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Made by YOU!!

I’m going to make a new regular feature here on the blog.  We have free pattern listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The new blog series will feature YOUR quilts made with our designs.  We are so excited to be launching the new series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

I got an email from Ellie.  She wrote:
“I saw the quilt Kelli made and I knew I had to do one too. Mine is a bit smaller and I left off the borders but I’m really happy with it. I know you didn’t design this pattern but I thought since it came from your blog you’d like to see it.

Well, I sure would like to see it!!

Oh yes…I love it!!

Kelli’s version is below.


You can read about her quilt HERE.

It’s made using a free pattern from Quilted Twins called Show Off.  You can find the free pattern HERE.

I have one cut out to make and want to get it done.  It’s in my UFO pile and it’s actually the Dirty Dozen I am supposed to work on this month.  I haven’t pulled it out yet though.  I’m still hoping to.  We’ll see.  I really have an itch to finish all of the projects that I can lately so if I get any time at all, I’m going to be sewing on it!!

The next “Made by You” quilt is…. Continue reading

Made By You! Plus Fun Tutorial

I got an email the other day from Ernest S. (correction Judy in MO made this.  She uses her husbands email and the email wasn’t signed so I assumed we had a guy quilter-  Thanks for clarifying Judy!)  In the attachment was a picture of their version of our “Plus Fun” quilt.


Oh my…I love it.  When I saw this version the memories of the fun I had while making it came flooding back to me.  I love scrap busting quilts and boy, oh boy, did this one clean out some scraps.

This was originally published in McCalls Quick Quilts several years ago.
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I thought today I’d give you a free tutorial for this quilt as it’s such a fun one to make.  Normally I would refer you to ordering a back issue but here was an error in the pattern writing.  Please note, we do not write the patterns.  We only sell the design along with a rough draft of the instructions for the quilt.  The magazine companies write the actual patterns.

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I thought to make this a pattern in our shop for sale but then thought instead we’d rather treat you with a FREEBIE tutorial instead.  You all have been so good to us purchasing several of our patterns.  We so appreciate your support and in return…a Freebie for you.

Here is our quilt….

Oh, I hate that picture of the quilt as you can’t see the goodness in it…the prints and that’s what really makes the quilt.

My suggestion is to focus on a few colors.  Note brown wasn’t included in the quilt. I used teal and not blue but of course, use what makes you happy.  Note in the close-up pictures there are white and off white neutrals but not tans.

This quilt is entirely made of nine patches…LOTS OF THEM!  So gather some scraps and let’s get sewing.  I’m going to take a second here to refer you back to a few blog posts I did on sorting scraps.
Scrap Sorting #1
Scrap Sorting #2
Scrap Sorting #3

All of these posts talk about how to use neutral background fabrics and colored fabrics.  You’ll notice that if you want to make the quilt like the one sent in by a reader or the one I made, you will want to focus on “white-based” neutrals or slightly off-white.  You will need a lot of them.  You will also notice that many of our white-based neutrals are highly printed.  I love these as they make the most interesting quilts.  A person can look a quilt for a long time studying the prints when you use an eclectic bunch of fabrics like these.

If you are someone who goes on a lot of shop hops or loves visiting quilt shops, this would be a great quilt for you.   You could pick up a fat quarter at each shop….make it a memory quilt of your shop hop.

Here is another picture for reference.  This is our “Thanks to You!”  quilt from our book (find it in the Shop)  We did one version in white-based and one in tan-based.   The Plus Fun quilt would be good in a tan version too.


Our quilt is in a 21 x 21 layout.  That includes the border as it is made from nine patches as well.  The blocks finish at 4 1/2″ so our quilt is 94 1/2″ x 94 1/2″.  Of course, you can make it smaller.


Look closely can you see how the quilt is all just nine patches? Continue reading

Made By You

I’m going to make a new regular feature here on the blog.  We have free pattern listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The new blog series will feature YOUR quilts made with our designs.  We are so excited to be launching the new series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

Anna Sweet post this picture on Facebook.


This is our Thanks to You! quilt from our book Country Girl Modern.  You can get an autographed copy HERE in our shop.

Here is our version.

