“Skip a Step” Published!

If you’re a McCall’s Quilting subscriber, as I am, you have likely already found your March/April 2020 issue in your mailbox. Turn to page 36 and you’ll see “Skip a Step,” a patriotic quilt designed and made by my daughter Trinity and me.

For several days last March we visited my mother-in-law who was quite ill. While she napped, Trinity and I put several baby and lap quilt tops together, and we worked with the Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) computer program to design a quilt. We transformed a “Piano Key” border style into a 12″ block, and we alternated it with Trinity’s favorite “Eight Point Star” block. We created 34 different quilt designs by coloring and/or turning the blocks various ways! After much deliberation, we submitted our two favorite designs to the McCall’s editors, and this rendition was selected.

The fabrics were graciously supplied by Banyan Batiks. They are from the Newport Beach collection, the At the Pier collection, and Blenders. I pieced the quilt, and Trinity quilted it using the “Star Spangled Allover” pantograph designed by Jessica Schick and Patricia E. Ritter.

Trinity and I hope you will enjoy making our quilt. It’s 78″ x 78″ size is perfect for a Quilt of Valor.

If you would like to win a copy of the magazine, leave a comment below. The drawing will be on February 2.

Raffle Quilt for PA Outdoor Veterans

Trinity was asked by a former neighbor if she would make a raffle quilt to benefit Pennsylvania  Outdoor Veterans. She combined several patriotic panels to make an awesome throw size quilt.

Did you notice the log cabin backdrop? When Trinity finished the quilt top, we were visiting my mother-in-law, and the original portion of her home is a log cabin built during Revolutionary War times. The quilt is perfectly showcased against the logs and chinking.

I brought the quilt home to longarm with “Becker’s Shooting Star” pantograph. We debated between a gold polyester thread and a silver polyester thread. We chose silver because it blended better with the sky portion of the eagle in flight panel.

As a bonus for Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans, we used the extra border pieces to make a table runner. I centered the pantograph design on top of the patchwork and used gold Polyester thread.

Check out the facebook page to learn more about the Sportsman’s Bingo to be held on April 13. The quilt and runner will be raffled at the event.

QQ Magazine Winners

Thanks for your congratulations and comments on the publication of “Americana” and “Stepping Stones” in the June/July 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

As promised, I held a random drawing for two winners of free copies of the issue. The winners are Gail Randall and Janeanne Weidl. Congratulations! I know you will enjoy all the projects patterned in this magazine issue.

If you are not already a subscriber to Quick Quilts, click here to link to the subscription department of F+W Media. Click here to order a copy of the magazine.

You might be interested in details about the quilting of “Americana.” I quilted it on my longarm machine. Generally, when longarming, I begin at the top of the quilt and quilt toward the bottom. However, for this quilt, I began about 10″ down from the top. I chalked a wavy line using a curved ruler as a guide. After quilting the line, I echoed above it until the quilting ran off of the top of the quilt, keeping the quilting lines roughly 1″ apart. Then I echoed below my initial line until I needed to roll the quilt in order to reach the next section. I chalked a line in the next section for uniformity, but  I did not worry if my quilting did not exactly echo or if the spacing was not exactly 1.” After all, when the wind blows, flags ripple a bit unevenly.

Trinity and I intentionally designed “Skipping Stones” with three diagonal bands of negative space knowing that quilting would best be seen in those areas. I quilted a spiral design all over the quilt, and I love the texture that shows up in the white areas. Click on the quilt to zoom in and view the quilting. My grandson was pleased to pose in front of the quilt (with his Hotwheels cars).

The 4″ patchwork units comprising this quilt are quite versatile. They can be found in several traditional designs. For example, I incorporated them in the patchwork blocks for a table runner and pillow cover.

If you make either “Americana” or “Skipping Stones,” I would love to see a picture of your quilt!



Quilts Published!

Exciting news! Two wonderful quilts from my studio were published in the June/July 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! You can find this issue now on newsstands and in fabric stores.

