(Ok, I'm not really a witch, but I probably would have been burned at the stake in 17th century Salem.
I am a big fan of midwifery, pirates, and eating a peck of dirt before you die.)

Friday, May 6, 2011


Can you even handle how cute this is?
I got two new chicks to beef up my flock (pun intended).
I disguised my weakness at the Feed store as gifts for the kids for Easter.
Nothing says "Happy Easter" like chicks.

And then there is this beast glorious thing.
It's another queen-sized quilt.
I used 56 different fabrics from my stash!

I keep thinking my little machine will never make it through all that quilting,
but she never ceases to amaze me.
Still, I'm looking forward to getting "certified" to use the long-arm machine
at Steve's Sew and Vac in June!
Thank god for string piecing. I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
And it makes such interesting photos!

Remember this quilt-a-long from Amanda Jean?
I finally quilted it (it took me THREE tries, and ripping out of seams
before I settled on a quilting pattern), and donated it to a benefit for a 
friend.  He's been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
We raised thousands to help him and his young family through these tough times.
I love being able to contribute something in situations like this.
I had fun with the back.
Turned out there was a bidding war for this quilt, 
so I agreed to make a second and we doubled the money raised!
I've already started making the second, using a jelly roll of Prayer Flag by April Cornell.
I'm really psyched to have another chance at this quilt,
because there were some mistakes the first time round,
and I'm looking forward to being more precise with this one.

I donated another quilt, too.
I am kinda thrilled about this one, 
because I can say it's the first time I've designed something myself!
A while back Liz over at Goddess in Progress pulled a bunch of us into 
cranking out a ridiculous amount of half-square triangles.
I think I made 300 or so HST blocks.
I made a big throw-sized quilt top.
I made two quick and easy baby quilts.
And then I decided to make a second quilt to donate to the benefit.
I don't know where the inspiration for this pattern came from.
Maybe from Rachel's Bottled Rainbows project 
(which I am also working on, and working on, and hopefully someday finishing).
Anyway, I Love how this turned out!  I ended up listing it for sale in my Etsy shop,
and I've already sold one!  I have it up on my design wall right now!
(and I still have a tub full of HST squares left over)
The buyer said she liked the "luminous" quality of the quilt,
and I must say, I agree. 
I'm really enjoying working with colors in more disciplined ways.  
I see why color has everything to do with light!
 On the back I made three blocks with primary colors,
which was my smarty-pants way of complimenting the rainbow of the front.
A special shout-out to my friend Jessica, 
who's good eye helped me choose the colors for the stripes,
and she was the one who figured out the red-pink/red-orange square ends.
So that's what's new around here.
Chicks and quilts.
(Ella named this wee black chick "Trixie", because, as she says,
"Trixies are always dark and up to no good".)
I thought they look like yin/yang here....
Ok, ok... enough with the chicks.
I'm getting back to work on those quilts.

Oh, I can't help it...just one more photo shoot with Etta the chick....
 Don't chicks and quilts go well together?
Happy Spring!


  1. You are an amazingly hard and talented quilter. How can you be so humble!?

  2. I love the half sqaure triangles! That light gray color sets them off and makes the colors really pop. I was destined to love this. I love rainbow quilts, bright colors and HST. (love the oops in the last photo!)