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Mom’s Churn Dash

I’ve been playing with Churn Dash designs and a few weeks ago worked up a little one for Mom to make. 

She sent me a photo of her finished quilt today – it’s so cute!

I did post some VERY brief notes on the quilt on my website if you’re interested in what size blocks/strips/borders we used. The finished quilt is approximately 41 x 52 inches


So I’m away from my machine for a while but that doesn’t stop me from looking for new ideas for quilts. I’ve never made a Sister’s Choice quilt but one day I want to. I saw this one on eBay – two things jumped out at me – first the block with the error … (can you find it?) second, because the blocks are all one color they kind of run together which I don’t really like. 

Here’s a link to a free Sister’s Choice pattern on the Fat Quarter Shop site which I like better but I don’t like to sash quilts (I’m lazy).  

So here’s one of my options – no sashing and the blocks don’t run together! If I end up making this quilt, I’d use more than three fabrics and might use more than three colors too but it’s easier to design in a limited color scheme on the iPad.

Churn Dash

My sister decided she wanted a churn dash quilt after seeing the child size one I pieced. 

I bought Mom the 9 inch Churn Dash GO die (My blocks were 12 inches) and I’m going to send them these three photos to see which one they want me to write up. 

Version 1

Version 2 

Version 3

Version 3 is my favorite. I love how easy it is to make small changes to a design with a software program like EQ7. My first version is rarely my favorite. 


Most of the time I don’t worry too much about the size of my stash but sometimes I wonder how I’m going to use it all up and why I keep adding to it.

Accuquilt came out with an appliqué schoolhouse die (I’d rather piece the block) but luckily Mom offered to do the appliqué for me. I’d originally intended to make it scrappy – multiple colors, multiple fabrics but while I was in GA, I remembered I had a blue and white kit and thought there’d be enough fabric to make it. I was a bit shocked when I went looking for the kit I bought years ago to start cutting the blocks and found the receipt in the bag – for $184 (the kit was $170 and shipping was $14). I must have really wanted this fabric bad to pay that much for it … And then I let it sit for 6 years???

I got the idea to use the blues from this antique one from eBay but my quilt will be made from multiple blues and shirting fabrics and I like a 3 rail sash with the 9 patch cornerstones for it. 

My fabrics before cutting – it’s all packed to send to Mom now. I just cut the background squares from the lights and the squares that she’ll use to fuse and cut the schoolhouses from. I’ll cut the sashing when I get the blocks back from her and I will have plenty of fabric leftover too so I’ll have to come up with an idea to use them. 

Three color quilts

Alycia had a RWB brick quilt on her blog today and it got me thinking about 3 color quilts … Not 3 fabrics … But scrappy quilts made with 3 colors. A lot of my instruction sheets have RWB options because those three just work so well together.
I think this is my next one to be quilted but probably not until Monday – white/black/red is another good combination. In fact white/black/ plus any other color usually works well. 

PInk/Brown/neutral (I use white, beige, cream, tans) is another favorite 3 color combination (I count the neutrals as one color). My Framed Rectangles

This is another one that will get quilted next week – a scrappy RWB Patriotic Rail Fence

I’ve designed a Blue/Green/White quilt but I haven’t made it yet – this is Mom’s version. She used just 3 fabrics but when I eventually make this, it will be scrappy. 

Pink/Green/white is another combination I’ve played with in quilt designs but haven’t used yet. Here’s one I designed for Mom. 

So my question for you is what 3 color combinations do you use?!


LeMoyne Star

Several people commented about the set in seams of the vintage LeMoyne star quilt I showed the other day on the blog. Just so you know, I’ll be making this one the easy way – with half square triangles.

Here’s a traditional block

Here’s mine remade with half square triangles.

And here’s my quilt. Block size is 12 inches which makes my squares and half square triangles 3 inches finished. Sashing is also 3 inches finished. Twenty blocks will make a quilt that is 63 x 78. I’ll make my stars using several fabrics and I hope I can find a green in stash for the sashing. If not, I might have to look at blues but I really like the green sashing.


I only had a couple hours sleep last night and still felt a little under the weather this morning so I puttered around a bit. I didn’t feel like starting the quilting on one of the little ones that I have basted and thought I might do a little piecing but I couldn’t decide what to start. I usually have a list of quilts that I want to make but somehow I only had a few fragmented lists left and nothing was jumping out at me. I looked at a couple kits I have – they’re usually good for when I don’t want to think or work too hard but I wasn’t in the mood to make either quilt so I toyed with a couple designs using the fabric but again, didn’t feel like working that hard. In the end I read most of the day and spent some time looking at quilts online. My favorite place for inspiration is eBay. 

