Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway - June

If you regularly follow my blog, you know by now that I love mini quilts.  Martingale has a new book called Mini-Charm Quilts  18 Clever Projects for 2 1/2" squares.

Photos are courtesy of Martingale

Martingale asked 18 of their designers to design a quilt using 1, 2 or 3 of their mini charm pack of squares.  Mini charm packs are a quick and easy way to gather pre cut squares - but don't we all have 2 1/2" squares just waiting to be used?  Lots of inspiration here on how to use them.  

A couple months ago I asked readers what color they had the most of in their scrap stash.  Many said blue.  Here is a cute little quilt that would use up a lot of those scraps.  This is called Spare Time by Lisa Bongean.

Another cutie is this heart pillow covered with cross your heart x's.  It's called Cross My Heart Pillow by Brenda Riddle.

This little quilt is so bright and cheerful.  Four Patch Chain is by Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson.  I think this pattern would make a cute baby quilt.

Save those little squares- there are loads of things you can make with them!  If small projects aren't your thing- I'm sure you have a friend or two that would love to have them!

Look for Mini-Charm Quilts in your local shop or purchase online at

Martingale gives all the royalty funds for this book to LOCK-9 Comfort Dogs.  Isn't this a great way to support a special organization!

I'm having a drawing for a free ebook.  Let me know in the comments what size scraps you like to save.  I'll announce the winner early next week.  Be sure that I can contact you if you are a winner.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Bridesmaid Baby Blanket

Have you heard about making old bridesmaid dresses into baby blankets?  It is a growing trend as you can see if you look into it on Pinterest.  I wasn't aware of people doing this until  my daughter asked me to make one from a bridesmaid dress she had worn.  The "bride" was having a baby and as the dress no longer fit my daughter, this seemed like an interesting idea!

I didn't think to take a picture of the dress before I started.  It was a slim, halter top, floor length dress.  Luckily the dress was a single layer of fabric and not layers of thin filmy fabric.  I'm not sure, but I think it was some kind of polyester.  The hardest part was cutting into the dress and taking it apart!  My daughter is thin and the pieces of the dress were tapered up the sides, so there wasn't as much usable fabric as I had expected.

I decided to do a simple quilt with squares as I wasn't sure how much the fabric would fray, and how it would quilt.

I decided to make the alternate squares a soft white fleecy fabric that baby's love to feel.  So the blanket has the soft white and the slick pink fabrics to feel.  My daughter picked out a fleece baby blanket on sale for less than the cost of backing, so we went with that for the back. The colors coordinated really well.

It turned out very nice.   I did very simple straight line quilting that worked well to secure the dress fabrics.

It is a pretty neat idea - you might want to give it a try!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway - May

I love mini projects.  The new book Lunch-Hour Wool Minis by Kathy Brown has 14 Easy Projects to Stitch in no Time.

Photos are courtesy of Martingale 

If you already know how to do wool applique this book is for you.  If you've never done wool applique - this book is for you too!  Kathy has a list of supplies and shows how to do wool applique and it's really very easy!  She also has instructions for a few easy embroidery stitches to embellish the projects.

These projects are just adorable!  As Kathy says- they are small projects to stitch in front of a tv, while waiting at the office or at a ball park.  They are small portable projects that are easy and small to have on hand.

The project on the cover is a mug rug called Bees & Blossoms.  It is 6" x 7", and has a few small buttons for embellishments.

This project is called Ewe and Me and the Jingle Tree.  Isn't that a cute name?  Look at the cute little bell at the top of the tree.  It is 8" x 9".

I think the Chickadee Days project is the largest one at 10" x 14".

If you have never tried working with wool you should give it a try.  This is a great book with such cute projects.  You will be hooked and want to do more!

Look for the book at your local quilt shops or online at

I'm doing a giveaway for a free ebook of Lunch-Hour Wool Minis.  Leave a comment on whether or not you  have tried wool applique.  I will draw a name and announce it early next week.  Be sure that I can get back to you if you are the winner.

Have a great day!

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Quilt Garden & Quilt

Today we finished planting the 2018 quilt garden at the Nappanee Center in Nappanee IN.  One and a half days of planting, and hours later we had rain!  Finished just in time!

The name of the garden this year is Connie's Bloomin' Stitches.  I'm very honored that they named the garden this year in my honor for the work I've done with the gardens and the quilts I've made of each garden.

Here I am with the quilt that was made for this years garden.  I replicate the garden design in the center block, and always add a border that compliments the design.

Here is what is on the label of the quilt:

Connie's Bloomin' Stitches is adapted from a pattern called Spools and was titled as a tribute to Connie Kauffman, who has authored several quilt pattern books.  This design was adapted, named and dedicated as the 11th anniversary quilt garden for 2018 to honor Connie for her creative fabric artistry.  The Committee opted to use one vertical spool in the garden design instead of the original 4 spool pattern. 

Connie has designed all of the quilts replicating the gardens that have been planted by the Nappanee Center Quilt Garden Committee.  She served on the committee for two years and has continued to serve as a "friend of the garden" with the spring plantings.

The 2018 quilt garden also features a wood crafted needle and a spool wound with colored rope that sits within the center quilt block.

2018 Quilt Garden Committe
Bonnie Borger          Jeff Kitson
Karen Clipp              Donna Persing
Dick Conrad             Wayne Scheumann
Sue Conrad               Stephanie Topping
Julie Dyjkstra           Sandy Witt
Lora Harp

If you are traveling in Northern Indiana this summer- be sure and take in the 18 gardens in the Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Pillows Part II

I thought I would add a couple comments about the porch pillows I made with Island Batik fabrics.

I quilted arc's on each side with the Westalee Multi Arc Ruler, and larger arcs on the corners with other Westalee circle rulers.

The multi arc is a handy ruler to have on hand because you have the choice of several different sizes to use.  It is helpful to have this tool to fit in about any space you need.

I also did buttonhole stitching around all the petals.  I love this look and it's very easy to do on a domestic machine.

It's great to have the tools on hand when you need them.  What are some of your favorite tools?

Monday, May 7, 2018

May Island Batik Challenge- Pillows

The challenge for all the Island Batik Ambassadors for May was to make a pillow of some kind.  This was a great challenge.  I decided to make a couple pillows for on my front porch.  I used a flower pattern I had designed years ago as a white daisy.  This time I made colorful daisies from Island Batik fabrics that came in the 5" strip rolls that were included in the Island Batik Ambassador box.  The background yellows also came from the 5" strips- but I had to piece them to make the larger background for the applique.

When I make porch pillows, I know they will be exposed to the elements and I'll need to wash them, so I stuff them with plastic bags.  No one can tell the difference!

The pillows measure 15" x 15".  I finish them with a regular binding  They make a sunny addition to my porch.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ebook winner

The ebook winner for Oh Scrap!  was drawn by
The winner is cityquiltergrace - congratulations!
You will be hearing from Martingale soon about how to redeem your free ebook.