Bright Spring Color

I've wanted to share these quilts for quite a while. I made them last fall with my two grandchildren in mind, and a couple of farmhouse twin beds I plan to build. I pulled from my stash to make them, and couldn't be happier how they turned out. Super simple pattern using 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips and 2 1/2" squares. I put the white square with a colored strip, then put four together to make a block. I don't have a pattern but give it a good look and I'm sure you can see how to make it. For the boy version, I used various scraps of blue/green/gray/teal/turquoise. And you can see the girl version is lots of scraps in pink/red/yellow/orange. Can't you just see these on a couple of farmhouse t

Carnival Ride

Yippee! Another quilt published. This is an easy project and shown in the Summer 2018 issue of Easy Quilts, soon to be out in newsstands. You can find my quilt on page 24. Here are a few of my own photos. I made it last year around this time. When this was created, I was experimenting with kaleidoscope blocks. I found a piece of striped fabric in my stash and cut the repeat so I had six layers to cut at once. Once sewn together it gave the kaleidoscope effect. I thought it turned out pretty cute for a little bright baby quilt. I hope you'll look for this issue and make one yourself. Thanks for stopping by! Rachel

Remembrance Quilt Delivered

The quilt is finished and delivered. My husband went with me to deliver it. He enjoys getting to experience the joy (and tears) these quilts bring. If you've never done one of these, I would encourage you to give it a try. Shirts aren't difficult to cut up into 2" strips and there is an abundance of patterns that use strips. For this quilt, I sorted the shirts into lights and darks and used a pattern called Nova from a book I had. It made a good sized lap quilt, about 64" x 72". I added a label to the backing with a picture the couple and the important dates, dedication, favorite verse, and of course place, date, and maker. I used a pantograph for the quilting. Making a memory quilt for

Update on Remembrance Quilt

This may be my favorite shirt quilt. It is coming along nicely. Who would have thought you could take eight very different dark, non-matching, shirts and pair them with four light shirts and get this? I love it. I hope to add a couple of 2" borders with the leftover darks. Stay tuned!

Remembrance Quilt

My next project is a remembrance quilt for a widow, a wonderful lady who lost her husband recently. I think they were married about 50 years. He suffered from some work related illnesses and was such an inspiration to many. He was a man of many talents and could fix anything. They both have been so kind to Jim and I over the years. I am trying a pattern I've not used before with shirt scraps. I want this to be something special for her, but in my heart I know even if it doesn't turn out beautiful, to her it will be, just because it was made from his shirts. So I sorted the shirts into lights and darks and am hoping for the best!

Easy Quilt Pattern

I"ve had several email me wanting the easy brick quilt pattern. It is super easy. I was inspired by some quilts I saw on Pinterest and made up the pattern. I am happy to share it. Shoot me a picture of your finished quilt if you make it! You can email me via the Connect tab on the first page of the website. 4” x 8” Brick Throw Size Quilt (finished quilt is 40”x52”) Supplies: Sewing machine, needles, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, at least a 8 ½” quilting ruler, thread, seam ripper (all the normal quilt making supplies) Fabric (for top only): ¾ yard of white or background ~2 yards of assorted colored/printed scraps in pieces at least 4.5” by 8.5” (see suggestions below) Backing fa

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