Table Topper Quilt

25 09 2017

Does your table décor need a fresh look? Or do you need a birthday or housewarming gift? Consider making a table topper by adding several borders to a patchwork block. The block design is “Cameo Appearance” which was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, Vol. 15. This volume of the bi-annual magazine was published in May 2017. Click here to read my blog post about the block.

The fabrics are from Geri Robinson’s “American Beauty” line for Red Rooster. Aren’t they so gorgeous and homey? The first border was cut 2 1/2″ wide from ecru print background fabric with blue print corner squares. I cut the second border 3″ wide from a tan leaf print. For the binding, I debated between the red print and the blue print. Hubby suggested the red, and I think it pulls out the cheery color from the center of the quilt.

After quilting around the flower motif, I used continuous curves in most of the patchwork. Meandering in the first border adds texture, and leaves and loops continue the leafy idea of the outer border.

I am so pleased with this speedy yet pretty project, perhaps I should delve into my collection of orphan blocks and make a few more table toppers for holiday gifts!



Magazine Winner

18 09 2017

Thanks to those of you who commented on the previous post thereby dropping your name in the hat for a drawing for a free magazine. The winner of a copy of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is Kathryn L. Congratulations!

If your newsstand does not carry the magazine, you can click here, linking to the Quilt and Sew Shop. You will love the quilts in this Fall 2017 issue! Interestingly, two of my blocks are featured in the magazine. “Linked,” as pictured here, is based on block #1265 from Vol. 13 and is printed on page 45 and following. “Seeing Red,” on page 6, is based on “Inside Out,” block #1173 from Vol. 12. Denise Stark and Hatty Brown worked together to create this striking quilt.

“Linked” Published!

11 09 2017

Exciting news! My quilt, “Linked,” based on the “Everlasting Chains” quilt block was recently published in the bi-annual magazine Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall 2017. (My block design, “Everlasting Chains,” is in Vol. 13 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers published in May 2016. It is block #1265. Click here to read my blog post about the block.)

I drew a computer diagram of the quilt idea to demonstrate how multiple blocks of the unusual yet simple block would form horizontal and vertical interlocking chains. Using two saturated colors helps the horizontal and vertical chains show up equally on the light background fabric. I submitted this quilt idea to the Quiltmaker editors.


All well and good, but the editors wondered if I could make the links look “braided.” I used my Electric Quilt computer program to sketch several ideas for accentuating the interlocking design. To tell the truth, even though the editors approved, the designs were complicated and would be time consuming to construct. About a week later, a better, easier idea hit me. I could use two shades/prints each of aqua and purple and make a “Pinwheel” as the block center and color the basic block two different ways . . . and the links would look more braided or twisting.

From a distance the quilt looks like “Double Wedding Ring” and would make a wonderful wedding or anniversary gift for a modern couple. The bonus for you is skipping the curved piecing required by the traditional “Wedding Ring” design.

My friend Linda quilted “Linked” for me since my longarm was disassembled for moving during the construction of this quilt. Because I wanted the chain links to flow off the sides of the quilt, I faced the quilt rather than binding it. This was the first quilt I have faced, and I am pleased with the results. Click on the picture to zoom in. If you’d like to learn more about this modern finishing technique, click here or visit and click on articles, Quilt Techniques and “Let’s Face It’ under Lessons.

Would you like to win a copy of the magazine? Leave a comment below stating what two colors you would use to make “Linked.”

The drawing will be September 18.


More Ideas for Layer Cake Quilts

7 09 2017

Did you know that McCall’s Quilting has a blog? I “follow” the weekly posts and was pleasantly surprised to have two of my layer cake designs featured on Wednesday, August 23. Our 3rd quarter challenge is to make a layer cake quilt; if you need more pattern design ideas simply click here to travel to the blog.

The first quilt shown is “Aunt Lucy’s Baskets” which first appeared in the October/November 2009 issue of Quilters Newsletter. The McCall’s blog gives details on how to order a digital pattern. Following the picture of the basket quilt are links to several videos about using pre-cuts. The final quilt featured is “Berry Patch” which was published in the August/September 2013 issue of Quilters Newsletter. Similarly, details are given for ordering a digital pattern.

