Quilt Posse Meet-Up

19 01 2019

Last week I flew to Nashville, TN, was picked up and hosted by my friend Kathy P., and met some amazing Quilt Posse guild members in the Clarksville, TN area. On Thursday night I gave my “Cutting Up” lecture with lots of props detailing innovative cutting/sewing methods. Then, Friday afternoon I presented a “Charmville” workshop. I was so impressed with the creativity of the ladies in attendance. Here are some pictures of the progress attained in our afternoon together.

Can you tell that Trish favors Amish fabrics and quilts? (I was surprised to learn that there are many Amish farms in the Trenton, Pembroke and Hopkinsville areas.)

For her mini quilt of 12 houses, Alycia selected fabrics relevant to each month of the year, whether in color or motif. Here we have January, February, and March.

Can you imagine fussy cutting all these 1 1/2″ Halloween themed squares? What a cute seasonal quilt this will be!

Kathy likes to make souvenir quilts of her travels. She referred to a photograph of San Gimignano, Italy as she constructed her design.

Linda used Hawaiian fabrics including the perfect Hawaiian sunset background fabric.

Isn’t this a fabulous use of a gradated blue background fabric? Light blue for the top row, working to dark blue for the bottom row.

And here’s Sally, who is including a tree in her quilt even though she “hates” green. As a surprise, Sally brought her Holiday Mystery Quilt to show me. She followed the clues for my design as presented on The Quilting Company blog. Awesome!


Many more imaginative variations of “Charmville” are underway by the Quilt Posse guild!

Moving on to Saturday . . . the workshop participants worked on making blocks for “Linked.” Here’s a conglomerate of the various colorways. I can’t wait to see pictures of their completed quilts!

If your quilt group or guild is looking for a speaker or workshop presenter, I have dates available in 2019 and 2020. Contact me at aby.quilts@gmail.com.


“Nappy Nap” Published!

7 01 2019

Great news, my baby quilt, made with flannel fat quarters, was published in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of Pre-cut Patchwork. Aren’t the polar bears and penguins adorable? The fabric line is “Below Zero” by Northcott. What do you think of the border made with two different prints?

As a bonus, my instructions for a coordinating burp cloth embellished with rickrack follow the pattern for the baby quilt.

You are going to love the entire issue of Pre-cut Patchwork. And I hope you’ll try “Nappy Nap” when you next make a baby quilt.

“Raspberry Stars”

4 01 2019

This vibrant quilt, made mostly with batiks, is a sample for my class at Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC. The class dates are February 5 and 12, and there are still slots open for the evening class. If this 41″ square quilt appeals to you and you live locally, call Bonnie to sign up, 919-331-2499.

Using the Creative Grids “Cat’s Cradle” trim-up rulers designed by Deb Heatherly made constructing this quilt a snap! This was my first experience using these rulers, and I wholeheartedly endorse them. Instructions are given for making the units over-sized, and patch dimensions for multiple sizes are printed on the rulers. The photos below show the two ruler placement positions for trimming up the units.


Each ruler comes with written instructions, and I found this on-line video tutorial helpful in understanding how to use them.

Because my background fabric was light gray, I used a light gray polyester thread to quilt freehand spirals over all. (Click the picture to zoom in.) I bound the quilt with the same paisley print as the outer border. This quilt makes a bold impact as a wall hanging, and it is the perfect size for baby’s crib.

Intrigued and want some practice in using the “Cat’s Cradle” rulers? Sign up for my “Raspberry Stars” class!

Christmas Star Tree Skirt

26 12 2018

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas with friends and family! Did you find yourself singing, humming or whistling the same carol throughout the holidays as I did? My song for the year was “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Click here to hear a beautiful rendition.

After the presents were unwrapped, the guests had departed, and the feast dishes were washed, I had some time to work on a tree skirt I promised to make a young friend. I used fabric leftover from my Holiday mystery quilt recently concluded on Facebook: #TQCMysteryquilt. (Maywood Studios’ “Poinsettia and Pine.”)

