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Saturday, 31 December 2016 22:12


After what seemed like a lifetime away from my Quilted Story website I am finally "Back in the Saddle" again!  Yes, there has been kicking and screaming... and little bit of a tantrum throwing going on...all at the same time...but Good Grief, it is great to be back and I have so many new things to share with you all... So without further ado...let's jump right in! 

Since we have just finished the Holidays and brought in the New Year, I thought a picture of my new sweet "MERRY" Pillow would be a great start!  This is one of those simple, but fun Machine Applique projects that you can make in an afternoon! 

First, I purchased an 18" square pillow cover in this fabulous red and white geometric print from my local Hobby Lobby Store and used a 20" square pillow form...simply because I like to use the rule of thumb of having my pillow form about 2 inches larger than the size of the pillow cover.  This way the form "fills" the cover completely and gives it the "perfect platform" for my panel wrap!  

Second, I Machine Appliqued the word "MERRY" onto a pretty piece of linen...just because I love the way it looks! I then took that piece of linen and made it into a simple panel wrap and used a velcro closure on the back side.  This way I can simply remove the panel wrap whenever I want to replace it with a different "look".  So in essence...I have ONE pillow cover and form...but by changing out the panel wraps, I can get a handful of diffferent "looks"...

How fabulous is that?

Thank You for all your patience regarding my website growing pains and please join us here as we move towards "Great things ahead"!


Friday, 16 May 2014 17:38

Good Golly Miss Molly...where has the time gone?  More than a month has come and gone and no blog post updates from ME!  Get your act together Kathleen...take a breather from the multiple projects going on in the Studio and clean your filthy house and blog about something you have actually accomplished.

PS...it's not necessary to mention the tornado that blew through the Studio!

Here's my progress with Dear Jane...Modern Piecing.  Block B-12 is called Starflower and was simply Machine Appliqued using a fusible raw edge method.  It makes my heart sing!  There are a total of 5 pieces in this little 6 inch finished block.


Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:22

Woohoo...my second Full Color Tutorial is up on The Quilted Story Website.  Be sure to check it out...just go to left of the screen and click on "TUTORIALS" and you will find The Quilt as You Go Project ...for Ms. Jean.

My little Mini Quilt Group...you know, my friends who all LOVE Chocolate Cake ladies...have been challenged by one of our members, Ms. Fannie (the infamous long arm quilter) to make this Quilt as You Go Project in honor of one of our Quilty Friends...Ms. Jean B., who passed away recently.  Ms. Jean was a wonderful and prolific quilter...who always, and I mean ALWAYS had a smile and a kind word to say about every single thing I ever did.  She was always as sweet as can be to me...even when some people chose NOT to be so nice.  Ms. Jean was a classy gal!

This particular project was one of her favorite carry along projects and it is just fitting that we honor her this way!  So what's a chatty group member...aka, ME...do to help us all out?  Write and photograph a Full Color Tutorial to share with everyone, of course!  Won't you join us and make this fun little project for yourself or a dear friend who needs a little "lift" to their day?  Ms. Jean would have!

I chose the fabric line called Sentimental Journey by Robin Pandolf for SSI Fabrics to make my Large Lap size quilt...all for Ms. Jean!

We all miss you Ms. Jean and your wonderful smile!

Quilt On!


Monday, 07 April 2014 06:39


I am moving right along with my Dear Jane Saga...with block B-11 called Melissa's Cross, she has a total of 21 pieces...in my updated version.

To make it a little more interesting...she is Modern Pieced.  I love when a plan comes together!

I combined two of my best skills and was able to achieve a block that most resembles Jane Sickles from the 1800's.  Well...except that my Dear Jane is a Rebel in RED!

I digress...

First I went to my Dear Jane Software...where I was able to print out the portion of my block that was going to be paper pieced.  I also printed out the oval shapes that were in the template printout...it has the 1/4" seam allowance on the straight edge side of the oval...ready for use.  Instead of piecing this section, I simply cut oval shapes (that I traced from the templates...making sure to add that seam allowance on the straight edge side.  I then machine appliqued that section onto the white square background and then it was easy to sew it to the paper pieced section.

I LOVE the way it turned out...so much easier than hand piecing it...

Well...at least for ME!

Quilt On!


Friday, 04 April 2014 08:41


Another day, another Dear Jane Block in Paper Piecing Fashion!

I LOVE it when the next block is completely Paper Pieced...it frees my mind from clutter!

Don't get me wrong...I LOVE to Applique too, but the Paper Piecing is so darn FUN!

Here is Block B-10, called Jud's Trophy...she has a total of 29 pieces and I Paper Pieced it for pin point accuracy...and...

just because I could!

I am not sure where Jane Sickle got the name for this block...as this one reminds me of the Red Cross.  Perhaps, it is because I did mine in Red and White.

Does it really matter...it's gorgeous in any color way!


Quilt On!



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