Category Archives: Quilting

A Quilt Finish: String Star

I finished another GIANT quilt.  Once quilts get to be 100 x 100, I call them giant and they are hard for me to work with.  My APQS quilting machine is only 10 feet.  I have long wished for a 12″ one but my space would be hard to manage so I’ve stuck with the 10″ and suffered if I have a quilt that is 100 x 100.

I saw this pattern in a Quilt It magazine.  Seriously though, if you’re an experienced quilter, you don’t need a pattern for this.

I used a scrappy border.  I’ve been really trying to use anything up that’s around here and using strips from my 2″ bucket was perfect.  Many of the strips were actually leftovers for the masks I made.

The backing was one I got when a fabric store went out of business.  It’s 108″ backing..What a treat though to not have to piece a backing!!

I love string quilts.  There are some many interesting things to look at including this…. Continue reading

Moda Bake Shop: Candy Wishes

As many of you know, Kelli and I did a lot of quilts for Moda Bake Shop several years ago.  Some of the things you likely don’t know is that Moda Bake Shop isn’t ran quite the way it used to run.  The site has been reworked and can now be found through  Well through all of this, Kelli and I have been overwhelmed by questions from interested parties wanting the patterns for specific quilts as some of the patterns have been “lost in the archives”.  Well, to be honest, we are wanting to avoid all those emails and requests so we are going to be featuring one of our old Moda Bake Shop quilt or projects each week until all of them are posted here on our blog so we can readily find them and have access to them whenever we wantThese quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

This is made with 2 Moda Candy Packs.  I know many of you have them.  If you don’t have them, this quilt is a great way to use up bit of a fabric line leftovers.  Most of us have a few bits leftover from a jelly roll project, why not sew them up into this…

Here’s what you need:

2 Moda Candy packs
4 yards background fabric
1 yard inner border and binding fabric
5 yards backing fabric

From the background/outer border fabric:
Cut two 54 1/2″ long pieces from the length of the fabric. Subcut 9 pieces measuring 6½” x 54½”
Cut 9 strips measuring 2½”  x WOF. Subcut into 56 pieces measuring 2½” x 6½”
Cut 7 strips measuring 3½” x WOF for the outer border

From the inner border fabric: 
Cut 7 strips measuring 1½” x WOF

From the binding fabric:
Cut 7 strips measuring 2½” x WOF

Select 48 of the bright squares from the candy packs. I opted to not use the ones with a light background. Combine 6 candy squares with 7 pieces of 2½” x 6½” background fabric shown. Make 8 of these strips.

Sew the 8 candy strip sets to 9 strips of 6½” x 54½” background fabric as shown.

Sew the inner border strips together end-to-end. Measure the sides of your quilt top and cut 2 strips. Pin carefully and sew to left and right sides of the quilt top. Press. Measure the top/bottom of the quilt top and cut 2 strips. Pin carefully and sew a strip each to the top and bottom.

Repeat the above process with the 7 strips measuring 3½” x WOF for the outer border.

Piece the backing together. Sandwich the top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired.

If you want to see what I did for a quilting motif, come of over to my blog and check it out. Bind with the 2½” red binding strips.

63″ x 77″ Quilt

…and here’s a picture of Karl showing it off!!

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Quilt Finish: Show Off

I hosting an auction here on the blog.  If you missed it, you can find it HERE.  It ends today at noon central time.  If you’re looking for sewing machine attachments for your vintage machines, this is the sale you’ve been looking for.

I’ve been working my way through the flimsy, or finished quilt top, pile that is sitting by the long arm.  I’m determined not to quit.  The bad part though, The quilts at the bottom of the pile are bigger or harder.  That’s why they have been on the bottom of the pile.  When I started this all I could easily hammer a quilt top out.  Now it’s slower going.

The latest finish…this…

It’s Kelli’s quilt top.  It’s made using a free pattern from Quilted Twins called Show Off.  You can find the free pattern HERE.  The original was done using 100% cotton mens shirts in a variety of colors.  Kelli decided to only use blue shirts..but notice the blues go from VERY dark blue to light blues.  She used the extras for the piano key border.

Without me knowing that Kelli was making one of these quilts I had also cut out one of these quilts.  I did mine more like the original in color.  It’s in my UFO pile.  I’ll tackle it someday.

I loved that she mixed the colors to include so many different shades.
There is a great variety from large plaids to small checks to stripes.

The binding came from my 2″ shirt strip box.  It’s all scrappy.

This quilt is another great example of a quilt that is simple but pleasing.  All quilts really don’t have to be fancy and hard to make to look good.

Don’t you think?

I used a variegated thread the goes from light to dark blue.
You can see the quilting motif I used better in the picture below.

Doesn’t the sky look great with the quilt??
It was windy here so I snapped pictures in between wind gusts.
The backing came from Quilted Twins’ quilt shop.

When I saw it I just knew a quilt would come along that this would be perfect for.  This quilt definitely is.

Sad part, I didn’t have enough of it so I improvised.

I used up some fat quarters and scraps of blue solid fabrics that I had.  Use it up!!

Of course every quilt needs a Rosie picture.

Isn’t she the cutest???

All in all, a great quilt design from Becky…great color selection from Kelli and my choice of back and quilting was okay too…it made it all one great quilt.

If you’re looking for fabric from Quilted Twins, you can find that HERE.
If you’re looking for free patterns from Quilted Twins, find them HERE.

Quilt Book Review: Lovely Little Hand Embroidery

C&T Publishing sent me some ebooks to review.  I really do love getting them.  Today’s book is Lovely Little Hand Embroidery by Shirley Hudson.  Paging through them all is a favorite of mine..especially this one.  I started doing embroidery when I was five or six years old and I’ve always enjoyed it so it’s no surprise that I liked this book.

Getting an embroidery book to review was such a treat.

I really like the book but I’m going to do my typical complaint.  C&T Publishing gives me terrible pictures for promoting the book.  Check out the picture below…can you even see the embroidered design in the middle of the wall hanging?  I sure can’t.

I understand that drawn embroidery is hard to show without the chances of someone stealing it by simply tracing the picture and stitching it but there has to be something that will still allow the potential buyers to preview what is in the book.

The projects in the book are really cute and follow a season/special occasions theme.  There’s something for each month, two projects for birthdays and a few extra.

My favorite projects were the “extras”.  Check out this super cute pincushion.  I love it.
This one is cute too.

There are directions to make them into pincushions, mug rugs or mini pillows.

I think the book is worth it just for the cute little designs for the pincushions.  There are 16 different designs for these.  All are for seasons or special occasions.  My favorites are these two.

If you’re someone who has friends that would enjoy a little quick gift, these are so perfect.  The “Pinkeep” I adore.  The “Courage” one would be great it you know anyone dealing with cancer or other hard life events.

I know I’m keep in this one for my library for those times when I might need a little something quick for a gift.  I think I could whip one up in a night if needed.  I like having something like that available.  Goodness knows I have the scraps…just need the time to embroider the little words.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon
HERE at C&T Publishing.