Modern Roman Stripe Quilt, in Barn Raising Setting

A finished quilt.

My aunt is a wonderful stitcher, embroiderer, cook, teacher, and quilter too. She made Roman Stripe blocks in solids some years? decades? ago, and made a small quilt top.

We’re both in our local MQG and they’re doing a charity quilt drive right now. So Barbara pulled out this top and added some grey borders to make it a more useful size. I offered to longarm it for her and return it to her for binding.

The next day! she found another batch of these blocks and a number of waste triangles. Her first thought was to piece them into the backing which seemed like a waste of time since we were using a wideback. I asked her to consider adding them as another border, to again increase the size and to make it even more modern. She agreed and this is the final quilt top.


I said already that she’s pretty good right? Check out this inset seam.


When I grow up I want to have skills like this.

Here is the quilted, unbound quilt.


I did a 3/4″ diagonal crosshatch in the navy/coloured blocks and FMQ swirls, pebbles, stars, spirals, and whatever else took my fancy in the grey. All of it was done on the longarm.



It’s not perfect but it’s done. And was good practice.

The texture is soooo dreamy. This quilt will be going to a Canadian Armed Forces veteran with PTSD. I hope it brings some comfort.

My usual quilt stats are omitted as I did not make this quilt.

Linking up with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for the finish!

More of the Same

I need to keep better track! Right now I have quilt tops, quilted tops, long-finished quilts, newly-finished quilts, and probably a couple of dust bunnies under the piles of scraps. I am on FIRE getting things done!, and why do we use that expression as a GOOD thing?


Less then a month ago I was still piecing this improv, scrappy, charity top from [mostly] someone else’s stash. I linked up with the lovely Patty at Elm Street Quilts, setting a finished top as my goal for September, with bonus points if I got it quilted too.


Best pic I have of it at the moment. This was my final layout to see if any of the fabrics clashed. I did indeed get it quilted, but the seven year old is rather terrible at holding quilts for me.

Linked up again with One Monthly Goal with Patty!

Yay me, and here’s to more finishes and progress in October.


Day 1093

Good lord I don’t even want to look how long it’s been. And since I’m [nominally] in charge here I won’t.

School started yesterday. I like the return to routine. Although to be fair this summer had more routine than previous years, which was a good thing. By the end I didn’t even want to strangle anyone* and I also got to do some sewing.

I finished two tops, one blogged here, and one hiding under my bed. Since I’m on a bit of a streak AND September is my month to use my longarm, I’m aiming for a third top.

My guild inherited someone’s stash and offered it free with a caveat of making a charity quilt. I chose this incredibly awesome/terrible fabric and some black and white prints.


I added enough black and whites from my collection to have enough for a twin.


I’m aiming for something like this. This was my first attempt; I have since eliminated the fabric which reads as grey, I narrowed the orange strips and chopped all these sections in half.


I’m loving this one so far, and it’s really enjoyable to not be precise about sizes or matching corners like my last two quilts. And that fish fabric is just so hideously awesome isn’t it?! I’m pressing seams open on this one since nothing needs to match up and it’s an interesting change of pace to try that out†.

More sooner rather than later I hope.

I want to get the top done in September. Extra bonus points to me if I get it quilted too! Linking up for fun and accountability with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal September Linkup.

* this was a joke. I’m not actually in danger of self-harm or infanticide.

† side pressers unite!

A finished quilt, only sort of mine

Way way back last summer, the participants in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog hop also participated in a charity block drive sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics. You can click that link to see my original tutorial.

The hosts of last year’s hop each put together a quilt and one of them is finished! Yvonne from QuiltingJetgirl… do you know Yvonne? She is really nice and a wonderful cheerleader for the online quilting community… she recently completed a quilt with the blocks she had. Click here to see her write up about the quilt.


My block is circled in the dark blue.

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Thanks to my fellow contributors and especially to Yvonne!