A Quick to Stitch Scrap Quilt

Here’s an easy and quick to stitch lap quilt design that practically makes itself. Start by pairing up 2 different fabrics that complement each other and cut 6″ squares from each fabric.

Next, stack the fabric pieces and make a horizontal and a vertical cut as shown below:

Separate the pieces-

Separated piles after the cuts are made

Then rearrange the piles into blocks for stitching:

Ready to sew

After stitching the blocks are 5 1/2″ unfinished.

Blocks all stitched

Here’s a closeup of my layout, finished size of the blocks are now 5″ by 5″.

I used an alternating dark/light layout for stitching the quilt.

And the finished quilt top looks like this:

Finished quilt top

This quilt was 8 blocks by 12 blocks, (40″ X 60″) a perfect size for a lap quilt. It’s fun to play with the fabric colors, or try it with batiks, holiday fabrics or kid fabrics. You can use up your scraps, change the size, rotate the setting, whatever suits your fancy!

The Ugly Christmas Stocking

I was hanging the Christmas stockings the other day and took a good look at them as I hung them by the chimney with care.  I had carefully cross stitched my kids stockings by hand, and crocheted my husband’s stocking  with a yarn that allows expandability to fit all those goodies inside and the stockings looked like they could have been on a Christmas card.

My kids and Husband’s Christmas stockings

Then I hung my own Christmas stocking.  As a long time quilter and stitcher, it’s embarrassing to admit that my own stocking was probably purchased from Walmart more than 30 years ago and has long been in need of an upgrade.  But who has time to make something for yourself in the midst of all the busy-ness of the Christmas season?  But then , how could I put up with this ugly stocking for another year?  Here is the old one:

30 + year old Walmart Stocking

So, out with the old and in with the new.  Here’s the replacement I came up with.

New Paper pieced Christmas stocking with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, little snowmen, trees and shiny snowflakes!

This quilter/mom now has a stocking that is worthy to be hung by the chimney with care and hopes that Santa notices the new stocking and fills it with nice goodies for me!

Husband’s comment:  The green stocking is an engineering marvel.  It expands to proportions that only an elf (or cosmic physicist) could produce.  I once got an Acura TL in there along with the usual goodies.  Everyone should have one of these, especially if you’ve been really good this year like me!

Quick and easy Thanksgiving Banner

I found some really cute antique postcards that were printed on fabric at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  The company that makes them is called American Quilt Blocks, aka iVintageImages.  They have hundreds of historic images from postcards, photographs, prints and artwork that can be purchased and printed on fabric which was a high quality sateen cotton.  These Thanksgiving themed blocks were originally printed as postcards and dated 1909.   The artist is Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934).  She was an American illustrator who studied art at Cooper Institute in NYC and is recognized as the most prolific postcard and greeting card artist of her time.  The blocks were purchased as part of a kit from Liberty Homestead.

Happy Thanksgiving !