Monday, May 31, 2010

Round Robin

The Quarter Inch Queens embarked on a Round Robin in May 2009. We each created a center square. These were passed to each bee member, each person adding something to the quilt top before passing it on to the next person. It was fun to come up with something creative and a challenge too! We finished them a year later and exchanged in May 2010. Here are the beautiful results....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


This quilt is a baby shower gift for my niece. I added a couple simple borders and pinwheels to make a panel look more interesting.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Half Square Trianges

I've been making Half Square Triangle (HST) for pinwheels. Here's the quickest way to make 8 HST.  From Debbie Caffrey's Power Cutting book.

How do you know what size to cut?  
Finished size HST plus 7/8's (.875) x 2 = size of square.  
Start with 2 squares.  Put the fabrics right-sides-together.

Make 2 cuts - half way across and half way down PLUS make 2 cuts diagonally.

Sew longest side of triangles. 
Chain sew and don't cut apart. 
Bring to the ironing board and press to dark side.
I set my iron on one while I open the next.


Now that they are all done, clip between each one.

Ready for a quick trim.

Start sewing the HST together.  Chain sew and iron the same way. 
Next, sew the two halves together and you have yourself a pinwheel!

Four HST make a pinwheel.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Mom Song

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there.

I can remember my Mom telling me some of those things! So Funny! My Mom has been gone nine years and I still miss her. But I'm very fortunate to have a great Mother-In-Law and Sister In-Laws ~ and I dedicate this video song to them! I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Licorice & Lace

This luscious quilt was made and quilted by Birgit Schueller of Germany.  She is a competition quilter and I just had to share it with you.  Looks like a Smoothing Iron pattern with scalloped edges.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

...We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. ...Abe Lincoln's proclamation of a day of national humility, fasting and prayer.

Amen and Amen!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco De Mayo Quilts

In honor of Cinco De Mayo.... here are some quilts. Karen Stone made these famous with her book and paper-piecing method.

I like the picture of the one on the bed. It looks like the pattern was enlarged.

I have one to quilt for a customer, so you'll be seeing pictures one day.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wedding Star

This beautiful double wedding ring quilt was pieced by Debra Janik for her daughter's wedding. It is a Judy Niemeyer pattern called Wedding Star (paper piecing).

The batiks look great! Debra must work good on deadlines because I just had enough time to quilt it and get it back to her 3 days before the wedding so she could finish the binding! It will be a wall hanging. I barely had time to hang it for a picture and it was gone!

All the arcs are SID (stitch-in-the-ditch), but no other quilting. The rest of the areas have feathers.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Green Geese

Sometimes these little wall hangings can take a lot of time. Especially if the piecing is small - like these flying geese.

Freehand feathers and continuous curves make up the quilting.