Shirley’s Quilt

Sherry sent me photos of a quilt she finished for Shirley, one of the members of our Slap Happy Quilters’ guild. Below are instructions for making this quilt as well as a photo of the members of the SHQ holding the quilt at the Christmas gathering. Shirley was not well enough to attend–and our prayers go out to her and her family. As you can see from the quilt, she has a beautiful sense of style and quilting.

Finished Size: 39 x 61 inches.

Medium fabric: Cut 55 bricks 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”.

If you are using yardage, cut 5 strips 6-1/2” across the width of fabric (WOF).

Rotary Cutting: Layer 6-1/2” strips and cut across them at 3-1/2” to get 55 bricks.

Accuquilt Cutting: Fanfold 6-1/2” strips across the 3-1/2” die and cut.

Light fabric: Cut 55 bricks 3-1/2” x 3”.

If you are using yardage, cut 5 strips 3” across the WOF.

Rotary Cutting:  Layer 3” strips and cut across them at 3-1/2” to get 55 pieces.

Accuquilt Cutting: Fanfold 3” strips across the 3-1/2” die and cut.

Sashing and borders: Cut 380 inches 3-1/2” wide.  These strips can be cut across the width of fabric or on the lengthwise grain.

Join these strips with a 45 degree angle seam by placing ends of strips at a right angle and stitching corner to corner.

Assembly: Sew light to medium as shown. Arrange 11 patches as shown and sew into a row.


Make 5 rows. Place sashing in between rows and add borders.

If you cut your sashing strips across the width of fabric remember that there is some ‘stretch’ associated with the grain across the width and lay the sashing strips flat across the rows and pin before stitching.



Slap Happy Quilter’s Guild, Christmas 2013


Are you Ready?

Seriously, have you finished all your gifts and shipped them? I suddenly realized yesterday that packages need to be in the mail–YIKES!! –my organization skills must have collapsed as I’ve been making cookies with the children and having coffee with friends instead of getting things packed and ready to ship. Thank goodness I go ahead and buy gifts throughout the year when I see things that are perfect for the people in my life. Got three packages to the post office yesterday afternoon just before it closed. However, there’s more to be done.

Every year I make personalized pillowcases for my children and grandchildren. Although I’ve been buying novelty fabric all year for these, I haven’t even started making them. So, that is my project for today–get the serger out and get busy on pillowcases. Will post pics when I’m done.

A Big Thank You to All

The Quilter’s Giving Bee is closed to donations and now the gifts are being tallied and the prizes are sent to the winners. This is a big shout out to SewCalGal for organizing and sponsoring this great event, the four blogger participants and their organizations, and most of all to all of you who contributed money and/or purchased machine embroidery designs from me as a donation to You will also find a post I wrote on the Craftsy blog for Holiday machine embroidered napkins for those of you who like to do machine embroidery on napkins. And for those of you who just want to use Christmas fabric to make napkins, here’s a link to a great tutorial for Nine Minute Napkins. I love cloth napkins and have loved making them using this tutorial. So many of the tutorials show how to fold the corners and trim, etc. This is so much quicker and easier for me. I also added links to these tutorials in my blog roll links.

Quilter’s Bee Giving – Countdown to Dec 15

This is just a reminder that there are only five more days to give to four good causes and at the same time, you can win prizes or place a bid at the auction. This is also a reminder that there are only five more days for the 30% off, 30% to Quilter’s Bee Giving at my embroidery shop. You can pick up some beautiful machine embroidery designs at a very good discount and give to a worthy charity at the same time. Be sure to enter the code: SALE in the cart at checkout for your discount.

Just to entice your appetite for machine embroidery, here are some pics of recent designs:

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