Lay out of a quilt in a progress

I am working on a Snowball quilt and a few of the fabrics are very “strong”. By strong, I mean fabrics that really stand out and your eye seems to go to those designs. When I am laying out blocks for one of these quilts, I take a lot of photos with my phone along the way. The pics will point out where I need to move around those blocks that jump out. Try taking pics of your lay out along the way and see if it helps you balance your quilt!

pansy layout

Patriotic jelly roll quilt

I just finished this patriotic jelly roll quilt and yes I made another jelly roll quilt. I have noticed this about myself in the last couple of years that once I make a quilt pattern (really this is not a pattern at all) I want to make it a couple of times with different color ways. I become fascinated with how color makes such a difference.

One of my goals has been to piece together backings out of my fabric stash. I really struggled with this one (just like on my other jelly roll quilt) but I am very pleased with how this backing came together. The thought has occurred to me to start with the backing and then find the fabrics for the top! Talk about working backwards……

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and found some time to sew or quilt. I have also been watching the Masters golf tournament so it has been a fabulous weekend.

Tamipatriotic frontpatriotic back1

My latest creation, a jelly roll race quilt

Good morning and happy April Fool’s Day! I hope no one gets a really awful prank played on them today (little innocent jokes are okay……).

Over the weekend, I finished yet another jelly roll race quilt. Gosh, when I just want to create quickly and sew with some pretty fabric, I grab a jelly roll and go to town. In my opinion, this type of quilt is all about the fabric. Since the design is simple, the fabric should really shine and stand out! This is Color Me Happy by Vanessa Christensen for Moda. Great colors of navy, kelly and grass greens, gray, pinks, aqua and turquoise. The size is 54″ x 65″ and is now listed in my Etsy shop. Here is the link if you would like to take a look at some of my other creations:

One of my biggest goals recently is to make the quilt back out of fabrics that are in my stash. I really, really struggled with this one and had to end up buying a couple of yards to go with a couple of smaller pieces of fabric. Oh well, the best laid plans….


Great places to shop for quilt fabric and kits

Hi and happy Wednesday! Today I thought I would write about some of my favorite places to shop for quilt fabric and kits. I have found as I get older, I really like to purchase kits (especially if I can find them at a great price). If I buy a quilt kit, all of the work of coordinating fabrics is removed and I get to just jump in and start cutting and/or sewing (especially if the kit involves precuts)!!

CRAFTSY–this is probably my number one favorite place to find great prices on fabric and kits. If you sign up to get emails from them, you will get notifications of the great sales they have. Of course, Craftsy is known for their online classes but I have never gotten around to doing one of those. I have read some blogs on there and really enjoyed them.

GREEN FAIRY QUILTS–a great online shop that also has wonderful sales. They mostly seem to carry precuts (a great selection) but they have a few kits and some yardage, notions, patterns. Again, sign up for emails and get notified once a week of their sale.

SOUTHERN FABRIC–an online shop that awards you points for every purchase and then you can redeem those points on future orders. They always have 30%, 40%, and 50% sections in their store!

QUILT KIT MARKET–I honestly cannot remember how I found this site, but I really like it. You would think from their name that they only sell kits, but they have precuts and always a great assortment on their sale page.

CONNECTING THREADS–I have been shopping with this company for a long time and never been disappointed. They have started carrying brand names of fabrics along with their “house” lines. They create quilt kits from their lines of fabrics that are created by their in-house designers! I also really like their line of thread they make, lots of wonderful colors at great prices!

Take a moment to browse around these sites and see if you agree with me….have fun!

A little lull in the sewing machine action

As much as I am looking forward to seeing some family this weekend, it also means I will not be quilting and finishing another quilt for my Etsy shop. 😦  I have a jelly roll race quilt top ready to be sandwiched and quilted but it is going to have to wait until maybe one evening after work next week……

I have been actively increasing the inventory in the Etsy shop and have seen a bit of a difference in the activity there. I really like knowing that people are at the very least taking a look at my creations and hopefully will keep them in mind when it comes to gifts!

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and get lots of quilting done…..


Take care of your back while quilting!

I have never had a fancy or very comfortable sewing chair, I have always used an extra chair from the kitchen table. As I have gotten older, the evidence of not sitting properly at my sewing machine has presented itself with sore shoulders and an achy back. Not very fun to not feel well at the end of a productive day of quilting! So I recently bought myself a really comfortable and adjustable chair. It really supports my back, it swivels so I just simply turn a little and I am able to get up and move directly to my ironing board (no weird twisting to get out of a stationary chair), and it is high enough off of the floor so that my arms are pretty much at a 90 degree angle (which I believe is ergonomically correct). No more hunching my shoulders!! And drum roll………IT IS A VERY PRETTY BRIGHT PINK (my fav color). I found this beauty at Office Depot for around $65 on sale.

Treat yourself and take care of your back while you are doing something that you enjoy.



A photo of my first quilt

My lovely youngest daughter happens to use my first quilt as her ‘car’ quilt. You know, the blanket you carry around in your car in case you are ever stuck on the side of the road and need warmth? Or you decide to have an impromptu picnic and need something to throw on the grass? Yep, that is what she uses my first quilt for and I am 100% okay with that. I know she is using and loving the quilt and I know the materials I used were not of the best quality.


1st quilt

Staying organized while quilting

Have you ever cut out all of the pieces for a quilt and wondered how you were going to keep them all organized? Recently I cut a quilt out and stumbled upon this tiny little way to organize. I have always used smaller sticky notes to label different pieces, so that part is not new to me. This particular quilt block has 9 pieces to it (1-4, A-D, and the center). After doing all of the cutting, I simply placed the appropriate sticky note on top of the corresponding stack and then placed a quilting ruler on top so nothing would move. (Picture 1 shows all 9 pieces under 2 different rulers and the other photo is more of a close-up)

Now I do not have any little pets in my home nor do I have small children, but I imagine this little trick would come in handy if your home has either of those types of critters (especially if you move your cutting mat with these pieces on it to a higher unreachable spot)!





Welcome to my blog, The Quaint Quilter! I have wanted to start a blog about quilting for a long time and for some reason I have chosen today to jump in and do it.

I learned how to sew when I was 10 years old (thank you 4-H) and made many of my clothes during my teens and 20’s. I became fascinated with quilting in the early 90’s. When my two daughters would take their afternoon nap, I would turn on the TV show Simply Quilts hosted by Alex Anderson and saw that quilting is really just straight line sewing. I got out fabric scraps from little dresses I had made for the girls and made a 4-patch and then a 9-patch. I then made each of the girls a quilt for their bed with large squares of fabric and tied the quilt with embroidery floss. I used plain white muslin for the back as I had heard that was traditional. When I think back on those first quilts, I am amazed at how much I have learned and how many quilts I have made. I average making about 2-3 lap size quilts per month. I am on sewing machine #4 since my first one in 1980. My fabric collection has grown by leaps and bounds and now fills an entire room.

One of my latest creations

One of my latest creations

Thanks for stopping by!