Bloggers’ Quilt Festival – Windowpane Quilt

I finished my Windowpane quilt just under the wire to make the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival going on over at Amy’s Creative Side!


The weather here is nasty but I did get some pictures thanks to two local news people who were shooting on location at the park downtown. (The story? “The crappy weather” according to the news anchor. Slow news day!)

When I first posted about this quilt, Melinda at Tilda’s Twisted Life left me a comment suggesting I layout the small squares I made for the back similar to the Greenfield Hill quilt at Film in the Fridge. So that’s what I did (thanks Melinda!!)!

This was my first foray into free motion quilting! I did a simple back and forth swirl (for lack of a better word) in each of the 9-square blocks. On the binding, I used a decorative stitch on my machine:

I’ll be mailing this quilt to my little sister, Elizabeth.

Kayse’s Office Curtains

My friend Kayse owns a speech therapy business and asked me to make curtains for her office. She pretty much told me to do whatever I wanted as long as it was kid-friendly. She has different colored circles painted on one of the walls, so I picked up a set of these curtain panels from Bed Bath & Beyond:

Bed Bath and Beyond - Self Expressions 84in Pop Circle Window Panel
Photo from Bed Bath & Beyond

I cut them in half and added piping I made from a blue and green stripe fabric I found at a local fabric store. I used leftover blackout fabric for the backside of the curtains.

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Here is the before picture (curtains came with the office space she rents):

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And here’s what it looks like now (sorry for the grainy iPhone pictures):

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Right when you walk into the office, there’s this window that looks directly into the room where the therapist works with the child. (The light in the room is off in this picture.) Kayse wanted a curtain here to give the child some privacy while still letting the parent hear the session.

I had just enough fabric left to make this curtain, which hangs on a tension rod. It looks the same on both sides.  I had some leftover brown fabric which I used to make the ruffle at the bottom.

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I think they turned out pretty cute, and Kayse was very pleased!

Fort Macon Block Tutorial

It’s my month as the quilter for the Hope Circle of do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee}, and this is a quick tutorial on the blocks we’re going to make. I’m calling this “Fort Macon.”

My inspiration came from the design of the stair rails at Fort Macon State Park in Morehead City, NC.

Here are the two blocks I made using this tutorial…Very easy, right?

1.  From each fabric, cut one strip 12.5″ x 4.5″ and two strips 13″ x 4.5″.

2. Take the 13″ x 4.5″ strips (all four of them – 2 blue, 2 purple) and make one cut to divide each strip into a 3.5″ x 4.5″ piece and a 9.5″ x 4.5″ piece.

3. Layout your blocks and sew together! The arrows indicate the direction I pressed my seams.