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Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:25



Woohoo...I am so excited to get to this point with my Christmas Star Wallhanging.  She is turning out to be a Beauty...at least in my eyes! 

Here's the skinny details of my plan...

-Block size is 4 inches square FINISHED

-Each Black has 13 Pieces

-Total of 64 Blocks in my Quilt

-Total Piece Count for completed quilt is 832

-Quilt Block Set at 8X8

-8 Rows of 8 Blocks

If you click on the picture to make it larger...you will find that the ONLY fabric I used that is constant is the background white tone on tone.  I simply like the way it gives 'definition" to the center of the block...seperating the RED side from the SILVER side helps make the stars stand out as individuals.

It's a WIN WIN situation!

Quilt on!


Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:21

one block 52 pieces

I'm in  LOVE!

Progress on my Christmas Star Wallhanging Quilt is being made here at The Quilted Story...and I cannot believe how striking the RED fabrics are against the SILVER ones!  I'm thinking I made the right choice.

These little gems work up fairly quick...using a standard paper piecing method...




You simply can't go wrong with these three simple steps...repeating them over and over again.

Pretty much until you can do it in your sleep.

Pictured above are 4 blocks together to form the center red star and the outside silver corners will line up with more blocks to form alternating silver star blocks.  There are 13 pieces in EACH block that "finish" at 4 inches square...so here you see a total of 54 pieces that make up this completed block. 

Let's make MORE!

Quilt On!


Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:33

work station


Gracious Be...it's been almost a solid year since my last Blog post and here I am trying to play "catch up"! 

I have a good excuse...

Well at least it sounds "GOOD" in my head!

I have been the Creative blogger at a large Embroidery Design business for the past year and I have LOVED every single minute of it...

I learned so much...my brain is FULL!

However...I have resigned from that position to persue other opportunities!

Hopefully this will free some time to devote to my own blog...here at The Quilted Story!

So...let's get moving!

Today is Work Station Wednesday and I have started a Super Cute Christmas Wallhanging...

Completely Paper Pieced of course!

I gotta get a jump on the Christmas Holiday...it's gonna be here before you know it!

Besides...NO one likes to be burning the midnight oil on Christmas Eve getting projects like this done in time for the "big day"!

Ask me how I know...

In this snap shot you will see what my "big board" ironing station looks like when I am set up in "paper piecing" mode.  I like to work in a highly efficient manner by eleminating as many steps as possible.  My machine sits to the left of this big board and I am able to easily roll from one position to the other in my sweet office chair...without missing a beat.

I have my iron at the right side of my big board...simply because I am right handed.

At the "big board" I can prep my Paper Pieced block...Trim it and Press all it's pieces parts...all at the same location!

Now...how's that for "efficient"?

At the upper left in the picture is my over flowing tote of Christmas Colored Fabric leftovers from another project or two...or ten!

Gotta LOVE those scraps!


Most imprtantly...

Gotta use them up!

Quilt On...



ONCE UPON A TIME...a funny little READ!
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 00:00



I am going "over" my tutorial section so I can start adding more Tutorials a little more often...so here is a funny little read for you to enjoy while I get my "learnin' ON"!


In the beginning there was a beautiful little shiny black vintage singer featherweight, sitting in the back of a dark and lonely closet.  Not my Grandmothers closet...but likely someone's Grandmother!  I bought her on Ebay...isn't she Gorgeous?





OK...I have the machine...gotta buy some fabrics!  You just have to LOVE the smell of the Calicoes!

My OCD tendencies made me compulsively organize it all by color, on a shelf, made by my Houston.  Isn't it grand?

I think I need another shelf or two or ten!





Now that my fabric is organized...let's get to work and make something real nice!  Darn it Aunt Bethany...he guessed it!





I've been a busy girl...cutting up my fabric into strips so I can take them to the machine and sew my little heart out.  Lookey me...I'm talented!





Since I have only been quilting for a short while, I could only muster up this little quilt...maybe I am not all that talented as I once thought!

Sad thing...I used all my fabric up...

Let's buy MORE!





Thank You Mr. Computer Engineer for building this little "add on" to my Website...now I can write some really cool step by step tutorials that you will NEVER read...mostly because there are too many words!

Love You Anyways!




Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:45

yard stick boxes for bobbinsYou simply gotta love it when a plan comes together...even when you really had NO plan at all!  Who doesn't LOVE them some Super Cute ways to organize all those pesky little bobbins that we all have strewn across the studio? 

Good Grief...it's true!

I have OCD!

Embrace your weaknesses...it makes life "easier"!

Moving on...let's chat a bit about these little cute bobbin boxes. 

My husband...I call him "Houston" (for those who do not know this) brought home this fun little stack of old yardsticks that he found at his Momma's house...

just because...

he just might need them one day!  And YES, I found the perfect place for these little gems! 

Imagine that!

The funny thing is...Houston never really examined the yardsticks all that closely...UNTIL he decided to cut them up to make these bobbin boxes and just before he made the first cut...he turned it over and there it was...

 close up

Houston's real name...written in his little First Grade hand...DANNY BOWEN.

It just makes you smile...


and then TEAR up, like a big BABY!

So, the Moral of the story is this...

BEFORE he was known as MY "Houston"...he was just a little kid from North East Ohio...named...

Danny Bowen!

It doesn't get more nostalgic than that folks!

Gotta LOVE a Handy Man!



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