I began by cutting 10″ squares:  4 white, 4 red, and 12 poinsettia print. To construct the star, I made large half square triangles as you can see in the layout picture below. The 4 large triangles on the outer edges were made from 2 triangles each cut from a 10″ square and sewn together on 10″ sides. Four of the poinsettia print squares were un-cut and 3/8″ oversize; I trimmed them to proper size after quilting.

I used red thread and quilted a freehand design of holly leaves and loops over all. I bound the tree skirt with a black micro print. Incidentally, I deviated from my usual binding method (French double fold cut 2 1/2″ wide) because I felt it would be bulky around the inner circle and around all the points. Instead, I cut the binding 1 3/4″ wide for a single fold application.

This promised gift is complete . . . I think I’ll go watch one more Christmas movie while holiday spirit lingers.

Hot Air Balloons for Twins

12 12 2018

The Tarheel Quilters Guild members make 36″ – 40″ square quilts to give to premature babies in the NICU of Cape Fear Hospital. As you can imagine, twins are often born early and need extra medical help prior to leaving the hospital. To meet the need, I wanted to make two quilts, nearly identical, for twin boys.


When Trinity visited earlier in the month with her stack of quilt tops, we quilted and bound “the easiest baby quilt ever.” It’s a design that allows a large scale print, rather than intricate piecing, to do the talking. What a fun idea for twin quilts! A yard of hot air balloon fabric, stashed for several years, was perfect for this project. Each quilt used about a half yard of the theme fabric plus several strips in varying widths of coordinating fabric. We added interest with bands of Four Patches.

I quilted clouds of “E’s and 3’s” all over with light blue thread.

After binding, these cheerful quilts are ready to give to twin baby boys.

The Mystery of the Holiday Quilt – Clue #5

7 12 2018

As you know, since mid-November, The Quilting Company has released a weekly clue for my Holiday Quilt Mystery. Today you can find Clue #5 here. Once you have followed the instructions, you’ll have made all the units of the quilt. Just like you are curious about the final design, I am curious to see alternate designs that I am sure the mystery quilt makers will come up with.

The BIG REVEAL occurs at the end of next week.

If you are behind in sewing the clues, you’ll have time to catch up. It is supposed to snow this weekend. And snow days are sew days!

4th Quarter Challenge Check-up

5 12 2018

During 2018 I issued a different challenge for blog readers each quarter of the year. For example from January-March we worked on completing a UFO. The challenge for the 4th quarter is to make a gift and tell us about it.

I purposed to make a gift for my dad’s wife, Connie. I thought I would make a table runner out of beautiful geranium fabric, leftovers from a project you’ll see published next spring.

“Chloe” from Maywood Studio is the line of fabric. I know Connie will love this fabric because she loves fresh flowers, geraniums in particular. A runner made from “Chloe” would perfectly brighten her winter dining room table. However, during my Thanksgiving visit, I realized that Daddy and Connie eat most of their meals at a small card table in the kitchen. So instead of making a runner, I made two placemats. I incorporated a 3 1/2″ square and a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle printed with a verse from Psalms in each placemat.

The 3 1/2″ square serves as the center of a 6″ (finished) Saw Tooth Star. I wanted the Scripture verses to float on a background of the gorgeous geranium print. Assembling each placemat in vertical columns was my design strategy.

I sewed the columns together, layered each placemat with batting and dark green floral print for backing, and machine quilted with a meandering design using light olive green thread. After trimming, I bound the placemats with red and green stripe cut on the bias. This gift is in the mail; I know Daddy and Connie will love their new table decor!

Several weeks ago Jenn sent me pictures of the gifts she’s working on for her neighbors who are moving soon. She made a Little Red Riding Hood set and was working on two quilt-as-you-go totes. Also in the works are a pillowcase and an apron.


How are you coming along with your 4th quarter challenge? What are you making for gifts this season? I’d love to share pictures of your projects. aby.quilts@gmail.com