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Terry's 2021 Quilt Journal

December 29, 2021

And yes, two more today~

December 28 2021

Another two quilts finished and delivered to the dispatcher: one for an engine and one for a cruiser.  Two more were delivered just the other day ... same prints but opposite colors.

December 23, 2021

I'm finally back to making comfort quilts for the fire and police department vehicles.  Started by delivering two for the town's ambulances, and will bring a firefigher and a police quilt tomorrow. 

December 16, 2021

The Santa quilt is finished and ready for delivery next door to my young neighbor.  I free-motioned Santa's beard, hat and outline, then moved to my domestic machine to use my favorite serpentine stitch with the walking foot along the borders.

Between now and the holidays, I'll be working on charity quilts and maybe some pillow cases. The shop itself will be closing for good this weekend, but there is plenty of fabric left to keep me and my quilter friends busy with charity work for years to come ~ fun ahead!

I'll see some of you at the Georgetown Senior Center for Sit 'n Sews on second and fourth Tuesday afternoons.  

November 28, 2021

I finished my friend Mary's birthday / Christmas gift. I backed it with the golden yellow of Henry Glass's Folio line, and then quilted it by free-motion folowing the trunk lines of the trees.  I finished the quilting with my favorite serpentine stitch and walking foot qlog the borders, and then bound it with the orange blender. 

Novemer 19, 2021

Yes, I'm picking up speed now ... made another quilt top today, and will start quilting it tomorrow.  'Tis almost the season!Santa's book title says "The Nice Book."

November 16, 2021

Finished two quilts today, one for a long ago friend, and one to add to the library's raffle basket for the HOLIDAY ON MAIN STREET event in Georgetown the first weekend in December. The basket will include the quilt, a tea pot and cozy, various teas, books, and more!

The panel is called "Awaken" by Timeless Treasures.

This is a perfect lap quilt made with a sweet panel that
celebrates whatever you are celebrating!

November 10, 2021

Working on a new panel quilt; this one is for a friend from long ago.  Finished the top tonight, starting the backing and quilting tomorrow, planning to finish this one over the weekend so I  can begin another 'whole cloth' quilt for a holiday raffle basket. Stay tuned.
This is also a Timeless Treasures fabric surrounded by Twisted Ribbon borders of Henry Glass  fabrics,

September 30, 2021

And another Centenarian quilt is finished! This one is for the mother of a friend of a friend. I chose the beautiful blues of Maywood Fabric's "Silver Jubilee" line for the center panel, and found a free pattern online for the Twisted Ribbon border.  I tucked the ribbon border between two sashes using the same solid blue fabric and found that it really improved the illusion of the twists.  I'll teach the border construction at the Georgetown Senior Center where we meet every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. 

August 17, 2021

I finished another Centenarian quilt for a resident in town who will turn 100 this coming weekend.  Front, Back, batting and quilting are finished; just the binding and the label to go. 

This front has 14" blocks and 2" sashings

The backing has full width of fabric plus two 9" borders

And here is the binding and the label! Happy Birthday, Margaret!

August 12, 2021

I finished two placemats to go with the picnic quilt for the bride and groom, and will be giving it to them soon. I saw a placemat on Pinterest and from that photo was able to come up with something that went well with the quilt: each has a four compartment pocket for tableware, and rolls up and ties for easy storage in the picnic basket.  And to make it a bit nostalgic, I used pieces of the bride's grandparent's tableware. πŸ’”

July 24, 2021

The Wedding Picnic Quilt is finished and ready for a congratulatory label.  Final measurement 56" square ... or as Jenny at Missour star Quilt says, "just right for two bottoms." Ready to tuck it into the wooden picnic basket and deliver it sometime soon ... Not a gift to be brought to a formal wedding reception, after all. It would be one more thing for them to carry home! 
The quilt front made of 72 charm pack 5" batik squares set magically on point using Jenny's pattern (see post below.) the square is then bordered with a 2.5" inner sashing of circular designed batik and a 7" outer sashing of lilac batik, backed with a Henry Glass's dark green Folio cotton print, and bound with the same inner sashing batik.

