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I apologize that it has taken me this long to populate my blog. Finding the time and project has been a big task.

Many Paths All Around BOM

No more excuses, here we go. I decided to start with the Many Paths All Around – BOM Quilt Pattern by Elisa’s Backporch Design. Coming into the quilting world from the garment sewing world, I was fascinated by the notion that you can sew on a curve without pins. What NO PINS? Amazing. For you experienced quilters and seamstresses, that may not come as new news, but I am intrigued.

So no pins does not mean no tools. As an engineer by degree, tools = toys and who does love new toys. Here are the new toys for my sewing room. Please note Elisa does include a paper template in her pattern for your to make your own 4″ Drunkards Path Template, but again I am a busy mom, it was worth the money to purchase the template outright.

4″ Drunkards Path Template

Sew Easy Tweezers

Sew Easy Tweezers

Finally, choosing the fabric. Here are my starting fabrics and were else do you start, but block one.

fabric  bloxk 1


Elisa’s Backporch Designs – Templates, Books, & Patterns

If you ever wanted to try a curve-y quilt, Elisa’s Backporch Designs is a good place to start.  Many of Elisa’s patterns are made with her custom made curve templates, which are easy to use.  Her instructions will guide you through easily sewing curves… no need to fear venturing off the straight and narrow!

3 1/2" acrylic templateThe Small Paths Template makes a 3 1/2″ finished block and is perfect for using charms square collections.  A free pattern, Small Paths, is included.  I’m using this template for the first time to make a mini table topper.  My charm pack has just 25 pieces, which translates to 25 blocks.  The finished topper will be 15″ x 15″ if I don’t add borders.  All the pieces were cut in just 15 minutes.  I’ll let you know how the sewing goes!


Curved Piecing BOM

While merely piecing the curved blocks randomly creates an interesting quilt,  Many Paths All Around shows the versatility and the possibilities of the curved block if you use a specific layout.  Each block is 16″ square and is comprised of 16 4″ blocks made with the Drunkards Path template.


Check out the video tutorials on the Elisa’s Backporch Designs website.  They are very well done, with clear camera shots, good audio, and clear, concise directions. After watching one of the videos you will approach curve piecing with confidence. While you are on the website, take a look at the Gallery of quilts.  These are one of a kind quilts made by Elisa Wilson. I tried to select a favorite….. couldn’t do it!


Designs By Alene – Redwork and More

Alene Ward designs a wide variety of patterns.  Her redwork ‘Me and Grandma’ and ‘Me and Grandpa’ designs are quite popular.  They are great for take along projects or evenings in front of the TV.  The Me and Grandma designs are also available on CD for machine embroidery.  Alene’s applique designs are inspired by nature, with flowers and birdhouses.

Sunbonnet embroidery


It’s a memory in the making, Me and Grandma in the Garden planting flowers.  This 9″ x 12″ (unfinished) redwork block can be framed and considered done, or make the rest of the Grandma and Me blocks for an entire quilt of twelve blocks all about “me and Grandma”.




Embroidery pattern


Not to leave anyone out, here’s one of the Me and Grandpa blocks.  This, also, could be a simple little wall quilt, or part of a larger six block quilt all about “me and Grandpa”.


purple flower applique




Irises for Grace is a beautiful wall hanging measuring 24″ x 42″. The flowers look three dimensional, don’t they?  These irises can also be a part of a larger quilt (86″ square) of the same name, Irises for Grace quilt pattern.


Cute Food Embroidery

Nostalgic Fruit and Veggie towels will bring a smile to your face… and to anyone who enters your kitchen!  Cute sayings are on each of them appropo to the fruit or veggie shown.  Choose to stitch as redwork, match the towel border, or the color that suits the fruit or veggie.  These would make a great hostess gift.


Applique Flower and Butterfly quilt block


One block of a large quilt called Nature’s Beauty, Roses Block #9 lives up to the claim.  Batiks would shine in all the blocks of this quilt…. lots of variations in color – just like in nature! Other blocks in the quilt include baskets, lilies, tulips, birdhouses, and more.



Designs by Alene also has a pieced Christmas table runner, a few combination pieced and appliqued holiday designs, plus a few patterns for practical items.


