Removing chalk lines…

Lorraine D. emailed recently asking me how to remove the white chalk lines that she’d used to mark her quilting design. I don’t mark tops often and when I have, the lines are usually gone by the time I’ve finished quilting so this isn’t something that I’ve had to deal with in a long time.

I do know that trying to erase the lines can mar the fabric so I wouldn’t recommend that. Washing can work but isn’t always an option. I suggested shaking it out like a rug, as long as that wouldn’t hurt the quilt. What I could picture in my head was the chalk dust flying out of the quilt. (Hanging the quilt on a line and whacking it with a broom also came to mind but that seemed extreme.)

But Lorraine came up with a better idea:

As I couldn’t sleep one night, I thought of placing it in the dryer with several bath towels, on no heat. I now have an almost perfect quilt. 

That is a trick I’m going to remember!

I think it looks perfect as it is :-).

A quilter lives here!

Kim J. saw the “tea mailbox” in one of my recent posts and thought “maybe she would like to see mine”. Yes! I do want to see it and so do you!


Kim says:

This was a collaboration with my husband.  He built the box, I drew the quilt blocks, painted/stenciled the roof and he did the painting.

Here’s the back:


My own mailbox obviously needs an upgrade :-).

Show and Tell…

Karen de Glanville sent me a photo of her quilt and the story that goes with it. I think you will enjoy it just as she wrote it:

Some years ago when I visited the States (I live in the UK), I purchased your Anniversary Quilt pattern.  It sat in my drawer for quite a while as a pending project and then I forgot about it.

Back in February I looked on Pinterest for an oak leaf and acorn inspiration for a wall hanging to make as a wedding present for my niece and found just the thing.  When I attempted to track the pattern down, I realised it was one of yours and that I had purchased it all those years ago!

Below is a photograph of my finished result.  I have made the quilt in wool on a cotton background, with the happy couple’s names – Erin and Howard  – and the date – 20th August, 2016 – embroidered in linen in the centre with two entwined acorns above their names.


A friend, Sandy Chandler, machine quilted oak leaves and acorns on it.  Her work is amazing and she recently won Best in Show at the UK Festival of Quilts.

I’m so grateful for your wonderful design.  It was so appropriate for this couple.  Howard is a tree surgeon with a company called Quercus and their marriage was blessed under an old oak tree.  They met in the Middle East, so the pomegranates are perfect.  Finally, the French word for acorn is gland, and our family name is de Glanville, derived from that word.  How amazing is all that?!

Kind regards and many thanks for all the pleasure this has given us in both the making and receiving.  Erin was totally overwhelmed.

Isn’t this a great story — and a beautiful quilt! Thank you, Karen, for sharing both. Happy stitching!

Sold (not for sale anymore)… My HQ Sweet Sixteen

UPDATE: I sold my Sweet Sixteen to Carolyn in south Texas. We are both happy and excited!

I am upgrading so my 2010 Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen needs a new home, along with the 30″ x 46″ table it sits in. Steve custom built this table and it is both prettier and sturdier than the table that came with the machine (which I no longer have).

Just so you know, I live in Sherman, TX (north of Dallas) and you’ll need to come get it. Or, if your are close, Steve and/or I might be able to bring it to you in the pickup.


Included are:

  • the original bobbin winder
  • 32 bobbins
  • 10 packs each of Groz-Beckert titanium needles from Superior in sizes 16 and 18
  • the manual that came with the machine

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I took this photo showing the number of stitches yesterday. I have to quilt a couple of very small quilts so the stitch count will be a little higher.


This is what the touch display looks like.HQSweetSixteen-03

I am asking $1500. If that doesn’t seem fair, please do let me know. If you are interested, please do email me at Include your phone number and I can call you back. FYI: I can bill you via Paypal so you can pay with a credit card if you wish.

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Show and Tell…

Joanne O sent me this photo of her Fresh Picked Posies. I love it!


Joanne says

…this was my first attempt at a full size hand appliquéd quilt…to prepare for this undertaking I watched your U- tube videos on the Piece of Cake Way for hand appliqué .  I found the pattern easy to follow & the larger pieces were great for a first go at hand stitching . It was machine quilted on a long arm by my friend Karen C. I am so pleased with how it turned out. …love love love this pattern. Thank you so much.

Joanne, you made a great quilt! Way to go, you!