I have updated the Assembly and Borders post to include directions for all three sizes–SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE.  Take a look (and let me know if there are errors!)


Thank you for quilting along.

Remember our show and tell for tops (or whatever stage you are at) coming up August 10.  Keep pictures and links coming.

Strings Finally Finished

The last time I have a record of working on this quilt was August 2013.   I know it set around for quite a while.  (The nice thing about re-reading that post is that all three projects are now complete!) Obviously, I worked on it again later because it started this year as a finished top.


Now it is a finished quilt.


Yay me!


I quilted it myself on my faithful Pfaff 130.  You can’t really see it in these pictures, but I just did a giant spiral starting at the point of the square and then working out around and around.  There are some rough points where I forgot to make sure the needle was down before repositioning the quilt.  Oh well, I was trying for done not perfect.

This is not counted as one of the 52 (see above).  It is a nice throw size (45″ x 54″) and will join another quilt and an afghan in my classroom.  Students sometimes get cold, or don’t feel well, or just want to be wrapped in a hug.  Quilts add to the atmosphere of being welcome to learn, at least I think so.

More Leftovers

This is the end, I think, of the leftover 2-1/2″ squares that were sewn into groups of various sizes and then not used in a quilt.



At least they are now two more quilts that ARE finished and they add to the 52 in 2015 inventory.  We’re getting there.



I can be happy about that.  Another quilt is at the binding stage  which means there is only one quilt left from that pile of lost motivation that I shared a few weeks ago.  Not too bad.  Thanks for all the encouragement you sent me.  It really helped.

And I am working on a new quilt that I really DO like (pictures coming soon).  It is a quilt for Baby Kevin, that lovely addition to our family.  Thanks particularly for your good wishes and support.  The auction raised over $1700 and some additional contributions to his YOU CARING  site.  That leaves only about $1000 to go.  Amazing!  We are so blessed.

Baby Kevin

Number One Son and his wife have been married eleven years.  Last July they were finally able to adopt and brought Rockwell into our family.  What joy!


The first week of July this year they were surprised and thrilled to suddenly be offered another baby–Kevin.  Kevin is 6 months old and comes from a very sad background.  For six months he was left to lay in a crib–unloved, underfed, uncared for.  But, now he is part of our family.

The expenses are high and they have put together all the money they can to cover the many bills that are in their lives.

This evening and tomorrow they are holding a fundraising auction.  I have contributed a quilt, but there are many more items and services available.  Take a look if you would like and maybe you will find just what you are looking for:

You can also donate directly HERE:


ps–For those doing the math, yes, they have a one year old and a six month old.  Not quite twins, but close enough…

pps–You can see by the pictures above that I have adorable grandchildren–That is Rockwell on the left and Kevin on the right.  He has already gained a lot of weight and found a smile.  The pictures when they got him just three weeks ago are too sad to show.  Amazing what food, love, baths and play will do for a baby.

Two-And-A-Half Cats

This little quilt (32″ x 32″) is made from more squares leftover from experimental quilt ideas that didn’t go anywhere.


The size was determined by the backing fabric.  I was given a small piece (34″ x WOF) of this wonderful cat fabric and it felt like exactly the right thing.


Babies are small…at least in the beginning.

In all there are 256 2-1/2″ squares…and cats.  And they are now a quilt…Ta-dah!

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Top Assembly And Borders

Wow!  This has gone so quickly!  If you have been with us from the beginning, I hope you are pleased with your progress so far.  If you are new, welcome.  You can find all past posts and information HERE.

Remember that this quiltalong is offered in three sizes. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 star and 24 alternating blocks. Finished size 96″ square.

This month we are assembling the top and adding all those beautiful pieced borders.  If this is your first experience with pieced borders, never fear.  They are not any harder than blocks and give a great look to a quilt.

Ready?  Let’s put this thing together!

NOTE:  All dimensions have been added for all three sizes.  Please let me know how it works out for you.  Particularly if there are errors! :)


1. Lay out the star and alternating blocks in a five-by-five arrangement for a MEDIUM.  There should be 13 star and 12 alternating blocks.  If you are building a SMALL the layout will be three-by-three with 5 star and four alternating blocks.  If a LARGE (seven-by-seven) you will have 25 star blocks and 24 alternating blocks.  NOTE:  There is a star block in each corner regardless of size.