“Americana,” a 64″ x 40″ wall or lap quilt is on the magazine cover. It was constructed entirely from half square triangles – how easy is that! And you can use charm packs of 5″ squares from Wilmington Prints as I did. Wait until you open the magazine to page 28 and see the flag photographed as a wall quilt along with the instructions. You will love it!

Super exciting for our family is the publication of “Skipping Stones,” a quilt designed by my daughter Trinity and me. It’s our first quilt published as a “design team,” although Trinity usually gives me candid feedback on most of my design ideas. You’ll find “Skipping Stones” on page 8.

Trinity stays particularly busy in the fall and winter as a substitute mail carrier, so I undertook the construction and quilting of this quilt last fall. Moda graciously provided quarter and half yard cuts of a variety of yellow, green, gray, and black prints from “Pepper & Flax” designed by Corey Yoder. I employed a speedy technique for making the “square in a corner” units. Check it out!

McCall’s provided me with two copies of the magazine to give to lucky blog readers. If you’d like to be in the drawing which will occur on May 15, leave a comment below stating which quilt you would make first, “Americana” or “Skipping Stones.”


Ran’s Retirement Quilt Finished!

Hubby retired from active Army service as a chaplain two years ago. My daughter and I thought the perfect way to mark such a momentous occasion was to make him a quilt. So, we made a deal. She would construct the top, and I would quilt it on my longarm.

Trinity is a fan of the “Carpenter’s Star” patchwork design. She constructed the star around a U.S. flag and used pieces of several types of the camouflage uniforms Ran wore during his 30 years of service to make the star. The patchwork star blocks surrounding the central medallion measure 16″ square and are made with various Americana prints. Completing the quilt is an outer Piano Key border of “cheater” striped fabric. This fabric was a gift from Ran’s mother several years ago meaning three generations had a hand in making this gift.

Trinity artfully placed flags and printed Scripture verses within the pieced back.

I enhanced the star points with quilted feathers. And a simple continuous curve design securely holds all the camouflage triangles in place. I bound the quilt with blue-on-blue polka dot fabric leftover from the backing. Click on either photo to better view the quilting designs.

A belated congratulations to you, Ran! We know this quilt will warm you figuratively as well as literally each time you snooze in its comfort.

Sewing Shenanigans

This past month I’ve been sharing my sewing space with my visiting daughter, Trinity, and granddaughter, Krystine. Would you like to see the progress they’ve made on their projects?

Trinity finished a queen size Americana star quilt for her sister. She became quite adept at making half square triangles while completing the sixteen 16” blocks. I love the subtle contrast of the regular black print in the tan shirting sashing fabric as well as the scrappy “Piano Key” border. Trinity cleverly created a patchwork column to enlarge the backing fabric.

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Trinity also made a baby quilt for her dog-sitter who is expecting a baby girl in September. She was inspired by the Who Loves You owl print designed by Michele Scott for Northcott. The squares on the owl print panel measure 8,” so she cut 3” squares for the “Nine Patch” alternate blocks. (If you’d like to make a similar quilt and you live near Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC, you’ll be pleased to know that all the fabrics were purchased there.)


In addition, Trinity is making 12” blocks for Lori Holt’s “Vintage Farm Girl” sampler.

IMG_0003 (1)Krystine worked diligently to complete 50 “Nine Patches” and 49 “Snowball” blocks for her full size quilt in fall colors. The tone-on-tone fabrics coordinate so nicely; I would love to make a similar quilt for myself. And now that her “fall” quilt is nearing completion, Krystine can begin planning a winter/Christmas quilt using the basket of fat quarters she won at the guild meeting last Sunday. (The FQ theme this month was “Christmas in July.”) Lucky girl!

Don’t we all feel as happy as Krystine when we complete a quilting project?

As they depart for home in Texas, both Trinity and Krystine have to be proud of all the quilting projects they worked on during their visit!