Apr 2, 2013 - BOM, Patterns, Wall Hangings    No Comments

Garden Trellis Quilt Patterns

Some of these patterns are so beautiful and realistic looking, you’ll almost smell the flowers.

clematis morning glory rose


Flowering Trellis has instructions for three flowers: clematis, rose,and morning glory.  Make a wall hanging, a table runner, or a banner.


applique flower




Garden Trellis by Evonne Cook of Clothesline Quilts showcases beautiful appliqued flowers scattered along the edges.  Lovely floral fabrics in varying shades have green sashing that simulates a trellis.  Instructions are included for three different sizes.


Pieced Flowers



Blooming Vine from Anka’s Treasures has pieced flowers surrounded green leaves on a white lattice.  Make a queen size, a wall quilt, or a table runner with the included instructions.  I’d love to see this with a light blue background.


floral quilt



Choose white, a solid color, or a wood grain look for your Garden Trellis.  Add your favorite blooming fabric and you have a beautiful garden inspired table runner to brighten up any room! This D Hall Designs pattern is 16″ x 35″.


appliqued flowers


Garden Trellis BOM will keep you stitching for quite a while making a beautiful piece of art for your wall, or for your bed.  Twelve apppliqued flowers, each on a square in a square block, give the quilt an on point setting look. Two tone sashing is woven to resemble lattice work.


Go ahead and sew up a flowering trellis…. you’ll never have to worry about watering!



Block of the Month – Now’s The Time!

Are you planning projects for this new year?  It’s a great time to start a Block of the Month quilt.

Each month you’ll get a quilty package delivered right to your door with fabric (yum!) and a block pattern.   Everything you need for that month’s block will be right there in one package.  Open it up and dive in or pack it away for that month’s sewing get-together.

Women Of Courage BOM quilt pattern

Women of Courage is a beautiful quilt with beautiful stories to go with it.  Each month, along with your fabric and pattern, you’ll receive a fascinating story of a brave and courageous woman in world history. Block of the Month quilts tend to be beautiful works of quilting art that are worthy of getting treasured and passed down – how wonderful to have a quilt filled with so much meaning.


Americana Block of the Month


Instructions for 50 different blocks are included with the Americana Block of the Month.  Sure, some of the blocks will be ones you are familiar with, but with FIFTY! blocks you’ll definitely learn how to make some new ones.


Star Light Star Bright Block of the Month Quilt Pattern



Do you love stars? Star Light, Star Bright combines stars and wreaths, piecing and applique.  Each month includes a 12″ block, a 9″ block, and a 6″ border block.


sew spooky



Sew Spooky is a 6 month Block of the Month, so this one can be finished in plenty of time for Halloween 2013!  Applique bats surround a neighborhood of halloween buildings – some of them friendly, and some of them spooky looking!


If you’ve never done a Block of the Month before, now is the time to start!   You’ll finish a fantastic quilt a bit at a time.  A quilty package will arrive every month.  All the fabric will be chosen – no need to try figure out what goes with what, and no need to buy a 1/4 yard when you only need a little piece.  What’s not to like?!

Jun 17, 2011 - BOM    No Comments

Fundamentals Block of the Month – 2 Winning Ways

Block of the Month projects are fun to do and are a great way to learn new blocks and techniques.  Fundamentals Block of the Month is a 12 month program.   With 50 blocks to make you will have plenty of opportunity to learn.  Although the number of different blocks seems daunting, that’s the beauty of a block of the month program.  You’ll make a few blocks every month…. you’ll look forward to receiving your new patterns and fabrics every month (feels a little like Christmas spread out all year!) and will want to dig in right away.  Before you get to feeling overwhelmed by the number of blocks and the task at hand, you’ll be finished with that month’s blocks.  At the end of the year you will have a quilt that will be worthy of becoming a family treasure… handed down through the generations.

One of two options is Fundamentals Block of the Month – Reproduction Fabrics is made with reproduction fabrics by Jo Morton and other designers.   The first month’s package is larger than the other months as it will include key fabrics that are used throughout the quilt, ensuring the same dye lot.  The next 10 months will continue with all the blocks. The last month will again be larger, containing the final blocks, sashings, borders and binding.  The only items not included will be the backing and the batting.

The second option is Fundamentals Block of the Month – Americana which is made with fabrics that represent the country spirit of America.  The first 11 months will be blocks and the last month will be larger, containing the final blocks, borders and binding.  

Both of these Block of the Month programs ship around the 5th of the month.  Choose you favorite fabrics and get started!