This charm pack quilt was quilted using the walking foot. I set the stitch lines one inch apart. And, believe it or not, I only had to rip one time. I love that walking foot.
Here is a close up picture.
We lost both of these special people over the summer. They were wonderful parents and grandparents to all of us. This explains why I haven't been in the blog arena for some time. On a happy note, I'm expecting my first grandchild in January. Hence, the pictured quilt in this post. I'm making the bumper pads today.
I had a day to myself yesterday and made a few pillow cases for gifts. This is a picture of my mother. She was a knock out although I never knew her as such. She is also remembered for being a wonderful parent and grandmother. I like keeping her memory alive in a fun way.
Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Best, Mary
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.
It's unusual to show the back of a quilt over the front but in this case, I did. The back of the quilt is a gingham green and white fabric and the quilting is a shamrock pattern. It's perfect for Bridget O'Brien.
The fabric was purchased from Missouri Star, a layer cake named, "Fresh Lilac." Jenny showcases the fabric in a tutorial for a quilt pattern called Quatrefoil. I did not see the video before I purchased the fabric. I had this pattern in mind when I made my purchase. But, I do love the Quatrefoil pattern and I'm in the process of using the Quatrefoil blocks in the quilt I'm piecing now.
Scroll down to the last image, "My Own Creation" blog post dated May 16th. It has directions on how to piece this quilt using one layer cake. Stay cool and I hope to jump in the lake this weekend. Best, Mary
Here is the finished picture of the quilt that I used blue
2 1/2 squares rather than white ones. The colors all work well together. I had to get up 3 hours early today to finish it so that it could be sent off to a bridal shower. Now I can goof off this weekend. It's been raining most of the week so I hope we have sun this weekend. Enjoy your July weekend. Best, Mary
I did not even cut the threads before I posted this picture to show. The picture does not do it justice. The fabrics are beautiful prints. The pattern is called Elevation by Heather Spence Designs. Heather Spence suggests to change the size by adding more blocks. I'm too much of a newbie to figure that out and I did not want to stress my brain. So, I added the two borders to make it larger than the 54 x 60 size on the pattern. It's a cool quilt and a little off the beaten path for me. It's definitely more modern than the ones I usually prefer. So, it might start me in a new direction.
Happy 4th of July to all. We actually have a great holiday forecast even though it is so cold here today that we are wearing jackets. I hope I can dip my toes into Lake Michigan this weekend! Have a good one, Best, Mary
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
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
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
I made this t-shirt quilt for a guy who asked me to include t-shirts with stains on them. I reluctantly agreed, I didn't have a choice because that's what he wanted. But I did find inconspicuous places to put the stained shirts. I know you probably do the same thing - keep cups of coffee or nibbles of red wine on a separate table than the one where you're working. This may be a new trend, t-shirt quilts with paint stains or splashes of paint on them. What do you think?
This rhododendron bush is in my midwest backyard. I don't know how old it is because it came with the house that we bought over 10 years ago. It's about 8 feet tall, see the fence.
Don't forget to join the give away. It ends June 15th.
I made this quilt using a kit from Jordan Fabrics. Be sure to sign up for a chance to win a table runner kit from JordanFabrics.com before June 15th. Visit their site and sign up for their newsletter. Leave me a comment about which product you like best. One lucky winner, randomly generated, will receive a kit. These kits make great gifts, too. Best, Mary
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
I've collected floral prints for the past few years and finally had a chance to use them to make this Summer Snowball Quilt. I am a floral fanatic.
I'm sure I saw something along the way and had this quilt filed away in my brain.
I mixed the color threads to match the sashing and the different colored blocks. I made a free motion circle design in the large blocks and a figure 8 in the sashing. I did not want the border quilted so I left it to stand on its own.
This was a picture from a previous post on my list of unfinished projects.
I pieced the blocks and then went on a hunt for the sashing and the border fabrics. At first I bought a lime green color for the sashing and it was way too much lime. So, I went back and found a different shade of green. I felt lucky when I found the border fabric online and ordered it. It was exactly the shade and pattern that I pictured to go with this quilt.
I spent a little time at a used book store and found some great quilting books.
This was a picture of the a snowball quilt featured in the Easy Quilt Project Books. The above quilt was made by Judy Sohn.
Here is a picture of a flannel quilt from this book. It's on my long list of quilts to make.
Thanks for visiting. Check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival for inspiration and ideas. There are many talented quilters that are happy to show you all that is possible. Best, Mary
This is the first time that I made a quilt without using a pattern. (I can't count the ones I made by sewing 5 inch squares together in rows, though). In fact, I was dependent on patterns. Once, I was looking at a display quilt while shopping at my local quilt shop and someone walked up to me and rattled off how to make it without buying the pattern. I, of course, bought the pattern. So, this is a milestone for me. This quilt is easy for less experienced quilters. So I will explain how to make it.
