An Angel Strippy Quilt

I made this queen size quilt a few years ago from stash fabric.  The technique I used was quilting them into strips and then binding them together.  It was easier then trying to quilt a queen size quilt on my domestic machine.  I don’t have the money to pay someone to quilt my quilts on…

The Tale of Two Creeper Quilts

Creeper is a character in the on line game called Minecraft.  It is a very popular game for little kids.  I made 2 twin size quilts to sell last summer at the Metro Con in Tampa.  My older grandkids had a craft booth there.  They didn’t sell so they are now up on Etsy.  My…

Sewing Together Batting Scraps

I was taught a technique of piecing batting together so there would not be any waste when I was young.  There was always stories that went along with why this was done.  In the early 20th century women was still carding their own in remote rural areas.  All the trimmings was saved and used from…

Fabric From The Past-Toile de Jouy

  Toile de Jouy simply means “cloth made in Jouy en Josas,” a village in southwest France.  This type of cloth was soon just called by this name even though it was made in other countries. The factory became famous because of it’s monochromatic prints of scenes with people in the French country side.  Come…

Rising Sun Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt

  This is the last block in this 19th century sampler quilt.  The block is the Rising Sun from the period just before the Civil War.  It was one of the few block patterns that had a name during that period.  I looked for a long time for this pattern on the internet but could…

Carolina Lilly Quilt Block – Sampler Quilt

  I needed more novelty blocks for my sampler quilt to give it more visual appeal.  I actually didn’t want to do any applique blocks in the series because I feel that technique needs to be taught in several lessons.  So that will make a future diary series for our group at a later time….

Hexagons-Sampler Quilt

  Hexagons was one of the earliest patterns that the ladies brought with them from Europe.  They would make their hexagons by folding paper and cutting.  Once they had their hexagon that they liked from that, then they would trace and cut the amount they would need.  Scissors were an expensive item and so were…

Elisabeth Gurney Frye-How Quilting Came to Australia

Quilting has a rich history in America but many quilters don’t realize that Australia also has a strong history in quilting. It played a major part in the women’s role in helping to settle that country too.  It was all because of one women named Elizabeth Gurney Frye.

Finishing up the Mariners Compass

Last time I went over the Mariner’s Compass but did not show how to set it in a square.  The way you sew this is a little different then the Drunker’s Path.  Curves can be very intimidating. The Mariner’s Compass takes some patients but it is not as hard as it looks. I cut out…

Mini Mariner’s Compass

I have a work in progress (WIP) that needed a Mini Mariner’s Compass for a focus point in a medallion quilt.  I thought I would do that before I make the Mariner’s Compass block for my Sampler Quilt.  This medallion quilt was started 5 years ago.  I won’t get it finished this year but probably…

Cats Cradle Quilt Block-Sampler Quilt.

I found this pattern on McCall’s Quilting web site.  It is a free pattern that you can copy.  http://www.mccallsquilting.com/qb/mccallsquilting/pattern_200/index.html The pattern is for a 12 1/2 inches block.  They offer it in the traditional layout in a quilt.  I chose to do an all blue block because blue and white quilts were often made because…