Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Fall Mini Quilt

Here's the last block for the Fall Mini quilt I've been working on -  the Turnstile block. You'll find the directions for the first and second parts of this sew along on my previous blog posts here and here.

Make the Turnstile block:  

Cut 2 squares from a light or med print - 2 3/8"  x  2 3/8".   Cut each square once on the diagonal.

Cut  1 square from the same light or med print as above - 2 3/4"  x  2 3/4".   Cut twice on the diagonal.

Cut another square from a med or dark print - 2 3/4"  x  2 3/4".   Cut twice on the diagonal.

Trim to 3 1/2"  x  3 1/2". This block is not difficult but because it's small you might find it a bit tricky. Make sure you cut and sew accurately. You might have luck sewing with a scant 1/4" seam. Press your seams open for less bulk.

After you've finished the block, set it in the center of your quilt with the flying geese and the nine patches you've already made. 

I finished with 2 1/2" borders. 

Thanks for joining  me in making this quick little project! I think mine turned out super cute even if it is a little wild and crazy. Sometimes it's good to work "outside your box." 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Sampler Blocks Setting

 We've got two projects going on in my groups. I've created a file on my website for the Sample Row Quilt setting for your 4" blocks if anyone is interested. Click here and go to the Schoolgirl Sampler page. The directions for the Sampler Row quilt can be found at the bottom of the page. 

The other thing I've been working on is my Fall Mini quilt. I posted directions in my group and Instagram this past week. 

If you've been following along here instead, for this part make four nine-patch blocks using 1 1/2" squares. Trim your blocks to  3 1/2"  x  3 1/2". I'll give you the rest of the directions next week. 

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Sampler Row Quilt - Week 6

This is Week 6 if you're making the Sampler Row Quilt. Choose six more blocks and try to finish up by the end of the week. You should have 36 little blocks. On Friday I'll give you instructions for setting the blocks into rows. 

Last week I was a little stressed out because we were having some noisy work done in the house. Since my husband is still working from home, my job (my OTHER job) is usually to try to keep the distractions at a minimum as much as I can so he can sort of have a quiet environment and actually focus and hear what's going on in his daily (hourly?) meetings (Hah! Good luck with that.)  And there were way too many runs to Home Depot to keep me sane. Also, the little dog had hurt herself by chasing one too many squirrels and/or chipmunks so she needed some TLC and a vet visit. I needed a little break myself and so I took a few minutes over the weekend to relax and play around with some of my scraps. I wound up thinking I would make a little doll quilt for fall.  You all know how even just a little bit of small sewing can be somewhat relaxing and good for the spirit. 

If you'd like to join me, I'm doing it in a few easy parts. I find that if I do things in small steps I'm also more likely to finish. This one is quick and easy. 

Step 1 - Make 6 flying geese blocks. For each unit, 

    Cut 1 rectangle, 2"  x  3 1/2"

    Cut 2 squares, 2"  x  2"

Make the flying geese in the traditional way by drawing a diagonal line across the back of each square. Place a square on one end of the rectangle, right sides together. Stitch on the line, flip up, trim 1/4" and press. Repeat on the other end of the rectangle. Trim to 2" x 3 1/2". Make 8 Flying Geese blocks.

Trim to 2" x 3 1/2". (These will finish at 1 1/2" x 3".)

We started this a few days ago in my Facebook group so here's the next part -

Step 2 - Sew your flying geese units into pairs to make 4 blocks. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".

In a day or two I'll give you another step to make a different block. It's all very easy and the finished little quilt will measure about 12" x 12" square - perfect for a fall doll quilt or small table topper. Should be finished in no time at all. Don't forget - it's always all about the fabrics and colors you love. Make it scrappy!

Friday, October 7, 2022

Sampler Row Quilt Sew Along - Week 4

Hope some of you are keeping up with the 4" blocks for the Sampler Row Quilt Sew Along. You're halfway there and by now should have completed 3 sets of blocks for a total of 18.  You'll be making blocks for three more rows in coming weeks, six blocks per week. You'll keep sewing until you finish 36 blocks.

There are so many blocks to choose from for making your row quilt. But if you have trouble selecting and getting started, why not try picking a few easy blocks? They stitch up pretty quickly and you'll have 3 sets of six blocks finished in no time to get all caught up. 




Since it's really all about the fabric, choose colors that will give depth and a richness to your blocks. Or choose a theme -  like blue and white.

If you're just getting started, there are some good tips on pages 8 - 9 of the Schoolgirl Sampler book for making sure your blocks are sewn correctly. Slow down and take your time. If you're a beginner, then, as I mentioned above, choose easy blocks. You can always make your blocks interesting by using lots of varied fabrics in different colors for a rich, scrappy look. 

Choose a variety of appealing prints in some of your favorite color combinations. Add some interesting prints instead of using mostly what I call "quiet" prints. 

I've slowly gotten used to making more quilts with brown fabric, which can sometimes be dull except when you use prints that have other colors added for depth and interest. 

Try some interesting prints with small details combined with "quieter" prints to give your quilts depth. Too many "loud" or busy prints placed together in the same block will distract the eye. So pair your busy prints with less busy prints for a calmer look. 

Beginners -  if you're nervous because your blocks may not be perfect, pin them onto a design wall (or just hang up a large piece of batting) and stand back to view. From a couple of feet away you may not even notice any imperfections. That's the wonderful thing about making scrappy quilts -  they're very forgiving. Relax and enjoy the process!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Sampler Sew Along Week 3

So sorry - I missed last week to remind you to keep going on your blocks for the Sampler Row Quilt Sew Along that's taking place in my Facebook group. Quilters are making 6 blocks each week for 6 weeks and sewing along with others to make a row quilt. You choose the blocks you want to use from the Schoolgirl Sampler book. See my earlier blog posts for more details if you're not in the FB group


                         Six blocks per week is not too difficult. Especially if you choose simple ones.


