Friday, December 19, 2014

Charity quilt

 Some of us from the Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild put this quilt together to be donated to a local charity.
 Karen assembled the beautiful strips together - I love her selection of fabrics.
Celine donated the batting, which was quite nice to sandwich and FMQ with.  I did the quilting on my home machine.  
Here's a picture of it all bound by one of our other members:

Friday, November 7, 2014

My daughter's Mixtape quilt...

was entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Here's the link:
It's in the "small quilts" category.  If you scroll over the quilts you will see the one by "the tiny hummingbird."  Vote for whichever one(s) you love.  You can vote for three, but hurry, the deadline is today!

Here's her blog about it:

I hope you enjoy all the wonderful quilts. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blended quilt

 is slowly coming along.
 I am using Anna Maria Horner, toile, some Tula Pink, even a bit of lightweight
 home dec because it says "Paris" and "Parfumerie".   

It's not a very "blended" quilt, but I think I like it, just the same.  I will have to try another one to see if I can accomplish that look.
I don't know if this will be a wall hanging as shown in the "Blended Quilts" book, or if I will grow it larger to become a lap size or bed size - time will tell.
xo Jodi

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I love Anna Maria

Horner, that is.  She has such a way with colors in her fabrics, so rich and vibrant.  I decided to try to make a modern "blended" quilt.  Has anyone ever?  If so, I would love to see.  Here's the beginning of my attempt:
I'm auditioning these fabrics for the corner squares:
 or this animal print:
I should be able to find something that's perfect without going shopping, wouldn't you agree?
This is most of my fabric, but not all.  
I'm using this as my inspiration.  I love the Victorian romance of the quilts in this book.  
The book is "Blended Quilts" by Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Evans Yenter.
"16 Quilts Inspired by the 1800s"  
We'll see what I end up with :-)  Probably a hot mess!  
Have a lovely weekend - may you bless and be blessed!
~ Jodi ~

Friday, October 24, 2014

Drawstring bag with Japanese bikes

I made this drawstring bag for my grandson, Finn, who turned 1 year old on September 11.  He received some cool blocks with no way to corral them so mom asked me to make him a bag.  She chose the fabrics from my stash, and, voila!  It's lined with the same black/white stripey fabric that the strings are made of.  Gotta have stripes :-)  
I am going to a Lecture/Trunk Show by Rachel May tomorrow in Providence, RI, hosted by the Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild - so exciting!
I hope you, also, are doing something fun for the weekend.
~ Jodi ~     

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quilt for a little girl named Fiona - finished!

So happy to have finally delivered this quilt to Fiona and her mom!
 They have been very patient.  Isn't Fiona the cutest?
And the bed is a fabulous antique - love it!
Ahhhh - finishes are the best!  Sleep tight, Fiona! xo

Monday, September 29, 2014

binding a quilt

It's been tamed, and the quilting is finished.
                                 Now the binding is in progress...............

Free motion quilting...

 I will just say that this quilt has got the better of me.  
 I don't know if it's because my machine needs servicing, I'm out of practice, or
it's the threads I'm using, but I have tossed the quilt on the floor a number of times with a few choice words to go along with it.
Slowly, but surely, I WILL get it finished.
I hope your sewing days are long and productive :-)
~ Jodi ~

sandwiching, basting a quilt...

those pins hurt my knees every time I land on one.  

Actually, this was a few, or several, weeks ago.  I'm on to the binding of it now....  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sweet girl quilt for Fiona

These strips go together easily.  The hardest part, of course, is trying to keep them random.
(excuse my thready design wall)
Fiona's mom chose the fabrics, and I love them.
Can't wait to get it all done to give to sweet Fiona for her bedroom!
~ Jodi ~

Friday, August 8, 2014

Beach mini quilt in the works - maybe

I started making this - a long time ago.  I was waiting for more inspiration to strike, but it never did, so I put it away for a while.  Now I'm thinking I should finish it before the summer ends.  Hmmmm.  Sometimes posting things gets the creative mojo flowing, sometimes....... not.  
BTW, it's supposed to be a girl lying on her beach towel under an umbrella, NOT with a huge hat on like my husband suggested it looked.  Sheeesh - men!  Hahahaha!  (I think he just may be right - this time, anyway.)

