Sunday, 18 February 2018

Medallion Quilt Last Blocks

I am posting the last two blocks that I used in the Medallion Quilt layout. When posting the blocks to my blog I may have made a small error and posted an additional block that I didn't use in the original quilt. The extra block was the Churn Dash Block. Sorry Tish I know you have been keeping up in between your other BOM's and QAL's.

First up is the Tile Block. A simple block made with squares and rectangles.

Tile Block

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

All seams are 1/4''.

Dark fabric:   A   4- 2 1/2'' x 1 1/2''
Fat Quarters: B   4- 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
Background Fabric: C  4- 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' 
                                 D  4- 2 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
                                 E  1- 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''

Step 1:

1. Stitch piece C to E.
2. Make 4.
3. Stitch piece D to the units you just completed. See diagram 1.
4. Make 4.

diagram 1

Step 2:

1. Stitch together in rows see diagram 2 below.

diagram 2

The last block is the Ribbons Block. It is made with squares and HST's.

Ribbons Block

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

All seams are 1/4''

Dark fabric:   A  4-  4'' x 4''  
                      B   4- 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
Medium Fabric: C   2- 4'' x 4''
Background Fabric: D  4- 4'' x 4'' 

Step 1:

1. On the back of all piece D's draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. As per diagram 1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece C. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. As per diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. As per diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
6. Make 4.

diagram 1

Step 2

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces A and D.
2. Make 4.

Step 3

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces A and C, drawing the diagonal line on piece C.
2. Make 4.

Step 4

1. Sew units together to make rows.
2. Sew rows together to make block. See diagram 2.

diagram 2

Next month we'll put it altogether with the sashing and border instructions.

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Animal Quilt Finish

In October I started a quilt for my 4 year old grandson. His favourite colour is blue and he wanted animals. Now I ask you what grandma doesn't want to give a grandchild what they want. You can read more about the start here.

donkey from Lorna
The donkey is a pattern from Lorna of Sew Fresh quilts. All the patterns in the quilt are from Lorna, her Farm Friends Pattern and some of her free patterns.

I drew up a quick diagram in my graphics program to show how I joined the blocks 
After laying the animals out with the help of my DD, and let me tell you they did a lot of moving around. It was hard to keep them corralled. I proceeded to sew them in rows. For each row I measured the largest block and pieced the others to fit as per the example above.

How about pictures of some of the animals. Each animal got his/her own FMQing motif. The background I quilted with stars and loops.

the large dog

one of four birds


I used a wide backing called Essentials from Wilmington Prints.

back of quilt, it is a pretty blue

My quilt holder upper isn't tall enough and the snow was a challenge. I will be glad when all this snow goes away. We have had wayyyyyyyyy too much this last week, approximately one foot ughhh.

snow challenge showing the complete quilt

This quilt is 83'' by 62'' after washing, a nice size for his bed.

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Friday, 2 February 2018

An Oldie Throwback Thursday

For throwback Thursday which is being hosted by Sandra of mmmquilts, I pulled an oldie. I made this either in 1999 or 2000, no label as at that time I had no idea how important a label was and the information that could be garnered from one.

first paper piecing project

This was my first foray into paper piecing. I remember that Carol Doak was the queen of paper piecing at the time. I was surprised that I still had the book that this one came from. There were a lot of firsts in this one including machine quilting.

wrinkles aplenty just out of the cupboard
I liked matchy points even then and paper piecing does a good job of accomplishing them. Fast forward to today I strive for those matchy matchy points and am successful about 90% of the time.

first time fmqing

I shudder now when I see how bad my first FMQing was. We all have to learn somewhere and sometime so this is also a gentle reminder as to how far I've come in my fmqing skills. All it takes is a little practice.

those poor swirls!

a crisp morning snow picture

As with any firsts this little 40'' x 40'' will always hold a place in my heart. I really should have tossed it in the dryer to relax those wrinkles.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Registration

Registration for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop begins today. If you have been blogging less than 3 years and are interested, visit any of the 2018 co-hosts for all the details you need to sign up: Beth from Cooking Up QuiltsSandra from mmm! Quilts, Jen from Dizzy Quilter, and Tish from Tish n’ Wonderland

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Medallion Quilt Block 11

Next block up is Cross Points. It is a variation of a Sisters Choice block.

