Saturday, August 19, 2017

If I can dance, then you can too ~

I was dancing a jig with myself this morning when I found  Cut Loose Quilt....a Denyse Schmidt design showcasing her new fabric collection - Washington Post.    It's a Free Spirit!  While there, check out the inspiration gallery for more wonders and of course, the fabric. 

Here's the Cut Loose Quilt PDF Link. I've already printed my copy.   Go there and get it and get cutting.  How liberating to just cut loose and quilt.  Thank you Free Spirit Fabric and thank you Denyse Schmidt for the pleasure of your company this morning. 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Something Fishy

Kids and grandkids are back in school so it's time to dust the dust off that sewing machine and get sewing again. 
While  searching for patterns to use some Tim Holtz fabric that's been collecting dust,  I discovered  something fishy going on.  How cute is this:  From Blue Nickel Studios....designs by Scott Hansen.

I so enjoyed browsing through this site....the blog, the patterns both free and for purchase.  Oh, and The Gallery:  both published and unpublished.   It was those quilt pictures in  unpublished that truly intrigued me.  Go see for yourself and spend some time with Blue Nickel. 

In the meantime, I'm still looking for a way to use my Tim Holtz fabric....but perhaps that's for another day. 

I'll leave you with this quote that flashed the Blue Nickel Studios home page: 

"Comparison is the thief of joy."
                  Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All About The "No Guts Boxie Pouch"

Don't you just love to hate someone who teases with a free bag pattern, then doesn't show up with the real deal.  Well, blog followers, that's just not going to happen here. 

I found this freebee last year and have made almost a gazillion for my friends and relatives and quilt guild fundraisers and I'm here to tell you that this pattern is a winner.   And, it's free to you to download from the Craftsy store.  I've heard that they are going to change the way they promote and sell their classes and patterns, so you may want to go ahead and download now. Whether you use it this afternoon or's yours. 

"No Guts Boxie Pouch" 

"No Guts Boxie Pouch"

"No Guts Boxie Pouch"
You can't tell the difference in shapes from these pictures, but the size you box the 8 corners (the last step in construction) determines whether the pouch is skinny and taller or flat and wider.    I've started using 1 3/4"  box and like that a lot.   A two inch box changes the shape of the pouch dramatically.
"No Guts Boxie Pouch"
At retreat last weekend, Linda pieced together some 5" precuts for her pouch exterior,   then cut at     9 1/2" x 13" and that also very pleasantly altered the size.  The pattern says cut at 10" x 12". 
I usually put a tab at each end of my bag, but Ginger decided to add only one and made it 3" long instead of the 1 1/2" per pattern instructions.  So many ways to vary this little ditty.
Go play.....go box that bag. 

Bet you can't make just one! 
"No Guts Boxie Pouch"
I do enjoy editing a post several days after the's kinda like Paul Harvey's "now you know the rest of the story."  I found  Elm  Street Quilts Blog about boxie bags and love the way the handles are attached. 
Possibilities are endless.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Definition of juxtapose


  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect) juxtapose unexpected combinations of colors, shapes and ideas — J. F. T. Bugental

Let us just suppose that I needed a quilt back and didn't have enough of one fabric.....just suppose nothing in my stash seemed perfect.....then what is one to do?  Juxtapose what is on the fabric shelf!

For example, I had about one yard of this big geometric....and keep in mind that I needed 68" x 68" for my quilt back. 

and a small strip of this Cotton and Steel that I had been hoarding -

and several fat quarters of this floral in different colorways

After hemming and hawing about the major differences in design scale and color, I decided to go for broke and laid all my fabric out on the floor.  It worked, doggone it, it worked - the large scale geometric with the small scale floral and just a hint of stripe and a few odd pieces here and there and the juxtaposition worked beautifully (to my eye).  

I seldom purchase large quantities of fabric so must piece and patch many of my quilt backs.  It is just as much fun as putting together the quilt top - Juxtapose to the finish line. 

Now, reader, it's your turn to share how your quilt backs come together.  Are you one to purchase the 108" wide so there's no piecing.  Do you buy 6 yards and split it down the middle?  Do you piece and patch as I do? 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Triangle Math ~

Whoever said math had to be hard! 

While working on all those orphan blocks Christie gifted me the other day, I found almost enough to get this little floor pallet/quilt done.  I say almost, because I had to make two more blocks and they don't even begin to match the other 18.....but do you think that toddler cares?  No, I don't either.
quilt top measures 34" x 42" - toddler size

When I finished, I realized that this plain Jane didn't make my heart go pitter-patter so had to come up with a plan.  In the Pat Sloan quilt workshop I was a party to a couple of months ago, I learned to take ordinary quilt tops and applique something profound on, this quilt top became background on which to applique a kid-pleasing pattern.

