Tagged: scrappy

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!




May 12

Two Quilts in one Magazine!

Have I ever mentioned that I loved working with Scraps?

scrap quilts magazine spring 2014


Two of my quilts were scrappy enough to make it into this magazine, “Scrap Quilts” by Fons & Porter!


I originally called this one “The 48 Pound Quilt.”  Six of the “pound” signs were on the back of the quilt.  They named it “42 Hashtags” for the magazine.  Don’t worry, I gave them the liberty to change the name.  They did a great job with setting up that photo!  I love that my quilts have a little bit of a modern flare to them.  This quilt was in the first Modern Quilt Guild display this last year, and when you google my name, this is usually one of the first images that pops up.  It’s still a favorite of mine!



This quilt, I have actually not posted yet on this blog.  I wanted to keep it a fun surprise for my readers (hi mom!).  This one was inspired by a previous quilt that I made, which Nova of “A cuppa and a catch up” used to make her beautiful quilt.  This pattern shows this quilt using my original block dimensions, but in a twin sized quilt.   As soon as I get it back, I’ll take more pictures and tell you more about it!


Thanks for visiting.  And if you want to know more about how to make these quilts, look for “Scrap Quilts” by Fons & Porter!







Dec 13

Dolce Star and House Collection quilts (80, 81, & 82)

I was running a little low on baby girl quilts, so I thought I would make a few.   Two of these are of the same design, and the middle one is a simple square quilt.

Ten Quilts ago, I had made a quilt using Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric.  I had a pile of “scraps” left from that quilt, and so I thought I would make a couple of baby quilts.

Dolce Stars quilt II

Dolce Stars II


I wanted to separate the large designs in the Dolce line with something, and so I came up with these scrappy looking wonky stars.  These stars are made from solids in my scraps and also some coordinating colors from a couple of stacks of Kona Charms, which I now consider a necessity in any quilter’s stash.  They are tiny and were hard to make, but I love the effect!

Dolce fabric quilt

After making the two quilt tops, I had a few extra stars.  I added a row of them to the back of one of the quilts.

Lizzie collection quilt back

The two large panels on this quilt are from Anna Griffin’s Lizzie Collection.  They are the same design, but one in a light blue, and one in a celery green.  The other Dolce Stars Quilt uses the blue as the back.  They are both bound with Kona Robin’s Egg blue.

My other quilt was a way for me to take a mental break with quilting.  I needed to make something simple.  Thus, a simple square quilt.

It is made with Annette Tatum’s House collection fabric.  At first, this collection seems to be a bunch of random fabrics jumbled together, but I really like the effect.  It’s like having a quilt made from my stash, only I don’t need a stash.

Annette Tatum's House collection used in a quilt

 I love the soft colors, and the gentle designs of these fabrics.  I think it makes a quaint little baby girl quilt.  The back uses the same Lizzie Collection celery green as found in the Dolce Star’s quilt.  It is also bound in Kona Robin Egg.

The Dolce Stars quilts were 38.5 inches x 40 inches before washing, 36 inches by 37.5 inches after washing.

The House Collection quilt was 40 inches by 48 inches before washing, 38 inches by 45.5 after washing.

It feels great to have these done.  Baby quilts are such a great change from twin quilts.  Thanks for stopping by!


Oct 10

Scrap Vomit / Technicolor Yawn Quilt Finished (74)

Scrap Vomit Quilt

What started off as thousands and thousands of scrap 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares ended up being this fun new quilt!  Using Katy’s tutorial, I was able to make this quilt top in a twin bed size (before washing, it was 69.5 x 97, after washing, it s 66 x 93).  I altered her tutorial just a little when I made 18 blocks of the diamond shape instead of the 17 in the tutorial.  The reason is, I really liked having all of the diamond shapes in the corners of the quilt.  With this change, I was supposed to only make 17 of the 7 square by 7 square scrappy blocks, but I made an extra one.  And, I of course had to use it, so I put it on the back.

technicolor yawn quilt back.

I had a hard time placing this square in the front because it had very little orange and red, and a lot of blue and green.  But, all alone back here, you can’t even tell:)

scrap vomit quilt back

The back is a fabric called “Sugar Pop! by Liz Scott for Moda.

I used a new-to-me free motion quilting design.  I love how the rainbow design looks on quilts, but I noticed they were usually hand quilted or long arm quilted.  I wanted to give that same effect with a free motion effort.  So, I came up with this design.  This is an area where I started working with this new quilting design.

free motion quilt pattern

By the time I got to the end of the quilt, I think I got a little bit better at it.  🙂

free motion quilt design

I used a sage green thread to quilt the rainbows, mostly because I had a lot and I didn’t have any future projects in mind to use it.  And, it acts as a fairly neutral color in this quilt, since so much of it is green anyway.

And, just like Katy’s quilt, I had to bind it in black.  What an awesome frame for this quilt.  I’m not a fan of using a lot of black fabric, but I found it to be perfect for this particular pattern, and I agreed with Katy’s style in using the black for the diamonds and binding and the blue for the accent diamond.

Scrap vomit binding

My kid’s favorite part of the quilt is putting it over their heads and looking through it toward the light.  I’ll admit, it is one of my favorite parts, too!  Thanks for stopping by!

technicolor yawn quilt


Jul 20

Half Square Triangle Quilt, Part II (67)

I sold  a quilt last month, and within a few hours received a request to make another one just like it.  I’m not usually into making the same quilt twice (unless I am making them both at the same time), but I’m easily flattered :), so I decided to go ahead and make another one.

This quilt was 18 blocks wide and 23 blocks long.  Before washing, it measured 73 inches by 93 inches.  After washing, it shrank down to 69 inches by 89 inches.

The client asked for an aqua color for the background, and I have to admit that I am secretly in love with this color.  It was a perfect fit.  I also used some of the leftover prints to add a little design detail to the back.

She also wanted a scrappy binding, and I agree that it is a great way to frame this quilt.  I wanted it to be somewhat unified, so I went with cool colors for this binding.

Overall, I am so pleased with this quilt.  I used a straight line stitch echoing the vertical and horizontal seams 1/4 inch away from the seams.  I love this quilting style for this type of quilt.

Making a custom quilt was a little bit stressful, but she gave me creative freedom, and I think we were both in agreement about how the quilt should look in the end.  I hope she loves it!

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