Blissful in the Clouds in House of White Birches’ LOG CABINS TODAY


Blissful in the Clouds is my quilt featured in Log Cabins Today that is child-themed.


The quilt design utilizes square and rectangular log cabin blocks to construct the kites that are flying high in the clouds! I used multi-colored ric rac for the kite tails.


Quilting was not fancy. I didn’t want the light-hearted mood of the quilt to be stifled by dense quilting. Can you see the clouds, and the “airflow” (aka wind) that is lifting up the kites in this quilt?


Fabrics are a mix of Flower Power, Handspray, and Shasta collections, all by RJR. Thread is Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton, and batting is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.


I hope you have enjoyed Blissful in the Clouds. Come back tomorrow for the last of my featured Log Cabin projects in Log Cabins Today. You will also get a chance to vote for your favorite! Ciao for now.

Lollipop Spring in JUMP-START YOUR QUILTING


Yeap, Lollipop Spring is the last of my three quilts featured in Jump-Start Your Quilting, edited by Jeanne Stauffer and published by House of White Birches.


This is actually a tablerunner project with “lollipop” flowers appliqued on both ends of the runner.


It is a busy happy quilt.  It is busy because the different busy fabrics I had used for this tablerunner project.  It is happy because one couldn’t help but smile at the bright and cheerfulness of these fabrics.


The fabrics are from Moda‘s Tweet Tweet Collection.  Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 thread, and batting is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.


Some of you have recently asked about Miss Baby.  Incidentally, we have started “school” at our house.  “School” constitutes every bit of five (!) minutes of working on a couple of worksheets after breakfast. :)  But Miss Baby is quite proud of the accomplishments from her 5 minutes of schooling!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope my projects in “Jump-start Your Quilting” will help jump-start your spring projects, whether they be quilting or cleaning. ;)

French Bouquet in JUMP-START YOUR QUILTING

You have seen snippets over the past year…


But now, you see it in its entirety! My French Bouquet mini quilt is officially published in one of House of White Birches newest book, “Jump-start Your Quilting” (edited by Jeanne Stauffer).


This 16″ x 16″ mini wholecloth/applique combo wallhanging was designed with a home machine quilter in mind. A 16″ square is just about the perfect size for someone who wants to do a bit of practicing on fancy quilting using their home machine.


The fabrics are mainly from RJR‘s Fancy Hill Farm collection, except for the beige background that’s from Robert Kaufman‘s Radiance cotton/silk line.


Quilting was done with YLI Silk 100 (Color 239) over Hobbs Wool Batt because I wanted to highlight the feather quilting in the center of my floral wreath.


If desired, you can also quilt or embroider a monogram in the center instead of doing the feather quilting. The feather quilting motif is my original design adapted from an antique Persian floral cluster. It is printed in the book for quilters to use on their quilts.


Here are a couple of close-ups:


Click here to find out how I popped my applique:


I love it anytime I get to do dense quilting – therefore making French Bouquet a most enjoyable project! I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I had enjoyed quilting it.


From time to time, I am asked about the stitches I use for my applique. Come back tomorrow for a tell-all! Meanwhile, I wish you a beautiful day!