Jun 01


Hello Everyone!  Thanks for being a part of my giveaway!  We have our winners!  Congratulations to each of you.  I have contacted each of you and should be sending you your prizes soon.  Also, I have been watching my blog’s comment counter, and I finally got my 1000th blog commentor, Gill Watson, who will be receiving a complimentary copy of Quilt Magazine, Aug/Sept 2013.  Have a great day, and thanks for all the support and love!blog winnerfacebook winner instagram winner


May 31

200th blog post GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to my 200th blog post!


Today, thanks in part to my friend JaNean Frandsen, owner of MODERN STUDIO FABRICS, I am giving away THREE fat quarter bundles.


First up, I have this beautiful stack of 9 fat quarters of Cotton and Steel berry colored fabrics.  It was the only bundle that I didn’t use when making this quilt.  To enter to win this wonderful bundle, you can leave a comment on my blog–I would love to hear about great vacationing spots!



Next, we have this wonderful rainbow bundle up for grabs from the Etsy store, Modern Studio Fabrics!  This bundle includes “Lotus” by Amy Butler, “Scrumptious” by Bonnie and Camille, “Fresh Air” by American Jane Patterns Sandy Klop, “Star Landing” by Jenean Morrison, “Dots” by The RBC Designers, “Miss Kate” by Bonnie and Camille, “Swiss Dots” by the RBD Designers, and MORE!  A total of 12 fat quarters!  To enter to win this one, all you need to do is “Like” my giveaway post on my Squares and Triangles Facebook Page.




And for the last bundle, we have this low volume bundle, also from JaNean’s Modern Studio Fabrics (she has a Facebook page here).  This bundle is a variety of 12 low volume fat quarters, including “Figures” by Brigitte Heitland, Ambleside by Brenda Riddle Design, “Dottie” by Moda, “Shades of Black” by Moda, “Rush Hour” by Studio E, “Star Landing” by Jenean Morrison, and MORE!  To enter to win this bundle, all you need to do is follow me on Instagram.




I will choose one winner from each category.  So comment on this blog post, like my Facebook Giveaway Post, and follow me on Instagram!  Winners will be chosen at random tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.  Thanks for stopping by!  And thank you JaNean for your wonderful fat quarter bundles!



May 28

Low Tide Quilt (162)

Welcome back!  This is the last teacher quilt that I made.  This teacher had a definite color pallet and style that was easy to turn into a quilt.  My camera must have been tilted for this picture, because it looks like it is a trapezoid, but I promise I don’t make trapezoidal quilts!



SEE!  Proof that this quilt is actually rectangular!  This was the quilt top before the basting and quilting of course.  If you notice, on the blue end, the quilt top actually was a bit longer than the final quilt.  I cut off those blue corners mostly to make it match the yellow corners (or lack thereof) on the other side of the quilt.  I had to have it look the same.


I named this quilt “Low Tide” because the zig-zags move onto each other like waves, and at low tide, you can find the most interesting rocks, and shells, and seaweed, and other animal life–low tide is truly magical.  So, I kind of thought about that as I looked at this quilt




I did piece this quilt using squares on point, and while it was fun, I must be honest, when I sewed the rows together, I often found that I had sewn it wrong, so many rows had to be seam ripped and sewn all over again.  That was THE ONLY frustrating thing with this quilt.  I love everything else about this quilt.  The fabric is Cotton and Steel basics, and I love them!  I don’t know what the block is called, but I love it.



I quilted this using my walking foot to echo the diagonal stripes.  It took a while, but I love it.



I used a sweet Joel Dewberry print (left over from this teacher quilt) as the binding, and even though it wasn’t the same fabric as the quilt, it added a soft, mild, geometric border to the quilt, and I love it.




The quilting really popped in the backing of this quilt, which was also not a Cotton and Steel print, but I just happened to have a few yards of coordinating fabric that worked magically as the backing to this quilt.




And in case any of you were ever wondering what the back of my teacher quilts look like, it is this.  Handprints with the kids names written in them.  This quilt ended up being a nice twin sized quilt, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t measure it.  Sorry.  Blocks were made with 8 1/2 inch squares (8 inch final) with a 2 1/2 inch x 8 1/2 inch strip, and 2 1/2 inch x 10 1/2 inch strip  ( final width of 2 inches).  So, if I were to guess, I would say this quilt is about 71 inches by 92 inches.  So, large twin 🙂


Be sure to come back on my next blog post.  It will be my 200th blog post, and I’ll be giving away some lovely fat quarter bundles.  See you then!






May 24

Eight Pointed Star Quilt (161)

This is the “Eight Pointed Star Quilt.”




I was asked by someone on Facebook the name of this block, and I did not know.  After searching the internet high and low, the closest thing that I read was that this shape is common in the Middle East and they refer to it as the “Eight Pointed Star.”




I’ve made quilts using this “Eight Pointed Star” before, but with a different overall layout…


arkansas Crossroads quilt


Isn’t that amazing?  Same shape, completely different quilt!




The inspiration for this quilt block came from this Joel Dewberry Print.    The center squares were cut to be a final 8 inches x 8 inches.  I used a flying geese method to create the points, and I love the final result.  I added some serious sashing between these blocks (4 inches final, I believe).





I used this sweet Joel Dewberry print for the backing, and another brown one for the binding. The quilt pattern I used is a simple free motion meander.  The teacher that received this quilt did not realize I made it.  She thought I bought it and had the kids sign the back.  It wasn’t until another teacher told her that I made quilts that she finally understood the thought and love I put into it.  But, hey, when people think that my quilt was store purchased, that’s it’s own kind of compliment, right?





This quilt’s final dimensions were 68 x 84.


But, wait!  Don’t leave yet!  I have some exciting news!  This post that you are reading right now is my 198th blog post.  That means, in two more blog posts, I will be writing #200!  This is cause for celebration.  I’m going to have some fabric giveaways from a fabulous Etsy shop, so stay tuned!  #200 is going to be a chance to win some awesome fabric!


Thanks for stopping by!


May 18

Hexagon Teacher Quilt (160)

Last summer, I purchased a TON of Joel Dewberry fabric from the Dewberry home town in Northern Utah for a steal of a price.  It was my intention to use it in my teacher quilts for the next year.  Joel Dewberry fabrics have very bold designs, which sometimes can be difficult to use when piecing.  I love finding a quilt design, though, that can show off the bold fabrics in a calm way.

fabric quilt and measuring

You’ll notice that I cut the fabric and the border fabric in strips.  I am a fan of working less and wasting less, so I used Elizabeth Hartman’s method of creating these triangles (see her Honeycomb quilt or Honey in space quilt) only my fabric dimensions were different (background strips were cut 1 inch wide x width of fabric, printed fabric was cut 7 inches wide x width of fabric).  Once the triangles with borders were cut, I sewed the triangles together into hexagons.


One yard of fabric made about 6 hexagons.  I sewed the hexagons into rows, and then sewed the rows together.  Sounds like a lot of work, but it was actually a fun change of pace, sewing all of those rows together.  I became a champion of the Y seams!


I didn’t trim the edges until after quilting.  This is the final product.


I used a nice loose free-motion meander, which was great around all of those corners!

hexagon quilt

Hexagon quilts are not fun in the cutting, but the sewing I find rather enjoyable.  This ended up being a nice large twin sized quilt, perfect for my son’s taller teacher.


Backed and bound by more Joel Dewberry prints.

Thanks for stopping by!