Friday, September 26, 2014

Wool Inspiration

Ann shares her hooked foot stool at wool works this past Friday. It's beautiful!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Another new block!  This week's block may be a little challenging, but it's worth the effort!

I used a different fabric (from my stash!) for my center honeycombs, but these are the fabrics you will use for this block.

To get your plaid fabric to line up right, you will definitely want to use the techniques I shared with you for the last block using a grease pencil to mark lines on your acrylic template for cutting the fabric and marking lines on the honeycomb papers for proper placement when basting the shapes.
To review the techniques, click here.

Send pictures of your blocks to  We want to see your progress!
To see pictures of  some of the beautiful blocks others have sent in, check out our Pinterest board

This Blog Along started on April 3, 2014, and posts every Thursday.  Click here to go back to the beginning.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Show and Tell from Sept. Second Saturday Sampler - Part Two

  Jennifer found the cutest pincushion on a trip to Tennessee. It was made from two log cabin blocks! 
In January, during the ice storm, Julie decided it was time to use up some of the 2½” strips she’d been collecting in a laundry basket. There’s nothing faster than a Jelly Roll Race quilt and this is the quilt Julie made totally from scraps. You can find lots of tutorials on the internet for making your own version – just Google Jelly Roll Race. It’s a great way to use up some stash. 
Julie also finished a quilt she worked on in a quilt camp in Missouri. There is no pattern for the blocks – just keep adding scrappy pieces until the block is the size you want. Julie’s quilt is a gift for her great niece who just bought a new house. 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Show and Tell Second Saturday Sampler - Part 1

  Melissa finished a “Penguins On Ice” Advent calendar from one of our kits. Finished in plenty of time for Christmas!
  One of our new quilters, Sarah, finished the cutest quilt top for her cousin’s baby. Love the bright contemporary colors!
This is what this month’s Second Saturday Sampler block was supposed to look like. This is what happens when some of the blocks get sewn in backwards! It’s still a great block, but doesn’t even begin to look like the original block!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Row by Row creativity

  Faye shared several of the rows she’s finished for her Row by Row Experience Shop Hop quilt. Two of the row patterns came from California shops. The hexie flowers and tulips row is from Little Quilts. Looks like it’s going to be a fun quilt!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

As you know, I've been reading the children's books written by Lucy Boston.  I was so excited to find a DVD, "From Time to Time" based on the second book, "The Chimneys of Green Knowe"  (or "The Treasures of Green Knowe" if you're reading the American version).  The movie was written and directed by Academy Award winner, Julian Fellowes, who was also the writer and producer of Downton Abbey.  The cast for the movie is superb, but my favorites were Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame.
The movie actually mixes parts of both of the first two books and is a haunting ghost story spanning two distinct worlds, two centuries apart - two distinct worlds linked by a single family and the house in which they live.  In the movie it is 1944 and 13 year old Tolly Oldknowe is sent to spend Christmas with his grandmother (played by Maggie Smith) while his mother searches for news of his father in wartime London. In the house, Tolly discovers he can mysteriously travel between time and he is witness to events during the Napoleonic wars eventually being slowly drawn into participating in the drama.
He's invisible to most people in the past, yet he's able to move among them and, so, is able to unravel a mystery of missing treasure that has bewildered the family for two centuries.
Even if ghosts and time travel don't seem to be your cup of tea, I would encourage you to watch this DVD.  It's more historic than science fiction and it's a fun story.  The costumes, the house and the scenery are fabulous, true to Julian Fellowes form!
The movie was filmed at Athelhampton in Dorset rather than at Hemingford Grey which is the ancient Manor house Lucy Boston lived in and based the books on, but the topiary and the statue of St. Michael are still in the movie.

My favorite parts of the movie were the scenes of Maggie Smith quilting.  Look at the close-up and you will see she was working on a Patchwork of the Crosses quilt!
The movie was produced in 2009, but wasn't available in the U.S. until 2010 (I think!).  It's still available on Amazon at a very reasonable price.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

School colors in a quilt. Rah Rah!

Diane made this fun quilt for her granddaughter who is a 4th year Biomed major at Georgia Tech.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

LQ angel fabric from awhile back..

Blast from the past - LQ fabric from "back in the day" in border by Joyce, for her granddaughter. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Together we can make a difference

For several years now, we have been a part of the American Patchwork & Quilting "One Million Pillowcases" challenge.  Customers make beautiful pillowcases in fun fabrics, drop them off here at Little Quilts, and we donate them to a local charity and log them in with American Patchwork and Quilting.  One of our customers brings several every month when she's here for  our Second Saturday Sampler  event.  Today, another customer, Kathy, donated TWENTY  pillowcases!

