Fabric Acquisition

26 08 2015

“Fabric Acquisition” – meaning Trinity and I are exploring some area quilt shops. A planned trip to Waco, TX for Keith’s orthodontic appointment prompted an internet search for Texas quilt shops participating in the Row by Row Experience. Lo and behold, Tomorrow’s Quilts is at 800 Lake Air Dr. in Waco! Please take a look at their home page to view their row for the Row by Row Experience. This summer, each participating quilt shop designed a 9″ x 36″ row with a “water” theme. Tomorrow’s Quilts’ row is four Sunbonnet Sues beneath umbrellas with raindrop background fabric – really cute!

In addition to picking up the free Row by Row pattern, we honed in on the shopping cart full of bargain fabric – 3 yds. for $10. In the photo below you can see the bundles I bought for backings as well as purple and yellow tone-on-tone staples, zoo animal print, and several fat quarters (for which I have a plan; more about the FQs in a future blog post).


On Monday we celebrated the first day of school by driving to Hamilton (without the grands) to peruse the offerings of One More Stitch on N. Rice St. My find was backing for granddaughter Krystine’s scrappy Nine Patch and orange Snowball quilt in fall colors. The print of concentric squares is “Awesome,” an older fabric line by Sandy Gervais; it’s perfect for the quilt, don’t you think? An Electric Quilt sketch of the design plan is in the lower right corner.


On Tuesday after lunch with long time friend and blog follower, Pam, we visited Sew and Quilt Store in Killeen. This shop is also participating in the Row by Row Experience. Isn’t their row filled with fun details?


I purchased an orange/red tonal and a teal/white chevron to go with the fat quarters bought at Tomorrow’s Quilts. I’m off to Trinity’s sewing room to work on my latest quilting project!

Cooperative Wedding Gift

24 08 2015


In January my nephew Paul married his sweetheart Cori. Monique, a family friend, and I both wanted to make them a wedding quilt. So we struck a bargain, Monique would make the top and I would quilt and bind it.


Monique purchased lovely Civil War reproduction fabrics, cut 2 1/2″ strips, and made “Roman Stripe” blocks. She pressed rectangles of freezer paper on the back of the light center strips to stabilize them for signing. At the wedding reception, Monique set up a block signing table, providing several colors of fine point fabric markers.


Attendees were encouraged to sign blocks given the following instructions:  “Please help Paul and Cori remember their wedding day by signing a quilt square. You can also write a brief message. Important! Use only the pens provided. Sign on the cream part, ¼” away from the edges.”


After assembling the blocks and adding borders, Monique transferred the quilt top to me for finishing. I selected off-white thread and a concentric teardrop freehand, all-over design. I admit it, I was nosey and read many of the inscriptions as I quilted. Some artistic guests drew pictures or geometric designs as well.

The quilt will be a beautiful remembrance of Cori and Paul’s wedding day and of all their friends who wish them well. It was fun to collaborate with Monique on our cooperative wedding gift.

If you have made a signature quilt for a gift, please comment with additional tips on the process.


Coryell Museum in Gatesville, Texas

22 08 2015

Gatesville, in Coryell County Texas, has at least one claim to fame; it is home to the Coryell Museum and Hostorical Center. We bribed the grandkids with the promise of a pizza lunch if they would first accompany us to the museum. Click here to read about the museum and see pictures of some of the exhibits.

There was something to interest everyone: the spur collection of Lloyd Mitchell, a double walled log jail, a school room, hair salon with “scary” multi-wired electric curler contraption, soda shop, wicker funeral casket for home viewing, chuck wagon box and prairie schooner. Of course I was most interested in the quilts. Many were signature quilts made between 1900 and 1930.


Names were embroidered in the centers of the stars in the upper quilt . Click on the picture for an enlargement; you will see embroidered cowgirls as alternate blocks for the appliqued cowboys.


This scrappy quilt is an old pattern of muslin shaped bowties and quarter circle prints, constructed with careful curved piecing. The muslin area of each 6″ block gives ample space for embroidering names. If I made this quilt today, I would applique quarter circles of print fabrics in opposite corners of a muslin foundation.


The Dresden Plate quilt was a planned scrappy quilt. I imagine that the plan was for each person to make a Dresden Plate with just two fabrics, a solid and a print. The setting is unusal – in rows with orange sashing. Next in line, the patriotic quilt is simple yet striking.


