Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hip To Be Square!

My sixth Scrap Squad project!
When I received the e-mailed pattern of Hip to be Square, of course I started humming the Huey Lewis & The News song "Hip to be Square" nnnnnnnn " Hip to be Square"!
(wait through the ad to hear the song)
I thought this would be the perfect pattern to make for my friend Missie!
Missie likes bright, cute fabrics.
These two plastic bags are my bright, cute scrap collection.  I have often wondered what the other Scrap Squad members pick through and how they store it?  Have any of you been to Hancocks in Paducah and picked through the flat fold tables during the Paducah Quilt Show?!  Very crowded, digging through stacks of flat folded yards and then all the sudden a women wildly waving a piece of fabric in the air and yelling out that she is looking for another piece!  Oh my what fun, well that is how one of my bright, cute scrap bag started.   I have made many quilts out of these two bags, so fabric has been added and subtracted.
I found left over nine patch pieces in my bag and was thinking about using them in this quilt, but decided it was too much black.  I have made two baby quilts with that the black candy fabric and still love it!
I decided to use a dotted background fabric.  I LOVE DOTS!  Most baby quilts I make always include dotted fabric, so you will notice a lot of dotted fabric scraps in this quilt.  Did I mention that also like Pink?

Final Quilt

It has been an honor to have been chosen for the 2011 Scrap Squad with the other seven talented ladies.  I have had fun making all the quilts.  Diane Harris from Quiltmaker has been fun to work with and I appreciate all her help and advise.  I look forward to watching the new Scrap Squad group of 2012! 
Check out all the other Scrap Squad blogs to see their version of Hip to be Square and watch each of the postings on the Quilty Pleasures Blog

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dream Catcher

I am honored to have been able to sew a "Classic Update" for Quiltmaker Magazine
Current issue #142

I used seven color families to make my quilt as designed by Quiltmaker.  Red, brown, yellow, green, pink, purple and cheddar.  All 1800 reproduction fabrics.  I tried something new and used an Edyta Sitar Moda batik as my background fabric and a complimentary batik for the border.  The pattern method is paper piecing.

Paper Piecing makes for precision piecing.  When paper piecing I still chain piece whenever possible. I made my flying geese paper into groups of four. 

I finished sewing this top at a retreat with my quilt group.  I had to fit all that paper and top in small area.  Is there anything better than sewing with your friends!!!!!!!!!!


A picture of a fabulous machine quilter Judy Castleman -  thank you Judy for quilting this so fast!

I look forward to hanging this quilt on the wall.  Thank you Quiltmaker!

This is my favorite picture taken by a professional photographer at the Quiltmaker Office.  This picture makes my quilt looks so precious.  This quilt is currently being made by all the other members of the Scrap Squad.  Our last quilts and information on the Scrap Squad can be found at Quilters Club of America

Scrap Squad Ladies:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Diamond Jubilee!

OH - what fun I had making this quilt!  Excellent pattern.  It looks complicated but it was easy to make! Pattern by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes.  These two ladies usually have a booth at the Pacific International Quilt Show and I stood in front of the original quilt and fell in love.  I was lucky to find some of the fabric used in the quilt.  Fabric by Art Galley.  Very nice fabrics.

Diana McClun & Laura Nownes are the authors of the Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! books.  In my opinion these are must have books in any quilters library.  Years ago my Quilting Together friends made the the Pine Tree blocks for me and it is one of my favorite quilts, pattern found in their book.

I e-mailed Diana & Laura to tell them how much fun I had making this pattern and Laura wrote me right back which was fun.  Laura wrote in her e-mail that Diana has retired and they will have a special exhibit called "Side Kicks: The Grand Finale" at the Pacific International Quilt Show.  I am looking forward to standing in front of their quilts and to thank these inspirational quilters in person.  I am also glad to hear Laura will still be designing quilts and patterns in the future.

Visit Laura's website: http://www.lauranownes.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Scrap Squad - Linkin' Logs!

What fun I had making Linkin' Logs!  The pattern is by June Dudley Executive Editor for my favorite quilting magazine - Quiltmaker.  The pattern was easy to use and worked up nicely.  A design wall was very helpful to put together this project.  I use the fold away design wall sold by Fons & Porter.
I would like to thank Windham Fabrics for providing my background!  I used several 1800 reproduction prints, red, green, brown and pink to go with this nice floral.

I also decided to complete my circles on the edges of the quilt which was easy to do.

See the fingers of my two quilt buddies Gerri & Karen helping to hold this quilt up for the snap shot!  What a beautiful setting!  My quilt group is lucky to be invited to have a retreat each year at this gorgeous cabin.  No retreat would be complete without Gerri's Killer Brownies!  It is fun to hear my quilt friends talk about how many they each have eaten and making sure no one is ahead of the other!

