More silk blocks

I just can’t resist making these this week while I procrastinated yet another paper that I was hoping to submit yesterday…I will probably even sew a second block C this week while I’m out and about.  I got lucky and found by one 35 year old spool of silk thread almost accidentally and it was trying to tell me to start the applique 2 (1) (2)

I didn’t think I would need a practice block for this one, but the background is pretty relatively dark and now the off-centered-ness of the cup is bugging me.  I may have to try handpiecing the curves instead of using a solid background piece on the next one.

photo 1 (1)I also made the more precise version of Block B.  It isn’t perfect but that’s ok.  In fact I like my first one better now too.  I think I may have put a filter on this on instagram and that’s why the other one seems darker.

Silk sample sewing

photo 2 (2)

I have had a busy busy year.  I can’t believe that despite this, I started sewing Yoshiko Jinzenji blocks from her Modern Sampler after I picked up her book at Third Place books.  Although that wasn’t quite what happened really.  I picked up the book and longingly savored her minimalist composition, and then put the book away in my neglected new sewing room.

And then Debbie from my guild and A Quilter’s Table published her Block A on Instagram and I instantly recognized the pattern from the book I’d just bought.  I became obsessed.  I clean my sewing room looking for my Marimekko scraps from Pirkko.  Never found them, but in my newly cleaned sewing room I began cutting into all my silk selvedges and I cannot stop loving this project.

photo 1 (2)I even finished another assignment toward my Master’s degree yesterday (I passed, only 5 credits to go!) so that I could make my second block A as a reward.  And now tonight I’m making another “practice block” for Block B.  I may wind up foundation piecing the official one, but I am just loving this project.  Thanks again to Debbie and Salty Oat for hosting this quiltalong even if I never get past Block C (although I really want to skip to F…)and even my fabulous Seattle Modern Quilt Guild secret swapper Jonna (bespokeoutlaw) for inspiring me in this rainy November week.

Happy Times


I did have some happy time in the past year even though it sure has been a rollercoaster. This quilt was at the Bainbridge Quilt Festival two weeks ago and it is currently hanging at the NW Quilt Expo.  Update: Kathy Dwyer, President of the BIMQ took the above photo. It is actually really hard knowing that this is hanging in public.  It makes me feel really exposed as a weirdo, but I guess most of you already knew that!  I took this photo in the early morning shadowy light and I’d love a better quality photo if anyone has one.


This is a really strange quilt but it was really fun to make.  There are even some scraps on the front and one on the back that came from Noelle’s scrap bag at the fall retreat Seattle Modern Quilt Guild retreat last year.  Deborah Fergusson and Martha Peterson also pieced the center “medallion”  based on the Improv Round Robin workshop we took with Sherri Lynn Wood at Quiltcon and the Improv Bullseyes workshop I took with Amy Dame.


I got to try out long-arming on this behemoth quilt because I was never going to get a 90″ quilt under my home machine.  I learned that I love long-arming, but free-motion work is time-consuming so I can’t just leave this quilt parked at my cousin’s forever, so I did in in two 3-5 hour sessions.  This is pretty hasty for quilting but it was still really fun and now the quilting is just as eclectic as the piecing!  I rushed the binding on this as usual and it shows, but I used the new Alexia Abegg netting fabric from Cotton + Steel and the weight and the color worked out really well.

Another star sampler

I’m blogging from the doctors office!  Thanks android!


When Sukie called for a Block Along for the new Vintage Quilt Revival book, I couldn’t resist because I’ve had so little time to sew lately that a 12.5″ block a week suited me perfectly!


I made the Double Z block from the book and I also made the Aurifil block of the month featuring Zen Chic because I love spools and I can’t resist an opportunity to win more thread!


Now for that lone star setting I just need 5 more blocks, probably from the Vintage Quit Revival book, but I think one will be from the new Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month!

So much in store for 2014


My last act of sewing on New Years eve was to put these blocks to finish up my year of hosting the Bee Biased block swap on Threadbias. I really enjoyed working with the monthly deadlines and some months it felt like the only sewing I had time to do.


Marsha at is so cheerful and communicative she reminds me of why online communities can be such an effective source of friendship and inspiration. I loved getting to know you Marsha and I hope you like your blocks!

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for me but I’m delighted to realize that spending the last year with the Seattle MQG has inspired me to sew for myself rather than always starting quilts as gifts.  I am setting a goal to finish four quilts this year, all of which will be “keepers.”

Blueberries for Sal


For another new baby born last week. I was inspired to make this for the QNL Magazine Traditional to Modern contest but didn’t finish quilting in time to enter it.fortunately it is also a binary quilt, so I may borrow it back for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Binary Challenge.  So at least I finished in time for that.  Quilt time is scarce these days but I am happy.