A New Free Pattern!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on a new quilt design with a “Dot Crazy” jelly roll.  These fabrics were designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.

Sandy and I collaborated over the miles on this design.  Thank goodness for cell phone technology…what would we do without it?  I would send her photos of different layouts and she would give me feedback.

Below is the result of our collective design strategy and we are calling this quilt “Corner Kick”.
Rock wall with logo

We love these fabrics because they are bright, bold and modern.  The blue and white diamonds help anchor the blocks and bring all these fabrics together in a very easy, beginner friendly quilt.
Diamond with logo

We think these bright fabrics make the perfect quilt for sunny day picnics or a casual throw on a cool summer evening.
Close up with logo

Grab a colorful jelly roll and get started on your own “Corner Kick”.
Pic with logo
You can download this FREE Pattern by clicking on this link: Corner Kick 06 06 19

We will also be posting this FREE Pattern to the Fave Quilts website.  This is a great quilting website where you will find free patterns, free eBooks, giveaways, and quilting videos.  Sandy and I both subscribe to their free email Newsletter, “Piecing it Together” and you can sign up by clicking HERE  Lots of quilting inspiration will be delivered directly to your inbox, it’s so easy!

Be sure to share photos of your completed “Corner Kick” quilts with us, we’d love to see them!






Creative Order

It’s been a bit rainy here in Ohio so I’ve been working on a new quilt design with a “Dot Crazy” jelly roll.

Fabric 6

These fabrics were designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.

I was drawn to this fabric line because there is so much to look at…polka dots, three dimensional patterns, geometric patterns and even modern florals.

Fabric 7

Yikes!  How do I create order from this explosion of colors and patterns?  Well…I think I’ve done it!

I’m drafting the pattern now and I’ll be posting it as soon as it rolls off the printer…most likely next week!  Until then, enjoy the view!

Fabric 8



Memorial Day Tribute

Monday, May 27 is Memorial Day. We have a special reason to celebrate this year.

We have always known that our grandfather OJ served in Word War I, the Great War, the war to end all wars. He had been taken as a prisoner of war (POW). He died when our father was just 16 years-old, so we never knew him, but dad would occasionally reveal snippets of information: his back was covered in cootie bites from his time in the trenches; he sometimes mentioned a place called Chateau Theirry; a young German girl helped save him in the camp by giving him extra food; he never picked up a gun again after the war.

Through some research I discovered that he had enlisted in Binghamton, NY. He signed up with another young man who would later become his brother-in-law. They were two country farm hands looking to find their place in the world — a war to fight was likely a chance to change their circumstances in life since there was no family business to take over or a farm to inherit or college tuition to be had. Many years ago when I went to Paris for the first time, I tried to imagine what they experienced when they landed in France as Doughboys.

Over the years I’ve looked for OJ’s military records. However I could never verify his service because there was a fire in the National Archives in the 1970’s and it destroyed all the records from that war (and some from WWII). Or so I was told….

As a surprise gift for my father, one of his elderly cousins has been working for years with her local Senator to find information about OJ. Some government archivist would come up empty and she’d tell them to go back and look some more. This went on for years. Then unexpectedly a package arrived in the mail: it was his records, along with notes from his commanding officers about the battle where he and many others were captured, as well as information about the camp where he was interred.

I am so excited to get my hands on this information. Next week I’ll be in Ohio with Cindy. I can’t wait to dive into this treasure trove. Thanks cousin Helen!

Cindy and I hope that dad and his father both know that we are thinking about them this Memorial Day.

We honor all those who have served in the United States military and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our freedoms.

We created this patriotic table runner as a way to express how thankful we are.

You can download this free pattern by clicking on the link below.

Thankful Patriotic Table Runner 05 14 17

Vintage Treasure #3

In previous posts, I mentioned Sandy and I are working on three vintage treasures for mom’s friend, Bea.

The third and final Vintage Treasure we are working on is an 80 x 80 inch quilt top made from flannel and corduroy shirts worn by Bea’s father.

The flannel squares were cut 6 x 6 inches and finish at 5.5 x 5.5 inches.  Some of these shirts were well worn, making it a really special quilt.  Below you can see the shirt pocket outline in the blue plaid square.

Pocket outline

This top needs a bit of TLC as many of the squares were sewn together by hand and have frayed or split apart.
Hand Sewn

I think we should be able to fix this quilt top in one day by reinforcing the hand sewn seams by machine.
Flannel fringe 1

There are so many nice flannels here and we bought solid red flannel for the backing.
Flannel fringe 2

We love this quilt and can’t wait to show you the finished project.  It’s a true family legacy.