“Postage Stamp” for a Baby Girl

26 02 2018

The Tarheel Quilters Guild, of which I am a member in good standing, is low in their stockpile of donation quilts for the neo-natal intensive care unit at our local hospital. The plea from our charity chairman at guild meeting motivated me to finish a “Postage Stamp” quilt from 2 1/2″ squares.

Back Story:  About this time last year, I purchased several packs of coordinating 2 1/2″ squares from Pineapple Fabrics at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. I began sewing a white square to each, using them as leaders/enders as I worked on other patchwork projects. Somewhere along the way, I cleaned off my sewing desk and shelved them as an unfinished project. While amassing projects to take to this year’s Mid-Atlantic retreat with friends, I found the baggie of squares and determined to complete the project.

The blocks are arranged in a 15 x 15 grid. If you’d like to make the project, you’ll need 113 colored 2 1/2″ squares and 112 white 2 1/2″ squares. I arranged my squares in diagonal rows of the same color, but you could try a random arrangement with equal appeal. I cut the outer border 3 1/2″ wide from a lavender tone-on-tone. For a quilting design, I took my cue from the hearts and swirls printed on the border fabric.

This sweet little quilt finishes at 36,” the perfect size for a NICU donation quilt. Love and prayers for the beautiful baby girl who will receive it.



Brittany’s Wedding Signature Quilt

12 04 2017

Look what’s on the design wall!

My young friend, Brittany, and her mom are designing a “Trip Around the World” wedding quilt. The batik fabrics are similar to the colors of her wedding, and guests signed the ecru 4″ squares provided at the reception.

I love Brittany’s eye for color and shading. Although, she is (up to this point) a non-sewer, she is willing to try her hand at sewing the blocks into rows and then sewing the rows together. I foresee spending many happy hours together in my sewing room chatting, pinning, sewing, and pressing.

Inspiration for “Quilter’s Candy”

31 01 2017

Our “Use your pre-cuts” challenge for the first quarter is using Fat Quarters or Quilter’s Candy (2 1/2″ squares). Happily, I made my goal already! You can read about a quilt I made from Fat Quarters here.

But I’m thinking maybe some of you need ideas for using the deliciously sweet packages of Quilter’s Candy. To that end, I’ve searched my blog’s media library for examples of quilts made with squares. The photo roll begins with my latest quilt top finish – made with leftover 1930s repro 2 1/2″ squares. Imagine the quilty, home-y feel if muted or Civil War repro fabrics are used, and the blocks are set on-point for visual interest.


Last June I made a quilt for Charlotte, my baby grand-niece. The quilt is made with 2 packages of Quilter’s Candy sewn into Four Patches. I framed the Four Patches with narrow white strips and inserted alternate squares of navy anchor fabric. My niece declares it coordinates perfectly with the nursery décor.



“Aunt Sukey’s Choice” 12″ blocks are constructed from 2 1/2″ squares along with 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles for the “Flying Geese” units. This design would sew up quickly if you purchased coordinating Quilter’s Candy and a roll of 2 1/2″ strips from which to cut rectangles.

Postage stamp quilts are a snap to sew when the squares are already cut! Consider alternating print squares with plain white or ecru squares. Mini quilts such as the one pictured make wonderful gifts for wall or table.

A star block with ferns

DSCN7512You could make some color/fabric coordinated placemats. Those pictured were made from 3″ scrappy squares, 35 squares each. Adapt the design by sewing 63 squares in a 7 x 9 grid to yield 14″ x 18″ placemats.

My friend, Tricia, used small colorful squares as cornerstones when making this predominately blue and white quilt. Wouldn’t this idea stretch your tiny package (or two) of Quilter’s Candy into a lap size quilt?


A sampling of quilts made from squares wouldn’t be complete without a “Nine Patch” example. Cindy made this with nearly solid mottled prints. Set on-point with alternate white background squares, the “Nine Patches” seem to float.



