May 05

College Quilts for teachers (157, 158)

Every year, I make quilts for my kids’ teachers.  This is the first time I got to make a quilt for a male teacher.  He is very outspoken about his love of his alma mater, and so I knew I needed to make him a college quilt.



Since some of my kids are in immersion classes, they have two teachers.  The male teacher’s counterpart is also very proud of her alma mater, and so the two college quilts were born.

ucla quilt

I decided to applique the college logos instead of piecing them.  Mostly, it was because that darn “UCLA” was all in cursive, and would have been a piecing nightmare.  I was able to transfer the image from online by going into the school and utilizing their projector screen.  I traced the symbol onto the fabric, and then using fusible web, I was able to fuse these symbols onto the background quilt.  I then used a zigzag stitch to secure it to the pieced back.



I backed each of the quilts with a strip of white fabric with their signatures on it flanked by their respective collegiate fabrics.

UCLA quilt




I am happy with how these quilts turned out, and the good news is the teachers were very pleased as well!  Both of the quilts were a hit!

ucla quilt

Here are a few more pictures of the quilt tops.  The background squares are 6 inches square final.  So, these quilts are about 72 inches by 90 inches–a nice sized twin quilt.



A close up of the quilting.  Just a standard stitch beside the ditch.  🙂  Thank you for visiting!



Apr 16

Tillamook County (Oregon) Quilt Trail

My family went on vacation to Tillamook County for spring break this year.  The Oregon coast is beautiful, and it is a trip I highly recommend to anyone needing a break from regular life.  In Tillamook County (home of the Tillamook Cheese Factory), we were, of course, surrounded by dairy farms, but I almost screamed out loud when I saw what else Tillamook County had to offer!

As we drove into the county, I began to notice a quilt blocks on the buildings.



Having Been to Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois, I had known about barn quilts, but I had never seen or heard of anything like this west of Nebraska.  I thought maybe that first block was an anomaly, but then…





The more milk farms we saw, the more quilt blocks we saw.  And then we drove into town.












They were everywhere!  Not just on the dairy farms, but on businesses throughout town!














Way to go, Tillamook County!  Thanks for making a quilter’s heart happy.


To learn more about the Tillamook County Quilt Trail, click here.


And, apparently, you can buy your own pseudo-barn quilt from Shopko!



I’m thinking our new shed might need one of these…


Dec 22

Scrappy Arkansas Cross Roads Quilt (156)

It took me a while to find out the name of this block, but I learned it is a block with many names.  Introducing my Scrappy Arkansas Cross Roads/ Scrappy X’s and 16 patch quilt.



This quilt uses an alternating 16 patch block with an X block.  The dark X’s look black, but they are actually a navy color.  The scrappy blocks are 2 x 2 inch squares (originally cut 2.5 inch squares with a 1/4 inch seam).



I used a navy colored thread for the bobbin and the navy X portions of the block.  These X portions were quilted in a squiggly line moving from side to side, corner to corner.  The scrappy star shape, however, was quilted using a free-motion technique, echoing the outer lines of the star and the inner square in the 16 block.  These scrappy stars were quilted with a peach colored thread, but still used navy blue in the bobbin.




I found a cute floral print from Joann for the back of this quilt.  The binding is a Kona yellow, but I forget the name of the color.  The dark navy X’s are also a Kona blue, probably Navy 🙂




This quilt will be going to a cousin-in-law that lives a couple of thousand miles away.


x and 16 patch quilt, or arkansas cross roads block quilt


She has only sons, so I was happy to make a feminine quilt for her.  Hopefully it is one that she doesn’t have to share with anyone else–unless she wants to, of course.  This quilt is 72 inches by 88 inches, before washing.

arkansas Crossroads quilt

Thanks for stopping by!




Sep 09

Scrappy Plus Quilt (155)

Hello!  Welcome back!  Today, I finished quilting my scrappy plus quilt that I showed a LONG time ago in this blog post.  If you remember, it looked like this:







And, now it looks like this:


scrappy plus quilt


This quilt top sat lonely and neglected for a long time, waiting for the perfect recipient.  When my pre-schooler saw that I was making teacher quilts for all of the other kids’ teachers, she became a little jealous that they got to give their teachers quilts and she didn’t.  So, I decided to make one of her teachers a quilt (this one), but she really had two teachers, so I decided to give this quilt a life and give it to the other teacher.


plus quilt scraps and wavy quilting


I used a relaxed quilting design this time, utilizing the multiple stitch zig-zag option on my sewing machine to make these wonderful wavy lines.  I think once it is washed, those lines will appear more dominant than the seam lines.


plus quilt made with scraps cross quilt




The great thing about using these wavy lines is the look is gives to the back of the quilt.



wavy straight line quilting up close




I didn’t have enough fabric to make the entire back yellow, so I added this pop of pink at the top of the quilt.  The binding is a nice gray and white orange-peel design.  I love all of the fabrics used in this quilt because they are, for the most part, very geometric.  I am a big fan of geometric prints.


cross quilt scrappy back




Here are my daughter’s teachers’ quilts together.  And, of course, she is doing the obligatory quilt dance that she does on every quilt that I have ever made or will ever make.  My apologies to all my recipients.  All of you have quilts that have been danced on or stepped on by my kids.  (We love you!)



obligatory quilt dancing


Thanks for visiting, everyone!


Aug 15

Half Square Rectangle Checker Board Quilt (154)

Please, someone, tell me that this block has a name!  I have looked and looked and all I saw for a name for this block is “rectangle square.”  Really?  Is that what this block is called?  We have half square triangles, but are there no such things as half square rectangles?  Because, that is what this quilt is made of–a ton of half square rectangles!

Low volume light value checkerboard scrap quilt



I am finally getting rid of all of my scraps/stash that I have held onto for too long.  This quilt was a fun way to do just that.



I started this quilt by cutting 3 inch strips of a variety of fabrics in light values and dark values.  I sewed a dark strip to a light one, and then cut them, creating 5.5 inch squares.  From there, I sewed 18 rows of 14 squares, alternating the light and dark.  Then, I sewed the rows together, creating a 70 x 90 inch quilt top in an alternating elongated checkerboard pattern.


Half square rectangle high low value quilt



The quilting design is an easy straight line crosshatch–diagonal lines across each square.


Half square rectangle machine bindin



Backed with a fun gray and bound in yellow, this quilt is complete and ready to give away.  I’m thinking of giving it to my kids’ pre-school teacher, the one that taught all of my kids how to read.  She sounds pretty deserving of a quilt, right?


Light value dark value stash busting quilt



I’m in the process of quilting another quilt top that I completed a while ago.  Remember the scrappy version of my plus quilt?  It is halfway quilted, and I can’t wait to show it to you next time.




And, finally, I am working on another stash/scrap busting quilt.  It’s a play with values, but this time, using a drunkard’s path block!





I’m not big on sewing curves, but this quilt requires me to sew 192 blocks.  Wish me luck!