Quilting WIP Jelly Roll Race

I have three WIP’s, but this is the only one that is photographable. That last word might not be an official word, but I’m going to go with it, because I can, and it still sounds okay in the sentence.



Above is 3400 inches of Hoffman Batik Jelly Roll Strips sewn together. The first seam is done, equally two rows. 

Linking up with WIP Freshly Pieced.

Happy Quilting!! And enjoy the week.


How to Get a Layer Cake, Charm Squares and Jelly Roll Strips Out of a Fat Quarter

I am excited to share with you a little tip I learned. I recently bought a bundle of Aloha Girls Fat Quarters by Fig & Tree for Moda, which I shared in my last post. 

I am still searching for patterns, (and probably will be for a few weeks to come), to use these fabrics for a quilt I want to make for my cousin; a soon-to-be-second-grader, who lives in Chicago. 

This is a typical quandary I often have. Do I purchase pre-cut jelly rolls, layers cakes, charm packs, yardage or some other type of pre-cut? I don’t like to waste fabric, and I am very budget conscious. That said, I usually purchase fat quarter bundles or yardage, when I find that, “must have” fabric, but I haven’t found that “perfect pattern” for the fabric.

I searched the internet and found these diagrams that are helpful. The first one shows how to efficiently cut yardage into two fat quarters. A fat quarter is usually 18″ X 22″, so this is an inch shy of a true fat quarter.




This great diagram below, shows how to divide a fat quarter into 2 layer cake squares, (10″ X 10″), 4 charm squares, (5″ X 5″), and one jelly roll strip, (2.5″ X 20″ long).

Linking up with Late Night Quilter Tuesday Tips and Tutorials.

Enjoy this tip and the rest of the week!!  Happy Quilting.

New Quilting Stash – Aloha Girl

It’s always fun to come home and find a package from a fabric shop. I recently received a box from Fabric Shack with a fat quarter bundle of Aloha Girl by Fig Tree & Co.

I really love these bright, festive prints. I bought them with my cousin Hannah in mind. She’s now about to finish first grade, and I’d like to make her a single-size bed quilt that she can use through high school and beyond. Like her brother, she still sleeps with the baby quilt I made her long ago, on top of all her covers. How much quilt love is that? More than I can describe.

Her family lives in Chicago, so these bright tropical, Hawaiian fabric patterns will keep her warm during those cold months. I love this whole collection, but these two are my favorite fat quarters. 



I haven’t chosen a pattern yet, and am looking through all my books and sketches for inspirations.

If you have any thoughts, I would love to hear them, so please add your suggestions in the comment box below.
I am linking up with  Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash.


A New Grown-up Quilt For My Cousin

One of my very special cousins lives in Chicago with her British husband, who makes me laugh in person, or when I read his fb posts. They have a son, Matthew who is in 4th grade, a daughter, Hannah, who is in 2nd grade, another son, Andrew, who just turned 1, and a large poodle, Dixie.

Of course all the children got baby quilts when they were born. Recently we were skyping. Matthew and Hannah spontaneously showed me their quilts, and told me how much they still love them. And they still sleep with them and put them on top of their blankets. Did I get that heartfelt warm and fuzzy feeling? Did I tear up? You bet I did. I never expected this, and I am so happy they are still enjoying them.

I decided that I would like to make each of them a single bed quilt that is age appropriate and larger. They can use the new quilt as they grow up, until they graduate high school,and bring to college if they want.

Today I am asking my readers for their opinion, and I am going to post the two options on The Late Night Quilters fb page too.

I’ve decided that I am going to use Aloha Girl, by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics for Hannah’s quilt. But I haven’t decided on a pattern yet.

For Matthew’s quilt I have two thoughts in mind. The first option is to use Heather Givens Succulents collection, with the Turning Twenty pattern.


Or I will use the Connect Four pattern from Country Girl Modern: 11 Modern-Traditional Quilts from the Junction, by Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken.


I love the simplicity of this quilt. It has a timeless, versatile style. 

So, please comment in the comment box below. Tell me which of the two you would make, and why. Thank you for your thoughts.

On a another note, I still haven’t heard from Joycita, the winner of reader appreciation week, and she didn’t list her e-mail or link it to her photo box in the comments section of this blog. If I don’t hear from her by tomorrow, my husband will pick a random number, and I will announce another winner on this blog, and hopefully reach you by e-mail. Yummy chocolate is the prize.

