Saturday, March 21, 2020

tile, top completed

98 by 80 inches
112 blocks set 7 by 16

Block finishes 5 by 14 inches
Solid: two 3 by 7 1/2 inch rectangles, two 3 inch squares
Print: two 3 by 7 1/2 inch rectangles, two 3 inch squares
I used Doug Leko's folded corner ruler but any sew-and-flip method would work.

Press alternate blocks center seams up or down.
Sew into pairs then into four-block-units.
Sew three of the units into a row
Sew 7 rows
Press alternate rows left or right
Sew rows together; I pressed each row upwards.
I like the secondary lozenge shape that shows up where four blocks meet
Four block unit
There are lots of points matching with the joining the blocks but it was not difficult. Final assembly is really easy with all seams nesting and no points meeting.

Tile is based on an actual tiling pattern often called Portuguese Tile. There are several commercial patterns out there but I drew mine from an actual tile floor.
Usually it is made in two colors. It works well with this solids on prints style.

I started this quilt on LeClaire in 2017. I returned to it in December and it has been a really pleasant quilt to work on these past couple of months.

My design. Use at your pleasure.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Trudy Hughes pattern, I pieced this in the late 1980s
I remember making this but do not remember who designed it
I used the Blanche Young method for this, at least 25 years ago
My design! Search under Party Line

Bin o' bindings
I was missing binding handwork as I find that to be contemplative.
Seth and I are on a mission to do a project every day, and in cleaning out a closet we came upon four un-bound quilts. Yesterday I spent a couple hours doing the machine work of binding.
I was able to jump right into it because I have a bin where I keep leftover bindings.
My preference is a bias french fold binding and a bit wider one. I keep it stored on spent spools.
I used to cut my bindings  at 3 1/2 inches, but for about a decade have been cutting them 3 inches. They fold to 1 1/2 and with the edge of my walking foot as my guide the front has a bit under 1/2 inch showing.
Two of these quilts have scrappy bindings. My bin still has some that were cut 3 1/2 so I took a sliver off the  edge to get them to work with the 3 inch cut ones.

I have since found another unbound quilt and another with just the handwork left.
Much contemplative time for me.

"And Mary pondered all these things in her heart."

Friday, March 13, 2020

living with my quilts: sewing nook

Seth is home and helped hang the sampler in my sewing nook. 

Sunday, March 08, 2020


Block finishes 9 inches

My friend Erica made a scrap quilt on point with a log cabin variation. I loved it, revised the proportions, and adapted it to the solids/prints style.
My design from a traditional pattern. Use at your pleasure.

Fiddly cutting here but I think with great results.

Solid: One each of six rectangles cut from 1 1/2 inch strip: 9 1/2, 8 1/2, 6 1/2, 5 1/2, 3 1/2, 2 1/2
Print: One 2 1/2 inch square, One each of four rectangles cut from 2 1/2 inch
strip: 3 1/2, 5 1/2, 6 1/2, 8 1/2

I found it best to sew with the narrow solid on top at each stage

All pressing away from the 2 1/2 inch square
Patience corner pressing plan
I lay out several blocks at a time, keeping my master block in sight for sewing and for pressing.
There are several setting possibilities. I am leaning towards on point.

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.