The Trip Around the World Quilt, aka Ruby Lou

The Trip Around the World Quilt, aka Ruby Lou...

Sometimes, when I am working at the quilt shop here in Taos, but not actually working because it’s a really slow day, I read the quilt books we have for sale. This is always expensive.  I see something that I have to make because the world can’t live without it. That’s how this quilt came about.   It called for 24 different fabrics.  For once, I was able to accomplish this without buying any new fabric.  I have seen these types of quilts many times, and tried to figure them out – how did she do that?  I never could work it out.  Turns out, if you just read a pattern, it’s pretty darn easy.  And fun.  Each ‘charm’ is 2″,  finished. You can’t really know how it’ll look until you get the first few rows started, and then it’s just…WOW! I’d like to make at least one more of these now that I know how it works.   I made this for my friend, Lynn.  As luck would have it, she likes it.  It ended up louder and more ‘in your face’ than I had expected. I like that type of quilt, but not every one does.   I purchased a new design board to quilt this with.  No sense doing anything fancy with the longarm.  You’d never see it with all that color.   Oh yeah, the back is pretty wild, too. I forgot to mention that. So, this will hang in our guild’s show over Memorial Day, then it’s off to Raleigh, NC! Thanks for checking in Debbie  ...
The Postage Stamp Quilt that took 4 years to complete, and other stuff.

The Postage Stamp Quilt that took 4 years to complete, and other stuff....

In 2013, I partook in a couple postage stamp swaps organized by Mary Wilbourn, the Curious Quilter.  I ended up with hundreds and hundreds of the things. I did nothing with them until last October, when I needed a project for a retreat with our guild. I put 4 columns together that weekend, thinking it would be a pretty throw.   But I had soooo many squares left, and I could see it as a beautiful queen or king quilt.  More traditional than I usually do, but I could see how cool it would look. So it grew to about 80 x 90.           So it’s all done, and I still have a couple hundred squares.  This one took 1320 different 2″ squares. I must be having a thing for squares because the next one I came up with also uses 2 inch squares. It’s a version of Trip Around the World quilt. The pattern is in the book Tradition With A Twist. This is about 80 x 90 as well.  It was fun to see it come together. When I pull 25 fabrics, I can only hope for the best.  I used a design board to quilt it as it was so busy, nothing detailed would ever show.  It can be seen on the back …     And lastly, although this was the first finish this year.  A quilt for the first grand baby due in May! It has black minky on the back.  I wrote up the pattern for this. If you like cutting lots of black and white pieces and putting them back together again, I’ve got a pattern for you! Thanks for checking in! Debbie        ...