“Scrap Squares Doll Quilt” by Kathleen Tracy from her Book Civil War Sewing Circle is actually the very first quilt I quilted on my Juki.  Let me answer a few questions from my previous post before I get to all the eye candy.  The Juki model is TL2010Q.  The table is a portable sewing table I picked up a few years ago from Jo-Ann’s to go on retreats with.  It is a pretty heavy, solid table.  Great for sewing in.  Works for retreats but is not as light as that other popular table out there.  Now questions regarding the Juki VS. Janome 6600.  I love my 6600 and will never part with it.  The Juki is a straight stitch only machine, if that is all you are ever going to do…then it is perfect for you.  I have found that I prefer to piece with my Juki because it is fast and it never hesitates on bulky seams and I mean never.  I love adding binding and straight quilting with it because it is so powerful.  There are a few things that I like better on my Janome.  The Juki has a smaller throat space.  You can not lift the presser foot as high as the Janome.  Those are minor things and not deal breakers.  The Juki is my go-to for piecing smaller items only because my Janome is in a huge Tracey’s Table that makes it so much easier when piecing large quilts. πŸ™‚  If you are looking for an amazing machine or second machine, you will not be sorry purchasing the Juki!!!  Hope that helps!

 I thought this would be an easy quilt to piece and quilt on my new Juki.  I just used a variety of scrap reproduction fabric.  I had been wanting to make a little doll quilt for a doll bed I have.  I stayed pretty close to the way the example looked in the book.  It went together perfectly!  I want to make every quilt in Kathleen’s book!  You can find Kathleen here.

Scooter and Sarge always offering a helpful paw or two. πŸ™‚

Have you ever done that?  That was the backing. UGH.  I think I was so excited to be making this sweet little project, I wasn’t paying attention.

I used a blue water soluble marker to mark diagonal lines before quilting.  The binding is a single fold.

Done.  Washed and dried.  I love how crinkly it looks now.

Fits perfectly in the doll bed.  I had the girls place their Elizabeth American Girl Dolls in there.

Here is the little area at the bottom of my stairs, outside of my studio.  I love to decorate with quilts.  It adds such warmth to a home.

I bought this gorgeous shelf in Shipshewana a few years ago, but just finally hung it this year.  I had to find just the spot.  Oh and yes, there are 2 of the same Santas on my shelf.  Sigh, I bought one and then the next year bought another not realizing I already had him.  lol

 I love nine patch quilts too!!!  I picked up this antique one last February in Shipshewana.  Love the use of color placement and fabric in the nine patches.

My tree stays up all year.  Not a Christmas tree. πŸ™‚  More of a nightlight after I leave the bright lights of the studio at night.

 Over here more quilts.  My little gourd snowman. πŸ™‚ A gift from my inlaws several years ago.  Mon Ami Schnibbles hanging.  My very first quilt to quilt on the longarm!!
 And I finally hung my Summer Love Baskets from the Temecula Quit Co. sew-a-long last July.
I am going to be the lady of leisure this weekend.  I had minor, yet extremely painful foot surgery today.  Long overdue!!!  I had been putting it off for just the right time, but really when is that??  I just couldn’t stand the pain any longer.  Especially when I am quilting at my machine.  ACK!!!  So, hopefully Monday I will be back at it. πŸ™‚


  • Cathy says:

    Lovely seeing your quilts in your home. Rest your foot, take it easy, and feel better soon!

  • Kristy says:

    Your quilts are lovely, as is your decor!! I pieced two of the same doll bed quilt from the same book this week. I just need to layer them and quilt them….I was amazed…I planned the exact same grid quilting. I will put pix on instagram after the girls receive them on Christmas. My husband has hand surgery tomorrow, so I am hoping while he is recooping here at home, I can get them quilted. Wishing you a speedy recovery! soardkgatfusedotnet

  • Lady Locust says:

    You so weren't kidding when you said eye candy – love them.

  • Anne says:

    Your quilts are all beautiful in the house. I love the fact that you bought 2 of the same Santa. Can't tell you how many times I've done the same. Makes me feel better since you're the "young" one. LOL Hope your foot is feeling lots better!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Your quilts are lovely, so cosy and welcoming. Love your idea of a night light and the kitties are a delight.

  • Phyllis says:

    Lovely post, so much to see. Your doll quilt turned out beautiful, very colorful. And that 9-patch quilt is just lovely over there, I love 9-patch patterns, there is such a variety of them, definitiely on my 'to do' list. Very brave of you to have your foot surgery now, before Xmas, I find this such a busy time, so much happening, so much to do…. I hope the pain has gone now and that you will recover soon.

  • Sharon E says:

    I love te quilt purchase from Shipshewana. The colors are fantastic. Thanks for a tour of your home – it's beautiful. I tried a Juki at one of Lisa's retreats a couple of years ago and they are all you said and more!

  • moosecraft says:

    Ouch! I'm wishing you a smooth recovery from your surgery! LOVE all the quilts you have shown… and especially love the shelf/quilt hanger! I'm beginning to get drawn to the doll quilts…. they look so cute! Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Sue says:

    Great post, Linda! I have everyone of Kathleen's books and have made several of her sweet quilts. I really hope that in time, she will come out with another one!

    Great quilts on display too!

    Hope you recover quickly from your foot surgery.

  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    Beautiful! I am giving my girls American Girl dolls this Christmas so next year I want to get them doll beds and make the Quilt! You did a beautiful job!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. What a cozy space to have year 'round. As for duplicate buying…the more Santas the merrier, right? Love, love, love the dolly quilt.

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    I love seeing how you decorate your home, it looks so warm and cozy!
    Hope you have a quick recovery and that the surgery fixed your foot pain.

  • Dar says:

    Your decorations are lovely. Take care of your foot and have a Merry Christmas.

  • Candace says:

    It's adorable, Linda! Your decoration are always so pretty, too! Sorry about the foot surgery – I've had three and they aren't fun, but the results are always worth the hassle! Hope you're up and about soon!

  • marylouweidman says:

    I LOVE these darling little quilts…you have style. I might try to teach my three Granddaughters using this idea during Christmas vacation. As usual, I love visiting your beautiful blog.

  • Michele says:

    Very nice Linda! I hope your foot is feeling better. I think I'm going to have to have surgery on my foot at some point too. Sigh. I love the tree!