Category Archives: Quilt Top Ideas

Awesome Americana

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A couple of years ago, the Stashing Sisters decided to work on a group project.  The theme was “Americana” quilt.  The size and colors were determined and each participating Stasher made 2 sets of blocks to exchange with each other.   This is an exciting  activity Read the rest of this entry

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Blue Dragonflies

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Stasher Bridget shares the following about her newest creating:
My 9 year old son has been asking me to make him a quilt.  He saw a picture of a quilt he liked on Pinterest and so I ordered the pattern.  When I got it, I realized it had all these strange borders on it that you couldn’t see in the picture and I felt they detracted from the quilt rather than improved it.  And the instructions were crazy – 13 pages of text making the quilt much harder than it needed to be.  So I took the dragonfly applique template and then made up my own pattern for the rest. I often use Excel to plan out my quilts – basically setting the spreadsheet up like graph paper. Then I can play with colors and sizes on the screen.

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Time to Make

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There are some things that take time to make.  Take for instance the making of bread.  The ingredients are quickly mixed together but it takes time for the yeast to grow and develop  the little dough rising air pockets.  Some breads call for a ‘resting’ time too.Pan of Rolls

Quilting can be a lot like bread making. Read the rest of this entry

Affordable Vacation Home – The Log Cabin

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Ever wanted a little place in the woods to escape to? If that little place is not in your immediate future consider building your own log cabin.  Lincoln logs are an obvious choice of building materials but for a more discerning and mature builder, the cozier option is to quilt one.

Stashing Sisters Quilt Guild - Lob Cabin Block by Bridgette Creviston

Log Cabin Quilt Block by Bridgette of Stashing Sisters

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Color and Quilting Lesson by Liz

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Liz shared her passion for color and quilts at our last meeting.  Inspired by Anna Maria Horner  (see her website here) we learned about choosing prints and colors.  Anna Maria compares buying clothes to buying fabric and if you know what you like then you should trust yourself . . . sort of.  If you’re not totally confident in your own sense of color or want to try something new then follow some of Anna Maria’s recipes as presented by Liz:

First figure out if your fabrics are in the Cool Color Family (blues, greens, purples and teals) or Warm Color Family (reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, rusts, and warm browns).

  • Recipe 1 – Monochromatic. Work with one color family.  Try small prints next to large prints.
Warm and Cool Color Families

Warm and Cool Color Families

  • Recipe 2 – Monochromatic with an Accent.  Use mostly one color family with little additions of an accent family to “pop” the visual interest.
  • Recipe 3 – Multicolored. Use a multicolored fabric you really like.  Add a solid or different print.

    Triangle Quilt Using Related Colors by Liz

    Triangle Quilt Using Related Colors by Liz

We love your quilts LIZ!!

Ideas From Williamsburg

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Williamsburg is a fascinating place.  Full of history and design elements that we don’t see very much anymore.  Here are a few designs that could inspire future quilting and quilt design.

Love of Family and Fabric – The Retreat Part 1 of 3

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Although no theme was mentioned or established for the 2014 Quilt Retreat, one emerged as the Stashing Sisters began working on their projects – FAMILY.

Most of the projects were for their families, either their own children or grandchildren.  The Sisters of the Quilt Guild all share the love of fabric and they also share love through fabric.