Apr 122005

Sometimes I drive myself insane, ya know?

I bought these fabrics at a quilt show simply because they were packaged in a lovely bundle of fat quarters and I adored the combination of colors.  I also bought the pattern because the people there were cleverly marketing patterns that took just eight FQ’s.  (The number in each of their bundles, of course.)

What I didn’t consider at the time was that these fabrics are all VERY THICK flannels, and the pattern is a complicated one.  Smart people reserve flannels for simple patterns.


It came out pretty good, just don’t look too closely at the points.

flannel quilt-garden lattice
The pattern was cleverly designed.  You sewed together strips of a light and a dark fabric and then sewed a strip of white to either side.  Then you cut squares on point from these strips.  It would look something like this:


I couldn’t leave well enough alone, though.  You see, the lighter color outside border of my quilt was not part of the original pattern.  These pieces were all the leftover triangles from cutting the main pieces, and the pattern told you to ===gasp=== discard them!  No way, Jose.

So I sat down, did a lot of math and figured out how to use each and every one of them in a border (Ok, ok,  so there are four on the back for the label.)
Absolute insanity, I tell ya.

flannel quilt-garden lattice

Mar 182005

This project came out far nicer than I expected.  I had Cindy Brick’s Hanky-Panky Crazy Quilts and a pile of my grandmother’s handkerchiefs, none of which seemed overly special.

However, after following Cindy’s excellent directions and adding a few special touches, I was quite pleased with the outcome.  The cat, the African violet buttons and all the bits of green bring to mind particular memories of my grandmother and my relationship with her.

So, if you ever find yourself with a stash of hankies and are wondering what to do with them, try making one of these little quilts.  I think you’ll find it a very meaningful way to honor someone special.

hanky quilt

Feb 082005

Of all the quilts I’ve made, this is one of my favorites.

Keepsake Quilts is a store that sends out a wonderful catalog every so often (you can find them here) and this quilt was featured on one of their covers.  They were selling the pattern, but instead of buying it, I got out my graph paper & calculator and figured it out.  It was a fun challenge!  (Yes, I LIKE to do math.)

The other thing I adore about this quilt are the fabrics.  I had these batiks left over from something else.  They were all stuffed into a small basket and didn’t look like they go very far, so I decided to keep making blocks until I ran out. I was amazed at how far that little pile went, I still have some left.

The machine quilting follows  the pattern of the fabric on the backside, which was a fun way to do it.  The idea for that technique came from Larraine Scouler’s book, Quilting Back to Front: Fun & Easy No-Mark Techniques.

Jan 152005

I won the blocks for this Christmas quilt at a guild raffle.  Everybody who wanted to participate made a block, and then we drew names for the winners.

christmas quilt-ohio star blocks from guild exchange

Everyone also had to contribute a fabric square that matched their center square, so I designed this setting in order to be able to use them.

I hand quilted it, you can see some of the design in the border.