Tagged: twin quilt

Jan 13

DS Picnics and Fairgrounds Log Cabin Quilt complete! (83)

I don’t know how to take good photos of a whole quilt.  The best I can do is grab those pant hangers, hang it up on my fence, and try to take pictures of it .  The sun is usually behind the fence, and so I often get a soft look to the quilt because my camera is fighting with background light.

The great thing about the hangers, though, is that I can twist the metal part of the hanger around, and flip the quilt around without having to re-attach it to the hangers each time.

And this is the quilt back.  I was mostly just having fun with this.  I wanted to add the left-over log cabin block I had, so this is how I put it together.  I think it is fun, and it adds another dimension to the quilt.  The solid back here is Kona Delft.

Making the log cabins was easy.  I just made all of the strips 2.5 inches, and for each block, used 2 pieces of 2.5 x 2.5, two strips of 2.5 x 4.5, two strips of 2.5 x 6.5, two strips of 2.5 x 8.5 and one strip of 2.5 x 10.5.  I used Kona Snow for the sashing.

scrappy log cabin quilt

 I used the DS picnics and fairground’s blue with small flowers for the binding.  I think it adds a quaintness to this quilt and frames it well.

This quilt was 74 inches x 97.5 inches before washing, 72 inches by 94 inches after washing.  This is what I would consider to be an oversized twin quilt.  It was a lot of fun to make!

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Nov 17

Scrappy Staircase Quilt (77)

steps quilt scrappy

I am really really liking working with scraps.  I had a bunch of strings that were no more than 2.25 inches wide, which wasn’t wide enough to add to my “scrap vomit” quilt, so I put them all in one large grocery bag and waited.  I knew I wanted to make a string quilt of sorts, and debated between spider web quilt and string-X quilts.  Neither won, but I still plan on making one of each in the future.

I had an idea a while back to use money mailers as the foundation for paper piecing string blocks.   After I look through them and pull out the ones that I’ll use, I save the others.  They measure 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  And, with a little bit of inspiration here and here (different varieties of stair quilts), this is how this quilt began.


I am going to show with pictures how to assemble these blocks.  Feel free to scroll down to the end to see more pictures of the finished quilt :).

Using glue stick, glue first strip to paper. Be sure the fabric covers across the entire width of paper. It should be at least 5.5 inches long.


Add a strip on top of the original, aligning the right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch from right edge of fabric, sewing through paper and fabric.


Press strips open at seams with iron. This image shows my original strip with additional strips on both sides.


Continue adding strips to either side. Use iron to press fabric open.

Continue adding strips to either side. Use iron to press fabric open.


Here is the block once it is covered completely with fabric.

Here is the block once it is covered completely with fabric.


A view of the rough block from the back

A view of the rough block from the back


Using a rotary blade and ruler, cut along the edge of paper to remove excess fabric.


Remove excess fabric from all sides.


Completed block. Using this block, you can add to it to make a variety of different quilt designs.


I added a 3.5 inch by 8.5 inch white strip of fabric to the block. Make sure to sew with fabric down instead of paper down, or the feed dogs will slip under the fabric.


Here is the final block.


Using 99 of these blocks, I made this staircase pattern with 11 rows of 9 blocks.  Here was my layout.

staircase quilt

I used a typical free motion meandering to quilt it all together.  Here are some close ups.

steps quilt

I used a fun house fabric I found from Ikea for the backing.  I’ll be honest, every time I see this fabric, I want to grab some markers and color in those houses.

I have donated this quilt to our local PTA to be auctioned.  It measures 68 inches by 84 inches (71 x 87 before washing).

So that is it!  Thanks for coming!

steps quilt


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


Aug 01

Dolce Quilt (69)

This quilt has been begging to be finished for a long time.

I showed the initial design here,

Then, it sat in a lap quilt sized quilt top state for a long time,

Until I finally decided to make it a twin quilt instead of a lap quilt.

So, here it is!

Dolce Quilt

I’m glad I decided to make it larger, because I think it is perfect for a little girl’s bed quilt.  These fabrics has such beautiful designs, including flowers, birds, branches, bamboo, and so many other organic and geometric designs.  I’ve heard that it has an Asian feel to it, and I can see that.

Dolce Quilt Tanya Whelan

I loved piecing this quilt together, even though those white strips were only 1.5 inches long, resulting in a one inch strip in the final quilt.

Dolce quilt

I had previously purchased a LOT of Kona Aqua for my last quilt, as soon as I saw it next to the quilt top, I knew it had to be the backing of this quilt.  I added large pieces of the Dolce Fabric on the back of this quilt.  I love making quilts somewhat double sided.

Dolce quilt binding

I used, what I think is Kona Carnation for the binding of this quilt.   I think it adds a soft frame to this soft looking quilt.

Dolce Quilt

This quilt ended up being 70 inches wide and 95 inches tall before washing.  I haven’t washed it yet, but when I do I’ll list the final dimensions.

Thanks for visiting!


Mar 28

Half Square Triangle Quilt Complete! (59)

Last Monday, I joined Amy’s “One thing, One Week” challenge.  I wanted to finish my half square triangle quilt.  Well, I got it done!


I have always wanted to do a half square triangle quilt, well, a big one anyway.  And, while blog browsing, I saw that a few people following Liz’s Blog were making one as well, so I decided to join along.  Using my stash, made over 400 half square triangles.   I sewed them first into rows of 18, and then pieced 22 rows together.


Using my Grass Green Kona and strips of left over fabric, I pieced a fun quilt back.



After working on my Flying Geese Quilt “Lemonade Stand,” I vowed to never do straight line quilting on a large quilt again.  But, this one was begging for it.  So, I went ahead and stitched around most of the seams, but I decided that stitching next to the diagonal seams would be overkill.  I love the look of it.  And, I think I am finally over my fear of straight line quilting!  (BTW, the wrinkles seen on the back of the quilt are from shadows, not from sewing over puckers.  Ever since I’ve used Crazy Mom Quilt’s basting tutorial, I have had VERY VERY few puckers in my quilts, all of them easily fixable.)

This quilt measures 94.5 inches by 70.5 inches after washing.  I forgot to measure it before washing, but it was probably 72 x 96.  This size makes it a very generous twin sized quilt.


I also chose to do a scrappy binding.  I had a lot of fabric choices for the binding, but I chose to stick with the cooler colors of green, blue, and purple.

I also had exactly enough left over HST’s to make a quilted pillow sham, with the grass green Kona for the back, and the left over scrappy binding.


So, here it is.  Thanks for stopping by!