Monday, May 30, 2016

Homemade Coat for Chewie the Puppy

Today we welcome a guest post from my Aunt Meg! When I lived in Indiana  I'd frequently drive to my aunt and uncle's house in Fort Wayne for family gatherings. Visiting the family is one of the things I miss most now that I live in California.

Chewie the dog in a coat

Written by Meg Wilson, aunt

Here is a little sewing project. This is my son Kyle's dog, Chewie....of course my grand puppy. Chewie has a skin condition and needs to wear a coat to help her not scratch.

Chewie the dog in a coat

She needed to have more than one so I made a pattern from her old one and made this for her. Now I can make more from this same pattern any time she needs a new one.

dog coat

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mystery Block of the Month with Leah Day

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

One of my goals for 2016 has been to learn to free motion quilting. I decided to join the year long project, Mystery Block of the Month with Leah Day, to create the Sunshine Surprise quilt.

Sunshine Surprise Block

It would force me to overcome my hesitation to do free motion quilting and to start quilting the numerous quilt projects I have pieced throughout the years. It would also allow me to look at different quilting motifs and how they are used on more traditional blocks.

I have completed Sunshine Surprise Block #1 - pieced and quilted! Yes, I did mark the quilting lines and used them as a guide for my free motion quilting.

Sunshine Surprise Block

It's not perfect, but I was pleased with the results. After all, I won't be able to quilt unless I start quilting! This was also the block that gave me the confidence to complete the Elephants Never Forget wall hanging for Shannon.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

One of my year long projects was found through The Splendid Sampler, which I'm currently doing, and Pat Sloan. Aurifil sponsors a year long project that identifies different designers. Each month a different designer is interviewed and the block presented (usually around the 15th of the month). I fell in love with the designs for the first three months and the colors used.  So, I went down to the stash and found a variety of colors that I'm using the make the blocks for this year long quilt.

Although I like all three blocks so far, my favorite is Lake Life. On my Bucket List is the desire to make a quilt using Lady of the Lake block. This reminds so much of that block.


Check out the 2016 Designers of the Month sponsored by Aurifil. I think it's going to be a fun year!


Swirl Away
Swirl Away by Heather Valentine, thesewingloftblog.com

Improv Star
Improv Star by Christa Watson, ChristaQuilts.com

Lake Life by Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches

Monday, May 9, 2016

Elephants Never Forget

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I've been quite busy piecing various projects - several ongoing year long projects as well as short term projects. One birthday project that I was extremely pleased and excited to give was a wall hanging I call "Elephants Never Forget".

Elephants Never Forget

My son's girlfriend, Shannon, is very active in the Alzheimer's Association in California and her favorite zoo animals are elephants.  When I found this pattern "Everest the Elephant" designed by Susan Fuquay in my pile of patterns, I immediately thought of Shannon.

By adding tatted flowers in the four colors used in the Alzheimer's Association to represent patients and families in various stages of the disease, I knew I could combine her interests in elephants and Alzheimers patients into one quilt. Shannon hung this quilt in her office.


I designed the free motion quilted elephant border and was extremely happy with the results of one of my first forays into free motion quilting.  Learning to free motion quilt has been one of my goals for 2016.

Elephant Free Motion Quilting



Thank you to Shannon and all those working to determine the cause of this debilitating disease as well as those who work with the patients and families dealing with Alzheimer's disease.  Based on our own personal family experience, it is very hard and sad to watch a loved one slowly forget. If only we could understand how elephants maintain their memory!

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