Category Archives: Quilting and Sewing

Raspberry Applique Blocks Assembled

Early this year I started a new applique project, Raspberry Applique, a monthly block of the month pattern available at Raspberry Spool.  Crystal created each block based on different flowers and bushes indigenous to Australia.  I wanted to use applique in a new way, or with a new style, so this was a great fit.

I purchased the pattern and stalled instead of starting.  Unable to decide on fabrics, I fell behind for several months.  Then one day I was looking through my Amy Butler fabrics, thinking sadly of her retirement from fabric design, when the idea to use her fabrics in this project struck me.

This quilt is an education in layering prints and designs in a bold and busy way.  I would like to get really good at it, and I deliberated carefully over my fabric choices for each block.  Some turned out perfect; others I would change.  But I’m learning.  I like to have a new goal with each quilt I make, and using busy prints together successfully is my goal with this quilt.

Some blocks have great contrast while others blend together; I tried to balance all of this both in my blocks and in the layout.

After completing all nine blocks I decided that there will be no solids in this quilt, and the only white will come in the prints I use.  I want a bright, lavish quilt.

To accomplish my goal I used Kaffe polka dots in a different color for sashing around each block.  Knowing the friendship between Amy and Kaffe, and how his designs influenced her artwork, it felt appropriate to introduce the dots.  It also helps add more color and whimsy to the quilt.

This is where the raspberry applique pattern ends and my own design will begin.  I will turn this project on point and design four large corner pieces to frame the applique blocks.  It’s going to be big and bold and gorgeous, even though I have no idea yet what I’ll do!  I’m excited to explore the unfolding of this quilt in coming months.

For now, life’s a little crazy and I need a guest room – so no space for chaotic sewing and fabric everywhere.  It will have to wait, but it does beckon me every time I walk past…

This is a design project I can’t wait to get back to!

Baby Girl Color Stack Quilt

The Color Stack Quilt pattern is my current go-to pattern for making baby quilts as gifts.  The quick cutting, piecing and quilting are a good fit for my busy schedule, and I especially love the design.  I also love exploring color and fabric combinations with this pattern.  When a dear friend announced another grandbaby on the way, my first thought was of making a baby girl color stack quilt.

I pictured neutrals with soft pastels and started pulling fabrics.  The stack was so pretty that I couldn’t resist photos next to my peonies – the perfect combination.

The quilt top is exactly what I hoped it would be:  soft and subtle but full of color and movement.

I love the feeling of looking at a quilt top and seeing favorite designers, prints and colors all represented.  This baby girl color stack quilt features prints from 2 dozen different designers whose work I admire.

I quilted the baby quilt with straight lines along the seams for no distractions and a really soft quilt.

I hope this quilt will be well used and bring warmth and comfort to a tiny little one.

The backing is a Heather Ross print I’ve been saving, and the binding is an Art Gallery print.

If you’re looking for a baby quilt pattern that only requires a few hours of work, has a modern feel that works for boys or girls, can be made with all sorts of fabrics, and is fun to sew, I hope you’ll check out the Baby Color Stack quilt pattern.  Since it includes instructions for both baby and throw sizes, you may end up making one for yourself too!

Happy Sewing,


Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along: Assemble Star & Add Background

Welcome to Week Three of the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along!  If you’re just joining us, it’s not too late.  The pattern is available here and you can jump in anytime.  We’re going to finish our tree skirts well before Christmas!

Last week we sewed our strips into eight large diamonds.  This week we will sew the diamonds into a star and add our background.  Once again, BE CAREFUL  in handling your fabric.  You have a lot of bias edges and don’t want to stretch them!  The video is in two parts again this week.  In them you will find my tips for marking, pinning, and sewing – including how to sew a y-seam.  You will finish your quilt top this week!

Let’s do this!

The first video is about assembling your star, and the second video is about sewing a y-seam to add your background pieces.

That’s it!
Here is one more look at my layout options with my eight diamonds completed:

I chose the left option with red in the center, and my diamonds look great when sewn into sets of two.

And my finished quilt top after all the background pieces were added and the star sewn together:

I’m excited about my star and can’t wait to quilt it!

We will meet back here next Monday for week four of the sew along.  Please share your progress with the hashtags #lonestartreeskirt and #hopefulhomemaker.  I have seen some beautiful stars!

Remember that all posts for this project can be found on the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page.

Have a great week, and happy sewing!

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