Saturday, May 20, 2017


My koala pillow is done!  Koala joins Panda and Monkey in my pillow menagerie on the couch.  There are Hedgehogs on a nearby chair, and a Penguin and a Piggie in my son's room.

The pattern is part of the Zoo Animals bundle by Kristy @ Quiet Play. The original pattern is for a 10" block; I enlarged to a 16" block then added borders for a 20" pillow. The fabrics are all Kona: Ash, Coal, and Medium Gray for the body, Black & Snow in the eyes, Chestnut for the tree, and Willow for the background.

The Koala pillow was my May monthly goal for OMG hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts. (Goal setter #84.) It was also #6 on my list of Q2 goals for the globally hosted Finish Along.

Elm Street Quilts

Friday, May 19, 2017

Green Elephants

This year I am making elephant blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by Angela of So Scrappy.    I am using both the small and the large elephants from the Elephant Parade quilt along by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  I'm making 2 large and 3 small elephants in each color.  May's color is green.

I'm looking forward to June's color!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

April & May Bee Blocks

I never posted my April bee blocks, and that's partly because they fit so well with May's blocks.  Several of us in Bee Inspired are also in Stash Bee.  Irene, who I met in February, was Queen of Stash Bee in April and Queen of Bee Inspired in May.  I knew she planned on asking for the same block in both bees, so I made 2 in April.

Irene's Blocks
Irene asked for a block she designed: a 9-patch in a 9-patch in a 9-patch.  The smallest 9-patch starts with 1" squares.  Tiny!  I didn't love working with pieces that small.  She asked for soft grays. I didn't have much that fit what she wanted, so I had to visit my LQS.  What a tragedy!

the tiny 9-patches, with a quarter for size reference

Velda was Queen of Bee Inspired for April and she asked for a fun crow block--she's making a murder of crows.  (I had no idea that the name for multiple crows was murder!)  We were each asked to make 4 fun crows but not sew them together.  She also had us wait to post pictures, as she created quizzes about each set of birds as she received them, to see if we could guess who made which birds.  It's been a lot of fun.

Velda's Murder of Crows
She mostly wanted scrappy backgrounds, but said that one could have the same fabric for the entire crow.  I used a light bird print because I thought it was funny--it's the bird on the lower left.

Kimberly is the Queen in Stash Bee for May.  She asked for  bright 9-patches in a single color with a white center.  She said anything goes as far as fabric, and that novelty prints were okay.  And the finished quilt will be a kid's charity donation.  Novelty fabrics are my favorites so I went right to my scrap drawer of 3 1/2" squares to see what colors I had a lot of.  I had almost everything I needed right there, I only needed to cut my white squares and one aqua looking square. 
Kimberly's bright 9-patches
I also did one hive crash for May.  Jan in another hive chose a cat block that is a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for her block.  I've been thinking that this block might make a good choice for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so I jumped at the chance to test it out for myself. I liked the block and it was nice and easy, so I may have a cat quilt in my future.

Jan's Cats
I meant to do the cats facing different ways, but I can be directionally challenged.  By the time I figured out what I would need to do to make the cat face the other direction, I had already made that step and did them all the same.  What I need to remember is to make the ear/head unit first.  The tutorial has you make the body unit first, but once you do you are locked in. If you do the face/ear unit first, you can decide later how you want your cats to be.

I mentioned that I met Irene in February.  She is the one who had an extra bed at her accommodation for Quilt Con and invited me to join her and her companions.  Here we are at breakfast one morning. 

I'm on the far left and Irene is in the light blue shirt.  Her friends are Sana (between us) and Flora (far right).  The four of us totally clicked and had a great time!  I'm hoping Irene & I can get together again; we only live about 3 hours apart.

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Quilt Bloggers Week 4

It's the last week of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  I've enjoyed participating again, and I've found a whole lot of new quilt blogs to follow and made new friends. 

In my Hive, there are four blogs featured today.  Check them out!

Saturday, May 6, 2017


I've been so dedicated to finishing Scrap Dance Tango that I haven't worked on anything else in over a month. Now that the top is done and hopefully gets mailed off to a long armer on Monday, I'm ready to tackle something new!

It's been a few months since I've added to my pillow menagerie. My next animal is a koala.  This is part of the Zoo Animals bundle by Kristy @ Quiet Play.  (The monkey pillow was from the same pattern set.) This will be a 20" pillow when I'm done.

Completing the pillow is my One Monthly Goal for the linky party hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.
Elm Street Quilts

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Quilter's Blog Hop Week 3!

We are now into week 3 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop.  I have been enjoying getting to know a new group of quilt bloggers and finding new blogs to read.

My hive has five featured blogs today.  Check them out!

Amy @ AmyScrapSpot
Barbara @ Crazy Red Quilts
Gina @ Quilts and Cakes
Kara @ Sunshine Kwilts
Nicole @ Handwrought Quilts

Sunday, April 30, 2017

OMG-55 blocks completed

My April goal for OMG, the monthly goal-setting party hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, was to finish the remaining 55 blocks needed for my Scrap Dance Tango. 

