Friday, May 25, 2018

olympic sew-a-long with Temecula Quilt Co., quilt completed

Temecula Quilt Co. had a sew-a-long during the 2016 Olympics.
I made two of them, one with all solids and this one in the suggested color way, with Civil War type fabrics.
I love how it turned out.
Thanks Temecula Quilt Co.!

48 by 56 inches

Thursday, May 24, 2018


The barn paintings in my sewing area inspired this simple block.
It could be done with a single piece for the roof and lintel, but that would involve several techniques I do not enjoy. I am using up some triangles left over from the hourglass blocks for these roofs. And, I kind of like the separate lintel! It gives a place to play with directional fabrics.
My first sample block used a flying goose for the roof. But, I realized that would be a lot of point watching in putting the quilt together so I decided to float the roof by over-cutting the sky pieces.

I'll prepare a tutorial soon.
My design, use at your pleasure.

Finishes 8 1/4 by 6 inches

Print: cut one 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch rectangle, two 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch rectangles, one triangle from a 3 1/2 inch strip using Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle Ruler or the EZ Companion Angle ruler
Solid: cut one 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch rectangle, two triangles from a 4 inch strip using Bonnie's ruler or the EZ Angle Ruler

After sewing left sky to the roof, use ruler to trim away excess

Press left sky to the barn roof; press right roof to the sky
Press away from the door to the barn
Wait with pressing the lintel. Press half of the blocks going up and half going down. This will allow seams to nest.

The barn on the right looks like it may have a still...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

keyhole, top completed

I was inspired by my friend Donna's quilt. I changed the proportions. There are quite a few variations of this out there.
This version is mine--use at your pleasure.

78 by 90 inches
99 blocks, 15 half blocks

Block finishes  6 by 12 inches
Solid: cut one 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch rectangle, three 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles
Print: cut one 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch rectangle, three 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles
Pressing:towards solid pieces, then to solid side of the block

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Temecula sew-a-long, quilt completed

In 2016 Temecula Quilt Co. had a delightful sew-a-long. I finished the top on LeClaire and Sue DiVarco quilted it while I was in the midst of settling in. She used an all over design that I am quite pleased with.
The quilt now lives with my sister, Beth.

Quilt measures 57 by 69 inches
Center blocks sized 2 1/2 inches finished.
Outer blocks sized 3 inches finished.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ella and her daughters

My grandmother, Ella with her daughters, Henny, Grada, Jeanette, Betty
Boyden, Iowa

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


I've been wanting to do a star quilt for this series and decided on the simplest star.

9 inch finished block
Cut from 3 1/2 inch strips
Points pressed to the solid
Rows pressed to the prints
Block pressed to the center row--this pressing pattern should allow all seams to interlock by rotating every other block.

Planning on 99 blocks, set 9 by 11

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

the cows and chickens watch me sew

The Hoard's Dairyman calendar is an annual gift from my sister Janna.

The paintings clockwise from upper left:

Pollarded trees and Maas-Rijn-IJssel cows by Ada Schurink
Ella and her chickens by Steven Johnson, done plein-air style from a photograph of my grandmother
Barn by Hendrika "Hattie" Scholten
Roadside landscape by Lucian Lupinski