Friday, September 2, 2016

Dresdens, Pillows, Brinton Hall and Christmas

Hello Everyone

I've been absent for a long while again.  Part of the reason for my absence is that I've just been really busy.  The other part is that I've been in a tizzy since I found out that I can no longer use Picasa to edit and email my photos to my blog.  Putting photos in the old way takes way too long to put together a blog post.  Does anyone have any suggestions of a photo editing program that I can use?  

I've published this Sunburst Dresden Table Topper pattern.  This is a quilt as you go project, and it is available in my Etsy shop here.  There is a partial tutorial that you can find on line, but there isn't really enough information there to make the table topper.  Besides my knit mitered square blanket pattern, this Dresden plate table topper is my most pinned photo on Pinterest.  

Did you know that you can see what people are pinning on Pinterest from your blog by putting in the following URL: name of your blog including

The table topper above is the one I just did for the pattern cover.  It is done mostly in Little Ruby fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  The one that is pinned a lot is the Halloween table topper below.  As you can see, I have one for every holiday and have made several for gifts.  

I'm still plugging away at my UFOs.  This is the center of Holly and Mistletoe from the Blackbird Design book When the Cold Wind Blows.  I think I have appliqued' all of the berries onto the center.  The blocks have been done for several years awhile.  The inner border is red flying geese.  I somehow looked at the photo and made half square triangles, and all of them are too big.  I'm beginning to see a "UFO Trend".  Whenever I make a mistake (the over sized HSTs) or get to a part that I don't really like to do (making and appliqueing a LOT of circles), the whole thing goes back into the 2 gallon Ziploc bag.  Some of my UFOs have been in and out of the baggie so many times that the zipper part doesn't work anymore.

You can see my blocks and a photo of the quilt from the book in my blog post here.  

I've also finished the center part of my Brinton Hall quilt.  The pattern is by Leigh Latimore and can be found in Quiltmania Magazine #107 and #108. You can see my process for making the center hexagons and individual photos of my blocks here and a photo of what the entire quilt would look like in my blog post here     Right now I'm pretty happy with the way this looks with the border fabric, so I think this is a finished top.

Those border corners are mitered.  There are just some borders that look better mitered instead of squared off even though it is a little more work.  Take a look at the photo below.  This is how I always do my mitered borders.  I measure the same as I would if I were going to do a regular border.  After measuring, I pin and sew to the corners but leave a lot of extra fabric to do the miter.  I pin the corner as shown, press, and either hand applique' the corner, or in this case I machine appliqued' the corners.  I forgot to take a photo of the finished corner.  

 My daughter really liked the pillow I made for the cover of my Charming Hexagon Pillow pattern which is the shop sample at Back Door Quilts, so I made this one for her.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!!!


  1. I've got lots of UFOs, and will do the same thing as you. I get to the spot, where I don't like my color selection, or am tired of making the little bits and bobs and just stop. When I moved last year, I saw how many UFOs I have in bins and bags in my quilt room, and decided to get them done. I allow myself a new project after I've completed an old one (or two). I've machine quilted wall hangings that I really wanted to hand quilt, just to get them done and out of the pile. It's a good feeling to finally finish some of these things. tackle that wall of fabric..what was I thinking when I kept buying and buying fabric??

  2. I'm not much help on the photo thing. I use a Mac computer, so I download all of my photos to iphoto, edit them there, and then copy the ones I want to use to my desktop. From there I upload them to my blogpost.
    I always admire that you tend to choose lots of challenging projects. I just watch in awe. : )

  3. You certainly have been wonderfully busy!
    Holly & Mistletoe is looking quite stunning.
    Just love that beautiful border print you are using for Brighton Hall.
    It really accentuates the gorgeous center section of hexies that you stitched.
    I'm sure your daughter is thrilled with her new (and beautiful) pillow.

    Wishing you a happy holiday weekend!

  4. Love all your projects especially Brinton Hall. I have it on my to-do list--yours is beautiful!

  5. I have exported a file from Picasa to a file on my computer and downloaded it onto my blog that way. I don't much use Picasa for photo editing but have. I am sure some younger quilter with lots of tech experience will give you a better idea.

  6. You have been a busy bee. I love all your projects. The border fabric that you demonstrated the mitre on is really gorgeous.

  7. Your pillow is so cute ♥

  8. You do your mitred borders the same way that I do them. I get a much better finish doing them in this applique method than trying to wrestle them through on a machine.


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