Saturday, July 14, 2018


I am interrupting my catch-up posts (14 more ready to go) to share a squirrel that really caught my attention.  I should be working on a wedding quilt for one of my nephews, but once I saw the improv pieced  quilts from the Stash Statement blog hop I had to do some improv sewing.

That pile of warm colored solid scraps quickly became this...

And this.

It really was a giant squirrel, more like an R.O.U.S. (Rodent of unusual size from Princess Bride).  I also had to turn these cool scraps...

Into this...

And this.

I have thought about calling them Flamin' Hot and Icy Cool, but my niece said the quilts reminded her Starburst and Jolly Rancher candies.  Maybe my sweet tooth is as big as hers.  I think that is what I will go with.

I am grateful for the giant squirrel because this was some very therapeutic sewing.  My heart is saddened by the Dollar Ridge Fire in Utah.  (#dollarridgefire) It continues to rage less than a mile from my father's cabin still holding all of the cabin quilts my mom and I made as well as lots of memories.  Earlier on July 4th there was a voluntary evacuation of the area surrounding the fire.  Before we were able to go and retrieve anything the evacuation became mandatory.  My parents weren't able to retrieve anything from their cabin.  I am happy to say there is still hope as more of the fire is contained every day.  We frequently check this map which shows the range of the fire. 

My husband told me that it was rather ironic that my therapeutic sewing during the fire was a flame quilt.  Maybe that is why I would rather call it Starburst.


P.S.  I will link up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar including Oh Scrap! and the squirrel/dreami linky at MMMquilts.  I normally can resist squirrels, so that is a first for me.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Custom Runners

I made these sweet table runners and place mats for my mom's friend LaDawn. She bought three yards each of two coordinating fabrics plus binding fabric.  I quilted the three yard pieces on the Bernina Q24. 

Then I cut out and bound two table runners which finished at 15 x 90 inches. 

They are both reversible. 

There was enough fabric left over for seven place mats. 

I have only ever made one quilted place mat for me.  I really wanted to keep these. 

Place mats for my family are now on my bucket list. 


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what other quilters are up to.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Musical Rooms

Things have been very quiet here at the Quilt Kisses blog.  I have been spending a lot of time with family and any time in my quilting studio has been spent working on projects instead of blogging.  I hope to do some catching up now.  ;)

I come from a large family with eight children.  When my mom wanted a deep cleaning she would have us play "musical rooms," which was completely trading bedrooms with other siblings.  We would have to pull everything out of one bedroom, store it in the family room, then move everything from another bedroom into the now empty one.  Once that was settled, the items in the family room were put back into the now empty bedroom.  It was a lot of work, but everything would be cleaned from objects hiding under the bed to the deep recesses of the closets.  Kind of brilliant of my mother. 

We have been playing some musical rooms at my house this year.  First because my mom broke her ankle and my father's hip replacement surgery was delayed a month.  Their home is two stories with their bedroom up the stairs.  We moved over a king size bed from their house so they could stay with us on the main floor for awhile.  It was fun having my parents here and even having an old quilt visit.  My mom pieced it when I was a teenager.  I added the borders and quilted it about 15 years ago. 

Panda and Monkey moved their complete bedrooms into the basement.  (See, musical rooms.)

They both decided to put their bug jar quilts on their beds in their new bedrooms.  It is really the first time they have been used although I finished both quilts a few years ago. 

While my parents were here, my niece Miss H came to stay with us for a week.  She stayed in our new guest room. 

I did not make this cute quilt, it came as a bed-in-a-bag with the new furniture.  She brought her quilt with her when she stayed with us. 

My sister did the handwork on the binding and I was able to get some nicer pictures outside.  I love the wild quilting she requested. 

My parents are doing much better now.  My dad's hip and my mom's ankle are healing well and they are more mobile and back at their house.  Now, my sister-in-law and another nice are staying with us for a few months while their new house is being built.  My boys are having fun spending so much time with family. 


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pleasantly Purple

I made this quilt as a sample to hang at my local quilt shop.  It will advertise my new free-motion quilting class which is an intermediate level.  I will teach it for the first time in April. 

The layout for this FMQ sampler was inspired by one made by Amanda Murphy. 

I saw her quilt when I took a class from her last year.  I simplified it by just using a solid block, but liked how the sashings and borders had different designs. 

I quilted this on the Bernina Q24.  I used Amanda's method of quilting everything in the ditch to stabilize the quilt and then rolling back and forth to fill everything else in. 

The binding is the same dark purple as the cornerstones.  I stitched it to the back by hand and added a label. 

The backing is a lighter purple solid. 

It was a little nerve wracking quilting with a high contrast thread.  Every mistake shows, but I didn't do any unpicking. 

It doesn't look too bad from a distance.  ;)

In my class I will be teaching pebbles, spirals, paisleys, hearts, flowers, leaves, feathers, and combining designs.  I'm really looking forward to it. 


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Miss S's Seventh Quilt

This is Miss S's seventh quilt.  It is the sixth one I have helped her finish.  She made it using my favorite jelly roll race method.  Her strips are not off-set as much as usual because she did not cut the first strip in half.  We still really like how it turned out. 

I quilted it on the Bernina Q24 in a spiral/wave design in rows. 

The rows were purposely quilted in different widths. 

She bound it the same day I quilted it. 

The backing is the same Kona navy blue as the binding. 

I love how the quilting shows up on the back. 

I love working on quilts with  Miss S. 

The sweetheart has already given this to one of her aunts who loves the ocean. 


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Miss H's First Quilt

This is Miss H's first quilt which she worked on with my mother.  It once again uses the basic Turning 20 pattern with borders added.  I did the quilting and put the binding on my machine.  My sister will sew it to the back by hand and then I hope to get some more pictures. 

I quilted it on the Bernina Q24 with a wild quilting design. 

My niece wanted as many different designs included as possible.  It really stretched my skills and my brain.   

It was a relief to finish the quilting on it. 

I find it much easier to select a set number of designs for the entire project, but I love how it turned out!

Some of the fabrics highlight one design.

Others have a combination of designs.

I kind of wish I could have kept it.  ;)  I guess it just means that I will have to quilt another quilt like this in the future. 


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Miss I's first Quilt

This is the first quilt of my niece, Miss I.  She is actually my oldest niece and started her quilt with Grandma when she was in her twenties.  She got the blocks pieced, but then life got busy and crazy.  She wasn't able to finish it before moving, so my mom asked me to finish it for her. 

I laid out all the blocks on my design wall, pieced them together, and then quilted it on the Bernina Q24.  The fabrics in the quilt top are all flannels. 

I quilted it with a light tan thread in a medium stipple. 

The binding is a pretty red flannel cut three inches wide. 

The backing is an extra wide Benartex print my mother has had for years. 

If you look closely, you can see the birds. 

I love the fabric and have used it on the back of other quilts.  (My mom bought a whole bolt.)

I tried to take some pictures outside...

But it was too windy. 

So I took it inside for a couple more pictures. 

It is a full size quilt and finishes about 81 by 96 inches.  I had to finish it and take pictures quickly so that it could be delivered personally by a family member.  :)  I will miss having my niece so close, but wish her the best in her new area.