41 stars complete

Got to sew this afternoon after church, and knocked out those last 21 stars. The quarter-square triangles were all made yesterday, some just needed a little sliver trimming.

My favorite method for making half square triangles and quarter square triangles is using my June Tailor Perfect half Square & Quarter Square Triangles ruler. ( http://store.junetailor.com/store/p-45-half-square-quarter-square-triangles-ruler.aspx)
There is a great video on the June tailor website showing how to use this ruler – http://www.junetailor.com/halfsquaretriangles_video.htm

I’ve tried lots of methods, including the ez-angle ruler that Bonnie Hunter likes where you are cutting your strip and then triangles, but I dislike sewing on the bias and I have my best results with this ruler. I like that I can square up at the end using the slots built into the ruler. No slipping and sliding, perfect cuts.

This pattern called for 164 quarter square triangles.

This pattern called for 164 quarter square triangles.

all that remains after you trim

all that remains after you trim


Time to assemble the final 21

Time to assemble the final 21

These are up on the design wall; ready to assemble once I get finished re-arranging the rails blocks. Some of the neutrals are a little darker, and I want to get a nice balance.

All the blocks are made! I am ready to assemble after I mover them around a bit on the design wall.

All the blocks are made! I am ready to assemble after I move them around a bit on the design wall.

I look forward to getting a few rows put together in the morning.  This quilt pattern indicates that  with borders, the top  should finish at 69×69.  The Quilts of Valor Foundation recommends minimum size 55×65; maximum 72×90. While it should fit the requirements at 69×69, I am tempted to add another row or two in length…..I will have to think about that!  I have PLENTY of rail blocks made….it would mean making more stars. Don’t you think longer is always better??

Notes – This pattern is called Ohio Stars and Rails, by Bonnie Hunter.  The fabric is Primitive Gatherings by Moda Fabrics.    If you are looking for the pattern, check Bonnie’s free pattern tab on her blog; http://www.quiltville.BlogSpot.com .

This quilt will be entered as a challenge quilt in the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show on July 17 & 18, 2015 in Lewes Delaware, and then donated after the show to Quilts of Valor Foundation.  For show info, check this website: http://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/qs15.html

Stars -19 down; 21 to go

I am nearly half-way done with my star blocks for the Ohio Star and Rails quilt I am working on.  I spent the better part of the day (noon-7 pm) working on the blocks.  I thought I was really pushing them out, but gosh, they are SLOW.

It is those star points that take SO much time.

half square and quarter square triangle blocks

half square and quarter square triangle blocks

The blocks are a process. First a 3 1/2″ block; then they get marked and stitched for a half-square triangle, then cut and pressed open. Then layer an opposing one on top, and mark and stitch again, cut and press open. Then back to the cutting board to trim them to the perfect 2.5″ block. Every star block gets 4 of them. So, if I have 21 star blocks to make; I need to have 84 more ! I CAN do this!! Putting the block together is simple once the star points are built!

Trimmed and ready to sew

Trimmed and ready to sew

So, the shape of the quilt is coming along. I just have to get it up on the wall to look at and remind me that I am getting close. Glad I made all those rail blocks last week.

Sampling of the layout.

Sampling of the layout.

I know, there are a couple of rails turned in the “wrong direction” but they aren’t in the “final setting” yet.

note: Pattern designed by Bonnie Hunter – Ohio Star and Rails. Source: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/ohio-stars-rails.html
My project is for Quilts of Valor challenge, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show; Lewes Delaware on July 17 & 18, 2015
– Check it out: http://oceanwavesquiltguild.org/qs15.html

More tomorrow! Have fun with your projects.

Another Barn Quilt Adventure

I had a great time, attending another class with Suzi Parron!  Earlier this month I took a class with Ocean Waves Quilt Guild (https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/barn-quilt-class/ ) and I could not pass the opportunity by to take another.  Suzi was teaching this time for Delmarvalous Quilt Guild and they had space left in the class. It was fun to go with 3 other members of my quilt “bee” – the Material Girls!

My hubby is a car guy, and wanted me to do a Chrysler Pedistar symbol, but I did not have a chance to draw it out ahead of time in quadrants that I could then “paint”.imagesMy brain just would not “work” and get this from paper to the 24″ square piece of wood.  I tried….really….thank goodness Suzi had a BIG eraser!!