And I'm thrilled to say that I finished all the needed blocks!  I even went back through them all (these 55 as well as the first 55) and found 3 that were put together incorrectly and fixed the errors.  I just hope I caught them all!

In addition to finishing all the blocks, I have assembled 6 of the needed 11 rows to complete the top.
This was a mystery quilt create and hosted by Carole of From My Carolina Home.  I'm still not sure how I feel about the pattern, but at this point, I am committed!  I want to get this one finished!

Elm Street Quilts

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wizards & Stars

At some point several years ago, my mom sent me some novelty fabric because she knows I love it, and one of the pieces was this wizard print.  If you look, you'll see wizards, stars, owls, dragons, and crescent moons.

At a quilt show in 2015, I bought 2 batiks with stars in them to go with this.  I finally sewed it up into a top.

It's simple, but it made the most of the fabric I had.  We've had lots of rainy weather lately, so no good shot of it hanging on the line.  You can't tell from the picture, but it's a scrappy binding.  I had one strip each left of the two batiks, and I mixed in some purple strips left from the jelly roll used to make my Quilt for Pulse last summer. 

For quilting, I used the star stitch on my machine, and I did both sides of the wizard stripes and the lighter colored stripes.  I used a variegated thread with pinks and purples in it. I really like how the stitching looks.

This was project #12 on my list of Q2 goals for the globally hosted finish along.

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Quilt Blogger's Hop Week 2

Last week was my turn for the New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop.  I had a lot of fun reading everyone's comments and visiting all the other blogs who took their turn in the first week.  It is now week two, which means a new batch of blogs to check out!

My hive has four featured blogs today.  Check them out!

April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Gail @ Quilting Gail 
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop

Welcome!  Today is the first day of the New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop, 2017 edition.  This year's activities are hosted by Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl, Leanne of She Can Quilt, and Beth of Cooking Up Quilts. The blog hop is a way for some of us fairly new to blogging to get to know each other and get creative and technical advice.  I participated last year and was thrilled that I still qualified for 2017.

I'm Emily and I live in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I live with Husband, who is super supportive of all things quilting, our son Munchkin, age 3, who loves trucks, pandas, and mac & cheese, and our dog Ivy. 

My blog name comes from my love of dogwoods, which are blooming beautifully in my part of the world right now, and family story from my childhood involving my favorite baseball player as a kid, Ron Darling. 

I started quilting in college and got hooked pretty much right away.  This fall will be my 20th anniversary with quilting!

I do not consider myself a modern quilter, though there are elements of the modern aesthetic that I like.  I am not even close to a perfectionist when it comes to quilting.  I don't do show quilts for that reason.  If everything had to be perfect, I would not enjoy myself. 

I love novelty fabrics and I Spy quilts.  I recently made a fish quilt for a friend's baby using lots of I Spy scraps:

I do like scraps.  I cut my scraps into set sizes so they are easy to use in future projects.  I used a lot of 2 1/2" squares in the butterfly block I chose for last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I ended up using those blocks in two different quilts. The first was Bright Butterflies for Baby June.

Bright Butterflies for Baby June

Just your neighborhood fireman, helping to make sure the quilt doesn't blow away!
The second was Butterflies in the Sky and was donated to my local Project Linus chapter.  I am an active member of the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus and have a personal goal of donating 12 quilts per year.  I have donated 31 quilts to that organization to date.

In the fall of last year I really got into making animal pillows.  It started with a Penguin Pillow I made my son for his birthday.

Then I decided to get rid of the horrible, bulky couch cushions so Penguin was soon joined by Panda and Monkey.  Next on the horizon are Giraffe, Koala, & Elephant.

My current project is last year's Scrap Dance Tango mystery quilt, created by Carole of From My Carolina Home.  (Yes, I do make quilts that aren't animals!)  This quilt has two possible layouts.  Since it was suggested that we ask a question for this blog hop, I am going to take advantage of the increased traffic and ask: which layout do you prefer?  Help me decide!  Do you enjoy scrap quilts, or would you rather start with new fabric for each project?
Scrap Dance Tango: Layout A

Scrap Dance Tango: Layout B

There are 4 other bloggers from my hive, Let's Bee Quilt'n, who are also featured today.  Be sure and visit them today!
Andrea @ Goofin Off Around the Block
Rita @ Posterity Quilt Co
Samantha @ Aqua Paisley Studio
Vivian @ Quilting with Vivian

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the blog hop and visit again soon!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Let's Bee Quilt'n!

