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

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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


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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!


May 12

Giddy Gridlock (148)


A while back, I made a quilt

Dolce quilt


I had a friend who’s mom saw my blog post and loved the pattern, so I told her how to make it.  She created this beauty.



I love this pattern because whether you use large prints or small prints, it works on both the plus signs and the rectangles.

The ladies from Fons and Porter liked it, too.  So they sent me some fabric (Zen Chic’s Reel Time), and I made another one that I call “Giddy Gridlock.”  They put it in their Quilty Magazine, and it is out on stands now!


Quilts magazine cover








Here is the quilt top when I was debating whether or not to add a border.




Here it is after I decided a border was a good idea.





This is a full size quilt, or a large twin, as I like to call it.  If you want to make one of your own, grab a fat quarter stack of “Reel Time” by Zen Chic.


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May 12

Just an old fashioned quilt (153)

This is the last of my teacher quilts.  I used the same fabric in my Americana Stars quilt, plus a few greens.




When I showed my daughter these fabrics, she said, “I think my teacher has something made with fabric just like that in her room.”  That’s always a good sign.




These are all woven fabrics, so the design is made by string placement rather than a print.  One nice thing about using a woven was that it didn’t seem like there was a front side or a back side.  The hard thing was the looseness of the weave and the fact that it was so hard to cut right on the line since it didn’t lay straight. But, whatever isn’t perfect just adds character, right?




I used a linen cotton blend for the sash and border  of this quilt.  This gives the overall quilt a very rustic feel to it.

This teacher missed all of teacher appreciation week as her father was ill and then, sadly, passed away.  My heart goes out to her, and I hope this quilt can bring her even the slightest bit of comfort in knowing that she is loved.  I’ll give it to her when she returns.

The students handprints and signatures are on the back.  This is a twin quilt.

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