Category Archives: quilting

“Q” Section Quilting or Quilting in Sections

I made this quilt.

And I loved every (almost) block.  I also really, really like the setting.  Thank you Pat Sloan.  Asymmetrical.

I used all left-over Christmas prints from other projects, and white on white or cream background fabrics.

It was MY challenge, too.   My next challenge was to machine quilt it.  Pat’s asymmetrical layout was my inspiration.  I decided to quilt it in 3 sections, then join the sections together.

I free motion quilted section 1 all the way to the edges.  Then machine quilted most of section 2, leaving about 2 inches unquilted along the edge where it meets section 1.

I trimmed the edge of section 1’s batting and backing even with the edge that meets section 2.  Then with the right sides of the quilt pieces facing each other, I pinned all the layers of section 1 to just the top of section 2, and sewed it using 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I sewed with section 2 on top so I could keep the extra batting and backing flipped out of the way.

After sewing, flip it over to check the right side, to make sure everything matches the way it should.

On the back, finger press the seam allowance toward the single layer, and trim the batting to the edge of that seam allowance.  I used chalk to mark the cutting line.

Smooth the batting into place, then cut the excess backing fabric 1 inch beyond the edge of the seam allowance.  I found it helpful to mark the cutting line with chalk.

Fold the backing fabric to the inside so the fold extends 1/4 inch beyond the original sewing line and pin into place, pinning across the seam line.

Working from the good side, stitch in the ditch along the original seam line, which will catch the edge of the backing fabric.  Leave the pins in place (you can see them easily) , sew slowly, and walk your machine over each pin.  Remove the pins.

This picture shows the completed seam before it was pressed, it’s in the center.  Yes, it’s visible.  No, there are no quilt police in my house. 

Now you can go back and complete the unfinished machine quilting of section 2.  Section 3 is attached the same way.

I’m going to do more of this kind of machine quilting, and am certainly joining Pat Sloan in more of her projects.  Her next one is called Grandma’s Kitchen, and I hope to see you there.

A New Scrap Quilt using two and a half inch Strips

Hiya!  Have you missed me?  I’ve been in a real funk for the last few months and not coping well with things. 

Between my father dying, working with my two sisters to sort out his terrible affairs and a misunderstanding with someone I love to the moon and back, it’s been, well, dark.

Sew, time to go to my “happy place”, my sewing room.  I have a box full of 2 1/2 in squares.  Sewing them mindlessly  into pairs of light and dark is very therapeutic. 

But then, what do you do with them  A quilt of just light and dark squares doesn’t excite me very much. 

4 patch

I needed some half-square triangles that finished at either 4 1/2 or 2 1/2 inches.  I have a box of 2 1/2 inch strips and decided to experiment by sewing a light and a dark strip together length-ways along both long edges then cutting the strip diagonally to form finished squares.  It worked well enough but the finished squares were too big.

What I ended up doing is placing two 2/1/2 inch strips with right sides together and cutting matching triangles with my “Easy Angle Ruler”, then sewing them together along the diagonal seam.  When opened out the square measures exactly 2 1/2 inches.  I decided to do these in dark blue and light.first cutcut 22 2/1 inch squaresThen I sewed 2 of these together to form a kind of flying goose.  I made sure that each half was a different shade of blue.  The diagonal seam was a bit touchy, but I found that if I didn’t trim off the points, and sewed slowly with a sharp needle in my machine it worked pretty well.  I trimmed the points after this seam.


mock flying goose

OK, now what.  I sewed one of these onto opposite ends of a 4-patch.  Not bad, I’m starting to like this.

Then, to finish the block, I sewed a dark 2 1/2 inch square to both ends of 2 other flying geese and sewed them along the 2 remaining long edges.  I avoided using blue fabric for the corner blocks.  Here are two sewn together.

2 blocks

These blocks finish at 8 inches, so I need at least 144 of them.  I have about 40 done, and will spend more of this Easter weekend making more.

I drew the finished quilt out in EQ7 and this is how it will look when it’s finished.

two and a half inch

What do you think?  Would you like more details on cutting the triangles with the ruler?

I hope you have a Happy Easter.

Quilt as you go Hexagon Hot Pad

This is a great scrapbuster!  I used scraps of Christmas fabrics, and my next one will be in reds and pinks for Valentines.

Quilt as you go Hexagon Hot Mat
15″ square of a busy print for background fabric.
12″ square of ” Insulbrite”
12″ square of quilt batting
5″ square for centre block
6 strips of cotton fabric, 2″ x 4″
6 strips of cotton fabric 2″ x 6″
4″ piece of ribbon for a hanging loop
sewing thread to match
invisible thread for bobbin

Layer the background with wrong side up, quilt batting, then the
“Insulbrite”  with shiny side up. Pin through the corners to hold
it all together. Draw an ” X” from corner to corner.

Cut the center block intstart with hexagono a 5″ hexagon and center in on the “X” with right side up.  For my tutorial on how to draw the hexagon, please click here.

The lines are faint, but visible from corner to corner.



Take one of the 4″ strips and with right sides together, place
one long edge ehalf sewn first stripven with one side of the hexagon. Using 1/4″
seam, sew from the middle of the hexie to the end of the hexie.  Don’t sew beyond the end of the hexie.   You’re leaving the first half of the strip unsewn. We’ll deal with it later.

Open out the strip so right side is up and finger press it.

placement for second stripsecond strip placementUse a straight edge and draw a line across the opened out strip that continues the edge of the hexie.  With right sides together, lay the next strip along that line and thesewn and topstitched edge of the hexie, then sew it into place.

Flip it so the right side is up and finger press, THEN topstitch 1/8″ from the seam line. Continue adding strips and top stitching until 5 strips have been added. Before adding the 6th strip, fold the first strip out of the way. Sew and top stitch the 6th strip, then put strip 1 back into position and top stitch it into place.

first round topstitchedsew last strip


The second row is done pretty well the same way using the 6 inch long strips. Begin by sewing the half strip as before, BUT, again, don’t sew beyond the edge of the hexagon.  Finish strip 6 like before, by
pulling the first strip out of the way before sewing and top-stitching strip 6, then top-stitching strip 1.

Pull the batrimmed topcking fabric out of the way, then trim the front, “Insulbrite” and batting to the hexagon shape following the edge of the 6 inch strips.  Be careful not to cut the back fabric!

Use a rotary cutter to trim the trimmed backbacking 1 inch larger than the hexagon all the way around. Press the raw edge in by half, then press the fold over the edge of the hexagon to form a self- bound edge.self binding pinned
Top stitch close to the fold to finish, mitering the corners.
Fold the piece of ribbon in half and slip the raw ends under one corner of the binding before completing the finish.



If you want to print this tutorial, please click for a pdf. Quilt as you go Hexagon Hot Mat-1

If it doesn’t make sense, please email me at and I’ll help.