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Ecclesiastes 3:11

To complete the X-Box quilt top, I chose quarter-square triangles for the alternate blocks because I like the secondary design they produce.

Quarter-Square Triangle Block

You can follow my Quarter-Square Triangle tutorial to construct the four alternate blocks, plus the X-Box, Part Two tutorial for the block border.

First, make four quarter-square triangles.

Make Four Quarter-Square Triangle Blocks

Add borders to each block.

Position all your blocks in sewing order. Sew the blocks together in groups of three. I find it helpful to pin where seams need to match up.

Press the new seams of each row so that they butt up against the seams of the row they will be sewn to. For example, first row pressed to the right; second row pressed to the left; third row pressed to the right.

Sew the rows together. (I pressed the row seams open to distribute the bulk.)

Sew Rows Together

Add a contrasting border if you like.  My outer border measured 3 inches.

Add an Outer Border

Press the quilt top carefully, put together your quilt sandwich, and quilt as desired.

I quilted X-Box in a close diagonal grid pattern, using a wavy stitch and Valdani 50 wt. cotton thread (Color 6).  The stitching is about an inch apart.

Grid Quilting

Here’s a close-up of the quilting.

Closeup of Quilting

Another happy ending with a colorful quilt for a little boy (or girl).

X-Box Quilt

It’s seems so effortless to make quilts for girls since most fabrics just “work.”  Boy quilts, on the other hand, take a little more planning on my part.  Have you found this to be true?

X-Box Quilt Folded

Have a great week of quilting!



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Psalm 139:17-18

This quilt was a delight to make from start to finish.  Constructing the blocks proved the most fun since they consisted of such beautiful, colorful fabrics (many of them by Michael Miller).

Cheery Oh Quilt

Once my center section was complete, I added a 1 ½-inch print border to frame it.

Added Print Border

Next, I added a 3-inch outer white border.  I used the same print fabric for the binding as I used for the inner framing border.

Added White Outer Border

To make my first quilting lines, I used a Hera marker.  This is a handy little tool to have around since it creates a very visible path without leaving any residual effects.  I find it works best on solid or solid reading fabrics.

Hera Marker Quilting Lines

Hera Marker

Hera Produced Marking

Since the blocks were placed on point, I quilted the top with a close horizontal and vertical grid pattern using a small wave stitch.

Here’s a close up of the quilting.

Grid Quilting

And so another happy ending that leaves me with the question of what quilt I want to make next.

Cheery Oh Quilt Folded

Joyful quilting!


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Psalm 119:89-90

With a quilt like Monkey See, the fabric served as the focus.  All that was required was a simple design that accentuated the cute little monkey faces.   I can foresee some little boy or girl adopting this “blankie” as their best bedtime buddy.
Monkey See Quilt

I grid quilted using a 5.0mm tight wavy stitch.  Valdani cotton quilting thread (50 wt.) was used on the front and back.  I really like the diamond pattern that this produced.

Grid Machine Quilting

It’s going to be difficult letting this one go!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed keeping company with all those sweet little smiling faces.

Monkey See Folded Quilt

However, the fabrics are already pulled from the shelves for my next quilt.  I’ve even drawn the design in my quilt software.  Hopefully, I’ll have a rotary cutter in hand by this evening.

Happy quilting.


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Psalm 144:3-4

I really enjoyed piecing this quilt.  The little Crossroads blocks are fun to make and offer the opportunity to use a large number of fabrics, giving the quilt a scrappy look.

Crossroad's Pieced Blocks

Don’t you love looking at all the various fabrics in a scrap quilt?  This one has a sampling from shopping trips that cover at least a decade or two.

Crossroads Scrap Quilt

I added a 1 ½” dark blue frame around the center and then a 5-inch red border.  Using Valdani Vibrant Reds cotton quilting thread (50 wt.), I grid quilted the center block section.  Next, I quilted small scallops on the edges of the blue frame along with a wavy stitch in the center.  On the red border, I quilted a larger scallop pattern around the inner edges and then finished the border with overlapping “peaks.”

