Happy Early Valentine’s Day & New Project

Happy Valentine’s Day…

a few days early…or is it a lot of days late?  I pieced this cute little wall hanging for my DH last year right before the big day.  Like most of my projects, it didn’t get finished on time because I am the queen of procrastination.  THE QUEEN.

Dan's Valentine present

I love you…let me count the ways to infinity and beyond

It is a scrappy little number.  I personally love the monkeys.  Monkeys are always funny.  I love the old lady lace, too.  (I have a lace curtain in the front window of my house too, so HA! Love that old lady lace!)

Now on to the New Project…

I love reading magazines and watching quilt videos…inspiration everywhere.  That said, my quilting is like my cooking.  I never can follow the recipe or directions exactly as they are written.  So when I am inspired by a printed pattern, I always have to change it.  Sometimes a great deal of changes are made before I start cutting and sewing.  This is one of those instances.

I recently saw this quilt, Parisian Holiday, in McCall’s Quilting.  It is cute.  The color scheme is not to my tastes.  I like the graphic secondary design.  I love the individual blocks.

Parisian Holiday in McCalls Quilting Jan/ Feb 2018

I started to read the pattern.  I don’t have the right size Accuquilt cutting dies for the size of the block that is shown.  No problem.  The block grew from 15 inches to 18 inches.  That will make the overall size of the quilt better for me.  I prefer very large quilts.  The queen sleeps in a queen sized bed, after all.

I still wasn’t crazy about the color scheme.  Time to get busy, so I grabbed some graph paper and drew out the quilt center, only to later discover that there was a coloring book page in the magazine insert. Duh! I will make sure that I look more closely at the magazine next time.  A little extra time on graphic design and coloring never hurt anyone.

new color scheme…different secondary design

My new color scheme changes the secondary design because of color placement.  I see mostly squares and the star where the blocks come together, instead of the cross shapes in the original.

Teal and purple are my colors for the moment.  Recently, I bought a box of purple fabrics at a yard sale.  I have several teal fabrics already in my stash.  As I dug deeper into my collection, I also found a delightful gray swirl fabric that will be great for the background.  I am set and ready to cut.  Now to calculate the amount of each color and number of pieces that I will need.


fabric triangle amounts

How much? How many?

This quilt will end up having a scrappy look to it.  I have 5 different purples, 2 different teals for the center, and several teals for the outside parts of the block.  The very center is two different blacks/ grays.  The outside corners are black sparkly stars with some gray.

bin o fabric triangles

This bin contains 1,280 triangles and 80 squares.  That is a lot of pieces.  I do love my new stackable bins from Harbor Freight.  Eventhough they are a tool place, they have many fantastic items that work for quilters and crafters.  I am not sure who likes this store more, DH or me.

Back to my plan…

I drew out my plan a little better so I don’t end up with the same block side by side.  Scrappy with a little organization is great.  I added a coordinate grid and labels to parts of the blocks, based on my fabric pieces.

labeled plan

I have a vision.  It is going to be sooooooooo cute when I finish.  I hope.

Here are the triangles (64 of them) and the squares for one block.  What was I thinking?  Oh, it will be cute.  That’s right.  Fit for a queen.

1 block worth of triangles

Here are those triangles made into squares.  One step closer to a test block.  Boy, I hope that I like this, since I already cut out the entire quilt.


And now…brought to you by the instantaneous power of the Internet…ta-dah!  It IS so stinkin’ cute.  Whew!

Queen sized cuteness!

One down…19 more to go.

Four more sets of triangles paired together and ready to sew, sew, and sew some more.

Hopefully this project will move along before the end of winter.  If I don’t procrastinate too much maybe it will be ready to take to the beach for a much needed Spring Break trip.  The teals remind me of the water.  The purples remind me of the fading sunset at the end of each day.  Ah, the beach.  Shore is a great place to visit.  HAHAHA!

Happy quilting!  Happy early Valentine’s Day!  Remember to hug your loved ones and take a little time to do something that makes you happy.


Lorrie Shore


Time to Reset…Set Some Project Goals…and Happy New Year!

Time to reset myself by setting some project goals.

Bah-humbug on goal setting.

