Archive for the ‘Cindy’s Quilts’ Category

As I said in my previous post, this is the 7th year of the New Year’s Day Mystery Quilting Event. I looked in the archives and found photos of all the quilts that were quilted on New Years Day.

Here is a quick look at the previous quilts. Note: all these classes are still available online and I’ll put links to the class information.

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2009 – This is the quilt that started it all! This is the Feather Plume quilt.  For class details Click Here

B 2009 FP


2010 – Not Quite Traditional Quilt. Free hand, Baptist Fan inspired quilting designs! For class details Click Here 

B 2010 NQT


2011 – Fancy Motifs. This was a fun class. I love quilting feathers and I love the texture on this quilt. For class details Click Here

B 2011 FM


2012 – Stars on the Mountains. Another fun class. This is all free hand quilting! For class details Click Here

B 2012 SOM


2013 – A Winter’s Night. This quilt is one of my favorites – I LOVE it! Optional simple embellishments make this quilt sparkle! For class details Click Here 

B 2013 AWN


2014 – Snowflake Star. Another one of my favorites. Lots of feathers and lots of texture! For class details Click Here

B 2014 SFS


If you have taken any of these classes and have photos of your class project, send them to me as an email attachment to longarmu@aol.com and I’ll post them here.

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Christmas is this week and you want me to think about New Years!!!! Yes, I know that is what you are thinking, and yes, I DO want you to think about New Year’s Day and what you will be doing.

I will be hosting the 7th Annual New Year’s Day Mystery Quilting Event and I would love to have you attend. Here is how the Mystery Quilting Event works.

Register for this class now (or in the next few days) and print out the piecing instructions for the class project. Piece the quilt – don’t worry, it’s really easy – and have it on your machine ready for quilting on January 1, 2015. On New Year’s Day, beginning about 8 am Pacific Time (probably a little earlier) the first “Part” of the video instructions for quilting the class project will be activated. Then about every two hours, another Part of the class will be activated. By the end of the day, ALL the Parts will be activated and you will see what the finished quilt looks like. Work on your quilt while watching the video and you will have YOUR quilt finished, too!

This is a FUN way to spend New Year’s Day! If you are busy New Year’s Day, don’t worry! You have 60 days unlimited access to the video instructions and you can view them anytime to complete your class project.

This year, I am doing things a little differently. The class quilt, 4 Patch Frenzy, is an original quilt I designed just for this event. I have pieced it two ways, a traditional way with only two fabric colors and a scrappy version with many, many fabrics! Below are some photos – click on any photo for a larger view.

This is the traditional, two fabric version which will be quilted in a more traditional way.  This is the wall quilt size, about 65 x 65 inches.

2015 4PF 1

Here is the Scrappy Version which will be quilted in a more modern style of quilting. This is the full size quilt top, about 74 x 101 inches.

BOTH styles of quilting will be shown in this class!

2015 4PF 2

I have a Yahoo Groups email group created for this class and I am working on setting up a FaceBook group also. Students can then “talk” to each other before, during and after the class and post photos of their quilts.

Sign up for the class (Click Here for info) and send a photo of your pieced, un-quilted quilt by December 30, 2014 and your name will be put in a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to Longarm University / Longarm Classroom.

This is a FUN and creative way to start 2015. 

For complete details about this class and to register Click Here 

If you have any questions, send an email to longarmclassroom@aol.com.

I hope to “see” you in class on New Year’s Day 2015!

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Happy Halloween to everyone! Have fun and be safe!


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On Saturday, my nephew, Jake is getting married to Lessa. Of course, Auntie Cindy had to make a quilt for the happy couple.

I pieced the top late last Spring. Below is a photo of it un-quilted.  This is a large scrap quilt, about 100 x 100 inches. I took the photo at my daughter’s house and there is a little bit of a breeze. My Grandson Nathan (at the right) and Granddaughter Mackenzie are holding the bottom of the quilt while I am taking the photos.

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On to the quilting! Here is a photo of the quilt on my machine.


I quilted curved feathers in the light parts of the block and wavy lines in the darker parts of the block. In the light sections I used Signature 100% cotton thread, Sand Dollar, and in the darker sections I used the same Signature thread in Fawn.

Here is the completed quilt – Enlarge the photo to see all the detail of the quilting. The texture is amazing! The quilt is so large that I couldn’t get it all in the photo.


I hope you can see some of the detail in this photo. Again, enlarge the photo to see the quilting detail.


Here is the back of the quilt. The backing fabric is actually a darker burgundy color. The sun (yes, there is sun in Seattle in October!) makes the fabric look lighter. The texture is amazing!


One more photo of the back. This is the border area so you can see the feather quilting.


The wedding is on Saturday and today is Wednesday. I have to pack this quilt up and send it to Illinois, like right NOW!! I do my best work on a deadline!

