Kathy’s sampler – freehand quilting – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Superior Omni threads




And on the machine – the 2016 Meijer Gardens Farm quilt – Children’s drawings from the summer programs.

Digital design Bird’s Eye (Thanks, Waynna!)ย from Barbara Becker – Mountain Mist 100% cotton batt and Superior Omni thread in Butter.


Last, but not least – Merrie Halloween block #7


Diane’s modern sampler in solid fabrics – digital design Banana Swirls from Barbara Becker – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Superior Omni thread in Steel Blue


And on the machine – getting a start on Kathy’s sampler quilt – freehand quilting – Superior Omni threads in various colors and Hobbs 80/20 batt



It still needs a final pressing, but the top is done and going in the line-up for quilting ๐Ÿ™‚


The color isn’t quite true in the photo. The green is less yellow and more green. The med. blue is more of a dark aqua.

Happy New Year to you all ๐Ÿ™‚

Begin as you wish to continue is a common sentiment for New Year’s Day. With that in mind my time this New Year’s Day will be spent piecing a simple quilt top, practicing yoga, fixing a nice dinner with my husband and going for a long walk on a local trail. We even have sunshine today!

For my quilt top I have chosen a large Carpenter’s Star because I have wanted to make one for quite a while and I can put the top together in an afternoon. I am not following the above pattern exactly, but this link has a nice layout pic and a count of the HSTs needed.


How will you spend this day?

Off the machine today…

Susan’s denim flying geese quilt – freehand meander – Superior Omni thread in med. blue and Hobbs 80/20 batt


And Janet’s scrappy squares – digital design Variety from Anne Bright – Superior Omni thread in Sandbar and Hobbs 80/20 batt



On the machine today…

Hope you are all having lovely holidays! Aubrey was home for a few days over Christmas and we were able to spend time with the extended family.

Now, it’s back to work. I loaded Susan’s Flying Around Denim quilt and got a start on it. The pattern is from a local designer and quilt teacher. Laura Vis. She taught this class at Smith Owen Sewing and Quilting in Grand Rapids.


Susan chose a simple puzzle meander for the quilt. As you can see the geese are 3D pockets so I will not be quilting on those.

A few words about quilting denim quilts. Most are made from jeans and the tops tend to be very heavy. The intersections are also very thick and difficult, if not impossible to quilt through. This means you may not be able to ย chose a paper panto or digitized pattern as those designs will surely land on intersections and thick seams. Your machine will get hung up or even break needles in some areas. Choosing a freehand design will allow you to avoid those areas where you might get into trouble.

I also finished my Falling Triangles top. Cut off points notwithstanding, I am pretty happy with it. It goes in the line-up for quilting ๐Ÿ™‚



Busy, busy, busy…

Aren’t we all, before the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

I got my pre-Christmas quilting done a couple of weeks ago and worked on some post-holiday client quilts last week.

This week is I’ve been baking, candy making, piecing and gifting.

First – these adorable little thread bowls from Gypsy and the Frog Studios! I sooooo did NOT need one of these, but thought they would make great little gifts for my wool obsessed friends…and well, me. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gypsy and the Frog does not have an active website, but you can find them on facebook and message them if you are interested in these.


Next – a little piecing for myself. This pattern is called Falling Triangles from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I cut 5″ squares to make two HSTs at a time instead of the layer cake (10″) recommended in the video. Using 5″ two-at-a-time pieces I do not have bias edges to sew to. The 10″ four-at-a-time method is slick and fun, but be careful with those edges!



This little candle mat is not quite done. It’s to be part of a Christmas present, but the company took 17 days to get the pattern to me so it’s a race to the finish! After stitching down the applique pieces I still have a bit of embroidery to do. Wish me luck! ย The pattern is designed by Bareroots


And of course the baking and candy making – ingredients for my mom’s fudge recipe. Yum!


So that is what has been going on in the Watson house and ThreadTales studio this week. Hope you are all well and prepping for the holidays as a comfortable pace ๐Ÿ˜‰


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