Halfway (+1) To Halfway

The Halfway Quilt has 56 blocks. I have 29 complete.

There are 14 each of 4 different blocks styles. Here are styles ONE and TWO, all together.

I will keep pushing along. It will be finished soon.

PS–Can you see what makes this quilt unique? TIP-all the blocks have the exact same pieces–28 HST.

Jolly Bar Jump Reduced and FINISHED

As usual, this started with a pile of donated scraps, this batch from Diane. I used many of them on a PREVIOUS QUILT, but there were still a good number left over.

Then inspiration struck in the form of a FREE PATTERN. I had to reduce the size, but it quickly added up to a pretty baby quilt.

It will be donated to the local children’s hospital. Someone is sure to love it.

The cut-off HSTs are in the pending pile and will be used in a future project. Every scrap seems to find its place.

Candy Diamond Quilt COMPLETE

Made out of fabric donated a few years ago, I believe by Stephanie. THIS PICTURE sparked the idea that finally pushed the fabric pieces to quilt status.

There was enough matching fabric included for back and binding.

It will likely be donated to the Children’s Hospital.

I used 2-1/2″ squares so this one finishes at 38″ square.

Camping Baby COMPLETE (Mini Tutorial)

By “Camping” I mean Summer Camp. All those fun, outdoors activities that are part of growing up.

Again, this started with a small amount (about 3/4 yard) of the focus fabric, and was a quick finish as the blocks only have 7 pieces. The woodsy backing reinforces the theme.

MINI TUTORIAL: Start with a center 5″ square. Add 6 rectangles 5″ x 2-3/4″. That’s it! You’ll have a 9″ finished block. I used 20 blocks in this quilt, finishing at 26″ x 45″. It was fun, and a bit of a challenge, to get the scrap rectangle values right: dark enough to not compete with the focus fabric, but light enough to shine.

I don’t usually use light bindings, but there was enough of the focus fabric to do this and it felt right this time. It was a 2-1/2″ binding so the print would be that much more visible.

It goes in the donation pile for now.

Second Chance Quilt: Seek The Common Denominator

Possibly it was always this way, but it seems that the rise of pre-cuts has led to certain sizes being used more often in piecing quilts.

Because of that, sometimes you can take leftovers from different projects and find that they can play surprisingly well, like little kids who just met on a playground.

Just start trying to match things up and see what happens.

Well, there you go!

It doesn’t take long to finish when the pieces have a common denominator, in this case 2-1/2″ squares.

You could make the same design from scratch with those mini-charms or charm packs just looking for a purpose.

This post also featured in the Online Quilt Magazine. Check it out. Such a great value.

Georgia Stars

This is the third quilt I have made for fans of the University of Georgia (Number 1–for Husband–HERE. Number 2–for Sister-in-Law–HERE.) This one is based on THIS TUTORIAL.

I like the boldness. Working with small pieces is what I do most, but there is a look that only large pieces can give.

This quilt is destined for new friends and neighbors who happen to be big University of Georgia fans–Go Dawgs!

It Is Time…UFO No More

I have very few UFOs. In fact, I have one. In 2021 I cut and trimmed over 1500 HST, with the intention of making another Halfway Quilt.

Then, I put it away. For two years. But, it is time.

I finished the first block today with a resolution of not starting anything new until the top is complete. I have two leader-ender projects that can run at the same time and several tops in the quilting-and-binding phase. This will do me some good. Hopefully a finish (finished top at least) before June?

Confetti Quilt FINISHED

It was an intriguing idea. And it helped address the overflowing basket of small scraps of light background fabric.

But, I had no idea how much I would love the finish.

Very different from my usual quilts in some ways, but with some common factors: small pieces, many different fabrics, etc. And it is finished, always a good thing.

ps–It is 72″ square. Contains 144 6″ blocks, 2304 pieces. More information and a tutorial can be found HERE.

Flower Garden Baby Quilt

A co-worker is expecting a baby. His wife loves flowers (the baby is to be named Zinnia) but doesn’t like the colors pink or purple. How to make something just right?

Well, first you find the right pattern. Check THIS out.

Yes, the blocks have a lot of pieces–53 each. And those pieces are little. But, the right thing is the right thing.

And an unexpected backing fabric from an old scrap that was too cute to be thrown away. See how the colors work?! Such good fortune.

And I love the outcome.

Another Quick Baby: Barn Swallow

A pile of scraps and THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL got me started.

In no time at all I had a quilt. It uses 36 blocks and finishes at 35″ square–a nice symmetry there.

I can see using this pattern again. It would work for many different applications.

For now it goes in the donation pile. YAY! No bored babies if they sleep under this quilt.