Starting a new quilt

I am working on finishing the Butterfly quilt.   This is the Quilt I did with Derwent Inktense pencils that my friend Ginny George sent me (I plan to do a video of how I do the drawing/painting soon).  I have it all finished except for the binding.    I will also do a short video to demo how I do machine binding.

The new machine That I won arrived!   I have not tried it yet, but I will soon

I am working on a baby quilt, the colors to match the nursery are pink and gray.

here is some of the fabric and my less than perfect plan.

fabric cut into 2.5 inch strips and then 2.5 inch squares.

so there is the start……I will do some detail with the machine quilting (that is where the new machine will make it debut)

I added a few fabric scraps just to get an idea what it will look like with a face

After this is stitched together I will add borders .

I decided to mark down all the quilts and bags in my Etsy store 25%  until the end of the month .   New items hopefully starting in Sept.

Teddy is tired and ready for some attention

Happy Quilting



Butterflies and machine

I have had many butterflies in my garden the last few weeks and I took some photos a few days ago….which will serve as quilt inspiration at some point soon.

I bought a Singer 31-15 quite a while back and it is finally in good working order

Here is a video of some free motion work on it .

I went to see the physical therapist and I have some exercises for my shoulders to do for my shoulders…..and the therapist wants to see me two times a week for 3 weeks to try to get it worked out.   the arthritis on my hands and knees is a different story but one thing at a time ….and forward progress.

Don’t be afraid of change, change can be a beautiful thing said the butterfly.

Happy Quilting



When September comes to Lansing I start to see a lot of Monarch Butterflies in my garden.    Click pictures to enlarge

They were in a cooperative mood and let me get a few pictures.

It has been a while since I have had time to paint but I enjoy painting butterflies

Monarch Painting

It is starting to look like fall even though it was 88 degrees today and the humidity was almost that high.   I am finally getting some tomatoes that look like they will ripen soon.     Some of the “fall” flowers are blooming, the hydrangea are changing color, mums in bloom,  lots of walnuts and leaves from the neighbors trees are bombarding the yard.

I took a few pictures of the garden

Teddy was happy to come inside and turn on the Air conditioning


Happy Quilting



Vintage Log Cabins and Butterflies

I bought another log cabin quilt top.  This one is from the 1930’s


It is hand and machine pieced.

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it is 77″ x 82″ with a great variety of fabrics  (click pictures to enlarge)

Different fabrics and settings can really change the look of a log cabin quilt.  Here are a few examples from my collection of vintage tops and quilts that I have finished. (click pictures to enlarge)

Yesterday between rain showers I took a few butterfly pictures in my garden.


Since I was taking butterfly pictures I also took more flower pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Next time some quilting updates

Happy Quilting


Butterfly braves the heat

It has been so hot and dry lately that I have had to do a lot of watering to keep the garden alive.  In a normal summer I might only water a few times…this year it is almost daily.  This afternoon while watering I saw a butterfly braving the heat. The butterfly was kind enough to wait for me to go back inside and get the camera.  I took some pictures of other flowers that are surviving and even thriving.  (click to enlarge) and stay cool!


Monarch Butterflies

September is here and the Monarch Butterflies are getting ready to migrate.

They seem to show up  in large numbers at this time of year on their way to Mexico.  They stop in my garden to visit all the flowers.  This one is enjoying the butterfly bush.

This one is on a Mexican Sunflower.  They just love them.  Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is an annual that I plant every year.  In Michigan it is a late summer bloomer that flowers late into the fall.  My plants are about 9 feet tall and this evening there were at least a dozen Monarchs enjoying the flowers.

Here is a picture of the whole plant.

They also make great cut flowers.

Here is a painting I did of a Monarch in my garden. (this one is on an orange Zinnia but very similar)

And just to add something “quilty”  I’m still working on the Pineapple Applique Quilt….the echo quilting is slow going.  I have 2 1/2 blocks done.  If you recall from the post on Aug 23  I like to use John James size 10 needles.  I used my last one on the second block.  One needle got me through the entire block

I was too lazy to go to the quilt store to get “good” needles so I went to Joanne and got Dritz needles.  I finished 1/2 the block so far and have used 10 needles so far.

The lesson is the right tools make all the difference!

but today I’m going to enjoy the Butterflies

Happy Gardening and Happy Quilting


Butterflies in the garden

Lansing MI finally had rain!  In my yard we had 2.25 inches Wednesday night and 1.75 inches Thursday night.  I went out to the garden to see how many plants were knocked down by the rain and had to take some pictures of the butterfly that was drying its wings.

The swallow-tail butterflies love my coneflowers!  They are the most frequent visitors to my garden.

Butterflies have long been a quilting motif. (click for enlargements)

These quilts from the 30’s have appliqued butterflies.  They were a great pattern to use up all those assorted colorful prints

Pieced quilts also featured butterflies.

I have not made a butterfly quilt  myself yet but I do like to paint butterflies.  Here is a painting I did a few years ago from my garden

This one I did with watercolor pencils.

Have a great Weekend!