Train Quilt Block

Some time ago, I thought it would be great practice for me to work my way through drawing the blocks found in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Blocks A Year.  The calendar was published in 1999.  I don’t know that I have had it that long, but I’ve certainly had it a very long time.

Obviously, I don’t work a block a day, but I’ve worked (I should say played) my way through quite a few blocks.  You can find them by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab in my header.

And I have learned, and gained confidence, in using grids to draw blocks, as well as experimenting in quilt design.

The following block is simply named Train in Nancy’s calendar.

Train Quilt Block

Train is easily drawn using an 8 x 8 grid.

I think this block is a great little block for children’s quilts!


Or perhaps use just one block and a track border for a fun little pillow for a child.


RSC18 June

So Scrappy announced the Rainbow Scrap colors of the month as aqua and turquoise.

I think my blocks are more of a teal since the blues have a green tinge to them, but they look good:

RSC18 June

I am following a two self-imposed rules. 

I intend to use scraps only; I don’t want to cut into yardage for these blocks. 

I am also using a dark, medium and light version of the color of the month.  This is so I can play with value.  This gives me the opportunity to see how the blocks differ depending upon where the value is placed.  Hopefully, I am learning how to look at a block in different ways.

As blocks are added, I am getting excited about the Squared Away Sampler!

I am considering an on point setting with narrow sashing and cornerstones, but haven’t made up my mind yet.  I will wait and see what So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter have in store for us.

RSC18 June

I will be linking up with So Scrappy.  Check out the link and see what others have done with pink and rose this month!

If you would like to participate in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler  project click on the link to read all about it.  You can also visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making the blocks.  No need to make the 5″ block size that I am making.  Perhaps you want to make a 20″ block or something in between!

Learn about a variety of blocks, use those scraps and have fun!

How about a stroll in the garden?

Flower Garden






Mother’s Choice Quilt Block Part 2

In this blogpost, I showed a few straight set quilt designs using the Mother’s Choice Quilt Block.

I also played with the block using an on point setting.

Mother's Choice Quilt Block

The same block set on point with no sashing or alternate blocks:

Mother's Choice On Point Set

I don’t like the above design at all.  However, I do like the blocks set with sashing and cornerstones:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 2

And I like the block set with plain setting triangles; they frame the design:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 3

Maybe I would like this one better in a different colorway, or with some alternate blocks to play with:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 4

I like the center of this one (and it doesn’t look set on point, but it is):

Mother's Choice On Point Set 5

The stars are coming out to play:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 6

Also set on point, but looks like a straight set:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 7

Which design appeals to you?  Or would you create a different one?  There are lots of possibilities!

Happy quilting!

Mother’s Choice Quilt Block

I took some time this week to play with some virtual quilt designing.

The Mother’s Choice block shown in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year was my choice to play with.  I have had this calendar for years and am using it to inspire myself in design.

Mother's Choice Quilt Block

Drawn on a 12 x 12 grid.

Set in a side by side straight set:

Mother's Choice Straight Set

Again, set side by side but with the addition of sashing and cornerstones:

What I like about this block is that when you shift the value, you can bring out the stars!

Mother's Choice Straight Set 3

You can also add and/or delete lines within the block to create alternate blocks.

Mother's Choice Straight Set 6

What I haven’t shown, but what I think would be great fun, is to sew this block with lots of colorful scraps.  The block can be composed of many half square triangles creating lots of opportunities for using scraps.

Mother's Choice Straight Set 7

Those half square triangles also create lots of opportunities to experiment with value placement to create interesting designs.

Happy quilting!

June OMG 2018

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”
–  Robert Louis Stevenson, Bed in Summer 


I feel a bit like the child in the above poem.  I go to bed by daylight instead of staying up to play and enjoy these long summer days.

Retirement.  Wherefore art thou, Retirement?

Nevertheless, I am making the best of it.  Or trying to.  I love these beautiful days when every day the earth shares new fragrant blooms amidst warm sunshine rays and refreshing rain showers!

It is a new month and time to set new goals (or bring the old ones forward).

Remember these two quilts?:

Alyssa's Quilt

Hannah's Quilt

I want to piece fat quarters together to make quilt backings for them.

I also want to piece a binding together for the Friendship Row by Row.

Friendship Row by Row

I will be piecing three blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project.  Teal and turquoise are the colors for the month, but the block hasn’t been announced yet.

And, of course, take time to walk in the garden.






I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and check out the other goals for June. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!

May OMG 2018 Update

My Mom put in a couple of sewing requests, so I chose those for my May OMG (One Monthly Goal) goals.

Her first request was to replace the worn elastic on the wrists of her light jacket.  She has very small hands and wrists, and I think that I stretched the new elastic too much while stitching it to the jacket sleeves.  I hope that the sleeves fit, and are not too large!

Mom's Jacket

Her second request was to make a couple of purple bowl cozies. This was a much easier request to fulfill!

Bowl Cozy

Bowl Cozy

Mom also had an unfinished potholder in her bag.

Mom's Potholder

I don’t think it was a hint, but I did finish it for her.

Mom's Potholder

Love you, Mom!

I also completed three rose/pink blocks for the Squared Away sampler from RSC18.  You can see that in a blog post here.

RSC18 May

This blog post shares the quick and easy fabric trays that I made this month.

Fabric Tray

Some gardening took place, too, so I am claiming this month as a productive month for me!

Veronica Waterperry and Candytuft



Marguerite Daisy

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were completed for May. I find it inspiring and motivating!

Fabric Trays and Kallie

Hubby and I adopted a 2 year old rescue cat named Kallie.  


She is a super sweet and playful kitty.  She loves her toys, and she is getting quite a collection.

I decided to corral those toys into a simple little fabric tray.  The tray is small; Kallie can easily get the toy that she wants.

Fabric Tray

And no, she doesn’t put her toys away.  That’s what her owner is for.

The fabric trays are very easy and quick to make, so I made one for my toys, too.

Fabric Tray

If you would like to make fabric trays for yourself, or perhaps a gift for someone (fill it with dark chocolate and I’ll gladly take it off your hands), click here.  The link takes you to my Pinterest where I have pinned a few tutorial variations.

Fabric Tray

You can easily change the size to fit what you want a tray for.