Hugs and Kisses Quilt

We have increased our family by two grandsons in less than 24 hours, so it’s pretty hard for me to concentrate enough to write a new blog post. Thus, I am going to share an old quilt with you. This quilt was made in September 2006 for the retirement of a staff member. She was loved by all, as you can tell by the quilt that we made for her.

The quilt was designed, pieced, and quilted by me, but lots of love came from all of her co-workers. The  background is 2 x 4″ patches. We pressed the fabric onto freezer paper and provided fabric markers for everyone who wanted to sign.


Hugs and Kisses Quilt for Sadie


More Hearts

This is a busy morning – I’m going to have a fifth grandchild today – so won’t write much. Here are some new hearts I digitized over the weekend. They’re a little fancier than my usual, but pretty all the same. They fit the Accuquilt heart 2″, 3″, and 4″ die.



Adding Hearts to the Bow Basket Block

Here’s another step. Hope you’ve finished your basket blocks. I have done quite a few, but my goal was 18 blocks for three projects and there are still several left to go. I am also going to have to cut and make one extra because my first test block didn’t size correctly because of my uneven stitching. That’s a lesson – always make a test block before cutting them all. How could I have been so sure of myself that I forgot that step?


Finished bow basket block

Here’s the first step:
Hoop the stabilizer and stitch the placement lines onto the stabilizer.

Take a finished basket block and apply a fusible stabilizer on the back of the block. I use Totally Stable by Sulky, but I am sure there are other stabilizers that will work. You can see it on the back of the block below. Then find the center of the block on the red/white triangle by folding and matching the red/white line and corners.

Finding the center of the basket block

Put a pin through the center crease at the seamline and match it to the center mark on the stabilizer.

Pin at center crease
Match center to stitched center on stabilizer

Then use pins to match the top center and the lines on the stabilizer.

Center pin matching stabilizer guidelines


all points matching stabilizer guidelines


Use straight pins to attach block to stabilizer being sure points are matched to stabilizer guidelines as you insert the pins.

Attach block to stabilizer with straight pins

Stitch the die lines onto the block. If, for any reason, the die lines do not stitch in the correct position, take the stitching out at this point rather than proceeding and stitching the hearts in the wrong position (ask me how I know!).

stitched die lines on basket block

Fuse the hearts into place on the die lines and complete stitching on the machine.

completed block

The first couple of blocks I made were just a little off, but I quickly got into a rhythm and am making beautiful blocks. You might want to try the embroidery on a plain block first, just to get a feel for it. The design is in the web store and is included with the center motif design. 

Mini Iron Holder / Stand

Someone asked me to show a photo of the mini iron holder that I made. It is very simple. I used scrap wood (see how some of the corners are missing and there are extra holes where someone drilled) and coat hangers that I got at Lowe’s. To hold the hot tip of the iron, the Clover metal stand is attached with screws to the wood. The only reason I made it this way was because all of these supplies were in my tool closet and the stand for the hot iron was needed at that moment. Had I been able to shop, perhaps it would have been designed better, but this works. The iron doesn’t roll away and the hot tip is safe. I have seen people use large glass jars for their mini irons. I also found some versions at Barnes and Noble and at (search for mini iron holder).


Valentine Projects and Blog Hop

This is the countdown to Valentine’s Day. It is 13 days away and the GO! Ahead and Share Some Love Blog Hop is 12 days away. And up until that time I’m going to be making Valentine projects. These include not only the blog hop projects, but also some little projects made with candy hearts like the Sweethearts Quilt and some mug rugs that you can give for gifts.

Here’s a review of the blog hop projects leading up to February 13 and what you will need to make them. This is a mystery/quilt along combined.

Project 1: Red and white medallion quilt – the design will be revealed on February 13 – Blog Hop Day.

For this quilt you will need:

4 each red and white basket blocks (finished 10″, unfinished 10.5″)

1 each hearts embroidery block (finished 10″, unfinished 10.5″)

4 each cut 10.5″ x 10.5″ white blocks

Border 1 (red): 2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 30.5″,

and 2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 34.5″

Border 2 (white): 4 each rectangles cut 1.5″ x 34.5″ and

4 squares (red) cut 1.5″ x 1.5″

Border 3 (red): 4 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 36.5″

4 each cut 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares

Border 4: 36 each 6″ finished half square triangles (red and white)

4 each (white) cut 4.5″  x 4.5″ squares

Border 5 (red): 2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 48.5″ and

2 each rectangles cut 2.5 x 52.5″

Binding: 220″ continuous 2.5″ strip for binding

Project 2: Red and white table runner here’s the design: 

Valentine Table Runner

For this project you will need:

2 red and white basket blocks (finished 10″, unfinished 10.5″)

1 hearts embroidery block (finished 10″, unfinished 10.5″)

4 setting triangles: cut 1 each 15.5″ square, then cut diagonally corner to corner two times to make 4 triangles

Border: 2 each rectangles 2.5 x 36″ and

2 each rectangles 2.5 x 16.5″

Binding: 90″ continuous 2.5″ strip for binding


Project 3: Red and white basket quilt – design will be revealed on Wednesday, February 8.

For this quilt you will need:

12 each red and white basket blocks (finished 10″, unfinished 10.5″)

6 each hearts embroidery block (optional cut 10.5″ white background squares with no embroidery) (finished 10″, unfinished 10.5″)

10 setting triangles: cut 3 each 15.5″ squares, then cut diagonally two times corner to corner to make 4 triangles

4 corner triangles: cut 2 each 8″ squares, then cut diagonally one time into half square triangles

Borders cut on lengthwise grain:

Border 1 (red): Cut 2 each rectangles 2.5″ x 56.5″ and

2 each rectangles 2.5″ x 46.5″

Border 2 (white): Cut 2 each rectangles 2.5″ x 60.5″ and

2 each rectangles 2.5″ x 50.5″

Border 3 (red): Cut 2 each rectangles 2.5″ x 64.5″ and

2 each rectangles 2.5″ x 54.5″

Binding: 248″ continuous 2.5″ strip for binding