A Private Personal Quilt Show

In September, when I was in Edmonton, I had the great pleasure of visiting the home of Elizabeth Penttinen. She is an art quilter extraordinaire! I was blown over by her talent and the variety of quilts that I saw. And, I know that there were many more that I didn’t see.

The photos were taken with my Iphone and at night, indoors, so the photo quality is not the best.

Obviously, this one is ready for quilting … but look at all the greens, the curves, the straight lines …

This one has an organic wavy binding … and if I remember correctly, it is not cut on the bias.

And a close up of the quilting … all hand guided …

All different leaves in this one …

I see the wind blowing in this one … great movement!

Look at the beautiful thread painting! And beads, buttons and shells … (I think!)

Fun collage quilts … made from t-shirts, sheets, and other fabric things.

Elizabeth has spent a lot of time in Africa … I can’t help but think that this definitely influenced this collage quilt.

Cows anyone?

Sons of Anarchy

I absolutely LOVE giraffes and I think this is my favourite by far!!! She was going to be teaching this at her guild … how I would have loved to have taken this class!

Beautiful flowers!

Fall still life …

Mixed media … from Disney!

Thank you, Elizabeth, for the privilege of seeing your beautiful quilts!

Many of these quilts are for sale, if you are interested, contact Elizabeth e_penttinen@hotmail.com and she can give you more information.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

A Busy Thursday and Friday

Do you know what it’s like to get ready for a retreat? Oh ya! On Thursday, I managed to get borders on 2 quilts and they are sandwiched and hopefully will be quilted at the retreat … bobbins are wound.

And then there is the last minute gathering of STUFF … yup, all sorts of STUFF. When you’re one of the co-organizers, there is a LOT of details to attend to. Last minute emails to send out …

I haven’t been on a retreat for almost 2 years. That’s a LONG time for a retreat junkie!

It’s all good!!! I will get it done. Well, most of it anyhow. And of course, I doubt that I’ll finish all 5 or 6 projects that I’m taking with me … but it’s always good to have a variety to choose from! I’ll tell you all about it next week!

A Friday Finish

I made this quilt earlier this year, thinking it would be good for a fat-quarter quilt and a mystery quilt … and then I changed my mind and went in a bit of a different direction for the Summer Mystery. I still like this quilt … and perhaps one day, I’ll write up the directions for it … but not now … not yet … But it did use 7 fat quarters … with little fabric to spare …

I Was Featured

Photo credit: Jerry Khiev, Island Batik

I was featured on the following blogs … Check them out!

My Quilt Infatuation

For the Love of Geese

This quilt is in the Spring Summer 2021 Island Batik Catalogue. It uses the fabric line “Flutter Fly.” And You can order the pattern from me!

For more information on this quilt, click HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

Linking to:

Midweek Makers @  QuiltFabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @  Inquiring Quilter
Off the Wall Friday @ Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever
Happy Needle  and Thread @  My Quilt Infatuation
Andrée / Free Motion Mavericks @ Quilting & Learning – What a combo!
Put your Foot Down @ For the Love of Geese

Sherry @  Powered by Quilting
Can I get a Whoop Whoop? @  Confessions of a Fabric Addict

TGIFF @ Devoted Quilter
Finished or Not Friday  @ Alycia Quilts
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party @ Wendy’s Quilts and More

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Hop

In July, Kelly, of My Quilt Infatuation, emailed me and asked if I would be willing to participate in a blog hop promoting her new book. I felt honoured and of course, I said, “YES.”

She asked me to make an improve ornament mini quilt! This is the quilt she asked me to make! Isn’t it cute?

Sew … I gathered a bunch of blue and purple Island Batik scraps.

Then I sewed them together sort-of following the directions in the book. A lot of my scraps had weird angles in them … so mine aren’t totally square … more improv!

I followed the directions for making the ornaments. They were very clear and easy to follow. As directed, I did use my Tri-Recs rulers for making the purple ornament.

I used Island Batik solid “Turquoise” on the purple ornament and “Amethyst” on the blue ornaments. The strings were made with “Dark Grey.” And the background is “Rice.” I absolutely LOVE Rice!!!

This mini quilt is quilted the same as in the book … stippling in the background and organic straight(ish) lines on the ornaments. I used Aurifil 2600 – Dove to quilt it. And yes, I did stitch in the ditch around the strings and the ornaments.