I love 9 patches and this one caught my eye. 

This is an Interesting star and I could see using it in a different setting. 

I might bring some of my dies back from GA – just a few that fit the Baby. This pinwheel variation is one I can see making, maybe from 3 inch HSTs.

And this bear paw – I’ve had one of those on my list for years and I love this one!

I’ve consolidated the lists of quilts to make into one and I’ll be adding to it. These quilts will all go into my inspiration album – another project that I’ve been working on to consolidate into one album from several. 

Next up

I should be getting the Rainbow HeartStrings top layered and quilted but I want to try some Churn Dash blocks first so I’ll play today and maybe get the HS top layered tomorrow or Wednesday.

I played around with a bunch of different layouts and options in EQ7 and decided to go with this one. It will be a smaller child size quilt that is approximately 40×53. I really am trying to alternate a small one that can be quilted here with larger ones that go to GA for quilting on the longarm but it’s hard, almost everything I design starts out larger and has to be downsized. I could have downsized the Churn Dash blocks to 6 inches but I like these big ones so I’m making fewer blocks and don’t be shocked but I’m going to sash them too. Not my favorite thing to do but I wanted some separation between the blocks and while I played with several alternate blocks they’re more suited to a larger quilt.

Bright sashed churn dash-001


It’s an odd color scheme I know and it would be a lot easier if I had access to my stash so I could add in some additional yellows and golds but I’m hoping for “odd interesting” rather than “odd ugly” when the quilt is done. 

I drafted this one from an antique quilt a while back and I think it works well in red/white/blue.  

I’d seen a yellow/gold/gray quilt that appealed to me as being unusual so I redrew my quilt. 

I cut and sewed blocks all day …. I think this is one where the blocks actually have to be sewn together to get an idea of how it’s really going to look but again, I’m hoping for interesting rather than ugly! 


We had some conversation on HeartStrings about ugly tops and if they were worth finishing. It’s my belief that all quilts have value for their warmth and there is a need for quilts for the homeless so I feel free to experiment knowing that not every quilt I make will turnout great but they will all be useful. 


I don’t bore you on a day to day basis but I’m doing well with my walking – averaging 5+ miles per day. If you’re interested, you can follow my progress on the right sidebar. I’m doing a virtual walk ( along the Appalachian trail and am 265 miles into it now – still in North Carolina but working my way toward Virginia. It was a little cooler here today in Tampa with less humidity.  Isn’t this a great place to walk?!

I’m losing some weight (8 lbs since the beginning of Feb) which is good although I’m certainly not depriving myself … One of our “walks” takes us to Channelside where we break halfway through the 5 mile walk and take some refreshment 😉 and by refreshment, I mean beer! 
My weekend has been spent cutting and drafting quilts for Mom – this is the last one and I just have to cut the ‘white’ fabric, she has fat quarters for the rest of the quilt. Tomorrow I start back on my projects!



My first Rainbow quilt for our latest HeartStrings challenge is completed. If you look closely you’ll see I used a striped binding on this one.  

I’m also contemplating what to work on next – I drafted this courthouse steps top based on an antique quilt.  I’ve used 4 colors in my design but the actual quilt will be scrappier. 

I also looked up one of my UFO’s that I started just before we left MN in 2014. I think I’ll finish this top first, if I remember correctly, I’d just done the cutting and maybe some 4 patch blocks.  


What a busy day!

I did two shorter walks today – one this morning and one after all my afternoon running around. It was gorgeous this morning along the bay! If you look on the sidebar, you’ll see a graphic with my virtual walk stats – I’m logging my steps each day in the site and I’m moving virtually along the Appalachian   Trail. 

I spent a good chunk of the afternoon picking out fixtures for the two bathroom remodels. Not a task I enjoy but I think most of the decisions are made now except for the counters and the mirrors.  

Afterwards, I treated myself to dinner out and some time puttering around Barnes and Noble. I don’t get there much these days since I do most of my reading on the Kindle but I wanted to pick up a guidebook for an upcoming trip to Montreal. 