Cross Points

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are 1/4''


Dark fabric:          A  2- 2 1/2'' x 3''
                             B   1- 2 1/2'' x 7 1/2''
Medium fabrics:  C   4-  3'' x  3''
                             D  8-  3'' x 3''
Background Fabric: E 4- 3'' x 7 1/2'' 
                                 F 4- 3'' x 3''

Step 1:

1. Using piece 1 A and 2 C's. With right sides together sew the C squares to an A square. Press seams to the dark fabric. See diagram 1a.
2. Make 2. 
3. Using the units you just made sew them to the long side of B. Press. See diagram 1b.
4. This makes a  7 1/2'' square for the center.

diagram 1
Step 2: 

1. Draw a line diagonally on all  D's. See diagram 2a.
2. Using  background fabric piece E and 2  D squares.
3. Place D on  E matching corners and with right sides together sew on the drawn line. 
4. Trim a 1/4'' from the sewn line, on the outside corner. See diagram 2b. Repeat on the other corner. 
4. Press seams to dark side. 
5. Make four.

diagram 2

Step 3

1. Sew a background fabric F square to both ends of two of the units from step 2. See diagram 3.
2. Press seams towards F.

diagram 3

Step 4

1. Join rows together as per diagram 4.
2. Press in directions of arrows.

diagram 4

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Black and White Finish

A finish! I love this piece! It was my entry for the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by Myra@Busy Hands Quilts. I won the grand prize! I was shocked when Myra notified me that I was the winner. Thank you Myra!

cold but sunny photo shoot this morning
 I quickly and I mean quickly went out this morning to get some pictures it is -12 Celsius but feels like -21 brrrrrr. A big change from yesterday morning when it was +12 and raining.

The pop of green brings this piece to life. Being as green is my favourite colour it makes my heart sing. You can read more about the piecing here


I didn't add the ring of black and white around the compass before adding the white corners. I'm saying it was a design choice at the time and not that I may have forgotten to add it. Yup design choice! You can read about my pattern choice here

original pattern choice

I was uncertain as how to quilt this piece. I knew I wanted straight line quilting in the compass points, other than that not sure. Once I started quilting it came together and I am happy with it. I used Aurifil #2692 on the black and white, Aurifil #2024 on the white and for the green Aurifil # 1231. I used Quilters Dream cotton as I like how it hangs in a wall hanging.

straight lines in the white, curves for the black and white dots and in the green

I like feathers, and quilted them in the white corners.

feathers and a swirl for the corners

My backing was pulled from my stash, it is Shabbylicious by fabsraps. I am not certain how long this piece resided in my stash. 

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Memory Quilt

I was asked by a cousin, Diane, to help make a memory quilt. The family wanted to give it to their mother for Christmas. I designed a simple layout idea, using pieces from shirts for the flying geese.

design for memory quilt

The four patches we made from his hankies and his hunting cap. I don't think younger people use hankies any more. Diane quickly made the flying geese and four patches. 

four patches from hankies

The family gave us a variety of items they wanted in the quilt. Items like his suspenders, shirts, tie, fishing lure (my hubby removed the hooks), photos and crests.

shirt front with suspenders attached, a t-shirt from prostrate cancer run which his son participated in. The trees were made from pieces of his hunting cap.
The shirt front complete with placket, pocket and suspenders was incorporated into one of the blocks. A t-shirt for another block.

Trapunto stitching for his name

After Diane put the top together, I did the quilting. I used trapunto quilting for his name with feathers on each end. 
hearts and loops surround the couples wedding picture

I quilted the background with loop de loops and couldn't resist adding some hearts around the wedding picture. 

the complete quilt 
I used his tie in the blocks with his children's pictures. The tie that binds so to speak. Diane did the binding thankfully, no hand sewing for me. Yeah!

The family was pleased and their mother loved the quilt.