I’m always looking for shortcuts to speed things up. I cut out my lock in quilt and decided that on the rectangles that need to be cut in half diagonally, maybe I could use the accuquilt cutter on them……

I used the 5″ strip cutter and laid the rectangles on it, matching up the cutting lines with the corners of the triangles.

Wow! That was quick!

After I cut all the rectangles in half for that quilt, I decided that I could cut the flying geese units that I’m making for another quilt the same way.

I’m doing the no waste method on them and after finishing the first step, I was able to cut them apart quickly!

I love shortcuts!! It didn’t take much time at all to get them cut apart. Wish I could find a quick way to square them up!😳

Oh well……a few minutes saved is better than none!


Design wall Monday 11/4

I finished getting all the flying geese sewn together with sashing strips. Now all that’s left is to put a border on. I’m hoping to get that done this week sometime, but I need to focus on getting customer quilts done. For now the geese are hanging around on my wall.


I’m glad it’s done and I’m happy with the way it looks.
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Design wall Monday 10/28

I actually got quite a bit of sewing done this last week. First off, I completed my EPP quilt too. I really like it in the bright colors.


My flying geese have taken over the wall now. I have all the rows sewn, now just need to get them sewn together with sashing strips.


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Flying geese units done…

I got all 377 flying geese units made over the weekend. I use the no waste method and they go together really fast. Now I’m ready to start assembling them into a quilt top.


I need to use up some of my scraps so I am using scraps for all the FG. I can’t tell that I used any at all, but I did…..LOL!!

Anyway, I haven’t put them on the wall yet, but that’s what will go up. To see more walls check out


Scraps and treadle

Have you ever made a scrap quilt and not been happy with the finished look of it? I have! I never seem to have the right balance or something…..
Anyway, I’m going to make a scrap quilt, but I’m going to go about it differently than I have I the past. I never thought about the prints or colors or whether the fabric had a big print or was a tone or tone. I just used scraps and made it. Well……that might have been my problem….as my friend Vicky makes lots of scrap quilts and hers always look great!!!! Hmmm…..I think her secret is that she controls which scraps go into her quilts. Maybe that’s my problem!! I throw everything in there!!
Not this time though. I gathered up some scraps that have smaller prints and seem to look good together. So this is my starting point.

I’m going to make flying geese blocks with them. I hope! LOL!

The other thing is that at guild there’s a challenge to make a quilt using your treadle machine. Yep, I’m going to get the old treadle up and running. It worked great back in 2002, but I haven’t touched it since! I think I have a job ahead of me! LOL!
It’s an old 1800’s Wheeler and Wilson.


If someone finds a mind, please return it, I think I lost Mine!!! LOL!!


Flying geese

I’ve been working on FG units today. I do the no waste method. In case you haven’t seen it I’ll share the steps I do to end up with 4 FG units and NO waste. Using 1 large square and 4 small squares…


I use a little glue and baste the smaller squares down on the big square, then I mark my lines…..


Sew on the marked lines and cut apart, press, then lay one of the small squares on the piece, mark and sew as before….


Cut apart and press open. You will now have 4 flying geese units and no waste.


Back to my geese now……


3 more UFO’s done

They are almost done anyway…… just have the bindings left to hand sew down. I like to do those on road trips and I have a couple of road trips coming up, so I will have them ready to go. I’m going on a 3 day  bus trip hitting 6 states and I think 12 quilt shops and then the following Saturday, we’re taking a bus up to the AQS show in Des Moines, so I can work on bindings while traveling on the bus. Last year I finished 2 bindings while on the bus trip.

This one is 104″ square.


This is a Row by Row quilt that I made at guild. I forget how many years ago we had the swap, I know it’s been sitting in the drawer for a long time. Well, no more!! This year I can have it out for fall and enjoy it. 🙂

My friend Sharon made the row with the turkeys.     I made the acorns.


I don’t remember who made the other rows.

I had taught a class years ago on making the Maple leaf blocks, so I took the 3 blocks I had made for the class and added them onto the top of the quilt, (since I wanted it bigger than it was going to come out). I needed something to fill the space on both sides, so I drew some flying geese on paper and paper pieced them and was amazed that they came out!! LOL!!

Here’s the last one I finished this week.


Well, that’s it…….now I’ll have to decide which UFO to tackle next. 🙂

Have a great day!