Monday, August 2, 2021

Posy Baskets Quilt

 I love basket quilts! The new small quilt challenge for this month from the Schoolgirl Sampler book is - Posy Baskets on page 36. (The sampler sew along group is still open. You can jump in and start at any time if you have the book for the blocks and patterns. There are quite a few quilters who've joined after we started in January.) 

Posy Baskets quilt made by Sue Bennett. 

We're working our way through the small quilts in the Schoolgirl Sampler book. This colorful, scrappy quilt is one of my favorites and is perfect for a summertime project. And, of course, you have to make it with scraps, scraps and more scraps which only adds to the fun. This might be a good opportunity to go through your scraps and sort and clean them up a little. It's fun and relaxing and you never know what you'll find. If you've been feeling stuck, sometimes a little playing around with fabric is just the thing you need to get your creativity flowing again.  

Even if you don't have a plan, playing around with scraps and making tiny things is a good way to get motivated to start something new. I get lazy and unmotivated at times but give me a basket of scraps and sometimes wonderful things happen. 

Little log cabin pattern is now available in my Etsy shop.

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I recently started a new Facebook group for those who are most familiar with my books and quilts. The old group had become a free for all and was difficult to manage. This one is much smaller and will be focused on my quilts and my favorite style of quilting -  using reproduction fabrics. We're taking a more relaxed approach (instead of doing frantic monthly challenges) and occasionally making simple little quilts with our reproduction scraps. You'll have to prove you're a fan and not a spammer if you request to join. Here's the first quilt - 

Quick and easy and lots of fun.

Simple is good. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Make a Little Pinwheels Quilt

 For the second quilt in the little quilts sew along from the Schoolgirl Sampler book, the Facebook group is making the Pinwheels quilt on page 22 of the book. 

This one was made by Marian Edwards for the book. It's a fun little quilt that uses two Schoolgirl Sampler blocks. I think it really shows off her scraps and makes the pinwheels look as if they're spinning. 

There are a few different pinwheel blocks in the book and if you like you can choose one of them and make your own design. 

And, if you don't have time to make a quilt for July, how about some little fabric pinwheels?? 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Small Quilt Sew Along - Patriotic Stars Quilt

Today we kicked off the Small Quilt Sew Along for the six small quilts in my book Schoolgirl Sampler. We'll be starting with this one, the Patriotic Stars quilt on page 26 of the book.

Patriotic Stars quilt made by Sue Bennett

Each month we'll have a theme. The theme for the first month is:  Make a quilt with patriotic blocks or fabrics or make a row quilt using different blocks in red, white and blue fabrics. I thought this would be a great quilt to start with so it could be ready to display on or around the Fourth of July. 

The Schoolgirl Sampler Sew Along Facebook group will be making all six of the small quilts from the book.  One per month. I hope some of you will join us.  The directions for the blocks to make the small quilts are in the book.


I know this is going to be a lot of fun. If you want to purchase a book, check your local quilt shop, Amazon, Martingale or other online shops for copies.  Check my website or Etsy shop for signed copies

Click the link to see more info and join the Sew Along Facebook group.   I'll also list the quilt we're working on each month on the Sampler Sew Along page of my website so those of you who don't do FB can follow along too. Enjoy sewing some cute little quilts!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Small Quilts Sew Along

I hope you've had fun following along and making the Schoolgirl Sampler quilt. I've seen some gorgeous finished quilts! And such a variety of colors and other small touches to make them all unique. 

Beginning in June, the Schoolgirl Sampler Sew Along Facebook group will be making the small quilts from the book.  You're welcome to join us as we choose one quilt to sew each month through December 2020. 

Which one will be first??

Since January, quilters in the group have been sewing alongside each other, making all of the 4" blocks and then assembling the large schoolgirl sampler quilt. The book also contains six small quilts made with some of the blocks used in that quilt.

You'll need the book to participate since the patterns and block instructions are in the book. I was out of books for awhile as more were being reprinted but copies are back in stock if anyone is interested in a signed book. Check my website or Etsy shop. Or, check your local quilt shop, Amazon or Martingale to find a copy.

Click the link to see more info and join the Sew Along Facebook group   I'll also list the quilt we're working on each month on the Sampler Sew Along page of my website so those of you who don't do FB can follow along. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Doll Quilts in the Spring Garden

I love making small quilts and if you're reading this and following my blog, you probably do too.  Simple little doll quilts made with reproduction fabrics really tug at my heartstrings. I know some of you love these same kinds of quilts as much as I do. So I'm sharing some of my favorite ones and a few newer ones that I made or finished last year just for those of you who are new to the kinds of quilts I like to make. (You can find the patterns for some these on my website and in my Etsy shop. Or ask and I'll tell you which book it's from.) 

So simple, yet gloriously fun. You can crank these out in between working on larger quilts. They're that quick. The most fun was probably sorting through my reproduction scraps looking for just the right combination of muted colors, finding some I hadn't seen in awhile. 

There's something calming about creating something pretty with simple little pieces . . . . 

One of the nice things about making small quilts is that they're easy to display around the house in many different ways. Quilts really add something to a room whether they're dressing up a bed, draped over a sofa or hanging on a wall in an entryway. 


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I really wanted to thank so many of you for participating in the Schoolgirl Sampler Sew Along this year. It was a nice diversion for awhile, don't you think? Thanks also for purchasing the book. Your support means a lot. The FB group will stay open for the rest of the year and we may do sew alongs for some of the smaller quilts in the book beginning this summer. 

I also wanted to thank you so much for following me all these years. It's been so nice meeting and connecting with many of you who share my love of all things small and made with reproduction fabrics. I sincerely hope that my books and quilts, my groups and this blog have inspired you a little bit and brought some joy into your lives. I know you have enriched mine with your kindness. 

                                                                                My best to all of you,

                                                                                                     - Kathy

Friday, April 2, 2021

Add Sashing to Your Sampler Blocks

Well, people, we're coming to a close on this Sampler Sew Along. Last week was Applique, this week you'll add sashing to your blocks and begin to put them together. We'll talk about the borders next week. If you have the Schoolgirl Sampler book and are following along, read the instructions on pages 14 - 15 in the book and see the tips in the file for Week 14.  

I recommend sashing the blocks individually instead of sewing long strips of sashing between the rows of blocks. I learned how to do this while making my Dear Jane quilt - 

Make sure your blocks measure EXACTLY 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" before you add the sashing.  (In putting my Dear Jane blocks together, I used to hold my breath and was always amazed when they came out exactly as they should. Will you look at that . . . . )  Add the sashing to each block on your sampler quilt the same way. Sew one strip to the side of the block and sew the strip with the cornerstone to the bottom of the block. But please read the instructions in the book as well. 

My Schoolgirl Sampler books were sold out for awhile but they've been reprinted and are now back in stock. So if you would like to purchase a signed copy, they're available on my website and my Etsy shop again.   


Those of you who are following along with me on the 2021 Mystery Quilt - all of the block units from previous months have now come together to make this cute scrappy quilt - 

Directions for this Mystery are in the files in the Facebook group and on my website. 


"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
~Anne Bradstreet, 17th century poet


                             Easter, the season of rebirth and renewal. The message is all about Hope, Love and Joyful living.      

Thinking of making a carrot cake this weekend. Haven't made one in years. If I can find a good recipe for cream cheese frosting.

   Carrot Cake

3 eggs
1 1/4 cups oil
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

                     4 carrots, grated                     


Hoping you have a Happy Easter!