Quiltmaker Blog Tour – Up and Coming

28 04 2017

Exciting news! Next week is the blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, published bi-annually. This is Volume 15, and my block, “Cameo Appearance,” is included.

My day on the blog tour is Tuesday, May 2. Be sure to read my blog post on that day and leave a comment for a chance to win a free magazine. Also make a mental note to check out the Quiltmaker blog each day and register for quilt-y prizes. Each day of the blog tour, the Quiltmaker blog will list links to about 10 block designers’ blogs. Speaking from experience, it is fun to tour each of the blogs and read about the inspiration behind the innovative blocks.





QQ Magazine Winners

12 03 2017

Last week you were invited to comment about my “Travel Plans” table runner which was published in the April/May 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.  Thanks for your enthusiastic comments! Karla and Lynn won the copies graciously provided by McCall’s. (I have emailed you ladies requesting your USPS addresses.)

If you did not win this time, consider subscribing to Quick Quilts. Every other month you’ll receive a full-color, glossy magazine chock full of speedy, inspiring projects. If you prefer to order only this issue, click here to travel to the online Quilt and Sew Shop.

Did you know that most of the quilting magazines have blogs for your edification and enjoyment? This week I’ll be guest blogging for McCall’s about “Travel Plans.”  I’ll keep you posted when the date rolls around.

Thanks for all the comments recommending a quilting thread color for “Conflagration.” I appreciate your help in solving my dilemma. I have to say that Sana’s suggestion of lime green was the most unusual, and I had not thought of Lauri’s suggestion of light pink which would disappear on the white areas and blend with the orange and red areas. I will unspool all the colors you suggested onto the quilt top and by process of elimination select one. I’ll post “Conflagration” again when it’s totally finished.

Drawing for Free Magazine

4 03 2017

travel-plans-tableHello faithful blog readers. On Tuesday, I was so excited to tell you about the publication of my runner, “Travel Plans,” in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts that I forgot to announce a drawing for a free magazine!

travel-plans-placematIf you would like to be in the drawing, please leave a comment below saying whether you are more likely to make the runner or a set of placemats. I will draw for two winners on Saturday, March 11.

Click here if you missed my blog post about “Travel Plans.” Click here to order the April/May 2017 issue of Quick Quilts.


“Travel Plans” Published!

28 02 2017


I am so excited to share the good news that my table runner design, “Travel Plans,” is published in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts!  When designing this quilt, I experimented with elongating a “Trip Around the World” design, working with rectangles instead of squares. I also had in mind a link-up connection of the three motifs. Using my Electric Quilt computer program, I tried out various colorations of the design. McCall’s editors selected a red, white, and blue palette, but I think the design would be equally pretty with Easter, or fall, or Christmas themed fabrics.

travel-plans-fabric“Travel Plans” fabrics are from Gerri Robinson’s “American Beauty” line for Red Rooster fabrics. Aren’t they gorgeous? I truly enjoyed creating the project with this red, tan, and blue collection. Click here to see McCall’s online write-up about the project.

Construction Tip:  If you press the seams of the first and third motifs as per the first picture, and press the seams of the center motif as per the second picture, the seam allowances will mesh nicely when connecting the three motifs together.

travel-plans-one     travel-plans-two

I quilted the runner diagonally through all the rectangles, creating a cross-hatch design. Four types of sewing guides were used:  blue water soluble marker, chalk, masking tape, and the quilting guide pictured below. In retrospect, the marker and the chalk helped me achieve the straighter lines.


“Travel Plans,” measuring at 18″ x 67,” is suitable for a sizeable table or as a bed runner. You could make it in a weekend! If you do make the project, please send me a picture. Better yet, send a picture and accompanying story line to the editors at McCall’s; they love to hear and see which projects appeal to their readership.

_qq1705-cover-500pxThere is a bonus idea printed in the magazine—placemats made of just one “Travel Plans” motif each. I suggest decreasing the size of the rectangles, cutting them 2” x 2 3/4″ for this project.

