Books on Monday: Fat Quarter Style

As I drove home from a weekend in Chicago with my sister and eldest daughter (with a brief visit to my youngest daughter and son-in-law in their new home on my way home), I wondered which of my old books I should pull out and review this week. When I arrived home there were some packages awaiting me, including one with the Fat Quarter Shop‘s It’s Sew Emma Patterns newest self-published book, Fat Quarter Style: 12 Quilts That Never Go Out of Style. (There are currently no Amazon links, because it is not yet available on Currently, it can be ordered from the Fat Quarter Shop, though.)

I don’t have any pictures, but if you go here there are a few available. And if you head over there, you are already in the right place to order the book. (I don’t have to do a disclaimer here because I get no monetary remuneration from the Fat Quarter Shop.)

The book starts with the educational content covering:

  • What Is a Fat Quarter?
  • Supplies
  • Techniques Used in Fat Quarter Style
  • How to Prepare Your Backing
  • How to Bind Your Quilt
  • How to Label Your Quilt

The twelve projects follow. One of the things I like best about this book (in addition to the 10 quilts I marked as possible future quilts to make), is the fact that information is given to make each quilt in four different sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen. I always like multiple size options.

And these quilts are gorgeous. If I were a guessing woman, I’d guess I’m going to make Raindrops first. Or Flutter. Or Emblem. Yeah, I have a lot of fat quarters and it looks like I’m going to use them. After I finish a few other things.

Quilt on!

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Last Wedding Quilt Update

In other words, it is finished and delivered! But not without a bit of angst. As I was quilting the border I came to a couple of mistakes. I can understand the first mistake because the block should be rotated 90 degrees:


The second one is less easy for me to understand. Apparently I really goofed up on the block. I don’t understand how I didn’t notice it when putting the border together. Just don’t get it.


For some reason, once I had gotten the borders quilted and the quilt trimmed up, the binding did not want to go on. I had to do part of it Sunday night and the rest on Monday evening. I’m sure part of the reason was dealing with the size of the quilt.

On Tuesday, Amazing Amy met me at church and helped me hand stitch the binding. It took the two of us four hours. Luckily, since it was 90+º outside, this sat on a table so we didn’t have to sit under it and really roast.

And here is the first official photo of the finished and washed quilt. I had to put it on my bed because it was too large for one person to hold.


Here is a closeup of the quilting in the large open spaces in the center of the quilt.


Today I met the recipients at their new home. Since they have not moved in yet, there was plenty of room for picture-taking. I am adding two pictures because my son-in-law is largely cut out of the first one. Of course, he’s kind of in a shadow so the second one is not much better!



Now that I’m looking at it all at once and not one little section at a time, I am really liking this. I like the way it washed up and I loved working with the wool batting. I learned a few things about my needle preferences for hand quilting, but that’s for another blog post.

And for those of you who are new readers, this was made from the pattern “Aegean Sea” in Judy Martin’s book Stellar Quilts.

May you enjoy your quilts this much when you finish them!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Quilts from the Heart II

As I promised last week, this week we are looking into Quilts from the Heart II by Karin Renaud, and, yes, that is once again an Amazon Associate link below.

This book is focused more on the quilts and the memories they evoke than on the specifics of making quilts for donation. Each quilt has a little information about what memories it brings to the author’s mind.  These quilts are also not rated by skill level, but they do appear a bit more complicated than those in Quilts from the Heart.

This book starts with an “Introduction” and then the “Quiltmaking Basics” section, once again a very thorough one. Then it is right to the 18 beautiful quilts. Yes, I marked almost all of them. And I can see me making them all. They are also scrappy, as in the first book.

If you can only buy one of these two books, this one is my favorite!

Quilt on!

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Not yours? Well, today is my hubby’s birthday! There’s a sense in which it is a big one for him so…

Back on July 1st while I was at DisneyWorld with our eldest daughter, he posted this as his Facebook status:

“A song for my out-of-town wife, Gretchen ************, on the first day of my birth month in which I will be 64 (sung to the tune of the Beatles’ “When I’m 64″): Now that I’m old (but…still have my hair), / many years alive, / will you still be giving me a valentine? / Birthday grrreatings? Coke will be fine! / Though I’ve been out past quarter to three / many times before, / will you still love me, / not be sick of me / when I’m 64? / You’ll – get – old – er, – too. / But, if the Lord allows, / I – will – stay – with – you! / Never been handy,( but) I’ve changed a fuse! / I was light and young! / You can knit and quilt, and it will will cause no strife. / Sunday morning, church is our life! / Doing the garden, digging the weeds, / I’ve learned to ignore! / will you adore me / (and) do tech stuff for me / when I’m 64? / Many summers we have been together, and we’ve both been white, / which is not too weird. / We – trust – Je – sus – saves! / Our children, you, and me, / We – don’t – fear – the – grave! / Send me an email, text would be fine / stating point of view. / Indicate precisely what you mean to say. / I’m still here, but you’re far away. / Give me your answer, say it with love, / mine forevermore! / Will you still kiss me? / Will you pray with me / when I’m 64?”

