So...I actually made this quilt top...let me see now...I think two years ago. Honestly, the top has been hanging around so long, I can't remember when I made it....jeez. So it's the perfect "let's experiment with rulers" while free motion quilting. I started on it in December and was making pretty good time with it until...
If you enjoy making half-square triangle blocks this is definitely the pattern for you....classic mosaic blocks given a sleek contemporary look with modern prints.
This Antique Mosaic block quilt has twelve unique blocks using half-square triangles to form each pattern.
Well goodness, it's been forever since my last post. I find my self in a conundrum. I want to keep the site up to date with my latest quilting projects and I want to quilt. Guess which one is winning?
Delightful Stars is finally finished.
This pattern is designed to honor military members for their service. The pattern treats the center star as one huge nine-patch block and goes together quickly.
I ran across the latest Celebrate Seuss at my favorite local quilt shop and just knew I had to have it! Since I’m a shade older than average-age Seuss fans, it seemed more appropriate to use it for my “grand” niece Maggie’s first birthday. This is definitely larger than your normal baby quilt but I wanted to make it a size she could “grow” into. I think every child goes through a Dr. Seuss phase particularly as they are learning to read. I remember reading most of these titles to my baby sister when she was Maggie’s age and then watching her read them to herself (although by then she pretty much had them memorized).
I love patterns with chain links…very modern looking with lots of open spaces for free motion quilting, a passion of mine. It looks complicated but is definitely one of those patterns that is easier than it looks.
I recently joined the Mini Quilt Mystery Club on Mishka's Playground. The club runs for six months and each month introduces a quilt pattern that finishes at 24".
I love taking antique quilt blocks and using them in a contemporary-styled quilt. The Kansas City Star Block used in this quilt was introduced in 1937.
This basic two-block design is log-cabin like in structure and takes advantage of strip piecing to go together quickly.
This fun quilt pattern is made up of three different stars inter-weaved with an X block to provide the square border effect surrounding each star.
This wonderful quilt design, "Cornered" is by Karen Burns at WarpedSpinster.com. It's a one-block quilt design and I enjoyed the process of building each block.
This pattern is charm pack friendly and a great beginner pattern for the novice quilter. I've included fabric requirements for crib, lap, twin, and queen sized quilts
April's CUAQ Therapy challenge from Cut Up and Quilt is Moda's Patches I chose a Horizon by Kate Spain for Moda jelly roll for the foreground and Moda's Essential Dots in a light gray for the background color.
March's CUAQ Therapy challenge from Cut Up and Quilt is Moda's Slice and Dice. I chose Hoffman's Coral and Denim Batik fat quarters for the foreground and a Hoffman Bali batik in white for the background color.
February's CUAQ Therapy challenge from Cut Up and Quilt is Moda's Cross Street. I chose Hoffman's Mercury Batik fat quarters for the foreground and an Anthology Chromatic Batik in a light peach for the background color.
Moda's Luck of the Irish, the classic Irish chain, was our January CUAQ Therapy challenge. I used Hoffman's River Rock batik bali pop with Anthology Chromatic batiks for the center chain and background. Then I feathered away....
This Baby is finally done. This my second quilt-as-you-go King carpenter star. The first time I chose to quilt the center star and ring as one piece and then add the remaining rings one at a time and quilt. This time I decided to divide the entire top into thirds and quilt. The second time is the charm! It was much much easier to quilt and there were fewer puckers to hide. Quilt as you go is not my first choice for a quilt but it is definitely doable for a quilt of this size. I chose to use it as a bedspread for my queen bed in the guest room. I’m very happy with the look.
This pattern redesign is based on original YouTube video: The Falling Triangles Quilt: Easy Quilting with Layer Cakes! By Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I made it. I must say by November I was getting a little tired of Christmas fabrics. I’ve accomplished several goals with this year’s challenge. First, I can now close my Christmas bin (see pic). Second, I will think twice about buying any more Christmas fabric. Frankly, these quilts, simple as they are, were still a lot of work for a quilt that will be displayed several weeks a year. And finally, doing this many quilts allowed me to experiment with free motion quilting and has really improved my confidence and skills.
I actually manage to make my goal of 12 Christmas quilts this year...phew! I can now close the Christmas bin. But believe it or not I still have enough left to make more quilts.
