Category Archives: Flimsies

Dawn to Dusk

It was fun to play with the Dawn to Dusk blocks.  I first laid out the blocks per the directions in the book More Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth.

Blah – maybe okay, but nothing special.  Try again.

I like the darker blocks around the edges with the lighter blocks on the inside, however the odd row in the middle is distracting.

Removing the row makes a positive difference.  Now all that is needed is a bit of color tweaking and the top will be ready for assembly.

Ta-da, the completed quilt top.  The pieced border was made with bits of the leftover jellyroll strips.  Don’t they add a playful addition to the quilt?

Time to start on May’s goals:

  1.  Quilt top Social Sharks
  2.  Finish the machine quilting of Batik Pineapple Blossom
  3.  Wool applique wall-hanging We Three Gnomes
  4.  Machine quilt Valley of the Kings flimsy

Happy Mother’s Day,


Journey of the Liberated Churn Dash Block

This journey starts in 2011 when I printed off the Liberated Churn Dash tutorial from the Sew Joy Creations blog.

Over the years I have looked at the directions and thought “some day”.  Some day happened when I was asked to make baby quilts and this pattern instantly came to mind.  One big block in pinks & purples would make a wonderful quilt for a baby girl.

To give proper credit for the block design, I checked out the Sew Joy Creations website for the first time in 11 years.  To my complete shock I discovered that the picture above is a smaller block laid on top of a larger block, not combined into one block.

Liberated Churn Dash QUILT by Sarah Vanderburgh of

The tutorial explains how to make the smaller block with the notation that Sarah from Sew Joy would make five of the bigger blocks.  I took that to mean that she would take five smaller blocks and incorporate them into the five larger blocks.  How I got this so wrong for so long is beyond me.

I have a bit of a stubborn streak, so I set out to make one large Liberated Churn Dash block with an inset smaller block.

The tutorial directions use a fabric foundation for sewing the scrappy fabric on, however I did it differently.  I made a freezer paper pattern which was then ironed onto the fabric and cut out.

The parts were numbered and a grainline indicated for the background pieces.  Before long I had a Liberated Churn Dash block.

The larger churn dash pattern with a cut out for the smaller block was the next step.

The most difficult part was sewing the small block into the large block – the rest is very easy.  In a couple of hours the baby quilt top was completed.

The top finished around 33 1/2″ x 34 1/2″.  In the interest of full disclosure, a narrow strip of gray fabric was added to the bottom left of the quilt.  I forgot to account for the seams of the larger block and didn’t want to chop off the points on the smaller block.  I could have used the same background fabric, but instead went with something different to add a bit of playfulness to the quilt.

Right now I am considering a butterfly panto-graph for the machine quilting.

So, how is your quilting journey going?


Applique & More Applique

Day 44 of 2022 with no fabric stash enhancement – does buying a kit count?  At this time I am just looking.

February is the month for baby quilts and the first top is completed.

There is always one that marches to a different beat, right?

The inspiration is this elephant quilt –

Anchored Living: Simple Applique Baby Quilts - Dinosaurs and Elephants

however I used the leftover elephants from this quilt.

Since I had my machine set up, I decided to finish the applique borders on the LBQ’s 2021 mystery Michigan.

I can’t even express how much I like this quilt and how proud/happy I am at the final result.  This one will be on my bed once it is quilted.

Now it is time to get started on the next baby quilt.  February is a short month, so I need to keep my focus on my goals.

Have a great week,

Happy Valentine’s Day


Party of Nine & Midnight

Thirty days into the new year and no fabric bought.  I wonder how long this streak will last especially with online fabric stores tempting me with sales & new fabric lines.

The last two mini projects on my January goal list are completed tops.  I made design changes from the original pattern for Party of Nine and Midnight.

This is the Party of Nine wall-hanging as designed by Kim Diehl

Tenth Simple Whatnots Miniature Club Month Seven | Party of Nine Quilt Kit

and this is my version.  I am very pleased with my changes.

