Category Archives: Quilting and Sewing

Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Blocks

I’ve had my eye on this quilt along for a few months now.  Naturally, now that those who’ve been quilting along with Rachel’s posts are FINISHED with their quilts, I decided to throw in and make one.  Oh well.

I decided to use my Rural Jardin layer cake for this project.  I’m using a cream colored Bella solid with it, and am excited to see how the whole red, white and blue with a twist theme works in this quilt.  I had a red, white and blue quilt all planned to make in May, but that’s not happening right now so this looks like a fun, fast substitute.

Last night I put together the first two blocks, making two blocks of each.  Part way into the cutting I realized that you can’t really get the first block out of a layer cake piece unless you have two of the same print in the stack.  I decided to throw in two secondary prints instead of one, but used prints that are similar in color.  This let me alternate them.

I like how they turned out.  Block Two was simple and fast.  Here they are:

Two down, six to go.  This will be fun!  Anyone want to join me?  (Em, have you cut into your layer cake yet?)

HH

Martinique Quilt

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching my sister how to put borders on a quilt top.  For the center of the quilt, she used a 1.5 yard piece of the already pieced patchwork squares from the Martinique collection. My Mom bought her the fabric as a birthday gift.

She chose a pintuck fabric for the stop border, and the most gorgeous aqua print I’ve ever seen for the outer border.  Because we used the already pieced fabric for the center of the quilt, this project was completed very quickly.  Here is my happy sister displaying her work.

This fabric is so beautiful.  I’ve been tempted to buy some on multiple occasions, but have resisted.  I’m hoping that helping with this quilt will be enough to satisfy.   Can you believe how pretty it is?  I love it.

In addition to the beauty of the fabric, it’s exciting that my sister enjoys quilting enough to keep trying it.  I know she’s got another plan in the works for an Amy Butler quilt.  My sister in Colorado also loves quilting fabric.  It would be so cool to make a quilt with her as well.  I’d love to make one with my Mom, too.  We just might end up with a family of girls who love this hobby… I hope!

Now her quilt is off to the quilters and then she gets to learn how to bind it.  You’ve gotta love quick and simple projects.  And sisters.  And Moms.  I really love those, too.

Jennifer

Quilting Away…

Right now my sewing table looks like this:

I finally found the courage to quilt my Wild Thing quilt.  In 5 or 10 minute segments I’m making progress on it.  So far I’m really excited about how it looks.

Reminder to self:  Next time you think you need to try to talk through a concern/worry/problem, try quilting for 30 minutes and see if it doesn’t save you tears, frustration and a headache.  Sewing is good therapy.

I’m excited to show you the finished product.  Hopefully it will be soon!

Jennifer

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