Pick some of your favorite blocks and your favorite fabrics and get started.

It's a simple and fun quilt to make and I love using it as a small lap quilt on my sofa or draped over a bench.  We did this as a Mystery quilt project in my groups a few years ago and I got quite a few requests to repeat it. 



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Here's a friendly reminder that Ye Olde Schoolhouse quilt shop is starting their Little Quilt Club next week. They're meeting up on Fridays and Saturdays. And using the quilts and blocks in my Schoolgirl Sampler book for inspiration. YOSH (Ye Olde School House!) is located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The cost is only $40 for the year. Give them a call at 262-377-2770 if you're interested in joining the club. Sounds like great fun, doesn't it?  


Here's Jeanie's row quilt. She sells kits on her website

                                                              Have a good weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Ready, Set, Sew a Few Blocks

Today begins the first week of the Sampler Row Quilt Sew Along in my Sampler Facebook group.  

We'll be using blocks from my Schoolgirl Sampler book to make the quilt and do a little bit of sewing each week for 10 weeks. (You'll need the book to follow along and make the blocks.)


If you have the book and want to make the quilt, just follow the schedule below. Each week I'll give you a little nudge to get some sewing done: 

For Week 1 - choose your first block from the book and make six blocks using your choice and color of fabric. You have a week to complete all six blocks. 

Here are some tips to help you get started - 

  • Clean off your sewing or cutting table. This always helps me to prepare for working on a new project and stay organized.
  • Choose a theme (Christmas, fall, two-color quilt, etc.) 
  • Pull some fabrics

After you  choose your first block (or all of the blocks you'll be using), check the FB group files for the tips for the blocks you've picked. They're all numbered. You might remember that when we did the Schoolgirl Sampler Sew Along, we worked on blocks 1 - 72 for 12 weeks and made 6 blocks each week. So the file for Week 1 included tips on making blocks 1-6. Week 2 included tips for blocks 7- 12. And so on. 

That's it. After you've made your 36 blocks in 6 weeks, I'll show you how to set them with background fabric to make the rows. (You'll need about 1/4 yard of background fabric for each row.) 

If you're in my Sampler Facebook group we'd love to see your block progress. It's always inspiring to see the fabrics some of you use and how you choose to put them together. 

Week 2 of the sew along begins on September 23.

Have a fun weekend! 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Sampler Row Quilt Sew Along


Quilters - I'm excited to let you know that I'll be hosting a new sew along in my Schoolgirl Sampler Facebook group beginning on Friday, September 16, 2022 called the Sampler Row Quilt Sew Along. 

Row quilts have been very popular for awhile now. Some of you might remember this as a Mystery Quilt (Aunt Addie's quilt) I did several years ago. But those who are new to my blog, books and patterns probably missed it. Over the past couple of years, I've been asked by those who missed out to re-release the patterns. I decided that having another sew along might be a better alternative. All of the blocks used for making this quilt are ones that are now in the Schoolgirl Sampler book and we'll be using that book as a guide. FYI - it's on sale right now at (Of course, if you'd like a signed copy : ) those are always available on my website or in my Etsy shop. )


I've designed this new sew along as a 10-week project. Making the blocks together on a weekly basis worked well for many of you when we did the sew along for my Schoolgirl Sampler quilt and that's what we'll do again in the group. Mind you, this quilt is smaller and will take much less time. There are only 36 blocks - six blocks per row set in six rows with sashing and borders. The finished quilt will measure approximately 44" x 50". If you make six blocks per week, you'll have all the blocks finished in six weeks. Pretty doable. Then the next four weeks will focus on sewing them into rows and then sewing the rows together with sashing and, finally, adding the borders.

I know many of you loved making the Schoolgirl Sampler quilt and this is another opportunity to work with your favorite small blocks and make something a little different.

Note: we'll sew along in my Schoolgirl Sampler Facebook group. If you're already in this group and you haven't made this one yet, then join in the fun. (Note: You will need to acquire the book for the block patterns before you join the group.) Those of you who already have the book but are not in the Facebook group can just follow the directions to make the blocks.



Here's the fun part - make your quilt using your favorite 4" blocks and favorite scraps. It does not have to be exactly like mine. If you are interested in making a quilt exactly like mine, here are the blocks I used from the book: Blocks 4, 14, 21, 36, 47 and 70. 

This was one of my favorite Mystery Quilts! 

There are quite a few options: Make the row quilt with green and red fabrics for Christmas. Or try a two-color quilt in red and white or blue and white. Orange, rust and warm colors for fall?? Lots of possibilities. If you're up for this, just join the sampler Facebook group for more info. We'll get started on Friday, September 16.

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Here's a little more fun Sampler news - one of my favorite quilt shops, Ye Olde Schoolhouse in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is hosting a monthly Little Quilts stitching group on Fridays and Saturdays using some of the small quilts from my Schoolgirl Sampler book beginning in October. Check the website for more details and times. The shop is a little north of Milwaukee and easy to visit if you're in Wisconsin or northern Illinois. Looks like Jeanie made her own row quilt!


If you've wanted to but haven't gotten around to it yet -  here's something you might be interested in - Stitchin' Heaven, a quilt shop in Texas, is doing my Schoolgirl Sampler quilt as a Block of the Month starting in February 2023. I've heard that their BOMs have great fabrics (in case you're a quilter who doesn't have any fabric or scraps - Hah!). Might be fun to sign up and get fabric in the mail every month to encourage you to make the blocks. Here's the info. 


It's a simple and fun quilt to make and I love using it as a small lap quilt on my sofa or draped over my bench.  Hope you'll join us. 

Have a good weekend!