Tag Archives: Simple Quilt

2016-8 Dutchman Puzzle Topper


This topper was made with some leftover blocks from a workshop I led.  With just enough flying geese to make four Dutchman Puzzle blocks, I decided to put them together into a table topper.   There was enough fabric left over to add the navy sashing and yellow inner border and navy outer border.  The backing fabric is the same as the light blue flying geese.

The quilting is done in a medium blue thread that goes well with the navy fabrics, but seems too contrasting on the yellow.  If I were to do this over, I would change my quilting designs so that I could custom quilt the yellow flying geese with yellow thread.  We live and we learn.  That is one of the things I find quite inspiring about quilting.  We can always find a way to do it better the next time!


2015-36: Pink Duckies

Pink Duckies

I ran into a phenomenal deal on the fabric for this quilt, so I bought the remainder of the bolt.  Number twelve is the last of the lot.  I am glad they are all done!  It feels like I have worked on this quilt forever!  The good news is that I have many baby quilts finished and ready to give away whenever the need arises.

They were quilted with a digital design called Bubblelicious by Lisa Calle that goes well with the printed panel design.  They were hand bound with a coordinating fabric.



2015-33: Joy and Sorrow

Black Mosaic

This queen sized quilt began when I was looking for a mindless sewing project while a good friend was dying.  I found it difficult to concentrate on anything more complex and needed to keep my hands busy.  I made these stitch and flip blocks on a fabric foundation and then squared them to 14 inches.  They sat in my UFO cupboard for several years until I decided that they had to be finished into a quilt.

To control the chaos of the blocks and give the eye a place to rest, I sashed and bordered them wit solid black and inserted a red stop border to contain the rambunctious color.    It was quilted with red thread using a digital design called Amish Feather by Ann Bright.  The quilting adds a delightful element that pulls it all together.  The binding is the same red of the stop border.  The wide backing is a muted red and black paisley design.

My friend Amy suggested the name “Joy and Sorrow”.  We feel sorrow at the loss of our friend, but joyful when we look at the creation that came from our period of grief.  While it is not a typical memory quilt, for me it is a strong memorial to our friend.

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2015 Wellesley Fall Fair.



2014-5: Double Chain

Double Chain

This quilt was made from a traditional pattern called Double Chain, which was printed in 1881 in Godey’s Ladies Book.  It is fairly simple to piece, once you figure out the best way to lay your patches to avoid piecing confusion.  It uses the partial piecing technique, which is fairly simple in this case.  This made a nice dent in my stash of light and dark blue scraps!

The quilting design is called Along the Way, by Anne Bright.  It was done in a dark turquoise thread which gave nice definition and texture to the quilt.

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2014 Caledon Fair and the 2015 Drayton Fair.  It won second place at the District 7 competition in 2015.  It now goes to Michael and Rory for their wedding quilt.

2013-18: Holiday Squares

Scrappy Blue QuiltThis scrap quilt was made with left-over 2.5 inch squares from several other projects.  Early on, I decided the size of the blocks would be 5 squares across by 7 down.  I simply made up the blocks as I collected the squares.  It took several years before the blocks were finished,

Then, of course, it took a few more years until I was inspired to add sashing and borders .  I had originally intended to put yellow sashing with the blue, but when it was on the design wall, I felt the yellow was too overpowering.  I substituted this blue pinstripe.  It is definitely softer, although I find the quilt a bit gloomy for my tastes.

The finished quilt is 80″ by 96″ and is densely quilted with the pantograph called Red Oak by Nancy Haacke.  The thread is Superior So Fine on top and Superior Bottom Line in the bobbin.  The binding is applied by machine to the front and invisibly stitched on the back with Superior MonoPoly.

The two thumbs in the photo belong to my 6’2″ husband and 6’3″ son who were pressed into quilt-holding duties!

A week of outreach quilts

Since I returned from Paducah, I have been working feverishly to finish some client quilts and a group of community outreach quilts.  On Wednesday next week, we will be donating a large group of quilts to Victim Services and another six to eight quilts to the group Women in Crisis.

One of my goals as chair of the community outreach committed was to use the stash we had on hand.  During the winter, we had a few cutting days when we cut all of our scrap flannel pieces into tumbler blocks, using my AccuQuilt Studio cutter.  Then we sorted the fabrics into 30 color coordinated packages of 100 tumblers, When set 10 across and ten down, they make a quilt about 44 by 60 inches.  Members of our guild then signed out the kits and assembled the quilt tops and returned them for quilting.

Here are the resulting tops, now quilted.  They went out yesterday to other guild members, Joan, Kay and Judy for binding and labeling.  These all will be donated on Wednesday to Victim Services.

I’m delighted with the wonderful quilts made from a pile of seemingly chaotic scrap.  Don’t they look great?

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2012-30: Modern Jelly Roll – Strip challenge

Modern Jelly RollThis quilt is made in a jelly roll fashion, using 2.5 inch strips, with the addition of a 2.5 inch square to join the strips.  This quilt  was made with the left over yellow and orange fabrics after all the other challenge packages were assembled.  I have never done a jelly roll race quilt- typically, I do not care for the design of it.  However when I saw an example of this quilt, which was called a modern jelly roll, I thought it had a bit more style.  I decided to try it with this set of strips.  Some of the strips were width of fabric, but most were much shorter because they were cut from scraps.  The short length strips allowed for more orange squares to be added.  Once I made the long length, I then started to assemble in jelly roll fashion – sewing the two ends together, sewing, trimming and then repeating.  When my strips were about 15 inches wide, I opted to calculate out the best way to finish – continue on in the jelly roll fashion or cut to the desired width.  I opted to divide my length of strip into five and then joined those five pieces together to finish the top.  If I would have continued on with the jelly roll method, the finished top would have been long and narrow.  This of course, was due to working with a group of fabrics that were various lengths.  I suspect I started out with more fabric than the commercial jelly roll bundle.

Joan, a guild member told me this quilt is also called a Potato Chip Quilt “because you can’t make just one”.   A Google search shows Potato Chip quilts that are very similar to this one.  The only difference seems to be a double square – one light and one dark that joins the dark and light strips to each other.

The top was quilted in a simple loop meander using a gold cotton wrapped poly on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  It was machine bound with a solid orange cotton binding.

The quilt finished at 42″ x 66″ and will go into the community Outreach inventory to be given away to a community organization at a later date.