WIP Teaser

7 10 2015

Yes, this is a Work In Progress teaser! Here are two “Road to Oklahoma” blocks: two colorways, two settings, two pieced borders, two sizes … for two different quilts. I’ll be sending the quilts to McCall’s Quilting magazine soon; publication will be in the Summer of 2016.



The fabric for both quilts is from Wilmington Prints. Since the quilt uses 2 1/2″ wide strips, I obtained pre-cut strips. The Red, White, and Blue are Wilmington’s “Essential Gems” collection in Ruby Days, White Out, and Sapphire Sky. The Teal and Peach are “Wilmington Jewels” batiks from the “Miami Vice” strip pack collection.

The blocks went together quickly, assembly line fashion. I cracked the code on the optimum way to press the seams.


Sorry I can’t show you pictures of the quilts; you’ll have to be patient until next summer! Until then, collect some 2 1/2″ strips so you’ll be ready to make your “Road to Oklahoma” quilt.


Floral Fantasy Quilt Show

3 10 2014

The Floral Fantasy quilt show is happening this weekend at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, NC. If you live near Fayetteville, please feel welcome to attend! The Botanical Gardens invited my guild, Tarheel Quilters, to stage a quilt show in connection with their annual Heritage Festival. For a fee of $10, you can view the beautiful gardens and the lovely quilts! The address is 536 Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC  28301. The show began Thursday, Oct. 2 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 5, opening at 10 a.m. each day.

I entered eight quilts. Some were made recently, some I completed over ten years ago. The quilt show planners asked for quilts portraying the floral theme, so I rooted through my closet and found those I thought would help round out the display. Would you like to see what I’m entering?


This is my rendition of Jen Kingwell’s “Gypsy Wife” quilt. Isn’t it colorful? Since it contains floral fabrics, I named it “The Gypsy Wife’s Garden.” You can read more about this quilt here.

A quilt show 3

Conny, Helga, and Angela will recognize this one, “Japanese Basket.” It’s our round robin organized by the Log Cabin Ladies of Esslingen, Germany. All the participants used daiwabo fabric provided by the guild.

A quilt show 5

“Friendship Garden” is made from a floral fabric exchange among the Springfield Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia about seven years ago. Click on the picture for a close-up view of the floral quilting in the “Snowball Blocks.”

A quilt show 1

If you lived in Stuttgart from ’09 to ’12 and frequented the Patch Barracks Multi-Crafts Center, you might have signed up for the “Fruehlingzeit” sampler quilt class. Read more about this quilt here.

A quilt show 2

“Obst und Gemuese” was also completed in Germany. Birgit sponsored a “basket block” challenge at her shop, Patchcom, in Schoenaich. I fused fruits and vegetables onto a simple patchwork basket, and then I quilted the German names of fruits and vegetables in variegated green thread in the light background area.

A quilt show 4

Here’s an oldie, but goodie. I recently rescued this quilt from my son’s linen closet. (It no longer fit his decorating scheme.) Our quilt group at Ft. Polk, LA exchanged floral and white half square triangles (HSTs). I used my HSTs to make basket blocks. This quilt is so “old,” it’s hand quilted rather than longarmed!


“Garden Pavers” was published in McCall’s Quilting, Sept./Oct. 2013. I wanted the look of “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” but I didn’t want to spend the time English Paper Piecing the hundreds of hexagons necessary to make a quilt! My solution was to hand applique a small hexagon onto a circle which I then hand appliqued onto a large hexagon. This was a take-along project for two or three years. After making “enough” pieces, I machine sewed them together. I hand appliqued the patchwork to a brown background which formed the borders of the quilt. You can read more about this quilt here.

A quilt show 6

I consider “Fall Harvest” one of my masterpieces. It appeared in Quilters Newsletter beginning in 2000 as a series quilt designed by Ann Seely. Excitedly, I began the project and kept up for awhile. The hand applique slowed me down so much so that I left off one corner. I thought perhaps I would quilt the shapes of the flowers and vegetables in the blank corner. I procrastinated on that idea for two years. Then, in 2009, I decided to just finish the quilt with an all over feather pantograph and be done. Quilters Newsletter has just released the design as a pattern. You, too, can make this quilt!

Stacy at Quiltiferous.wordpress.com also entered some of her quilts in the Floral Fantasy Show. Click here to see what she submitted.

“Brick-a-Brack” Friday Freebie

8 08 2014

Did you know that most quilting magazines have websites and blogs? McCall’s Quilting is no exception. Check out their home page. Under the header, you will find a thick pink bar comprised of various click-able tabs: Home, Magazines, Free Books, Bonuses, Blocks & Patterns, Lessons, Videos, Blogs, Community, About Us, Subscribe, Shop. Wow, so much to peruse!

Under the thick pink bar you will see “Recent Blog Posts.” Today Kathy, the McCall’s online editor, is blogging about my quilt “Brick-a-Brack” published in the April/May 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.


The quilt published in the magazine was mainly composed of 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ purple bricks. In addition to submitting this quilt, I sent two smaller quilts made with 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ bricks. The editors wrote directions for the smaller quilts and published them as a free web bonus. Kathy reminds McCall’s blog readers today about the free pattern as a “Friday Freebie.”


If you’ve made “Brick-a-Brack,” either large or small, leave a comment on the McCall’s blog telling Kathy about your quilt.


Prior to publication, I shared the design with my bee group. The following are some ideas and pictures for “Brick-a-Brack” themes. Barbara and Cindy raided their scrap baskets, using all styles of fabric. Susan and Geniece used 1930s reproduction fabrics for sweet baby quilts.


Lynn made a peaches ‘n’ cream quilt, arranging the bricks diagonally by fabric.


Drusilla used rich reds and greens for an elegant throw.


Don’t you love Tai’s bright palette? She’s a natural at coordinating fabrics!


These ladies found the design quick and easy with flattering end results. I hope you will download the Friday Freebie from the McCall’s website and give “Brick-a-Brack” a try.


And the Winner Is . . .

12 06 2013

I promised to send  a McCall’s Quilting magazine to one of my blog readers.


And the winner is . . . Kim Davis! Kim, please send me an email with your address: aby.quilts@gmail.com

Thanks, everyone, for your comments and congratulations. If you make the “Zippy Strippy” table runner following my pattern on page 64 of the magazine, send a picture please. I would love to share a picture of your quilt on my blog!

If you have difficulty finding the magazine in your quilt shop, click here for McCall’s Quilting Quilt and Sew Shop. You can order a digital download or hard copy.

Red, White and Blue Quilt Contest

26 11 2012

As I have written before, my local guild, the Tarheel Quilters Guild of Fayetteville, NC, makes a yearly visit to the Veterans Administration Hospital to gift the patients with handmade lap quilts. To increase the number of finished quilts and to boost enthusiasm for the project, guild member Naomi proposed a contest. Members were to bring Red, White and Blue quilts to the November guild meeting.

My submission for the contest is a variation of “Liberty” designed by Ann Weber of the Gingham Girls in the July/August 2011 issue of McCall’s Quilting. In fact, Ann’s quilt is on the cover of the magazine!

I modified the design by making fewer blocks, substituting setting triangles for the partial blocks, and adding two borders. I don’t expect to win the contest, but I did enjoy the challenge of participating for a good cause.