Happy Quilting!! 

Quilting and National Library Week

I have been very busy this week at my part-time job as a Reference Librarian. Before I was a Librarian, I was an HR Manager for two large law firms in Manhattan, which was a great job too. Although I had one graduate degree, I made the decision to go back to school and earn a degree in Information and Library Science. I am a lifelong learner, and I love it. And the library is one of the best places to research, learn and become inspired.

Besides books, I borrow DVD’s, CD Audiobooks to listen to in the car and musical CD’s. I also read magazines and newspapers in the library or on my iPad through the library’s digital resources. 

And it’s all FREE. Your tax dollars pay for this amazing resource and these borrowing privileges. Your public library offers free programs too. Chances are if you are the teaching type of quilter or sewer, you might be able to offer your library programs in hand sewing, embroidery, knitting and crocheting, while earning a fee, and increasing your visibility. 

This week is National Library Week. Yes, there are “unlimited possibilities” at your local public library. Last week and this week, I visited four out of the thirty-eight libraries in our consortium. I looked to see just how many quilting books I would find. Many. And I mean many. In one of them I found four very large shelves, packed with quilting books.



And this photo shows about half of one shelf.


Often I check out a quilting book, before I buy it. If I decide to buy it, I know it will become part of my permanent quilting reference library, and it’s money well spent.

I have also found undiscovered treasures, not just in the quilting and crafts sections, but others too. Have you ever looked for a specific book at the library and it’s not owned by any library in the consortium? You can ask your library for and ILL.

Many of you may know this, but if not, most libraries offer an Inter Library Loan service; an ILL.Your library can put a request out, and possibly borrow it from another library in the U.S. This is a great service, especially when trying to find very old books.

So to celebrate National Library Week, tell me what your favorite book is, or the last book you finished, and why you liked it. My favorite is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s told in letters. Very difficult to write a great and memorable book using that technique. And do you prefer reading a book or do you prefer reading on a device or computer?

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend.

1930’s Top Finished and Reader Appreciation Give-a-Way

I would have thought this top would be finished a week ago. All that was left was to sew on the borders. But I encountered some unexpected challenges with them. Right now I just want to enjoy the moment of the finish.


Close-up of the middle section – the blocks.




About a year ago, this quilt was not working for me visually. I had used some fabrics from a jelly roll that had a lot of neutrals in it. To me, it looked entirely too drab. Fortunately, I had not yet sewn the 100+ blocks together.   I laid it out, and went back and forth about re-doing 75& of the blocks. 

In the end, I decided to re-do almost 95% of the blocks to make it really “pop” with color. And now it does. It is also smaller – 82 1/2 X 77 1/2.
I used Chloe Closet 1930’s reproduction fabrics, by Moda, and Moda Bella Solids. Some fabrics came from my stash too.

While adding the borders and also trying to use my scraps and leftovers, I really had to take the time to audition the fabrics. I learned in a class I recently took; to carefully look at the seam and examine how those colors and patterns work together. The objective is to create a contrast. That ended up to be the key to making this, a better looking quilt the second time around. An invaluable tip.



So to continue on the contrast theme, I decided to go 180 degrees and will use a black and white fabric for the backing. The backing fabric is by Windham Fabrics.



I love this purple lilac fabric, which came from my stash. (The selvage edges are cut off, so I don’t know what fabric company printed it). I used a little in a few of the squares on the front. 

Next stop….the basting table.

To thank my readers, and those who have encouraged me through my re-do, I am having a give-a-way. A chocolate give-a-way from Chocolations. This Sunday, Maria and her shop received a lovely write up in the New York Times.

Please leave a comment in the comment box and tell me about your favorite quilt that you have made.    

Or, tell me your favorite part about spring. 

Or just tell me what you are working on.

Or what your favorite color is.

I will announce the winner on Tuesday, April 14 on this blog. This give-a-way ends at 12:00 PM on April 14. Please make sure to leave an e-mail address. 

Most of all, I want you to know how much I appreciate your sticking with me through this re-do. And the photos had to be a bit repetitive at times. It took me away from discovering new quilting information and other projects in the works, which I enjoy sharing with you.

I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Modern Pieced.

Happy Quilting!!