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I’ve made this quilt THREE times and I’ve loved making it every single time.  It is an awesome scrap buster quilt.


That’s baby puppy Rosie on the quilt.  I made the above one for Kayla for her wedding quilt.  At the time we had just gotten Rosie and this was the first quilt she possed on.

The next quilt is from Bev Hayward from OR.

Bev writes:
I made this quilt last winter.  The pattern really called to me. I bought the white background fabric and used stash for the rest.  I made myself do all the Star blocks first. That was a trial!  When they were ALL done I got to put them together. I use the Bonnie hunter scrap system and had a bunch of 3 1/2 inch squares cut. I trimmed them down and woohoo, I was good to go. Here it is in all its beauty. I love it!”


Awesome Bev.  I love it too.  I have yet to make this quilt.  Kelli was the sewer on this one…

This is our “On the Bright Side” quilt.

It was the cover quilt for American Patchwork and Quilting.

This quilt was so popular.  I think part of the reason is Carla’s quilting…Yes, our friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations did our machine quilting on this.

The next quilt is from Karen Preusser.  She writes:

I made the attached quilt from Tula Pink fabric.  I did make a change making the blocks 3-1/2 inches because I wanted to showcase her darling animals!  I believe this was in American Patchwork.  Every time I was somewhere that had the issue I would buy another copy because I loved it so much.  Sorry, the pictures are not better it was a windy day.”


I love her version of the quilt.  So fun in Tula fabrics!!

More about our On the Bright Side quilt here…and suggestions on how to make it smaller hereHERE is another link to find a back issue of the magazine.

Thanks ladies for sharing your quilts.  I just LOVE seeing them.  If you make any of our quilts, use any of our recipes, or were inspired by something you saw here on the blog, please share your version with me at rogjok@iowatelecom.net.  I’ll make sure to include it in an upcoming blog post.  I love sharing your projects.

Before I go…
Author Rhonda Cratty contacted me and asked me to tell you about her new book.  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but thought I would pass on the info about the book anyway.  You all can read it and let me know what you think.
Our 12 Quilts: The Fabric of Life Book 2 by [Rhonda Cratty]Here is the synopsis from Amazon…
When Jana’s life turns upside down, Gram travels halfway around the world and back, to bring her home. Living over Helen’s Quilt shop, she heals, learns to quilt, and becomes part of Summit Colorado. As a Master quilter, Helen shares her life, friends, and creative gifts with Jana. During their quilting moments, the bond between Helen and Jana deepens, as their personal, professional, and quilting goals develop and change. With Helen’s guidance, imagination, time, and wisdom, Jana masters quilting; As well as learning to adapt amid the constant challenges and changes of life. A heartwarming contemporary novel filled with ideas for living creatively as well as insightful peeks into a quilting family“.

If you are a Kindle user, Amazon is offering it for free by following THIS LINK.

Have a rest of your weekend!!

Made by YOU!

I’ve made a new regular feature here on the blog.  The new blog series will feature YOUR quilts made from our designs.  We are so excited to be launching the new series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

I got a note from Michelle P.   She wrote:
I LOVE your rhubarb pie recipe. My honey & I are rhubarb pie fans (no strawberries mixed in – just rhubarb 😉). I had learned many decades ago (I’m older than you) from my grandmother to use tapioca as my berry (& rhubarb) pie thickener. However, like Grandma D, sometimes the pie would be too juicy, other times a bit too dry. Your recipe with the tapioca & cornstarch mixture seems to be the absolute best combination. Every time I make a pie using this recipe, it is perfect. Not sloppy, not too dry. It is printed out & in my recipe notebook noted as the PERFECT RHUBARB (& BERRY) PIE recipe.  I think of you and thank you every time I use that. Last time was just a few weeks ago when I got enough rhubarb from the garden to make him his birthday rhubarb pie.”

You can find the recipe for the pie HERE.  It looks like it’s a recipe for Strawberry Pie only but the Rhubarb pie recipe is there too.

Michelle also commented that she discovered Whittles Fabrics and Quilted Twins after reading the blog and enjoys both places for ordering reasonably priced fabric.

Another blog reader sent me an email.  She included a picture of her quilt. This is from Dee… Continue reading