Crown Royal quilt

I finished sewing the crown royal quilt top. Yea! The quilt top measures 110″x 110″. It outgrew my design wall so I had to wait for a good weather day and lay it outside to get a picture of the whole top.

My son wanted it to be a king size quilt so I needed a quick easy block. Making a simple 12″ 9 patch block with 4 patch blocks in the corners, then a 3.5″ sashing and cornerstones did the trick! Next step is to get it quilted and bound. 👍🏻

Have you made a crown royal quilt? Or collecting bags to make one?


Our youngest quilter

Each year Sharon and I hold our mystery lock in. We have quilters of all ages and skill levels attend. It’s a fun day for all! Two years ago, Hannah (age 11) came and sewed with her granny for a while. She enjoyed her time and told her granny that she wanted to come back the next year and do the mystery quilt.  Her granny decided to sign her up and Hannah was then our youngest paid attendee at 12 years of age! When the time came, she picked her fabrics and started sewing her quilt. She sewed on her quilt that day and enjoyed her time with all the other ladies that attended. Her granny told her that she’d have to finish last years mystery in order to do next years mystery quilt so she  went to granny’s house yesterday and finished sewing her quilt!  Hannah (age 13) 

Her 2016 mystery quilt, Knotty Times,  is now complete and ready to be quilted!

What a great job Hannah did in picking out her fabrics and sewing them together!!! I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes next year! 

Here’s her granny’s quilt.

Both quilts are great! It’s so fun to see quilters of all ages come together and have such a great time! Hannah and Doris, both quilts are beautiful! Thanks for joining us at our lock in and sharing your work!! 

The pattern Knotty Times can be found on our Etsy and Crafsty stores.


Glue basting video

Back in May I had the opportunity to attend spring quit market in Salt Lake City. I was a bit overwhelmed but had a blast!! While I was there in the Martingale booth giving a demo, they video taped the technique and it’s now available to see how easy it is.

For the demo I had to make small strips strips but just imagine that sashing strip being 50+inches long. Glue all your sashings and then chain sew all of them at one time. Fast!

Have you tried gluing instead of pinning?


Design wall 10/17/16 string blocks

I decided a while back to use some Kaffe fabrics for a string quilt. The quilt I made had some leftover blocks so I played around with them and decided on this layout. I added sashings and cornerstones, now it’s time for borders.

I’m planning to use more of the orange fabric for a small border then use another Kaffe print for the outside border.

That’s what’s on my wall today. To see more walls check out


I’m a gluer….😀

I know some people are against using glue in the construction of thier quilts, but I am “not” one of those people. I love how easy it is to glue the pieces together and then just sit down at the sewing machine and sew.  I’ve been working on the crown royal blocks, which has really gone together quick! I like doing things that are quick, that way I can get more things done.

I thought I would share a bit of the glueing process with you today. I had all the blocks made and there is a sashing strip that goes in between each block. I sewed a sashing strip onto the right side of each block (the first block has a sashing on both sides).  Here’s where using the glue really speeds up the process.

Starting with the first block, I glued the blocks together one by one, making sure they were in the correct order. After glueing the first 2 blocks together, I would fold up the block on top and then with rights sides together, glue the next block on and repeat that process until all blocks were glued together.

I then picked up the stack and moved  to the sewing machine.

Keeping the blocks stacked, I started sewing.

When I reached the end of the first block, I chain pieced to the next block.

I continued to keep them stacked while chain piecing the blocks.

When I finished the last block, all I had to do was clip the threads between the blocks…….

Tadah! Row is complete. No blocks accedentally turned, no pins to fuss with or get poked by. Only took a few minutes to have all the blocks sewn into rows.

That’s it for now. Next step will be to glue the sashings onto each row and then take my pile of rows to the sewing machine and chain piece them. Yep, I like using glue!😳


Design wall 10/3/16 Crown Royal blocks

I’m slowly making progress on the blocks. I sew a little on them when I get time. I have 24 sewn and I need 36 blocks for the quilt, so I’m more than halfway done with making the blocks. I have the sashings and cornerstones all cut and ready to go, so hopefully I can get the blocks finished soon and move on to assembling the quilt top. 😀

It’s going to outgrow my design wall soon. But for today, that’s my wall. To see more walls check out