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A Quick Project

Remember the quick and easy project that I began when the power was out (click here)?

I found a free pattern online called Sugar Town.

Alyssa's Quilt

I am not a sweet pink, baby blue girlie type of gal, but I have a little girl in mind who I think will love this quilt.

I have had fun taking time out to sew this up.

I changed the original pattern just a bit.  I added setting triangles and corners to my version.

Alyssa's Quilt

The quilt top is as big as the garage door.  Ha, ha!



Hunter’s Star Finish

I began my Hunter’s Star project in September, 2013.  I got as far as the borders, and stalled out.

Then it became my UFO Goal for May 2017.  I got the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich and began quilting.

I am so happy to be able to announce that my Hunter’s Star version is finished!


Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter's Star

Hunter’s Star Part One

Hunter’s Star Part 2

May OMG 2017 Update

For my Hunter’s Star project, I used the Inklingo Hunter’s Star 9 Inch collection from Linda Franz at her Inklingo website.

Sister’s Choice Quilt Block Part 2

Sister's Choice

In a previous post, I shared some quilt design options with the Sister’s Choice block, using straight set layouts.

I think it is fun to play with on point layouts as well.

You never know; you might prefer a design on point. 

So here is a layout with the Sister’s Choice block and sashing:

Sister's Choice On Point

The same layout, but a different colorway, and some plain blocks added:

Sister's Choice On Point 2

The next few layouts show the Sister’s Choice blocks where some have lines deleted, and some have lines added, to create alternate blocks to play with.

Sister's Choice On Point 3

Sister's Choice On Point 4

For the lover of quilting designs, it is always nice to have open, or negative, spaces to fill.

Sister's Choice On Point 5

For the fun of it, see what happens when you play with the background:

Sister's Choice On Point 6

Sister's Choice On Point 7

I am sure you can come up with many more ideas; especially when you also play with color/value and border combinations!

Sister’s Choice Quilt Block

Let’s explore the Sister’s Choice Quilt Block.

The block is a traditional favorite.

Sister's Choice

Sister’s Choice is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.

Here the blocks are set in a straight set with sashing:

Sister's Choice Straight Set

I’ve moved the color a bit, and that puts more emphasis on the stars:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 2

Let’s look at some straight sets without the sashing.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 3

The next one not only has the sashing removed, but the alternate blocks have some additional lines drawn.  The result is a star within a star.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 4

More alternate block experimenting:

Sister's Choice Straight Set 5

Sister's Choice Straight Set 6

Delete quite a few lines in the alternate block, and it opens up the entire design…great for the quilting lovers! 

Sister's Choice Straight Set 7

Moving blocks around, as well as adding and deleting lines from the original block (Sister’s Choice in this blog post), creates interesting designs.

Sister's Choice Straight Set 8

Sister's Choice Straight Set 9

Sister's Choice Straight Set 10

Let’s not forget about color (most importantly…value).  Changing values creates completely different looks!

Sister's Choice Straight Set 11

When designing your next quilt, take time to experiment with the block’s grid (adding/deleting lines to create alternate blocks), as well as value placement.

You will come up with a winner (or several)!  And have fun doing it!

I use Electric Quilt 7 for quilt designing.  Block Base is another great tool.  Sister’s Choice is #J008 in Block Base.  A pad of graph paper and colored pencils work well too!

MOD Bear Paw QAL Progress

The borders are on!

Bear Paw QAL

I love it!

Bear Paw QAL

Bear Paw QAL

I wish I could show you the entire quilt, but I have no where to spread it out and take a good photo for you. 

When you click on a photo, it will take you to a larger view of it.

Bear Paw QAL

I am linking up at Sew Fresh Quilts.

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part One

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part Two


MOD Bear Paw QAL Progress

Progress is happening!

Bear Paw QAL

I am really loving how my bear paw quilt is looking!

It is difficult to tell from the photos, but the background is a soft grey print, not white.

It has been a challenge for sure.  A bit of unsewing has happened.  And, apparently, I have an ultra scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  “Personal Private Measurement”, as one of my all-time favorite quilt teachers would say.  I still cherish Mary Ellen Hopkins book…‘The It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt’.

My blocks are a bit larger than Lorna’s pattern says they should be.  No biggie…I am making adjustments for that.

Bear Paw QAL

I still have the borders to sew.  Slow and steady; I’ll get there.

I am linking up at Sew Fresh Quilts.

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part One

MOD Bear Paw QAL

When Lorna, at Sew Fresh Quilts, generously offered her bear pattern as a quilt a-long, I had to drop all other projects and make this quilt!

I live in bear country, as you can see from the posts here and here.

My progress will be slow, as it is on all my projects.  That’s just the way it is.

(Ohhhhh…retirement.  Wherefore art thou, retirement?)

Here is my progress so far:

Bear Paw QAL