If you are not a subscriber to Quick Quilts and cannot find the April/May issue at your favorite newsstand, you can order a copy from the Quilt and Sew Shop.


“Polka Tot” Revisited

5 02 2017

Deb MacDonald, an editor at McCall’s magazines, recently sent me the following picture and story of a mother/daughter quilting duo.


“My mother Arrabelle Frock of Westminster, Maryland made the Polka Tot Quilt from the August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.  As you can see from the attached picture it came out awesome!  What a wonderful Christmas gift from my mother.” –Kathy

McCall's QQ Cover Aug. Sept. 2015Kathy also wrote that her mother likes the quilt so much, she is considering making another one for herself. If you need a cheerful project to chase away winter doldrums, make “Polka Tot.” It is quick and fun to make. Display the quilt diagonally as a table topper or hang it in your sewing room or gift it to an expecting mother.

If you are not a Quick Quilts subscriber, you can purchase the magazine for $3.00 from the Quilt and Sew Shop.



‘Tis the Season for Giving

16 12 2016

Christmas . . . the season of giving. Gifts for our families and friends, yes. But also a spirit of generosity toward those who need a special touch of care. And quilts gifted to those less fortunate generate perpetual warm hugs. Reba and some ladies from her church stitched these quilts based on my “Summer Safari” design. Read on!


“When I saw ‘Summer Safari’ (McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2016) , I knew our charity quilt group at church had to make it for the children at our local hospital, St. Joseph West – Lake St. Louis, MO.  For the project, I used fabric from my stash and cut out kits for the ladies in our group.  We made 15 quilts.  It was great to find a pattern that was so quick and easy for us to make.  Pictured are Rev. Roy Christell, Dee, Fran, Nancy, Reba (Group Leader), Bev, Jeanne, Hope and Sherry.”

_CoverFULLClick here to read my blog post about the published quilt. If you would like to make “Summer Safari,” check your magazine library. You may own a copy of McCall’s QQ June/July 2016. If not, click here to order a copy from the Quilt and Sew Shop.

‘Tis the season . . . may you experience the joy of giving during Christmastime this year!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 14 Blog Tour – Day 1

14 11 2016


Welcome to Day 1 of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 14 blog hop and welcome to abyquilts. My block is #1339 on page 31.

img_20160521_143111_985-1We all love “Saw Tooth Star” for its simplicity in construction and for its charming appeal. The 6″ center square of a 12″ Saw Tooth Star provides a sizable space for incorporating an interesting print fabric or an additional design. For example you could insert a 6″ star, Pinwheel, Maple Leaf, patch of 16 squares, or applique motif. The process for creating “Celebration Star” was experimental; I wanted to see if I could morph the star into a wreath. By using green fabrics and adding quarter circles in the light background triangles and squares, I achieved a more circular effect. I colored 2 adjacent triangles red for the wreath’s bow. Set on-point as a diamond with 4 setting triangles, the block (or 5) will make a charming Christmas wall quilt.


img_20160521_132051_142-1While my initial design was prompted by thoughts of Christmas, I wondered how the block would look made with patriotic prints. I chose three fabrics from the Colors of Freedom line designed by Jennifer Pugh for Wilmington Prints. (Quiltmaker chose to print this coloration.) Wouldn’t multiples of this block combine for a striking Quilt of Valor or gift for a patriotic friend?

Construction tip:  I used light weight fusible webbing to adhere the entire quarter circle to the background square or triangle. However, you could decrease stiffness by using arcs of webbing 1/2″ wide only along the curves of the quarter circles.

Leave a comment below if you would like to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 14. To be eligible, your comment must include your ideas for coloring “Celebration Star.” Would you make a Christmas star, a patriotic star, or use another color scheme?

Click here to link to the Quiltmaker blog, Quilty Pleasures. Check out the other designers and blocks which are on today’s blog tour.