Summer Craft Swap

The Summer Craft swap was hosted by @justcombined and @wwarner27 on Instagram.

I was assigned to the Pineapple Group. Each of us had our challenges with this basket. The Sewing Date Traveler was created b Cynthia Frenette.

I probably won’t make another but it is always good to challenge yourself when you can.




The One Hour Basket

The One Hour basket was fun and really quick. I enjoyed making it and ended up making a couple more for my family.  Finished this on April 15, 2017.


The pattern is by Hearts and Bees.

Shrek Bag

Instagram Swaps

The Shrek/Donkey bag was made for an Instagram Swap. I am rather proud of it as the applique pattern was created by me. There were no paper piecing nor applique patterns on Pinterest or anywhere else, so what is a person to do…create their own.

I traced Shreks image onto freezer paper, which gives a temporary hold to the fabric, so I could easily cut the sections out. When put together Shrek looked like this.

Then you have to stitch around them, layering each one carefully.

Here is what the outside of my bag looked like while I was quilting it.

and when it was finished.


Donkey on the other side.

and the inside

The bag pattern itself is from Crafy Gemini via YouTube. I even used the Bosal foam. I found that after I ironed it some places didn’t stick but that is why it was quilted as well. Very easy to use and as you can see the bag stands on it’s own.

This was a fun swap to do. It was challenging and yet turned out pretty well.

As always if you have questions or want more information about the project, drop me a comment.

Happy Quilting/Crafting – T






2017 Projects

I have a few items that need completing, most are Instagram Swaps (@tkjwp) however I do have bigger projects going as well. So here goes my list:

  1. Dreamworks Craft Swap – Done
  2. One Hour Basket (#tdbasketswap) Done
  3. Summer Craft Swap Done
  4. Garden Craft Swap
  5. Disney Craft Swap
  6. Animal Quilt Swap
  7. Road To Scotland, Outlander Series featured by Ebony Love @
  8. Tuffet seat featuring cat fabrics.
  9. FMQ my round Robin cat quilt #1
  10. FMQ my round Robin cat quilt #2
  11. Snails, A sew-along by @gnomeangel on Instagram

I also have year long quilts going. One is a Murder Mystery from Whip-stitch and the other is called Go With the FLW Mystery Quilt from MN Quilters Guild. I will post as I have more of those months completed.


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What am I doing this year…

A quick recap as I have been MIA for to long of a time.

I joined not one but 2, nay 3 Quilt Guilds in the last 6 months. MN Quilters; Lakeshore Quilters, and Mpls Modern Quilters.  Each are very unique in age range and styles.

I have signed on to Instagram (@tkjwp) and have been posting along with doing plenty of Swap, quilts and crafts.

I have more projects to do than I can possibly accomplish this year, once again. So I have also joined a “Finish Along” to keep me moving forward, as stagnant is not an option. That will be a separate post as it is too long. @finishalong on IG.

I am also going to more quilt events: retreats, shows, lectures. It is going to be a great year for growth.

Chat with you soon.


Finishing 2015

I didn’t get to everything this year and was very surprised at how “little” I had done.  I have not done as much blogging about quilting this year as I had hoped, 2016 should bring more of my projects to life as I now have a better understanding of how to “post” but will keep learning and making mistakes.

Here is the list of what I did accomplish for 2015

  1. Card Trick, Top only. I was going to add photos of The Musketeers from my favorite BBCA show and that delayed me to the point of not doing it at all.
  2. Round Robin #1, Top only. Features a Black and White cat for the center and then following people in the party add boarders.
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  3. Round Robin #2. Paper Pieced Cat on 3 blankets. My first time doing Paper Piecing. It was very interesting.
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  4. Round Robin #3 was started but has not come home yet. Kitty in Purple.
  5. Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt from Ebony Love’s website “English Manor”. It was fun using various fabrics I had around the house trying to keep it red and blue based so it wouldn’t get to wild. Then I had it quilted on a “big” machine that I rented from Just Sew Studio. It took about 3 hours to quilt it but it’s all done and on my bed.
  6. Then there was a special request from my daughter for a Watermelon Pillow, not just in watermelon fabric. that would have been easy. Final result from the very fuzzy fabric, she loves it.
  7. Applique pillows for my parents RV to replace old ones from 5 or 6 years ago.
  8. Halloween table runner. I love Halloween, my favorite holiday. I had fabric and didn’t know what to do with it at a quilting weekend.
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  9. Wedding table runner and 4 placemats. embroidered date of my stepson and new wife wedding date.

