Caron’s Feathered Star – Completed!

“If you’re going to do something,  do it right.”   Betty Covert  (my mom)

I had planned on making a feathered star quilt for a very long time… at least twenty years.  It was always on my mind as a “one day I’m going to make that” quilt.  I spotted a few beautiful printed fabrics, and knew I wanted to use them in this quilt.  The fabric was purchased by my husband (thanks, Honey!), so I washed it and pressed it and set to work.

One of the fabrics I love, but I just felt it wasn’t a good fit with the others.  In this photo, the fabrics have been pressed and stacked.  The fabric that did not belong in this quilt is the one just above the red.  I am saving it for something else, just not sure what yet.
The quilt was pieced by hand.  That means that I did not use a sewing machine.  At all.  See all the goodies on the couch?  That is what our couch looked like most evenings.  Oh, with the addition of Stormie (the cat) most of the time.


The little bit here shows one night’s worth of work.
One block

This is one block completed. 
Multiply that by 9. 


The little red stars were made, and lattice strips were sewn between the nine blocks like a tic tac toe board.

I thought about adding a different border (shown below) but scratched that Idea.  I thought it would be too busy.  I never plan the whole quilt in advance.  I let it talk to me as I go along.  I try to listen… I usually get it right (for me, anyway!).  I wanted a certain sweetness from this quilt, and the border below just seemed too harsh for the look I was going for.


flimseyThe quilt top was completed and ready for sandwiching (which means putting the  backing, batting and quilt top together as one “quilt sandwich.”)  I hold the three layers together with little brass pins.  They are removed as I am quilting.


You can read more about how I baste on this blog post.

Jan 4.2013It took me over a year and a half to hand quilt this quilt using a lapphoto 2 hoop.  You could call this “Stormie’s Quilt,” as usually Stormie was found laying on the quilt or on me as I stitched.  However, this is MY quilt, and I will share with her from time to time.  (Note:  She doesn’t just lay there.  She hugs!)

The quilting and binding is now completed…
December 28, 2014.

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Thank you for following the progress on this quilt!  It has been a delightful quilt to make, and has more stitches in it than any other quilt I have made.  I am ready to continue work on my Baskets of Honeysuckle quilt, and a smaller quilt that I will begin soon and tell you more about at a later date. 
Wishing you a very Happy New Year with nothing but good things to come your way!
If you are a quilter, you might enjoy the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook group.  This year, we will be focused on learning more about hand quilting – the traditions around the world, tips, tricks, how designs are created, and so much more.  
Caron’s Feathered Star was made with Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting,
YLI quilting thread (Sticks n’ Stones), and stitched with Bohin Sharps needles, 
size 10 and 11.

A Sew-cation

A vacation to sew… my favorite thing to do.  I took the entire week off work to relax, unwind, and work on this Double Irish Chain quilt intended for my own bed.  I started it about a year ago, and I am determined not to let it remain a UFO.  Here is a sneak peek of it against my bedroom wall.  My bed is white, kind of a “shabby chic” look, so I think it will look great when it is all finished. 

Double Irish Chain

A blog I follow (Kate’s Arty Bits Blog by Kate North) had this meme on there.  Occasionally I will do one, just for the sake of making myself think, so here goes:

