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Playful Pyramids Tablerunner

Here you’ll find the supply list for the Playful Pyramids Tablerunner pattern that coincides with the YouTube video tutorial. You can find this and my bi-monthly video podcast, Sew Now What, where I talk about quilting, knitting and creativity.

Playful Pyramid Tablerunner supply list


I’m still here

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I was busy most of the summer preparing for and hiking across Oregon with my husband. We had a wonderful time. It was an experience I’ll cherish. If your interested, you can check out my hiking blog here http://hittingthetrail.wordpress.com
Lately I’ve been trying to finish some quilts that were in various stages. I finished piecing this one


I’m not sure if I like it. The pattern was easy enough, but it just doesn’t excite me.

I finished piecing this one. I didn’t have a pattern so I was just winging it. I think it looks like spinning wheels.


I’ve actually got it all together and the backing pieced, it’s ready to be quilted. It turned out different than I had in my mind, but I really like it. I’ve got myself on my quilting schedule so I can get it quilted. I’m not sure how I’m going to quilt it yet, but something will come to me. More than likely it’ll be an all over design. It’s pretty busy, wouldn’t you say.
I even made my first table runner. I’ve been quilting for about 10 years and I’ve never made one.


The pattern was from this book.


You can see all the little flags marking future projects. It was fun to make something small that didn’t take a bunch of time and fabric. I made this with scraps I had in my cupboard.
Today I’m quilting a Quilt of Valor quilt. I’ve been quilting for that organization for 8 or 9 years. I’ve been paired with a wonderful quilter who pieces the tops. Then I quilt them and she gets them to their destination. We make a good team.
I’d better get to work!

Something I’m working on

I’ve been working a little bit on a quilt I want to make. I don’t know what the block is called, or if it even has a name, but I like it. I also wanted to play with these certain colors (very different color scheme for me)


I made some sample blocks first so I could work out my measurements and how to use the 15 degree ruler.  When I was ready to cut into the “real” fabric and made these 2 blocks ( all Moda Bella Solids)


I’m really going to like it. I think they look like spokes. I got these 2 blocks out of 1 strip set. I still need to figure out how to cut these down to make a hexagon so I can avoid applique. My plan is to get all the strip sets sewn and cut so I can work on putting it together during a quilting retreat with my friends in a few weeks.
I haven’t worked on the Prism quilt since I last showed you the progress, so nothing new to show you on that one. I’ve been busy with client quilts, and hopefully I’ll be able to show a few pictures of those soon.

Here’s a few recent finishes

I recently finished this cute pansy quilt for a customer. Pansy quilt 008 a I love the colors, and all those cute little pansies around the outside…so cute! Pansy quilt 011a  The center basket had these beautiful pansies made from ribbons. Pansy quilt basket a I enjoy doing feathers Pansy quilt 012a The customer was very happy with how this turned out, and so am I.  After doing some custom work, I like to do some easier quilting. It gives my body and mind a break. This is a really cute little girl’s quilt that my customer made for her granddaughter. Quilts 016 Bubbles panto I quilted it with a pantograph called “Bubbles”.  She also made a very similar quilt for her grandson that I just finished with the same panto.

Attention knitters

Look at these adorable Yarn Coccoons Cmoisant_1843-1 They are hand knitted an felted. They’re used to hold your ball or skein of yarn so that while your knitting, it stays in control. Look at how creative you can be with the colors. Cmoisant_2402-1 You can get this pattern at Ravelry.com  here.  My sister, Cindy, designed these and wrote up the pattern so you can make your own. So go to her Ravelry store, and let your imagination go wild!

The quilting is finished

I got the quilting done on the Feathers quilt today. Quilted feather quilt  Quilted feather quilt close up There are still chalk lines that need to be washed out. I really love the effect the quilting gave to this quilt, and I changed colors as I moved through the different sections. I didn’t start out with a plan, but somehow it always comes to me. I’ve already attached the binding, and it’s ready for the hand sewing to the back. Now it’s time to clean up and load my next customer quilt. quilty mess I think this is my new favorite quilt. I used wool batting, so it will be nice and cozy.

Feathers quilt

I started this Feathers quilt at the beginning of the year. FeathersPatternJUSTcover1 The pattern can be found here. I loved the graphic look of this quilt and I had the idea of really playing with the colors.  I knew I wanted the background to be dark purple. So this is how I layed it out to get the gradated look I wanted.Layout  I kept things organized by pinning the strips to the actual paper patterns.  I was really excited and motivated to work on this quilt. There are more “in progress” pictures on my Flickr page. This is the first large paper piecing project I’ve done. It’s kind of a pain when you’re putting it all together with the paper still on. Putting it all together Once that was done, it was on to the task of removing all the paper. Paper removal This actually wasn’t too bad, because I did most of it while I talked with my dear friend on the phone ( thanks Lynn ).  Here’s the completed top. Finished top Millie approved! Millie approved Now for the task of quilting it. I’m not too sure how I’m going to approach it, but it always comes to me in the end. I have to say, I really love this quilt. It turned out exactly how I envisioned.