Dec 12

Grey Plus Quilt (145) and tutorial.



This is a grey plus quilt.

Not a gray plus quilt.

What’s the difference?

Well, this quilt is headed to Canada, and Canadians don’t like gray quilts.

A cousin approached me about making this quilt.  The good news is, I have been wanting to make a plus quilt for quite some time now.  The hard part was, I didn’t know how I felt about doing all the plus blocks in the same color.  I thought it would be boring, but actually, it went a lot faster than I had planned.  But, I did make a scrappy version along side it, just in case…



My kids and my husband all like the gray/grey one better.  :)



Here is a picture of the basting process.  I normally don’t baste this densely, but I knew there would be some pretty intense quilting.




I do enjoy looking at it, but man, quilting that took a lot of time.

This is what it looks like on the back.





And no, those lines are not perfect.  They are eyeballed from seam to seam.  See?





So even though I was nervous about making this quilt, it turned out pretty awesome.



And I am almost tempted to make another one for my house, because it looks pretty amazing with my furniture, too!  But, it has a flight to Canada in two days, and I’d rather it make it’s flight than have to ship it.

This quilt is about 61 inches by 83 inches.


Would you like to make this block?




What you need:

1 block 2.5 x 6.5 inches colored fabric

2 blocks 2.5 x 2.5 inches colored fabric

4 blocks 2.5 x 2.5 inches white background fabric.


Sew two 2.5 inch white squares to each 2.5 inch colored square.  Press, seams toward the darker fabric.




Now, sew these strips to either side of the 2.5 x 6.5 inch colored fabric.  Press the seams toward the darker fabric.




Your block should now look like this.  If you want to sash them, pre-cut 2.5 x 6.5 inch background strips and sew one to each block (except for the last row of blocks).  For example, I made my quilt with 88 blocks (8 blocks by 11 blocks) so I sewed background strips to 77 blocks and left 11 without sashing.  Iron sashing toward the plus block.




Then, I arranged my blocks on my “design floor.”




Then, I sewed them into rows.  Once I sewed the rows, I added the horizontal sashing.  To make the long sashing strips, I measured the length of the rows and made 2.5 inch sashing strips that same length.




The last part is the border.  I added a 3 inch border to the outside of the quilt.  Measure the length of the quilt, then cut a 3 inch border that same length.  Sew.  Then  measure the width of the quilt and cut a 3 inch border that same length.

Now, you too can have a plus quilt, whether it be gray, grey, or any other color!

Thanks for visiting!


Nov 06

Stars and Nines (128)


This quilt has been gone for over a year, and I’m glad to finally have it home.




Not only was it featured in Fons and Porter’s Scrap Fall Quilts 2014, but it will make a debut in the Fons and Porter Video Series this upcoming year.

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(photo from Fons and Porter.  You can order the digital pattern here)


This design came to me as kind of a fluke.  I had a bunch of 2.5 inch squares cut out for some sort of scrap quilt, so I began to sew them into nine-patches.  I wanted to try a unique way to assemble them, like a Jack’s Chain type design.  And so, I came up with this design.



One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the resulting scalloped edge.  It required me to cut the binding on the bias, but what a charming edge to this quilt.



I of course made a test block before cutting the fabric for this quilt, and I realized that there are so many other fun ways to use this pattern.  I feel like this quilt highlights the nine patches, but you could make this quilt using one fabric for the nine patch squares, almost as the background, and make the stars really pop.


quilting on minky


I made this quilt for my daughter as her winter quilt, so I backed it with a bright magenta mink.  I like to use a loose quilt design with these heavier minky quilts.  This quilt is quilted using a floral paisley design.


Thanks again for visiting my blog!




Sep 14

Trifecta Quilt (112)

I had many fat quarters of Hokkah Wa-Modern (the pink colorway) in my stash, and for years I was stumped on how to use them in a quilt.  One day, while playing with an equilateral triangle grid, I drew out this design, and I knew I wanted to use my Hokkah fabrics (and many others) in it.



Triangle strip quilt


I was so excited to see my design turn out like I had planned!  This quilt incorporates a lot of my favorite components of quilting…fun negative space, strip piecing, easy cutting with little waste, and you can use scrap strings!  This quilt was initially made for the Home Machine Quilt Show as part of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild display.  Our focus was negative space.


Triangle strip quilt


This quilt is currently featured in Fons and Porter’s Sept/Oct 2014 Love of Quilting Magazine.

Triangle strip quilt


I used straight line quilting in a diagonal grid for this quilt.  It was fun drawing this quilt and having it come into reality.   The best part was when a friend asked me how big it would be initially, I said, “I don’t know, maybe a lap size?” When I ended up with a near-queen sized quilt, I laughed at how off my calculations were.


OK, I didn’t calculate.  I just cut and sewed.


Thanks everyone for visiting.  And in case you are wondering what happens to a quilt once it has been in a magazine and returns home….


Trifecta quilt


(It becomes a wrestling mat.)


Jul 27

A project with my kids

Here is a little project I’ve been working on with my kids.


My husband and I decided to get rid of our old bedroom set to make way for a new one.  My oldest girls wanted to use our night stands for their rooms.  This is about what they looked like before:




This set was over 12 years old, and pretty cheap, so I didn’t mind experimenting a little.  I let the girls choose a color (spray paint with primer in it at Home Depot) and some knobs.  Here are the final results.






I love how their personalities shine through.  So, anyway, that’s what my summer project has been.  Sorry it isn’t anything quilty, but it the same principle.  Refashioning something good into something loved. :)


Oh, and ignore the shot glass.  ;)


Thanks for stopping by.






Jun 26

Color on White Quilts (142 and 143)

A while back, I purchased a LOT of color on white fabrics.  I actually felt a little overwhelmed by how much I had.  Some of the fabrics were used in my “Love” quilt, but it only made a dent in the stash pile.  I am not a stash type of person.  So I decided to do some damage and lop off a lot of fabric.  This resulted in these muted, yet fun “color on white” quilts.



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Yes, these are two different quilts.  I used minky for the back, incorporating two nieces favorite colors.



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I do add batting to my minky quilts, mostly because I like how the batting supports the otherwise “slinky minky.”  I sewed quilt lines about 1/2 inch away from the seam lines, which gives a nice even cross-hatch design to the minky on the back.




Now my “color on white” fabrics are almost a heaping pile of scraps, which actually makes me feel more comfortable.  I don’t know what it is about scraps, but I love them!   Thanks for stopping by!  These quilts are about 68 inches by 89 inches, after washing, and they’ll be on their way to a Midwestern state soon, where I hope they will be used and abused!