So, I settled for a quilt design I could draw out.  Since I am currently working on a Quilts of Valor “Bonnie Hunter Quilt – Ohio Star and Rails pattern”, I decided that would be my block.  I was going to actually do the “barn quilt” in the same color as my quilt. ( https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/quilts-of-valor-project/ )

But, when I got up to the table to pick out my paints, I saw she had a couple of containers of an interesting teal……and so this is the result:

Ohio Star - Colors that match our home

Ohio Star – Colors that match our home

Still need a little “trim work”; but paint was so wet and it was so humid, I thought it best to leave it rest a day in the garage to dry and then I will go back to work on it.  Hubby thinks a little “pin striping tape” would really set the blocks….and then I would not have to do much more taping and painting.  (The red needs another coat or 2.

My friend Audrey did this one:

Audrey's block

Audrey’s block

My friend Francie is working on this one:

Francie's block

Francie’s block

I can’t wait to see what she does with the other colors!! Update. … Francie just finished….awesome

Here is Cindy’s block –  wpid-img_7028.jpg
She has a bit more work to do on hers too.

It was a long day, lots of standing etc while you tape your areas etc; and there was an issue with the power in the room that kept us from using two or more hair dryer’s. So, getting completely finished was a challenge for some.  It was overall another good class by Suzi Parron.  Do go back and check out the links in the post (https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/barn-quilt-class/) about Suzi and her book.

So, no sewing; just paint and pencils and rulers and tape!  Fun and not one seam ripped!

Quilts of Valor project

Our guild (Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Lewes DE) is having a quilt show this summer – July 17 & 18, 2015 – and the theme is Paying It Forward. (http://oceanwavesquiltguild.org/qs15.html) All of the members are challenged to put quilts in the show and make a quilt for the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF). Background — to date, over 115,000 quilts have been donated to QOVF since the beginning in 2003. These quilts have come from around the world. QOVF was founded right here in Seaford, Delaware and many in our Guild were actively involved in the grassroots beginning.
DO take a minute to read about Quilts of Valor Foundation, and their beginnings…. http://www.qovf.org/
The mission is to “cover all our warriors and veterans who have been touched by war with our healing and comforting Quilts of Valor

So, I am starting my first ever QOV quilt and will enter it in our Quilt Show. The challenge is In keeping with the show’s theme, Quilts- Paying it Forward, we are encouraging quilters to create a quilt that would be donated to the Quilts of Valor program with some hopefully distributed to participants in Operation SEAs the Day Warrior Week event. This event, to be held in September 2015 at Bethany Beach, provides a week’s vacation for some 35 recovering wounded soldiers and their families. For more information on the project visit: http://www.operationseastheday.org.

I decided I would select my fabric when I went to the AQS quilt show in Lancaster early in the month. I had a couple of patterns in mind, and so I shopped!

MODA fabric

MODA fabric

I finally decided to do Bonnie Hunter’s Ohio Stars and Rails (available for free on her blog – http://www.quiltville.blogspot.com/p/free-patterns.html )
I started on Saturday and built all my “rail” blocks; and yesterday I worked on my star blocks. The blocks all finish at 6.5″, with the pieces as small as 2.5″. The most challenging/time consuming part is making those “stars”. I deviated (of course) from Bonnie Hunters method and am using my June Tailor Perfect Half Square/Quarter Square Triangle Ruler (JT) . Bonnie’s method has you cutting the triangles using the EZ Angle ruler and stitching; but I am not a fan of the “bias” and never seem to make the block properly. So, my tried and true method is with my JT ruler.  Using it, I start with a stack of 3.5″ squares, and make half – square triangles of blue and neutral; and then turn those into quarter squares before doing any trimming down.  There is not much left to “sliver trim” away, but they always come out as perfect as I can hope for.

First pair of blocks

First pair of blocks

There are 41 star blocks in the pattern. There are 40 rail blocks. Somehow I miscounted and made over 70 rail blocks. I seem to do that when I make things, miss count and have extra. Perhaps a 2nd quilt – a rail fence or something! Having the extra will help me balance the “neutral colors” as some are darker than others. In this picture below, they are just on the design wall for “concept”. This is the general layout and I have a LOT more work to do before I put the top together!

Ohio Star and Rails

Ohio Star and Rails

I love the piecework and the process of building the intricate blocks. I’m sure it will come together quickly now that I got started. I have a busy few days, not sure what I can get done between now and Friday, but I have set aside Friday for sewing!

What are you working on ? What ever it is, have fun with the project!

One Block Wonder Row Marking Pins finished

I mentioned early in the week that I was working on a set of pins to mark my rows/pieces for a future One Block Wonder quilt. I’ve gotten them all made. (Look back for the tutorial at https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/one-block-wonder-pins-tutorial/)

I was asked on a Facebook One Block Wonder forum “WHY make pins?”.  I thought the best way to answer was with a photo of how I marked my first (and only completed) One Block Wonder. I was also asked if I plan to use them for other quilts. The answer is YES…any time you need to mark your columns/rows these pins will be effective.

