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Quilt Finish: Brick House Baby

I was busy this week….I snuck in a quilt start and finish that I didn’t even tell you about.  When I’m not doing childcare, I can do that.  I have so much more time.  I’m afraid I’m getting a little spoiled with the laid back lifestyle of doing some things spur of the moment like making this baby quilt.

I’m sure you all remember the UFO that Roxanna sent me….well, it keeps on giving.  Roxanna had some brown blocks that were reversed and a couple blue and orange ones.  So I decided to grab the 20 blocks she had made and make 50 more.

I ended up with this….

Oh my…I’m loving it!!

Isn’t that a great boy quilt?  I had cut it out the night before while making supper.  It’s amazing how much I can get done with the noodles boil.

I did some “not so straight” straight line quilting.  See? Continue reading

Floss Tube: Jo’s Country Junction Episode 2

What we’re working on…

  • Kelli
    • Farm Life by Little House Needleworks
    • His Eye Is On the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery
  • Jo
    • Pins and Orts by Heartstring Samplery
    • Seeking Refuge by The Scarlet House
  • Kayla

Face Masks



Keepsakes Cross Stitch Shop



Brick House Quilt Directions

Some of you might remember a while back a blog reader, Roxanna sent a bunch of UFO’s to me.  They were meant to be sent out for charity projects and I meant to until I realized I make charity quilts and I could finish one of these for charity.  I ended up keeping this one….

You can read on how I was working on it HERE.

Here is is finished…

Roxanna sent a good start of the quilt…  in my sorting I realized that some blocks were oriented wrong.

See how the blocks are mirror images and not the same block?

I set the blocks to the left aside and I ended up making more blocks that were oriented the same way as the blocks on the right.

Gannon (pre Covid-19) helped me.

I have gone on to find out that Julie from Me and My Quilts was the originator of the idea.  You can read more about the quilt on her blog HERE.  You will find tons more of inspiration there on her blog.  What an accomplished quilter she is and a master at scraps.  Seriously I can tell you I’ve spent hours on her blog and have so many quilt ideas jammed in my brain about scraps, scrap use and quilts I want to make.

Well so many of you were excited about the quilt I was making and asked for directions.

I’m writing this post to give you an idea.  I don’t think it fair that I write a full pattern as it wasn’t my idea…but I will give you enough information for you to go on and make your own quilt.  Here goes… Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: Brick House

I got my Brick House quilt done…at least that’s what I’m calling this quilt…

It uses “bricks” or 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles to make it.

If you’re been following along with the blog you know that this originated from a UFO that a blog reader sent.  I made about triple the amount of blocks than what was sent.

It’s an easy quilt to make…really good for a beginner.  I tried to take lots of picture so I could talk to you a little about color…

Notice in the picture below that anything goes when it comes to colors but also to be careful too.  Notice a green row towards the top?  All of those greens blend.  Greens are picky…if you go down a couple rows, there is a chartreuse color.  I wouldn’t mix the greens with chartreuse.  Go a couple more rows down…there is yellow…I wouldn’t mix the chartreuse with that either….

Of course, if you make one, it’s your quilt and you can do whatever you want.  I just get asked so often what I do for color so I thought I’d take the time to point a few things that I did out.

I sewed this in columns vs rows.  It was much easier to just sew a whole column of one color vs trying to keep the color order straight.

Also note: Continue reading