Quilt in a Hurry

Well, it’s that time of year – graduation, and all the excitement that goes along with it.

My family was recently invited to a graduation for Kelly, the little sister of my daughter’s best friend. My first thought was – how did it come this quickly? My second thought was – I don’t have a quilt ready!
Honestly – we got the invitation in the mail, and didn’t realize she was graduating this year!

For her older sister, my daughter and I had made a very special quilt that was meaningful to us and the recipient, with pictures and memories. But with such short notice, there just wasn’t any way to do something similar for her sister. And yet she’s very important to us and my daughter and I wanted to make her a quilt.

After a little thought, we decided there isn’t anything faster than a Turning Twenty quilt pattern. We used book number 3 – Turning Twenty Around the Block. Yes, you’ve seen me blog about these quilts before, but it’s true – the Turning Twenty patterns make up quickly and can be very versatile, allowing for framed ‘pictures’ in each of the blocks if you choose. It’s also a vibrant pattern (at least if you use a good contrast color) that catches the eye of the viewer – perfect for a young woman.  If you’ve missed my earlier posts, just click on the link above, or check out the website of the designer, Tricia Cribbs.

Kelly grew up so fast, we weren’t sure what her hobbies were or where she was going to school next year, but we did see her drive by our house everyday in her yellow and black FJ Cruiser.

So we thought we couldn’t go wrong with a yellow/black quilt.  I checked out my fabric stash – can you believe I only had to go to the store and buy 1 fat quarter to make this quilt happen?!  (Okay, perhaps my stash is a little large.)  As you can see in the picture below, we decided to make black the predominate color, as a quilt with more yellow than black could be hard on eyes that were overworked from study!

My daughter and I got busy and made this a team effort. I cut out the blocks, she sewed them together, I quilted, and we both worked on getting the binding done. It took a couple of late nights (but to me that really was easier than going shopping at a mall).  After all the other guests had left we stayed and visited with her parents.

The last time we saw Kelly that afternoon she was headed to her bedroom with her new quilt wrapped around her, saying “I Love my new quilt.”. Was it worth the extra hours staying up late to get it done?  You bet! I also got the bonus of extra quality time with my daughter – which is always welcome.

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

Free Pattern: Line Dancing Quilt

I recently had the pleasant task of interviewing Tricia Cribbs, author of the Turning Twenty® books as well as many others, for the OLFA trade newsletter.  While we were talking, Tricia volunteered a free pattern that she thought my readers would appreciate seeing.

So now, without further ado – here is the picture of the Line Dancing quilt – made up in beautiful summer colors.

Line Dancing Quilt

And here is a link to the downloadable pattern – Line Dancing
Please keep in mind that this pattern was created by Tricia, and credit for the quilt pattern should be kept on any printed or downloaded copy.  Tricia and I both thank you very much!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

Photo Fabric – not just for pictures!

As I promised in Friday’s Post “Tips on Using Photo Print Fabrics“, today I want to share with you a quilt that my daughter is making as a gift for a friend of hers.

She choose to make this quilt a little differently, rather than using photos, she choose Bible verses that were meaningful to the person she is giving the quilt to.  So yes, as I said in the title, photo fabric is NOT just for pictures – we should probably call it ‘printer’ fabric, because that’s more appropriate.

This is just one of the blocks in the quilt. The only thing in this project that differed from the instructions I gave you on Friday’s post (see link above) is that the ‘image’ in this case is wording. So rather than locating a picture on her computer, she created the image using software on the computer. A text image like this could be created using a word processor or a graphic editor, whatever works best for you and you are most comfortable with.

This quilt was made using one of the Turning Twenty patterns, so here you can see a full ‘block’ from the quilt. One of the things that makes turning twenty quilts so much fun visually is that the individual blocks don’t jump right out at you.

On Friday’s post, I included pictures of the label that was being made to go with this quilt. Here is the label, first framed in a brown fabric to make it look like a photo frame, and then added to the quilt back.


The use of a photo as a quilt label was really a great idea – and I’m glad that she thought of it. I’ll have to try that with at least ONE of my gift projects in the future. Imagine giving a quilt as a gift and knowing that years later someone will have a picture of you that was current from the period when the quilt was made – what a wonderful gift to include!

And here is the completed quilt – you may notice that instead of 20 blocks (as their should be in a Turning Twenty quilt), this quilt was completed with 15 blocks. That is because my daughter didn’t want the quilt to be quite as wide, so she left off a row of blocks. So rather than having 5 rows of 4 blocks each, she has 5 rows of 3 blocks each.

Sorry I couldn’t get a good image of the lettering in each of the boxes, but as you can see from the closeup of the block at the top of this post, the color is a subtle one that was chosen to coordinate with the fabrics used. But each of those 15 light colored blocks does have a separate scripture verse in the block.

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing