Friday, November 6, 2015

varsity checkerboard quilt - give away

I drooled, dreamed, schemed over this online picture of varsity with the rest of you for WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN ETERNITY!  

This mini charm pack was my first virtual sighting.  I couldn't resist.  Before too long and several trips back to an etsy basement store (couldn't even wait for the mail man), I had 6 or 8 of them.

and was furiously sewing away.  This method of checker boarding is so intriguing, but not recommended, it's only for impulse quilters with lots of mini charm packs.

 this method is much faster.

why you ask?  


  are you still using your archaic square rotating board?  or have you discovered the matilda's cutting mat?  YES, more than just the earth is round.  learn about it here

to the design wall

"stack and sew method" shown here

 off to the hq sweet 16 for a fast spiral quilting job.

quilt stats:
40 x 50 (washed)
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by winline
fabric  - varsity by sweetwater for Moda
binding  - hometown in gray by sweetwater
quilting - one big circle, organic
pattern - checker board

leftover's GIVEAWAY:   Closed.  Congratulations, Patti.  Your package is on it's way.

I have 100 left-over mini's from this project.  It contains the yellows and blacks from the mini charm pack, as well as others.  If you're interested in them, leave me a comment telling me how many years you've been sewing, and how many years you've been quilting.

linked up:
finish it up friday


  1. 51 years sewing and quilting! I've been sewing since I was 7 and my grandmother showed me how to make a blanket for my dolly. It was patchwork squares. I sewed on a treadle machine until I won an electric at the County Fair in 1971.

  2. I've been quilting for 3 or 4 years now but I sewed on and off since my teens... love your mini charm quilt & the checkerboard pattern. please don't put my name in the hat, I know that international shipping prices are crazy !

  3. love it!!

  4. Wow - beautiful - and I LOVE the spiral quilting! I've been quilting for about 10 years - but only got the room for my own sewing space about 6 years ago - so that's when I really began in earnest.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. sewing forever but quilting 5 years , started when i turned 70

  6. I made my first quilt in 2009 and haven't looked back! I have lost count how many I have completed but I do know I currently have 2 to put binding on, 2 ready to quilt and 3 quilt tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted.

  7. I have been sewing 58 years and quilting 9.

  8. I have been sewing for 50+ years and quilting for about 15 years. Since scrap quilts are now my favorite projects, this giveaway would be perfect for me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Your quilt is awesome! (

  9. Great quilt!
    I've been sewing since I was 8 and quilting for around 10 years!

  10. I've been sewing for over 33 years and quilting for 31! Love your mini charm quilt!

  11. Sewing for 60 years, quilting for one. Pending arrival of first grandchild promptd me to quilt. Previously I made embroidered quilts (from kits) because I enjoy embroidery. But the designs are no longer as pleasing. So I switched! Baby Henry has a beautiful quilt I made as well as the embroidered quilt I made his momma 35 years ago.

  12. I learned to quilt with a group from my church in April, 2000. 15 years before that I took a sewing class at a local Joann's Store, but never did much until I found quilting. I've been a member of my local guild for over 13 years. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful scraps!!

    Happy Quilting!

  13. Love it. Was wondering how you did your spiral? Did you mark it? I'm working on one right now and only using my pressure foot as a guide. It is going really well but I'm afraid it's too dense.
    Any suggestions? Thanks for sharing this. Have a great weekend.

  14. Love your quilt, love the way you mix your colors. I've been sewing since 1969 and learned to do the log cabin quilt 22 yrs. ago, made lots of those quilts.
    I've really gotten into quilting in the past 5 years. I'm hooked.

  15. I've been sewing for about 30 years and started quilting about 20 years ago. I slowed down considerably when my kids were small but have a renewed interest in quilting again now that they are grown. I love your quilt and everything Sweetwater!

  16. Love your quilt and fabric choice. So refreshing. I have been sewing for 55 years and often think about those early years sewing clothing for my Mom and six sisters. Loved it all but didn't start quilting until two years ago. Spend way too much time researching designs and fabrics but know that I need to put in more time behind the machine. I still sew on the kitchen table and it's not a very efficient way to go. Working on trying to outfit a sewing corner. Dian at gdavidhoffmanatyahoodotcom

  17. Sewing and quilting for 15 years. Teaching girls ages 7 to 18 to sew and quilt for 9 years. My favorite thing to do is teach mother & daughters together. Tonight I taught a friend and her daughter to make pillow cases.

  18. Great quilt! I would love to know how you did the spiral as well. I just traded in my Hq16 for my new BQ20. Love it! Please fill us in on the spiral quilting.

  19. What a great finish, Sweetwater has some great fabrics! Love how you did the spiral too. Thanks for the chance to win.
    I have been quilting for a year, and sewing off and on for a few.

  20. I've been sewing for about 50 years and quilting for about 15. Love how your quilt turned out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. 25 and 25 but I have been honest DASH diet for a long time and need more fabric scraps squares

  22. I started sewing when I was 10 which, amazingly, was 48 years ago. I started quilting 26 years ago.. I still remember my first quilting class!

  23. I love Varsity! I love your quilt! And you love me!! Haha! I've been sewing for almost 40 years and if tying a couple of bedsheets with batting In between counts as quilting, then almost as long! Lol. Did used to play under the quilts on the frames like it was a tent, too!

    Bev, my first quilt in the "modern age" of rotary cutters and rulers was also a log cabin! :)

    4 more days!!! ❤️

  24. I've been sewing since I was a young girl, guessing age 7 or 8 which was 53 years ago. I made my first quilt as a junior in high school- that was 1972-3. My time goes quickly!!

    I love your quilt and the spiral quilting! Thank you for the chance to win.

  25. Love your quilt! I have been sewing since I was young(many years ago) I started quilting about 20 years ago but really quilting every day the last 6 years.

  26. love your postage stamp quilt. I've been making quilt tops for 25 years and quilting them for 2.


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