Category Archives: Quilting

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 at 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.

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Sunday Funday

I’m trying to make the most of the days that I have off.  I really want to get that pile of quilt tops tackled.  Today was a little harder for me to just grab one and go though.  Today I had to talk myself into quilting this next one.

I really didn’t want to.  There was a reason this quilt was in the pile.  There was a reason I didn’t tackle it….I knew I’d have problems with it.  I knew I didn’t love the quilt….

It looks nice in pictures….Once I’m done and show it as a finish I’ll point out why it’s not my favorite.  It will actually be a great quilt for showing my ideas on color theory…  But now I want to talk a little about that quilt that is in the pile that you don’t want to and never find the time to quilt.

This one was mine.  I finally gave myself permission to just quilt it.  I wasn’t holding myself to making this one look spectacular.  I gave myself permission to not go above and beyond.  I told myself it was fine to just get it done….and that’s what I did.

It’s still going to be a fine quilt.  I’m still doing a good job.  I’m not however fretting about it.

See how it doesn’t lay really flat??  That was a challenge, but I pulled up my big girl pants, did my best and moved on.  I wanted the quilt top pile finished more that I wanted a perfect product and that’s what finally got me working on this quilt.

Do you give yourself permission to just finish a project??  It was actually really freeing.  I’m so glad this won’t be hanging over my head anymore.   What a relief.

I had a trusty sidekick helping me.  See?? Continue reading

A Binding Sort of Day….

Oh my…my Saturday was a productive day!!

I started the day by making a batch of cinnamon rolls….YUM!!

After that, I decided I would go anywhere the wind blew me…or more accurately to whatever project was close at hand.

I started out working on my mystery clue for the Quilted Twins Mystery.  You can find more information out about that here.  It started Friday with the first clue so jump on board and sew with us.

I ended up going with this fabric….

I am making the queen sized version so I needed to make lots of four patches…I love four patches so that’s all good.  IN fact, this step is done!!  YAHOO!!

About the time I got done with that, Karl came up to the sewing room to chat.  I had planned on doing something else, but wanted to stay at the sewing machine and chat so I grabbed a quilt and started to bind it.

My Rosie dog was VERY cooperative today.  I would honestly say she had her best day EVER!!  She really let me sew.

Kelli called me to video chat.  I tried talking to Georgia but she wasn’t really interested in me.  I put Rosie on the screen and she was so excited and happy.  I guess I see where I rate…right behind Rosie.
Kelli and I kept chatting and after Georgia went off to play and while we did, I loaded a quilt on the frame.  This was something I have sewn together as a leader and ender. One of my childcare moms picked these up precut 3 1/2″ squares at the thrift store and gifted them to me.  I counted the squares and figured for the size I wanted the top I needed to cut a few more squares and did.  It’s a simple quilt but I like the colors.  This is just baby or small lap sized.

I ended up getting it quilted AND bound.

I was on such a roll with binding that I put Frolic the mystery quilt under the needle and I got that one bound too.  Can you believe  all three of these got quilted and bound in the last three days??? Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Patches of Stars

You might remember Martingale Publishing had recently sent me a bunch of ebooks to review.  I was so tickled and a little bit sad when they came to an end.  Every night before bed I had been flipping through books.  But…the books came to an end.

Well then I was cleaning out my email the other day and SURPRISE!!  There in the recesses were more books from Martingale.  I don’t remember getting them.  The emails weren’t opened.  Hmm.  That’s not typical of me at all so, I am back to enjoying quilt books and have more for you to see.

Today’s book is Patches of Stars by Edyta Sitar.  If you know about Laundry Baskets Quilts, she’s the force behind it!  I have long lover her designs and her fabric but to date, have never made on of her quilts.

I could look at these quilts for forever.  I could study them and observe fabric selections.  Oh me oh my.  Her quilts are a work of art.

One of the things that has prevented me from making them…the applique.  I can applique but I don’t enjoy it.  If I am going to sit and stitch, I prefer it to be cross stitch.

Happily not all of her quilts are applique.  Don’t you love the use of the busy background fabric in this one?

Another thing that makes me hesitant to make them…. Continue reading