All of our pillowcases are donated to ConKerr Cancer and distributed to children in Atlanta with cancer or other serious illness.  As you can see, it's a case for smiles all around - a big smile from Kathy that comes from a generous donation, a big smile from all of us here at Little Quilts that we can be a part of such a great charity, and especially big smiles from all the children who receive the gift of a pillowcase.

So far, with your help, we're proud to report we've donated over 575 pillowcases to the challenge .  A big THANK YOU to all who have donated pillowcases - nobody has better customers than we do here at Little Quilts!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Side by Side Wonderful!

Sandy and Sherry stopped to show us their Di Ford mystery quilt they've been working on from Quiltmania magazine. It has two more rounds for the mystery. They are both stunning quilts!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Remember - We'll NEVER Forget

The terrorist attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001, had a profound effect on everyone, no matter what country she or he lived in.  People wanted to do something, but aside from making donations, they felt helpless due to the scope of the situation.

Many of you will remember getting an e-mail newsletter from us on Sept. 13, 2001, asking subscribers if they would like to make a little red/white/blue quilt to be sent to New York to be given to families of the firefighters, police officers, and emergency workers who were lost in the tragedy. Make it small, simple, and fast is all we asked.

The response was immediate and immense.  Within a month, over 2,300 quilts were sent in from almost every state, as well as several foreign countries!  It turned out to be a "hand's on" way for quilter's to pour out their feelings and thanks for the bravery of all those lost.  There was national coverage on television, articles in newspapers, 40 were on exhibit at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival, and a film crew documented the event for a future production.  Mary Ellen, herself, rode up in the bucket of a fire truck to take this picture of the quilts!

This week we heard from one of the women who sent a quilt.  She currently lives in Abu Dhabi, but was a member of the Prairie Star Quilter's Guild in St. Charles, IL, back in 2001, when her guild responded to our project.  She is currently serving as president of the Abu Dhabi Quilting Guild with 70-80 guild members from all over the world.  Since their guild meeting this month is today, Sept. 11, she wanted to share the picture of our store and all the quilts at the meeting.  Diana also sent a picture of the quilts donated by the Prairie Star Quilter's Guild back in 2011, before they were sent to us.

Diana said "It made us all feel like we could send a little love and best wishes to those whose lives would never be quite the same," and that pretty much sums up how we all felt.  
Oh, yes...we remember and we'll never forget!

To see more of the donated quilts, see the photo gallery in the "Patriotic Little Quilts" book available on our website.

Patchwork of the Crosses

Time for another block!  This is a fabulous block made almost totally from one great stripe fabric.

These are the two fabrics I used.  The stripe is from the "Cotton Club" collection by Red Crinoline. There are so many design options with this stripe it will be difficult to decide which is your favorite.

For my block, I cut across the strip horizontally instead of the more obvious vertical cuts.  I like the way the horizontal cutting created a lacy white circle in the center.
Cut the four center honeycombs using the usual fussy cutting techniques.  Cutting the corner units can be a little tricky because you need to make sure you have exactly the right amount of the white lace to complete the circle.  Here's a technique I found posted on Pinterest by fussy cutting expert Lisa Eagan from Australia.  It may help you with cutting this block.

As you can see, Lisa marks her template papers to help with the placement of the papers on the fabric.  I've also found that marking the acrylic template with a grease pencil will help with placement when cutting the fabric.
Have fun with this week's block and send us pictures of the blocks you create at

Click here to go to the beginning of this Blog Along.  It started on April 3, 2014, and posts every Thursday.

Check out our Pinterest board to see the great blocks being created by fellow Lucy Boston addicts.

Go to our website if you need to reorder honeycomb or square papers or glue refills.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sweet Home Marietta Shop Hop

It's time to start hopping!  Sweet Home Marietta Shop Hop starts tomorrow with a haunting tour of Little Quilts, Red Hen and Tiny Stitches.  Stop by all three shops to collect the steps for the Shop Hop quilt, "Starlight in the Pumpkin Patch".  Here's a sneak preview of our version which is 44" x 44" and just as cute as it can be!

If you don't want to make the whole quilt, you might like our table runner version.  It's 20" x 44" and requires only three pieced blocks and some simple user-friendly borders.

So, hop on over to Little Quilts for the first installment of the pattern.  We'll also have kits available for our version of the quilt.
Remember!  We will open at 9am and stay open until 6pm so you'll have plenty of time to shop!
Sweet Home Marietta Shop Hop, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sept. 11, 12, 13,  9am - 6pm.

