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New Accuquilt Pattern!

I have another pattern on the Accuquilt website.
Click Here for Pattern It is called Star Illusion!  It really is the simplest pattern ever.
I love Accuquilts new Qube block dies! They are easier to store and easy to use.  If you think cutting this quilt out by hand would be faster, I am here to tell you it is not.  It took my all day just to cut it with the dies.  Accuquilt has this awesome die reference for cutting with its dies. Link Here

1930's reproduction fabric was used to make this quilt.  It was cut using the GO! Qube 8" and GO! Qube 8" companion set.  It only requires two dies and goes together fast.  The hardest part of this quilt is organizing the rows to get the star pattern.  I laid out the blocks and pieced them in four patches and assigning a row letter and number to each.   I pinned the HST to each middle piece and stacked them in 4 patches with a label.  I chain pieced each 4 patch then stacked them with the label.
After pressing the 4 patches I then sta…
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Christmas is coming! Free Trio Christmas Tree Pattern

Don't you just love Christmas fabric?
All the beautiful colors and sparkle, especially the sparkle!
How about a free Christmas Tree pattern? Click Here
I originally had this pattern on Craftsy for free.  Since Craftsy took the ability to search for patterns away I decided to remove it.  Maybe a hasty decision! This pattern has been downloaded 10,000 times!  The only place you can get it right now is on this blog.

The first step in creating this pattern is to paper piece the Christmas trees. Next you will add the background and the bottom piece.  Adding the background for the curved tree is not hard but if you haven't done any curved piecing then this could be a challenge for you.



Once you have your tree block pieced, it is time to add the sashing. Add the sashing in between the blocks first, then add the bottom and top.  The last step is to add the side sashing.
Add the borders and you are done with the top!  This quilt was quilted on my longarm but you could easily quilt it o…

Free quilt Patterns!

I thought I would start the day off offering some of my free quilt patterns on my blog.
Most of these are available on Craftsy but I know not everyone has an account at Craftsy.

First up is a quilt I made for my Grandsons.  I call it "Which way is up!"  It is made with large flying geese.  Click for free PDF Pattern.

This quilt would look great in a variety of fabric.  I colored it in fabric from Laundry Basket Quilts and I think it would look fantastic with this color way!


Next is my "Rose Pineapple Quilt".  I love this little quilt.  The pattern does not include the appliqué you see in the picture.  It only has the paper piecing blocks. Click for Rose Pineapple Pattern.

The last free pattern for today is the Flying Kite paper pieced block.  Click here for the Flying Kite Pattern.  This is a fun block to make and a super simple paper pieced pattern if you have never tried paper piecing. I don't have a picture of the actual block I made.  I must of forgotten t…

Restoring a 1930's Quilt

What do you do with an old quilt top?
My step Dad's wife had a quilt top her mother made that she wanted me to create two quilts with for her daughters. The sashing was coming apart and the top needed a good cleaning.  It looked like it had some type of glue on some parts of it.

At first I thought I could repair the sashing and divide the top into two as she suggested.  But the sashing was partly machine sewn and hand sewn.  Very strange.
So I decide to take it apart instead. After it was apart I soaked the whole thing in Retro Clean for a day.  Man the water was brown when I went to pull it out! I nice cold rinse and I quick toss in the dry on a cool setting.

I then Ironed and starched every piece.  After that I trimmed everything even.  The sashing was different sizes.  No wonder it looked weird.  I don't have any pictures of the before quilt top.

I had a couple of sashing pieces that were damaged by the glue that I didn't want to put back in the quilt.  Because I divide…

Accuquilt Gone to the Dogs Pattern

Wow it looks like I haven't posted anything new in two years.
My life is crazy busy. I work full-time at an awesome company as a Information Analyst and I work part-time creating quilting patterns.

Lately I have been writing patterns for our local quilt shop.  The patterns are theirs, I am just creating the final product.  I have also been writing patterns for Accuquilt. I design the patterns, choose the fabric and submit it for consideration.  If they like it then I create the pattern for them.

Recently Accuquilt put the pattern and video out on their website.  It is called Gone to the Dogs. You can see the video here on Youtube. Gone to the dogs video.  You can also find the pattern on the Accuquilt site for free! Pattern.
This is a super simple quilt to make.  It is made using Accuquilts amazing Qube dies for the Go! Cutter.  This quilt uses the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block and the GO! Qube 12" Companion Set-Classics. You will need the rectangle die from the fi…

Color Splash DWR (Double Wedding Ring) Quilt is Finished!

The first time I remember ever seeing a Double Wedding Ring quilt was about 20 years ago.  
I had finally came to a place in my life where I could afford to get a new bedspread for my bed.  I had never spent the money to buy a bedspread! I was always too poor.

When I went to the department store I found this lovely wedding ring quilt! It was on sale but I think I paid almost $200 dollars for it! That was a big purchase for me. That quilt is still in the family, though it was a quilt from the department store I loved it just the same.

Last year I started thinking about that quilt. I thought I would like to make a double wedding ring but I didn't want it to have a bunch of flower fabric in it as in the one I bought. I also wanted the rings to be bigger. I am a trained drafter and I have always created my own patterns for all my assorted hobbies! So I went to work drafting rings in the AutoCAD program I use.  I really had no idea how the original wedding ring patterns were created but I…

Road to California Quilt Show

I live in California, Bakersfield to be exact!
Last week was the Road to California Quilt show in Ontario, Ca. My friend and I decided to go last Friday.  I wasn't feeling great that day so I asked my husband to go along and drive us down to Ontario.  He is such a good sport.  He carried around my purple backpack for me and talked to all the longarm reps about their machines.

He even told me to get a new machine because I said I liked the way the APQS machine stitched! Crazy guy! I was tempted but I am a little more practical.  I have been trying to plan for retirement so I don't go too crazy on my spending.  I will be 51 in a few days but I only want to work until 60 if I can.

I thought I would post some pictures of the quilts from the quilt show.



I loved this butterfly quilt! I didn't catch the names of all the makers so forgive me if I don't post them. 

Here is my husband admiring one of the quilts!  The show got an interview from him to see why he was there! He kind of …