Happy Harmless Bugs!

A special couple recently welcomed their baby boy into the world…time to make my first baby quilt!

My inspiration fabric: a colorful large print full of happy faces!

Button Holes by Kari Nichols is the perfect pattern to showcase large prints like these happy bugs.  Soon more joyful creepy crawly fabrics joined the party.

I love how the black sashing helps the bright colors pop even more.  Why not add a bit to the back and add some interest to it?

What quilting design fits better on a happy bug quilt than cute quilted ladybugs, dragonflies, bumblebees and butterflies?  Purchased designs were combined with original to create a fun pattern full of cuteness!

Like the  “Where’s Waldo?” books by Martin Handford, a good search reveals the quilted bugs…unless the light hits the quilt just right.

Such a happy quilt!  Now, off to finish the binding and send it to a special little boy and his family!

Happy Quilting!



I love the challenge of designing quilting for a particular project…most of the time … my husband will attest that sometimes I get a little crazy during the process.

Wanting to build my portfolio of custom quilting, I was looking for a fun and fast quilt top pattern that could handle a scrappy look and offered areas for some unique quilting designs. The “Primrose” pattern in Fat Quarter Style Book – It’s Sew Emma patterns fit the bill!

Construction of the top moved quickly and was finished in July 2017.  Quilting designs, unfortunately, progressed much like I drive a shift … not very well. While staying busy quilting charity quilts and building my pantograph designs during the next few months,  my attempts to finalize a quilting plan for “Primrose” just wouldn’t settle with me.  I fought the urge to complete the quilt with all-over pattern and I’m glad I did.

With the new year, all of the previous “Primrose” design attempts were scrapped and the final design came together in three days!  I spent portions of the next 3 days stitching and am thrilled with the results!

Moral of the story: Be patient.  Some things just cannot be rushed.  This is a running theme in my life.  Raising children, training horses, making wine … all require patience.  So does quilting.