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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Finish

Finally finished this super king size quilt. It measures 110 x 110 and is made from a pattern on Moda's Bake Shop called Simple Stacked Blocks.

The way this pattern is done when you stack the  blocks you have left over  pieces plus I had left over test blocks from the green that I ended up not using on the front. Now to get it to Gina to quilt.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Big Pieces

One of my best friends from high school has asked me to make her a quilt. My first commissioned quilt. She said she wanted red, gray and black. She wasn't sure about her pattern but after much deliberation we determined she preferred the more modern look. I suggested she look at a pattern on Moda Bake shop called Simple Stacked Blocks and she loved it. After I made a few sample blocks we decided to add a splash of gold.

  Go check out the pattern to get a better idea of how  the blocks will look, or be stacked.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekend Inspiration

This was my weekend project. It is from the book Skinny Quilts and Table Runners from today's top designers. This particular project was called Astrological by Marti Mitchell. Most know that I love log cabin quilts so I thought this would be a quick easy project. I had thought I would piece, quilt and bind it in a day. WRONG

It only had 6 log cabin blocks, but then it had 2 blocks that were 3/4 black and 1/4 white. These were used on each end to square off the design. The trouble came in the pieced sashing parts. Notice how there is both saw tooth stars and friendship stars.

This made piecing and putting together the sashing and rows a little detailed. Needless to say I had to take out a few pieces and switch parts. Also if you ever do this pattern the pink setting triangle were cut the wrong size, too small. I had to calculate the correct size and recut. Problem was I didn't have a large enough piece of fabric left of the light pink so they all had to be cut from the brighter pink, but I think I like it better this way.

I barely had room to hang it on the design wall. I am still working on the mystery just needed to do something different this weekend.

Got to work today, so no quilting, hope you all have better luck.


Thursday, February 27, 2014


When I decided to enlarge the mystery I needed to make 180 more green and red four patch units. I got 68 made this morning before work. Now I have to cut more green and red strips.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Parts and Piecies

I have decided to make the mystery quilt a king size so it is back to making all the basic units. I have enough of all units to make about 6 of each but need a lot more. Trying to organize them in this basket.

I use Thangles to make the half square triangles need for the pinwheel and bird in the air blocks.

The neutral 54-40 blocks have been a lot easier than I thought they would be.

The red 54-40 are used in the pieced border. Trying to make a few along the way to keep a variety in the dark wings of them.

The four patch unit is the easiest but I am running out of the right shades of red and green.

The bird in the air block deals with a lot of bias edges and uses more of the black fabric. I hope I have enough. Would hate to have to go shopping, laugh if you must.

I could not get the computer to upload my photo of the chevron block, can't figure that out. However it is I guess the most time consuming of the different units, just ahead of the bird in the air unit.

This quilt will take some time. I only sew on it a few hours a week, so this may be a year long process. Longer if I get sidetracked.

Happy quilting.


Thursday, February 6, 2014


We had a great day stitching last Saturday at the Courthouse, the only problem was I let Ada talk me into bringing the tub of 6 inch squares home with me. Now remember we have already made at least 3 quilts from this tub maybe 4 or even 5, but the tub will still barely close. We made the other quilts using the disappearing nine patch so I thought I wanted to do something different this time. I got to looking through some books and saw this block in a Nickle Quilts book. It called for one 5 1/2 inch color square and four 3 inch white squares. Since a lot of those 6 inch squares weren't exactly square this would work. Plus a lot of those squares are pretty ugly so this cuts them down to a smaller size. I tried to choose some that read as solids and with a nice contrast to the white. We will have to find some pattern that cuts them even smaller for those real ugly ones.

Here is six blocks put together without sashing.


I am using the no waste flying geese method so there is a lot of trimming.

These are waiting on the second white square to finish the goose.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


I know it has been a long time since I posted here and a lot has been going on in my life. I will talk more about that later maybe. I have finely gotten some time to sew on Bonnie's mystery. If you look close you will see a little difference. I completely turned one block around when putting it together and just love the difference.

This is how the block is supposed to be done.

This is what you get if you turn the chevron unit around. I really like it and Johnny says he likes it better the the original.

I like how it cleans up or strengthen the white background. The diamond is more distinct.

Turning the gold part of the chevron out makes the diamond kind of choppy. I have debated maybe putting the original block around the outside or just rip apart. I have only done 5. I have also been debating making it the king size. My concern is having enough of the black that I used to replace the blue in Bonnie's quilt. I used dark reds to replace orange and gold for the yellow. The greens leaned more to the dark blue green side. I may have to go bumming from my stitching buds on the black.

Looking forward to Saturday's stitch group. Hope the weather warms up some or that old building will be cold. I plan to take a quilt that needs binding so at least I will have something to cover up with. 

Stay warm and happy stitching.