“A Different Path” for Marie

26 03 2015

 IMG_3616In October 2013, American Patchwork and Quilting published Kathie Holland’s design, “A Different Path.” Several quilting friends and I were visiting Marie and leafing through quilt magazines at the time, and we decided “A Different Path” would be a fantastic exchange project. A palette of Civil War repro prints on shirting backgrounds was determined. We solicited a few more Civil War fabric aficionados for eight total quilters. I worked out a block and color construction scheme lasting ten months that yielded 180 blocks per quilter, enough for a twin size quilt each. To keep on schedule, we each appliqued 18 quarter circles on shirting backgrounds in prescribed colors: red, orange/cheddar/gold, yellow, blue, green, black, brown, purple. The final color was “your choice.”

The exchange took place at a quilting retreat during the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the end of February. Marie and Kathy are pictured selecting squares arranged by color on a large table.

a different path, marie     a different path, kathy

Marie was the first to put her top together. She asked me to quilt it, and she chose the Double Plume all-over design (pantograph designed by Keryn Emmerson). I used a Magnifico gold thread on the top and a tan thread in the bobbin to blend with the backing.


Seeing Marie’s lovely quilt top finished and quilted has motivated me to work on setting my blocks from the exchange together. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


Marie’s “A Different Path”

“Spring Migration” QAL – Step 1

23 03 2015


DSCN7122Happy Monday! I’ve been looking forward to giving you Step 1 of our “Spring Migration” Quilt-A-Long. Remember that you can find the Introduction and all six steps of the QAL on the Patterns page of the blog. Perhaps you’d like to print the instructions as a handy reference at your cutting table.



Read through each step before you cut and sew any of the fabric. Sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance throughout the project.

Step 1:  Make 12 Red/White Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

Note: there are two options given below.

*If you have an Easy Angle triangle ruler, cut two 6 ½” x width of fabric (WOF-from selvage to selvage) strips of Red and two 6 ½” x WOF strips of White. Layer the fabrics, right sides together. Trim away the selvage, and then use the Easy Angle ruler to cut 12 layered Red/White triangles. If your Red and White fabrics are 44″ wide, you may be able to cut all 12 layered triangles from one set of 6 1/2″ wide strips. If your fabric is only 40″ or 42″ wide, you’ll need to cut 2 triangles from the second set of strips. Don’t cut more than 12 layered triangles because you need the remaining 6 1/2″ wide strips for other steps in the project.

DSCN7109     DSCN7110

Sew the HSTs together on hypotenuses (long sides). Press seam allowances toward Red triangles. HSTs should measure 6 ½” square.


Reserve the remainder of the 6 ½” wide strips of Red and White; use the White strip in Step 3 and the Red strip in Step 5.

*If you don’t own an Easy Angle ruler, cut two 7” x WOF strips of Red and two 7” x WOF strips of White. Layer the fabrics, right sides together. Sub-cut six 7” squares. Cut the layered squares in half on a diagonal. Sew the HSTs together on hypotenuses (long sides).  Press seam allowance toward Red.  Trim HSTs to 6 ½” square. Reserve the remainder of the 7″ wide strips of Red and White; use the White strip in Step 3 and the Red strip in Step 5.

When you’ve finished Step 1, leave a comment below telling the colors of your HSTs.

“Spring Migration” QAL Fabrics

22 03 2015

Excitement is mounting for the QAL which begins Monday–tomorrow! Several blog readers have sent me pictures of their selected fabrics. I think you’ll find them inspiring.

First up are Brenda’ choices. The psychedelic print sure adds a lot of vibrant color and movement! Please comment below, Brenda, to tell us where you purchased such wonderful fabric.

spring migration ale's fabric

Roxann chimed in with fabrics from her stash. Everyone loves pansies in the springtime! What a great idea to pair it with a plaid, cream, and mauve tonal!

spring migration Roxann's fabric

Cheryl found some yellow and green along with a floral print. Very spring-y choice!

spring migration Cheryl's fabric

Judy must be planning a baby quilt; aren’t those teddy bears darling? The accompanying tonals are perfect for the project.

spring migration judy's fabrics

Stephanie selected a “Dear Stella” white-on-white for the background, a Kaffe Fassett stripe, “Fun” (purple) by Timeless Treasures and hot pink. She considered using the yellow-green as the background but decided to go with white. She’ll use the yellow-green instead for backing and perhaps for the binding.

spring migration Stephanie's fabrics

I hope you’ll join in the fun. Refer back to Monday’s Introductory post for yardage requirements and a description of the QAL schedule.

Celebrate National Quilting Day

21 03 2015

How fun to have a special day all to ourselves – a day to celebrate QUILTING!

The Tarheel Quilters of Fayetteville, NC are celebrating by participating in the First Annual “How To” day at the Main Library. We’ll be in Conference Room #1 from 12 to 12:45 p.m. and in Conference Room #2 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. If you live locally, please stop by. We are demonstrating hand quilting.


About ten busy bees in our guild made forty simple potholders.


