Sunday, February 16, 2020


Block finishes 7 by 9 inches.
There are lots of variations on this out there.
Mine is pretty simple. I plan to off-set these. Or not.

Solid: one rectangle 1 1/2 by 5 inches; two rectangles 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
Print: one rectangle 4 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, three rectangles 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches

Pressing: all seams away from center rectangle. Wait to press last seam until setting the blocks.
straight set

Sunday, February 09, 2020

patience corner

Patience corner, finishes 8 inches
Patience corner
Block finishes 8 inches

Solid: four rectangles 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches, four rectangles 1 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
Print: four 3 1/2 inch squares

When sewing each quarter, press away from print square.
When sewing two quarters together, press to the print square.
Leave center seam unpressed until top assembly time.
Patience corner, pressing plan
Patience corner is one of my favorite blocks. There is a visual disruption going on that makes things a bit juggled. When set together a lattice forms over the quilt top.
It is a block that makes a great setting for small quilt blocks. I used it in a Temecula sew-a-long last year, using it to set 4 inch sampler blocks.
It is also a block that can have different proportions between the elements and several ways to lay out. It would work well on point too.

My design from a traditional pattern. Use at your pleasure.

Monday, February 03, 2020

solids on prints: alphabet

Alphabet, 2020
Alphabet, detail, block finishes 13 1/2 by 9 inches
Alphabet, made using the McCall's Best Day Ever letters, with a few variations of my own. Set is my design.

Jump rope
Queen Anne's Lace

Saturday, January 25, 2020

solids on prints: classics: churn dash, shoo-fly, framed nine-patch

Churn dash, 2015
Churn dash, detail, block finishes 9 inches
Shoofly, 2016
Shoofly, block finishes 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches
Framed Nine-patch, 2016
Framed Nine-patch detail, block finishes 7 1/2 inches
I group these three early in the series quilts as Classic blocks. Churn dash was the second and Shoofly the third. Framed Nine-patch was a few later.
Shoofly is not made in the traditional way, rather with a float method using flipped corners.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

patience corner sampler, quilt completed

Patience Corner Sampler, 2020
Tememcula Quilts had a sew-a-long in 2018:
Her delightful quilt lead to this one. I followed along for a few blocks then started making whatever came to mind. The little blocks finish at 4 inches.

I explain my patience corner set here:
I plan to hang it in my sewing nook once I can convince anyone to climb a ladder.

Monday, January 20, 2020

solids on prints: stars: friendship star, evening star

Star, 2018
Star, detail, block finishes 9 inches
Evening Star, 2019
Evening Star, detail, block finishes 12 inches
I kept the centers of these stars open to have a lighter feel to the blocks.
We don't see many stars in the city, something I miss from growing up on the farm.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

solids on prints: objects: ship, barn, basket

...and All Ships at Sea, 2016
...and All Ships at Sea, detail, block finishes 12 inches
Barn, 2019
Barn, detail, block finishes 8 by 6 inches
Basket, 2019
Basket, detail, block finishes 8 inches
Seth helped me figure out a good space to photograph my finished quilts. This will be an ongoing project. I am grouping by how I organize them in my head.

This first batch is of objects and starts with ...and All Ships at Sea, the first quilt in this series. It was made along with the delightful cspoonquilts sew-a-long based on a vintage quilt that Barbara Brackman posted.

Second is Barn, designed to commemorate the barns on our farm.

Basket celebrates my mother's flower and vegetable gardens and orchards.