The center strips dividing the 9-patches are narrower, I added an inner border and changed the border layout.    Surprisingly my version (30″ x 32″) is very close in size to the original pattern (30 1/2″ x 31 3/4″).

The biggest change I made to the MIdnight pattern is to the gray stars in the triangle units.  The directions said to make four gray stars and then attach the 2 HST to make a flying geese (as shown below).   It seemed like a lot of work for the star points to be cut off on two sides.

MIDNIGHT GRACE & GRATITUDE Simple Whatnots Club 10 Quilt Kit image 1

My first thought was to make the center only without the star points, however that idea didn’t quite work out.

Now it was on to Plan B – was it Plan D or E? – which was much better.

Even though the center of the stars is on-point and the center of the gray squares is straight, the whole top is much more pleasing.

January goal was met, so now it is time to start thinking about February’s baby quilts.

Stay warm and happy quilting


January Minis

It is January 21st and I haven’t bought any fabric this year.  LOL

I have been sewing like crazy and have four out of six wall-hanging tops finished.  That’s right – I added two to my list.

  1. Traffic Jam is a 2021 Whatnots Club pattern by Kim Diehl and measures 21 1/2″ square.  The border blocks have some very skinny strings which were a bit of a pain.

2.  Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) from the Simple Whatnots book by Kim Diehl.  I used the leftover strips from Traffic Jam to construct the center of this wall-hanging.

3.  Little Quilt Delights (18 1/2″ x 23″) was a UFO, but is now a finished top.  The three flower blocks are wool applique that were completed years ago, however three is not an easy number to work into a quilt and that is exactly why it remained an UFO for so long.  In the original pattern the wool blocks were made into pincushions, but I wanted a wall-hanging.

After finding the perfect oriental fabric in my stash, I came up with this layout.  The colors are not the typical wool colors which is why it caught my attention.

4. The Patchwork Basket kit by Edyta Sitar jumped into my online cart in December 2021.  It is a different style of basket and I liked how open and airy it is.

5.  Party of Nine is another Whatnots Club quilt designed by Kim Diehl.  This bin contains 50 tiny 9-patch blocks, so now I am ready to start sewing the center together.

6. And the last wall-hanging goal for January is Midnight (2021 Month Six Whatnots Club pattern).  I signed up for the 2022 Whatnots Club, so the biggest goal this month was to finish up some of the 2021 kits.

Not a lot of progess has been made on my hand-work project.  Here is a rough layout to help me distribute the light/dark colors through out the top.  Next up will be finding a background fabric for the triangles that will connect all the hexagons.

It has been snowing here, so I will wish everyone a safe, warm weekend.


Jurassic Park Quilt Part 2

Now that the pineapple border blocks are completed, it is time for the setting triangles.

The pattern directions called for squares cut diagonally twice which works great except for striped fabric.  Using this method with stripes, you get two triangles with vertical stripes and two triangles with horizontal stripes.  However I wanted all my stripes to flow to the center, so I needed to cut the triangles from strips instead of squares.

Also I wanted the stripes to wrap around the corners, so I cut QST for the corner triangles.  That was the easy part – now on to the center setting triangles.

As I mentioned in my last post, I did not have as much focus fabric as the pattern called for and my fabric is directional.  The first solution was to cut the triangles from strips instead of squares and the second was to add an inner border.  I sewed a 1 1/2″ green strip to the top and bottom of a vertical & horizontal focus fabric strip so that I could cut the top/bottom and left/right side setting triangles.

I used a stripe triangle as a guide to cut the inner setting triangles, being very careful not to cut into the strip fabric.  Once the first inner triangles was cut, I flipped the fabric over to cut the second setting triangle.  The strip set shown above provided both top and bottom triangles. 

I was very careful when placing the triangles to verify that the dinosaurs were roaming the quilt right side up.

The four borders were pieced and sewn to the center, leaving the corner units to be added last.

And the finished quilt top!  I am leaving the trimming of the outer border until the quilting is completed.  The binding will be the same green fabric as the inner border.

I was right though – the scale of the focus fabric should have been larger, however I am pleased with the final result.  It is colorful & bold and FINALLY a quilt top.

