August 2013

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My Lil’ Buckaroo Quilt Kits

I’m so excited to finally show you our “My Lil’ Buckaroo” quilt!  I talked about it here when we were at Quilt Market and were wowed by Shannon Fabric’s “House of Shannon”.  A house furnished entirely of items made with Cuddle Fabric.  It was luscious and I had no idea you could do so much with cuddle/minky type fabric.  We also learned some great tips for working with cuddle fabric.  I talked about it here.

Fast forward 3 months and here’s our version of the cowboy quilt made by Amber and quilted by Loretta.


My Lil' Buckaroo Quilt

My Lil’ Buckaroo Quilt

As I said before, part of the reason I was so excited about this collection was that I was in the process of putting together a cowboy room at the cabin for my two little grandsons.  Amber made this quilt and I’ll be making a second one for the twin log beds in the room.  My two little urban cowboys will be snuggly warm under these.  We backed the quilt with a pony print cuddle fabric and Loretta put a light weight cotton batting in it.  It’s soooo soft and snuggly!


The kit includes the fabrics pictured including binding and pattern for $79.00.

The pony print backing in the bottom left corner of the picture is $39.00.

This is not listed on our website.  If you have questions or would like to purchase this kit, email Terri.


This little cowboy is going to enjoy his snuggly quilt.


sam in his room

sam on horseride em cowboy sam

sam with star


I feel like I’m leaving somebody out here.  My other little cowboy - even though he doesn’t know he’s my little cowboy yet.  He did have fun rocking on the rocking horse, but I didn’t get a picture of that.  He was a little waterdog this visit.


Joe lovin the pool

Have a GREAT Labor Day Weekend!

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Blessings ~

Chevron Love baby quilt

Just had to share this adorable baby quilt from the Chevron Love booklet!

Sue B's baby quilt

Sue was finishing this up at retreat this weekend.  It’s for her grandbaby that will be here soon.  The gray pindot is Maywood flannel and the back has Minky on it.  Little Finlay is going to be so snuggly wrapped up in this cutie!

Do you mix textures in your quilts?  This has regular cotton and flannel both on the front.  For snuggle quilts it just adds that little extra “snuggle” to the quilt.  I need to do that more.

Thanks for your inspiration this weekend Sue!  Can’t wait to meet little Finlay.  :-)

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Blessings ~


December 2012

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Machine Binding Tutorial

I can hardly believe I just typed that title!!  Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve always been pretty hard-nosed about NOT machine binding my quilts.  I decided to listen to some of my own guidelines I give students.  These are a few of the questions to consider when making a quilt:

  1. Who’s it for?
  2. Will this be an heirloom quilt?
  3. How will this quilt be used?

Those three questions can help you make many of the decisions needed when putting together a quilt.  Here’s how I answered those three questions for this quilt:

  1. Sam – my three year old grandson.
  3. It’s for his “big boy” bed.  hopefully used and snuggled in a lot.  It will be washed tons!

Since I was pressed for time and knew this binding needed to be very durable I decided to, ekk, machine bind it.

So this is a machine binding tutorial from someone with little experience but I had good results so I thought I’d share my process.

I chose to put a minky type fabric on the back of this quilt which made it a little heavier and thicker (and snugglier) than a standard quilt.  I used a walking foot through the whole process and HIGHLY recommend it.  I really don’t think it would have gone nearly as well without it.  It fed the quilt and binding through the machine evenly with no hiccups.

I began with my trimmed and squared quilt, and binding that was cut 2 1/4″ wide and stitched together end to end for a continuous binding.

Press the binding in half wrong sided together the length of the binding.

Line the raw edges of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt and stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam.

stitching binding to backing

I don’t usually put a label on the back of a quilt that is going to be what I call a utility quilt.  A quilt that will be “used up”.  But I wanted to add a little tag.  I just slipped it into the seam when stitching my binding on.

I love these little TagItOns!  Here’s a link to the different tags they produce.  Check for them at your local quilt shop.


Once your binding is stitched onto the quilt, wrap the binding around from the back to the front.  It’s critical to bring the folded edge of the binding just past the stitching line from stitching the binding on.

The walking foot helps feed the layers through evenly.  I bumped my needle to the right so it stitched right next to the folded edge of the binding.

I didn’t pin but took it slow and lined up the binding as I went along.  I folded the corners to miter them just as I would if I were hand stitching my binding down.

In a nutshell ~the goal here is to bring the fold of the binding about 1/8″ past the stitching line, stitch next to the fold  and the stitching line on the back should be next to the binding not through it .

lineing up

stitching on back

Stitching line on the back.

sttiching on front and corner

Stitching on the top.

My little helper for this project.  She really liked that snugly fabric!

my helper

I love the way quilting looks on the back of solid colored snuggle fabric!  It shows the pattern so well.  Aren’t the monkeys adorable on Sam’s little monkey quilt?

monkey quilting

I hope this tutorial is helpful when you decide machine quilting is right for your project.  It’s a good option for those utility quilts that will be used and loved!!


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Blessings ~