What is the Measurement of a _____ Size Quilt?

I had someone ask me the size of a typical queen size quilt. I wasn’t sure because I make them various sizes depending on how long the customer wants the quilt to hang over the side of the mattress. I decided to search for it. If you have never searched for the size of a quilt, don’t. It is an exercise in insanity as you are directed to an infinite number of companies that sell bedspreads and/or links to more links. Somewhere in the abyss of searches, I found a link http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/how-to-quilt/quilting-basics/standard-quilt-sizes-how-to-measure-and-determine-size

Their chart was quite useful. Add the drop on either side for the full measurement. Examples are given in 10″ drops on either side of the bed.

Lap quilt: Usually about 60×65 (no drops added because you snuggle with it on your lap)

Crib: 23 x 46 (no drops added because it fits on the mattress top)

Twin bed: Usually about 59 x 85

Queen bed: 80 x 90

King bed: 96 x 90

California King (more narrow, but longer than a King): 92 X 94


Take that, Google! 🙂


Until next time,

Heidi (a.k.a. Sugarplum)

She’s Here!

I counted the sleeps starting at 20 days before she arrived. I pictured myself waking up in the night, sneaking into her room just to make sure that it wasn’t a dream. I rearranged the furniture more than once, and sat pondering her arrival in the chair facing the long wall where she would rest.

October 27, 12:49 p.m. she arrived. I still haven’t come up with a name, but am welcome to suggestions. Isn’t she adorable?

A Gift of Peace

When you think of Sugarplum, visions of Christmas may dance in your head. Maybe a mystical, enchanting forest comes to mind? For me, it is the memory of a very special brother whom we lost too soon.

In the ” About Me” intro, I briefly mentioned the story of my brother, Lawry and my Sugarplum nickname. If you would like to know a bit more, keep a tissue on hand. I wrote this story A Gift of Peace in my late teens, a few years after he died. All of the details are true.

My services include special order quilts such as those for cancer survivors. I just finished a pink quilt for a customer today. Breast cancer survivor. Yesss!

Heidi (a.k.a. Sugarplum)


Heartbeat of the Artists

You know those moments when you wonder if your quilting or piecing is “good enough”? Maybe you had a little squiggle that only you can see, but is seems as blaring as your baby crying during a cermony?

As I quilted this piece yesterday (you will see the line straight across the center feather frond), I was suddenly reminded of a statement from a friend years ago that finds its way to the front of my memory drawer now and then.


I had just completed a Ukrainian egg. This egg decorating technique is done on fresh chicken eggs, yolk and all, batik style. Wax covers the colors you want to keep as you dip into the next color dye. Once the wax touches the egg, there is no going back. I remember early on when I had squiggles here and there as I tried to steady my hand. I lamented over this with an artistic friend. He said to me, “Heidi. That is the heartbeat of the artist. It shows that a human being created this beautiful work of art.” Ah, thanks Tom. I will always remember his words of wisdom.

Whether stressing over perfectly matched points or barely visible backtracking, remember that we are human, heartbeat and all.


Thank you for visiting.

Heidi (a.k.a. Sugarplum)

Funny Traditions

Thanksgiving. 1970 something. Growing up in a family of nine children and two very creative parents, we used just about everything we could get our hands on to create art. On this special occasion, we collected a variety of bottles, newspaper, starch, paint and a few embellishments. I fondly remember my mom blowing out innards of countless chicken eggs we used for the head of each character.

We laughed, gafawwed and had an occasional, “Dad!” as our artistic father created a female using egg shells…well…you know where.





I decided to take part recently in a local quilt shop contest with a November theme. After trying different designs, it came to me. The turkey! I will recreate my silly turkey into a quilted wall art piece. And so the journey began. I pulled my tattered and worn turkey out of the November holiday box and took a photo of him sitting


 on our smoker. After much futzing to recreate this same image with fabric, I didn’t like how the design looked.  I added trees behind him instead of the smoker using several stacks of material from my “weird fabric” box. Desiring a more realistic effect because, you know, turkeys dressed in costume are realistic…I cut the maple leaf shapes on fall-colored batik fabric and chain stitched the leaves together. This not only saved time, but they naturally laid on top of each other making stitching on the image that much easier.


Once the background was done, it was time to sew the turkey. I wanted his face to be the focal point. I sketched part of a photograph that I found on a free photo site (#1), labeled and numbered each section (#2) and made several copies on my copier. Using labeled pieces that I cut from one of the copies, I placed, then traced them onto muslin in pencil (#2). Using another labeled copy of the turkey sketch, I cut each section and used them as the template for the fabric. I then began creating each section with light, medium and darker fabric (#3).

#1   #2 


Once each piece was cut, I placed it onto the muslin sketch (#4)


I sewed each similar color at the same time starting with the outside of the face and working my way inside until the face was complete (#5)


I cut out the image and machine appliquéd it to the rest of the turkey (#6).



The final product, “I am NOT a Turkey!”, turned out like this:

This guy was a blast to make. The voting is all of November. I hope I get a few votes. Better yet, lots of laughs.

Happy quilting!

Heidi (a.k.a. Sugarplum)