Wednesday, February 26, 2014

To use a Quilt or NOT ? PLEASE Use the QUILT !

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Before I start, this is 100% MY OPINION !
To use a Quilt or NOT ?
That’s the question?  At my group the other day one of the ladies was making a pretty quilt as a gift for a grandchild. The new mom had already said she was not going to let the new baby use it so he would have it when he grows up and the maker, Grandma was thrilled.

I held my tongue, but, WHY??? Please tell me WHY???

I don’t make heirloom quilts, I don’t make show quilts, I quilt plain old quilts, you know the kind you crawl up in and cuddle. The one’s you eat popcorn under and sleep on the couch with.

I want my Grand’s quilts to be chewed on, washed daily or weekly, used as a cape running down the driveway and by all means potty on it. That’s what it’s for. 

To curl up in and think its Momma’s arms or Daddy’s hugs, and to feel it and know that Grandma and Grandpa are thinking about them and are only a visit away.

Baby boy's first quilt

I hope my Grand’s quilts are rags when they are big and that their Momma’s hold on to them in that condition. And pulls it out and say, “Remember this?”

I have my Great-Great Grandmothers quilt, which she made for my mother. Mom thinks it was when she was 10, which would make it made in 1938. I asked and mother wanted nothing to do with it. So, I use it, I wash it, I LOVE it. Why not???  It can be 100 degrees out here in Florida, air conditioning on and I still cover myself with it. It just makes me happy !  I think that's what quilts are for.


So, all you Grandma’s out there PLEASE make 2 quilts if one is not to be used, one to love and one to keep???

Just my opinion ! 


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Dresser Quilt Pattern for YOU

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Here is the pattern for the basket quilt on my dresser

a basket quilt on a bedroom dresser



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Friday, February 21, 2014

Quilted Pillow Patterns for YOU

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It's fun to see the same pattern made different by using different fabric's, but keeping them all the same by using the same red in each pillow

Cut of each pillow - colors stated are for the first pillow
Cut 3 Red - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Cut 3 Background - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Make Triangles 
How to HERE

Cut 4 Background - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Cut 2 Background 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" 
cut corner to corner 
How to HERE

Cut 1 Gray - 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"
cut corner to corner

Cut 2 Outside corners - 8 7/8" x 8 7/8"
set block on point and sew to corner


quilt pattern pillow


simple quilt pattern

Changing the Squares to Green and Plaid centers

quilt pattern for a pillow

Light Plaid in Squares and Muslin outside Corners

Simple quilt pattern

Simple Blue and Muslin Corners


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pillow Quilt Pattern for YOU !

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I have the pillows hand quilted.
I don't like taking a sewing machine to my quilt group so I'm getting a lot of quilting time and LOVING it. !
how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Machine pieced and I hand quilted. 

Centers are cut 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Triangles are cut 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
made into triangles - (How to HERE)


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares
Finished block is 9" x 9" 


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Machine pieced and I hand quilted

Squares are cut 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Center is cut 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut strips cut 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Cut side border cut 1 1/2" wide
free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Finished size 10" x 10"


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Use the same backing as the foot stool - HERE


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

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Here are my
Quilt Ladies Books
The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
In The Quilt Ladies Book Collection five very different ladies come together. The books take you through learning to quilt, starting a business, moving, daily life and death. Each book continues the story and has Complete Quilt Instructions for the quilt the ladies are making in that book.


Purchase the Entire Set - HERE





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Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Quilted Table Topper - Part 2

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After the 20, 4-patch blocks are finished, 
lay them out as you would like them

Part One if you missed it Here

quilted table topper
5 down and 4 across

quilted four patch quilt block

This is the sashing and border fabric I thought ! 
But, I didn't like it.  I wanted something for our dining room to use all year long.


four patch quilt block


So, I pulled out fabric until I found what I liked, 


quilted four patch quilt block

This is the one ! (for me) do what YOU like 

Cut 49 - 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" sashing 

matching quilt fabric

Cut 30 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"  corner blocks


Stack your rows up and move to sewing table, I don't have a felt wall, so I use my dining
room table to lay things out. 


Sew a 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip to each end and in between 
each in the row

four patch quilt block

Sew 6 rows as shown above, 4- 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips and 5- 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares. 


Sew the rows together 
quilted four patch quilt block




Cut 2 Sashing color - 26 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Sew to the left and right sides

quilted four patch quilt block

Make the corners
Cut 4 Dark Color - 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
Cut 4 Dark Color - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
 Cut 4 Red - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
sew together 1 dark and 1 red,
sew dark 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" on

Cut 2 Sashing Color - 21 1/2" x 4 1/2" 
Sew to the top and bottom of the table topper

quilted four patch quilt block
Finished size is
34" x 29"

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hand Stitched 4-Patch Blocks - Free Pattern

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It's a VALENTINE'S Quilt Tutorial, I'm going to do a bit of a how to hand stitching and sharing a pattern for a table topper over the next few days. 

I'm showing hand stitching, but you can do it on a sewing machine too !

Table Topper finished size 29" x 34"

Cut 80 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
Piece together to form a 4-patch block

how to hand stitch a quilt square

I started with cut size 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares, I like a soft gray thread, needle and thimble.
 Cut the thread about 20 inches long, 

knot one end of the thread

I don't mark a  sewing line, I measure the outside edge of my left thumb in and use that as my guide.
As long as you do the entire project, it's just fine to do it this way. Group project, draw the 1/4" seam line, I use a pencil line, if line is drawn. 


At the edge


I make what I call a circle knot, a loop and through, 
do it once or twice. 


I don't cut my thread just work into the next piece


Do another circle knot to start this piece. 


You will have 40 - 2-patch blocks


Open up the 2-patch blocks, press the seam to the 
dark fabric side
and add another 2-patch



Matching up the seams, open to check and 
make sure before sewing




You will have 20 - 4-Patch blocks



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