Hippie Rainbow Flowers Quilt

Hippie Rainbow Flowers – Applique Quilt

The Hippie Rainbow Flowers quilt is a custom-pieced and applique lap quilt with lots of color and texture.

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that I should be writing down how I come about creating some of my custom quilt designs.  So, whenever possible, I will do my best to document their creation.

The title is a mouthful, but it surely describes this fun little quilt. Actually this quilt was not at all planned and came as an after thought to the Double Hour Glass Quilt I made from the fat quarters I received from my row-by-row submission.

Choosing Fabrics

After the Double Hour Glass was completed, I was left with several batik fat quarters that were a little different theme – they leaned toward Hippie.

Hippie Batik Fat Quarters

Hippie Batik Fat Quarters

The more I looked at these fabrics, the more I saw that they were really not each of one color, but held different color combinations depending on where in the quarter I looked.

One strip ranging from pink to blue

One strip ranging from pink to blue

At first I felt this was a stumbling block in using these fabrics to create a quilt, but then I began to see a pattern.  I saw that overall I was looking at a rainbow – or even a rainbow-hued sunset.  It was at this point I decided to cut it all up and see where this would lead.

So, before I get into the meat of the design, I would like to have a talk with all my OCD, waste-not type of friend quilters out there.  Yes, you know who you are.  One of my biggest issues with working with Fat Quarters is that


Do your math first!

Before cutting up the quarters, I did some easy math and found that if I cut the quarters in 3″ strips and then 3″ squares, I would have ultimately no waste.  I love this idea!  If you remember from the Double Hourglass Quilt, I was so excited with my 3 yards of accent fabric was used totally used up with no waste.  It’s the little things that make our type happy!

3" strips to be cut into 3" squares

3″ strips to be cut into 3″ squares

Group your colors

The next challenge was separate the blocks into color groupings.  If you have the nuances of color like I did in this quilt, it can take some time and a bit of trial and error, but it is important to note to let your eyes be happy and don’t overthink it too much.

Walk away, get a cup of coffee- pet the cat and come back in a while to take another look

This alone can help to confirm or deny your color choices.  I used this technique both when grouping colors and then when deciding on row configurations.  Once the colors were put in order, I counted the general groups R O Y G B I V


3" squares separated by color and numbered

3″ squares separated by color and numbered

Lay out the design

Because there were so many little squares, I put my design board over a bed and arranged (and re-arranged) until I liked the look.  Again, see the note above about going to drink coffee with the cat.

Take your time to arrange and re-arrange your blocks until you like it.

Take your time to arrange and re-arrange your blocks until you like it.

Rows sewn and ready to put together.

Rows sewn and ready to put together.










Woo Hoo!

This is the WOO HOO moment when you realize that the toughest part is over. Now I can actually see the road ahead – it’s time to start sewing this section!

After the middle was complete, I took my measurements (top middle bottom) so I could measure my thick, white-on-white borders.  I purposely went with a very thick border so that the flowers would have a landing spot.  The white-on-white is a very large pattern of swirlies which help to soften the geometric blockiness of the sunset(rise)

Creating custom borders

The second border consists of strips that were left over from the original Double Hourglass Quilt.  The rainbow colors and batiks were a good fit. I tried to mirror the internal color flow with the outside border, but besides for going in the same order, I didn’t fuss over it too much.

I also utilized scraps from that quilt as well as some remaining fat quarters to create the flowers.

The flowers were designed using the AccuQuilt Go! Rose of Sharon #2 (55382) die.  Again, I cut out various colors an sizes then auditioned them as a spray on the top right and bottom left of the quilt top. I used iron-on adhesive to affix the flowers prior to quilting and then used the long arm to applique them in place.

Applique Flowers

Applique Flowers












IMG_0706The quilting patterns used to finish this up included echo quilting around the flowers, feathers up and down the white-on-white border and finally a free motion swirl pattern over the mosaic sunset/rise.  Overall, this was a fun quilt to create.




Overall, this quilt is:

Dimensions: 52″ x 69″

Center Blocks: 3″x3″ each – 15 across and 20 down

White on White Border: 6″ wide

Colored Border: 3″ Wide

Rainbow Time – Double Hourglass Quilt

Rainbow Time Quilt

I love every quilt I make – OK, maybe it takes finishing some to see their true beauty, but I have to say that this recent quilt has got to be at the top of my list!  I call it:  Rainbow Time

I don’t normally blog about all the quilts I create, but this one proved to have some interesting twists and turns.

As many of you know, I won a prize for turning my Row by Row H20 quilt for 2015 into Sandy’s Quilt Shop in Joshua TX.

