More inspiration

I was talking about my unused Accuquilt dies the other night when I shared the vintage bow tie quilt. I have a Kite die that hasn’t been used yet.

I’d like to make a scrappy quilt with it — here’s one I found on eBay the other night. The edges on this one look uneven so I’m betting they used diamonds between the kite blocks. The die makes this one a lot easier.

My list keeps getting longer!

Bow Ties

I love this vintage bow tie quilt I found last night on eBay. I want the Accuquilt GO 6 inch bow tie die but I have dies that I haven’t even used yet so I’m holding off for now.

I made this bow tie from a kit about 4 years ago and I thought it turned out really cute. It was donated.

I dislike the method of making triangles from using a square on a corner and trimming them so I wouldn’t make one using that method but this one was made by appliquing the center square on top of a 4 patch so I could always make another one that way.

I also made one from Charm Squares when Rae was little.

I have not managed to get the half Log Cabin top assembled yet. Maybe I’ll find some time tomorrow?! Or maybe Monday. I did finish the little yellow afghan and I’m going to start another one tonight.

Keith and I enjoyed our bike ride today – 10 miles along Bayshore to downtown and back. I’m glad he’s home! He travels a lot and I don’t mind his shorter trips (2-3 days) but I miss him when he’s gone a whole week.

Jelly Rolls

Yes, I have a problem — I can’t resist buying Jelly Rolls on sale. I won’t pay $40 dollars for them but $13 – $18 … yep, I’m in and I always buy more fabric when I’m not getting time in the sewing room so September and October were bad (good?) shopping months for me. Now, it’s time to think about how to use them. You can always do a google image or Pinterest search for Jelly Roll quilts but I thought I’d look at my quilt photos and see what I have that can be made from 2.5 inch strips. Some quilts have borders, some have added backgrounds so I can certainly pull from stash to add to the Jelly Roll or I can just make them borderless. Some I have two or maybe even 3 of the same Jelly Roll and others I have just one.

I’m adding the photos as a slideshow since there are so many of them and it’s nice to have the ideas in one place when I’m ready to start sewing them.

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Do you buy them? What’s your favorite pattern you’ve used to make a Jelly Roll Quilt?


I was looking through my photos and the website today and this Rail Fence caught my eye again … and then Ann said she was working on a quilt kind of based on it too so I thought I’d share it here

HomeSpun Rails instructions on my site

I’m also ready to make another Drunkard’s Path … nothing fancy, just something scrappy.

Instructions on my website

This HeartStrings quilt was another one from Homespuns  … I think I’ve got a few scraps left in a baggie (somewhere) but these three pretty much used the rest of my homespun stash.


I love this one

How about more inspiration from an antique quilt found on eBay?! I posted a rail fence quilt not so long ago that had black strips on the outside of the block and that one went on my “to do” list but I LOVE the pieced strip in this one so I’m going to save this version too


And here’s a close-up.



If I’m not making quilts, I’m thinking about quilts. Who knew that my obsession with quilting would last 18 years?!

Keith is traveling all week so I have more time to fill than usual and last night I was looking at eBay and found some interesting quilts.

I can see making this one, you know I love half square triangles but I probably need to finish up that brown/green flock of geese first! I don’t have access to my block encyclopedias … does anyone know the name of this block?


I don’t use much white in my quilting – I love the look of quilts with white space but my quilts all get used … hard use … and I worry about them getting stained but I love the simplicity of this pinwheel quilt. Having said that, I think my next pinwheel quilt will be a larger version of the twisted pinwheel doll quilt that I recently finished.


And finally, this one really appeals to me too – it’s the 2nd border quilt that has caught my eye so I might eventually have to make one of these too.


What quilts are catching your eye these days?!


I’m not one for crumb piecing but I do save small scraps which sometimes make it into a Strips and Strings log cabin quilt. However, I do like this combination of crazy (crumb) and rail fence blocks.

Vintage quilt photo from eBay


I had about an hour to kill and after checking email, decided to look on eBay for inspiration (I search for vintage or antique quilts) and came across this scrappy pinwheel quilt.

Vintage quilt from eBay

I made one of these quilts – Tessalating Pinwheels – and have brief instructions on my website but I really like this scrappy version and maybe one day, I’ll make another one.  Here’s my RWB version.




I love a Rail Fence quilt and have made lots of variations over the years like this one from my leftover strips and strings bin.


I was looking at eBay tonight and came across this one with black strips on the outside of the block and think it would work great with my strips and strings.



Distracted again!

This is a vintage quilt from eBay that caught my eye a while back


I have the Kite die for my GO… and using those blue, green, and purple fabrics I posted earlier today?! Something like this might work – don’t mind my color choices here, I know they’re a bit off. I have a big piece of purple I’d like to use for the sashing but it might not work … for some reason I usually lean toward the blues.



I’m posting this under my Inspiration category (see the right sidebar) so I can find it later.