I won’t be able to be at the wedding, but I am sending all my love and  best wishes to the bride and groom!


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On October 7, I welcomed a new Granddaughter to the family. Her name is Madelynn and she is a super cutie!!! She was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches long and she is doing well.

Here she is shortly after she was born.
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Isn’t she a cutie!! And here is her big brother, Nathan, after he got off the school bus and before I told him he has a new sister!


Nathan has been a great big brother and is super excited to have a sister.

Of course, Grandma Cindy has been busy making all sorts of things for Miss Madelynn. First, she had to have a new quilt!

B-Maddys Quilt-1

I made this quilt from my Blocks in a Box pattern and online class. (For details Click Here)

Here is the back of the quilt, before trimming and binding. I LOVE the texture of the quilting.

Maddy Quilt-2

After I finished the quilt, I got the itch to knit – baby socks! Here is the first pair that I knitted


The photo makes the socks look large, but they are only about 2 inches long from the heel to the toe! For the FREE pattern for these way to cute baby socks Click Here. These socks took only about an hour or two to knit for each sock. And, they are addictive! Because ….



I knit another pair. This yarn was left over from a pair of socks I knit for Nathan a few years ago. (I do plan to get a photo of both kids with their matching socks!) Both of the pairs of socks above were knit with wool sock yarn. And then I was at the yarn shop and saw some pretty pink striped sock yarn, and … I knit another pair!



This yarn is 100% acrylic sock yarn but it feels and looks like rayon. It is fun to work with and has a real nice “feel” to it.

And it looks great on the baby!


There is a lot more sock than there is baby, but that won’t last long!

I also knit a couple of hats – here is one that is simple garter stitch. I made a lacy one but I forgot to take a photo. I’ll try to remember to take a photo the next time I visit.


When I wasn’t knitting baby socks and hats, I was making Burp Cloths! These were way too much fun to make!


I got some terry cloth and flannel fabric at JoAnn’s,  put them on the quilt machine and quilted them together.  I used my free hand feathers and swirls pattern. (The terry cloth was on the bottom, flannel on the top, no batting.) I quilted about two yards, then cut them into this burp cloth shape. (There are a TON of free burp cloth patterns on the internet.) I bound them like a quilt – because of the curved edges, I made and used bias binding.

I now have about three yards of terry cloth/flannel on the quilting machine and will make them into receiving blankets that, because of the terry cloth,  can be used as bath towels.

I now have to get away from the baby things and get back to work!

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I have been working on a lot of things lately, but my most recent project is my new Daffodils in Bloom quilt! This quilt is soooo cute. If you are feeling like Spring will NEVER arrive, you can create your own Spring with pieced Daffodils hanging on your wall or on your bed!

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This is the single blossom wall quilt, which is about 23 x 28 inches. The piecing is easy and the quilting, all free hand, is also easy. This would make a quick project for a spring gift.

And yes, I have an online class for this pattern. For complete details about this class  Click Here 

You can view this class online, purchase a DVD or purchase the piecing pattern only. For all the class details and pricing information Click Here 

Here is a 4 Daffodil Banner or Table Runner, finished size about 29 x 59 inches.

Daf 1

I know that some of you may be looking at the piecing and saying “I hate making those long triangles.” You don’t have to say that anymore! I have found a quick and easy way to make these long triangles by folding and pressing them. There is NO special cutting equipment needed.

Here is a video on how this fold and press technique works



And here is one more photo. This is a 15 Daffodil Quilt, about twin size-ish at 68 x72 inches. This quilt has not been quilted yet, but it will be soon – and of course I’ll post photos!

Daffodils 3

Bring Spring into your “space” with a (relatively) easy quilt!

Think Spring!!! Think DAFFODILS!!!

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My Aunt Esther, after many years of pain, had her knee replaced a few weeks ago. When I was visiting with her – and the rest of my family – earlier this year, I told her that if she got her knee replaced, I would gift her with a quilt.

Before I put her quilt in the mail to her, I took some photos. I LOVE how her quilt turned out! I had pieced the top a few years ago while on vacation. (Don’t laugh, I know of MANY quilters who bring their sewing stuff with on vacation!)

My Aunt loves traditional quilting, and this quilt delivers it!

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I quilted feathers all over the quilt! In the “open” spaces, I quilted feathered wreaths with a slightly contrasting thread. Then I quilted curved feather “fill in” stitching with a matching thread. Lastly, I quilted Continuous Curves in the 9 Patch – 4 Patch blocks.


I went wild on the borders! I used the Single Small Cable Template for the inner border and the Triple Cable Template for the outer border. Again, the feathers were quilted with a slightly contrasting thread.


I can’t wait to hear what my Aunt Esther says about her new quilt and I am wishing her a speedy recovery from her surgery!

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