Category Archives: Quilt designs


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. 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Stash

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

Published / by Mary / 14 Comments on 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

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on 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.


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Lists

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

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on 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


Published / by Mary / 10 Comments on Odd

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. 


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Walking

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!