Guest Blogger: Meet Patti!

I have a guest blogger today for your enjoyment: my mother, Patti Everest! She’s fantastic and the woman that taught me to sew. Give her a warm welcome as she’s very excited!


As I started my journey of quilting little did I know what it entailed.  It has not been a smooth path due to many extenuating circumstances including a full time job, raising daughter, taking care of mother, and trying to please husband.  However, I know I am not the only one. I now have the time to enjoy it to its fullest and since my daughter quilts, much better than I, she challenges me daily.

My path started in the good old days of great summer school.  When I was growing up summer music programs prevailed.  I remember being excited to learn a musical instrument, though totally not musically inclined, learning a language, typing, and then sewing.  I continued sewing throughout school and college – clothes and more clothes – see, I am old.  There are only so many puckered darts and gathered sleeves that shouldn’t be or should have been in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s- I can’t remember and it got boring. 

We moved to Old Order Mennonite country in Canada and I learned something new.  Fabric can be used sewing a straight line – no darts, sleeves or anything.  Just two pieces of fabric right sides together and a straight line and I can make wonderful shapes and designs – a WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!  I was in my early forties when I discovered this wonderful new thing.  My daughter was about three.  I used to sit her on my lap to sew these great straight lines with tiny prints and colors like pink, blue and muslin.  We would go to the basement and she could be with me or ride a toy on the floor.  My husband’s aunt quilted and she would critique me (in a good way).  She actually showed me how to bury a knot – yes, we hand quilted no matter what size it was!

I have come a long way in the process of quilting and have decided I don’t like fussy things.  I am trying to embrace the Modern era of quilts and after much prodding I’ve found I quite like it.  However, I will embark on a new project using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and lots of his prints.  I may overwhelm myself but I need to try- my daughter taught me that. I find the simplicity of the modern quilt is quite enchanting in itself.  You can actually see all the beautiful quilting that is being done and not hidden in so many prints.  My quilting still is just straight line but I find the quilts I make are enhanced by straight line stitching. I’m slowly attempting to try free-motion quilting- still a little scared of it.

Some of my challenges from our local Modern Quilt Guild are attached.  I blew everyone’s mind with my dresden plate block – it was wonderful!

Modern Quilt Blocks

I credit my daughter, who writes this blog, with making sure I am kept up to date in the modern era.  I look at some of my old quilts now and wonder what I was thinking but that is learning and growing, isn’t it?  They still look beautiful and provide a history of my quilting experience. 


Blogger’s Quilt Festival- Mini Quilt

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is back, hosted by Amy Ellis, and I’m entering my Mini Shadow Block Quilt from a recent quilt along. As soon as I saw the pattern I knew just the perfect fabric for it: sloths!

Mini Shadow Block Quilt

This adorable mini makes me smile everytime I see it. How can you not love the sloths? It was important to me to make the shadow dark to enhance the color of the cutie-patooties. In contrast, I chose a bright binding to finish it off and an even more shocking color for the back.

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Thanks again to Amy for this fantastic festival and be sure to check the other quilts out and vote!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival- Small Quilt


Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side is once again running the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and I thought I would jump in this time! I’m posting in the small quilt category as my quilt measures about 56″ x 70″ and I’m entering the first quilt that I entered in a quilt show. It was an experiment in color and pattern for me; I wanted to create a quilt of nothing but patterns but with a solid color to make everything “pop” out.

Front of the Quilt

Front of the Quilt

This was definitely a quilt that took me time to do because of all the patterns in one area. It was foundation paper pieced, which I absolutely love doing, but there were many panels to it to create the pattern.

Thank you to Amy Ellis for this fantastic festival and be sure to check out the other quilts and vote!

2016 Cloud 9 Block Blog Hop

Cloud 9 Block Colors

Cloud 9 Block Colors

I promised myself earlier this year that at some point in 2016 I would design my own block. Luckily for me, Cloud 9 gave us blogger newbies an offer that I couldn’t refuse! These gorgeous colors are the perfect epitome of transitioning from summer to fall and it inspired me to create a block. I have throughly enjoyed this process and can’t wait to make more!

