Make this quilt today! 10-15-22

Here’s a Christmas quilt you could piece in one afternoon! Maybe you’re glued to the tv watching the ballgames. I am and while I “watch” I sew. Baseball is somewhat slow giving me lots of sewing time.

A reader asked about this quilt several weeks ago and for the life of me I could not remember it. Finally I looked in my Christmas closet and there it was!

Here are the measurements I used – but strips could easily be changed.

When sewing strips together lengthwise, start at alternate ends so you don’t end up with a rainbow shaped quilt. Carefully straighten the edges at this point or following quilting.

Since I curved the corners with a dinner plate I needed bias binding and chose a check that would look good on the bias.

If you search the Sundance home catalog, you’ll find a quilt with vertical strips so it can be bed size. It’s very nice – simple and perfect in my opinion.

The leaves on the walnut tree north of the house are coming down like snow this morning.

I think I should make up a seasonal collection of cards – here’s a new one.

Taken last summer
Keeper’s favorite pastime- ugh
So attractive

Helen’s gorgeous morning glories!

So go cut some strips and make a quilt today! And don’t forget to send me a picture!

28 thoughts on “Make this quilt today! 10-15-22

  1. DebMac

    OK, I’ve got this quilt bookmarked twice now. Can’t make it today as the grandson is coming for an sleepover as tomorrow is Mommy’s birthday. We will celebrate with brunch so will be prepping for that. Have fun with your sewing today.

  2. Julie

    Goodness, your video of the leaves falling down looked exactly like my backyard, I had to do a double take. And I love Helen’s morning glories, I’m a huge morning glory fan. The Christmas cute quilt is really cute, maybe I’ll start saving strips from binding and stuff on my seasonal quilts and I may end up having enough for a whole quilt at some point! I make dials and one of these days I’m going to make a morning glory doll.

  3. Marsha from Kansas

    We had a dog who loved to chew the stuffing out of the toys, too. I would restuff and it was quite the game. Finally, I just sewed the hole shut and then Indy would play fetch with Mr. Mailman. Fun memories. Loved your quilt the first time you showed it and still do! Could be made with any theme fabric. Wonder how long it will take your eye to heal. Hope it’s not as painful as it looks. Football and baseball day!

  4. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    My maple tree in the front yard will probably be bare by dusk. Leaves are falling like rain and we are supposed to get more wind this afternoon.

  5. Peggy

    We had a dog that liked to play with stuffed toys and shook them to death. Never bothered other things except paper so that was good. Hope Keeper does the same. It could be much worse. Love your pictures. Have a good day.

  6. Diane in Colorado

    Ah, I wish I had my machine with me here in MN as I would definitely be cutting and piecing a strip quilt this afternoon!!! I love yours!! As it is, I will be driving my parents around to various errands they want to accomplish and we will enjoy our time together!! I can sew again when I get home.

    Enjoy this sunny, fall day!!

  7. Cheryl

    The photos are gorgeous. Maybe not the black eye! Keeper is only a puppy once :).
    Just wanted to tell you how much FUN the quilt on the cover of the new book is to make! I love scrap quilts with a light background. Somehow every block is stunning! When I am making quilts my rule is, other than muslin background, any areas of large pieces of one fabric is just not how old quilts were made. No pioneer or farm family had the luxury of “wasting” large pieces of useable fabric. Thus, the gorgeous scrap quilts of long ago! How can you be in your 70’s and no eye bags? Iowa genes.

  8. Jo in Wyoming

    I love the leaves color. I have a set of dishes with leaves of that color. The Aspens and cottonwood trees are just brilliant this week. We haven’t had a freeze yet, so they change to light lemon/golden yellow. Other trees are orange/red.
    I laughed when I saw Keeper’s mess. Loretta still does the same thing. I now throw away the guts and stuff with a small squeaky ball, then patch.
    Wow, in 2 weeks is Halloween. Then 2 more weeks, Veterans Day, then 2 weeks…Thanksgiving! I’m sure there will be a shortage of turkeys so they can raise the price! I’m going to focus on colors, not what’s coming. Have a great weekend.

