Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rifle Paper Company Quilt

I've been a big fan of Rifle Paper Company after swooning over their products in Anthropologie years ago. So there was no question as to whether I'd make something with their first fabric line for Cotton + Steel, Les Fleurs!

I wanted to make something that really showcased my favorite prints in the line, so I kept my fabric choices limited to the floral prints with come C+S basics and some solids.

You can see the individual block and the pattern source here.

For the quilting, I kept it simple. Straight diagonal lines that don't detract from the piecing. I'm really drawn to simple quilting lately. It's not stressful and does the job well!

The back is another print from the line Les Fleurs and I bound the quilt in the smaller navy print.

This quilt had a ton of half square triangles, so it was a slow process making it. I worked on a couple blocks at a time in between other projects.

Looking forward to more Rifle Paper fabric lines - I'm such a fan :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Pineapple Quilt Block Tutorial

I'm back today with a tutorial on how I made my Pineapple Quilt Block. You can find other tutorials with a Google search, but I haven't seen one using this method. I found it quite easy and accurate.

As I mentioned in my last post, I seem to have discarded the fabric requirement list for this quilt. Sorry about that! I know for the print fabrics, I needed more than 1/2 yard {more like 3/4} for the prints that run diagonally through the center as there are more blocks with those colors.

Note: This is my original EQ7 plan. In reality, I changed the block's center square to gray.

Block size 10" finished {10 1/2" unfinished}

Cutting instructions for one block:
  • Gray for center square: 1 square 3 3/8" (or 3 5/16" to be exact). I like to use my On-Point ruler for cutting these types of on point squares that don't fit exactly to our regular ruler measurements. With this ruler, you would use the 4" finished diagonal measurement.
  • White: 2 squares 2 7/8", cut once diagonally (You can cut these larger, like 3" or 3 1/4" if you like to trim/square up your center Square-in-a-Square unit)
  • White: 12 squares 2 1/2"
  • From EACH of 2 colors: one - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"; two - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"; two - 1 1/2" x 8 1/2"; one - 1 1/2" x 10 1/2"


  • Use a scant 1/4" seam allowance
  • Stitch and Flip Triangles are made by drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 2 1/2" squares, sewing on the line, trimming to 1/4" seam allowance and pressing out.

1- Make the Square-in-a-Square by sewing the 2 7/8" triangles to opposite sides of the gray square. Press. Sew triangles to the remaining two sides and press. If you've oversized the white triangles, trim the unit to 4 1/2" by placing the 2 1/4" mark of the ruler on the center points.

2 - Sew a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle to opposite sides of the unit from step 1.
     Sew a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to the remaining two sides as pictured.

3 - Use the Stitch and Flip method, placing a white 2 1/2" square on each corner, to make a triangle on each corner.

4 - Sew a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to opposite sides of the unit as pictured. Press. Repeat with the 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.

5 - Repeat Step 3 to create a white triangle on each corner.

6 - Sew a 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle to opposite sides as pictured. Press. Repeat with the 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles.

7 - Repeat Step 3 again to create a white triangle at each corner of the block.

And there you go! No paper piecing or tricky trimming!

When I made my quilt, I started at one corner and made the blocks for each diagonal row together. This made it super easy to keep track of the colors. Once the blocks are made, there's no rearranging. Just sew the straight rows together!

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and be sure to check back here for my answer if you're a No-Reply Blogger.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Another Plus Quilt Variation

I love a Plus quilt! I've had this drawn up in my sketch book for some time and finally got around to making it! After seeing a quilt using chambray for the background on Instagram - this design seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it.

 You can see the chambray dot better here. It's very soft - I was worried it might be too heavy, like a denim. It isn't at all. It's the weight of quilting cotton and very soft after washing. It's a bit stretchy. I'd be careful with shapes that have bias edges. My biggest problem was raveling. Not so much that the seams unraveled, but enough to create little navy threads EVERYWHERE! It made me want to get it quilted up quick to stop the mess :)

The pattern is so simple - a 6" Plus Block alternating with a 6" Nine Patch. The idea came from my Irish Chainish Quilt, replacing the single square with the Plus Block. Like that quilt, it does all need to be laid out to match up the Nine Patch print squares with the adjoining block.

It's quilted with straight lines and a free motion design in each Plus...

The backing is a Denyse Schmidt geometric print that I got on sale and seemed to compliment the front really well.

I ended up using the same fabric on the bias for a nice geometric binding...

We had such a beautiful day to photograph this yesterday and even though this picture has some harsh sun shining on the quilt, I couldn't resist using all the greenery as the perfect backdrop for the colors.

And a couple of fun things I found yesterday in downtown Spartanburg...
{In addition to some yummy crepes!}

Thank you all for the compliments on my Pineapple Quilt! I not sure how, but I've lost all my notes on that block and quilt. So... give me a little time and I will post a tutorial of the block and a layout of the quilt. I've searched online and can't find a tutorial using my method of piecing it. It's a bit different, so a good one to share!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pineapple Quilt

I'm excited to share my Pineapple Quilt! I've always loved a traditional Pineapple Quilt, but wanted to see if I could make the traditional design a bit more modern. I flipped through an older book called Pineapple Passion published in 1989 and found a design that I thought might work for what I envisioned from a picture of an antique Pineapple Quilt in the Gallery of Quilts at the front of the book. No pattern.

I found the block fairly simple to draft, worked out the math and went on to choose a nice rainbow of fabrics.

Here's the result and I couldn't be happier with it! Just what I pictured in my head!