You will need one layer cake or 42 10 x 10 squares.
2 1/2 yards of fabric for the sashing.
fabric for borders, binding and backing.
Cut each 10 x 10 square into 3 pieces. Piece one, 10 x 4. Piece two, 6 x 4 and Piece three, 6 x 6. Cut the sashing strips into 1 7/8 WOF. Separate your layer cake pieces and make 42 blocks exactly as shown above. Trim apx. 1/4 inch off of piece 3 at the bottom.
Each row has 6 blocks with a sashing between each block. Start with Row 1 and place block one with piece 1 first. Add sashing and then add block 2 with piece 3 on the top. Block 3 will have be placed like block one. Alternate this pattern. You will end the row with piece one on the end. There are 6 blocks in each row.
This illustration shows that row 1 starts with piece one and the next row starts with piece 3 over piece 2. Row 3 will be the same as row 1. Row 4 will be the same as row 2, etc.
Piece two WOF strips together to make sashing between rows.
This illustration shows that the odd number rows are the same and even numbered rows are alike. You can make 7 rows with the 42 blocks and add borders as desired. I know this is pretty simple stuff. It's not rocket science but it's my first quilt made without a pattern. I'm happy how it turned out and glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone.
This quilt is added in the Bloggers-Quilt Festival under Original Design. I hope to inspire other less experienced quilters who, like me, are in awe of so many talented quilters yet nervous to take it to the next level. Let's go for it! Thanks for visiting. Mary
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
I had a fabulous weekend hanging out at the lake with the girls. We canned and practiced mixology and I finished the binding on this queen size quilt. It is made with layer cakes, Here is the link to the pattern: http://www.codmansquarecreations.com
This is rhubarb and orange marmalade in the making.
Have a great week and thanks for visiting. Best, Mary
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
I've wanted to make a blue and yellow quilt for sometime now. I almost have it completed. I have the binding yet to finish. It's made with 2 1/2 inch strips (aka jelly rolls) This one measures 46 x 61 and calls for 39 strips.
I purchase 1/2 yards of fabric from my Local Quilt Shop (LQS) as I find must have's in the sale's bin. I mixed a blue jelly roll with a few different fabrics and came up with the blue and yellow combo. I'm going a little overboard on my stash, though. My husband commented while he was paying the bills that he feels like he's living with a crack addict. My fabric addiction is not nearly as bad as all that. . . I can't pass up a sale.
I was glad that I had the yellow fabrics in my stash and they were 1/2 yards instead of quarters. It an easy quilt to make using all 2 1/2 WOF strips. The name of the quilt is called Strip Search. Here is the link: www.gequiltdesigns.com I made a Strip Search quilt using all bright floral fabrics and it turned out nice. Take a look!
Well gardening is calling me and I have to clean up my act and try to control this addiction. I hope you are enjoying warm temperatures. Best, Mary
Small version Snowall Block Quilt: From each assorted solid, cut 1 3/4 squares. From assorted bright prints, cut 5 inch squares
If you want to make larger blocks (large version) you can cut assorted solid, 2 3/4 squares. From assorted bright prints, cut 8 inch squares.
Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each assorted solid square.
Align a marked solid square 1 7/8 with one corner of a bright 5 inch square. Or, for large version block quilt 2 3/4 with corner of a bright 8 inch square. Sew on drawn line, trim excess fabric leaving 1/4 seam allowance.
Press open attached triangle, pressing seams on each corner open. This makes one unit. You need to make a total of 9 units that have the same color 1 7/8 or 2 3/4 square. You can opt to use the same color on all small squares throughout. Or, you can make blocks of 3 x 3 units with different colored small squares and use sashing fabric to separate the different colored blocks (3 x 3).
The above is a stroller quilt with 8 inch bright prints and 2 3/4 yellow squares, no sashing. The unit layout is 4 x 4. It measures 30 inches by 30 inches.
Gosh, what a difference quilting makes. This is free motion quilting (FMQ). I quilted every place except for the border because I pictured little tiny hands grabbing a soft, puffy part.
This is another version of the snowball that I finished piecing. It's pieced with 5 inch assorted floral prints. It has blue, yellow, pink, teal, hot pink solid 1 7/8 squares. The sashing strips are in green (2 1/2). There are 2 1/2 inch orange sashing squares. The border is a 5 inch orange print. The finished blocks lay out is 3 across x 4 long. Along with the sashing and border it's going to make a nice size lap quilt. I hope I can handle the FMQ and sew a similar design like the baby quilt.
I hope this explains the variety of ways that you can use snowball blocks. It was less then a year ago that someone suggested that I make a quilt without having a pattern and set of directions in front of me. I never dreamed of it. I've made progress since then so I can reconfigure blocks and sizes and experiment with colors . This was a milestone for me and I hope to encourage you to try it. Best, Mary
The fabric I ordered for the sashing arrived so I was able to finish the piecing.