I chose to use Moda's Basic Grey Grunge line for Cut Up and Quilt's December CUAQ Therapy challenge, Modern Star by Moda.
I got great satisfaction making my first Quilt of Valor this summer. Missouri Star Quilt's The Disappearing Hourglass Quilt- Easy Quilting with Layer Cakes! is a fabulous pattern for that project.
When I first saw Jenny Doan's The Falling Triangles Quilt: Easy Quilting with Layer Cakes! on YouTube, I fell in love with the pattern. I love the effect of floating squares.
Yes...again! I've been making baby quilts lately and have enough scraps left over for an Arkansas Crossroads baby quilt. Looking back, I've made a throw size, two queen size, and now a baby size will be in the works. Clearly I'm attracted to this pattern.
This log-cabin style baby quilt is quick and very easy to piece. The finished size is 44 x 44.
I can’t believe it’s October already! WOW. I’m happy to report I can actually close my Christmas fabric bin. For October, I chose to do another CUAQ therapy challenge from Cut Up And Quilt, my favorite local quilt shop. Striped Squares from Moda is designed for Bella solids but I’m happy with the Christmas fabric version. The pattern involves a bit of cutting but goes together quickly.
I started this quilt back in 2009. It was easy to set aside for other projects as I had no recipient in mind when I started it. My original plan was to use 18 squares on point with a swag border. But that resulted in a queen size bed quilt. Because of the colors I chose, and the fact it had been five years in progress, I changed my goal to use 12 blocks with a ribbon border to produce a lap-sized quilt. This baby is going to the wonderful lady who chose me to adopt Jack (our standard poodle).
Labyrinth, made from a combination of squares and half square triangles, goes together quickly, making it an excellent choice for a Christmas project. I added an additional border to the lap size pattern to increase the size to 64 x 64.
As soon as I saw Missouri Star Quilt’s Disappearing Hourglass video, I knew I had to try this pattern. However, the next time around I will make half square triangles using the traditional method. I did not like working with the outer edges on the bias. As quick as Jenny’s method is, you have to be very careful when pressing not to stretch. I was very concerned about the rippling once I had attached the borders. The pattern itself is fabulous…it was a natural for my first Quilt of Valor.
At the July CUAQ Therapy session at Cut Up and Quilt, my favorite local quilt shop, Kim challenged us to make a quilt top from Moda’s So Simple pattern. The pattern was designed for Moda’s Bella solids and really shines with those solids! We were allowed to use fabrics of our own choosing and I decided to double-duty this pattern by making it my August selection for A Year of Christmas.
With each of these Christmas quilts, I have challenged myself to do something different with the quilting. Since I really dislike using templates to mark quilts, I decided to try free motioning poinsettias onto the quilt. The first few were a tad mutant in nature, but after the 56th try I had it down…ha!
Using a jelly roll of Harmony (Kanvas) by Benartex and a jelly roll of Robert Kaufman kona cotton in white, I chose to make Under the Sea from Quilts from Sweet Jane: Easy Quilt Patterns Using Precuts. This wonderful book is full of precut-friendly quilts and I will definitely be adding more of them to my “to do” project list. I purchased the jelly roll several years ago and I am not sure it is still available. But it sure was dreamy to work with and I love the contrast between the white and the blues.
For my July Christmas quilt I chose Retreat from Simply Fat Quarters: Quilts with Comfort and Style by It’s Sew Emma. This is the first pattern I’ve used from this book and I plan to do several others. I really like the format of the book. Patterns are easy to follow and each pattern is offered in several different sizes.
I varied the outer border from the original pattern. The original called for a 1-inch solid border followed by a 4-inch print border. Because my Christmas fabrics are rather busy, I decided to stick with a 5-inch border using the background fabric. I like the effect of the squares floating.
For my June quilt, I used the pattern, Row of Bricks, in Skip the Borders: Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. I found this gem at my favorite local quilt shop, Cut Up and Quilt, and knew immediately I would be making several of the patterns.
Row of Bricks is the first pattern I used where I actuallypressed the seams open as instructed. I’m very much a stitch-in-the-ditch kinda gal so this was a leap of faith for me. I must say, I do love how flat the seam areas are and this was a great pattern for experimenting with the open-seam concept since there are no seams to match throughout the pattern. But honestly, I will continue to iron seams to the side to nest the joints and to allow me to stitch-in-the-ditch before I free motion my quilts. I’m all for stability and durability. I want my quilts to be used and washed without worrying they will start splitting at the seams.
