Need for speed…

No, not that speed and not THAT speed. I’m talking about getting back up to speed. I abandoned my blog last December. Feel free to make up stuff about that because I’m going to delete the two paragraphs I spent two days writing. If I’m bored, just think how you’ll feel. Instead, I’m going to talk about my most recent quilting projects and try to find my way back from there.

I belong to the local modern quilt guild (NWA Modern Quilt Guild) and every November we bring food to share and a quilted item to swap. This year I made The Flying Chicken Tool Caddy & Pin Cushion. I was concentrating on keeping it a secret and forgot to take a picture, but you can see it on Etsy. They have one kit to sell. Susa Glenn Designs/ArtFabric Studio is evidently out of business.

I took home these batik microwave bowls from the swap and got to use them with my turkey soup after Thanksgiving—they are wonderful and I plan to make some more myself, my daughter, her friend (who keeps skulls and Halloween stuff up year round).


I do have a pic of my flying geese challenge wall hanging.  I took leftover triangles in orange and black and made wonky flying geese surrounded by grey fabric. This is called “Migration” and features in-the-ditch and straight-line quilting. Since my daughter wants this, I’ll block it and make a hanger for it so she can hang it in her new townhouse.



While at guild, one of my friends (Sonja) had this giant bag for carrying quilts and I was inspired to take my large free-motion practice pieces to make my own bag, The Big Bad Bag. I quilted two sides and a bottom and zigzagged it all together, adding handles and binding on the top. Even dh thought it was neat.

This is one of my best heron pics and was a pic of the week on KNWA-TV.


That’s about it for now. My next post I’ll be talking about a very old UFO, mystery quilts and pesky flying geese. If you have questions or comments or want to know about a specific technique, feel free. The last thing I have to say is, this blog was for the birds. I didn’t plan it, it just happened. Really.



Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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