Unblock Me!


San Juan Islands Vacation Quilt

There is a gaming app called Unblock Me! which is a simple game from the past that is now an electronic game of moving block pieces around to unblock, or open, a pathway to a new challenge on the next screen.  Metaphorically speaking, I’m feeling like I hit an Unblock Me! new screen with my quilting projects by finishing a few of the past quilt projects. Tops I’ve sewn a few years ago are surfacing, being completed, and new ideas are percolating.  It’s an exciting time.

This 16 block vacation quilt was done with fabric markers. Children of all ages can do a project like this.  At the time, we had one child in high school, one in middle school, and one in elementary school.


Fabric markers worked great. When each block was finished, I ironed the block or put them all in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the design.


I started the quilting this vacation quilt using a hoop several years ago and have just transferred it to the quilting frame to finish quilting a few more blocks and the edges.


I don’t recommend moving quilts started in a hoop to a frame.


I put this quilt in the frame, because I finish more projects when they are in a frame then in a hoop, and I wanted to quilt the edges with more ease.


I was actually surprised that there weren’t any bumps, lumps, or uneven areas moving the top to the frame. It is laying just right in the frame!


It’s a fun memory!


Wishing you many Unblock Me! moments!

Keep Going


Antique Joseph’s Coat Quilt Top

Whatever you’re up to today, Keep Going!  It’s Wednesday and mid-January…and I want to encourage you to keep going!  What you do matters and is making a difference!

I love the antique fabrics used with this pattern and the unique shape of the Joseph’s Coat pattern. I’m still deciding what I want to make with this antique quilt top. It’s not large enough to be a single bed quilt.  What would you make with it? I have 10 or more antique tops to show you. So, check back for more pictures!