Row by Row H2O 2015

Row by Row H2O 2015

My prize was:

Winning certificate 2015 Row by Row

Row By Row – WINNER 2015

25 Fat quarters of my choice
3 yards of any one fabric

I was so excited, and at first (with basket in hand) I was overwhelmed at what to do! In no time; however, I remembered a quilt I saw that I knew I had to make – the double hourglass. From that point on it was easy. I simply chose vibrant rainbow colored batiks and a gorgeous mottled background fabric.

The fabric families are:

Fat Quarters: Wilmington Prints Batavia Batiks: Mini Dot and Flourish

3 Yards: Wilmington Prints Essentials: Cosmos Lt. Ivory

As many of you may also know, I just don’t do kits or patterns – I have way too much fun starting a quilt and seeing where it will take me. This quilt did not disappoint.

I started by making 42 blocks using my Fons and Porter Half and Quarter Ruler. They consisted of 3″ strips sewn together then the triangle was cut and then they were reassembled in the double hourglass configuration.

As a long-arm quilter, I appreciate when the BACK of a quilt is pressed as flat as possible. The image below shows the blocks from this vantage point.


A look at the back of the blocks and how important accurate pressing is to the quilting process

All this seems sort of normal and regular, and in some ways it was until I looked at all my scraps from cutting out the half triangles. I just hate to waste and decided that there had to be a way to cut them up to form a border.


Scrap pieces from the Double Hourglass blocks


Another view of the scraps and how I put them together to form a border.

YEP! It worked like a charm.


Finished look at the pieced border with scrap fragments

Of course, I did not have quite enough to do the entire border, but that was fine because I had enough fabric left from the fat quarters I used to make some interesting piano keys in each color to frame two corners.


Piano Keys to finish up the rest of the border


After the top was pieced, I then had to think about backing and quilt patterns.  While I love to do custom quilting, I decided to do an edge to edge flourish pattern that added some softness to compliment all the sharp lines and edges of the top.  For the backing, I took a risk and went with a floral pattern that has the same type of mottled background as my accent fabric for the top.  Now the quilt is, in effect, reversible.  There is a funky, colorful side and a more demure, classy side.


Backing fabric utilizing the same mottled brown color as the accent fabric on the front.


DRIFT Quilting patter by Keryn Emmerson – 2009

Like I said, this quilt was fun, challenging and I loved it right from the start – how many of the quilts you make are a joy from beginning to end?

Quilt Restoration Project – Sunbonnet Sue and Green Boats Part 2

This is the follow-up post to the first part of this segment:Quilt Restoration Project – Sunbonnet Sue and Green Boats Part 1.

As we talked about in the first segment, the initial repair work for both of these beautiful quilts was to remove the damaged and flimsy fold-over binding and put new binding on with mitered corners. Also, while I did try some spot-cleaning in some areas, the worst stains will just have to reside on the quilt as badges of the love they have received.  These are both hand-quilted and should never be put in a washing machine.

The quilts already showed an amazing transformation!

Corners are mitered in the restored version.

Corners are mitered in the restored version.

Green Boats (7)

The Green Boats Quilt now has a secure and beautiful binding to protect it.










Now that the fragile batting and edges of these quilts are protected with a new binding, it is time to repair the rips, tears and holes that are a result of years of love.

It is important to note that because of the age and condition of these quilts, decisions needed to be made on how best to repair each element so no further damage occurred in areas were there were rips, tears and holes.

One such decision centered on a long rip on the sashing of the sailboat quilt.

Large rip on the sashing needs to be addressed

Large rip on the sashing needs to be addressed










The rip in the sashing is sewn shut instead of having fabric added to the top

The rip in the sashing is sewn shut instead of having fabric added to the top



In this case, I had purchased fabric that was probably the same color when this quilt was new; however, after years of use, the color had faded a great deal.  So, after checking the integrity of the existing fabric in that area (which was actually quite solid) and previewing the quilt with this fabric, I came to the conclusion that the quilt would retain much more of its original beauty if I sewed this rip instead.  To place the fabric over one section of the sashing would make it stick out because of both its color and texture.  There is no way to match the hand-quilting and easing that has occurred to this quilt over time.  All in all, I was pleased with the result.

At this point, the only additional issues with the Sailboat quilt was some very small rips which were easily hand sewed shut.  I opted for this method whenever possible instead of adding patches.  Overall this kept the focus at the beautiful Boats and Dollies and not on a plethora of patches.  I was fortunate that the fabric overall (except the binding) was in pretty good condition.