Last year, I participated in the New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop.  It was a really great experience, and most of my online quilty friends were people I met through my involvement in the hop. I still qualified and we were encouraged to participate again if we wished, so I am lucky enough to be involved again this year.
2017 New Quilt Bloggers

My hive is Let's Bee Quilt'n and is lead by Leanne of She Can Quilt.  There are also hives lead by Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl and Beth from Cooking Up Quilts

Small groups of new bloggers will be posting on several Mondays through April & May.  There will prizes each week of the hop from some very generous sponsors. 
  • Blog Hop Week 1 – April 10th
  • Blog Hop Week 2 – April 17th
  • Blog Hop Week 3 – May 1st
  • Blog Hop Week 4 – May 8th
Here is a list of my hive, Let's Bee Quilt'n.  You don't have to wait until their turn on the hop to check them out!

Amy @ AmyScrapSpot
Andrea @ Goofin' Off Around the Block
April @ JANDABendQuilts
Barbara @ Crazy Red Quilts
Becca @ Pretty Piney
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Gina @ Quilts and Cakes
Gwen @ Tillalili
Kara @ Sunshine Kwilts
Kathy @ Kathys Kwilts and More 
Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
Nichole @ Handwrought Quilts
Rita @ Posterity Quilt Company
Samantha @ Aqua Paisley Studio
Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Vivian @ Quilting with Vivian
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Q2 Goals

I love the motivational link-up party that is the Finish Along. In Q1 this year, I listed 20 projects, knowing I would not finish them all.  And I didn't, but I completed 10 projects!  I don't expect to finish that many this quarter, but that won't stop me from another long list!

I break my goals into 3 categories: general quilts, mini quilts and pillows, and quilts for Project Linus.

General Projects and Gifts
1. Noodle's growth chart
When my brother & his family were visiting in December, I showed them Munchkin's growth chart and asked if they wanted one for my niece, Noodle.  The answer was an enthusiastic yes!  I gave my sister-in-law my stack of I Spy 2 1/2 strips as well as some yardage that I could cut a strip from and let her pick out what she wanted, and she picked out solids from my Kona color card.

2. Doll Quilts
My niece has doll bunk beds that used to be mine.  But they don't have quilts!  So I need to fix that!  I plan to use I Spy scraps to make 2 doll quilts for the bunk beds.
These doll bunk beds were mine when I was young!

3. Scrap Dance Tango
This was a mystery quilt that started in January 2016.  I kept up well with the first half of the mystery but not the second.  I am determined to finish this one.

4. Bookshelf Quilt
I asked for bookshelf blocks from my 2016 Stash Bee Hive last fall and I need assemble them into a finished quilt.

5. Magical Forest
I also need to assemble my blocks from Stash Bee 2017--I'm making a magical forest!

Mini Quilts & Pillows
Pillow Menagerie
I am slowly making us a menagerie of animal throw pillows four our couch, as I got rid of the big cushions that came with the couch because they were so big it was annoying.  The following are pillows I have patterns and fabric for, and I've spent time getting the pattern pieces enlarged and color coded.
6. Koala--pattern is from the zoo animals collection by Kristy @ Quiet Play
7. Giraffe--pattern is from the zoo animals collection by Kristy @ Quiet Play
8. Elephant--pattern from the Elephant Parade by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts

9. batik hexies
This might be the project that never ends! My hand sewing batik hexie project is progressing slowly. I'm sort of making up the finishing process as I go along, as I haven't found a tutorial for finishing hexies that completely works for me. I just finished sewing the back to the front. I am now ready to layer and quilt.

10. Blue Butterfly mini
I have one block from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge butterflies that did not make it into a quilt top.  This will become a mini for the wall of minis in my office. It has been quilted and just needs binding.

11. Vintage Holiday
I've had this one on my to-do list for a while and started the sewing on a recent work trip when I wasn't driving.  It is my current hand sewing project.

Project Linus

12. Wizards & Stars
I have been cutting out quilts and making them into kits to take to Project Linus.  I took this one to March's meeting and it is now pieced, just needs to be layered, quilted, & bound.

13. Western/Cowboy Quilt
This one has been cut and put together in a kit for Project Linus sewing.

14. Monopoly
Another one that has been made into a quilt-in-a-kit I have ready to go, this one with some Monopoly fabric my mom gave me a couple years ago.

15. I Spy Jelly Roll Twist
My current Project Linus sewing: Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Twist pattern with some I Spy strips from a swap, plus Kona Highlight.

16. Sports I Spy with Munchkin
I've been doing some sewing with my son and have a stack of sports-themed I Spy squares set aside for when he wants to sew. This one will depend completely on his pace.

17. Girly I Spy
These are some squares, most from my friend Snow, that are kind of girly.  I have a donated piece of Minky for the back that will dictate final size.

18. 3 1/2" square purple quilt
I Spy scraps with purple as the alternating fabric.

19. 3 1/2" square blue quilt
I Spy scraps with blue as the alternating fabric.

20. Poodles
Someone donated this fabulous pink poodle fabric to my local Project Linus chapter.  I'm going to keep it as a whole cloth quilt and use it as FMQ practice.

Since I had such luck with a list of 20 last quarter, I decided to stick with the magic number!  I doubt I'll finish 10 again this quarter, but I can hope!