Saturday, October 30, 2010


I was asked by my friend Benay Derr, of Beany Boy Quilts to help with her booth at the Quilt Market in Houston this year. She is a fabulous new pattern designer of inter-active children's quilts, including a matching game behind leaves and flower pedals and pockets for children to put their favorite small toys in. Visit her website to order patterns.

Click here to see my pictures on flickr of my visit to Market, with it's exciting new lines of fabric, designers of fabrics and patterns, products and much more.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

During the mid 1800's, Log Cabin quilts were hung outside to give messages to the slaves traveling the Underground Railroad.   The different colors of the center square of the quilt signified signs of "safe houses" or danger.

Be creative with the center square of your block.  It will change the look of your quilt.

Quilt size - 78 inches square  
25 blocks
Finished blocks are 14 inches square

For a true "scrappy log cabin", follow these instructions:
Cut 25- 2 1/2 inch squares of the same fabric.  Traditionally, red is chosen for the center.   These will be your CENTER SQUARES.

Cut  2 1/2 inch strips, of remaining fabrics, selvage to selvage (or use 1 jelly roll for a small quilt, 2 for a larger quilt).  The more fabrics you have, the better for a scrappy quilt.  This one has 20 different fabrics.

Put your strips of fabric into a big bag and mix them up.  
Without looking into the bag (I'll be honest, I peeked), pull a strip out and sew it to a CENTER SQUARE.  Since the strips from your bag don't have a fresh cross cut, align your CENTER SQUARE down 1/2 an inch from the top of the strip (3/4 if you are at a selvage), it will be trimmed later.  

Continue until all CENTER SQUARES have a second strip sewn to them.  Do not trim the long strip you just added until you have finished adding to all the CENTER SQUARES.

Press and trim the second strip so edges match the first CENTER SQUARE.  After you've used a strip, put it in a separate pile.  When you've used all the strips in your bag, start over.

Now add a 3rd strip to all your squares, being careful to add it in a counter close-wise direction.  The diagram above shows the new or longer piece moves in a counter clock-wise direction.

Continue until all 25 CENTER SQUARES have 16 strips sewn onto them.
Trim squares to 14 inches.

Use "Scotch-Blue Painters Tape" when quilting a grid design.   Lay one strip down the middle of your quilt and sew 1/8th inch from tape on both sides.   Then lift the tape off, and reposition for the next 2 quilting lines.   EASY!!

I used the 2 inch Blue Painters tape for this quilt.

You can use your scraps for the binding. . . they're already cut to 2 1/2 inches and ready to go.

Enjoy checking out all the other quilts:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Joseph's Pinwheels

Another pinwheel baby quilt finished.

Who wouldn't fall in love with Monaluna's Organic Cotton Fabric, Monaco in teal.  Fortunately, I needed to make a boy baby quilt.

pinwheels 'n' pumpkins

Scrappy borders are just as fun as scrappy bindings.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Munki Sampler

This project started out being place mats.  Then one day, my son flipped his spaghetti all over the table.  This project then became a wall hanging.  It features some of my favorites from Heather Ross:

Heather's school of fish.

the market place

". . .how long does it take to get out of Texas?"