Free Form Super Mini Spool Quilt

This month’s Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge was ‘Independence”  One could interpret the word however they seemed fit.


I went the  'independence from traditional 1/4" seams...or I guess...seams at all!' route.  IMG_2015

This quilt is tiny!  it’s just a 13” square.  I had a lot going on this month but I really wanted to at least something for the challenge…so here’s what I did!


It used 100% scraps and even an ‘orphan block’ from my Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild Challenge Quilt. 


I also attempted a faced binding because I wanted to see if I could do it before I tried it on a different quilt.  I thought it was ‘okay’ – not my favorite but can see why it would be useful at times.

So…would you like a tutorial on how to do this?  I’m going to be putting one up to give folks some ideas for Fabric N Quilts Scrap Quilt challenge and it’s going to be a free form block.  Would you like a tutorial on either:

A.  raw edge free form


B. free form with nice seams.

Leave a comment below and let me know which you’d prefer!


Be sure to link up your ‘Independence’ quilts before the end of the day on Thursday.  Do that HERE

Aurifil and Globe Trotting BOM Progress

We’re seven months through the year which means I have seven blocks times two (fourteen)  finished for the two different BOMs I’m participating in this year.

Pat Sloan’s Mystery Globetrotting BOM


Block 7 – Sydney Australia


My seven blocks so far…

Aurifil BOM


Block 7 from Camille Roskelley


My 7 blocks so far…I’m going to add pops of color to the final blocks and then also to portions of whatever sashing I decide to add in.  I just couldn’t handle the low volume thing anymore!

What BOMs are you doing?

Summer of Camping

Nope – not that kind of camping!  My big girls both attended two one week day camps this summer.

Camp Invention was first.

IMG_0428CapriIMG_0435CediIMG_0437In this camp…they learned about how things work. They had to take apart things, and create something new…like a pinball game.  Here’s what Capri’s classes machine looked like.IMG_0441And here was what Cedi’s classes pinball machine looked like.  Both girls had a lot of fun at this camp.

Gymnastics Camp

IMG_0729The very next week the girls had Gymnastics camp.  It was from 9 to 5 for five days straight…I wasn’t sure if Capri would be able to handle it and we talked about it a lot before I let her commit to it.  Right before the deadline I told her that she wouldn’t be able to do art for five days…and that I wanted her to sleep on it before making her decision.  The next day she came downstairs to my room at 5 in morning and said, “Momma, I dreamt about gymnastics and fairies.  I want to do the camp.”  How does one say no to that!?IMG_0738At the end of the week the girls’ all put on a show for the parents.  It was so cool to see how happy they all looked as a team.IMG_0764That’s Cedi!IMG_0766And here is Capri doing her cartwheel for the routine.IMG_0769They all had tattoo’s next to their eyes.  The coaches did all the girls hair and ‘make up’ (sparkles) before the big show.  My girls were so proud of it all!IMG_0770Here is Capri with her friend, Abby!IMG_0773

And there are the sisters!  Seriously – when did they get so old!?

Boxed In Mini Quilt

I joined in on Canoe Ridge Creations Fresh Mini Quilt Club this round and I’m happy to say that I have one completely finished! (one more top to quilt yet and one more top to make and quilt…)

IMG_1650It wasn’t really in my initial plans to have this finished this week…but things just happened and this was the perfect quilt to practice my free motion quilting on..and voila…’Boxed In’ is finished!IMG_1655I have definitely fallen in love with min quilts – it’s a great way to audition colors and practice quilting patterns before getting to the ‘big quilts’.IMG_1663

If I were to do this again…I would have done my ‘lip’ of fabric on the binding in a purple to match the little bits of purple seen in the green fabric.

I really love these mini quilts.  It’s been a great way to try out color combinations and work on my free motion quilting skills!  This one will be great either as a little wall hanging or even as a table topper!

Rain Rain Go Away In Style

I have a new product in my etsy shop – umbrella’s!  I had them made from photo’s of my quilts and of photo’s I’ve taken in my orchard.  IMG_7439

Columns and CirclesIMG_7493

Granny SquareIMG_7541

Hexagon Umbrella


Modern Log CabinIMG_7482

Amazing TechnicolorIMG_7444




Scarlet Apple BlossomsIMG_7462

Apple Blossoms

These are the umbrella’s I have in my shop now…when (if) they sell…I’ll give some more photo’s a try…I think these are super fun!

Woodland Neighborhood Block Tutorial

You know when you take a new class and you get home and all you want to do is sew and sew and sew and quilt and quilt and quilt…?  Well – that’s completely happening to me these past few days since I got back from the Ricky Tims’ seminar.  Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for you) I do have to get a few things put up on the computer!  Today we’re onto our 30th of the 52 Twisted Traditional Blocks in the Quilt Along!

Woodland Neighborhood Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 8” x 8”

By looking at the shapes the traditional ‘Woodland Clover’ block, choosing your fabrics carefully and tweaking things just a bit – a cozy little neighborhood emerges!

Cutting Instructions

Fabric 1 (houses)
You could use all the same fabric, 2 of each fabrics, or all 4 different fabrics.

IMG_12412 of each color (8 rectangles total): 2.5” x 4.5”

Fabric 2 (roof)
IMG_12438– 2.5” x 2.5”

Fabric 3 (Sky)
IMG_12448 – 2” x 2”

Fabric 4 (doors and windows)IMG_1266

Approximately 4” x 2.5” fabric
Approximately 4” x 2.5” Heat N Bond Lite



For this ‘twisted’ block we’re basically going to make 8 half geese blocks.

I’m going to show you what to do by doing two blocks at a time. They are essentially the same block…just mirrored. But this is very important!

Start by laying out two of your house fabric rectangles. On the wrong side of two of our roof fabric squares draw a diagonal line. Lay these right sides together with the house fabrics. Make sure the lines are mirrored as shown in the picture above.
Stitch right on the lines you drew.

Trim a quarter inch from the seam you just stitched.

Press towards the roof fabric.

Now, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your sky squares. Lay them right sides together with the roof triangles you just added on.

Sew along the line you drew. Trim a quarter inch off from the seam.

Press towards the sky.

Sew your two rectangles together and make your first house.

Repeat this with your other three ‘houses’.

Layout your four blocks in the pattern shown above and stitch these all together. Can you see where the houses are going to be yet? Let’s define that a bit more with a little bit of raw edge appliqué.


On your scrap of fusible – draw 4 rectangles ¾” x ½” in dimension (the doors) and draw 4 squares ½” x ½” in dimension (the windows).

Fuse this to the wrong side of the scrap of Fabric 4.

Once it’s fused…cut out the rectangles and squares.


Layout them out on your block the way you want to iron them down. I went more ‘whimsical’ with my houses and doors.


Once your windows and doors are ironed down – Woodland Neighborhood is all done! Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!

Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (8/15), the PDF will be $1.

I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Hashtag: #52bTT


Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!