Jolly Christmas Quilt-along Update

You may have noticed the sidebar button for the Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along sponsored by Sew Fresh Quilts.  Click on it!  The blocks are great! (Even though these pictures aren’t.  I think my camera has been dropped one too many times, or something.)


I have made three blocks so far–one stockings and two mittens.


All of these pieces are for the Christmas bow block.

Yes, these blocks are not for the faint of heart, but they are not impossible.  Just read carefully, cut carefully and watch seam allowances.  I am planning a different sort of layout and will keep you posted as it develops.  The finished quilt will probably be a present for my parents.   They are really patient with my constant gifts of quilts.

All Cut Up And Ready To Go

Miss Jenna’s wedding quilt didn’t take as long to cut as I anticipated.  It turns out that assembling the fabrics was the hardest part.


Even so, for several days last week my sewing time was really cutting time.  But now that I have my stacks of green, plum, grey and cream ready to go, the assembly should go fairly quickly.

The next goal is a bunch of four-patches.


New Project

A good friend at school is getting married, finally.  When Young Son was about 13 and learned that Miss Jenna was not married he said, “That proves it!  Men are idiots!”  Now, several years later, we have at some evidence to the contrary.  One good man, at the minimum, remains, and Miss Jenna is very happy.

The occasion, of course, calls for a quilt.


She has chosen cream, gold, grey, moss green and plum as her colors.  The quilt will be a simplified, controlled-scrappy adaptation of that.  I am sticking to a very light cream background (not shown here) with grey, green and plum.  No gold.  It looked too “sports team” if I used gold-ish yellow fabrics and metallic shine was too much, too. The fabric at top is the backing (no green, but otherwise perfect, and purchased on clearance at 40% off) and the binding.

We’ll see how it goes.

Do Two Pints Make A Quart?

In crazy American units of measure two cups make a pint, and two pints make a quart…and four quarts make a gallon.  It makes sense to us, but to persons accustomed to metric measurements it can be quite a mystery.  At any rate, and by any measure, I am pleased with these twin Pint Size tops.  Whether they add up to a quart or not, I do hope they add up to pleased parents who have quilts to match those two cute babies.


The tops have two shared colors–yellow and green–and two different colors–one with red and brown and the other with pink and purple.


It always surprises me how different colors work together.  All the colors, though, coordinate to the backing fabric.


My goal is to get the tops basted and quilted this week. One step closer to a finish and delivery.

Once You Have A Good Idea…

Sometimes projects stall because you need one good idea that you don’t have.  That was the case with Tile Works.  I didn’t know how I was going to finish the top, taking the scrappy blocks and making something that would work. (Excuse, please, difficult indoor photography of a large quilt–76″ x 90″.  There is over 2-feet of snow on the ground here and more falling right now.  Outside is not an option.)


Then, YAY, the good idea came.  Barbara F. said, “How about a dark brown sashing.”  Why didn’t I think of that?


So, with brown sashing, dark red corner stones and a detail in the outer border that reflects the block design, we have a finished top.


Thank you so much, particularly to Barbara F., but to all of my wonderful readers-become-friends-I’ve-never-met.  You encourage, cheer, support and help generally.  I am so glad to see this long term project move towards a finished quilt that will bring warmth and color into someone’s life.


ps–People have asked for the pattern, but I can’t give it to you.  It is a 12″ block pattern known as Tile Works #162 from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks publications.

162 1 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along   Block 42

It was designed by Monique Dillard of opengatequilts.  Hopefully you will be able to find it and enjoy making something beautiful yourself.

Same-But-Different Blocks

The blocks for the twin quilts are coming along nicely.  It will take 32 for both tops and 24 are complete.


Notice the same-but-different look.  The blocks on the left are for the “boy” quilt.  The right is for the “girl.” By using two of the same colors–green and yellow–and two different colors (boy = red and brown, girl = pink and purple) there is enough to make each distinct and enough to bring them together.  At least that is my operating theory.

I hope to have all blocks finished and the tops assembled by the end of the week.

ps:  These are made using the Pint Size pattern. Go have a look.  It makes good use of 2-1/2″ squares.

Another New-Old Project

2016 has been a great year for finishing old projects.  In fact, the supply is running low and I am starting to look around for new projects for the new year.  Until then, I have a few old projects left to pull out and make a decision about.


This is Tile Works, a bunch of blocks based on one from the 100-blocks magazines (way back–#2, I think).

There are 23 blocks created so far.  I don’t hate them, but I have trouble seeing them as a complete quilt.  It will need sashing…what colors to use?  Not scrappy, I think.  And colored cornerstones of some kind.  And an interesting outer border, perhaps echoing at least part of the block pattern.

Thirty blocks, plus sashing and borders, would make a reasonable queen-size quilt.  I think I have seven more blocks in me for this project.  Maybe I can even finish it before the end of the year…