“Window Pane Disappearing Nine Patch”

24 10 2014

The “Disappearing Nine Patch” quilt design is fairly popular; perhaps you have made one like my quilt for Hazel Poppy. But have you heard of a “Window Pane Disappearing Nine Patch?”


You can see a tutorial for this quilt design by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company on You Tube. I have been saving two sets of charm squares for just such a project. (These were birthday gifts from the Nuertingen quilt group in Germany.)  Jenny Doan used black strips between her charm squares. However, since my 5″ squares were dark, rich jewel tones, I selected a tan, swirly fabric  for contrast instead.

I cut the tan fabric into 1 1/2″ strips and sewed them between the 5″ squares.


Then I cut these “Window Pane Nine Patches” into 4 equal squares.


I made 8 large “Window Pane Nine Patch” blocks which yielded 32 small blocks.


I arranged the blocks in a 5 x 6 grid on the floor and turned the blocks so no seams matched as Jenny instructed in the tutorial. With this arrangement, I had 2 small blocks left over.


After moving the blocks around a bit to distribute the various colors, I sewed the blocks in each row together and then joined the rows. I decided to add a 4″ border of the tan swirly fabric.


The striped flannel for the backing was a “free table” find at my guild. The colors blend perfectly with the warm tans and oranges in the quilt. I enlarged the backing by adding a panel of burnt orange and the two leftover blocks.


As you can see in the photo above, I quilted freehand curls in gold thread to mimic the swirly tan print. A half yard of dark teal fabric inherited from my mom made a handsome binding.


Won’t this make a comfy quilt for a patient at the V.A. hospital?

Calling All Pictures for “Table Tiles”

23 10 2014

Monday, Oct. 27, is our last Quilt-A-Long blog post for “Table Tiles.” And I need pictures of your completed table runner tops to show blog readers. If you are new to the Abyquilts blog and wonder what in the world I am talking about, just type “Table Tiles” in the search box in the upper right corner of the blog. Hit “enter,” and you’ll be able to read the previous posts regarding the QAL. “Table Tiles” was published in the Oct./Nov. 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The editors even offered a free pattern for a lap size quilt.

So if you have several hours to sew this weekend, why not make a “Table Tiles” runner. And please send me a digital picture: aby.quilts@gmail.com.

Table tiles table runner

Patriotic Postage Stamp QOV

22 10 2014

From time to time, I longarm quilt tops made by members of the Fayetteville Quilts of Valor group. You can read about the Quilts of Valor Foundation here.


This remarkable quilt top was made by Susan. It contains over 700 2″ squares which she cut from the small scraps left over from other QOVs. Susan espouses Bonnie Hunter’s method of cutting her scraps into strips and squares of useable, standard widths.

Did you notice the wonky gold stars sprinkled throughout the quilt?

The quilting design is freehand meandering with five-point stars in honey colored polyester thread.

Any soldier would be proud to receive this wonderful quilt!

“Sparkling Pines” Published!

21 10 2014

Have you seen the Dec/Jan 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts?

QQ Cover dec jan 14 runner

My design, “Sparkling Pines” is on pg. 28!

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As the article says, you can “brighten your table this holiday season with this simple, sweet table runner.”

While cutting out the fabric pieces for my runner, I also cut enough for one lucky blog reader. That’s right, you could win a kit for “Sparkling Pines!” Leave a comment below if you would like to be entered in the drawing which will be held in one week on October 28.


“Table Tiles” QAL

20 10 2014

I have two “Table Tiles” runners to show you today. Interestingly, both quilters elected to use black and gray fabrics as was published by McCall’s Quick Quilts Oct/Nov 2014.

I love looking at Stephanie’s runner. She used such different fabrics than I did. It’s sophisticated yet playful!

Table Tiles finish, Steph Alexander

Take a look at Judy’s table runner. She modified the design by adding sections of gray print at both ends of the runner and by using the same black and gray fabrics (rather than a scrappy palette).

