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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May 07

Mirage Quilt (152)

One of my kid’s teachers loves neutrals.  I have only seen her wear one other color besides white, tan, gray, and black.  That is why I created my Mirage Quilt with all neutrals.





Do you see why I call it Mirage?  I swear my eyes go blurry every time I look at it.  I should probably call it “Far Sighted Quilt” or “20/40.”

Here’s a closer look, so you don’t get a migraine…

Mirage quilt


This quilt was a classic “Make it work” moment.  I had already cut up a bunch of square and was going to make a neutral version of a plus quilt, but it did not look good.  At all.  So then, I had a bunch of 4 1/2 inch squares and no plan.  After doing a little math and a lot of sketching, I came up with this quilt design.  I think I just cut the other squares into 2 1/2 inch and 2 inch sections to make the radiating blocks.  She loved it, especially the back, which had all of the kids’ handprints and signatures on it.


This is a twin sized quilt.  Thanks for visiting!






May 02

An X’s and O’s quilt, sort of (151)



A long time ago, I purchased Zen Chic’s “Figures” fat quarter set.  I loved the colors, the saturated color on some fabrics, and the design on white of the other fabrics.


figures zen chic quilt

One of my kid’s teachers (this particular child has two teachers) decorates her room with light blue and yellow.  And she wears a lot of navy, so naturally when I would stare at this fabric, it made me think of her.  I hope she likes it!


easy quilt block

This quilt pattern is based off the X’s and Os quilt pattern, only I used a smaller triangle of fabric on the corners.  Originally, I was thinking of sewing the corners the same way I sewed the snowball quilt, cutting the white corners as squares and then sewing two seams, one for this quilt block, then going back to sew another parallel seam so that when the fabric is cut, I end up with a X and O block and two half square triangles.  But, then I made the mistake of cutting the white blocks into triangles, so I went ahead and scrapped the idea.  But I did save all the extra colored triangles, so plan on finding something fun with those later :)





This quilt is also a twin sized and is quilted together with a lose meandering stitch (white thread).  I backed and bound it with a yellow dotted fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  On the back also are the kids’ hand prints with their names in them.

I deliver this one on Thursday.  I hope she likes it!


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