A blog within a blog-all about quilting

February 27, 2024
Thanks to the generosity of a quilter friend, I just finished the piece to the left, a challenge that could potentially take my quilting to the next level.  
December 27, 2023
As we embark upon another new year, and it seems like this story has played out so many, many times before, it is time to think about new quilting endeavors, not to mention completing some old ones.  
December 10, 2023

It has been a busy year for me, for so many reasons, but my favorite part was finishing this quilt top. I loved every minute of it. This is my version of "Homeward Bound

November 9, 2023
As mentioned in a prior post, Operation Sewing Studio, I am in the process of converting a bedroom into a sewing studio. While the space is starting to take shape, progress has been slow, but steady. 
August 11, 2023
I have a new focus, a new way to use whatever energy I can muster at my age. I’m calling it Operation Sewing Studio.
April 18, 2023
My latest quilt project actually began in January; it is a Block of the Month (BOM) originating from The Quilt Show, free to Star members. I am proud to participate in the Quilt Show, a valuable resource for quilters. I learn new things every time I sign on. 
March 5, 2023
My quilt inventory keeps growing. For some, this might be a problem, but not for me.
Dec. 8, 2022
I can't help but share the photo of my quilting cat, Sally.
Dec. 4, 2022
I can't believe I finally finished this. While it is only a quilt top and remains a long way from becoming a completed quilt, I am totally enamored with it. 

Oct. 24, 2022
Quilting offers many challenges, which is what I love about it. But one of the most mystifying, at least for me, has been the part of the process of marking the quilt for quilting.  No more. I have found a product I love.
Sept. 18, 2022
I was once terrified of needle-turn applique. So, when I glimpsed this year's Block of the Month project from The Quilt Show, one of my favorite on-line quilt experiences, I wasn't so sure I could handle this quilt, called "Garden Party Down Under."
Dec. 17, 2021
A friend of mine was shopping for oversized pot holders to purchase as Christmas gifts for family members. When she asked if I was interested in making a couple for her, I hesitated, but only for a moment.  
Oct. 13, 2021
Hand sewing is just not my thing, or is it?
Sept. 29, 2021
I now have a design wall, a do-it-yourself portable, but functional design wall. 
Sept. 12, 2021
When my husband John and I retired, we downsized from a five-bedroom house.  While I miss the square footage, I don’t miss the upkeep. That was the place however, where I made my first two quilts. The funny thing is, I didn’t have a quilt studio then either.
Sept. 7, 2021
I have been thinking I'd like to make a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, but I wasn't sure I was ready for all the work involved. 
July 4, 2021
After 18 months, I finished my quilt. 
May 2, 2021
I recently noted in CH Musings, that I am trying out a new quilt hoop on a stand
April 21, 2021 
I first decided to hand quilt my latest quilt – “Afternoon Delight,” a 2020 Block of the Month project designed by the late Sue Garman for The Quilt Show.
March 19, 2021
My quilting life has taught me many things. With over 25 years, some practices have become habit, and have provided some likes and dislikes. 

Quilting Challenges
March 11, 2021
Sometimes, hand-quilting just plain poses challenges.

March 10, 2021
Since CHMusings reflects my personal story, and quilting is such a huge part of my life, I've decided to retire my quilting blog CHQuilts and to integrate it into this space.
Feb, 22, 2021    
In this case, the finish is my latest quilt top; it is not quite a completed quilt, but to me, it is epic all the same...

Jan. 31, 2021
That was the advice from every sewing machine repair person, sales person to quilting enthusiasts. I’m here to tell you, pay them no mind...

CH Quilts: My latest favorite quilt is done

Oct. 26, 2020
Every quilt I work on is always my favorite...
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... 

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 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

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