Falling Charms Quilt

Falling Charms Quilt is a Missouri Star quilt tutorial.  I made a baby quilt version of it. They look like different quilts because of the way they are quilted. This one was made without once using my ripper.  No rip quilt is a first for me! 

I added an old fashioned style border to tone it down a bit and give it some vintage flair.

I have another version of the Falling Charms Quilt in the charm pack gallery. 

Live and Learn

I saw a tutorial on the Missouri Star Company page and it motivated me to use some of my jelly rolls. The name of the patterns is Sticks-Stones.  I added the link below.   I changed it up a bit because I did not want to use white thinking it might look more juvenile.  So, I decided to use a teal blue 2 1/2 square in the design rather than white.  Oops, it did not show as much of the design as it should.  So, here it is pictured.






I love the colors in this quilt but the design would be more pronounced with white squares.  It would provide more contrast.

I knew it was a goof up as soon as I laid out the first few blocks.  I thought that a teal border might bring out more of the design.  It helped a bit.  I learned that I must not only pay close attention to tone, but I have to consider contrast.  I'm learning as I go along.    Once this piece gets quilted and gifted I know it will be loved.  I'm on to my next one.  If anyone knows a great resource about choosing colors, please let me know.  Best, Mary

We have a winner!

Kathy E. is the winner of the Jordan Fabrics Table Runner Kit Give Away.  Kathy has been sent and email.  Congratulations!  Thank you all for entering.  And, if you have not had a chance, please visit Jordan Fabrics.  They are running a special for fabric at $4.00 a yard.  I stocked up!  There quilt kits are especially beautiful and fun to piece.  Thanks again, Mary


Win a Table Runner Kit Give Away

I made this beautiful log cabin quilt top from a kit purchased at Jordan Fabrics.  It was such a treat to work with this fabric that was pre-cut with perfect precision. Best of all, it was ready to go. All I had to do was follow the piecing directions that came with the kit and sit down and sew.  I am a teacher and had some unexpected days off work because of snow.  I did not have any projects in the works so I opened the kit and enjoyed my snow day making this quilt.  Since then I have purchased other kits and fabrics from Jordan Fabrics.  I love their selection and their sales.  Jordan even sent me a ticket to attend the Quilt Expo in Rosemont, Illinois.  And, it keeps getting better.  Jordan Fabrics is sponsoring a Give Away!  All you have to do is visit JordanFabrics.com and sign up for their newsletter.  Leave me a comment on my blog site letting me know which kit you like best.  The winner will be randomly generated and Jordan Fabrics will send the winner a table runner kit.  Please leave your email address in the comment box.  The last day to enter this Give Away is June 15th.  Best, Mary

Connect the Cakes

Connect the Cakes is the name of this pattern, made from layer cakes and strips.

I was going for the vintage look.

I actually used vintage fabric, the small floral.  It stands the test of time.  This is short because I have to finish reading, The Girl on the Train today and enjoy the rest of the day. Happy Mothers Day to all.  Best, Mary

Gearing up for Season




My finish this week was to sew the binding on the Strip Search quilt.  I had a weekend away to get ready for beach season.

The beach towels are ready for opening day on the beach.  Summer can't come soon enough!  I don't know about you but we had a brutal winter.  Dats, now I have to make up snow days in the summer with all the other teachers. I hope you enjoy blue skies and warm temps this week.  I can't wait for summer days.  Best, Mary