“Propeller” Quilt – A Beginning

18 07 2016

DSCN7910Recently I purchased navy anchor fabric from fabric.com for my grand niece’s baby quilt. In order to get free shipping, I also ordered a bundle of remnants “for boys.” I received over 12 different fabrics, each measuring in excess of 18.” Everything from tennis balls to “Blaze and Crusher” monster trucks … with a few tone-on-tones and geometrics thrown in for good measure. Such a deal!

Since my nephew and his wife, who trained as a pilot, are expecting a boy at the end of August, I’m inspired to make an airplane-themed quilt. A 10″ “Propeller” block in bright fabrics seems like an appropriate design choice.

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I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

July Fat Quarter Challenge – Sampler Samples

15 07 2016

Due to family activities and summer travels, my fat quarter challenge usage report for this month involves two on-going projects rather than a newly completed baby quilt. I would love to see and share pictures of your fat quarter projects! (aby dot quilts at gmail dot com)

DSCN7909This summer I’m working sporadically on 6” blocks for my Splendid Sampler. Admittedly, I’m not making every official block in this year-long quilt along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Instead, I’m selecting the blocks that coordinate well with my “Chocolat” fat quarters, and I’m adding other tried and true patchwork designs. Click the Splendid Sampler icon in the right hand column to link to the website where you’ll find instructions for all official blocks.

DSCN7912As if one quilt along sampler isn’t enough to keep up with, I joined the “30 Somethings” bee group hosted by Debby, a Tarheel Quilt Guild friend. Our first project is a sampler quilt of blocks from Lori Holt’s Vintage Farm Girl book. 1930s repro fabric is so charming and cheerful, and Debby’s enthusiasm is so infectious, I couldn’t resist joining the group! The goal is to work our way through the book, making four blocks per month, either 6” or 12.” I purchased a jelly roll of 30s prints and solids from Loving Stitches, figuring I could make most of the 6” blocks with the 2 ½” width. And I added some old and some new fat quarters to the fabric pull. Sew far, sew fun!

Have you seen the new 30s repro prints from Moda, Marcus Brothers, Wilmington Prints and other manufacturers? What project are you tempted to make with them?

“Zoo City” Kits Available

14 07 2016

Don’t forget to purchase a kit for “Zoo City,” my baby quilt published in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The fabric is so charming, and the quilt is perfect for boy or girl. I can tell by your comments on my previous post that most of us know a friend or relative who is expecting a baby soon. Look no further for the perfect baby quilt to make for him/her!

You can order a kit from the Quilt and Sew Shop online.

Or, if you live in/near Fayetteville, NC you can purchase a kit at Loving Stitches (7076 Ramsey Street). It’s always fun to see the fabric and quilt in person, and Loving Stitches has both.


June and July FQ Challenge – Blog Readers Share

12 07 2016

It’s definitely summertime! Does this mean more . . . or less sewing time for you? If you can carve out a couple of hours from all the hot weather fun activities and travels, why not join the on-going Fat Quarter challenge! Select several FQs from your stash and sew something from them. Share your picture with me (aby.quilts@gmail.com), and I’ll post to inspire other blog readers.

Maridee, avid quilter and FQ collector, sent a picture of “Furrows” designed by Stephanie Sheridan and published in McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2016 issue. Maridee, who makes many baby quilts for charity, modified the pattern so that it finishes at 40.” Great idea, Maridee, in down-sizing the pattern!


Sana says this is not a fat quarter quilt, per se, but she did use only fabrics from her stash. The pattern is called “Fairy Tale Baby” from Bobbie G Designs. It’s meant to be a smallish wall hanging (35 x 43), but Sana enlarged the pattern on a copy machine. The quilt finishes at 43″ x 54.” Sana, your attention to detail in selecting fabrics for the nursery rhyme characters and in machine appliqueing them is astonishing!

 nursery rhyme front     nursery rhyme back

Cindy calls her quilt “Over the Rainbow.” She found the pattern, “Big Windows,” in the Spring 2016 Fons and Porter Easy Quilts. The method of construction is similar to a quilt as you go. She writes, “I had so much fun making it.” Kudos, Cindy, for making such a lovely quilt!


Now it’s your turn. Show us what you’ve been making from Fat Quarters!

Independence Day Potpourri

4 07 2016

Happy Independence Day! I hope you are celebrating with family and friends as I am. I’m thankful to be an American, and I’m so grateful for our freedoms and religious liberty!


