Monday, January 15, 2018

Tamarack is finished!

I am finally feeling better - that flu is strange and the fatigue is unreal. Last week I began cooking again (we were living on whatever was in the freezer and our ready-to-eat supplies were getting low!). One day last week, I fixed an extra nice dinner and we celebrated New Year's a little late.

On Friday we went to an Elvis Spectacular Concert; the tickets were a Christmas gift. We weren't sure we were going until Friday morning and thankfully I felt well enough. We got home after midnight so Saturday was a couple of long naps and then all was good. I do think I've turned the corner - yay!

I've been sewing a little most days and also knitting some.

I've just finished Tamarack. I love this quilt - it could be the colors! The free pattern is on the Tamarack Shack blog and is called the Four Patch Charm Quilt. You can find it here. I think I made my squares and HSTs larger than what the pattern said. I kept referring to my quilt as Tamarack since that is where I found the pattern and the name has stuck. 
Once again, this is flat; I just didn't get on the floor to straighten it out.
All of the colored fabrics are batiks and the white is plain cotton. Everything was from my stash. The quilt is 65" by 81". I used Dream Cotton batting and Aurifil thread for the piecing and the quilting. The white parts are quilted with the paisley motif - it was definitely time to do some free motion quilting. I love the texture.

The batik parts are quilted along the edges with a walking foot. In the centers, I used a ruler and free motion quilted a wavy line. 

The back is a batik from my stash that just seemed to have all of the right colors.

All of the photos are inside today. It is cold, snowing, and windy outside. Actually, it is a great day to be inside sewing!

We can't decide if this is going to the donation pile or not. Both Ray and I love the quilt.


I have a few quilt tops waiting to be pinned and quilted including the first crayon quilt which I've named Box of 15

The second crayon quilt is in the design stage. Here is one possibility:

I would like to pin and quilt some in the pile before I piece more . . . that is, unless I find something I just have to make!


  1. I can see why you like Tamarack! Gorgeous colors. I made a bunch of crayons last year for RSC17, but I haven't added the tips yet. Did you use the Tri recs? or how did you make your tips? I'm going to try to get mine all put together at retreat next month.

  2. That's beautiful! Love those colors and the offset of the pattern!

  3. I think this one is a keeper! The colors are beautiful and it looks so good. A great finish.

  4. That should be a keep and enjoy quilt for you both! Glad you are feeling better. Those crayons are great!

  5. I think you need to keep this quilt. Love the colors! Glad you are finally feeling better.



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