Judy Ehmer's Table Tiles

If you are participating in the “Table Tiles” QAL, I would love to show your project to my blog readers. Please send a digital photo to aby. quilts@gmail.com.

More “Slant Six” Quilts

17 10 2014

Hooray! More of you are finding time to finish up your “Slant Six” mystery quilts.

First up, is Jenn’s quilt. She found tractor fabric at Loving Stitches quilt shop, and made this quilt for her young son who adores farm machinery. She plans a black chicken wire inner border and a green print outer border.

slant six, finish Jen Johnston

Here’s Suzie’s patriotic quilt. I love the movement added by the flag print!

Slant Six finish, Suzie Hardy

Chris was super energetic and made two quilts. “Slant Six” is lovely in purple and green. The striped fabrics add so much interest to the quilt.


The border of Chris’ second quilt is brighter than the full photo shows and lends a playful air to the other fabircs.

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Close-up of Chris’ quilt

Judy’s quilt is finished, too! The yellow and green fabrics remind me of a spring meadow.

Judy Ehmer's Slant Six, finished

Judy Ehmer's Slant Six, close up of quilting

Close-up of Judy’s quilting

What about you? Have you finished your “Slant Six” quilt? Send me a picture, please. (aby.quilts@gmail.com) If you missed out on the mystery quilt clues this summer but would still like to make the quilt, click on the Mystery Quilt tab in the header of the blog. You’ll find links to all the clues. This is a quick and easy project; you have time to whip up several for holiday gifting!


Scrap Bag Inspiration

15 10 2014

While attempting to neaten my studio, I came across a plastic bag of scraps, origins unknown. I think some of the scraps are from Kristin, some from Trinity, and some from the guild’s free table. But I can’t be certain.

I decided to press the fabric scraps and cut the useable pieces into squares or strips. Pieces too narrow for string piecing will fill doggie beds for an animal shelter. Fabrics that I don’t have a use for will go back on the ‘free table’ at guild.

Scrap bag inspiration

Oooooh, do you see that interestingly colored striped strip in the center of the picture? Wouldn’t that make fun center squares for “Uneven Nine Patch” blocks? The strip measured 3 1/2″ x width of fabric, so I was able to cut twelve 3 1/2″ squares from it. I also found coordinating pink, green, yellow, and purple fabrics in the scrap bag.

scrap kits

I cut and pinned together kits for making the “Uneven Nine Patches.” Each kit contains 4 rectangles 2″ x 3 1/2,” and 4 squares 2″ x 2.” Along with the striped center square, these kits will be my Leader/Ender project as I’m sewing other “more important” projects. Click here to read Bonnie Hunter’s explanation of Leaders/Enders. This method of making a secondary quilt saves time and thread; I love it!

I plan to use the 12 blocks in a baby quilt for our local hospital’s NICU.


After making the blocks, I searched for suitable sashing and border fabric. I had purchased some yardage of pastel birdhouses, so I auditioned the blocks against it. Maybe a pink border?

DSCN6537 Well, it’s okay, but not super terrific, in my opinion. What about a floral border instead? The floral print actually contains all the colors of the stripe print in the centers of all the blocks! It has been sitting in my pink/purple fabric container for awhile now begging to be used.


About ten years ago, this style of quilt—scrappy blocks, print sashing, print border—was considered “modern.” By contrast, today’s modern quilt often utilizes a solid color for background or negative space. Since this will be for a modern baby, I nixed the birdhouse fabric in favor of wide white sashing with floral cornerstones and border. I cut the sashing 3 1/2″ wide so the quilt, with 3 1/2″ borders, would finish at 36″ wide.


I used white thread and a variety of quilting motifs: meandering in the outer border, figure eight loops in the white areas, continuous curve in the cornerstones and a star burst design in the patchwork blocks.


I had almost enough floral fabric for the backing. More scraps from the scrapbag came to my rescue!


I wonder what’s lurking in your scrapbag. Take a look, you might discover inspiration for your next quilting project!


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