A New Slant on Christmas

My 3rd finish in the 10 quilts in 12 months challenge (#10in12challenge) is called A New Slant on Christmas and the pattern is by Tina Curran. I stumbled across this unique pattern last November or so and started right away sewing the background together. It’s a herringbone pattern which makes it a little bit of a challenge.

A close up of the herringbone weave.

It’s made of 9 different “panels” that you sew from top down.

Once panels are made you join them by sewing open ends together. It reminded me of weaving.

It is extraordinary when finished. Very smooth and polished looking.

Next quilt: my word quilt! And in my case, a poem stanza taken from an e.e. cummings poem.

244 letters to go!

Ikat Diamonds

My finish number two finish in the 10 in 12 challenge happens to be the Ikat Diamonds. The categories this quilt covers in the challenge are: Gift Quilt, UFO (not my oldest but greater than 5 years), scrap quilt (well, the sashing anyway), and maybe Modern (what’s your thoughts on this claim?).

The pattern Ikat Diamonds by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. I got crazy last spring and bought the 60 degree Creative Grids ruler and cut two kits of my main fabric out and bagged it. I had the pattern and fabric for over 5 years and was determined that I wasn’t going to drive it all back up to Alaska (and continue to STORE it!) after having driven it down to Montana. I mean, I love BRIGHT but am not an oranges/red kind of woman… Basically, it is not generally my regular color palate… The more I worked on it, the more I LOVED this pattern.

I just want to go on record as saying, I CANNOT WAIT to do this again–in colors that maybe are a little more “me”! The 60 degrees Creative Grids ruler is a pretty great ruler as well. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

So, who’s the gift for you ask? Well, I have been toying with the idea that it would be the perfect “going to college/university” quilt and since I have like SIX to make, this could (and by “could” I mean “will”) end up in someone’s dorm!

Next quilt up is A New Slant on Christmas in the categories: Holiday quilt and UFO (not my oldest but >1 year). I also want to add the technique of joining the panels is pretty awesome. When it’s all together it will be a herringbone design. I’ve got 4 more panels to make.

A New Slant on Christmas by Tina Curran of Art Quilts by Tina Curran.

Simon’s Postage Stamp

Well, I am going to call this a complete top! After years of thinking, planning and more thinking! (As well as a TON of procrastination…) Simon’s Postage Stamp quilt is done! The process is a little repetitive but sort of fun and a little cathartic… digging through BAGS of fabric scraps from past quilts and trying not to duplicate same bit was actually VERY easy! :)

The areas/strategies/focus for this quilt from the Challenge list are: Scrap quilt and gift.

Step 1: Sew 2″x2 1/2″ squares together in a strip of 4.

Step 3: Trim your strips so that they are 2″ wide by 6 1/2″.

Step 4: flip half your strips opposite of the others, line up your corners and start sewing together.
Step 7+: Sew strips together into quilt. Breath a sigh of relief. Contact your longarmer and send it on to get done!

It reads a little red but it is his favorite color! As a matter of fact, I even bought RED cuddle for the back… so it will be SOFT and snuggly. The red fabric was obviously yardage (although a lot of the red blocks were also scraps from quilts too) but all colored bits are from past projects and, often, what could have been thrown away. I just cannot let little bits go to waste–especially when I know how fun they can be in these quilts.

Can’t wait to actually put this in the mail to him. I hope it keeps him warm for years to come.

Next post will be about Ikat Diamonds.


So my Sew Sisters and I have decided to challenge each other to get some projects done. We are calling this the 10 in 12 Challenge… Basically, come up with 10 quilts to finish in 12 months.

We came up with this list of possibilities and must dos:

  • Traditional
  • mini
  • word/phrase quilt
  • modern
  • medallion
  • sampler
  • oldie time pattern or fabric
  • cathedral window
  • oldest UFO you have
  • kit (everyone has at least one
  • star quilt
  • famous designer (pattern or fabric or both)
  • holiday quilt
  • time killer quilt (80+ hours)
  • solids
  • scraps
  • monocomatic
  • gift quilt (could be for friend, comfort or Eldercare)
  • hexagon
  • clamshell


  • curves
  • Y seams
  • applique
  • paper piecing
  • hand stitching

Additional ideas:

  • Quilt out of Fabric Collection
  • non preferred fabric

Must dos:

  • Quilt for State or national show
  • self designed
  • improv
  • start to finish (the whole thing by self)

In preparation I ran through all my quilts/UFOs and here is my list:

  • Oldest UFO: NYB
  • Time killer quilt/State or national show/Paper Piecing: Grandmother’s Garden
  • Kit/Traditional pieced: Magical quilt
  • Start to finish: Illuminata, Calvera?
  • Star quilt: Feathered Star
  • Gift quilt: IKat Diamond
  • Scrap quilt/gift: Simons
  • Word/self-designed quilt/solid fabric: Poem quilt
  • Holiday quilt/UFO: tree quilt 

This is a must do: Modern quilt/improv quilt: ???? (it’s a surprise!)

Let’s see what happens!

So much time has passed!

Well, I retired, moved, bought a house, began a new life back in 2017. And then all kinds of fun, adventurous, busy things happened and one thing led to another and now…

I’m back in Kodiak!

I retired from retirement. :).  My quilting job slowly petered out (business models change!), I was consulting with KIBSD and decided to return to full time work, I sold my sweet house in Somers, I talked my sister into helping me move back to Alaska, and drove back up to Alaska, caught a ferry, and moved back into my old house!

I’m back to teaching quilting classes!  Now I teach them at the Kodiak Public Library because my favorite shop has closed but, things always work out like they should.  I am scheduled tp begin to teach for the Bear Paw Quilter’s Guild in December 2019 at the Bayside Firehall.  It will be a basic sewing/new to quilting class.

And we’re off…

I started this blog on May 13th. Needless to say, the trip is over… but it’s a good story!  I’ll post this today to whet your appetite and once the plane lands and I can upload more of the 750 pictures I took I’ll work on the post!  I couldn’t get a signal in Sand Point before we left so I’ll start with the post I started at the airstrip as we waited for the Super Cub pilots:

Today my sister, friend and I are going looking for glass fishing floats on the Western edge of the Alaska Peninsula.

A before picture… waiting for the plane.


And where we are going:

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More pictures and info about our adventure…

A Camping Trip!

Well, it’s been a fun spring with a lot of travel. I work in Alaska and in Montana.  Every month since October I have been traveling back “home” to Kodiak to work on island flying out to local villages and providing itinerate special education services.  It was been fantastic!  Here are a few photos:

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I also quilted this winter!


This, however, is a different week/month and a new adventure awaits…  I’m going beach combing/camping with my sister and friend Tina on the very remote Alaskan Peninsula.  We are looking for Japanese glass floats over on the Westside.

These are our goal (photos are from others who have been over there):




I’ll post again when we get back and give you all the details and (hopefully) share photos of our finds!  We are crossing our fingers that we see no wolfs or bears!