So, if Facebook will let me, I will be posting this on his wall today in answer:

A song for my husband who is 64 today! (Sung to the tune of the Beatles’ “When I’m 64”)

Now that you’re old, but still have your hair
Many years alive,
I’m still giving you a valentine
Birthday greetings
I’ll drink the wine
Though you’ve been out past quarter to three
Many times before
I will still love you
Not be sick of you
Now you’re 64
I am older too
And if the Lord allows
I will stay with you!

Don’t need to be handy,
Changing a fuse,
Not so light or young!
You can make me knit
And it will cause some strife!
All week long, our church is our life.
No one will garden.
No one will weed.
Won’t go to the shore.
I will adore you,
Still do tech stuff for you
Now you’re 64.

Many summers we have been together
And don’t really fight
And you’ve grown a beard.
We trust Jesus saves!
Our nuclear family,
We don’t fear the grave!
Reached you on Facebook,
Hope that is fine,
Here’s my point of view:
Yep, it’s precisely what I mean to say
I’m back home, I’m not far away.
Here is my answer, stated with love,
Yours forevermore,
I will still kiss you,
I’ll still pray with you,
Now you’re 64!

Back to quilting! And Books on Monday a bit later!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Quilts from the Heart

This week I’m looking at Quilts from the Heart: Quick Projects for Generous Giving by Karin Renaud. The picture below is indeed an Amazon Associate link. Yes, if you click on it and buy using it, I will get a small kickback to help support this blog. Thank you if you do.

The purpose of this book is to provide scrap quilt patterns in a size that is perfect for donating to such charities as Project Linus. Another plus is that the Skill Level for most of these is Beginner or Advanced Beginner. There are a couple of Intermediate level quilts also, but nothing too terribly scary.

The book starts with a Preface which describes how the author found out about Project Linus and got involved in making quilts for that charity. This is followed by a section called “Making a Quilt to Donate” and a section called “About the Projects.” Next comes a very thorough section on “Quiltmaking Basics” followed by a section on “Altering the Size of the Quilt.”

Then come the twenty projects. I marked almost all of them. I did feel like many of them looked very similars, mostly squares and rectangles, but they are very attractive. And scrappy!

The book finishes with a page of “Charitable Organizations” and “Meet the Author.”

Come on back next week for the follow-up to this book!

Quilt on!

Catch Up time

I think it is time to play a little bit of catch up here! Remember the Books on Monday post that didn’t happen because of an impromtu visit to DisneyWorld with my eldest daughter? Well, here is a little bit of what happened since then.

We only spent two days in the parks – Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’m not going to bore you with lots of pictures of what is in those parks, but I am going to just mention a couple of the places we ate. Since there were only two of us, we did a bit of splurging.

We had dinner on our day at the Magic Kingdom at Be Our Guest, the restaurant in the Beast’s castle. Reviews claim that it is the best food at DisneyWorld and I agree. (Reservations are a must! We felt fortunate to have scored some!

This is how the napkins are folded! Anyone know how to do this?


Here is a fairly dark picture of the dining hall:


And here is the view out the window next to me (apparently it is always winter at the Beast’s!):


At the Hollywood Studios, we ate at the Hollywood Brown Derby. The food was pretty good but I think we were both disappointed in our choice of sandwich. We were not disappointed in the dessert we shared though!


While walking around (19,449 steps according to my FitBit) the Magic Kingdom, I had a phone call from my longarmer. Falling Charms was ready to be picked up! When I got home, I picked up the quilt and it is seriously all I can do to keep from running downstairs, trimming it up and binding it.


Also, my prize (yes, I’m a winner) from Very Lazy Daisy arrived yesterday!


I think I need to practice free motion quilting a lot before I quilt this gorgeous top!

And, last but not least, a Wedding Quilt update! I have begun to quilt the borders!


This is good because their anniversary is the 20th and I promised! Also, the official moving date for moving into the home they have purchased is July 26th. I’ll be out of town but I’ve already been instructed to make sure that Daddy brings the quilt so that it’s there for their first night in their very own home.

You can picture me hand quilting my fingers to the bone!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Dear Jane

Yes, I know this is an oldie, but it is new to me as it arrived while I was at Disneyworld. I have put off purchasing this one for a long time because I didn’t think I’d ever use it (and I still have my doubts) but a couple of Twilters started making some blocks and posting pictures on Twitter so I got sucked in.

Yes, this week’s book is Dear Jane: the Two Hundred Twenty-five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt by  Brenda Manges Papadakis. (Yes, it is an Amazon Associate link.)

Ironically, this book is published by EZ Quilting by Simplicity. And I’m pretty sure this is not easy.

The bulk of this book is, of course, the drafted patterns of the square and triangle blocks. There is some information about Jane Stickle and the quilt itself also. Most pages are pictures of two blocks from the quilt and the drafted illustrations of each block. And some of those pieces look very small. And scary. (This from the person who likes piecing little fiddly bits!)

I found this book on Amazon, but it is apparently out of print right now. I guess that makes sense because this would not be everyone’s cup of tea! (I’m not sure it’s mine, but I’m also not sure that it isn’t so… However, if I’m doing little fiddly bits in the near future it will probably be The Gypsy Wife quilt.) It is not hard to find though, so don’t let its being out of print scare you away.

Quilt on!

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