Monthly Archives: March 2013

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 12

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 12

Block 12


For the final block in the BlockBase Sew Along, we picked our block!  My parameters were:  finish at 10″ and no triangles.   With a little searching, I picked block 1829, Country Lanes.




What’s next?  How do I design a quilt with blocks ranging from 8 to 10 inches?  Frames!   I found a dark red in my stash and started making twist frames.  Here’s 6 of them with the first frame.

setting design

I’ll add a second frame and then square them up to the same size.  I’m not sure what the second color will be but I’m trying to use something from my stash of fabric.  If I can use one of my vintage yardages, all the better!

Stay tuned to see how long it takes me to make this into a flimsy and then a finished product!  Who knows, it may join many other projects languishing in Linda’s Loose Ends pile!

Check here for other Block 12 finishes!

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

🙂 Linda


Vintage Coffee Pot – revived

Vintage Coffee Pot – revived

original coffee basket

Quite a few years ago, I acquired this coffee pot at an estate sale.  Coffee is brewed by pouring boiling water over the grounds.  This is my favorite method for making perfect coffee and I usually use a Melitta Cone Filter Coffee Maker.  However, when you bang the glass pot against the sink, it breaks!

So, out comes my vintage coffee pot, which  holds the cone filter perfectly.using melita 6 cup  filter  The pot looks great on my counter and I’ve got my excellent coffee every morning.  The original brewer works fine but I prefer using the filter for less sediment.

I love it when I can use vintage!



Check out other Vintage Thingies Thursdays at Coloradolady!

What’s your favorite vintage?  🙂  Linda

Trash to Treasure – Pineapple Quilt

Trash to Treasure – Pineapple Quilt

12 blocks done



I love scrappy!  This project lives at my quilting buddy’s house.  That way, I always have something to work on when we have sew days.  I’m using the book and ruler by Gyleen Fitzgerald,  “Trash to Treasuretrash to treasure book.  All kinds of fabric are thrown in here.  The strips are cut 1 1/2″.   It’s a great way to use those little pieces left when you’re cutting fabric or the remnants left from quilt backs.  I’m making the scrappy version, but her book has more coordinated settings, too. Not sure how big this one will be, but I have enough strips for about 100 blocks!!!

Have you made a Trash to Treasure quilt?  I’d love to see your pictures, too.  Leave a comment or send me an email (linda at lrdesignsquilting dot com) with your pictures and I’ll post them.  Thanks!  🙂 Linda

Design Wall Monday – Haley’s Stash

Design Wall Monday – Haley’s Stash

second design


Our granddaughter, Haley, is staying with us and yesterday we cut her stash into 5 inch squares!   At first, she wanted to arrange her squares to spell 1 D, for the band One Direction. (If you have a 10 year old girl in your family, you’ll know who they are!!)  I steered her away from that and this is the design she made.  Next time we’ll tackle sewing the squares together.  Wish me luck!!!






My other design wall is sorting charms for the next Postage Stamp Quilt swap!

sorting charms again!


This is how I sort 100 different charms for swapping.  I throw in a couple extra for safe measure.  Are you signed up for the swap?  Mary at Curious Quilter has extended the sign up period through today!  These 2″ charms could be yours!  Here’s the sign up link.


Check out Judy at Patchwork Times for other Design Wall Monday projects!

Thanks for looking!  Linda 🙂

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 11

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 11

Block 11 twice

Here’s my Block 11, done twice, for the BlockBase Sew Along.  For simplicity sake, the block finishes at 10″.  This allowed me to use 2 1/2″ squares and the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler.


Block 11 style 1




Following BlockBase, I made this block first.






Block 11 style 2 - Copy (2)






After some research on the Rolling Nine Patch and finding this image,  I tried it with some slightly different fabrics and blocks.








So, I’m not really sure which block I like best, but I’ve got 2 to choose from when I try to design a layout for the 12 blocks in the sew along.

11 blocks to date



Next week, the last block will be revealed and then it’ll be time to plan the quilt for these blocks!

Check here to see how others completed their Rolling Nine Patch!

Thanks!  🙂 Linda

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