Dinosaurs say “Raaarh!”

10 05 2017

Last week daughter Trinity visited us ostensibly to help hubby celebrate his birthday. We celebrated, yes, but we also quilted up a storm. I quilted a fall quilt that granddaughter Krystine finished piecing this summer. Click on the picture to enlarge it; you’ll see the leafy edge to edge quilting design.

And Trinity worked on three baby/toddler quilts as well as a large lap quilt her friend pieced. Quilting and bindings progressed smoothly and on schedule . . . and then we paid a visit to our favorite local quilt shop, Loving Stitches on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. The striped dinosaur fabric called Trinity’s name! She has a two year old great-nephew who loves dinos. So she mentally designed a simple quilt, bought the fabric, and stitched it up. I quilted a simple edge to edge design adding “raaahr” in the orange blocks, and I bound it while she worked on blocks for another quilt.

Needless to say, I had to lend Trinity a suitcase for the return trip. All six quilts would NOT fit in the two backpacks she arrived with. She couldn’t wait to visit Hagen and give him his “I love you this much” dino quilt. He loves playing with it, and the kid who never naps with a blanket fell asleep under the cozy, fun quilt Auntie Trinity made!

It is so rewarding to give a quilt to someone who loves and appreciates it, wouldn’t you agree?


Leftover Dinosaurs

18 01 2016

Have you ever rummaged in your stash of juvenile prints and found bits and pieces of previously made quilts? Have you thought, “I could make a quilt with these fabrics”? That’s what happened recently in my sewing room! A year and a half ago, I made a dinosaur quilt for my daughter-in-law’s nephew. (Click here to read about the quilt.) Of course there were leftovers, but not quite enough to make a baby quilt.


Deciding to make a “Steppin’ Up” quilt, I needed 4″ strips of 10 different fabrics. I added some leftovers from a quilt my daughter, Trinity, made for her grand nephew, and I added some gray and white from stash.


You can find a link to the “Steppin’ Up” instructions of the Patterns page of this blog.

You can tell from the picture that I was a little short on some of the leftover fabrics.


Fortunately, I had other coordinating scraps that I could cut into 4″ squares to fill in the gaps. Instead of arranging my strip-pieced rows of fabrics as detailed in the “Steppin’ Up” instructions, I arranged the rows randomly. In this way, I could insert the 4″ scrap squares necessary for completing the rows.


Hooray for putting leftovers to good use, and hooray for discovering a way to transform a traditional pattern into a modern design!

I quilted loops and double loops with a light gray thread. And I bound the 40″ square quilt with a light gray Moda Marble fabric.


Suggestion: In case you are in on the 2016 Fat Quarter Challenge, you could use 5 FQs, cutting four 4″ strips from each, to make “Steppin’ Up.”