Saturday, April 02, 2011


This is a quilt I've designed and am collecting fabrics for - eventually it will be my stepson's quilt.

I saw a similar star log cabin in a log cabin book a few years ago, and based my design on that, with several changes.

While this quilt is only 4 colors (counting the light an darker yellows), you can collect as many fabrics for it as possible.

To rotary cut this quilt without dealing with 1/8 and 1/16 cuts, the finished size of each block will be 12 inches square, and the finished size of the quilt (including 1 inch borders) will be 86 x 86.

You will need:

REDS:   1 1/2 yards - (one or more reds)
DARK YELLOWS:   1 1/2 yards (one or more dark yellows/golds)
BLACK OR READS BLACK:  5 5/8 (one or more blacks - also this includes the border)
LIGHT YELLOWS:  1 1/4 yards (one or more lighter yellows/golds).

Now then, start collecting your fabrics.  When you've collected your fabrics (I think I'm still collecting mine), wash, press, and starting cutting :

REDS 2 1/2 inch squares (you will need 21)
DARK YELLOW  2 1/2 inch squares  (you will need 28)

I prefer the "personal measurement method" of sewing log cabins, so cut 1 1/2 inch strips (x width of fabric), rather than cut each square before you've measured.

Next time we'll start sewing these log cabins together.  Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Infinite Variety - From Red and White to Mostly Red to Talavera

The American Folk Art Museum in New York currently has the quilt world oohing and aahing over their show "Infinite Variety:  Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts"

Not my quilt!

There are loads of pictures on the above site, flickr, facebook - all celebrating the uniqueness of the two color quilt. 
I've always loved a red and white house quilt, but then again, I like them in blue and white (which I've made and my kid hasn't hung up in his house yet!) too.  This show has my design juices wanting to make a red and white quilt - trouble is, which one?  I'd like to do a traditional quilt in red and white.

If you go to Pat Sloan's blog, (click above), she is going to be doing a challenge later for red and white quilts.  Hmmm.... maybe that's the push I need?

Meanwhile, here is a picture of a quilt that started as a red and white.  I soon figured out you can't really do a two color bargello.  So I decided to use the color wheel instead, but still wanted a predominately red quilt.

Eula Lang of Quilting Bits n Pieces (click here) has now quilted this gem from the early 90s.  If I can, I'll get a close up of her quilting.  Every section is something different.
  I'm in the process of sewing the binding now.

 It's been a love-hate relationship with this quilt, but since I discovered that the colors go well with my talavera pottery collection, I'm in love again!

Talavera fruit bowl

Monday, March 28, 2011

Linda's tree skirt

This is the same pattern as the tree skirt below.  Linda likes peaches and burgundies.  This was machine pieced, hand quilted.

For My Husband

This is a picture from before quilting.  I'm binding this now, and will take another picture afterwards.  My friend, Eula Lang (Quilting Bits n Pieces in Eudora Kansas) quilted this - there are 4 eagles - one in each corner; the Air Force emblem in the center, feathered wreaths, and stippling throughout.  Absolutely stunning!!!!! 

Desert Quilting

Here in the sonoran desert it gets warm.  Okay, it gets hot.  Darn hot.  How do you quilt when it's hot?  You turn on the a/c!
We are too busy playing outdoors the other 3 seasons of the year.  Most of my quilting gets done during the summer months.  Right now I'm gearing up for hot weather.  I have quilts to bind, quilts to quilt...

I thought I'd show you a little of what's been happening in my quilt world.

It's just a snippet, and not a quilt, but I finished my daughter in law's afghan.  Try crocheting an afghan when it's 110 outside!  I do need a better picture of the afghan.  She picked out some gorgeous colors!

Of course the model (yes, asleep) is a downright cutie pie!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Long Time!

I hadn't realized how long it has been since I've blogged! I'll be adding the blogs I'm following, along with pictures of things I've been doing.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Granddaughter Quilt -

This is the quilt I made for our oldest granddaughter. She picked out most of the fabrics. It's hand embroidered, hand appliqued, machine pieced, hand quilted. She was able to follow it's making (since she moved to Georgia with her family) on her own blog -
So each of our four grandchildren have one hand quilted, and in most cases, hand pieced and/or appliqued and/or embroidered quilt from me.

Tree skirt, grandmother's flower garden

The grandmother's flower garden pictured here was made for my first grandson Joshua. Hand pieced, using 30s reproduction fabrics, and hand quilted. I'd love to make another one, and keep playing with designs.

The tree skirt is one of two - this one was made in traditional reds and greens for my son Erik and his family. Machine pieced and machine quilted, the quilting includes the names of the family (including Ethan), and of course the family dog, Scooter!)

Tree skirt completed
Josh's baby quilt

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

For My Husband

Here's a Kokopelli I made for my husband. It's machine appliqued and quilted, and heavily embellished with beading and stones.

Grandchild Quilts

Here are some quilts I've made for our Grandchildren:

The kitty quilt is a reproduction of my son's baby quilt - this was made for our second grandson.

 The irish chain variation was created and made by me for our second granddaughter.

Ring Bearer pillow

This is a ring bearer pillow that I made for my niece's wedding. The work of 3 generations of women in our family is included in this pillow - my grandmother (her great-grandmother); my mother, her mother, and my own work.