July 1, 2021

A picnic quilt for a newlywed couple who patiently worked around the pandemic. This quilt pattern was shared by Jenny at Missouri Star Quilts, and is an interesting, easier way to create an 'on point' design. It begins as a 6 x 12 rectangular block of charm squares. The completed rectangle is then sliced into three triangles, one large and two medium. The mediums are then sewn together for form a second large triangle, which is then joined to the first large triangle, making a perfect square. Borders, backing, batting, quilting and finally binding will be added ... and it will be offered with a lovely wooden picnic basket to the happy couple~

See Jenny's video for this fun pattern~ Picnic Quilt

Step 1: the rectangle

Step 2: three triangles

Step 3: join two small triangles to form another large one.

Step 4: join two large triangles to form a perfect square!

Stay tuned for the borders and finishing 😎

June 27, 2021

Two more veteran quilts finished and delivered this week  One is a lap size  quilt for a Navy Veteran requested by his daughter in law her in town. As the local quilters' group is focused on making Vet Appreciation quilts for local, in town vets, I took this one on. With only a short window of time to meet her request, I used 10" blocks on the front, and a corresponding batik night stars over a dark sea for the backing.

The second Vet quilt is for my oldest nephew, who retired from the Navy after a  20 year career. This one is a quilt as you go made of 12" blocks with varied piecing and quilting, and backed with a checkerboard pattern of red and blue blocks with star joining strips on the front and back. 

June 11, 2021

 The wall hanging is finished and delivered to my daughter ... I added a one inch dark border to frame the design, and bound it with the light fabric. I'm pleased with the result, and happy to share the technique of making Half Square Triangles in quantity (eight from two ten-inch squares) at the Georgetown Senior Center in July. Here is where I learned the cutting technique:

It helps to have a photo or model to place the HSTs to form the pattern of an expanded star.

The quilting is done with my favorite Bernina serpentine stitch, set wide and long, and 'in the ditch' from center to corners, center to four side centers, and around the tiers of squares.  You might be able to see that better on the solid color backing: 


May 20, 2021

It took me several sessions on the floor to figure out how to position these half-square-triangle units to grow the original star block to a lap size wall hanging. I love playing with fabric blocks to make new patterns ... I had seen the original STAR block on a Facebook page,  and decided to try to extend the star outward.  To reach the 40" x 40" size took 100 HST units (ten rows of ten)  and a lot of re-positioning, but I finally have it. Now, to sew the rows together without messing up the arrangement ~ and then to figure out a pattern for quilting it!

The HST units are made from 10" squares, light and dark. Eight HSTs from each pair of squares requires 13 pair of squares, or 4-feet of both fabrics. Cut four10-inch strips from each bolt, then cut each strip into four 10"squares. This will give you the thirteen pairs of squares you need, plus extra fabric for a binding,  or maybe extra HSTs to decorate the back of the piece. :)

Quilters' Quarters will cut non-traditional lengths for customers, but as Rick would say, "measure twice, cut once, and always buy extra for your stash."

February 12, 2021 

This one is for a dear neighbor, who turns 93 tomorrow. I had put the Wilmington Prints' 10" flannel squares together to showcase the new fabrics in the shop, and then put it away when the fabric bundles sold out. I still had one bolt of the coordinating fabric, and so that became the back.  This quilt is a 45 x 45" square lap robe. It is put together in the same fashion as a "20 minute table runner", with the large size wrapping the smaller to form the contrasting binding. Easy to put together. No batting in the center...

I will add some quilting lines to secure the square shape... 

January 11, 2021

A new year, and one surely to be different than any I have lived so far in my seven completed decades.

Here is the first  quilt: one for an expected grand nephew, made with a favorite panel from Wilmington Prints titled TO THE MOON. 

I backed it with a Tasha Tudor woodland animal print and bound it with a 2 1/2" binding strip of batik. I had some blender fabric from Wilmington Prints and was able to add add 5" verical borders to the front panel and bring the overall size of the baby quilt to 35" x 45".

I free-motion quilted around the stars, owl, elephant and sheep, and had a lot of fun sewing circles to show the sheep's  fleece. 

I then used my walking foot to add border quilting with my favorite serpentine stitch to frame the panel center of the quilt, and used the same for the binding. 

You are invited now to go back to the HOME PAGE ( and scroll down in the right margin to find the Table of Contents, with links to my earlier years of Quilt Journaling. 

1 comment:

  1. I have only a few of these TO THE MOON panels left in stock. Panel measures 26" x 42".