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Domino Quilt Pattern


Hooray! I just finished a new pattern for my Etsy shop! I’ve made this quilt about ten times and I really love the design. The design was inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest of some beautiful modern dominoes. It’s so simple and even though there is a lot of white it feels colorful. I’ve found that primary colors work really well, but I’ve also made a pink and green version that is very pretty.

The pattern is great for beginners because it does not require precise piecing. There are only nine pieced blocks and the rest of the quilt is made of large pieces of the background fabric. You can definitely finish this project in a weekend–especially if you machine sew your binding.

Here are some other versions in different palettes. I might make one with a dark color background next–maybe navy? It would also make a really pretty table runner–hmm. I think I may have my next project!



Lady Harvatine block quilt–WIP

LHblockI’ve been thinking about making this quilt for some time and after lots of cutting out pieces it was so fun to start laying out the design. I wasn’t sure how I to arrange the pieces so I just went for random placement and (ta-da!) I think it looks great! I really love this pattern by Liz Harvatine aka Lady Harvatine. Liz is a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and she designed this block for their block of the month series.

The quilt is for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. I wanted to make a variation on a double wedding ring quilt with gold tones and this pattern makes it modern. I especially like how some of the circles are broken (see that gap on the left?); it gives the design a really nice fluid feel.

I’m starting the piecing tonight. I hope I do OK with all those curves. If you know of any tutorials for piecing curves I’d love to hear about them!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced!

Four times eight, a new modern baby quilt

drape I’ve had it in mind for months to make a baby sized version of my Three Flocks design. My starting point was a lovely print from Leah Duncan’s collection called “Morning Walk” that I picked for the backing. I guess I am literally working back-to-front, but it works for me! The print is so charming and subtle–I love that it hints at floral but is still a simple geometric pattern. I took my palette for the flying geese from the print’s muted primary colors and added some salmon, peach and aqua.

My original “Three Flocks” quilt has three big triangles made of decreasing rows of flying geese triangles. I knew that I would only have two “flocks” in a baby size quilt, and would have one less row in each big triangle. Once I had all my triangles made and ready to arrange, I discovered the design just didn’t look right in the smaller frame of the crib size quilt. Something about having two big triangles made the design feel sort of heavy. I think that old design theory–things are always better in odd numbers–must be right!

fullOr maybe not, the design I ended up with has eight blocks of four triangles–nothing odd about that. This layout seemed to fit the size of the baby quilt better and gave a little more breathing room for the colors.

The binding is Kona Ochre, also used as one of the triangle colors. I played around with different options for the binding (including some patterns!), but I really like the warmth of the ochre. I can’t resist adding this picture that includes the newest member of our family–Olive!


I’ve added this quilt to my Etsy shop!

Carolyn Friedlander pillow and the pleasure of patterns

IMG_0552I haven’t posted in ages, but I’ve been busy sewing! It was really nice to just make stuff for a few months without thinking about taking pictures or how to try and make it interesting. Do people really want to read about the felted bunny I made to fit into an Altoid box bed?

But, this pillow is just too gorgeous not to share. I can say it’s gorgeous without feeling like a braggart because all credit goes to Carolyn Friedlander‘s creative genius. The pillow was made following her Botanics pattern, using some of her Architextures fabrics, and solids that seem very much in her palette. Even though I really love coming up with my own designs, following Carolyn’s pattern was so much fun. No worrying about how things would come together, no decisions to make, just following steps to make something that is an instant classic. Following this pattern was a great learning experience, too. It seems a little counter intuitive, but following a pattern can be a really creative experience; you learn new techniques and try out different designs and colorways. By working on this project, I feel like I got a tiny dose of Carolyn’s design DNA that will help evolve my own projects–good deal!

Another Three Flocks finish!

three-flocks-35Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl finished this lovely version of my Three Flocks pattern and kindly agreed to let me post about it. I really love the way she accented the large triangles with her quilting, and the swirls are so fun.

Here is the back. She used the little triangles left over from making the flying geese blocks to add a pretty detail to the back. It reminds me of origami. I’m inspired to use my bag full of corner scraps. I knew I saved them for a reason!

three-flocks-38Nice work, Yvonne! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

Daybed quilt – free pattern


This daybed quilt is very easy to make and can be customized to fit any size daybed. The design is essentially an off-center housetop. The main solid color is the only part that shows when your daybed is made up–plain and simple by day with some hidden quilty loveliness.

Make Your Own!


  • Quit top: Three solid colors (approximately two yards of your main color, and one yard each of your two accent colors.) Small amounts of print and contrast color if you want to add some pizzazz.
  • Binding: About one yard quilting cotton.
  • Backing: About three yards for a twin size quilt. More for a larger quilt.,
  • Cotton batting and thread.

First, measure the area of the mattress top. Cut a large rectangle of your main color (I used Kona smoke) the same dimensions are the mattress top plus one or two inches all around.

Next, determine how much overhand you want. I added about 12 inches to three sides–to allow the quilt to tuck neatly into the mattress. Cut enough three or four inch strips in your second color to frame your main rectangle.

Add the rest of the length and width to the bottom and edges. I added two thin strips of orange and a floral Liberty print to one side to add some interest. I also chose to use the main color as the outside edge on one side, and my third color (Kone bone) to the bottom and other side.

I also added a tiny patch of the Liberty print to the right side and a patch to one corner, which was the result of changing the design midstream and rearranging some sections. These little details make a big difference in such a simple design. So, I highly recommend sloppy measuring and haphazard piecing.

IMG_2658I used a mix of wavy line prints for the backing and quilted on my home machine in a loose straight line pattern. I finished with a bright orange solid for the binding.

IMG_2751I hope this not very specific pattern gives you an idea of how the quilt was made. There is plenty of room for improvising! The cushion below is another adaptation of a simple housetop design. This time I used more colors and was very precise with my measurements. It gives a totally different feel.