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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


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

Mom’s Block of the Month #1: Dutchman’s Puzzle

A couple of month’s ago, I asked my mom, who lives far away from me in Texas, is she would like to have a little Block of the Month club of our own.  She is recuperating from a stroke.  I think that she will enjoy sewing more again.  She has her sewing machines set up and ready to go.  I know that sewing helps soothe my soul when I am frustrated, aggravated or upset.  When I am not feeling well, time in the sewing room makes me feel whole again.  Maybe this will help my Mom, too!

There were several events that led to this idea.

  1. Recently, I inherited some items that I did not have.  One of these things was the Quick & Easy Block Tool.   My version is a little different looking, but it is a great tool all the same.  I choose 12 inch blocks because the larger size pieces are easier to control as we work.  This tool gives cutting sizes for blocks if you speed piece or make 2 half square blocks at the same time.  I will need to adjust these sizes because of the next item on my list.
  2. My husband bought me an Accuquilt  fabric cutting system so I will be cutting the pieces.  I chose blocks that I have the cutting dies to make.  (I also bought a few more as a Mother’s Day gift…from my DH, too.)
  3. My mother requested blues and greens.  Not a problem…my favorite color palette.  I have quite a stockpile of fabric to share.
  4. I am going to make each of the blocks and write directions.  The directions and a set of pieces will be sent to my mother.  In the end, we will both have similar quilts and she will get some free quilt therapy.

Block #1: Dutchman’s Puzzle

To download these directions as a PDF, click here.

This is a picture from the Quick & Easy Block tool from C&T publishing. This should make an easy starting block.

Since the pieces are already cut, lay them out as shown in the pictures below.

This is all about making flying geese.  The blue pieces are the geese.  The background or sky pieces are cream or white.  To begin lay one of the background pieces onto the large goose pieces, right sides together.

Sew them together along the short side of the triangles.  I suggest speed piecing or sewing them all at the same time.

Press the background piece away from the goose.

Lay the other background piece on top, right sides together.

Speed piece all 8 geese at one time. Press towards the background fabric.

Now it is decision time.  You can go with either option below…as long as you make all of the blocks the same.  I am going with the second option…dark blue on the bottom…that will put the darker triangles in the center in the end.

option 1

option 2

As you sew the two geese together, make sure you sew above where these threads cross.  This will make your points sharp and crisp when you are finished.  Press when you are finished…towards the geese or larger triangle.

Now assemble two units to make a larger unit.  Follow the picture below.  Make 2 of these larger blocks.  Finally, press towards the goose fabric.

Dutchman’s Puzzle

In conclusion, join the two larger blocks together to finish the block.  Ta-dah!  The first block of Mom’s Block of the Month is finished!