Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nickel Quilts

This week our guild hosted Pat Speth of Nickel Quilts fame.  All her books and patterns use 5" squares to make a multitude of quilts.  It's amazing how much you can do with a 5" square!
She doesn't teach a specific quilt at her workshop....rather a technique for a specific unit or units.  From those units, you can chose from any number of quilts to make.  The first workshop was 4 patches and half square triangles.  You can see behind her, all those blocks are made from variations of the 4patch and HST units!

  This quilt is called Heritage Trail made from those two units.  I don't have any pics to share of my progress, because I still haven't decided which quilt I am going to make!  So far, I just have a big pile of 4patches and HSTs!!

This is another layout I like, called Sunny Lanes.

This one is called Northern Lights...I don't think I will choose this option, just wanted to show you how different the same units look, just laid out a bit differently.

The second workshop was "combination units."  It's a HST, but also sort of an hourglass unit.  There are many great projects with this unit!

This is a picture of a quilt I'd like to do one day....called Labor Day Madness.

And also this one....Labor Day Stars.

This is the one I'm working on's called Liberty Star.  It adds flying geese units as well.

 I worked a bit more yesterday on my blocks and have 12 done!  I'm going to do a few more to make a large lap size.  The techniques are really handy and the blocks aren't too difficult to assemble.  The workshops were lots of fun! 

 Have you made any "Nickel Quilts?"  Of course, with the Charm Pack craze the last few years...there are many projects out there using 5" squares nowadays!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The world lost an amazing person this week.  Laura was such an incredible friend, sister, auntie, daughter, quilter, teacher...and I know so much more.  She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to offer.  She had a quirky sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and continually made everyone around smile.

I met Laura through an online quilting guild.  Our group comes together once a year from all parts of the country for a retreat...most of us would say it's the highlight of our year.  We are like sisters, the love of quilting was our initial bond, but we have grown together like family.  Thanks to Facebook, online groups, and texting...we have the opportunity to stay in touch almost daily.  

There are so many fun memories of our times at retreat....

You will be missed, my friend.  RIP Laura and God Bless You!!
Saturday, March 09, 2013

Saturday Update

How can a whole week go by and I not remember what I did?  LOL  I know I got some sewing done this week and even spent some time cutting up scraps.  I did quilt a couple of tops...hmmm?   There must be something I did!  LOL

I did make up this quickie baby quilt!  I love this's so easy, but I think it's very pretty!  I made it for a gal from one of my groups...she's due in just a couple weeks with a little girl and our group held a fun little shower for her.

Are these fabrics just the sweetest?  My friend Peggy was so nice to give me some of her "leftovers."  Just at the right time too!  I don't think I even had them a week, when I decided I needed to make a girl quilt and these fit the bill just perfectly!  Thanks Peggy!

I backed it with a soft flannel cozy!! 

Remember these stars from last year?  Terry over at Terry's Treasures hosted a sew along and I made 12-14.  I've been making the alternate setting blocks as leaders/enders.  I finally decided to start sewing them together...I had more than I thought!  I think I want to make this I have more stars and setting blocks to do.  I'm not in a hurry though, so I'll just continue with the leaders and enders and I'll get there!

I love all the colors and fabrics...just makes me happy to look at them!! 

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!  Don't forget to set your clocks forward tonight!  Yay!  Spring is on the way!!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Charming Additiion

I finished my "Charming Addition" quilt!  (Thanks to Janet, I now know the official name of this quilt)  :)

I really enjoyed this project, and probably could have been easily swayed to make it larger.  The truth is I have so much on my plate, I didn't need another project sitting around forever unfinished.  Since I thought it would be a fun wallhanging for my sewing room, I decided to stop at this size.  It measures about 38" x 38". 

 I really love the graphic's one of those quilts you just keep looking at.  LOL  It's just pinned to the wall for now...that hanger isn't large enough for it.  This works for now.

I quilted it with a crosshatch grid...easy peasy.  And done!!