On New Year’s Day, I was reading all my e-mails…which led to reading blogs.  One of my favorite’s was authored by the Bitchy Stitcher.  She had a fantastic point about resetting, just starting over with a new modus of operandi.  That is a freeing thought.  It is not something that I can do, but it is still a great ideal.  I had to think about that for a few days.

By now, I know myself fairly well…51 years and counting.  I am a procrastinator of the highest order, always putting things off until tomorrow.  I hate to set New Year’s goals because I know that I will always…ALWAYS…break them.  I am good out of the gate, but not for the long haul.  So what did I do?  Of course, I set not one, not two, but ten goals.  To keep myself on track, I decided to create a month by month chart on Word.  (I already completed 2 of the goals for this month.)

Click here to see my 2018 goals chart.

  1. Sending a package to Mom-

    As you know my Mom lives in Texas.  Last year she had a stroke.  There are some days that she feels far away from family.  I am hoping that this will make her happier.  It will help get some of the clutter out of my house!

  2. Make a Christmas Present to Stash-

    Every year I get to Thanksgiving and I start wishing I had made more presents for friends and family.  We are all blessed with jobs to buy the things that we need.  It is really hard to buy things to make everyone happy.  We usually buy gift cards for everyone.  I know that is sort of lame, but I don’t care.  We do buy Gardner’s Sugar Free Chocolate covered cherries for my dad from their Tyrone store…which is right down the road from the factory where they are manufactured.


    credit: Gardner’s Candy website

  3. Update Website Twice (or more times) a Month-

    My son pays for my domain for me and keeps my page updated.  I need to use this resource to my advantage.  Could it help me become a retired teacher?  That or I need to win the lottery (more than $1 at a time!)  Just by posting this, I am half way to my goal for January!

  4. Make Block Kits for My Friends-

    I have lots of stash.  I have friends who quilt.  I have an accu-quilt go cutter.  I have containers.  Who wouldn’t want an already cut out quilt and custom directions from one of their besties?

  5. Finish a Craft Project-

    I like to make other things…not just quilts.  Some of my favorite projects are jewelry, rustic furniture made from pine boards, etc.  I have an unfinished handmade rug, an almost hand embroidered tablecloth, etc.  Does reading a novel count as a craft project?

    towel project

    I love buying craft supplies at 50% off after Christmas!

  6. Quilt 1/2 or more of a Quilt-

    I have one wedding quilt half quilted.  It already has the binding on it.  I just need to put it back on the frame and finish filling in the blank spaces.  I have enough tops that are together that I could quilt two of them a month!

  7. Finish a Bernadine Project-

    I have a friend that keeps me from being bored.  As a matter of fact, I have quite a stock pile of things that she would like fixed or changed.  She will be so happy to have her improved stuff return home.  Now if I could just remember what that bag of green, long sleeved t-shirts is supposed to have done to them!

  8. Embroider something-

    I have an embroidery machine.  It is my second one.  The first one was worn out by use.  The timing would no longer stay adjusted.  DH likes to keep me happy…and out of his hair while he is watching football.  He buys me nice toys.  He also helps me find the stockings that I embroider for 75-100 kids on my team at school.  Some of these might double as Christmas presents to stash.  Mwahahaha!

  9. Block of the Month Project for quilt camp-

    I am participating in a BOM project for quilt camp in May.  We all put in a slip with our favorite thing on it.  Every month our fearless leader, Suzy, draws one slip a month for us to make.  So far, I have a list of topics.  I need to get my butt in gear.

    May  Flower

    June Horses/ponies

    July   National Parks

    August   Cheese

    September- fruit

    October- memory

    November- Scenic Vista

    December- Farm animal

    January- Piece of Jewelry

  10. Clean/ organize/ or update something-

    I recently had a dresser return home.  To incorporate it back into the house, another stand was misplaced.  The snowball effect…one piece of furniture moves, then another, then another, then another.  It usually ends with about 10 moves and or changes.  My DH also decided to take some advice about hanging hooks to organize items on the wall in the pantry.

    OH…and by the way…Happy New Year!  May you meet your goals and be healthy and prosperous throughout 2018!

    Later,  Lorrie Shore


Mom’s Block of the Month #3: Arkansas Crossroad

Welcome to the third block of the month in Mom’s BOM!

