Monthly Archives: January 2012

Two more for DNQC!

Two more for DNQC!


Roll of Nickels

Crosses and Dots

Here’s two more completed quilts for The Double Nickel Quilt Challenge.  The first Roll of Nickels quilt is here.  We decided to do a slightly different quilting design for the second one, Overlapping Squares Meander.  It adds great texture to the homespun fabric while staying soft and cuddly after washing.

Crosses and Dots is another E2E combining Freehand Spirals with an occasional flower.

The back is white, too!

I love the white on white stitching but what if it I had used a pale yellow or blue thread?  That could have been fun!

Can you believe we’re to the end of January?  Hope you’ve had a great start to 2012!  We’ve had a pretty exciting month, highlighted by sending our daughter to England to study abroad, going to a 3 day quilting retreat and visiting our son in Orlando.  And thankfully, I was able to finish 8 customer quilts!  I still have some Loose Ends to work on but maybe I’ll finish one next month!

Thanks for looking and just keep stitchin’


Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

Candace of The Double Nickel Quilt Challenge has awarded me The Versatile Blogger award!  Thanks Candace!

As a recipient of this award, I am to share 7 things about myself and nominate 15 bloggers for this award.

So here goes!

1.  My first quilt was made from my maternity clothes (sewn by me) in 1984.  It was big blocks and tied with crochet thread.

2.  My first “real” quilt was made in 2002 when that child graduated from high school!  He has both quilts.

3.  I have finished more than 75 quilts since then and I have at least 6 unfinished quilt tops.

4.  Since purchasing my longarm in 2004, I have quilted 451 quilts!

5.  I am working on my first hand pieced hexagon project.

6.  I purchased my husband at a bachelor auction.

7.  If I don’t sew, I get cranky!


I nominate the following blogs:

The Quilt Ladies

Pearl the Squirrel

Lisa Liza Lou Designs

501 Quilt Blocks

Yellow Bird Quilting Cottage

Borderline Quilter

The BunkHouse

Wedding Dress Blue


If you would like to receive this award, email me!       linda(at)lrdesignsquilting(dot)com


Thanks for looking and just keep stitchin’!



Floor Cushion Tutorial share

Floor Cushion Tutorial share


Here’s a tutorial for making a floor cushion.  Try using fabric scraps or orphan blocks!  It can be any size, just use the appropriate pillow form.  I would probably make a flapped back instead of a zipper, but that’s just me.

The “top” is quilted so you can use leftover batting pieces, too.  The batting scraps could be sewn or fused together.  Here’s a product to do that with!



And just keep stitchin’


Linda’s Dish Mat Tutorial

Linda’s Dish Mat Tutorial


As promised in a previous post, here’s a tutorial for the dish mats!  They are very simple and stitch up fast.  You can make them any size but for this demo, I used a fat quarter of focus fabric and a slightly larger piece of terry cloth.  I bought several yards of terry, pre-washed it and rough cut it with a scissors.  Fair warning on the terry, it shrinks, so buy more than you think that you’ll need to allow for that.



Great for drying glasses!



Here’s a pdf version of my instructions  Linda’s Dish Mat Tutorial .  Have fun!  Email your dish mat pictures to:

linda at lrdesignsquilting dot com   and I’ll post them!

Update:  I’ve revisited making Dish Mats!  Here’s a new easier version with borders!  Check it out here!  Thanks!  🙂 Linda