There is a lot of “design” that goes into a OBW once your triangles are all cut out, and sewn into 1/2 hexigons.  You don’t want to “mix up your carefully planned arrangement”. Numbering helped to keep it straight!

This picture shows the hexi’s once the triangles have been cut and finding a pleasing arrangement of the 6 triangles.  The ones that look like “bows” in the upper right corner have been selected and the center point pinned (3 pieces on each stack). That pin helps to remind which point of that triangle is going to be in the center.

unsewn hexi's

unsewn hexi’s

A little sewing (1/2 hexi only); then it was time to start arranging on the design wall.
D Starting the layout

This photo shows them “on the design wall”

Once a final layout has been chosen; it is time to “make the quilt”.  We quilters like columns and rows.

F every section has a number and letter
Each half – hexi had a column/row marker.  I did this with paper and straight pins.  My “teacher”  (also known as the One Block WonderWoman) had me mark in the same method that she used.  The goal here is not to “confuse yourself” as you take them from the design wall to the sewing machine.

Paper worked for marking the blocks, …it was effective; but it was suggested to me (again by the One Block WonderWoman) that marking pins would be very cool. It has taken me nearly 3 years to “get around to it”. (I tried once before, but lacked the proper execution of the plan). (Yes, it was a little fussy and messy and I had more fun playing with the beads, sorting and arranging. The gluing part was a pain, and messy. Good thing it dried clear! ) I’m sure I read on someone’s blog a year or more ago about “glue” for the marking beads; and if I ever find that blog, I will come back here and give credit. It was NOT an original idea on my part at all! (All I can say is THANK YOU to all those people who blog and show great photo’s and tutorials!)

Would you like to know what the original fabric looked like and the final quilt looked like? Take a look back to 2012 !

Do those fish look familiar? They are the turquoise 3″ squares on my Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt I showed – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/2nd-mystery-quilt-top-done/
This quilt was for my third grandchild; made before she was born. We fondly referred to her as Baby Bulldozer (named thus by her older siblings). She will also get the 2nd Grand Illusion Mystery quilt; and I had fun “tying them together” using the fish fabric again.

If you like One Block Wonders; check out the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/1435295876732150/
And don’t forget to check out the OneBlockWonderWoman on WordPress…she is always making something pretty! https://oneblockwonderwoman.wordpress.com/
I am a “visual learner” and was very happy when I found great video tutorials here – http://ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com/new-york-kaleidocally-hexed/
If you want to make one, do get Maxine Rosenthal’s book –

    One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-a-Kind Quilts

I was 2 of her books, the one mentioned here, and also the ENCORE book. They are still available and you can pick one up at your local quilt shop/show/book store or Amazon.

My OBW marking are finished, stored in their handly little container and waiting for me to start another OBW. I actually have one started (and put away in my UFO stack from last year) and the fabric for another bright and cheery one. But first, I have a Quilts of Valor to make; on a deadline…..more about that in a future post.

Have a great day, and ENJOY the first day of Spring! We had snow showers this morning, but now it is raining; and I can live with that! Time to sew!

Big news from TQS…


It is International Quilting Week! This weekend The Quilt Show – with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson will be available for FREE on their website. Check the details out here in Becky’s Blog Post!

Originally posted on Piece O Cake Blog:

In honor of International Quilting Weekend, March 20-22, 2015, The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com), the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series—shows 100-1513—for the entire weekend. I’m telling you today so that you can reserve time this weekend.

For three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. See—that’s big news!

This year’s sponsors are contributing over $5000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.  Other prizes you have a chance to win are:

  • Innova – Have your quilt professionally quilted ($500 value)
  • Superior Threads – five $100 gift certificates
  • RJR Fabrics – a Delicious Selection of RJR Fabrics
  • AccuQuilt – GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter
  • Missouri Star Quilt Company – $500 in Quilter’s Cash plus signed copies of…

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Yummy Felt Food – Tutorials with Free Patterns Coming Soon!


If you like making things for the kids; check out this great blog from meandmyveritas. Wonderful tutorials!

Originally posted on Me & My Veritas:

Several yummy felt food tutorials are soon to come! Several yummy felt food tutorials are soon to come!

In the next couple of weeks, I will show you how easy and gratifying it is to make felt food. As you can see in the picture, felt food looks very realistic and, on top of that, is safe, colourful, soft, and long-lasting. These cute toys promote the imagination of our little ones and guarantee endless hours of joy of playing. It is so much fun to make and definitely a perfect project for any sewbie.

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