27 December 2012

It's official!

I can now be found at


Hope to see some familiar "faces" popping up there!


11 December 2012

New Home

The website is still most definitely under construction, but it's gone active!

SOON there will be a proper Surroundedbyscraps.com
RIGHT NOW, it is a Square Space page found at:

I'm just waiting for my brother to help me link my domain name to the site before doing too much advertising.

However, that being said, I have started a blog through that site (which may or may not continue... Blogger makes things so easy that I am having trouble building my page there. I'm happy to take any pointers that any one of you experienced bloggers can give!!)

My newest post can be found at the following link:

Oh, and I've also added a Facebook page for Surrounded by Scraps! I was hoping to approach this in a more stream-lined way, but as you can see, that has failed. Or perhaps it's I that is flailing. However we look at it, I apologize for my jumping around over the next couple of weeks and hope that those of you who have been enjoying my posts over the last couple of years will continue to do so on the new platform. And when I figure out how to post an email or subscription list there, even better!

Thanks for your patience, and as I mentioned, I am open to both constructive criticism and suggestions on the new site!

All the best,

04 December 2012

A possible redundancy - back to back

It's recently come to my attention just how many quilt TOPS have accumulated in my studio over the last year or so that have yet to be truly finished. In some cases I've been itching to get them quilted and see how they really turn out, but have just not been able to find the right backing fabric.

So, this past week I was on a mission.

And thanks to the help of some wonderful gals, namely Marie at Cool Cottons, and Linda and Michelle at Pioneer Quilts, I was able to come up with some stunners!

As in most of these cases, it was evident that I'll have to piece the backing, and that little taupe fabric fit perfectly with the vine stripes in the other piece. A combo about which I am most excited!

A top started in a class nigh on 7 years ago, taught by Portland quilt artist Lee Fowler. It took me until this past year to finish the top, but hopefully won't be nearly as long to see it quilted!

And then we get to the white whale(s)... I've made a couple of these 60° diamond quilt tops in the last couple of years, HOPING that they'll turn out as well as the twin crib quilts I did originally. But it seems there's no good way of knowing until I get them quilted. But look at this combo that Marie helped me find...

And how could I doubt that ultimately it would be Philip Jacobs to come through with the winning number here? Courtesy of Pioneer Quilts.

Is anyone else out there scrambling to bring some of their UFOs a step closer to completion as the calendar year is winding down? What's at the top of your "unquilted top" list?