April 2015

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March Winners In The #STQMinisQuiltAlong
March Mini Quilt #stqminisquiltalong

March Mini Quilt

The March winners are: Eva Duchateau and Julie Anderson.  Congratulations girls!!  They’ve won  a coupon for a free mini kit of their choice!

It’s so fun seeing the different versions of the same pattern over on Instagram!  Go visit and take a look.

April’s mini is “Round & Round” by Thimbleblossoms.  Hope you’ll join in on the fun!!  Click HERE if you need all the details for the Quilt Along.

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We have two examples of the Round & Round quilt.  The smaller of the two is the actual pattern size (11″ x 11″).  The original pattern is a grid using 1.5″ squares and half-square triangles.  For the larger I used 2″ – just a bit larger pieces, which resulted in a  17″ square quilt.  I LOVE them both!  Kits are available for both HERE.

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April Mini Quilt

I had fun playing around with these quilts this month during their photo shot.  I used the aqua version in my Easter mantel decorations.  The “wreath” of friendship stars are so cute for accenting décor on a table.

easter mantel

 easter mantel side shot

 easter fireplace

 I hope you’re having fun using your quilts.  Because of their size they are soooo versatile!  I love moving them around and using them in different ways.

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


December 2014

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Decorating with Quilts for Christmas part 2

As promised ~ here’s a peek into how I decorate with quilts for Christmas.  I love decorating and playing around with the décor in my home.  This year is my first Christmas in this home (I moved this year).  So it’s been fun to play around with things – it’s been very different than my previous home I was in for 28 years!

I don’t really use the traditional Christmas red and green.  I’m not fond of the color green so I use it sparingly.  Mostly just in plants.  Blue is my color and it gets worked into every season!   The picture below came through my facebook feed asking “what is your Christmas color scheme”.  So, what’s yours?

christmas color

This is mine.  This little striped ornament pretty much says it all!

My color scheme

Welcome!  This is my dining room where there will be quite a few Holiday meals this week!

Dining Room

A little closer look ~ I love creating vignettes where everything is “connected”.  Arranged so that everything blends together and could be considered one unit.  The quilt on the wall is hung low enough to be part of the vignette with items on the buffet overlapping the quilt a bit.


The coverlet draped on the top of the buffet was a find this fall at a vintagey sale I went to.  I was so excited to find it!  It’s long and a bit narrow, either a twin, or I think it may have been intended to be used as a tablecloth.  A coverlet is a top that has been finished with a back, no batting or quilting.  They were summertime covers for beds.  This coverlet was hand pieced and has a beautiful red crochet finished edge.


At another one of those vintagey sales I purchased these two side tables for my living room.  I loved the shape and the two shelves.  I didn’t want a bunch of stuff to dust or more clutter so I’ve just placed a folded quilt on the bottom shelf.  It adds color, interest, and softness.  Neither of the quilts are “Christmas Quilts” but they just bring in the color I’m after.

angel side table

reindeer table croppedI rarely use tablerunners in the traditional fashion.  I love draping quilts.  They soften the edges…… of everything!  A quilt rolled up in a basket for a little more color and simplicity.

snowman table

A Christmas Tree Skirt of course!  This is the supersized version of our Centerpiece Tablemat pattern.

tree skirt

I have an ottoman for a coffee table right now.  I love layers so I’ve got a light gray matlesse, layered with a square quilt set on point.

ottoman quilt

Anybody out there remember “Snowman Sam”?  He was the very first Sweet Treasures pattern – exactly ten years ago this month.  My home has a room off the main area with double doors that is very open to the rest of the main area.  Since I don’t need an office there, I’m turning it into a play room for the littles in my life.  They can be near everyone when we are together but not under foot.  It works out really well.

snowman Sam

So that’s my style for Christmas.  A little vintage, glitter, red & blue, and a lot of fabric.  Quilts make a house a home.  They add softness and comfort.  Use them any way.  Hang them, drape them, roll them, cuddle under them.  ENJOY THEM!!

Now that I’m all decorated, we’re waiting for Santa (wink, wink)!


Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


December 2014

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Decorating with Quilts for Christmas part 1

I’d like to introduce you to Judie ~ Judie was our hostess today for a lovely brunch.  She’s beautiful inside and out, giving, compassionate and an incredible musician, and spectacular quilt maker.

As we enjoyed her beautiful home I thought, “what a great job she’s done incorporating her beautiful quilts into her collections and décor.  She graciously allowed me to take pictures to share with you.  Sorry they are only from my phone – so not perfect but you’ll get the point.

As you enter her lovely home she incorporated this fun Candy Cane Wallhanging with her entryway décor.

candy cane 2

A lovely Tablerunner graces the top of her beautiful grand piano.

piano 2

A pretty Tree Skirt that coordinates with her ornaments.

tree skirt 2

Judie does her own machine quilting and uses her embroidery functions on her machine to make beautiful blocks.  Isn’t this so perfect in the niche above her fireplace?

fireplace 2

A square quilt that could be on the wall or any size table, graces this sweet little end table.

table 2

Judie has a short wall on each side of her bay window in her breakfast area and tucked one of these little Tree Quilts on each side of the window.  Darling!

dining trees 2

With sweet little collections tucked in here and there, this little runner tops a bookcase and complements her figurine collection.

collection bookcase 2

Last but not least, a beautiful “quilt as you go” quilt on her bed.  Sprinkled around the room are other quilts, on a quilt rack and on her dresser.

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Judie is very thoughtful as she considers her projects.  She plans and coordinates her projects with where she plans to use them.  Her home has a lot of quilts on display but it doesn’t feel cluttered or overdone.  I think coordination is the key.  For example, she has a number of quilts in her bedroom but they are all in the same colors and coordinate so well that it’s calming and gives a comfy feel to the room.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour!  Thanks Judie for sharing your beautiful home!!  Hugs to you!

Part 2 in the Christmas Decorating will be from my house.  Coming soon!!

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~