Sunday, March 5, 2017

Kathleen Tracy

Kathleen Tracy is issuing a monthly challenge on her facebook group "Small Quilt Lover's." The January 1 challenge was to make the 8 inch square house, which was not as easy as you would think! A lot of us had trouble getting the templates to print out to the correct size. I finally drafted the block in EQ, and forgot that when you paper piece, the block turns out facing the opposite direction. The January 15 challenge was to add the half square triangles around the block. The February 1 challenge was to make 8 square in a square blocks. 

The February 15 challenge is to add a border to the house block, and make 8 more square in a square blocks. I'm off to do that next!

I've never posted a photo of myself here on my blog, and thought I needed to update my "selfie." I'm sitting at my desk at work, I made the quilt behind me a few years back. The blocks measure 4 inches square. On another note, I had my beautician dye my hair blond on Oct. 28 and haven't had it colored since then. I'm letting my natural color grow out. Guess I am mostly gray and white now! So what you see is 4 months of no new coloring. Looks like I'll have another 4 months before the blond gets all cut off. 

Think I'll go make some square in a square blocks!
Till next time, keep stitchin!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

More Disappearing Four Patches

Here are a few more Disappearing Four-Patch projects from our Kindred Spirits group. Chera, above, made her cuts a different size, so her center block is a bit larger than our other projects. 

I love the soft colors she used for her project.

Here's another red/white/blue color palette, with a completely different feel to it. Darlene put her blocks on point and placed them in the border of her very patriotic-looking quilt. The dark blue/white centerpiece of the quilt is the 1800's Vintage Quilt again...see ModaBakeShop for the pattern.  Don't you just love the flags in the corners! Great job, Darlene!

These photos, above and below, are blocks that can be made using the Disappearing Nine-Patch technique. There are many other possibilities for laying out the blocks, too. 

The 2 blocks on the top of the design wall (photo below) are what you start with. Then, slice down the middle horizontally and vertically. (see block on the left)

The photo above is a year-long Friendship Quilt project that Anne participated in with her quilt guild. She packed a shoe-box with the pattern and some fabrics (the gold and off-white) and had her friends make 9-patches adding their own Christmas fabrics. When her blocks were returned to her, she cut them using the Disappearing Nine Patch technique. 

And lastly, is Pam's project, above, that looks like Anne's Disappearing Nine-Patch, only Pam used charm squares and just assembled the quilt as normal. 

We have a very creative group and it's fun to see how one pattern can be changed-up by each person that makes that pattern into something slightly different. That, to me, is one of the main reasons I enjoy sharing projects and time with other quilters. It's encouraging to see their creative take on a project.

Hope you enjoyed our little quilt show, till next time, keep stitchin!

Mary in Virginia

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kindred Spirits Quilt Group

Our Kindred Spirits group met at Stitch by Stitch Quilt Shop Saturday, Feb. 11. Our first project of the year was a very simple, little table topper. Finished it will measure about 7 x 16 inches. The blue one below is the one I made for our teaching sample. 

This project is called "The Disappearing Four-Patch Runner." Anne Wright shows the one she made up in red, below.

Celestia is our purple-loving girl, and how special are these two cuties that she made? I love that she bound them in purple also.

Tammy's little project is in red and white also. Very fun, Tammy!

My favorite is the one Charlotte made. Don't overlook the cute little hearts that dangle from the bottom binding! Such a darling little project, and just in time for her Valentine decor.

This project was our first of the year in Kathy Tracy's new book, Small and Scrappy. The project appears on page 42. The book is published by Martingale, and Kathy is one of favorite quilt designers. You can also follow her blog at and her facebook page, Kathleen Tracy's small quilt lovers. She frequently posts free patterns. We are also doing a small sampler quilt this year....see the files section of her facebook page.

Till next time, keep stitchin, friends!
Mary in Virginia