    They love them.

  10. Pot Holder sets for Christmas. 1 Leaf, 2 circles, and 1 square. A first for me as well using special heat reflecting batting.
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  11. Also scrap bag holders, made 2 of them.
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  12. Log Cabin Pillows, made 5 sets for Christmas gifts
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So not a ton of actual quilt tops done but lots of quilting being done. Lots of trying new items to quilt.

I hope that 2016 brings you great quilting times.

Tell me what you have done new this year?

Applique Pillows

A simple request made by mother “Please redo the coverings of these two pillows.” I won’t scare you by showing the original pillows that I made for her over 10 years ago. The stuffing was coming out of the middle of the pillow due to the fact that the fabric had gotten too thin. So what is a good daughter supposed to do…upgrade them.

A while ago I found this wonderful pattern by Amy Bradley designs called Campers. They were so adorable and versatile that I had to buy the pattern. Applique pattern to be precise. Now I’m just learning how to do applique but I figure everything in quilting is a little forgiving so why not applique. If interested in Campers just follow the link but you also search the web to get the best price. It was all pretty self explanatory however I am glad I did have a little experience with the fusible interfacing.

Tan Camper

Tan Camper

I really enjoyed picking out my fabrics. I actually used camping inspired pieces with little s’mores and chocolate bars, yumm. I was even able to get in some free motion quilting on my Camper inspired pillows. Actually my BIG inspiration came from the fact that my parents snowbird in Arizona at an RV park. I am hoping that they appreciate the Camper/RV pillows with all the little extras, like buttons for wheels and door knobs.

Purple Camper

Purple Camper

I hope my feeble attempt at these pillows inspire you to create and try something’s only scary once, maybe twice!

Let me know what you decide to try and how well it goes.

Happy Quilting.

Farmers Market-Block 1

Eggplant and Zucchini

So I have begun the Applique learning project. Pat Sloan’s Farmers Market quilt Block 1. Tracing, cutting, and ironing special shapes onto fabric. Pat’s book is really easy to follow. So here are pics of my first attempt. I am hoping that by the end of this I will be able to sew it the applique more smoothly.  Have any of you been nervous about doing applique?

Eggplant and Zucchini

Eggplant and Zucchini

Close up of stitching for Zucchini


Close up Stitching for Eggplants

New Adventure – Applique

Earlier in July Pat Sloan came to Minnesota for the Quilters Market. She gave a presentation at the Barnes & Noble at Har Mar Mall that evening. I was fortunate enough to attend!  Pat is a really lovely person. I picked up her book, which she signed, yeah me!!  I used one of her Applique techniques with great success. Her books are very clear and well structured for the newbie to experienced sewer.

Pat is starting a new FREE block of the month Sew-Along, featuring her Farmers Market quilt. So grab out your fabric and sew along with me as we follow Pat’s instructions and see how easy this is. Go HERE to see what you need to start.  We begin next Wednesday August 12th but don’t let the timing stop you from joining. Save the downloads and start when you can.

Adding on

I recently completed the quilt top to a Downton Abbey quilt along made up by Ebony Love. I didn’t have many fabrics from that line and just wanted to use what I had, so the quilt is a bit scrappy and crazy but that’s ok as it wasn’t my intention to make it look all the same. However when placed on the bed the side panels didn’t drop down far enough for me, so now I am adding a small 6in economy block to each side. Having sized it in EQ7, I think it turned out rather well (the individual block). I have 29 more to make so I better get busy.

Downton Abbey quilt top courtesy of Ebony Love's Quilt Along

Downton Abbey quilt top courtesy of Ebony Love’s Quilt Along

Economy block add on to Downton Abbey Quilt Top

Economy block add on to Downton Abbey Quilt Top