I’m back with a couple more finished projects . . . .  My goal was to get everything finished in December, but I didn’t quite make it.  I just got the rod pocket done on this one the other night.



The technique is from my Sizzlin’ Sixites book.  The quilt is actually a reject from the book, so that’s why it wasn’t finished 6 months sooner.  I decided not to use it in the book because I decided it wasn’t original enough.


But that after all that work, I decided I had to finish it.  Plus, I love this border fabric.


Several of you have asked about the machine quilting on my quilts.  I have an APQS Millenium that I use to quilt all my samples. 


The center design in the block was done free hand, without marking or using a stencil.




Here’s how easy it was to do – 

The hexagon block  up of six 60-degree triangles, like the one shown below.


I started in the bottom corner, made a loop up in the center, and made my way back down to the right bottom corner of the triangle.  If you do six of that motion in a row (without stopping), you get that simple design.  Easy Peasy!  I love when I don’t have to mark a stencil, it’s so much faster.



I also finished another runner from the Sizzlin’ Sixties book. 


I can’t seem to get enough of this runner – This is my fifth one!


You may remember these two, that I made last summer.



After seeing this picture, now I’m wishing for summer!  It’s so nice to be outside (without four layers), have flowers blooming . . . . .

It’s still been really frigid here, with temperatures down to 25 below zero.  We are expecting a warm up next week though, with highs into the twenties.  I can’t wait!  It will be nice to go outside a bit again.  Plus, when it’s this cold, the furnace runs continually.  When I was laying in bed last night listening to it run, I felt the urge to get up and go insert a dollar into it every fifteen minutes or so, just to keep the heat coming.  Kind of like a Juke Box, but without the fun 😉

Have a good weekend and stay warm!


About Heather Peterson

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  1. angie/sweetbabies00 says:

    I love Peace on Earth fabrics. Your quilt is so nice. Thanks for the tip on machine quilting. I have your book Sizzlin’ Sixties and I have some leftover Peace on Earth from other projects. I hope I can make a table runner like your quilt. I want my house to look like yours! 🙂

  2. Ginger says:

    My brother gave me Sizzilin’Sixties for Christmas, and I can’t wait to make some of the quilts in it. First though, I have to get the proper ruler. 🙂
    Anyway, I think your quilt and runners turned out loverly, and I am so excited you showed the quilting up close. Please do that more! I love getting ideas of how to quilt my own quilts.

  3. Sherri says:

    Oh, I love all of these…and your machine quilting is gorgeous as well! I’m working on a quilt from Livin’ Large right now using Hope Valley…it’s going to be spectacular!

  4. Lisa A says:

    That border fabric is wonderful. Glad you showed this project on your blog.

  5. Just love that first quilt but you are going to have to tell us all the fabric group that fabulous border came from. Stay warm! We’re really cold in NH too.

  6. A Betty says:

    I had charm packs of Peace on Earth and the small swatch sure didn’t do that border justice. I made a Christmas quilt from two charm packs that I love. I also just finished your table runner Rick Rack Stack from Sweet Life in reproduction prints. I love it and it was so much fun and easy to do. That quilt is gorgeous. Makes me want to think more seriously about tackling one of those in that book.

  7. Melissa C says:

    Pretty quilt and love the border fabric. Absolutely love the latest runner. It is by far my favorite that you have shown.

  8. Dolores says:

    That quilting pattern is a neat idea. I must remember it. Love the table runners.

  9. Rita says:

    I had to laugh about you comment on listening to the heater running last night. I was thinking the same thing..it just kept running and running.

  10. Mary-Kay says:

    I love the fabric in your latest table runner. I have it done in the Rebel Roses fabric but have yet to quilt it. Your quilting looks beautiful on it.

  11. Amy C says:

    Your quilts are beautiful. The table runners are quite stunning in those bright colors. I too am looking forward to the warm up. It is amazing how 20 degrees feels so much warmer than it did a month ago. LOL

  12. Sharon says:

    I love the table runners. I live in Iowa, so I know what you are going through with the weather. We had just 2 1/2 days of school this week. Nice break now, but wait until spring.

  13. Debbie says:

    i love the summer colors and the first one….you should do a pattern since it didn’t make the book. I love it.

  14. kersten says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love your machine quiliting, you do such nice work.

  15. anna says:

    Heather ,
    You do such beautiful work- I love how you used the gorgeous border with your first quilt- it looks like intricate applique when you first look at the photograph.

    Stay warm – it has been cold here in Alberta too- though it was very pleasant today – right around zero – positively balmy for January.


  16. I’m serious. Stop it right now! You are just way too productive for one human being! Try to stay warm under all those new projects.

  17. Stephanie says:

    I love how you show your projects using different fabric prints and colors. Something appealing for everyone–although they’re all pretty.

  18. Rachel D. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. So my goal now is to get your book ! 😉 Snowy and freezy hugs from Belgium.

  19. Trudi says:

    Very pretty quilt! But I have to say the latest runner is my favourite! Beatiful and fresh!

  20. Love the quilt and the border print is wonderful!

  21. Linda P. says:

    Can’t believe you thought that quilt was a reject – its beautiful and so is your work. I have picked up that book, and will have to try my hand at the runner – dont think my quilting will come out as nice though. Thanks for sharing and especially that bit of sunshine……….. it will shine again, right??!!

  22. Sandy Allen says:

    I won the Sizzlin’ Sixties book along with the ruler and a kit called “Camping Under the Stars” from the Jolly Jabber blog. Can’t wait to get started! Hubby has decided he wants a black and white quilt out of the book, too!

  23. All the sixties are adorable Heather!

  24. susan says:

    Have you thought about a book of quilting designs? Yours are beautiful and when you explain how it is done it is amazing! As a quilter on a home machine I really enjoy the quilting ideas.

  25. Carol says:

    Your pictures of the quilting up close are sooo inspirational. I stopped by your blog on my way to my machine quilting, for a jump start of ideas. Thank you, thank you. It’s 42 degrees in Montana today, but I’m still going quilting!

  26. Angie says:

    My gosh, those are just so stunning. The colors are just magical. Thank you for sharing….Angie

  27. Jan says:

    My 10 yr. old daughter is absolutely in love with the runner made with Swanky! I was browsing through your inspiration the other day and she saw me looking at it and she went nuts. Problem is, I can’t seem to find very much of that fabric now. It really does make the most summery and cheery projects. The technique used to make it is fantastic too! Sizzlin’ Sixties is on my list!!!!! You’re a fabulous designer and creator!

  28. Kathy says:

    Oooohhh, ahhhhh……lovely, lovely, lovely! Thanks for all the eye candy!

  29. cindy says:

    Love the new fabric – of course! Tupy is down here in balmy IL for a quilt retreat and we’re already planning projects for Lake Beauty. Can’t wait til your project for spring is on their website. See you soon.

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