How to make a quilt!!

I've seen these wonderful tutorials that bloggers put together and decided I wanted to do that too. First, I decided on a relatively simple design, sketched out my general quilt design, then struggled, really struggled to make my templates for this simple (?) design. Did I need a 30 or 45 degree triangle? And what's that other thing called? I'm making notes all this time so I can prepare an easy-to-follow tutorial!

Here are the templates needed. I often use a heavy weight cardboard rather than go to the expense of having an acrylic template cut.

Now that decision making process has passed, I made a prototype to be sure it all fit together as the math genius planned. There was just a 1/4" hanging off the odd shaped background fabric. I'll just continue on and wing it from here.

I continue taking pictures of my work-in-progress for this anticipated tutorial

And here it is: All the piecing done....back quilted....hanging sleeve attached.....binding sewn on

Now, all the work is done and I start writing the tutorial how-to. Step 1 went okay, even step 2....but then I got to step 3. How do you tell another how to "just wing it"? This tute might be hard to you think?

So, that's where I've been for the past several days. The result, one quilt finished. Now that's a good thing.


  1. First time looking at your site , it,s great,Very interesting--cottonreel

  2. It's a great looking quilt. I really love that you used s stripe for the background and have it going in multiple directions. Very effective.

  3. Thanks Kathleen for your visit and nice compliment.

    And thank you Vicki....I really had no choice as to stripe orientation...(1)had very little background fabric and (2) there was no way I was ever going to make all those stripes match!

  4. Love the quilt. Love the winging it bit too. :))

  5. It's a beautiful quilt. It is "talent" you are using when you "wing" it. Reading your instructions makes sense to me and I don't quilt. I do knit and crochet, though, and have struggled writing directions for "winging" it when describing how to work around corners and into small spaces.

    I hope to see more of your instructions! One of these days I will just have to start quilting, too. ;)

    I'm delighted to be in a US port today where I can use my Verizon air card and visit your blog again. I've been out to sea with a satellite connection that timed out before I could load most pages.

    Very best,


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