“Zoo City” Kits Available

Don’t forget to purchase a kit for “Zoo City,” my baby quilt published in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The fabric is so charming, and the quilt is perfect for boy or girl. I can tell by your comments on my previous post that most of us know a friend or relative who is expecting a baby soon. Look no further for the perfect baby quilt to make for him/her!

You can order a kit from the Quilt and Sew Shop online.

Or, if you live in/near Fayetteville, NC you can purchase a kit at Loving Stitches (7076 Ramsey Street). It’s always fun to see the fabric and quilt in person, and Loving Stitches has both.


“Zoo City” Published!

McCalls QQ Aug Sep Cover-200pxI am so happy to announce the publication of my baby quilt, “Zoo City,” in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! What’s not to like about this quilt? The fabric is cheerful and darling, from the panel and border print to the coordinating tone-on-tones. The framed squares are easily assembled and the stars twinkle brightly against a light blue background. The gender neutral fabrics and 55″ x 55″ size are perfect for baby or toddler alike.


To add to the excitement, I am the guest blogger for McCall’s today. Click here to read about my inspiration for the quilt and the twists and turns construction took along the way to completion. Leave a comment on the McCall’s blog for a chance to win a panel of the zoo animals, thanks to Wilmington Prints’ generous donation.

I am also happy to announce that McCall’s is offering kits for the project. (This is the first of my published quilts that is offered as a kit!) Click here to order a kit from the Quilt and Sew Shop. Or, if you live locally and wish to see the fabric in person, visit Loving Stitches at 7076 North Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC  28311.

McCall’s editors kindly donated several copies of the magazine issue. If you would like to be in the drawing, leave a comment stating who you could make “Zoo City” for. The drawing will be on July 1.


“The Adventurers” Baby Quilt

We are expecting a new grandson in June. And you know what that means . . . Grandma needs to make a quilt to celebrate!

My local quilt shop, Loving Stitches, currently stocks “The Adventurers,” a line designed by Cori Dantini for Blend. The pictures are so sweet and just perfect for a baby boy!


I purchased a panel of 8 large blocks, a panel of 8 rectangles, and 1/4 yd. each of red, yellow, and green print. My plan was to strip piece the prints, cross-cut and sew the simple patchwork to the rectangles. This would enlarge the rectangle blocks to the same size as the large blocks.

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Here’s a lay-out of all the blocks. I think they need some sashing so each picture can be appreciated. Take a look at the lower left corner; I auditioned 2 blues from stash that blend with the colors in the quilt blocks. I think I like the lighter blue better. The darker blue draws my eye to the sashing instead of to the sweet pictures. What do you think?


Off to the quilt shop I go! I figure I need 2 1/2 yards for sashing, border, backing and binding.

Quilts for Christmas Twins

My guild, Tarheel Quilters, supplies baby quilts to the NICU of Cape Fear Hospital each month. As you can imagine, many twins and triplets are born a little early and need special care. The nurses enjoy offering “matching” quilts to the parents of these precious babies.


Last year, at Loving Stitches’ post-Christmas sale, I purchased half yard cuts of Nancy Halvorsen’s “Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow” line. Even though daughter Trinity and I used parts of my purchase for several projects, enough remained to make two nearly matching quilts.

Basic Instructions: For the quilt on the right, construct eight “Four Patches” from 4 1/2″ squares. Cut eight 8 1/2″ alternate squares. Sew “Four Patches” and alternate squares together in rows; then join the rows together. Cut four border strips 4″ wide; measure and sew them to the sides of the quilt. Each quilt top measures about 39″ square which conveniently fits on 42″ wide backing. I purchased 3 yds. of print fabric which was plenty for backing and binding both quilts.


As I made the quilts, I prayed for the preemie babies who will receive them and the parents who will unexpectedly receive early Christmas gifts. I hope and pray the quilts convey warmth and caring for a family in crisis.

Thank you, DeBorah

DeBorah has been our awesome PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) President at Ft. Bragg this past year. The PWOC board members asked me to make a quilt as a thank-you gift for her. The theme colors this year were aqua and a red chevron. I was certain I could find fabrics in these colors at Loving Stitches, my local quilt shop. Oh, yes!

Deborah's quilt fabric

I wanted a simple patchwork design that would showcase the bold, modern fabrics. And I needed some white patches for the board members to sign their thanks and best wishes. “Trip Around the World” fit the bill. Following instructions written by my friend Stacy (quiltiferous.wordpress.com) sped the project along.

DeBorah's sewing

The squares finish at 4,” and there were plenty of white areas for the 20-plus board members to sign. The red and white chevron print made a great border. For the backing, I ordered some bright flip flop fabric from equilter.com since the flip flop motif accompanied our “Walk Forward in Love” theme for the year.


At first sight, DeBorah loved the gift, and I know she’ll appreciate the written messages of the board members even more.



“Tribal Fishermen”

Do you love creating with new fabrics as much as I do?

Several weeks ago, I was wandering through fabric displays and dreaming about future quilts in Loving Stitches, my local quilt shop. Wanda, the helpful saleslady pointed me to a new line of fabric, “African Inspirations” by Kaye England. What an intriguing feature fabric, and what bold coordinating tonals! I loved the fish fabric, too, and added a zebra print from another fabric line for a light contrast.DSCN4496

To capture the essence of the feature fabric of dancing tribesmen, I cut two 10 1/2″ squares. After placing the squares on my design wall, I decided the squares needed frames: one green and one purple. Flying Geese made from the zebra print and the orange tonal add movement to the quilt.DSCN4489

Next, I constructed four simple blocks to act as a unit below the framed square  and balance the left side of the quilt.


To complete the design, I added other simple shapes: squares, rectangles and strips. I used a ruler, calculator and graph paper to make sure the left half of the quilt would measure the same length as the right half of the quilt.


An all-over design of spiral suns with wavy rays is quilted with pink/orange/yellow variegated thread.

The quilt backing is a zebra print Congo cloth acquired in Kenya on a mission trip in October 2011. Selvage strips from both the backing fabric and the feature fabric are used on the label.


When designing a modern quilt, follow your intuition about what will look balanced and pleasing. And be willing to change your mind along the way. Sew as you are inspired, and walk away from the project when you don’t know what to add next. Your brain will subconsciously work on the design problem while you are driving the carpool or cleaning house. Have fun playing with fabric and shapes!

You will find sketchy instructions for this quilt on the “Patterns” page of this blog. If you make a similar quilt, please email me a picture of your creation.