Are you working on a layer cake quilt? I’d love to see a picture of your project! (

Magazine Winner

5 09 2017

Thanks to all who commented on my blog post regarding the publication of “Scrappy Patch” in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. There were some great suggestions about limiting the color palette: fall colors, Christmas fabric scraps, black and white with a pop of red, blues and denim, lilac/purple on a cream background, reds and blues. The funniest comment was from Debbie R. who said, “I would probably start going scrappy and then my OCD would kick in and I would end up doing a controlled color !!”

The winner of the magazine is Trudy with comment #27. Congratulations!

If you didn’t win this time, and your newsstand does not carry McCall’s Quick Quilts, click here to link to the Quilt and Sew Shop to order your copy of the magazine. You may also simply order a digital copy of the pattern. For those of you with a Go! Cutter, take note that the magazine includes instructions for cutting all the pieces for the quilt using your cutter.

Stay tuned for another chance to win a magazine . . . soon!

“Scrappy Patch” Published!

29 08 2017

I am very excited to tell you that my quilt, “Scrappy Patch,” was published in the October/November 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts!

My inspiration for this quilt originated with a Block of the Month challenge issued at my quilt guild. We were instructed to make totally scrappy “Aunt Sukey’s Choice” blocks with a white background. To speed construction along, I dove into my container of  2 1/2″ squares and my container of 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles. Click here to read the blog post about my disappointment in not winning all the blocks submitted by guild members. But since I liked the idea of turning my scrap squares and rectangles into a quilt, I made eleven more blocks which resulted in a large lap quilt, 57″ x 71.” Click here to read about how I assembled a kit for each block during a car trip. And Click here to see a photo of the quilt and instructions for ordering a digital pattern from McCall’s. If you are not yet a subscriber to Quick Quilts, you can order a copy from  the online Quilt and Sew Shop.

After completing the blocks, I debated what color to use for sashing such a “wild” quilt. I felt a neutral or solid color would be best. Black would work, but might lend the finished quilt a somber air. I settled on white to add some modern “negative space” with the added bonus of a secondary “Nine Patch” pattern. I thought a black print would frame the quilt and help settle down the multitude of colorful prints. I found the black print with zigzag lime green lines in a quilt shop’s sale basket. Perfect! And I decided a coordinating lime green tonal would make a great inner border.

To repeat and accentuate the triangles in the quilt blocks, I overlaid some Prairie Points on the wide black border after quilting the quilt, enclosing the raw edges in the binding. The Quick Quilts magazine gives excellent, step-by-step instructions for making the 3-D Prairie Points. As you can see from the picture below, I folded back the triangles about 1/4″ and hand-tacked the Prairie Points to the border so they would lay nearly flat but still give a 3-D effect.

Using lime green thread, I free-hand quilted spirals over all the quilt. Alas and alack, I didn’t have enough of the same lime green print used in the inner border to bind the quilt, but I found another stashed lime tonal to conclude this very scrappy quilt!

Would you like to win a copy of the magazine? If so, leave a comment below stating if you would make this quilt totally scrappy or employ a limited color scheme. I’ll draw a winner on September 5.


Sarah’s Chevron Quilt

18 08 2017

Just wondering, do you save back issues of your quilting magazines? My grandmother did; she stored them in stacks under the guest room bed. When I was a teenager, I loved leafing through her Quilters Newsletters and imagining how I would color in the diagrams with fabric.

Here’s the story of another grandma, Anna, who saves her quilting magazines and encourages her granddaughter to translate quilt patterns into her favorite colors. The quilt shown here is based on my pattern, “Chevies on the Levee,” published in the September/October 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Click here to see a picture of the original quilt.

Meet Sarah.  “I play travel volleyball, take piano, and I love to sew!  When I was five I made my first quilt with my grandmother.  I got tired of my old quilt so I set out to find a more modern design.  I was thinking about a chevron quilt, and my grandmother found one in your 2014 September/October Magazine!  I decided I wanted the colors aqua, coral, white and gray.  My grandmother cut the pieces and I sewed everything together.  We added a beautiful label to the backing and finally started to quilt.  It was my first time quilting a quilt all by myself!”

Please comment with encouraging words for Sarah: