Friday, April 29, 2022

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Pat Sloan Will Make the Red Zinger Quilt this Year!

Today quilter Pat Sloan showed my Red Zinger quilt pattern on her You Tube program! She's been saving selvages that quilters mail to her and she'll use them this year to make a Red Zinger. 

Pat Sloan is a quilt designer, author, teacher, radio/podcast/YouTuber show producer and host, and fabric designer who lives in Virginia. You already knew that, right?

See the Red Zinger quilt pattern here. It's surprisingly EASY!

 Here's are links to Pat's blog, her You Tube channel, and her facebook page. Lots of good stuff!

Want to try a Cane Weave selvage quilt? This one looks tricky, but it's not. 
Take a look at the Cane Weave pattern here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Birds of a Feather, A Mid Century Modern Quilt Pattern

Brand new today: the "Birds of a Feather" quilt and pattern. This is a mid century modern quilt that is quick to make because the triangles are made by eye, no fussy measuring or cutting. The colors have a retro vibe, think: Lucy Ricardo's dresses. And each block uses one fat quarter. Little waste. 
See the pattern here: Birds of a Feather quilt.

This quilt measures 55" x 72," a twin quilt, a little on the small side. Or a generous throw. Perfect for bird watching or reading on your porch. "Would you like some tea and cookies? Yes please." 

I quilted this on my Juki 98-Q home sewing machine (not a longarm). It's free-motion stippling using thread that matches each block. The bobbin thread is gray, matching the tiny print. The little triangles aren't quilted. That way the birds appear to fly above the surface of the quilt. I like the high contrast between the triangles and the backgrounds. 
If you make one of these quilts, show us on IG using #birdsofafeatherquilt. 

"Birds of a Feather" is the new name for the "Bungalow" quilt.


Sunday, February 6, 2022

New Quilt Pattern: Checkmate and a Little Trick!


The little squares in this quilt remind me of castle walls or the rooks in a chess game. And this quilt is a real winner, hence the name: Checkmate. It's just a center medallion with three solid borders and three "little squares" borders. 

Take a look at the corners of the pieced borders: they're rather perfect! Haha. This isn't due to genius or great sewing skills. Just a "liberated quilting" trick: increase the seam allowances here and there between the squares until you get the perfect length. See pattern for details and photos.

See the pattern here: Checkmate Quilt Pattern

The colors are more accurate in these last two pics. The fabrics used are: Kona Charcoal, Kona Stone, and Kona Cream. I'm enjoying a break from the scrappy look for a while. Modern vibes here. :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Zoom Staging with Wall Quilts!

A new modern quilt pattern with Zoom staging in mind! Create an elegant home office setting with a modern wall quilt. This throw/wall quilt measures 50" x 67." Neutral colors, or use your favorite palette. Visit my quilt pattern shop on Etsy


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Quilter's Plaid - The first quilt pattern of 2022!

I love the plaid vibe of this quilt! The dark, light and medium values from my stash play well together and give a nice translucent look. This easy pattern can turn stash into gifts for loved ones fast.

You could make it scrappy or use some repeating fabric squares in horizontal or vertical rows as I've done in this sample quilt. The number of squares that are repeated vary. 

See this pattern in my Etsy shop here: Quilter's Plaid. Instant download, start creating now! 


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

This two-color scrap quilt is fast and fun to make, see pattern here: Far Horizon.

Cut a bunch of scraps by eye, using scissors. 
Trim with a rotary cutter after sewing the strips. 
This is the fast way to do it. No hassle.

Even though the scraps are different heights, it's easy to get a nice straight horizon. 
And I love that contrast line. I want to try purple and yellow next time.
This is a twin size. But a wall size for my quilt room would be nice.

And here's a tip for new quilters: When pinning, place pins out of the path of the needle so that you don't run over the pin. I've done that and have broken the needle and the pin. Broken bits fall into the machine and do some real damage. Plus repairmen are generally horrified that we'd do this. I thought it was inevitable now and then. Guess not. So now I pin like this (see below).