Crossroads Quilting and Borders

For the binding, I cut multiple strips from some of the dark blue fabrics I had used in the blocks.  A multi-fabric binding usually works well with scrap quilts.

Crossroads Quilt Binding

I made my first cuts into the monkey fabric early this morning.  Yes, a little painful but fun all the same.

Hope your week is filled with quilting.


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Psalm 119:1-2

I spent last week enjoying the company of my two oldest grandchildren, ages 5 and 6.  My granddaughter loves dressing dolls, including paper dolls, which gave me an idea for a quilt.

While working on the Quarter Turn blocks the week before, I also had another block idea pop into my head and got a little side-tracked with it during the quilting process.  All that to say, I missed posting last week.  But I’m pleased to report that I finished the Quarter Turn quilt this morning.

Quarter Turn Quilt

After sewing all the Quarter Turn blocks together, I added a small framing border and then a larger pink border with corner squares.  I used Valdani variegated Baby Joy cotton thread (50 wt.) on the front of the quilt and a solid pink cotton thread on the back.

Valdani Baby Joy Cotton Thread

I alternated the turquoise and green prints for the binding.

Quilt Binding

Here’s a close-up of the quilting.

Wave Stitch Diagonal Grid Quilting

I love this quilt and know it will make some little girl very happy.

Hope your week is filled with quilting.


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James 3:17-18

This quilt came together with ease.  After arranging the blocks and sewing them together, I added a 5” border with corner squares.

Highland Snowball Quilt

I thought this quilt would be a good fit for a multi-colored binding.  I cut five strips on the cross grain of five different fabrics that I had used in the quilt top.

Cross Grain Binding Strips

I then sewed the strips together with diagonal seams.

Mark Diagonal Seam Lines on Strips

I pressed the long length of binding in half to form double-fold binding.

Double Fold Binding

When I came to the end of my binding tail, I removed the quilt from the machine and marked an overlap of 2 1/8” since that was the width that I cut my binding.

Mark Binding Tail

I trimmed off the excess and formed a 90 degree angle with the tails, right sides together, and marked the sewing line.  I then stitched the diagonal seam and trimmed the seam allowance to a quarter-inch, fingering pressing it open.

Place Tail Ends Right Sides Together and Mark

Finally, I refolded the binding and completed the seam.  Here’s how the multi-colored binding looks on this quilt.

Multi-Colored Binding

Here’s a close-up of the wave stitch quilting.  I used Valdani Sunny Rainbow variegated cotton thread.

Wave Stitch Quilting

And so ends another happy quilt adventure.  Of course, I’ve already begun cutting out my next project.

Have a great 4th of July holiday.


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Proverbs 4:23

Another project comes to a happy ending.  I decided I wanted rounded corners on this feminine quilt so I used my circular template to mark the curves.  The markings helped guide the free motion quilting.

Rounded Quilt Corners

Marking Quilt Corners

After choosing the fabric for the binding, I cut 2 1/8” strips on the bias.  Bias-cut binding is necessary whenever you’re dealing with curves.  I simply eased my way around the corners, being careful to follow the quilt’s edge.

Attaching Binding to Quilt Corners

Easing the Binding Around Curved Corner

As you can see, I cut off the excess edges of the batting and backing before attaching the binding, leaving about 1/8” beyond the quilt top.  Pre-cutting isn’t necessary but I think it helped visually when navigating the corners.

And here she is.  I actually named the block Meet You in the Middle owing to the four patch that is created when the four differing blocks come together, but the name appears to fit the finished quilt as well with all the four patches forming an X.

Completed Quilt

Meet You in the Middle Quilt

Here’s a close-up of the free motion quilting.  I love the overall effect of this pattern.

Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting

I’m not sure what’s next, but I think it may include some flying geese.

Hope you get some quilting done this weekend.


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