Life in the Swirly World

February Achievements

I’m the first to admit that I can be a total workaholic!  I’ve decided that each month I will celebrate my efforts to work on my personal projects and finish up some UFO’s by sharing them with you here. I also think I’ll be more accountable if you’re checking up on me!

I joined the PHD Program at Kelly Ann’s Quilting. Kelly Ann asked us to make a list of 6 PHD’s (Project Half Done) and each month she will draw a number from the list which we need to complete that month. It’s a great idea and six projects didn’t seem too daunting…  Here is my list:


Don’t miss the Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt ALong!

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sew sweet spotlight: side effects

We started featuring individual patterns from our book “Sew Sweet” last month. Today we’re showing “Side Effects” – a quick quilt to make in both the baby and lap sizes. It’s made from fat quarters and a background – easy to shop for, either at a store or from your stash!

Here’s the lap size, using Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller Fabrics:

Side Effects Lap

And look at the quilting in this close-up:

Side Effects Lap Close Up

We used Patty Sloniger’s “Les Amis” collection with a gray background for our baby version:

Side Effects Baby

You can tell in this close-up that the pattern works well with directional prints:

Side effects Close Up 1

I’d say this is the most “modern” pattern in “Sew Sweet”, and you can see where you can really feature your quilting in all the negative space in the quilt.…

Stars at Sea – a Quilt Cruise with the Swirly Girls!

We had such a good time on our “Swimming in Circles” cruise with Kelly Ann’s Quilting and Quilt Retreat at Sea, that before we were back to our home port we started planning our 2014 cruise, “Stars at Sea“! We’re sailing out of New Orleans, on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, for seven fun and quilt-filled days next April. So now you’re wondering, what will we be making? How about this beauty, designed just for the cruise?


Batik 2


Here’s a close-up of a few of the batiks and the quilting:


Batik 3


We’ll have enough of the pieces pre-cut so you can finish the quilt top during our sewing days at sea.…

Organization Adoration

I’m a big fan of Sew Daily and recently discovered their free instructions for Stitch-and-Stash Labels. This quick project combines two of my favorite things: hand embroidery and canning jars.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to make them when my friend, Trish, came to visit.  We got right to work (and by “right to work”, I mean we got right in the car and headed to the quilt shop).  After we picked up some prints with cute motifs and lots of white background we actually got to work. Once we finished our first jar we couldn’t stop. Here are our creations:

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This little jar is perfect for thimbles:


We gave some of the jars cute lids!…

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