This quilt was most interesting to me because I have never seen this design. Have you? Do you know the name of the design? The shapes look a little bit like photo corners in old scrapbooks. Maybe the quilt planner thought the design would be appropriate for an album quilt of signatures.

We all enjoyed our nostalgic walk through yesteryear at the Coryell Museum, and Studebakers Pizza afterwards was the best!

Road Trip “Tumbler” Project

21 08 2015

Hubby and I are taking a road trip to Texas (to see Trinity and three grandchildren) which is hours and hours from North Carolina. I can’t imagine riding all that time without a quilting project. However, I currently don’t have any quilts that need hand binding, and I’m not into English Paper Piecing (i.e. hexagons) at the moment. What to do?


My friend Stacy suggested a hand piecing project. Hmmmm. Well, I am working on a “Tumblers” quilt, perhaps I could switch from using them as leaders and enders when machine piecing and hand piece some of the units instead. Have you noticed the “Tumblers” button on the side bar of my blog? Click on the icon to link with Bonnie Hunter’s blog (at quiltville.blogspot.com); find out about the “Tumblers” Leaders/Enders challenge she issued this summer.

My box of tumbler shapes, cut with my friend Karlene’s AccuQuilt Go! cutter, was really messy, a jumble of tumblers! I decided to sort the shapes and place each color in a reclosable plastic bag. I put all the small bags into a large reclosable bag which fit in my fabric tote along with my scissors, needles and thread.


Now I am sew ready to rumble, er, tumble on our road trip.


“Crabapples” – My Summer Sewing Project

19 08 2015


My twenty-five blocks are on the design wall. I cut a directional green print for setting triangles, an orange/red Moda marble for sashing, and a golden yellow tonal for cornerstones. It’s looking good! All I need is a few hours of free time . . .

Crabapples Nine Patch borderBonnie Hunter’s “Crabapples” design, published in Adventures with Leaders and Enders, has a very scrappy “Nine Patch” pieced border. I was all set to skip this border because I had purchased a leaf print for my outer border, but my friend Lori encouraged me by saying the pieced border really adds to the loveliness of the quilt. And then I remembered the stack of “Nine Patches” I received in a guild exchange. Using the exchange blocks saved me lots of time when piecing the border.

Next I will add a narrow orange/red border and the leaf print for a wide outer border.

You can read about the beginning of my “Crabapples” quilt here and here.

Wilmington Prints Trunk Show

18 08 2015

DSCN7541On Friday, August 14, I attended a trunk show of quilts at Loving Stitches quilt shop here in Fayetteville. A fabric rep from Wilmington Prints showed us current and future lines of fabrics as well as wonderful sample quilts. Seeing all the lucious fabric was so inspiring! I believe all the attendees came away with ideas for several new projects.

Did you know you can access free patterns from the Wilmington Prints website? Take a look; there are 5 pages of original designs that work well with their fabric collections.

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Loving Stitches had plenty of 2 1/2″ wide strip packs for us to purchase. I fell for the teal and peach batiks. A special quilt is brewing – perhaps McCall’s will publish it next summer. I’ll keep you posted!

Busy Bees Workshop

17 08 2015

On 12 August I helped the Busy Bees of Fountain Inn, SC construct “Prest-O, Change-O” quilts. Everyone attended the workshop having completed the required homework. All the quilts started out looking like this:

Presto Changeo straight set

After stay-stitching, we cut the quilt tops diagonally, rearranged the pieces and re-sewed. We made second diagonal cuts through the quilt tops, and again rearranged the pieces and re-sewed. We had a lot of fun, and everyone made great progress on their quilts. It was so interesting to compare fabric choices. We had totally scrappy from stash, Christmas prints, Kansas Troubles, batik blues and greens, as well as purple and green prints. As you can see, all the choices yielded lovely quilts!

Busy Bees 1

Thanks for enthusiastic participation, Busy Bees!

We effortlessly turned straight-set squares into squares on-point.

Busy Bees 2

I designed “Prest-O, Change-O”  to utilize 2 packages of 5″ charm squares. I was inspired by Anita Hallock’s sewing and cutting method found in her book, “Scrap Quilts Using Fast Patch” published by Chilton Book Company, 1991. If you would like to purchase a pattern, leave a comment below.


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