Classic Baltimore Album Quilt Show and Tell

Sherry brought her quilt top she made from the Baltimore Garden Quilt book. She and Sandy are on their way to the Baltimore on the Prairie workshop in Nebraska next week. They are allowing a week to travel and visit quilt shops along the way....a week for the workshop....then another week to revel home to Florida. What a fun trip!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Big Quilting Weekend

Ready, Set, Go!  The big quilting week-end we've all been waiting for is almost here.  Get your itineraries out, program your GPS and hit the road for fun this week-end, Thursday - Saturday, September 11 - 13.

First stop is Marietta and the Sweet Home Marietta "Halloween Treats!" Shop Hop.

Spellbinding quilts and projects from three great quilt shops - Little Quilts, Red Hen, and Tiny Stitches.  Free patterns, demos, and prizes for a hauntingly good time.  At each shop, pick up a section of a  pattern for a great fall wall hanging, "Starlight in the Pumpkin Patch" - stop at all three shops to get the complete pattern!  The shops have extended hours, 9:30am - 6pm, during the Shop Hop so plan to come early and stay late for this spooktacular event!

  • Stop at each shop to pick up a Goodie Bag - I don't want to give away any secrets, but our bag will include our part of the "Starlight in the Pumpkin Patch" directions, a kit for making an easy pumpkin pin, and a special coupon.
  • Pick up a Passport at the first shop you visit.  Get it stamped at all three shops and be eligible to enter the drawing to win great prizes.
  • Fill out an entry at each shop and be eligible to win even more prizes! 

 While you're in Marietta, swing by the Cobb Galleria Centre for the  "Quilting Live!" Quilt Show and Expo.  Lots of beautiful quilts in the show and a wide variety of classes and vendors make this a popular show.

Finally, don't forget the first-ever AQS Quilt Show in Chattanooga.  Over 500 quilts in the show, lots of classes with world-class teachers, and a huge vending area - a show you won't want to miss!  

So, put on your most comfortable shoes and hit the road running for a great quilting week-end!  All three events are on the same three days, Thursday - Saturday, September 11 - 13.  Don't miss any of them!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Quilt will give you butterflies...

Fran made this dimensional butterfly quilt for her granddaughter who loves butterflies. She's planning to hand quilt it as she had for her other 4 grandchildren. A fun quilt!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Lucky Baby...

Karen brought this darling quilt in to select borders and backing for her friend's expected grandchild. She found these machine embroidery designs on etsy and did them on her Bernina embroidery machine with dissolving interfacing. It looks like she did it by hand! A beautiful job!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

I took a little break from stitching to read the second book in the Green Knowe series of children’s books written by Lucy Boston.  

The book, “The Chimneys of Green Knowe” was written in 1958. 

 It was published the same year in the U.S., but the title was changed to “The Treasure of Green Knowe”.  I'm not sure why the title was changed unless the publisher thought a treasure hunt sounded more exciting than an adventure climbing through the chimney, but both are major parts of the story.

The story within a story writing style remains the same as the first book.  The story begins with Tolly returning to Green Knowe for the Easter holidays.  As Mrs. Oldknow, Tolly’s grandmother, mends a patchwork quilt, she continues telling Tolly stories about the previous inhabitants of the house.  This time, her stories are about Susan Oldknow, a blind girl who lived at the Manor during the English Regency, and the close bond of friendship that developed between Susan and a young black page, Jacob, brought back from the West Indies by Susan’s father, Captain Oldknowe.  You won’t believe all the adventures Susan and Jacob set out on, and the plot thickens when the family jewels go missing.  Could the unscrupulous butler, Caxton, have stolen them? Or, maybe Susan’s rogue brother took them to pay off a gambling debt? 

Tolly spent his whole Easter break determined to find the missing jewels hoping to help his grandmother out of the financial difficulties she was experiencing due to the expensive upkeep of the old Manor house. 

Treasure hunts, ghosts, fire, secret tunnels - it's all there!  But don't even think I’m going to share the ending - you’ll have to read the book to find out what really happened to the jewels and to see if Tolly finds them!   It’s a great story filled with fun and adventure.  You won’t want to put it down!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Snuggle Bunny

Pat brought this darling pillow made for her granddaughter. She made it years ago and now has to make 3 more as her granddaughter's friends who now want one too. She came in today to get 'bunny' fabrics! A sweet pillow. Very vintage design and still popular.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Show and Tell is so Swell...

Show and Tell Quilts From Second Saturday Sampler Event
Madelyn makes and gives so many quilts away we’re glad she finally made one for herself.  
She used all the leftovers from her quilt to make a second one. We love two-fers – no fabric left to go back to the stash! 
  Janice made a cute baby quilt with three dimensional pinwheels.
Loretta made a quick and easy table runner with her 60 degree ruler. It turned out so good and was so easy to make… 
  she made a second one!