Skip to main content


How did I not see this pattern before?I had been looking for something easy and quick to do with the lovely, trendy fabrics I bought from Pink Chalk Fabrics last fall.  My original thought was to do a Curlique Crush, recently famous through Lesly's Ogee QAL, but I didn't start in time and now the clock was ticking..
See, I bought the fabrics (and the curlique pattern) in hopes of presenting a lovely modern wedding quilt to my cousin when she gets married next month.  I was planning ahead!  As soon as she announced the engagement I was off and fabric shopping.. but back then September '11 seemed like such a long time away..  Even last month it still felt like I had tons of time to pull something together.
Alas, I quickly realized that I procrastinated too much and an Ogee would never happen before the wedding.  I didn't want to go to Chicago empty handed, and really didn't want to buy a replacement gift (because I already spend the $ on all that fabric and even if they asked for one, I know they'd use a quilt more than a cappuccino machine..).  So, it was good timing that I happened to see Lesly's tweet about her new Trip around the world quilt, and decided to follow her lead.  (Thanks Lesly!
As I was cutting and piecing this amazingly simple (and easy to put together) quilt this week, I just kept thinking over and over how wonderfully generous Bonnie Hunter is, and how she has helped me time and again with my quilting and hasn't even known it.  Thank you Bonnie!
The pattern is very simple with strips  cut 4"x WOF, joined, then looped and subcut.  Bonnie's directions include how to press seams so that everything butts together smoothly when you step the strips up or down to create the pattern, something I wouldn't have had the foresight to do on my own.  I thought the unpicking might be a pain in the a**, but it actually wasn't that bad, and I really enjoyed putting each strip on my design wall and watching the pattern appear. 
Here I wasn't too sure..
But a few more strips and I was dancing around the sewing room, loving how cute it was going to be..
The top is just about together, I'm waiting for the border fabric to dry (damn rain).  We're headed to Chicago in less than 10 days, and I want it quilted and the binding attached so I can hand stitch it down as I visit with the family for a few days before the actual wedding.  I found the best background fabric too, but I can't show that til it's on..
I hope my cousin and her husband like it, and don't feel gypped that they're getting this instead of the more complicated Curlique, but hey, if she ever mentions it, I'll just help her choose new fabrics and we can make one together then. 


  1. okay jess, here you go again...yet another thing for me to what is said cut 4" x wof... smiles

  2. Wow it's going to be fantastic! I will definitely make this again - it give so much bang for the buck. Unless your cousin is an experienced quilter, I'm sure she won't realize how fast and easy this is, because it's going to look like a million bucks!

  3. Beautiful! I'm sure they'll love it. Great color choices.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Travel Quilt Story

**ETA-- Check out my completed Travel Quilt #3 here**

I don't know about you, but I check my blogger stats a couple times a day.  It's nice to see how readers find me, who has linked to me, and where they are.  In the last week though, there's been a gap, a hole.  I usually have at least a couple hits a week from readers in Japan, this week-- none.  Of course with such tragedy, I can't expect them to take time out (and use valuable electricity) to check in on my little ol' blog here, but still, the absence makes me worry about them even more.  I was thinking about how I can go back to  posting more about quilts but still satisfy my need to talk about Japan.. 

Victoria took this great photo of me at her retreat last weekend and I've wanted to write a post about it, and then it clicked, "Oh Yeah~" let's go back to the quilt that started me off on my EPP obsession..
Here we go.  Travel Quilt #1, aka "Ayane's Star" See, I was going to J…

Monday Morning Star Count, November 30, 2015

I have not even sewn one stitch this week.  I did manage to find my cutting table and mat, and it was nice to see them after what seemed like too long, but I didn't cut anything.  I didn't press anything.  I didn't do much other than ponder how I will organize my new space.

If you have stitched though, please tell us!

8 minutes for 25 cents

You don't realize how much you are actually going to lose when you go through a divorce.  You mostly think of the things you don't like and how you will be rid of them.  The things you'll gain like personal choice and freedom.  I knew I would lose big things.  Time with my children.  My home.  
But there are other things that are gone that have had much bigger impact than I could have anticipated.  Like my washer and dryer.  
I spend an awful lot of time at the laundromat these days, but also doing laundry wherever else I'm able to.  Not having free laundry access has greatly influenced my routines and the choices I make.  Not unlike when I lived in Washburn and would wear only light colors one week and only dark colors the next.  You choose clothes that wash easily and wear well.  You are strategic with your wardrobe choices based on when you can do laundry again.. ('I really want to wear these jeans when we go out to dinner Saturday night so I better wear ___ inste…