You probably can't find the block outline. It's easier to find if you look at the corner of the quilt pictured above. The blocks are 10" square and set side by side {not on point}. The center of the block is the white square with the gray solid square on point. To construct the rest of the block, I pieced 1 1/2" strips around the center square {each block uses 2 different colors adjacent to each other}. After each round of strips, I used a white square on each corner and sewed on the diagonal of that square to create corner triangles. I repeated with 2 more rounds of 1 1/2" print strips and white squares to complete each block.

Because my rainbow color way was preplanned, I pieced each identical diagonal row before going on to the next.

The top sat for a while because I couldn't decide how to quilt it {and I really didn't want to ruin it!}. I decided to bring it to my guild's Sew-In day to ask for advice. The overwhelming opinion was to do simple straight lines - just the way I had been leaning. I ended up doing diagonal straight lines going in the opposite direction of the rainbow pattern.

The backing is a gray print and when I cut off the excess after quilting, I decided the same fabric would make the perfect binding. Done!

I think it's turned into one of my favorite quilts! :)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016

Time to review 2016! Let's start with the top blog posts of the year and link up with my friend Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and the Best of 2016 Linky Party.

I chose my top blog posts of 2016 by the number of page views. Here we go:

#5 Reverse Sawtooth Star
This was a fun quilt that I made from my Anna Maria Horner stash using almost all leftover pieces from other quilts.

#4 Bourbon Street
This was also a stash busting quilt, but turned out so pretty with many of my favorite little scraps of fabric.

#3 Scrappy Trip
I shared how I created my variation of the web phenomenon, Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt.

#2 Squash Blossom
After searching and searching for a pattern for this block, I drafted my own and shared the pattern.

#1 Tumbling Spools
This wallhanging was a variation of the quilt featured on Moda bake Shop several years ago and turned out so pretty in Handmade by Bonnie and Camille.

I got the most comments (107) on 2 posts, where I shared my thoughts on blogging and how it's changed over the last couple of years. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on that as well!

Right up there with the number of views was a Photography series that my daughter posted here on my blog. There you can find some really good tips for photographing your quilts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

And the final stats? This year I completed 19 quilts and 4 wall quilts. You can go back through the blog to see most of them. My most recent finish has yet to be photographed, so watch for that soon.

I made 2 quilts that never made it to the blog. Not sure why, they definitely weren't my favorites, but certainly deserve to be noticed.

The first is a Swiss quilt, pattern from Thimbleblossoms. Since I always have lots of aqua fabric, I thought it would be a good pattern to use up some smaller leftover pieces.

This quilt doesn't have a name because it was a design as you go quilt. I used a stack of Cotton and Steel, made some big half square triangles and then just arranged them and sewed them together. I followed with some simple straight line quilting.

I've really made an effort this year to reduce my stash. Believe me I still have plenty of fabric, but it was feeling overwhelming at the beginning of the year. I find with too much, I lose track of what I have. Besides sewing it up, I sold some really nice bundles on Instagram and donated several bags of fabric for charity quilts. I'm definitely feeling better about what I have and this next year I'd like to be better at using my favorites rather than "saving" them.

Just this week, I pulled out some Maze and Vale fabric {hand printed in Australia and super expensive, but loved by me} that I've been so afraid to cut into and made a simple patchwork pillow. Now I get to look at it every day!

I've also been hoarding this piece of Liberty of London fabric that I bought at Pearl Soho in New York City in 2014. I ended up make a Petal Pouch and I just love how it turned out!

So that's a wrap for 2016. Thanks for hanging in there with me for this long post.
And thank you, thank you, thank you for being here throughout the year. I'm so grateful for this Internet thing that allows us to share, converse and simply hang out together. I'll be thinking this weekend about what I'd like to make in 2017...

Handmade journal from Plum Umbrella on Etsy

How about you? Any quilting goals for the new year?

Wishing you a wonderful, happy and quilty 2017!!!

Friday, December 23, 2016


My plan was to post my last finished quilt of 2016 this week. We had a beautiful warm day on Wednesday, time on our hands and found a great backdrop next to a restaurant in downtown Greenville. The lighting was perfect. And as I looked through my camera, I realized I had brought the wrong lens - can't get much of a quilt in with a Macro lens.

A sneak peek of a quilt that will come in a later post...

So I thought I'd share a few things I'm working on. Some WIPs or a preview of what's coming in 2017...

I never win giveaways {mostly because I seldom enter}, but I got lucky a few weeks ago and won a fat quarter bundle of fabric from Maureen Cracknell and Lady Belle Fabrics. It's Maureen's newest line for Art Gallery called Garden Dreamer. I used a pattern called Pop Star that's been on my radar just waiting for the perfect fabric line. It uses 12 fat quarters and was quick, fun and easy to do. Hope to get this one quilted soon!

2016 has been the year of stash busting for me! I haven't kept track yard by yard, but I can see my shelves are definitely lighter. On a whim one day, I pulled a stack of black, gray, pink and aqua fabrics and downloaded Camille's pattern Colorway. It was fun to play around with all the color combinations.

This quilt is slowly coming together. It's labor intensive with 400 half square triangles, which I'm happy to say are finally sewn and trimmed. The blocks are all looking alike, and that makes it tough for me to stick with. I make a couple at a time, then put it away for a few days. I've finished 13 of 20, so slowly getting there!

I decided I needed a hand sewing project for the winter and settled on a bit of embroidery and a bigger English Paper Piecing project. I played with a few different designs, and have settled on this block. I'll keep you posted on progress!

I really love this time of December. The hustle and bustle is winding down. We're finding joy in tradition. We're reflecting on the things that are truly important. We're sharing the love that's in our hearts just a little bit more. It makes me smile.

Wishing you each peace, love and joy this season and all year. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas and I hope you find a bit of quilty goodness under your tree!