DSCN6080I made this mini quilt for my sister from a Quilter’s Candy package plus a few fabrics from my stash. I paired each 2 1/2″ colored square with a tan background square right sides together. I drew a diagonal line on the wrong side of each tan square and sewed 1/4″ away from both sides of the line. Then I cut the squares on the drawn lines and pressed the seam allowances toward the darker fabrics. So petite and country, just as my sister prefers!


I hope the quilts pictured in this blog post have jump-started your creative ideas for using Quilter’s Candy. I would love to share pictures of your projects for Fat Quarters or Quilter’s Candy with blog readers. (aby.quilts@gmail.com)



“Framed Four Patch” Baby Quilt

27 06 2016

quilters candyHave you been tempted to purchase those darling packages of “quilter’s candy?” Forty-two 2 1/2″ squares all coordinated from one of Moda’s enchanting fabric lines. How can you resist?

A couple of months ago, at a quilt shop sale, I bought two packages of the Dot.Dot.Dash-! line intending to make a dolly quilt for my great niece. Her mama, my niece, is expecting her second girl, and I thought a simple quilt made of squares sewn side by side would make a nice “big sister” gift. Well, two months passed in a blur, and I hadn’t even made a quilt for the expected baby, so I repurposed the packages of squares for a large baby quilt. (The dolly quilt will have to wait.)

DSCN7890My niece is decorating the nursery with pink and navy colors and an anchor motif. I felt I could stretch the quilter’s candy packages into a crib size quilt if I made Four Patches, framed them with white fabric and alternated the blocks with navy anchor print squares. The anchor print, ordered from fabric.com, is “Jack and Lulu” for Dear Stella Designs (Ptt # Stella-JL537). Granted, all the Dots and Dashes prints are not pink and navy, but I think my niece will like the infusion of purple, orange, yellow, aqua, and apple green.

Basic Instructions for quilt top:  Make Four Patches from 2 1/2″ squares; these blocks measure 4 1/2″ square. Cut strips of white fabric 2″ wide and sew to Four Patches; these blocks measure 7 1/2,” unfinished. Make 21 “Framed Four Patch” blocks and cut 21 alternate 7 1/2″ squares from print fabric. Lay out the blocks and alternate squares in a 6 x 7 grid. Sew together in rows, pressing seams toward the print squares. Sew the rows together and press seams to one side or open. The quilt measures 42″ x 49,” so you’ll likely need to creatively increase the width of your backing fabric.


Have you made a quilt from “quilter’s candy” 2 1/2″ squares? If so, what patchwork design did you use?

“Disappearing Four Patch”

11 07 2014

Is this not the cutest quilt?


My friend, Tricia, made it with a couple of Benartex Charm Packs (5″ squares). I love how fresh and cheerful the fishy, froggy, and geometric prints look against the crisp, white tone-on-tone background fabric.

I like the quilt so much, that I want to make one, too! Hmmmm, shall I run to the fabric store and find a Charm Pack or two of bright squares, or shall I cut 5″ squares from my stash?

Here’s what I found in my stash.


I cut forty 5″ squares and paired them, print with coordinating tone-on-tone. Next I cut forty white 5″ squares and began sewing Four Patches as Leaders & Enders while working on the “Gypsy Wife” quilt.

Dis. 4 patch, stack of blocks

I rotary cut the 20 Four Patches 1 1/4″ away from the horizontal and vertical center seams.

Dis. 4 patch, cutting

The Four Patch Block becomes a Nine Patch!

Dis. 4 patch, pieces cut apart

After moving the pieces around as shown in the picture, I re-sewed each block.

Dis. 4 patch, pieces rotated

I arranged the blocks in a 4 x 5 grid and sewed them together.


A white inner border and colorful striped binding complete the project.


I used a light olive green thread to machine sew the binding. Amazingly, it blended well with all the colors of the striped fabric.


Have you made a “Disappearing Four Patch” quilt?