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?


“Jelly Roll 1600 Quilt” Finished!

6 09 2014


Autumn will soon arrive, and here’s a quilt to herald the season.

Since our Quilting Circle’s “Jelly Roll 1600” race a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been working on completing the quilt. Adding top and bottom borders of the autumn leaf print was no problem. However, the sides of the quilt were uneven due to the speedy way the quilt was constructed. Instead of trimming the sides with rotary cutter and ruler, I allowed the border strips to be my straight edge. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that the interior of the quilt extends past the border in places.


Guesti-mating by eye is one thing, but verifying with a tape measure made sure my quilt was the same width from top to bottom. Before sewing the side border strips onto the quilt, I measured from the outer edge of the left border strip to the outer edge of the right border strip in five places through the width of the quilt. After some minor adjustments, I sewed the side borders to the quilt.


I used gold thread to quilt an edge to edge design of various leaves. Click here to see the “Falling Leaves” pantograph I purchased from The Pattern Man.

This is the perfect quilt for curling up under in front of the fireplace with a good book on a frosty evening!