Making Quilted Tablemats

April 12th, 2014

I will be showing you how to make a one quilt block tablemat using your stash. I used spring colored fabrics to use with spring/Easter table décor. But you can do this with any block you like in the color palette you want to showcase.

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The block I am making is 10 1/2″ unfinished. I am making strip pieced panels of (4) strips 2 1/4″ x 22″. As you can see with the yellow rabbit fabric, I didn’t have a full length 22″ strip, so I used two shorter lengths. To make this block I made (4) panels, making each one different. I pressed the seam allowances all in the same direction.

I then cut 2 1/4″ wide segments from the panels. To make one tablemat, you will need one segment from each panel. I planned on making several tablemats, so I cut many more segments.

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Here are four segments laid out, ready to be sewn into a block unit. Sew them together, matching corners and pushing the seam allowances up or down, so that the corners match easily as you add each row. Press the unit and you are ready for the next step.

Cut (2) squares, 5 7/8″ each from a tan print fabric. Cut the squares once on diagonal to make (4) triangles from the (2) squares. Lay a triangle around the sewn unit on all four sides.

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Fold one triangle in half, finger press a crease on the long side facing the sewn unit. Match this crease to the middle of the pieced unit, right sides together. Sew the triangle to the unit. Repeat with the opposite side of the pieced unit. Press open the triangles and repeat to add the remaining triangles to the pieced unit.

Now you are ready to machine or hand quilt the tablemat! Layer the pieced top with batting and backing which are larger in size than the block. I chose to machine quilt as I planned on making (16) for our church café tables. So I pin basted and machine quilted a stipple stitch on each one.

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After quilting the tablemat, trim around the block leaving a 1/4″ beyond each sewing intersection on the middle of each side. Make your binding (each mat used  1 1/4 length of strips to go around the tablemat), sew it to the tablemat and hand sew the folded edge to the back. See the free tutorials on my home page for instructions to add binding if you haven’t done that yet.

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Here is the finished tablemat with a floral idea I saw on Pinterest. Jelly beans fill the glass around the bottom of the floral stems. Cute idea!

Happy quilting and Happy Palm Sunday and Easter!

Secret Jungle

March 17th, 2014

Last week I received some inquiries about the free pattern created for Clothworks’ collection, Secret Jungle, from 2009.

Candice Hoffman, director of Clothworks Textiles, kindly supplied the link to download the free pattern again and I put it in the January 2009 post.

I asked to see the creations the quilters made with the pattern. Janice Williams emailed with her quilt that she has just finished for her grandson who will be 12 years old, living in the UK

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I love it! Boys love black and white prints and the bright frames really show off the fabrics! Great job!

Looking forward to seeing more of your quilts!

Hop into Spring

March 15th, 2014

Our newest pattern has just been added to the catalog-Hop into Spring.

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I love the watercolor affect of the pastel light batiks!

Its super easy to make with the ninepatch background blocks and the flying geese border.

My daughter requested this spring tablerunner for her home and I have already made 3 of them-hers, one for our local quilt store in Bay City, MI and the other for her mother-in-law.  You can omit the Easter eggs for a tablerunner to use all spring.

The catalog page link is:

Happy Quilting!

Safari Chums

March 14th, 2014

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This is our new pattern, Safari Chums.

Its baby quilt size, 36″ x 38″. I was asked to create it by my daughter for her friend from high school who is expecting a baby girl. This is the girl’s version but changing the pink stripes in the zebra to black and switching the lavender for blue prints would easily make it a boy’s quilt.

You can find it in our catalog using this link:

An easy easy quilt to make!



March 5th, 2014

We have a new pattern to show you-Mosaics.


Do you love piecing with batiks and tonals? The fabrics came from Clothworks Textiles’s collection, Minerals-beautiful, rich tonals. Throw, queen and king sizes are in the pattern and you make the 18″ pillow with the leftovers.

Annie’s Catalog took the photo and you can order the pattern and kit of these fabrics from their catalog page:

Just two easy strip-pieced blocks are used to make this gorgeous quilt. A great pattern for beginners!

Irish Chain

February 25th, 2014

Irish Chain

I just finished adding the binding to this Irish Chain from Jinny Beyer for a client.  Its made with the fabrics she has designed. The kit is not available any longer but I want to show it anyway!

Her kits usually have mitered borders using the beautiful border fabric she designs. This time I followed her instructions on how to measure and sew the mitered border to the quilt. It turned out very well with the corner fabric design matching. Her instructions were easier than I expected and worth the time investment.

On her site she has free instructions that I used. The web page address is:

Music Makers

February 6th, 2014

 The quilt for Music Makers is done and up on our pages!


The blocks are easy to piece-a great pattern for any novelty fabric you own or want to do for that special person!

The quilt size is 59″ x 76″-a nice size for the guy who loves music. The fabric is Clothwork’s collection Maestro, currently in the fabric shops.

You can find Music Maker’s catalog page here:

Happy Quilting!

New Baby Hoots Quilt

January 11th, 2014

I finished the Baby Hoots quilt for my niece this week-in girl colors this time!

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She gave me the palette of grayed lavender with aqua, coral and gray. It was fun using prints in the owl tummies instead of solids which I did for my daughter’s quilt for her baby son.

The cover for Baby Hoots has been changed to include this photo as the main quilt with the blue version I did for my grandson included in the corner.

I’ve been wanting to show the fabric possibilities quilters can use with this pattern-its so easy to individualize it for your baby on the way!

Happy New Year

December 31st, 2013

I wish everyone who is visiting our site and blog a very happy New Year! I hope you have planned some excellent quilt projects to work on too. With the variety of quilt styles, fabrics, pieced or appliqued, it can be hard to choose which one!

We have some cute patterns coming up this spring-you can see them on our homepage. The samples will be using Clothworks Textiles fabrics but can easily use your fabric stash at home. Our homepage link is:

AND I will have ready soon a quilt pattern using tonal batiks and another pattern using vintage ladies hankies. Both have easy blocks and can be made in multiple quilt sizes.

My goal this year is to add patterns that use only precuts-a favorite with quilters and quilt shops! So look for more patterns to use up your stash.

Again-happy New Year-I pray it will be blessed for you and your family.


Lovely Flip Flop Jumble Quilt

December 17th, 2013

I love to hear from quilters who make our patterns!

Karen Elma just sent this photo of herself, her quilt loving dog, Persia, and her quilt made by her talented sister, Diane Abshier.

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Karen said Diane used fabric straps instead of felt so that Persia wouldn’t get his nails caught in the fabric.

Diane did a wonderful job choosing fabrics and placing them in the layout.

Thanks, Karen, for sharing with us your quilt! You must be thrilled to own it! Give your sister a big hug from me!