This month we are making an Arkansas Crossroad block based on C & T Publishing’s Quick & Easy Block Tool.  My version was copyrighted in 2003, so it looks a little different than current editions.

Again, I am cutting pieces using an accu-quilt go cutting system.  You could easily cut these with a rotary cutter. (You need to adjust the cutting sizes to rotary cut…Please e-mail me if you have questions about this. The Easy Block tool is set up for rotary cutting, so I had to adapt my block.)

Arkansas Crossroad block

Arkansas Crossroads block


I love the diagonal optical illusion of this block.  I would love to make an entire scrap quilt of this someday.  This block is quick and easy to assembly.  Please keep in mind that all blocks finish at 12 inches for the main body of this sampler quilt.

To download these directions as a PDF, click here: Mom BOM 2017 Arkansas Crossroad block

Here are the shapes and quantities for a 12 inch block:

The Accu-quilt die numbers are included in parenthesis.

Here are the pieces to cut:

  • 4-  3 1/2″ blue blocks (55701)
  • 4-  3 1/2″  red blocks (55701)
  • 4-  3 1/2″ background blocks (55701)
  • 4-  3 1/2″ half square triangles of background fabric (55703)
  • 4-  3 1/2″ half square triangles of fabric that contrasts with the red fabric (I used an orange/pink batik) (55703)

Directions for assembling the block:

First of all, arrange your pieces in the following manner.  This is just to make sure you have all of your pieces.  The background is difficult to see since it is cream on white and matches my counter top.  Oops!

block layout..checking for pieces

Beautiful layout, eh?  So simple.  Now we are changing the piles to get them ready to go through the sewing machine.

triangle pieces  squares

Set the red blocks aside for the moment.  Next, make a pile of triangles as shown above and a pile of blue and background squares.  Sew these units to make 4 of each.  Press towards the dark fabric.

red units

Now join the half square triangle blocks to the red squares as shown above.  Press towards the red block.

red four patch

Now join two of the units you created above to create this six in block.  Do this twice.  Press to one side.

blue four patch

Now create two four patch blocks using your blue and background units from above.  Press towards the dark fabric.

You now have 4 units to piece together to finish this fantastically simple block.

Assembling the block:

half block units

Sew block units together as shown in the picture above.  Make 2 of these units.  Press towards the blue block units.  You now have 2 block halves.

Sew the halves together.  Press.  


completed block

You now have a completed Arkansas Crossroads block!

This concludes part three of Mom’s BOM series.  Only 9 more blocks to go!

Shop Hopping: Eagle River, Alaska

Do you shop hop for certain things when you go on vacation?  We always buy certain souvenirs:  postcards, refrigerator magnets, and t-shirts.  Sometimes, if I am lucky, we find a quilt shop or two.  Recently, we drove from our home in West Virginia to Alaska.  This was actually the second time that we drove to Alaska.  The first time we went in July 2015.  It caught on fire.  We went home.  This time we decided to be tourists.

rainbow in Canada

We decided to see a little more of Canada, so we entered Canada through the town of International Falls in Minnesota.  We drove through Manitoba and Saskatchewan…It was a lot like driving through Kansas.  (If you have driven through Kansas you will understand…if you haven’t, you should try it at least once, so you understand.)

Canada does have some beautiful parts…majestic mountains, Banff National Park, etc.  Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory is NOT one of those beautiful places.  After making a reservation for a hotel room that was held with a credit card, our room was given away.  After 14 1/2 hours of driving, this was a rather crappy end to the day…especially since this was my birthday.  We kept on driving.  We slept for an hour here and an hour there for a grand total of 3 1/2 hours sleep.  However, we did get there sooner than planned and save $169!

Yadda, Yadda, yadda…we ended up in Eagle River, Alaska, a couple of days later.  This sounds like a remote place, but it is actually the suburbs of Anchorage!  It is still a beautiful place, but more citified than most people would think.  As we were waiting to check in to the hotel for the evening we ate a charming little pizza place.  Delicious!  This is where we were when it first dawned on us that most people who live in Alaska are actually from somewhere else!

We were checking out the area when we wandered into a…drum roll, please…a QUILT SHOP!  Yeah!  The Quilt Cache is a great little shop.  I had a great chat with one of the ladies in the shop about the best places to see Denali, etc.  We also chatted about the project she was working on when she wasn’t busy waiting on customers.  It was great to be out of the car for a few minutes.  What an inspiring little shop!