Large hole through the center of the quilt

Large hole through the center of the quilt

The Sailboat quilt was not the only one with large sections of damage.  The Bluebonnet Sue quilt had a large, gaping hole that went through all 3 layers.  Again, I had some choices and decided that instead of trying to draw attention away from the area (mostly because there was no way to do this), I would add something to the quilt.

My solution?

First, I filled the center with batting to match the amount used in the rest of the quilt.  I then used the same fabric from the binding to create a heart to cover the hole front and back.

A cute hand-sewn heart  adorns an area that was formerly a large hole.

A cute hand-sewn heart adorns an area that was formerly a large hole.

This makes a charming addition to the quilt that does not take away from the original work done by the family’s great-grandmother.


At this point, my attention turned to the Sunbonnet Sue appliques.  After speaking with the owner of this quilt, it was decided to add only the fabric needed to secure the quilt and keep further damage from happening.  This was a good decision when considering the love put into it by the original quilter as well.  To replace entire designs would have taken away from the beautiful, vintage quality.

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NOTE: Because this quilt was already sandwiched, all sewing had to be by hand with the exception of attaching the binding to the front.

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As you can see, the final pictures of both these quilts present a look that does not detract from the original version.  When we started this project, there were two recommendations:

1. Do nothing and lay them on a cute chair in the corner as decoration

2. Replace the binding and repair all damaged areas in the best way possible while attempting to keep the same look that their great-grandmother intended.

Ultimately, I am so glad they went with option (2) as the great-grand daughter can use them lovingly and show them off to her friends.

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Completed Green Boat Quilt

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Completed Sunbonnet Sue Quilt











I was so excited to have the honor of working on these beautiful, old quilts and will be sad to see them go.

Do you have a family heirloom that needs repair?  Maybe it’s time to take it to your local quilt professional to see what can be done to preserve your own family heritage.

Fort Worth Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 2015

One thing is for certain, it isn’t hard to find quality quilt shows to visit in Texas.  The weekend of July 24-25, 2015 was no exception.





The Fort Worth Quilt Guild held this recent show at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts in honor of past president Pat Wagers because of her love for Christmas.

2014 People's Choice Winner

2014 People’s Choice Winner

While there were many beautiful holiday-inspired quilts to view, there were also many more traditional fabrics as well.  The judged quilt show consisted of more than 100 last year’s Best of Show was also on display.

Other activities held that day included:

  • Raffle Quilt
  • Mini Quilt Auction
  • President’s Challenge Christmas Stockings
  • Boutique
  • Vendors
  • Bed Turning
  • Guest Speaker, Jodi Barrows

Our visit began with paying to enter (hubbies did not enter free this day), and getting our door prize tickets.  Alas, we were not a winner this time around, but that was ok, can’t win every time.

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Ellis County Quilt Show – 2015

Yesterday was a gorgeous day in Texas – just perfect to venture out to a quilt show!

Like many of the shows I have attended here in Texas, the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County certainly did not disappoint. From raffles, to vendors, to door prizes and of course gorgeous quilts – this group did a fantastic job.

Right from the start we felt at home as the ladies at the front table announced that “men get in free – if you like we have a man’s lounge just down the way!”

We were greeted by happy, smiling faces.

We were greeted by happy, smiling faces.

You sure can’t argue with that, can you?

This was the 12th annual quilt show and while there were many new contributions, what made this very special to me was the antique and “loved” quilts on display. If you have been following my latest project, I have gotten into restoring older works.

The show was packed full of quilts but also offered

  • Quilt Appraisals
  • Door Prizes (yes I won one!)
  • Silent Auction
  • Boutique
  • Drawing for gorgeous 2015 donation quilt
Ellis County Quilt Show Silent Auction

Ellis County Quilt Show Silent Auction

While Terry inspects this beautiful quilt, Alex puts in her name in hopes of winning.

While Terry inspects this beautiful quilt, Alex puts in her name in hopes of winning.

The best way to share my experience at the fun event is simply invite you to view the pictures I took.

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When visiting a quilt show, there are some rules (check each show for their specific rules):

  • No Smoking
  • Do not touch quilts (Quilt Angels are there with gloves on to assist you)
  • No Food or Drinks
  • No Photographs except in approved areas.

Normally, photos are allowed on the show floor; however, individual vendor booths appreciate it if you buy their kits and patterns instead.

I also want to say a special “Thank You” to Suzzett’s Fabrics, Quilts and More, LLC. for donating the Moda charm pack that I won!


Next weekend (July 24-25, 2015) is the Fort Worth Quilt Guild “Christmas in July” show in Fort Worth, Texas.  We plan on attending this one too and promise to post lots of pictures!

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