“Summer Safari” Re-make

Have you ever rummaged through your projects and stash for a certain fabric, but were captivated by another print instead? This happened to me recently. I intended to transform an owl print with coordinating tonals into a baby quilt, but I found giraffe fabric in the same “unfinished/unstarted projects” container. Folded with the giraffe fabric were just enough yellow, green, and purple prints to make another “Summer Safari” baby quilt. So I forgot about the owls and worked on a giraffe quilt instead.

“Summer Safari” was printed in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. If you don’t have a copy of the magazine yet you’d like to make the quilt, you will find basic instructions for the “Simple Pinwheel” block on the Patterns page of this blog. Click here to read my original post about this quilt.

Giraffe quilt done . . . now where are those owls?

Sneak Peak for “Summer Safari”

_CoverFULLHave you seen the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts?

My baby quilt design “Summer Safari” is on page 18. I’m so excited to share this super fun and easy design with you! This Friday I’ll be the guest blogger on McCall’s blog, and I’ll have some magazines to give away here to celebrate.

SummerSafariFLAT600pxI have a special bonus opportunity for my blog followers . . . Print fabrics for the “Summer Safari” quilt. That’s 3 fat quarters (yellow, blue, and orange) as well as giraffe print for 4 Pinwheels and the border. You will have to buy only the white background and backing fabric. Here’s the deal, you must be a blog follower AND you must promise to make the quilt and send me a picture of it. A winner will be drawn on April 30 from those who leave comments below.

The winner is Maridee!

Quilting Class for Kids, Part 3

During the month of July, I am teaching 8 to 13 year-old children about patchwork design during the women’s Bible study at Fort Bragg. I’m combining a Bible story lesson with design ideas via traditional blocks named for Bible stories. Read about Week 1 here and Week 2 here.

PWOC Baby quilt

For the Early Bird activity I challenged the children to creatively arrange simple squares each made of a colored rectangle and white rectangle. Most seemed to favor a “Simple Pinwheel” arrangement. I am sewing the blocks together and will assemble them into a baby quilt for the NICU of a local hospital. (For instructions in making a “Simple Pinwheel” quilt, click “Patterns” on my blog header. Scroll nearly to the end of the page to find the “Simple Pinwheel Charity Quilt” link.)

This week’s lesson revolved around the Bible story of the Wisemen who followed the star to Bethlehem to worship baby Jesus and give him priceless gifts.


In my research I discovered that many quilt block designs are called “Star of Bethlehem;” I chose a simple one for my sample.

Besides discussing the Bible story, the kids were also involved in pinning their placemats right side down to batting and backing fabric. Karlyn sewed all around the four sides, leaving a 4″ opening for turning right side out. She also gave a running commentary on how sewing machines work and why a seam ripper is a valuable tool and why you should keep your fingers a safe distance from the machine needle. The girls then used shears to trim away excess batting and backing. Once the corners were clipped diagonally, they were ready to turn their placemats right side out.

Pwoc trimming placemat

I’m thankful Karlyn and Karlene could come to my house on Friday to sew the turning openings closed and to machine quilt all 23 placemats. Most are stitched in the ditch for simplicity’s sake.


It was so interesting to evaluate the design elements employed by each child even though they only used squares, the simplest of all quilt shapes. Stay tuned for a blog on this subject!

“Simple Pinwheel” Quilt and Table Runner


I’d like to draw your attention to the “Patterns” tab in my blog header. If you have a few minutes, take a look at the free patterns offered there. If you need to make a quilted gift, perhaps you’ll find an idea for a pretty or quick project that suits your budget, time constraints or fabric/color preferences.

“Simple Pinwheels,” listed on the Patterns page is a quick quilt easily accomplished with strip piecing. Here’s a picture of Marjorie’s scrappy Pinwheels quilt. What a fun way to utilize random 2 1/2″ strips. Notice that each block is composed of 2 colorful strips. I love the contrasting white sashing and blue cornerstones!

Simple Pinwheel by Marjorie Simple Pinwheel by Marjorie

FYI- one strip of colored fabric (2 1/2″ x 40″) plus one strip of background fabric yields two “Simple Pinwheel” blocks that measure 8 1/2″ unfinished. If you are working with fat quarters, one 20″ colored strip plus a 20″ background strips yields 1 “Pinwheel” block.


On a recent shopping trip to JoAnn’s Fabric andCraft store, the peppermint fabric caught my eye. I imagined a “Simple Pinwheel” table runner made with white, red, and peppermint fabric. If you’d like to make one, too, you need 1/2 yd. white, 1/4 yd. red, 1/2 yd. peppermit, and 1/2 yd. backing fabric. Cut 3 strips each of the red and peppermint fabrics; cut 6 strips of the white fabric. This yields 12 blocks.


I made two rows of five blocks each for my runner because I wanted the top to fit onto a 42″ width of backing fabric.


You could make a longer runner by using all 12 blocks, or you could make two potholders to coordinate with the runner.


Click here and here to see other “Simple Pinwheel” quilts.