As I continue to whittle away at my Christmas fabric stash, my May quilt is based on Thimble Blossoms Piece of Cake 2 by Camille Roskelley. This is a wonderfully easy piecing layer-cake pattern. Instead of a layer cake, I cut 10-inch squares from various red and green Christmas fabrics. As a result, I had extra squares so I made my quilt 6 x 6 blocks instead of the 5 x 6 indicated in the pattern.
Another, more casual quilt I made for my sister-in-law, Carmen.
I discovered this pattern while watching a Craftsy video, The Twisted Irish Chain, with Amy Gibson. She combined triangle blocks with nine-patch blocks to make a cute baby quilt. Since I had leftover 16-patch blocks from my February quilt, I adapted the pattern to accommodate those blocks and enlarge the quilt. My finished block size is 8 inches. Using Electric Quilt, I played with the layout until I came up with a size that ended up using all but one of my leftover 16-patch blocks.
Several years ago I wanted to make a red, white, and black disappearing nine-patch quilt. I cut oodles and oodles of 4½ squares toward that goal. Then I made the mistake of setting them aside while I worked on other projects. So this year in an attempt to reduce the number of unfinished objects started but not finished, I tackled this one. Since I had no recipient goal in mine for it, I decided to practice doodling free motion feathers all over it. I had fun and it came out rather nice. Right now it’s covering my cold toes while I write this.
I used the basic Arkansas Crossroads pattern to create this quilt from a Christmas jelly roll with 40 strips. The strips were used for the 16 patch centers. A Christmas holly scroll white fabric was used for the background, holly small print fabric for the backing, and a deep red fabric for the squares and binding. Since the jelly roll made way more 16 patch centers than I needed for this quilt, I’ll be using the remainder in my March project….stay tuned.
I have an unbelievable amount of Christmas fabric waiting to be turned into quilts. To inspire and challenge myself to use some of it up, I’ve decided to make a Christmas quilt each month this year. Yes, this is quite ambitious but so far I’m on track. Here’s January’s project, I Heart Christmas, which I actually started in December and finished up in January. Unfortunately, I didn’t document the quilting process because this idea did not occur to me until after I’d finished my February quilt…oops. I used several heart stencils for quilting, which you can see more clearly on the back of the quilt. The basic pattern is a disappearing nine patch.
Back in 2009 I participated in several block exchanges at AllOurQuilts.com. I finally assembled the blocks from the second exchange and this is the result. I gave it to my mother's roommate, Rosie this month.
Using left over blocks I made for several 2009 AOQ block exchanges, I put together this quilt top. I finally decided to add borders and finish as one of my 2013 projects. It is going to my Mom for Christmas.
Well I didn’t think I would make it, but I finished this baby n time for Christmas. Wrinkles are the result of king size quilt in extra large (but still not large enough) capacity dryer. They should fall out after laying on bed for a few days. This is my first and last king…unless I win a longarm…ha!
My sister-in-law surprised me with this life-like Christmas tree panel she found. Her idea was to attach Christmas decorations to it and hang on a wall as a decoration. I took it a step further by adding batting and backing to it for dimension. I found a pine cone fabric to use as the border, added dowel holders to the back and did a basic cross hatch quilt on the background with some snow flakes at the top. Then I surprised her back by sending it to her.
I wanted a throw quilt for my bed to cuddle with when I read or update my website. This 60 x 60 Carpenter Star pattern I modified fit the bill. The Hollyhock Cottage line by Lynette Anderson for Licien Fabrics came in both blue and brown hues. I decided to combine the fat quarter bundles of both for this quilt. The background fabric is a Moda blender that I wish I had bought more of…a wonderful jade green that really brought out the hues of the other fabrics. I went a little nuts with the quilting but wanted the practice of quilting with minimal marking. My feathers improved as I progressed…ha.
This quilt was designed using EQ7 for my sister-in-law Carmen who likes lavender and purple.
After seeing my sister’s Christmas quilt, my sister-in-law asked me to make her a queen bed quilt. Her bedroom colors are blue, yellow and white so I chose Windham Fabrics Chesapeake collection. I also chose to do more free motion quilting on this quilt and incorporated flowers, leaves and feathers into the quilting design. I had enough fat quarters left over to add some accent pillows.
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