Box of Stripes: To the Floor

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I love having a large enough space in my living room for testing layout and placement.

I like where this is going so far.

Ooohhhhh… I really like this.


Box of Stripes: Layout planning.

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The small solid triangles finish off the central blocks

The smaller stripes triangles will make up the border I believe. There are four different configurations. I will probably need a sashing to separate the sections. I’ll figure that out later.

Now to figure out how I want to lay things out for the main body of the quilt.

Box of Stripes: Beginnings

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Another case where the fabric inspired the design. I’m still obsessed with the possibilities that striped fabric present. These complimentary woven fabrics from Moda are out of print since 2008, and not easy to find. Lesson is to pay attention to availability before you buy. Here’s to hoping that I have enough to complete the quilt.

Basic shapes are cut out. There will be 100 blocks at 7.78″ each and a bunch of smaller blocks (will have to wait till the center of quilt is done to know for sure how many are needed.) the smaller triangles are artifacts of fussy cutting the larger pieces. 

Even smaller triangles to complete the larger blocks. I find that painters tapes is a great way to mark measurements that are not necessarily on the prescribed markings on the ruler.

Ticking: Step two

One way of creating the Radio Windmill block would be paper piecing. Easier and fewer steps is a method called partial seam. When doing the first seam just stop .5″ from the center point. 

Then add the second triangle.

And the third.

When you are ready to sew on the fourth triangle, lift the corner of the first piece.


Now go back to that first seam and complete it.

Press the block and square it to 6″

This quilt will require 50 with the windmills going right and 50 going left. 

Ticking: Step one

This project began with the fabric. 

Sometimes it starts with a pattern I want to try, or a clients desires. But this one began with a bolt of stunning red/tea ticking. 


Ticking was traditionally used on mattresses and pillows. Due to its tight weave it was ideal in preventing down feathers from poking through. Because it is a woven, instead Of printed fabric the pattern is the same on both sides and makes it ideal for geometric patterns. 

The pattern for this quilt was inspired by a 1950s graphics design pattern I saw in one of my graphic designer gun research.

Deconstructing the pattern into its constituent parts revealed that this was simply a “Radio Windmill” pattern alternating with mirror images. 

This quilt begins with cutting strips. Those are then cut into 6″ rectangles which, are then cut on the diagonal giving two right triangles.  


Next I cut 100  1.25″ squares from a red cotton that matched the strips in the ticking. 


This quilt will require 100 blocks. Fifty blocks with the windmills going clockwise, and 50 anti-clockwise.

Vortex: history

The vortex quilt that I am doing has a great history. 

In 2011 it was a part of one single collectors exhibit of over 500 red and white quilts spanning three centuries. The inspiration quilt itself dates from between 1890-1910. 
My interpretation has a few more wedges. Doing all the math was a real fun challenge. I didn’t learn math in school and am having a great time learning it through quilting. 

The green fabric is mottled with black making it look like suede. The tan is an ombré that shifts from brown to cream. I also couldn’t see myself using the butterflies in the corners like the inspiration piece. So, I designed my own corners. 

Final dimensions will be 94×94

Check out this newspaper article below about the exhibit.

Red and White

Vortex in Green: The Beginning

I fell madly in love with thi red and white vortex quilt I saw in a magazine about the red and white exhibit.

To give it more depth I wanted to use an ombré fabric but has a hang of a time finding one I liked. Finally I found this cream/brown

Some green strips.

Now to figure out what to do with the corners. I knew I didn’t want to do all the Curley appliqué of the inspiration piece and found myself drawn to the geometry of the Art Deco movement.


Damascus Quilt Show 12/2015

Yes it’s a small venue. And, the show isn’t juried. And, there are no ribbons or prizes. But, it was my first show.  

The Boring Quilters all contributed quilts to this show. N all we had thirty quilts hung. 

Two of my quilts made it up. Black and Tan. A pattern from the 1930s called Endless Chain. And a Log Cabin in black/white and lime green named Martini.