After the cookout is over, if you have some time to sew, here’s a quick table runner idea. The inspiration for the design is from my runner published in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013. Click here to see the original quilt and to link to a free lap quilt pattern. The fabrics are 2 1/2″ strips from Wilmington Prints “Ruby Red” and “Sapphire Sky” strip packs. You’ll need 3 red strips and 3 blue strips in varying shades; cut these in 6″ and 8″ lengths. You need 18 white 2 1/2″ squares. Refer to the picture for fabric placement, and read the free lap quilt pattern on the McCall’s website for detailed construction information.

Trinity and the grandkids are visiting this month, and we’re having a blast sewing together. Yesterday Krystine worked on her scrappy Nine Patch and Snowball quilt in fall colors. And Trinity completed four more 16″ star blocks for a queen size quilt.


Our retirement house is looking more like a home. The roofing paper is preparation for the next stage – a metal roof. It’s exciting to walk around inside and imagine the finishing of all the rooms including a huge quilting studio, the placement of furniture, and where I’ll hang my decorative quilts.


McCalls QQ Aug Sep Cover-200pxAnd now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . the drawing for the winners of Aug./Sept. McCall’s Quick Quilts. There were 21 comments and Pamela Reim’s and Tonya Krout’s names were drawn. Congratulations, ladies. I’ll send you emails asking for your USPS addresses. If you didn’t win this time and your local newsstand is sold out, click on the picture of the magazine to link to the Quilt and Sew Shop where you can order a copy.



“Framed Four Patch” Baby Quilt

27 06 2016

quilters candyHave you been tempted to purchase those darling packages of “quilter’s candy?” Forty-two 2 1/2″ squares all coordinated from one of Moda’s enchanting fabric lines. How can you resist?

A couple of months ago, at a quilt shop sale, I bought two packages of the Dot.Dot.Dash-! line intending to make a dolly quilt for my great niece. Her mama, my niece, is expecting her second girl, and I thought a simple quilt made of squares sewn side by side would make a nice “big sister” gift. Well, two months passed in a blur, and I hadn’t even made a quilt for the expected baby, so I repurposed the packages of squares for a large baby quilt. (The dolly quilt will have to wait.)

DSCN7890My niece is decorating the nursery with pink and navy colors and an anchor motif. I felt I could stretch the quilter’s candy packages into a crib size quilt if I made Four Patches, framed them with white fabric and alternated the blocks with navy anchor print squares. The anchor print, ordered from fabric.com, is “Jack and Lulu” for Dear Stella Designs (Ptt # Stella-JL537). Granted, all the Dots and Dashes prints are not pink and navy, but I think my niece will like the infusion of purple, orange, yellow, aqua, and apple green.

Basic Instructions for quilt top:  Make Four Patches from 2 1/2″ squares; these blocks measure 4 1/2″ square. Cut strips of white fabric 2″ wide and sew to Four Patches; these blocks measure 7 1/2,” unfinished. Make 21 “Framed Four Patch” blocks and cut 21 alternate 7 1/2″ squares from print fabric. Lay out the blocks and alternate squares in a 6 x 7 grid. Sew together in rows, pressing seams toward the print squares. Sew the rows together and press seams to one side or open. The quilt measures 42″ x 49,” so you’ll likely need to creatively increase the width of your backing fabric.


Have you made a quilt from “quilter’s candy” 2 1/2″ squares? If so, what patchwork design did you use?

“Zoo City” Published!

23 06 2016

McCalls QQ Aug Sep Cover-200pxI am so happy to announce the publication of my baby quilt, “Zoo City,” in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! What’s not to like about this quilt? The fabric is cheerful and darling, from the panel and border print to the coordinating tone-on-tones. The framed squares are easily assembled and the stars twinkle brightly against a light blue background. The gender neutral fabrics and 55″ x 55″ size are perfect for baby or toddler alike.


To add to the excitement, I am the guest blogger for McCall’s today. Click here to read about my inspiration for the quilt and the twists and turns construction took along the way to completion. Leave a comment on the McCall’s blog for a chance to win a panel of the zoo animals, thanks to Wilmington Prints’ generous donation.

I am also happy to announce that McCall’s is offering kits for the project. (This is the first of my published quilts that is offered as a kit!) Click here to order a kit from the Quilt and Sew Shop. Or, if you live locally and wish to see the fabric in person, visit Loving Stitches at 7076 North Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC  28311.

McCall’s editors kindly donated several copies of the magazine issue. If you would like to be in the drawing, leave a comment stating who you could make “Zoo City” for. The drawing will be on July 1.



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