ideas on what to give. 

Added by Barb/WI on November 15, 2014 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Turkey question...

Everyone here is always so nice and helpful that this has become my go to site for any questions, even non-quilting ones.  What I'm wondering this time around is...do any of you cook your Thanksgiving turkey a day ahead, then warm it on the big day in a Nesco roaster?  Any tricks or advice?  What temp do I use?  Do I reserve the drippings to keep it moist?  No one in my house likes carving the big bird, and I hate all the last minute rush when everything gets done, and needs to get on the…


Added by Barb/WI on November 11, 2014 at 3:35pm — 14 Comments

Future quilter!

Do you suppose there is any hope to steer this 3 year old imp towards quilting?  I'm hoping that if she starts by enjoying playing among fabric first, the desire to create with it will follow.  Fingers…


Added by Barb/WI on September 23, 2014 at 6:22am — 8 Comments

Quilt Expo

I had the chance to go to the Madison, WI Quilt Expo yesterday!  I had missed the last few years, so this was a huge treat.  303 amazing quilts  on display - every one of them award worthy, I thought.  Winning quilts showed a lot of gorgeous glitzy threads, and embellishments, but there were also some amazing more traditional quilts that were also awarded ribbons.  Makes me feel like my work is so mediocre, but still worth the love and time that goes into them.  Wools remain popular, and…


Added by Barb/WI on September 7, 2014 at 6:39am — 6 Comments

3-D Flower wallhanging

I haven't been able to do much quilting for the past 6 months, but I couldn't resist making a few new things for a spring cheer-up after a…


Added by Barb/WI on May 6, 2014 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Line Dancing

I made these silly bookmarks for the gals in my quilt group.  We have our Christmas meeting the first Saturday in December every year, and I like to make up a little gift bag for anyone who attends.…


Added by Barb/WI on November 19, 2013 at 8:23am — 18 Comments

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