I also managed to finalize my design for my Plus 2 quilt – this one is based on a vintage quilt.  I usually design in simple colors because it’s quicker but my quilt will be scrappy – I’m using a jelly roll and a single black background fabric but I love it in red and white as I’ve drafted it too so maybe there will be more than one of these. I’m excited about this quilt and will be adding instructions to the website – I’ve only got two blocks made but I love it and I’m heading back into the sewing room tonight to make a couple more.  


Plus 1

As my mother-in-law would have said, Plus Quilts are all the rage and I’m not immune to their attraction! As my final day of vacation goes by and I sit under the palms, my thoughts turn toward home and my sewing room.  

A quick google image search of Plus Quilts will bring up lots of inspiration  as shown in the screen shot below – different layouts, different color schemes and click the link to see one of my favorites from the Moda Bake Shop.

I love the tessellating versions but when I get back to my sewing room after time away, I just want to put my music on and sew something simple! Tessellating quilts take more planning and thought and I do eventually plan to get around to making one but first, I’m going to start this one, I didn’t even draft the entire quilt, just enough to get me started. It’s also Jelly Roll friendly so I’ll have a few decisions to make when I get home – use a jelly roll or not, a single background or scrappy ….

What quilt are you busy planning?

House and tree quilt

I made a little mini quilt several years ago to demonstrate an idea to Habitat for Humanity and I’ve been wanting to make expand the idea into a house and tree quilt. The concept is simple … Squares and flying geese for the houses, hearts on some of the houses and of course trees for the neighborhood too! I’ve got a lot on my plate the rest of the year and I doubt this one will make it from the drawing board to the sewing machine in that time but I wanted to capture my idea quickly and maybe I’ll have time to make it next year. 



I was looking back through some old photos and came across this quilt I’d drafted for Mom. It’s one that would be perfect for the ScanNcut. Can you tell I’m trying to talk myself into it?



Does this make you dizzy? I’ve got some leftover red/white/blue fat quarters and 2.5 inch strips and I was thinking about a rail fence. I could do a scrappier version of my Patriotic Rail Fence but I’m  thinking of  something different like this one.  


On my drawing board

After being gone most of the last two weeks, I had tons of stuff to catch up on over the last couple days. I’ve also finished packing up the sewing room so there will be no more piecing or quilting until after the move but that doesn’t stop me from looking at quilts and drafting my ideas for the future. 

I love half square triangle quilts and this antique one on eBay appealed to me because of the strong diagonal line created by the red HSTs. 

About 10 minutes playing with my TouchDraw app on the iPad and I’ve got a quick draft of a quilt to make sometime in the future. As you can see, it’s just a nine patch block with red half square triangles placed on the diagonal in the block. I would make this one with 3 inch half square triangle blocks, probably set 6×8 without borders which would create a quilt that is 54×72. That’s 432 half square triangle blocks. 144 red ones, 288 blue ones. 

What’s on your drawing board?

A quick Drunkard’s Path quilt

I love how my small green and purple Drunkard’s Path quilt turned out so while I was cutting in GA, I decided to take some fabric from a kit that I wasn’t ever going to piece and cut it with the DP die. The fabrics were reds and greens and I think the original quilt in the kit had appliquéd ladybugs but at some point the instructions got separated from the fabric. After cutting all the reds and greens and setting them aside to piece in FL, I got the bright idea that I could create ladybugs with the DP blocks so the next day I pulled and cut some black fabric. I’m not sure what my final layout will be but this is close to what I’m aiming for.


I’m tired of playing

I have gone round and round playing with layouts for my 3rd Drunkard’s Path quilt. The other two are simple layouts but I wanted to try something with the Devil’s Puzzle layout but couldn’t make it work in a size I wanted with the large Drunkard’s Path blocks so I think I’m going to do this one … at least, this is what I’ll cut out. There are an equal number of light centers and dark centers which is perfect since the die cuts an equal number. It saves me from having to cut extra of one and not use them all.DPv1


I’m really enjoying piecing my 4 Patch on the Diagonal quilt and I have just a couple more blocks to make. I love the bright colors I’m using but it also looks good scrappy and eventually I’ll make that version also. There are instructions on the website at the link above.

I was thinking today that a RWB version would work too … In this case, I’ve rotated the 4 patches so the lights create a secondary chain (Jackie did that on her version which is also on the website at the link above.) This quilt would be 60×72 as pictured below but you could add more blocks or a border if you wanted.

RWB 4 Patches on the diiagonal