Rotary cutting - ouch

Funny how I just couldn't bear to cut the lawn today with my healing hand (carpal tunnel surgery two weeks ago).  BUT I am managing to use my rotary cutter, much to my hand's detriment.  Well, not really.  I'm told you can't mess up the surgery that was done, but it sure hurts plenty.  My husband was doing some cutting for me, but he's out with his high school buddies tonight.  I couldn't make any more progress unless I did some cutting, so cutting I did!  :-)  Thank God for Tramadol.  It's going to be my friend tonight.

What have you been up to?  I fear I'm missing out on what a lot of you are posting on Instagram.  I have not jumped on that band wagon, yet.  But soon.
Take care, my blogging friends.
~ Jodi ~

Scrappy trip quilt went to a good home...

I began working on this quilt in January of 2013
It's a full/queen size
                                           Some of my favorite fabrics/colors

                                           the back - some my daughter's fabrics, some mine

All of these blue/white fabrics are from Japan - the most I've ever spent on fabric, and probably never will again.  I will miss this quilt!  I will just have to make myself another one, but it will have to be different fabric because these are all gone.
Have a blessed weekend, my friends!
~ Jodi ~

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Riley Blake Boy Crazy

I got carried away and made this quilt top too long.  But no problem, I will just rip a couple of rows off and use them when I piece the back. 
My niece gave birth to her little son, Wyatt, nine months ago.  This was going to be a baby quilt but he's almost a toddler now so I'm making it for his big boy bed.  
My sister Kate made curtains for his bedroom with some of this fabric line that his mom chose, so I'm pretty sure she will like this quilt - fingers crossed.  I finally opted for a very simple, quick pattern.  At first I was not a big fan of this fabric but it's growing on me.  And as luck would have it I had all of these solids in my stash, and they match perfectly.  Don't you love when that happens?
~ Jodi ~ 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

My sisters love me :-)

This Edible Arrangement came from my dear sister Mary (after my carpal tunnel surgery).  Yum!
And my sister Kate brought over this lovely yellow rose.  Goes nicely with my African Violets that took me years to finally get to bloom!
And yet another sister called to check up on me and stopped by for a visit.
Thank you, sisters!

Kaffe Fassett squares

A while back I purchased a bundle of 2 1/2" Kaffe Fassett squares from Folk Art Quilts in Wakefield, RI.  I came across Rachel's post of a quilt she just recently finished.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Her choices of colors always inspire me to try different things.
     I coerced my son and husband into doing some rotary cutting for me.  I am left-handed and had carpal tunnel surgery last week on my left hand.  My son was too timid about it and just couldn't get it right, but my husband?  He's hired!        

Monday, July 21, 2014

Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels Challenge quilt

 I belong to the Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild.  Some of us received Petal Pinwheel fabric from Michael Miller.  We could make anything we wanted, the only requirement was it had to be quilted and we could only use MM fabric, or any solid.  The RIMQG requirement was that we use at least 25 percent negative space.
 I was able to meet those challenges, but the FMQ in the negative space was difficult for me.
 I'm calling the quilt "Fun in the Sun".
I tried to quilt a little pebbly road starting from the bottom and getting smaller as it went up the quilt.  Not sure how it comes across, but, it's done, finally!
I usually quilt with much more space in-between the lines because I like a soft quilt rather than stiff.  This may hang on a wall somewhere, though, so it doesn't really matter.  
Did any of YOU take the Michael Miller Challenge?  If so, I'd love to see what you came up with.
~ Jodi ~

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Another Mystery quilt...

is coming along.  I'm doing a mystery quilt along with Kathryn and friends and sis, at 
And in the background you can see a postage stamp quilt also in the works.
Happy blessed Sunday to you all!
~ Jodi ~