A – Age: 57
B – Bed Size: Queen
C – Chore you Hate: cleaning the basement and ridding it of saved junk
D – Dogs Name: Don’t have one now, but previous dogs included Elbrus (Old English Sheep Dog), Maestro and Gretzky (Golden Retrievers)
E – Essential Start of the Day Item: COFFEE with hazelnut cream
F – Favorite Color: Green
G – Gold or Silver: Have a gold wedding band, but also love silver.  I’m on the fence here.
H – Height: 5’7″ ish.
I – Instruments You Play: piano and vocal chords
J – Job: I have one.  Currently working as a Quality Assurance Technician and teacher for a large pharmaceutical company
K – Kids: 2- Sean and wife Kim (and 3 grandchildren, one grand dog), Loren and wife Margaret (grand dog and grand cat)
L – Living Arrangements – House we built in Mid-Michigan just outside Flint
M – Music You Love – I like almost every kind of music except very twangy country and rap
N – Nickname – My grandpa Covert always called me “Plugger”
O – Overnight Hospital Stays – 2 that gave me babies to take home as presents, 4 other ones with no presents (my tummy looks like a road  map
P – Pet Peeve – bad grammar and people who think they are better than you are
Q – Quote from A Movie:  “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”  from Dirty Dancing.
R – Reading – I love to read when I can find the time.  I enjoy historical fiction.
S – Siblings: This gets confusing.  I was adopted.  The brother I was raised with was a surprise.  Half-siblings:  2 half-sisters, 3 half-brothers
T – Time You Wake Up: 5-6:00 AM depending on the day.
U – Underwear: I wear it.  Never white.
V – Vegetable you dislike – beets!!!
W – Workout Style – walking, going to the gym
X – X-rays you’ve had:  Teeth! Chest, right arm, left hand, right knee
Y – Yummy Food you Make: My husband is the chef in our family. 
Z – The Best Place to Visit: Anywhere I have not yet been.  I would love to visit Ireland, England, Scotland and the Black Forest are of France/Germany.

I should also update my readers on my Feathered Star Quilt.  I’m still quilting on it, and it will be a long time in coming…

June 2013

Quilting lines are approximately one-quarter inch apart.

Blog Reader Choices, Feedly, etc.

It’s coming… July 1st, 2013.  On that date, when you wake up, Google Reader will be gone. 

BloglovinYou may have noticed that on the right side of my blog there is a link you can click to follow my blog on bloglovin.  That is one option.  feedly

You could also choose to follow my blog (and others) on Feedly. That’s the green logo. Both work quite well to follow any blog you’d like. 

You can choose any other blog reader to follow any kind of blog you would like. 

Should you need the information, the rss feed for Michigan Quilts is: .

So why did I choose to go with Feedly?  It was simple.  Feedly offers a lot of the same features that Google Reader did.  I have liked the ability to scroll through Google Reader and see each blog in it’s full format, scrolling through dozens of blog posts and remain on the same page.  Bloglovin’ requires me to click through and view each blog entry on its own page.  For me, that is a lot of pages to click on.  So my decision is made  Feedly it is!  However, please know that just because I read the blogs that I follow on Feedly doesn’t mean that if you use a different blog reader you can’t follow my blog somewhere else!  If you are confused and need help, please send me an email at


So, on to the world of quilting.  What have I been doing lately?  Taking a little break, actually.  I’ve been tired lately, and have been enjoying catching up on some reading.  My Kindle has had a good workout these last few weeks! 

photo 6.16.aI did manage to squeeze in some time to work on trapunto )photo at left) for a class sample for my hand quilting class.  I really enjoyed the process, which was new to me.  photo 6.16.c

I also put in more time on hand quilting my feathered stars quilt (photo on right).

This is a project in slow motion, as it is heavily quilted.


We have had quite a bit of rain in Michigan lately, but it has helped the garden tremendously!  photo.6.16d


The rhododendrons look beautiful close up, but I don’t like the yellow leaves that are taking over.  I think the soil is lacking something, but I’m not sure what.  If photo 6.16eyou are a fan of rhodies and have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you!


Hope all is well in your world!

Stitching away the winter


Brrrrrr!  It is SO cold out today, here in mid Michigan!  I am really ready for spring to arrive.  How about you?

Not much has been going on since the last post.  Working during the day, an hour or two of quilting at night when I can find time for it… that’s about it!

2.16.2013I did get to spend the afternoon quilting yesterday with the resident Quilt Inspector on the ottoman in front of me.  She was perfectly content to sleep and purr, as long as there was a quilt nearby. 

I haven’t posted an update of this quilt in awhile, so here goes:


It’s easier to see what has been quilted by looking at the back.

2.17.2013BPublished by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! Copyright 2013.

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Help Needed!

Help me brainstorm!

What upbeat song would prompt quilters to “shake their booty?”