  9. Charlotte

    What a treat to watch the leaves falling on your property! (Not a treat to clean up.) how quickly the seasons pass it seems like it was only recently that you were putting your plants out for the warmer weather. Take good care of your eyes and the bruise. Try to Be still.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Charlotte – I couldn’t agree more! The older I get the faster the time goes! Has fall arrived in NYC?

  10. Sherry Whalen

    We went for our 2 mile walk this morning – it was 27 degrees and as it warmed up toward arriving back home – the falling leaves were like walking in amidst giant snowflakes! They were falling fast.

  11. NancyTD

    Falling leaves is better than the falling snow I watched yesterday. Lucky it melted. Average first snow for our area is Nov. 4. Hope that isn’t a warning of what is to come this winter.
    Today I am working on a quilt for my 3year old great granddaughter. Pink tractors. She has a pink battery operated tractor that she drives around hauling things in it’s trailer.
    Pictures were nice. Your eye looks awful. Hope it doesn’t hurt. Take care and enjoy the baseball games and sewing!

  12. Marit

    I happen to have a copy of the primitive rustic lap quilt pattern. Sorry I can’t find your email address but I could send a picture of it if you like. Marit

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marsha – maybe she’ll comment here but she told me she didn’t want to make all those houses so she made roads in between – probably no pattern unless this reader wants to write it up for you.

      1. Marsha

        I’m 100% behind not making all those houses! I love house quilts, and this one looks like something fun. I get bored making the same block over & over! Thanks!

  13. Jan Smith

    Thanks for the pattern. I can see it could be adapted for seasons, baby quilts.
    Your eye looks painful. Be sure to show us when it turns green, haha!

  14. Sandy

    Hi Mary, love your outdoor clothesline, do you use it? I love the smell of fresh clothes dried outside. The house quilt is great, colours make a quilt l think. Sewing small quilts made with scraps for pet blankets and still ironing for a couple of hours every day. I hope your eye gets better soon, take care,best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – yes, I do use my clothesline especially for sheets. My clothes end up too wrinkled and stiff if I hand them on the line but rugs, linens, etc all dry on the line.

  15. Judy

    Great post for today. I think your cards would be wonderful with those pictures. I’m sure everyone will be asking about the house/strips quilt, love it.

    Take care and hoping for a quicker heal on that eye!

  16. Carla

    Oh Mary, you’re eye still looks so painful! I feel bad that I haven’t had any finishes to share. Life hit hard and fast this September and I’m finally, hopefully, coming out of it now. I have been inspired by the lovely photos on your blog. You truly have an artistic spirit. I’ll try to remember to send a picture of a simple baby quilt I just finished for my newest grand baby. It’s small, but it’s a finish!

  17. Candy

    Oh, my … thanks for the kind comments on my quilt “The Village”. I always loved Carrie Nelson’s (Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.) quilt “Village” that was very popular a few years ago. I thought I’d try a few houses to see how they turned out, and although I loved them, I wasn’t going to make 132 of them, lol! So I just made up a pattern as I went. You can get the free pattern download for the original “Village” quilt at The Fat Quarter Shop online. Just make as many houses as you want, then add strips of fabric (I used 3 different fabrics sewn together) to space them out. I think I made my houses a little shorter than the pattern (just cut off the bottom), to make them the same size as my strip pieces. Basically I just fudged the whole thing … and you can too! It’s a fun quilt to make. Mary, sorry for taking up so much space here!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Candy – I’m so happy you were willing to explain what you did with the roads between the houses! Looks simple enough – I think they can figure it out on their own now. Thanks, Candy!

  18. Bea knight

    Hi Mary
    Morning Glory’s are one of my favorite flowers! Yours are so so gorgeous, wow
    I love your blog!
    Hope your eye gets better fast!
    God bless you
    Bea knight

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