my love of orchids

Love this time of year when our orchids are exploding.  Every morning brings a new mass of color to our patio.



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free motion quilting – swirls

Decided it was time for me to Get My Swirl On.  The entire mid-section of this Kaffe Fassett quilt is being quilted with swirls.  This should give me some very good practice!


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Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

Early in 2014 Sherri Lynn Wood made a call for people interested in improv quilting to participate as a tester for her upcoming book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.

Being a lover of improv quilting, I was happy to join in and got to work immediately after receiving her written instructions via email on constructing the rhythmic grid quilt.  We were to work without rulers, and to create rhythm while using the improv patchwork technique of approximate measurement.  There were no visuals, or photos….we were to work on the process without ‘patterns’ and create our inspired designs.

I went to my stash and pulled a recently purchased print fabric that I absolutely loved, along with some coordinating solids, starting out with shades of purple.

I began by making squares/rectangles and sashing them.  You can see my version of the rhythmic grid growing in these three pictures:

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When I got to a certain point, I decided to add on to the quilt top using the same technique but switching the fabric to a different color, red.

As you can see in the photo below, adding the red was a bad (bad!) choice.  At that point, time was running short and I sent in the photo of the quilt top and not being too happy with it!! (because of the addition of the red…..)


My quilt wasn’t chosen to be in the book, and I can totally understand why, especially with those color choices (WOW).

So…….After all of the thinking, and time, and work that went into it, I did not want to just toss this top onto the unfinished pile.  (Actually, I did just that, but after several months I pulled it out and began reworking it…….).  I removed the red section from the purple.  I separated the red sections and let those two sections stand on their own.  I added a lot of neutral negative space, quilted it on my longarm, added the binding, and have a finished quilt that I love!!

Now I will introduce to you “All That Jazz”, which was finished in January 2015 and was hung in a local quilt show.

all that jazz.Closeup of quilting:

all that jazz on frame

I cannot wait for the release of Sherri Lynn’s book that happens in a few weeks.  I will definitely be purchasing a copy from her and wish her much success with her latest endeavor!  Thanks Sherri Lynn for letting me be a participant in this wonderful (and much fun!!) process.

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eBates and

I recently noticed that if you go through eBates and shop at you can get eBates rewards!  Sure wish I had known that many moons ago!

If you shop online at, (or amazon, target, best buy, etc.), click HERE and sign up for eBates and get your big fat check!

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