Category Archives: Quilt designs


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Options

I’ve still been thinking about and playing with the Stars design … 

While the split 16 patches were where I started with this one, the piecing could be simplified with a split 9 patch.  

You could still put the red blocks in… it just takes a while to redraw everything in my iPad app. Also by changing to a split 9 patch, you could now make this quilt in 9 inch blocks if you prefer smaller blocks. 

And how about switching the Stars for churn dash blocks? So many different choices and I got a little lazier with my drawing too. Just enough blocks on this one to let me see how it would look. 


Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Stars

I’ve been wanting to do another Ohio Star quilt but I don’t want to sash them, I like big blocks but don’t want large 12 inch squares alternating with the Stars so I played around today and came up with this idea. 

Blocks are 12 inches finished

Quilt size is 60×84

And because so many of you make veteran quilts how about a little pop of color in this version?

I won’t be able to start anything for weeks but this is definitely going on my to do list!

Using scraps

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I’m in the process of assembling the RWB HeartStrings top and I’m already wondering how to use the leftovers. I’ve got a bunch of smaller bits and pieces of RWB fabrics along with leftover strips from other veteran quilts in a bin and last night I decided they’d be perfect for a string log cabin. Rather than trying to alternate or randomly place the red and blue strips in the individual blocks, I thought I’d make red and blue blocks and alternate them in rows.

Of course, it will be scrappy and the logs will be different sizes so it would look more like this one … only in RWB!

Of course, I could also use the above layout and cut logs with my Log Cabin GO die but for now, I think I’ll plan on using scraps!

Blue and white

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My sister wants a blue and white quilt for her bed … we talked about what she likes – mainly Pinwheels and/or Stars and I drew a few options. 

This one was just changing the color placement on a simple antique pinwheel quilt we saw. 

Then we played with some star ideas …

Then I showed her my windmill quilt and I drafted it in blue and white. 

And our last option just redrew the above quilt and changed the color placement. This seems to be the one she likes best so far. 

Simple quilts

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Funny how simple quilts are the ones that catch my eye. I saw this one on eBay last night and thought it might look good in RWB. 

Quilt size = 56×76

  • Alternate 4 inch finished squares with 4 inch finished half square triangles (both should be 4.5 inches with seam allowances)
  • Set blocks 11 across and 16 rows down
  • Inner border cut 2.5 inches
  • Outer border cut 4.5 inches 

I’d use lots of different reds, whites, and blues. 

If you wanted a borderless quilt like the inspiration one, you could just add 3 rows of blocks to the width and length setting them 14 rows across and 19 rows down to get a quilt the same size. 

And while I was drafting this quilt – my car was being towed away. The battery was completely dead yesterday when I went out to go to my massage appointment. They were able to jump it but Keith wanted it towed to the dealership so they could check it out and replace the battery if needed. 

The boss

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on The boss

Finn spent the morning with Keith while I slept late and then ran some errands. When I got back, we went for a walk and played some which was supposed to give me some time in the sewing room – he has to be in the crate for his safety, he finds the smallest pieces of fabric and tries to eat them and you know my sewing room has lots of fabric scraps floating about. He sat quietly for a while but apparently wasn’t in the mood to nap or be in the crate.

He was however willing to nap a while in the chair with me while I knit some on the baby’s blanket … but his nap didn’t last long and then he was ready for some more attention. He was groomed yesterday … can you tell?

It’s still a bit of a challenge for me to work around his schedule and I don’t get as much done as I used to but when Keith’s not traveling, he spends time in the (home) office with him and he’s getting better … it’s only been in the last month or so that I’ve been able to knit when he’s sitting with me. One day, hopefully soon, he’ll be able to sit in the sewing room without getting into everything like Chesty did. 

He did allow me to draft a chisel quilt … there are lots of examples of chisel stars out there and while mine will most likely be scrappy, I like to draft quilts in RWB so they can be used for veteran quilts. 

Quilt size is about 56×80 as drafted using the Accuquilt GO chisel and 3 inch finished half square triangle dies. 


Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Chisels

I was browsing and came across a traditional bear paw quilt using a chisel block in place of some of the half square triangles and while the boys were napping this afternoon, (my brother drove through the night to get here but I’m not sure what Keith and Finn’s excuse is!) I played with the idea of a non traditional bear paw quilt for a someday quilt. 

The blocks are 9 inches finished (9.5 with seam allowances) and just for fun I recolored it in RWB too. It will go in my design file and maybe one day I’ll make it. As usual, it’s easier to design in two colors but most likely I’d go scrappy!

More inspiration

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I need to take Finn out to potty again at 2am before I go back to bed so I’m killing some time. 

I love brown and for right now I’d have to say it’s my favorite color so this one caught my eye when I did a search for vintage quilts on eBay. Again, I’m not sure how vintage this one actually is but it’s another one I could see recreating. 

The chevron design is something you see pretty often with bricks only these are skinnier rectangles. I decided to draw out a couple versions … the one on the right is a 2×4 finished brick and every other row starts with a 2×2 finished square. The one on the left is a 2×6 inch finished rectangle with every other row starting and ending with a 2×3 inch finished rectangle.  The above quilt obviously uses thinner strips but I have 2.5 inch strips on my mind right now. 

Typically I don’t like sewing long skinny rows together but it wouldn’t be too bad on one of the smaller quilts I make and quilt in FL. Keep repeating your rows and end up with something like this. 

Of course for a kid’s quilt, I’d used different colors but add a couple borders to the RWB version and you’d have a veteran’s quilt to donate. 

Time to take Finn out and head to bed now!