This was such a fun quilt to make! I’m sure I will be making more mini quilts from this blog!

I have already made “Up, Up and Away,” using Kelly’s instructions on enlarging the quilt. I made it baby sized. I posted about it, and your can read about it HERE.

To me, Kelly’s “Scrappy Improv Quilting” book is one that EVERYONE should have in their book collection! There is a HUGE variety of mini quilts and you can make them bigger as well! I know I already said this, but the book is very well written. The directions are clear and easy to follow!

I actually have 2 more quilts from this book in progress … and I will show you them when they are completed!

If you want to buy the book, I know that Essem Textiles has a few in stock. As well, I will be teaching several quilts from this book at Essem later this month. Contact them to sign up for the class.

Blog Hop

Here is the Schedule for the Blog Hop: (All links up to Oct 11 are direct links to the original post, so you won’t have to hunt through the blogs! … you’re welcome!)

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

What’s Happening?

What’s happening?

I’ve been madly sewing on things I can’t show you and writing patterns to go with the quilts I’m making. But, this post is about what I CAN show you!
Design Wall

Design Wall


#1 Scrappy Improv Quilting

I’m working on another quilt from Kelly Young’s book “Scrappy Improv Quilting”. I’m doing it as a leader and ender with all the Secret Sewing I’m doing

#2. Secret Sewing: Island Batik

#3. Meadow Mist’s Macaroon Mystery.

I’m a bit behind on this mystery. I have the pieces all cut. Yes, it’s all reproduction blues with an off white for the background. If you LOVE mystery quilts … Cheryl’s quilts are a dream to make! You can see all the clues HERE.


#1 November Island Batik project is being quilted

Stash Report

No shopping, no finishes that used stash!

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week: 0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      39.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  58.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

While away, I managed to sew for 5 days … and for 6 days, I did not sew.

  • January – August –  261 / 272
  • Oct –  10 / 10
  • Total: 265 / 278
  • Percentage = 95 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

The last To Do list: (from weeks ago)

OK … so I had over 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list – a little bit of everything got done!

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project sort-of done
  2. Work on 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv in progress
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December project in progress
  4. Quilt Secret Sewing BBQG mystery quilt #1  Sandwiched
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

This week’s list:

  1. Continue working on Island Batik’s November project
  2. Work on 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December project
  4. Complete top for Secret Sewing BBQG mystery quilt #2
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Even though I’ve been working like a mad woman in the sewing room, there is no change to my UFO list.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

Linking to:

Announcing Flutterfly Stars: for Island Batik

Photo credit: Jerry Khiev, Island Batik

Please contact me if you would like to purchase the pattern. This quilt uses a Tri-Recs or a Deb Tucker V-block ruler. There is an option of using a pre-cut Stack (10″ squares) to make this quilt.

Flutterfly Stars appeared in Island Batik’s Spring/Summer catalogue. You can see it HERE. Check out page 9 for a close-up and page 56 for the whole quilt. And there are tons of other beautiful quilts in the catalogue … lots of quilty eye candy!

This quilt used the awesome collection, Flutter Fly, by Kathy Engle and is available at select stores now.

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: 65” x 83”
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Pieced and Quilted with Aurifil thread

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE

Happy Quilting! 

Linking to:

  • Midweek Makers @  QuiltFabrication
  • TGIFF @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
  • Wednesday Wait Loss @  Inquiring Quilter
  • Happy Needle  and Thread @  My Quilt Infatuation
  • Andrée / Free Motion Mavericks @ Quilting & Learning – What a combo!
  • Put your Foot Down @ For the Love of Geese
  • Can I get a Whoop Whoop? @  Confessions of a Fabric Addict
  • Finished or Not Friday  @ Alycia Quilts
  • Sherry @  Powered by Quilting
  • Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
  • Peacock Party @ Wendy’s Quilts and More 
  • Island Batik: Endangered Species

    This year, Aurifil Thread has a Color Builder program. It is a total of 12 different mini-collections that, for 2021, are based on Endangered Animals. Aurifil’s goal is to “Increase sustainability and positive environmental impact.” (source: Island Batik).

    For the October challenge, Aurifil is asking you to create a piece inspired by the endangered animal featured on your assigned Color Builder box. Use each one of the 3 provided colors somewhere in the challenge piece, how the thread is used is up to you! (source: Island Batik)

    I received the Pangolin bundle. The 3 threads in this collection are: #2312 – Ermine, #6010 – Toast, #2360 – Chocolate. They are all 40 weight.