Next up is a small pillow for a gift and the next Whatsnot wall-hanging kit that just arrived.

Have a good quilty week,













Mexican Star V-3

In 2009 I made a Mexican Stars quilt top from a kit from Sew Batik.

As soon as it was completed I pulled fabric from my stash and made another one.

My plan was to make two more Mexican Stars – one with the stars shading from light to dark on a black background and one with HST instead of the curves.

Fastforward to 2021 and Mexican Stars Version-3 has finally been pieced.  I started with a fat quarter bundle of hand dyed green fabric and an Oriental black background.

This was a cut and sew sort of project to help me keep the greens organized for the transition from light to dark.  Once the center star was pieced, it was time to decide on the sashing fabric.

Umm – no, that sashing fabric won’t work.  I auditioned 4 or 5 different fabrics including golds before deciding on this gray Oriental fabric.

This is the stage of a project where all the doubts and second guessing come in.  What was I thinking?  This is never going to work.  The hand dyed fabric was a terrible idea.

The best thing to do is continue and trust my original vision.

Okay, maybe – just maybe – this will look okay.

Yes! – this is great.  The shading is more subtle than I expected, but I like the overall effect.

Mexican Stars was designed by Annette Ornelas and uses the peeled-back folded fabric technique.  The photo above is before the folded triangles are folded back and stitched down.

As you may have noticed, the second version of Mexican Stars is close to being a finished quilt.  I hope to have all three as completed quilts in the next month or so.


Biggy the Bee Completed

Last Sunday I quit sewing with only 6 seams left to do on Biggy the Bee.  The quilt top was finished on Thursday.  Yeah!

I like how bold and graphic this quilt is.  The only thing that I probably should have done differently was to have greater contrast between the grays in the wings.

Biggy is now loaded on the longarm and the plan is to get it quilted this week.

So what have I been working on this weekend?  This year I signed up for the Whatsnot Club from the Fat Quater Shop. 

In and Out is the kit for the third month and my project for this weekend.

Have a good week,


Quilty Vacation Days

This is the scene outside the patio windows last Sunday.  My estimate is that we recieved 10 – 12″ of snow.

However Monday’s view is of sunshine and blue skies.  The snow melted quickly and the roads were dry by Tuesday.

Yesterday and today were vacation days, making a four day quilting retreat.  The first goal was to move the EPP Rose Garden top to a finished quilt.

The top was completed last weekend, and I decided not to add any pentagons to the setting triangles.  It was one of those times when the vision in my head did not translate well to fabric reality.  So what did I do with all those pentagons that I had made?  Well I placed them on the back of course!

Rose Garden was loaded on the frame, machine quilted and sleeve/binding attached.  It should only take a day or two to finish the hand-stitching.

Today’s project is Biggy the Bee, a pattern by Krista Moser.

Have a good weekend,


Quilting on a Snowy Weekend

For the last three weeks, I have been piecing the Jewel Box quilt from Brenda Henning’s book Strip Therapy 5.   

Don’t those soft pastel batiks glow against the dark plum grunge fabric?  The biggest problem I had with this quilt is that the jelly roll had pinked edges which I find a challenge for accurate piecing. 

All the blocks made, laid out & pinned in place and – as you can see, this quilt is bigger than my design wall.   

The completed quilt top.

I cut the remainder of the block strip sets into 1 1/2″ segments for the second border.  I think it looks like a ribbon running over and under the background fabric.  The best part is that there are no leftovers from the pastel jelly roll.

The other change I made to the pattern was to cut the outer border width at 4 1/2″ instead of 6 1/2″, making the finished size of my Jewl Box is 78″ x 94″ instead of 82″ x 98″.

Now that this quilt top is finished, it is time to load the EPP quilt top Rose Garden on the longarm.

As for the “snowy” part in the title – it started snowing here yesterday evening and is still snowing as I write this post.  So far there appears to be around 12″ of accumulated snow and –  as you can imagine –  I am so happy that I am working from home and don’t need to worry about driving to work tomorrow.

Have a good week,