Thursday, July 24, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

I’m ready for some of my blocks to start looking like a quilt.  Let's start adding sashing squares to connect the blocks.  If you have been diligent in attaching background honeycombs to your blocks, you should have several blocks ready to start stitching into rows.  For the sashing connectors you will need sashing fabric and the small 1” square paper pieces. 

Selecting fabric for the sashing can seem overwhelming.    We’re using so many different colors in the blocks it may seem like an impossible task to select a color that will go with everything, but I have purposely not selected a fabric to recommend because I want you to select a fabric that will make your quilt your own.  That may sound like a “chicken’s way out,” but as I learned many years ago from teacher and setting expert, Sharyn Craig, all colors work together – just look out at your flower garden if you don’t believe me

The color you select for the sashing will set the color tone for your finished quilt.  If you want to pull out the purple colors in the blocks and end up with a purple quilt, use a purple sashing fabric...or change the word purple to red…or blue…or gray.  The choice is yours and will make your finished quilt distinctly yours.  There is no right or wrong so don’t be afraid to make a decision – just select a tone-on-tone fabric you love in your favorite color! 

 Here is the fabric I selected to use in my quilt:

I purchased approximately 3 yds. of sashing fabric to make my quilt the size of the original Lucy Boston quilt.  For a smaller version, buy accordingly.  If you’re fussy cutting it’s impossible to calculate exactly how much you’ll need, so buy generously!

Sashing squares will be prepared the same way as the honeycombs. I am not doing any fussy cutting for the sashing so I simply cut the fabric into 1½” squares with the rotary cutter and glued them to the square paper pieces.  If you plan to fussy cut, use the 1” square acrylic template for placement when cutting.  
***Note:  If you measure the square acrylic template you will see that it measures
1 7/8” instead of the 1½” cutting measurement I used.  The template allows for a 3/8” seam allowance which I felt made the small squares too bulky so I chose to cut slightly smaller, but if you’re fussy cutting leave the seam allowance as it is on the template.

Once your square shapes are prepared, sew them to your blocks using the same technique you have been using to sew the honeycombs.  The squares are small so there is a lot less stitching and the blocks go together quickly.

Voila!  A good start to the first row!

I’m using the setting from the “Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses” book for my quilt, but there are other ways to set the blocks together.  I’ve posted just a few quilts using different settings on our pinterest page.  Click here to check them out. 

This Lucy Boston Blog Along started on April 3 and posts every Thursday.  Click here to go back to the first post.


Monday, July 21, 2014


This commissioned quilt was beautifully pieced and hand quilted by Pat who gave Mary Ellen all the credit for selecting the fabrics for the quilt! It turned out to be one of Pat’s favorites and she wished she could keep it for herself.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A reason to quilt more

For those of you who are worried you're spending too much time quilting, or, maybe your family is complaining because there's no dinner on the table...
here's scientific proof that maybe you should be quilting more!
Click here to check out a recent NPR report on a scientific study that used quilting in its research to determine the best ways to prevent memory loss.  Quilting was one of the top success groups!  Are we surprised by that?

Patchwork of the Crosses

It's time to get back to stitching.  Here is Block 7:

And, here are the fabrics I started with:
Can you see where I cut to get my center design?  If you're having trouble, focus on the little pink diamonds and locate them on the fabric.  There are so many ways to use this stripe fabric - I can't wait to see the blocks you create!

Let us know how you're doing with your blocks - post your comments below.

Just a reminder, new fabric packs are available for pick-up in the shop.  If we're shipping them to you, they've been mailed and you should have them soon.

Click here to return to the beginning of the POTC posts - they started in April and I post every Thursday.
Click here to check out our Lucy Boston Pinterest board.  We're posting all the pictures you send us and there are some beautiful blocks to see!
Go to our website here to reorder glue pen refills,  paper pieces, or other supplies.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Barb who was the first person to bring in a finished quilt to Little Quilts for the Row by Row Experience Shop Hop.  For her quilt, Barb selected her eight favorite row patterns from all the shops she visited in Georgia and Tennessee, and then came up with this cute setting idea.  
As the winner, Barb got to pick twenty-five fat quarters for her prize.  From the looks of what she picked, I'd say her next quilt is going to be blue and white!  Congratulations, Barb!

We hope all of you are visiting lots of fun new shops during this Row by Row Experience Shop Hop.  It's been exciting for us to see visitors from many different states

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A work of art

Store manager and Baltimore Album Applique teacher, Wanda Hizer (on the left) finished hand appliqueing this gorgeous 92" square quilt top several years ago and recently had it machine quilted by Michelle Wyman (on the right).  Michelle quilted around all the individual applique pieces and finished the center with cross hatching.  

The outer border was quilted with a beautiful feather scroll design.  The wool batting gives the quilting a trapunto look.  The applique pattern is 'Mrs. Brown's Quilt' by Terry Clothier Thompson.

Monday, July 14, 2014

More of the Simple Whatnots starting in August

More of the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club

Here is one of the quilts in the Simple Whatnots collection

This is the Meandering quilt.  Beautiful scrappy quilt with easy square in square surrounded by four patches.  Just looks yummy with all the wonderful scraps.

Another quilt in the Simple Whatnots collection is  the Laundry Day quilt.

Laundry Day
Love this pattern with the wonderful star in the center of the quilt and the pieced border.  This will look beautiful for any table setting or wall hanging.

Remember to sign up on line or come see us in the store.

Can't wait for this one to start.

Click here to sign up.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What it's all about

When Ann, a long-time member of Little Quilt's Prairie Women Sewing Circle, passed away recently, her husband brought in the last quilt she had been hand quilting and asked if we could finish it for him. So, we hosted an old-time quilting bee!   All Ann's friends from the Prairie Women club spent the day finishing the quilt and sharing memories of Ann.  There's one thing we knew for certain - Ann would have loved the idea of a quilting bee!  Everyone was so happy to be able to finish the quilt for such a dear friend and we know her family will enjoy the "warm hugs" from Ann they receive every time they use the quilt.  Ann's husband will be taking the finished quilt to North Carolina where he's moving to be closer to family.