Can you name a game or suggest an activity that we could play at a quilt guild meeting? (Not 50/50, but something fun that gets people moving around the room meeting new people)

Our meeting theme in February is “Pajama Party,” so we’re looking for fun things to do… and are very open to suggestions!


Stormie and I have been busy quilting on our Feathered Stars quilt. Here are some pictures of our progress thus far.

Jan 28.2013A One of the corners… Here you see only the diagonal lines going one way.  After the entire quilt has these lines going one way, they will be crossed in the other direction, creating one-inch squares in the background. 

Once that is accomplished, each square will then be dissected creating half-inch squares.

The feathered stars have quilting in the ditch in the feathered area.

Jan 28.2013C Another view.
Jan 28.2013D And yet another.
If you click on the photos, the picture should enlarge on your screen.
Sometimes one of us gets bored and needs a diversion from quilting.  We won’t name names.

A squirrel on the hanging bird feeder outside the living room window.  It instantly becomes a SQUIRREL feeder.

Below, the view from Mom’s leather chair where “we” quilt.

12.27.2013B 12.27.2013C

30 Things: Number 30


30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Oh my gosh, here it is:  the last one, Number 30!

  1. Son #1: Sean
  2. Son #2: Loren
  3. Book #1: America’s Pictorial Quilts
  4. Book #2: Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs
  5. Being a great elementary, middle school and university teacher
  6. Remaining a dedicated and talented hand quilter while surrounded by a movement that promotes machine quilting
  7. Being a caring individual who is accepting of people from all walks of life
  8. Someone who is not afraid to try new things
  9. Someone who stands up for her faith
  10. Someone who does her best and does the right thing… because it’s the RIGHT thing, even when nobody is looking.

There.  That’s 30 things in black and white on your screen.  It was a good exercise for me, and for many of you who faithfully responded to just about every post, I thank you!  I probably shared more than I would have without the 30 Things prompts, but that’s alright.  It was fun, made me think, and helped create a conversation between us. 


Quilting update photos on my feathered star quilt:

Click on a photo to enlarge it.

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3 4

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!)

photo 1

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!


Is it just me, or has autumn been extremely busy?

We celebrated grandson Fischer’s first birthday at their house.

Candles Big brother Jacob got to light Fischer’s birthday candles (this was a first)
age 1 cake

Fischer with his mommy looking at his cake

photo Thoroughly enjoying birthday cake with almost every inch of his one year old body.
Loren.Sam.2012 Uncle Loren did Samantha’s fingernails for her!

new office


I’ve been busy at work with a new position as Quality Training Coordinator and a move to our new office space at Corporate.  Office still not quite done in this photo… but we moved in yesterday.


In every spare moment, I’ve been working on hand piecing my feathered star quilt.  The main portion of the quilt is now complete, as shown here:

















I’m playing with a few different options for the border.  This is one that I like, however I don’t think I will go with it.  I think it will give the quilt a heavier look, and I don’t want that. 


So stay tuned and you’ll soon see the finished top! 

Sizing up your blocks

Math never was my favorite subject.  It requires lots of thinking for me, and makes my head hurt.  For the quilt I am currently working on, I wanted two different sizes of an 8 pointed star.  I tried drafting my own.  Now, normally I am really good at drafting blocks by hand.  With this one, not so much! 

I finally resorted to finding a pattern online on the website of a quilter for whom I have a lot of respect and know personally.  I won’t share her name here, though.  So I found the pattern for the 8 pointed star on her site, in several different sizes.  I chose the size I wanted, and made the block.  I wanted a six-inch block.  I ended up with a 4.5 inch block.  SIGH.  I took the pattern to a copy machine and increased it over and over in a variety of sizes, and took the stack of copies home.  After much pondering, I chose the pattern that I was sure would give me six-inch block.  Nope.  When I made the block, it was 8 inches.  MORE SIGHING.  After several more tries, I finally hit on the right one.  So now I have many different blocks in a variety of sizes but all in the fabrics from my quilt.  It allowed me to see how the different color choices would look, so it wasn’t a total waste.


Please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?