Monday, January 24, 2022

A bit of Orange?

Recently I found myself with a bit of quilting low mojo.  I wanted to make something but once I finished my Range Backpack, there weren't any projects that were calling my name.  I was gifted with a FQ bundle of Kona blues and decided to make something with them.

With no particular plan in mind, I cut up half of each FQ and started making drunkard's path blocks.  I've got them on the floor right now (my design wall is full!) is what is likely not the final layout. 

I gave myself a constraint for the quilt - the quilt top and the binding had to come all from the FQ bundle - no fabric could be purchased.

But with a few more blocks still to sew from the FQ halves, I'm thinking it needs a bit of orange.  I've got a few shades sitting in my stash but this is my favorite so far.

What do you think?  Should I add a bit or orange?

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Range Backpack

I love bag patterns from Noodlehead.  I've made two Firefly Totes and one Sandhill Sling (so far!) and with a (hopefully, covid rates permitting) trip to QuiltCon next month, I wanted a new backpack and just finished making the Range Backpack.

The printed canvas fabric was sourced from Spoonflower.  The contrasting gray is RF Big Sur, left over from one of the other bags.  The lining is one of my all time favorite prints by Giucy Giuce.

The directions were easy to follow.  The pattern was also easy to modify.   I added a inset pocket on the back of the bag so I could keep my wallet or phone secure but also easily accessible.

I also added an inside zipper pocket by layering it on top of the drop in pocket in the pattern.

Finally, on the other side of the lining, I used some mesh to make two pockets, one of which is to keep my water bottle so it is standing up and easy to retrieve.

I took the assembly process slow and it was very enjoyable!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, January 14, 2022

Buffalo Plaid Quilt Tutorial

After seeing (and petting) some soft flannel in my LQS, I decided to make a simple quilt with nice easy squares and large meander quilting.  I'd always wanted to make a buffalo plaid quilt and in case you do too, you can find a brief tutorial below.  (I used the Yuletide Gatherings Flannel.)

My quilt finished at 55'' x 55''.  You can easily change the size of your quilt by adding or subtracting the rows and columns or even changing the size of the blocks.  The fabric requirements are for a quilt which finishes at 55" x 55".

Buffalo Plaid Quilt Tutorial

Fabric Requirements 

  • Dark Gray (DG) - 1 yard
  • Light Gray (LG) - 1.5 yards
  • White (W) - 0.75 yard
  • Binding - 0.5 yard (assumes binding cut at 2.25")
  • Backing - 3 yards


Cut 5 1/2'' x WOF strips from each.  You will need 6 strips of the DG, 9 strips of the LG, and 4 strips of the W.  Each 5 1/2'' x WOF strip will yield seven (7) 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares.  Cut the required number as shown in table below.
Quilt Assembly

Assemble 6 rows of DG and LG squares.  Each row uses 6 DG and 5 LG.  Press seams towards the LG.

Assemble 5 rows of the LG and W squares.  Each row uses 6DG and 5W.  Press seams towards the LG.

Join rows together, alternating the DG/LG row with the LG/W row, ending with the DG/LG row.  Pin at each intersection to ensure seams stay nested.

Quilt and enjoy!  I used a basic large meander on my domestic machine.  It only used 2 bobbins and didn't take long to quilt!

If you make a buffalo plaid quilt using this tutorial, please let me know!

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Have a wonderful day! Patty