Category Archives: Quilt designs


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Inspiration

When I’m not sewing I’m usually looking for inspiration. Tonight after packing I spent a little time searching for antique quilts on eBay. Somehow I don’t think this qualifies as an antique but I’ve saved the photo for inspiration as I’ve had one of these spool type quilts on my list for a while. I’m thinking it could be made with a Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch strips from stash and the Companion Angle Ruler but I’m not sure if I have that ruler or where it might be. I’ll look at Big Canoe and if I find it I’ll make a block or two to test it. 

I need to try to get some sleep because we’re leaving for Big Canoe at 5AM and it’s already 12:40!

Mary’s Triangles

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Mary’s Triangles

To answer some questions about the UFO I pin basted yesterday … the block used is called Mary’s Triangles or shaded 4 patch and while it can be pieced with triangles, there is also a method of piecing it that makes two blocks at one time and does not use triangles. 

I originally learned the method in the book called Triangle Tricks which also gives you a table for making blocks of all sizes. The tutorials I found online and posted back in 2008  are no longer there so I did a quick search and found these two but I’d suggest you save or print them out in case they disappear also. It’s the same block, just two different tutorials. 

Shaded 4 patch

Mary’s Triangles 

This was my planned quilt …

I put the pieces away and never got back to it after finishing the top left and the bottom right sections. At Big Canoe last summer, I pulled them out and put borders on the larger section which made a nice size lap quilt – it’s now ready for quilting and I thought it might be nice as a wheelchair quilt for a veteran. The smaller section will be a doll quilt when finished. 

Insomnia strikes again

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Insomnia strikes again

I was doing well for a while – going to bed and getting up at somewhat normal times but this week I’ve been unable to fall asleep until very late and each day gets worse until here I am sitting up at 6:20am not having slept at all. Sleeping today won’t be a problem but I won’t be able to sleep in the rest of the week. UGH!

Since I couldn’t sleep I played around with some quilt ideas on the iPad. I wrote that when I buy dies, I think about sizes that can be used together. Tonight I paired the half rectangle and chisel dies – they both finish at 3×6 so the blocks would finish at 12 inches. 

You could also pair the half rectangle with the 3×6 finished rectangle for a simpler, funky pinwheel. 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Lazy

I had a lazy morning around here and need to get to work … last night I intended to pin baste this top after Keith left but I forgot the guest bedroom only has a small bedside lamp so I decided it could wait until today. I do need to get it done because I have a cleaning service coming Wednesday and company coming Friday so the table has to come down before then. 

Along with the HSTs for the Dutch Windmill quilt, I’ve been cutting small rectangles on the electric GO for a second quilt. I made a RWB brick quilt a couple years ago – or should I say top? It hasn’t been quilted yet! It was based on an antique quilt and I always intended to make a more colorful child’s quilt so while I have the fat quarters out, I’m cutting 2.5 x 4.5 rectangles. Of course, this is an easy one to strip piece too but this fits my leftover fat quarter pieces perfectly and I get 8 rectangles which is just what I need per block.  I’m also thinking I’ll make the background scrappy and by cutting the rectangles I can mix them up more. There are similar modern quilts out there and I bet you could find them with a google search but I prefer to go my TouchDraw app and draft one myself. 

Still trying to catch up

Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Still trying to catch up

I’ve still got such a mess in my office area and the more I do the worse it gets! Yesterday, I had a couple appointments and worked on the computer a while trying to finalize a log cabin design for Mom. She’s not crazy about the flower design I’ve chosen for the center so she’ll probably use something else but I love those tulips! I’m visiting her in a few weeks and taking the fabric so we can get this one cut out and started. I was kind of lazy and didn’t redraw the Log Cabin block with a smaller center but that piece will be the same size as the other logs. 

In spite of being too busy to get into the sewing room yesterday, I did manage to spend some time on eBay looking at vintage quilts. It’s where I get most of my quilting inspiration. 

I’m heading to the sewing room now to work on sewing those tumbler rows together. They’re going a lot faster than I expected. I guess I’ll have to cut some more scraps for another one of these. Not sure why I waited two years to sew this one together either!


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Mistake!

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

Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on 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.