“Hunter’s Star” Finish

13 06 2017

I began “Hunter’s Star” in a workshop taught by Jane Godshall for Tarheel Quilters (May 2, 2015). Click here to read about the beginning of this project. Jane taught us how to use the Deb Tucker ruler for “Hunter’s Star;” this made the project intriguing and fun!

Along the way, I imagined a Lemoyne Star in the center of the quilt, but discarded the idea after constructing the block and placing it on my design wall. There is just too much of the same fabric, and a thin black flange would cut off star points. I felt a purple star would offer more color contrast, but I didn’t have the right purple in my stash. (The lone Lemoyne Star serves instead as back art.)


The project languished for almost two years. Determined to deliberate no longer, I purchased purple batik at my LQS, Loving Stitches, for border and binding. A stylized leaf edge to edge design is quilted in dark red thread which surprisingly blends well with the mottled magenta fabric.

Another UFO finished and another check mark for my Summer Projects List!


July Fat Quarter Challenge – Sampler Samples

15 07 2016

Due to family activities and summer travels, my fat quarter challenge usage report for this month involves two on-going projects rather than a newly completed baby quilt. I would love to see and share pictures of your fat quarter projects! (aby dot quilts at gmail dot com)

DSCN7909This summer I’m working sporadically on 6” blocks for my Splendid Sampler. Admittedly, I’m not making every official block in this year-long quilt along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Instead, I’m selecting the blocks that coordinate well with my “Chocolat” fat quarters, and I’m adding other tried and true patchwork designs. Click the Splendid Sampler icon in the right hand column to link to the website where you’ll find instructions for all official blocks.

DSCN7912As if one quilt along sampler isn’t enough to keep up with, I joined the “30 Somethings” bee group hosted by Debby, a Tarheel Quilt Guild friend. Our first project is a sampler quilt of blocks from Lori Holt’s Vintage Farm Girl book. 1930s repro fabric is so charming and cheerful, and Debby’s enthusiasm is so infectious, I couldn’t resist joining the group! The goal is to work our way through the book, making four blocks per month, either 6” or 12.” I purchased a jelly roll of 30s prints and solids from Loving Stitches, figuring I could make most of the 6” blocks with the 2 ½” width. And I added some old and some new fat quarters to the fabric pull. Sew far, sew fun!

Have you seen the new 30s repro prints from Moda, Marcus Brothers, Wilmington Prints and other manufacturers? What project are you tempted to make with them?

Magazine Signing at Loving Stitches

19 07 2015

Magazine signing

On Saturday, July 18th, Irene Grimes and I were on hand to sign copies of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 11 at our local quilt shop, Loving Stitches. We enjoyed chatting with friends and customers. Isn’t Irene’s display board of paper-pieced tools fantastic? The tool included in the Quiltmaker magazine is the “Handsaw.” Irene sells her paper-pieced patterns on Craftsty.com. Besides drafting paper-pieced tools, she has a line of states and countries.

My block, “Around the Bend,” is in the magazine. If you live locally and don’t yet own a copy of the magazine, drop by Loving Stitches to purchase a copy. You can also purchase a paper or digital copy from the Quilt and Sew Shop online.

Around the Bend block

Berenstain Bears “Colorblock Quilt”

12 06 2015

DSCN7432A young friend is having a storybook baby shower this month. I’m celebrating the arrival of this long awaited little one with a Berenstain Bears quilt!

I purchsed the fabric over a year ago at Find X Designs in Sanford, NC. But I notice that Loving Stitches here in Fayetteville also has several bolts of the Moda line of fabric.

The pattern, “Colorblock Quilt,” was designed by Holly DeGroot who blogs at bijoulovelydesigns.com. Click here if you would like to order a pattern. I felt the large scale print of the bears and their tree house was perfectly suited for the vertical panel of the quilt. The coordinating prints perform nicely in the horizontal panels. I modified the pattern just a little bit to fit the motif width of the vertical panel and to maximize the use of the coordinating prints I purchased. For sashing, I selected a random polka dot, white dots on a black field.

I used the remainder of the large scale print on the back of the quilt, flanking it with black polka dot fabric. The quilting is playful and simple:  loops and double loops with curvy meandering in between. Now to shop for a Berenstain Bears book to go with the quilt gift!


“Sparkling Pines” Kit

12 11 2014

This is a shameless advertisement (for which I receive no compensation).

On a recent shopping trip to Loving Stitches, I noticed that they are offering kits for my “Sparkling Pines” table runner which is published in McCall’s Quick Quilts, Dec./Jan. 2015.

Kits for Sparkling Pines table runner

If you haven’t been able to locate “the perfect greens” for the trees or “the perfect border fabric,” contact Loving Stitches and order a kit for the project. They are located at 7076 Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. The phone number is 910-630-3912, and the email address is E-dress-quilts4u@lovingstitches.net. (Fabrics may vary from the sample below.)

QQ dec jan 14 Sparkling-Pines-FLAT-600px

When orderning a kit, be sure to inquire if a copy of the magazine is included. If not, you may order the magazine from the McCall’s website. Click on the icon below to link to the website.

QQ Cover dec jan 14 runner

This is a quick, fun project; I guarantee that you could finish it in time for holiday decorating!

Row by Row Experience

7 07 2014

Have you heard about the nation-wide shop hop? Over 1000 quilt shops in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada are participating! As I understand it, when you visit a participating shop between July 1 and September 2, 2014, you receive a free pattern for a row that finishes at 36.” Since all the rows are the same length, you’ll be able to join all the rows you make into a row by row quilt. The shops also offer a fabric license plate imprinted with the state and a quilting sentiment.

How can you find out which quilt shops are on the shop hop? Look on the facebook page for your state. Log on to facebook; search for (Your State) Row by Row Experience. Another way to access the facebook page is using the URL. Here is the link for North Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/NCRowbyRowExperience. Notice the NC in the middle of the address. Substitute another state’s abbreviation to view that state’s facebook page. Scroll through the entries in the right hand column to see pictures of the rows designed by participating shops.

Happily, my local quilt shop, Loving Stitches, is participating in the shop hop. They designed a row based on the classic pattern, “Carolina Lily.” And they have kits for sale for this lovely row.

Row by Row at LS

If you travel on vacation this summer, why not research which shops are on your route! I think quilt patterns make wonderful souvenirs.

Oh, and there are prizes:  “Be the first person to bring a finished (quilted, bound, labeled) quilt using at least 8 different rows in to a participating quilt shop and receive a bundle of 25 beautiful fat quarters. Include their row in your quilt and receive a bonus prize! Limit one prize per quilter or quilt. Expires Oct. 31, 2014.”

Have you visited a quilt shop that is participating in the Row by Row Experience this summer?

“Prism” Kits Available

20 05 2014



“Prism” is my modern quilt design published in the March/April 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Cover McCall's mar apr

Have you been thinking about making “Prism” but haven’t gotten around to choosing the fabrics? If so, visit or phone Loving Stitches quilt shop in Fayetteville! They have put together kits for the quilt. The cost is about $40.00.

Prism kits

Let them know if you need the magazine, too. Some kits include the magazine which contains the pattern.

Contact info for Loving Stitches:  7076 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC  28311    910-630-3912