Monday, October 26, 2020


 It is difficult to wait sometimes. 

But wait  we do. 

I am waiting for a take out sandwich right now and listening to my stomach protest the lack of food. 

So while I wait I will share the latest pictures. 

On the long arm is my teal fence rail. 
Made from four one yard pieces cut into two and a half Inch strips. 
I made this quite awhile ago and am finally getting it quilted. 
It is quilt number 90 that has been done on the Bernina Q24.

Carol’s Scrappy Sampler was a block of the month from the Quilted Crow in Bolton Massachusetts 
 Carol was stitching down the binding when I took this picture 

A close up of the quilting on the teal fence rail quilt. 
The pattern is called “Triangle Maze” and was purchased from Urban Elementz. 

Jo-Anne’s Star Table topper just off the long arm. 
Quilt number 91!

Food is ready!

Louise, heading home to the island to eat!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

On the Design Wall

Sometimes you just have to give in and put a quilt on the design wall and finish it!

My “ Narragansett Blues” quilt ( pattern by Bonnie Hunter) has been in a basket for a few years. The basket has traveled from home to my studio more recently but in the past, to Bedford Pennsylvania for classes with Bonnie Hunter, and the back home again and to North Kingstown for classes with Bonnie Hunter and then back home again. 

This basket has really traveled!

So when I recently moved it around the studio for the third time in one day, I decided it was time to be completed so the basket could be emptied!

So here it is on the machine with a row being added to the left side of the quilt top. 

Here is the center section of the quilt on the design wall. 

I am hoping to have the left and center section sewn together and completed today. 

Let’s see how I do 

Louise, not on the island (but at the studio) today, trying to finish this project!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

100 Blocks in 100 Days

It is complete!

The “Make the Cut” sew along began July 1, 2020.

It went for 100 days.

Each day I sewed one block and posted it on Instagram.

Finally it is complete!

We quilted it on Saturday.

All that remains to do is the binding.

100 blocks in 100 days and a quilted top by day 105!

Maybe 2020 isn’t so bad after all, if it means I can finish a quilt like this!

You know, nothing pulling at me to get done and lots of time to quilt.

Otherwise,  .....

And I will say it again - 


(Except for the binding)

Louise, on the island, trying to find some dark blue for the binding.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Trying Something New

 The world of blogging is a strange place.  

And, as is the case with all things internet, once you think you have it mastered, the internet “gods” tell you that you were wrong.

But I digress...

The point of this post is to use a new device to make a blog post. 

As you may have noticed, I have been sorely absent from the blogging world.

Now we are trying to remedy that.

So on to the post!

The latest quilt in the window is from a Villa Rosa pattern called” Nightlight” 
It is made with a charm pack and a grey (medium) and cream (light) for the four patch block.  A quick but effective pattern for a nice baby quilt.

“Milky Way” is a pattern from the Quilt in a Day Company.
It was made from two charm packs and yardages from The Moda Grunge Line in grey and vanilla. Not a difficult pattern, but not one that could be done in one day.

This quilt was in the Studio Classroom window awhile ago.
It was made from a layer cake of batiks using the pattern 
called “Can You Spare A Dime.”
A fun pattern that I think is still in print.
If not, I have an older copy available in the studio.

Well, that is all for my experiment tonight.
Hopefully I will be back here soon!

Louise, on the island, experimenting with a new device in the blogging world

Monday, August 10, 2020

August 2020

 Once again, it has been awhile since my last posting so I will try to bring you up to date on happenings in my world.

In June my Bernina Q24 finally arrived and was installed on the fourteenth (Flag Day) by Noah an his crew from Gather Here.  Pretty much an all day affair, but when it was over the machine was ready to go!

So I stared at it for the next 24 hours as I wondered to myself what was I thinking!

But I forced myself into motion, watched a few videos and began to try it out on the various charity quilts I had assembled in anticipation of just this time.

Each quilt has been a unique learning experience. Let me show you some of what has been done.

Below is my most recent quilt, “Milky Way”, pattern from Quilt in A Day was quilted with the “Cottontail” pattern that is part of the Bernina Q24 suite of loaded patterns.

This was the second charity quilt.  It’s distinguishing features include a row of bubbles, unfortunately not shown here, as well as the “scrap paper” design . But the best thing about this quilt are the feet!  Can you see them? It was our first experience taking a design, linking it and turning it in various directions.  May not seem like much to you but it was a very big thing for Paul and I to figure out and do!

Next we have below one of my Daffodil quilts. Two of these same design wall hangings were quilted side by side on the long arm using a very large flower design.  The second one of these now lives with my sister.

And now we have the second charity quilt.  This was quilted side to side rather than top to bottom.  It was also our first attempt at making a true edge to edge pantograph on a quilt. Can you see the bubble design?
This was fun to do and a true learning experience.

Next comes one of my quilts which was a pattern called “Can you spare a dime?”  Made with a layer cake ( one from a Pat Sloan line of fabric), this quilt was actually quilted on my Babylock Coronet! Now why did I include it here?  

This “Turning Twenty” quilt was made with twenty fat quarters, hence the name, and quilted with a lovely  stars and banner over all edge to edge pantograph design.  Its significance comes from the fact that we finally got the design to actually be edge to edge,

An overall view of the charity quilt with the feet, scrap paper and circles.  This was really lots of fun to do.  I was sorry to let it go!

Next below is one of my wilder creations in terms of fabric.  It’s included to be visually stimulating and to annoy some of my friends with it’s wildness. You know who you are!

And finally up is “Fanfare” a Studio 180 design.  It is made with fabrics purchased from Kathryn when she had her store, “Dragonfly’s Quilts” I know I probably spelled the dragonfly part incorrectly, so I apologize Kathryn!  You can find her these days online and doing a Facebook event every Sunday night.

Well this concludes this slide show since the rest of my pictures are on other devices and it takes way too much thinking to get them into a blog post at this time of the morning!

Hope you enjoyed seeing our progress as we learn and use my new Bernina Q24!

Louise, on the island, waiting for the coffee to perk, 
(yes I still have an old fashioned Faberware percolator sitting next to my Keurig!)