I first put the pink elephants on the 9-patch blocks and the little dears just got lost.  After adding the black with white dots, they came alive again.
quilt top measures 34" x 42" - toddler size
Pink elephants took away a whole lot of plain out of this toddler meant-to-be-used-everyday quilt.

But, back to the point of this post - doing the math for those side, top,  bottom and corner triangles when the quilt blocks are set on point.  Sure, you can do the math and Generations Quilt Patterns has an entire blog post on the topic and how simply the math is done.  BUT, there is also a downloadable, printable chart with the cutting dimensions for those common block sizes.  Keep it  handy and your math is done.
Triangle math....that sounds a lot like geometry to me but I love it. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

What is gingham, anyway?

Encyclopedia Britannica says this about that: 
Gingham, plain-woven fabric, originally made completely of cotton fibres but later also of man-made fibres, which derives its colour and pattern effects from carded or combed yarns. The name comes from the Malay word genggang, meaning “striped,” and thence from the French guingan, used by the Bretons to signify cloth made from striped colouring. Medium or fine yarns of varying quality are used to obtain the plain, checked, or striped effects. The warp and the weft, or filling, may be the same, even-sided and balanced.

Gingham is strong, substantial, and serviceable. It launders easily and well, but lower-textured fabric may shrink considerably unless preshrunk. Prices of gingham have a wide range; designs or patterns run from the conservative to the gaudy. Uses include dress goods, shirting, trimming, kerchiefs, aprons, children’s wear, and beachwear.

And if that isn't enough information, here are just a sampling of fabric companies that have a line of gingham fabric in yardage, or bundles and yes, even rolls in cotton and laminated cotton or flannel,  ticking or oil cloth:
Art Gallery Fabrics, Penny Rose Fabrics, Lecien Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, Stof for Blank Quilting, Windham Fabrics, Marcus Brothers, Henry Glass, Studio E,  Wilmington Prints, Free Spirit, Moda, Cotton and Steel, Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures, Northcutt Fabrics.

I found all these while checking out this free pattern - A 3-hour baby gingham quilt.

from The Jolly Jabber - the news feed from The Fat Quarter Shop.  But, here's a heads up....there's a video too and if you watch it, you won't need to download the free pattern.  

 No, this isn't an advertisement.....just thought you'd want to know! 
What's old is new again
and forever timeless.....
Gingham Fabric

***********I amend this post to include my version of this baby gingham - but rather than gingham, I used The Rifle Paper Co. fabric off the shelf.  I also added amended the pattern to add a row of light to one end of the light/medium strip set and a medium to one end of the medium/dark strip set.  I like the balance around the quilt.  My quilt has 11 blocks across and 13 blocks down for a finished size of 55" x 65". 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stay at home while you visit the Road To California ~

Straight out of a magazine....Spring, 2017 issue of Quilts (simple, fresh and fun) and more ~

Page 10......shares One Block, 3 ways:  Road to California combines half-square triangles and squares to make this block.

It's the fabric selection and block placement that totally changes the block appearance.  Do you want a very traditional block using your red, blue, brown and cream scraps?  Then here's the look for you. 

Or, do you want to go oh, so contemporary?.....then choose shades of gray for that monochromatic look. 

Got a kid in you or in your family? Get a very whimsical, juvenile look just by changing up the fabric.  Now, if this doesn't make you smile!!

All People Quilt makes it even easier to get this quilt block done.  Here's their step-by-step Road To California quilt block instruction.

I love it.....getting on The Road to California without even starting the engine. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Festival at Cottonport, Louisiana

I'll just let this poster speak for itself.  But to paraphrase it a bit, come join the fun between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, September 30th.   It's a first!  The Cotton Quilters' Guild is having a festival:  A Quilt Show, Art Show, Vendor and Craft Booths and of course,  Food. 

It took me a few minutes to find Cottonport on the Louisiana map, but persistence paid off.  It's a little bit North of Opelousas, South of Alexandria, East of I-49 and West of the Mississippi River....which puts it about dead center of the state.   Highways 362, 107 and 29 will get you there, but it does seem that the most direct route would be from I-49.  Exit East toward Bunkie onto State Hwy 115 which will become Hwy 29.   Go through Evergreen then continue on 29 straight into Cottonport.  Just to be on the safe side and to get you there in time to 'pass a good time',  you may want to google map it yourself!

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Val found the best tutorial ~

Thank you Val for sharing this video on your Facebook....I saw it and think Jenny Doan's technique to put a 9-patch on point is a video worth sharing and keeping on file. 

May your day be filled with sunshine and smiles and a bunch of quilt blocks~