Moss Garden Quilt and more

Time for a quilting post! I've done a fair bit of sewing lately. As usual, multiple projects going at once seems to be the way I've been working. And after several months of no finishes, I have 3 projects I can show off.

This first quilt was mentioned here just over two years ago. It's called "Moss Garden" and the top was made by my late mother-in-law. It was made from a kit she purchased to go with a pattern in a book called Inspirations from Japan by Maria Tamaoka (no web site found). The fabrics are a combination of Japanese wovens and American commercial cottons. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing my mother-in-law finished the top in the 6-12 months before she died. She usually had someone else quilt her tops on a longarm, so I imagine only her final illness kept her from sending it off to her favorite quilter. So, after basting it into a quilt sandwich two years ago, I finally buckled down in the late winter and quilted it. I bound it in May and sent it off to my nephew, her oldest grandson, who had not previously received a quilt from her.

Here is a close-up of my quilting and some of the interesting woven fabrics used in the kit. Click on the picture to get a nice view of those fabrics. They are really interesting.

Every year the NQA Show has a challenge involving a pre-selected quarter yard of fabric from the SewBatik company. Entrants make a 20" x 20" quilt using a recognizable piece of the challenge fabric and a specified theme. This year's theme was Mariner's Compass and the fabric was a medium sky blue. I decided to make a mosaic quilt and here is the result. The mosaic pieces of fabric are fused to a white background and I quilted around all of the pieces. There are three blue fabrics used between the compass points: a dark blue, a purple blue, and the sky blue challenge fabric.

Here is a close-up of the free-motion quilting I did around every single piece of mosaic.

Finally, it had been a while since I'd made a purse! QBFF A birthday-gifted me with a purse pattern. The side pocket is the perfect size for my Kindle. I started this on Sunday and finished it last night.


  1. Phyl, as always your quilts are so beautiful. It's so touching that you finished your mother-in-law's quilt and then sent it to her grandson who never received a quilt from her. The quilting detail is just gorgeous.

    I love the mosaic quilt! It looks like tile!

    1. Thanks so much. The mosaic was fun to do; I'd like to try it again.


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