More Layouts


It is just too much fun to play with a new quilt design!

This block is a lot of fun

yesterday I posted these layouts

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here are just a few more

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In comments on yesterday’s post Isabel mentioned doing this design with striped fabrics….I think it is a great idea!    I think the look would be the same but it would make the piecing very fast!

Once I get it done I plan to write-up a pattern, and I think I will include a bunch of different layout options.

There are always leftover bits of fabrics….I have quite a pile of them

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I said yesterday that I was thinking about borders……I am planning to make borders with all these bits and pieces.


I will add a narrow border of solid….then this crazy pieced border…then another solid

My plan it to make all those scraps into one giant piece and then determine how wide to cut it so there is enough for a border….It looks like a ton of fabric but I wont really know until I put it all back together. It will likely be quite narrow.   If there is not enough for that it will make a pretty cool little wall quilt, and I wont feel like I wasted any fabric..

Happy Quilting


Room to work

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Yesterday I posted a picture of a new top I started….


I got 2 blocks finished and kept having to move piles of fabrics from other projects around to find room to work.   I decided that rather than put it all away I would get the piecing finished. If I put it away it tends to get forgotten.

Here is what was in the first pile.

I started the piecing on this one Nov 4th.

Here is the post about it and here

here are the 20 blocks I finished today.


different layouts change the look


We need to think about how to put them together because I like them all…I will likely change them around several more times because there are dozens more possibilities.

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I also might do a border….more about that later

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I am working on at least a few projects all the time.   For hand quilting I have the antique applique quilt in the hoop.  A few stains on this block.  They will likely not come out completely but that is the nature of antique tops…they are never perfect.


This one takes a lot of time.   But It will be worth the effort.

I started piecing the Bella Suede quilt.


First I divided the fabrics into 2 groups


The row on the left will be cut into squares and then half square triangles.  The row on the right will be cut into strips and then sewn into squares.

Here is a finished block


It is a 17 inch block.  Each block will be somewhat different because I will use all 30 of the fabrics.

I have a few other quilts in the piecing process so I will probably be working on 3 of them off and on when I am not hand quilting.

Teddy is patiently awaiting the arrival of Santa and being very good.


I hope he can last for a week.

Happy Quilting





I finished the Luxury Essentials quilt.

Here it is after the hand quilting was done.


Teddy Had to test it out


But he lost interest when I got out the ruler and rotary cutter to trim it….


I used almost every last bit of the fabric in the fat quarter bundle


But I saved 3 for the binding.   I cut the binding strips at 2.5 inches


And here it is bound


It is fresh out of the dryer after it had a good washing.    I used cotton batting so it has that crinkled look from the shrink which I love.

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Here is the back.


I started this one on Nov 17  ….see that post here

Here is a post about the quilting  which I started on Dec 1

and here is one about how to make the block

I am really happy with the finished quilt!
Now back to work on some of the others


Happy Quilting


Christmas photos


A few years I decided to make a Christmas quilt every year.  I take a picture of Teddy with the quilt .

Here is the first one I made


The next year I Hand quilted an antique red and green top

Christmas Quilt Finished

The back shows the quilting better



The next year I hand quilted a vintage table cloth


I added the red border



I didn’t get one done last year :(   I finished 12 quilts but no Christmas quilt.

This year I am counting the Reindeer Snowflake quilt as the Christmas Quilt


and the tree skirt


I didn’t make a full-sized Christmas quilt this year…..and Teddy went to the groomer today and is looking particularly festive so I took a few pictures of him with the quilt I am working on today.

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I should have this quilt done this week if all goes well

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I have spent the day hand quilting the Luxury Essentials quilt.


and while I am quilting I have time to think.   (Teddy thinks too, but I suspect we think about different things. )

I have been thinking and thinking about what I will make with the Bella Suede bundle of fabric.


I have a few dozen Ideas of quilts that I think would be great with these fabrics so it will be hard to make up my mind. I suspect I won’t know for sure until I actually start.  I really hardly ever start with a fully developed plan.

I hope to have the current quilt finished in the next week or so, and getting close to the end of one always makes me get excited about the next one.

I already have a dozen or more in progress but I can’t keep from thinking about more.   So many ideas, so many dreams, so much fun!

The Holiday Season gets a little hectic and we tend to get stressed and frantic but quilting is so calming and such a great stress relief.    I hope you can take some time for yourself in the coming days to relax and quilt and think  and dream.

Happy quilting

Learning from the past


I have hand quilted many vintage and antique quilt tops.  I have close to 300 old tops in my collection.  I have looked at and worked on a lot of quilts.  These old quilts can teach us much.    Today I am working on hand quilting this top that I made.


I realize that my perspective has been influenced by all the old tops I work on.    As I work at hand quilting this one I see that some of my seams aren’t meeting up perfectly.  Click on the picture blow to enlarge it and you can see that some of the seams don’t line up perfectly…I circled them in yellow.

bad points

Perfectionists and quilt police might need to cover their ears now.   It doesn’t bother me at all!   It is not perfect and I am totally OK with that.  All of the antique tops I have worked on have many imperfections and I don’t think it detracts from them at all.

Look at how uneven the borders are on this


They are irregular in width and quilt wavy the quilt is not square and I still think it looks great.

Quilt makers in the past didn’t have a million specialty rulers, rotary cutters, die cutters, computer programs, fancy machines, detailed patterns, and shelves full of quilting books.   They had a basic machine (or just a needle and thread) and cardboard templates, scissors, and a pencil.   They made beautiful quilts!  Beautiful but NOT perfect.   I am not saying that we should not try to be accurate, or that we shouldn’t use new technology, what I am saying is that sometimes it is a good idea to look at the big picture.   The world isn’t going to end if all your points don’t match.  The quilt police are not coming to your house to arrest you if one side of your quilt is 1/2′ longer than the other.  If you ran out of fabric and had to piece 2 chunks together to make one it will not make it less beautiful.

Look at this antique top


I think it will make a great quilt, but it is not perfect…..look at the piecing


chopped of points and 2 fabrics joined to make one square, and it still works.

here is one I quilted a few years ago


if you look closer you can see the imperfections in the piecing


Each block was made by a different person and they are all different so none of them line up correctly.   This does not make it a failed quilt….it makes it unique.

That is a pretty extreme example of points not matching and those I make aren’t that off, but it illustrates the point.   If it isn’t perfect it is not a disaster.

So do your best and use all the techniques you have learned but if a point gets cut off or a seam doesn’t line up perfectly don’t lose sleep over it, our quilting past is full of imperfect quilts and they are no less beautiful or treasured because of it.

Happy Quilting