2. Assemble rows first then stitch the rows to one another.  The finished 5×5 center should be 60-1/2″ square.  If you are making a SMALL the 3 x 3 layout will be 36-1/2″ square.  If a LARGE, the 7 x 7 layout will be 84-1/2″ square.  Whew!


1. From the background fabric cut 14 WOF strips 2″ wide for a MEDIUM quilt.  For a SMALL you will need 9 strips.  For a LARGE 19 WOF strips.

2. From the background fabric cut 178 2″ squares for a medium quilt.  For a SMALL you will need 112 and for a LARGE 240.

3. From the colored scraps cut at least 178 2″ squares for a MEDIUM quilt.  If a SMALL you need to cut at least 112.  For a LARGE, more like 240.  I usually cut a few extra for careful color distribution and as seed for the next project.


1. We will first attach a narrow background border all the way around.  Sew all of your WOF strips together end to end (after removing selvages, of course). For a MEDIUM size cut two strips 60-1/2″ long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  If a SMALL  you will need strips 36-1/2″ and for a LARGE two strips 84-1/2″.


2. For a MEDIUM cut two strips 63-1/2″  long.  Attach to the top and bottom of your center. For a SMALL cut them 39-1/2″ and for a LARGE  87-1/2″.


3. Now for the tricky part.  You are going to create the middle border with pairs of alternating clored and background squares.  For a MEDIUM size quilt, you will need to make 178 pairs.  Once made, stitch these into four strips.  One should be 42 pairs long, two should be 44 pairs long and one should be 46 pairs long.

For a SMALL size quilt, you will need to make 112 pairs.  Once made, stitch these into four strips.  One should be 26 pairs long, two should be 28 pairs long and one should be 30 pairs long.

For a LARGE size quilt, you will need to make 240 pairs.  Once made, stitch these into four strips.  One should be 58 pairs long, two should be 60 pairs long and one should be 62 pairs long.

4. To be sure your alternating pieces will alternate ALL the way around, I suggest attaching one strip at a time and rotating rather than the usual method of 2 side and two sides that we used on the inner border.  So, choose a side (they are all the same length at this point) at attach the strip that has 42  pairs first (if you are making a MEDIUM quilt) .  Then rotate 90 degrees and, making sure you are alternating in the corner to give a smooth appearance, attach strip number 2 with 44 pairs.  Turn again and attach number 3 with 44  pairs.  One more turn and your final strip (46 pairs) should attach with all pieces alternating.



For the SMALL quilt, start with your 26 pair strip, then the two 28’s and finally the 30.

For the LARGE quilt, start with the 58 pair strip, then the two 60’s and finally the 62.

5.  To finish attach a  final narrow background border to the outside.  For a MEDIUM, you will cut two strips 69-1/2″  long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  Now two more strips each 72-1/2″  long for the top and bottom of your center.

For a SMALL, you will cut two strips 45-1/2″  long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  Now two more strips each 48-1/2″  long for the top and bottom of your center.

For a LARGE, you will cut two strips 93-1/2″  long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  Now two more strips each 96-1/2″  long for the top and bottom of your center.

6. Ta-dah!  You have a finished top.  Now, that may have been a lot of pieces, but it really wasn’t that hard, was it?!  Well done!


7. Thank you so much for quilting along. As you finish your tops, please send along pictures with links to a blog post if you have one, or just the story of your quilt if you don’t.  Either is OK.  I’ll see you here on August 10 for a tremendous Show and Tell.

Oh So Modern

The whole “modern vs. traditional” debate in quilting leaves me with a lot of questions:  How do you know?  Why does it matter?


But, certain color combinations seem to say, “Your grandmother would not have done this.”  This quilt is one of those combinations.  Pink and black.

I really like it.  Maybe the pink could be a little darker, but the color-with-black is really appealing.


If you think your fabric is dated try pairing it with a single very contemporary color–I am thinking dusty blue and black…or a brick-y red with grey…or hunter green and white…maybe…what do you think?


Anyway, this is another one for the 52 in 2015 project.  Sparkle Jane and I are plugging away at it.