Quilting

Blog within a blog--all about quilting
See completed quilt projects below

I've enjoyed writing about quilting so much that I now maintain a blog completely dedicated to it. So, if you love quilting as much as I do, check out CHQuilts. As a quilter who writes and a writer that quilts, I love sharing the stories behind some of the techniques I continue to practice and new ones I'm learning. Send me comments; tell your own stories. Let's all learn together. Share this wonderful journey with me and let's enjoy art together.

CH Musings: New way to mark a quilt
Mar. 11, 2014
I have never been a fan of marking the quilt. It is the one aspect of quiltmaking that I find often tedious and sometimes frustrating. I've tried different marking pens, pencils, pounces, chalks, and everything else I can think of...
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CH Musings: Ready to quilt
Feb. 11, 2014
My last update on this project was nearly a month ago, my first blog post of the new year. I had just given up on trying to figure out how to complete this quilt top, daunted by mathematics, colors, and patterns, and style. So, I left ...

Jan 25, 2014
I can't believe this will be my first blog post of the new year. Heck, it doesn't even feel new anymore--it has been so long. In fact, since I was here last, I celebrated my 62nd birthday, gotten through ...

CH Musings: My quilting quandry, what to do?
Dec 11, 2013
Rendering Aqua-yellow quilt I really loved how Periwinkle Blue turned out. That is my most recent completed quilt. So I'm leaning toward doing this one the same way--quilt as you go (QAYG) with free-motion quilting each ...

CH Musings: Latest quilt pushes my color comfort zone
Sept. 17, 2013
Not only is my quilting obsession satisfied by a project I've been working on since January, which takes me out of my color comfort zone, but my "order thing" is getting a workout too. At the beginning of the year, I laid out some ...

Mar 06, 2013
"Periwinkle Blue," named for a song by Doris Day and my favorite crayon color, is finally done; well almost. It still needs the final binding on the edges. Then I will be able to throw it into the washer and dryer and see if it comes ...

Jan 28, 2013
Believe it or not, this is an entire quilt. I will call it Periwinkle blue after my favorite crayon color and song by Doris Day on an album my father used to enjoy. I started this project a year ago and thanks to two Craftsy classes, I'm ...

Jun 05, 2013
Lately, there have been a few forks in the road of my quilting quest. The latest took me down a dirt path--quite literally. I've been doing some gardening, thanks to the beautiful weather we have been having this Spring. Things ...

Jan 03, 2012
I want to make a new quilt--a yellow one. I have been collecting fabric, basically varieties of yellow, in the after Christmas online sales, my favorite being Fabric.com. The first decision was easy. I really knew I wanted to make a ...

Jan 15, 2013
As previously posted, I am really looking forward to following Leah Day's instruction to free-motion quilting last year's block of the month (BOM) sampler quilt. I am still in the decision-making phase of this project, but am ...

Nov 28, 2011
When I began this project, I had lots of fabric strips cut out, sorted by size and color and placed into a huge basket. I had some squares completed. But that was before our cat had her kittens. The babies were so much more fun ...

Dec 09, 2011
I am attempting to teach myself to machine quilt. I remember the first time I saw stippling used on a quilt. It was at a quilt show in Peotone, Illinois, where I first got bitten by the quilting bug. This small project, hanging in the First ...

Jan 14, 2013
A few months ago, I set out to learn free motion quilting. I am making some headway, thanks to the excellent advice and technique taught by Leah Day, who is probably the best machine quilter I've ever seen. Her work looks ...

Feb 05, 2012
I have finally finished my yellow quilt top. I love the design, but I'm a tad disappointed that the stars don't quite pop as much as I would have liked. I think I was so conscious of they're being too bright that I toned it down a little ...

Mar 16, 2012
So far, this is a good day; I've had a success both on the computer side, and as a quilter. Computer successes always make my day. Since the purchase of my new computer with Windows 7 (I know 8 is already out), almost a ...

Aug 25, 2012
This week I forged on--past anywhere I had gone before--way out of the comfort zone of my quilting life thus far. Up until now, I had taken baby steps forward, slowly, a little at a time, trying new things. I was smitten by a pattern ...

Jan 16, 2012
My quilting obsession continues! I just created a quilted table runner over the weekend. It is just a little something I put together to blend the green of the kitchen and dining room with the mauve of the living room. The fabric in ...

Sep 17, 2012
I actually designed this quilt around that polka dot fabric. I have always had a thing for dots. I once covered the walls of my bedroom, when I still lived at my parents' house, with lavender paisley contact paper. I thought the ...

Jan 08, 2013
It is only Jan. 8th. My apologies. for starting my first blog of the new year a full eight days into it. The truth is I've been busy following my primal instincts to organize. My body clock is somewhat confused. It can't discern whether ...

Jan 04, 2012
I'm not sure what has come over me, but I believe I'm trying to become a quilter. On the recent quilting board I joined the other day, I decided to participate in a block of the month project. The finished quilt will be a sampler, ...

Jan 25, 2012
I've taken a little time off from working on my quilt, largely so I can try to sit up straight again, shoulders back, and without pain. When I get involved in something, I tend to work on it til it hurts. I do the same thing with Jigsaw ...

Jan 02, 2012
Thanks to a quilting pro friend of mine, who does longarm quilting and does some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen, I learned that my bobbin tension needed adjustment as evidenced by the photo. That makes sense.

Jul 29, 2012
I am still hand-quilting on my yellow quilt, but I thought a little diversity might be nice for a change. I ripped 1" strips from the cotton fabric that I wasn't crazy about. I cut 1" strips from the green knit fabric. I started braiding, and ...

Completed projects

Periwinkle blue quilt
Periwinkle Blue
Pink log cabin quilt
Pink log cabin quilt
Blue ribbon winning quilt
My first blue ribbon quilt won at the Baxter County Fair
Abby's baby quilt
Abby's baby quilt
Jenny's qult
A quilt made for my daughter
First quilt
First quilt I ever made
Chris & Laina's quilt
Son and daughter-in-law quilt
Old Yeller quilt
Old Yeller
first table runner
First table runner
Old blue quilt
Old Blue quilt made for John
Starry table runner
Starry table runner made for a friend