1 pkg German Chocolate Cake Mix
1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup Butter
1 pkg Caramels
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
  2. Mix together cake mix, evaporated milk (1/3 cup ) and butter. Press 1/2 of the dough into the bottom of an 11″x13″ pan and set remaining half aside. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While crust is baking, microwave caramels and remaining evaporated milk (1/2 cup) for 3 minutes, stirring every minute.
  4. Once crust is ready, pour caramel mixture over the crust. Sprinkle bag of chocolate chips over caramel. Roll remaining half of dough into patties and place on top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes more.

 Go to Quilty Pleasures blog to see other members of the Scrap Squad's Linkin' Logs

Monday, August 1, 2011

Quilt Batts Retreat Applique Class with Marilyn!

                                          Look at the Quilt Batts learning applique with Marilyn!
We learned reverse applique and different ways to applique circles
The Quilt Batt's really appreciated when Marilyn taught us "Essence of Round"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Quilt Design by Barbara Cline

Spinout is the third Scrap Squad quilt I've made, and it's in the current issue of Quiltmaker #140.  I decided not to paper piece my version of Spinout.  Instead, I cut 3.25 fabric strips and seamed together the colored strips as needed for my pieces.  It was very helpful to make a paper color key for the project.
This method worked well and I believe takes less time.

I used a 60 degree Omnigrid Fons & Porter Pyramid ruler to cut my pieces.  I hope you can see by the picture, how I used the cut out paper pieces, taped to my rulers as guides to cut my pieces from the strip.  I taped the small paper piece to the Pyramid ruler and the whole triangle paper piece to my straight edge ruler. 
Worked like a charm!

I assembled the quilt together in long rows.

The smaller size in the magazine makes a nice size wall hanging or baby quilt.

With a name like Spinout, I have asked
myself "why didn't I use Elvis Presley Fabric"?

To view other Spinout versions from the Scrap Squad go to:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just Having Fun!

Just finished and ready for the machine quilter!  Fabric line called Al Fresco, purchased while on a trip to Pennsylvania.  I could not resist the stack from the Z & S table and I am glad I didn't.  I like it!  Pattern called Flea Market by Shawn at Quiltin' Cousins.

NOW back to 1800 reproductions and my current project!  Fabric line called Vanity Fair.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Now that is SCRAP!

Today while trying to take a picture of my current Scrap Squad project, I took a picture of the quilt currently on my bed and thought - NOW THAT IS SCRAP!  Several years ago my on-line quilt group called "Quilting Together" traded HST and I used them in this project.

Also notice the little peek I am giving of my current SCRAP SQUAD project!  It is interesting that I try to keep all my quilts protected from too much light, which makes it very hard to take a nice picture of project to post on-line. &:-D

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pinwheel Party!!!!

I love my Pinwheel Party Quilt!  Love the Sturbridge Blue fabric I bought in Lancaster PA! 
My Quilting Together friends exchanged these gorgeous pinwheels as described in Quiltmaker issue #126.  
Oh what fun! 

Close up!                                                                                

Monday, April 11, 2011

Donna's Quilt!

Check out this lovely quilt made by my friend Donna!
Several ladies in our quilt group called the "Quilt Batts" traded fabric to make this quilt.
Pattern by Bonnie Blue.
Machine quilting by Judy Castleman.
Congratulations Donna on finishing another!!! gorgeous quilt!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pattern Winner!

Thank you all for visiting my blog to view my Scrap Squad quilt!  Comment number 53 is the pattern winner!  Jo from Oregon wins a pattern from Jaybird Quilts!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Civil War Crossings

Top Together!  Civil War Crossings designed by Barbara Brackman, pattern from Quilter's Newsletter.  I love it!  I can't believe all these "finished" blocks sat on my sewing table for more than a year.  Can't wait to see it after it is quilted!

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Mother Marilyn - the Awesome Quilter

My mother had thee smallest hand quilting stitches!  Have a look at her awesome applique work!  When she would see my hand quilting needle - she would say I was using a stick!  My mother Marilyn gave up quilting a number of years ago, but I now have some gorgeous water color pictures hanging in my house.  Check out the first picture of the frog - it hangs over my fireplace!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I am having fun working on a Quilt-a-long.  I cut over the weekend a bag of wine fabrics and other scraps that were left over from a quilt.  I thought I would use it as my leaders and enders project, but yesterday I could not put it aside.  See my four rows assembled.

Please join my Scrap Squad friend Dionne's list for the Quilt-a-long.  You will find Nann's Spectacular tutorial on her blog.

Monday, February 28, 2011


Rejected Scrap Squad Block

I did not like the light square. &:-D  Can't wait to show you the quilt in March!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Retreat Tea Party!

Quilt Batts at a retreat in sunny Grover Beach January 29th, 2011.  Nice hats ladies!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rhapsody in Bloom

Have a look at my first Scrap Squad quilt!  I made this quilt using reproduction purples I had been collecting for years and scraps of other purple quilts I have made.  The pattern for this quilt will be in the next addition of Quiltmaker.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Purple Scrap Squad Quilt

Just a peek - can't wait to show you the whole quilt on January 29th!