Several guild members will be on hand at the library today to demonstrate how to use a needle threader, how to tie a quilter’s knot, how to use 3/8″ tape to guide a line of hand stitching, how to use a bandaid for a thimble, and how to quilt through all three layers to make a decorative kitchen necessity.

How are you celebrating National Quilting Day?

Disappearing Four Patch – With a Twist

18 03 2015

It is surprising how many images of quilt designs you can find on-line, in general, and on Pinterest, in particular. On one of my ramblings, I found an intriguing design pinned from a blog. Click here to view the excellent tutorial written by Janet on “What Comes Next?” (round22 blogspot.)

After studying the tutorial, I ordered two packages of colorful 5″ charm squares from Connecting Threads and made 20 blocks. (I would be remiss not to mention my friend Patty who helped with the sewing on a recent retreat. Thanks, Patty!)

Disappearing 4 patch, x block 1

I trimmed the blocks and experimented with various setting ideas. I decided against adding sashing, feeling the design would look more pleasing if the blocks were set side by side. (Janet offers several other setting options on her blog. Check them out.)

Disappearing 4 patch, x block 2

Next, I added a border of off-white to “float” the patchwork blocks, and then a gray striped border.


In this picture you can see three evidences of spring: blooming Bradford Pear trees, sunshine, and a breeze puffing out the quilt top.

This design was quick, fun, and easy. However, if you are a perfectionist, you will likely be frustrated; it’s difficult to make all the points match exactly. But I daresay you didn’t notice my unmatched points! The color saturated fabrics and the bold diagonal design take center stage. Let me know if you try this twist to a “Disappearing Four Patch.”


“Spring Migration” QAL, Introduction

16 03 2015

DSCN7119We’re all a bit weary of snow and ice and cold temperatures. And eagerly, we are looking for signs of spring. Have you noticed flocks of birds flying north from their winter vacation in South America? I’ve seen several contingents of Canadian Geese marshaled around the ponds in my area. To celebrate the spring migration, let’s make a “Goose in the Pond” quilt. Just like we want to speed the arrival of spring, let’s speed our quilt construction by making one 30” patchwork block and surrounding it with several simple borders. The finished size of the quilt is 46″ square.

Here’s how our Quilt-A-Long (QAL) works. Today we’ll talk about selecting fabric. You’ll have a week to rummage in your stash or go shopping for the fabrics and ruler(s) you need. Then, beginning next Monday I’ll post one Step per week. There are five steps total. And if you are so excited about making the quilt you can’t wait for the following Monday’s step, you can find all of the directions on the Patterns page of the blog.

My fabrics for “Spring Migration” are bright and cheerful, perfect for a baby or toddler quilt. I purchased the stripe fabric from Hancock’s several months ago; it’s designed by M’Liss (Rae Hawley). I found a red tone-on-tone and a blue tone-on-tone that coordinate with the stripe, and I added a white-on-white for my backgound fabric.


 I have several other fabric combinations that I want to try.  How about a group of coordinating pastel fat quarters, or a collection of homespuns, or a cherry print with several greens? It would be interesting to make a totally scrappy quilt perhaps with various floral prints combined with several green tonals and several pink tonals.


If you’d like to make a smaller quilt as a table topper, simply leave off the borders. I plan to make a table topper with the cherry and green prints.

The rulers you’ll find helpful are 6 1/2″ x 24″ (or 8 1/2″ x 24″), 6 1/2″ square, and an Easy Angle triangle ruler.

Easy Angle Ruler

Easy Angle Ruler

Fabrics: Conservative measurements given; purchase a bit more if you desire a margin for cutting error.

Print – ¾ yd.

Red – 1 yd. for HSTs, Outer Border corner squares, and Binding

Blue – ½ yd.

White – 1 3/8 yd.

DSCN7122Are you game? Do you want to celebrate the Spring Migration with me by making this giant “Goose in the Pond” quilt? If so, leave a comment below . . . and email me a picture of your chosen fabrics.



More on “Cozy Up”

13 03 2015

Cover QQ  April May 2014 FULLHave you found a copy of McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May issue? Besides containing instructions for my quilt, “Cozy Up,” the magazine boasts more than 10 other lovely quilts. On a recent shopping trip to JoAnn’s on Skibo Rd. in Fayetteville, NC, I noticed multiple copies of the magazine for sale. They are on an end cap disply near the garment patterns (rather than on the magazine rack near the cash registers). Another option is ordering a magazine from the Quilt and Sew Shop online.

Prior to sending directions for “Cozy Up” to McCall’s for editing and publication, I asked Karlyn to test the pattern. Here is her beautiful result – a wedding gift for her nephew and his bride.

Cozy Up - Karlyn's quilt

Karlyn purchased a print with tiffany blue, yellow and a hint of orange for the border and interior patchwork squares. I love the vibrant tonals she selected to coordinate with the border print! She enlarged the quilt by adding a border.

The instructions given in Quick Quilts are for a lap size quilt. If you’d like to make a larger quilt, McCall’s editors have posted free instructions for a queen size “Cozy Up” as a Web Bonus. Click here to access the instructions.


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