“Eye Spy” Finish

27 03 2017

“Eye Spy with my little eye . . .”

I raided my box of 3″ squares and cut more from conversation prints for the centers of the patchwork blocks. Frames of primary colors were cut 2″ wide, and I cut 2″ corner squares of black and white polka dot fabric. I decided to extend the Nine Patch secondary design in the borders. (The math actually works out for 3″ finished squares in the outer border, but I forgot and cut 3″ squares as I did for the interior blocks. Extra points if you can figure out how I coped with my “Ooops.”)

While looking in JoAnn’s for sashing, I ran into a quilting friend from my guild. She propelled me toward a white with colorful triangles print instead of the white and gray print I was considering. I am pleased with the fun-loving results. Most of the squares in the interior of the quilt have a “twin” in the outer border so the recipient of this quilt has had fun matching the monkey, cat, cowboy boots, construction equipment, etc.

I quilted the quilt with white thread in a meander and loop, freehand design. And I bound the quilt with black Kona cotton.

Have you made an “Eye Spy” quilt? What was the most interesting conversation print you included?


“Zoo City” Published!

23 06 2016

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.


“Can You Find Nemo?”

14 10 2014

On my recent trip to New York, Marie guided us to The Witch’s Stitches in Big Flats. Some tropical fish fabric caught my eye because my little grandson loves Nemo, the clown fish of Disney fame. I purchased a yard of the fish fabric and a yard each of an orange print and a green print.


This is a super simple quilt; it’s meant to be dragged around, not saved as an heirloom. I fussy cut 8 1/2″ squares from the fish fabric and 2 1/2″ wide strips from the orange and green prints. The quilt is 48″ square, the perfect size for napping under, or sitting on top of at the beach.

Construction tip: To avoid matching seams of adjacent blocks, sew green strips to the sides of the blocks first, then add strips to the tops and bottoms of the blocks. On the alternate blocks, sew orange strips to the tops and bottoms of the blocks first, then add strips to the sides of the blocks. Look closely at the illustrative photo below since “a picture says a thousand words.”


At Golden Lane quilt shop I purchased another tropical fish print for the back of the quilt. The quilting design is a freehand water-y meander. Fortunately, just enough orange print remained to bind the quilt.


I’ll give this quilt to Aidan on his birthday and ask, “Can you find Nemo?”