Cloud 9 gave us this phenomenal palette of colors to work with chosen by our leaders and I’m excited to present my block to you!

Crossing Squares


I’ve written my tutorial with a lot of pictures and step by step instructions so beginners can follow along. If you’re more experienced it’ll be a cinch. To use the foundation paper pieces pattern click on the link below. You’ll want 4 copies of it to complete the block.

Crossing Squares Pieced Pattern


  1. When I’m using multiple colors I always write down what goes where so I don’t get confused. I try to make a general idea of the color name and write it down.


2. To make the process easier cut the following pieces:

Berry: (8) 4″x4″

Orchid: (4) 4″ x 6″

Gray: (4) 1″x10″

Turquoise: (4) 4″x10″

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3. Flip the pattern over so the fabric is always placed on the unmarked side. Center the Orchid piece over the marked area and place a berry piece on top.


4. Carefully flip the pattern over and sew along the line between A1 and A2. when finished, it should look like this:


Fold the paper along the sewing line to show the excess seam allowance. We’ll want to cut that extra off. I use an add-a-quarter ruler but you can easily use a ruler; just be careful that it doesn’t slip.

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5. Press the pieces open. Since my iron is across the room, I use a wallpaper-roller-like tool made for sewing. It presses the seam nice and flat so I don’t get up all the time.


6. Using a heavy piece of paper (I use a business card or, usually, those junk postcards in the mail) fold on your next sewing line to expose the extra seam allowance. Using the 1/4″ from that line cut off the excess.



7. Place the remaining piece of berry fabric on top of the orchid piece like the first one. This time you’ll sew on the opposite side.

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8. That part of the block should look like this:


Next, flip the block over and again, using a card, fold the paper back along your next sewing line and trim the excess. (I find this makes it easier when lining up fabric and reduces the chance of using that darned seam ripper.)

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8. Place the gray strip over the fabric for your next sewing line. Again, stitch and press.

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9. Now that the gray strip is pressed you can easily trim the excess seam allowance as we’ve been doing. Since it’s such a small width, I usually hold the piece up to the light to gage just how far over that line it is.


Since it’s over a fair amount, I’ll trim the excess off. (If it was about 1/2″ then I would just move the next fabric piece down a smidge.)

10. Place the turquoise piece along that gray seam line and stitch. Fold the paper, measure, trim, and press.


11. We’re almost done! Fold, measure, and trim along that blue area to get rid of excess seam allowance. Next, line up the sky blue piece along the edge. Stitch.


Press it open and your block should look like this:


Congratulations! The hardest part of the sewing is complete. Flip the block over and trim all the fabric down to that block with the 1/4″ edge.


Create 3 more blocks exactly the same. Once they’re all ready to go, place two right sides together matching up the patterns. Stitch along that 1/4″ line and press open. Do the same with the other 2 blocks.


Finally, sew the two long pieces together and press. Ta-da!


What I love about this pattern is not only the sharp angles but when you create a bunch of blocks and put them together they create their own pattern.


I’m thrilled to see all these gorgeous blocks and am honored to be among them! Check them all out below for some great inspiration!

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood


Mini Shadow Block QAL

I was happy to be a participant in a mini quilt along! We all used the Shadow Block Mini Quilt from Studio Dragonfly Quilts and it’s so much fun and super easy! When I saw it I immediately knew what fabric I was going to use and was able to fussy cut it! I had a little bit less time than others did ( I had two days) but I quite love how it came out.

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I also used Grunge by Moda fabric which is my absolute favorite. I found a gorgeous green but it would have looked odd using it for binding so I used it on the back.

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I used a new batting which I’m not thrilled with. I love Quilter’s Dream but I won a package of Dream Puff at our guild meeting and thought I’d use it for this. Is there a secret to it? I kept finding that it would throw my fabric off kilter and make everything wonky as I was quilting it. What are your thoughts?

Check out all the wonderful versions of this quilt at the blogs below!

Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch

Janice Holton at Color, Creating and Quilting

Debora Exum at Studio Dragonfly

Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication

Bonnie Stapleton at Institches with Bonnie

Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter

Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter

Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne

Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts

Mary Schuberg at Needled Mom