Lots to crush on this week! First is MaMa’s finished quilt.

Large flyging geese quilt

I’m so happy to have this finish, and I am really pleased with the way it turned out. Especially since my quilting plan was to “sew and see what happens”. Do you ever use a plan like that? 🙂

Everything about this quilt was fast and easy. The blocks are big (9-1/4″ unfinished) and I had the top together quickly. The most time consuming part of this make was trimming the HST blocks and that didn’t really take very long. Stitching the floppy feathers is always fun and fast – I just love using that quilting design.

Then came the binding. I used this scrumptious print from Corey Yoder’s Flower Mill Collection. She has the same print in green that I would rather have used, but all I had was a fat quarter piece. The quilt shop didn’t have it, so the red it was. I think it ended up being the best choice because it gives the quilt such a bright, uplifting vibe.

Corey Yoder's Flower Mill print as binding

Now, hold on to your seats because I’m about to surprise you. I put the binding on, top and back, by machine! And while it isn’t perfect, it doesn’t look bad. I’m pretty happy with it. I just love how that binding looks on the quilt.

Flower Mill binding

I have to share a couple more shots of the binding to show how nice it looks. I surprised myself!

Machine binding front

Machine Binding – Front View


Mitered corner - machine binding

A pretty nice mitered corner!

I’m happy to say the quilt has now been delivered and I hope MaMa finds a tiny bit of comfort when she uses it. I said a lot of prayers for her while making the quilt and I trust she will feel the love that went into it.

So, you’ve probably noticed my blog has a new look. What do you think?  The redesign has been in the works for a while. I wanted to update everything to reflect my new branding and give it all a cohesive look. I began by working with Lindsie Bergevin, a wonderful graphic designer who took my jumbled ideas and created a branding package for Cooking Up Quilts. Lindsie also created a template for my patterns with the new branding. After we had the pattern template in place it was time to work on the website.

In the website redesign, one of the things I wanted to add was a shop to make purchasing patterns and finished items easier for my readers and customers. Lindsie pulled it off like a champ, and you can access the pattern shop through the side menu, the slider at the top of the home page, or by any of the links sprinkled throughout the site.

I would also like to invite you to sign up to receive my newsletter, which I’ll begin sending out the last quarter of this year. It will be a monthly newsletter that will focus on free motion quilting and be filled with tips on helping you turn those finished tops into finished quilts. When you sign up, you’ll receive my paper Top 10 Tips for Moving Past ‘Quilt as Desired’.

(Dang! I just totally impressed myself that I was able to add that opt-in box! LOL)

There’s a lot more to the site that I’ll be talking about later but I’ve done enough talking for today. I hope you’ll take some time to browse around and let me know what you think. If you find anything confusing or difficult to navigate please let me know. I promise it won’t upset me. I want this site to be easy and enjoyable for you and I appreciate all your feedback.

Now it’s time to hear from you – it is your turn to talk! What are you crushing on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? I would love to see what your are working on. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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