Quilting in December

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I have been very busy hand quilting on my Feathered Star quilt over the past few weeks! With quilting, Christmas preparations and my “quilting buddy” always taking up my lap, (see picture of Stormie the cat, left), the amount of stitching has been limited, even though I’ve been quilting about 5 evenings per week! I hope you are finding some time to stitch!


Here are a few pictures of what I’ve accomplished:


The first photo shows some little brass pins scattered around… several have been removed in this area as I was quilting.  I baste with these little pins (I’ve been doing this for over 35 years, and it works very well for me!)

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I use the blue wash out markers when the fabric is light enough.  They have never failed me!

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Here is a look at the back… it will show what I’ve done so far.

back2We had a gift exchange at work on Thursday. We drew names, and when I opened mine I was amazed! Ryan looked at my LinkedIn profile and saw that I was a quilter. He did SO well, didn’t he?!?! Thanks for the stack of fat quarters, Ryan!!!

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I’ve excited to have signed on to do a lecture and teach hand quilting for the CAMEO Quilt Guild in the Troy, Michigan area in October 2013. 

CAMEO stands for Come and Meet Each Other.

More details to come in January!

The snow has arrived in Michigan!   We haven’t had very much, but it is definitely winter now.  Here is a shot out my living room window.  Can you see three cardinals in the tree?


Wishing you and yours a

very Merry, Blessed Christmas…

wherever you are!

4 thoughts on “Quilting in December

  1. I love Cardinals! I have the bird feeders full and adding more seed all the time. Winter in the north always looks so pretty with snow – I wish we would get some once in a while but 2 or 3 times a winter is usually it sometimes none. Your co-worker did so well in getting you fabric how nice! Love the quilt you are working on. Merry Christmas to you.


  2. Those cardinals are just gorgeous! Such a favorite bird of mine!

    Love your quilting on your beautiful feathered star quilt! It is just so perfect.

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful and Merry Christmas!


  3. Ohio's State bird, and I do miss them. I use those markers too and have never had a problem. I use a Karisma white lead pencil on the darker fabrics and it comes off as I quilt over it. I am enjoying a big hand quilting project on my lap these cold days. It was so big to lay out and baste that I ended up using those pins too. I start in the center and work out and so far, there have been no wrinkles to deal with. (I do take out the pins once it is in the hoop because the thread catches on them and I am nuts enough already that I don't need more reasons.


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