Alaskan batiks

I did buy some Alaskan market batiks.  The eagles are a bit hard to see.  They are the light shapes in the fabric on the left.  I love the grizzly bears, pine cones and bear tracks in the fabric on the right.

I bought a few fat quarters as Christmas gifts for my friends.

fat quarters

Since we were there on July 3rd, I was wearing red, white, and blue, and it was Eagle River, I was inspired to buy some eagle fabrics, too.

Quilt of Valor panel eagles and flags

I will probably turn the fabric on the right into a pillow for my social studies teacher husband for our anniversary.  He never wants presents…or very rarely asks for them, so I think this will be an excellent surprise.

I learned from a friend to check for clearance items.  As I was browsing, I found a bag stuffed with scraps that were left from Quilts of Valor projects that were hung around the shop.  I really need to start taking my camera into quilt shops with me!

Happy travels and happy quilting!



Mom’s Block of the Month #2: Ohio Star

Welcome to the second block of the month in Mom’s BOM!

This month we are making an Ohio Star block based on C & T Publishing’s Quick & Easy Block Tool.  My version was copyrighted in 2003, so it looks a little different than current editions.

Again, I am cutting pieces using an accu-quilt go cutting system.  You could easily cut these with a rotary cutter. (You need to adjust the cutting sizes to rotary cut…Please e-mail me if you have questions about this.)

Ohio Star

To download these directions as a PDF, click here.

card # 60

from C & T publishing

Last month I did not list the shapes and sizes that I cut.  Sorry!  This month I remembered to include them!

Here are the shapes and quantities for a 12 inch block:

  • 1- 4 1/2″ center block
  • 4- 4 1/2″ quarter square triangles that will surround the center
  • 8- 4 1/2″ quarter square triangles that will be the star points
  • 4- 4 1/2″ quarter square triangles of background fabric
  • 4- 4 1/2″ squares of background fabric

Directions for assembling the block:

First of all, arrange the triangles in the following manner.  Consequently, half of the star points are on the left and half are on the right.

star point lay out

Now that you see how the block looks when it is arranged, we are changing the piles to get them ready to go through the sewing machine.

Next separate the block into two halves like shown in the pictures below.

black and white 1/2 block green and black 1/2 block

Combine the four triangle piles into two piles.  All of the star points are on the left with a short flat side facing the sewing machine.  Also, the background and center surround color are on the right with a short flat side facing the sewing machine.

halves arranged to be sewn

As you sew these pieces, handle them gently.  They have bias edges that will stretch if you pull or tug on them.

Now put the triangle pairs right sides together and sew using an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Lay all sewn triangles with the dark triangle up.   sewn 1/2 blocks

Press towards the dark triangle.  Lay the halves out to make it easier to sew them correctly.   pressed 1/2 blocks

Carefully flip one half onto the other half.  Line up the seams that have been pressed to either side.  Pin if you wish to make it easier to get the parts to match up in the center.

lined up seams pin here

Sew the halves together.  Press.  You now have four quarter square triangle blocks.  The hard part is complete!

Assembling the block:

Lay out your block pieces to assemble the nine patch as follows:

block lay out

Lay the center row of pieces, face down, on the pieces on the left.  Sew the pieces together on the right hand side.

center layed on the left

After sewing all three sets of pieces together, lay the units on the ironing boards with the solid 4 1/2″ piece on the top.  Press towards the solid piece.  This is much easier than trying to get the points on the triangles to all press the same way.

solid block on top

Once the unit is pressed, add the final quarter square block to the center.  Be careful with the color placement.  Press with the solid square on top.  It will be a little awkward, but only for a moment.

center block row

Almost done!  Now add the remaining background squares to the top and bottom row units.  Press towards the solid block.

top and bottom rows

Sew the top row to the center row.  Pin if that makes you happy.  Press with the top row on top.  It is easier to press towards two solid 4 1/2″ blocks.  You are now 2/3 of the way to a finish!

2/3 of the way

Finally, add the bottom row unit.  Press towards the bottom row.  What a beautiful Ohio star!

finished Ohio star block

This concludes part two of Mom’s BOM series.  Only 10 more blocks to go!



publish on July 15ish