    I had to look it up …

    Photo “Borrowed” from Aurifil: https://www.aurifil.com/pangolin

    The Pangolin is sometimes used for it’s meat, but mostly the scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. There is a huge amount of illegal trafficking and the pangolin is considered Critically Endangered. Source.

    I literally spent a few months thinking about what I would do.

    I finally decided that I would go to the Internet and search for royalty free colouring book pages and pangolin. Bingo! I found one at THIS SITE.

    Below is the pangolin print out and fabric (Buttermilk) on my light board. My light board happens to be a window. You can see where the pages are overlapping and taped together. The Buttermilk fabric is taped on top.Then a picture of me tracing it out with a brown sharpie. (Inspired by Helen Godden and the Flower Power Quilt-a-long)

    I used Hobbs Polydown batting and Odif 505 temporary adhesive spray and got to work. First I stitched over the brown sharpie lines with #2360 – Chocolate.

    I quickly realized that I needed to have a fabric on the back: the polydown was catching on the lowered feed dogs. Previously, when I used this technique, I was able to use Hobbs 80/20 with no difficulty.

    Then, I was not pleased with how it was stitching out! So, I cleaned my machine (it needed it) and changed to a Schmetz needle. That helped a bit, but then I took off my ruler quilting foot and put on the regular free-motion quilting foot. I’m not sure why, but my quilting was WAY better.

    The pangolin is outlined with Aurifil #2360 – ChocolateI. The Zendoodling is Aurifil #2312 – Ermine. Aurifil #6010 – Toast, was used for the organic echoing around the pangolin. It took 3 full days of zendoodling to get to this point. Then I needed a break!

    For the spikes around the border, I used several pieces from the Autumn Wings collection, along with Large Netting-Sand (a blender) and Citrine (Marvelous Multis). The spikes were all fused with steam-a-seam light. And appliqued in place with #6010 – Toast. Then the feet were “coloured” in using Aurifil #2360 Chocolate. It is bound with Wavy Dots – Cappuccino.

    Disclosure: The fabrics, thread, batting and needles were generously supplied by the following companies:

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 

    PHD in 2021: September Report

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    How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

    I was reading a post from Bustle: “Ways To Get Things Done When You Don’t Wanna” The title certainly caught my eye! There were lots of tips on “How To.”

    Here’s my comments on some of the points as it relates to me and quilting

    • Think of the end goal. Remember that wonderful feeling when a quilt project is finished? It feels pretty good, right?
    • Focus on what you can control. OK … so you might not be able to finish your project today, but you can sew a few seams, cut out some of the fabric … That’s doable, right?
    • Start With The Most Loathed Bits First. You might as well get it out of the way and then the rest will be easy. (Well, this won’t work if binding is what you loath, but I’m sure you can find something!
    • Work Out What You’re Afraid Of. Cut out the excuses and just get started.
    • Bribe Yourself Shamelessly. I’m on a serious fabric diet, but maybe I could go shopping. At least I need thread, right?
    • Do It For Just 10 Minutes. We can all work on a project for 10 minutes … set your timer if you need to!

    Here’s my tally sheet. You’ll notice that I have 3 Island Batik Secret projects to work on. I actually had 4, but one is completed. These include writing patterns, organizing pattern testers and making the quilts. I’m going to be busy for the next while!

    Linky Party

    Link up and show us your PHD in 2021 Progress.

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    My Favourite Quilt this month!

    Meadow Mist Designs hosts a link up for a Favourite Quilt each month. My favourite is from a new book “Scrappy Improv Quilting” by Kelly Young. You can read about it HERE. I will be teaching this quilt (and others) at Essem Textiles later this month. Contact Simina at Essem to book your spot!

    This quilt used Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread and Hobbs batting!

    So Scrappy

    My Scrappy Table Topper for September was 2 – both featuring orange … you can read about them HERE. October’s colour is Lime Green. Hmmm … wonder what I’ll make?

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE

    Happy Quilting! 


    Linking to:

    Favourite Quilt of the Month @  Meadow Mist Designs

    So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy

    Sunday Stash @  quiltpaintcreate

    Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework

    15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

    Frédérique  Quilting Patchwork Applique

    Monday Making @  Love, Laugh, Quilt

    Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

    To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal