Monday, July 30, 2012


Okay, so it's only for two split seconds; but still cool nonetheless.  My MAZED quilt and pattern was on TV...Eeeeee!  You can find the clip here on the Great Day St. Louis website. 

Some time ago, Great Day St. Louis, visited Fabric Nosherie to do a tutorial.  If you watch the clip, you'll see that they show you snapshots of the store and all the wonderful goodies and fabulous fabrics found there. MAZED quilt and pattern was included in the quick snapshot.

Then, at the end of the segment, you can see it in the background. 

It is a GREAT Day, Thanks :-)

Friday, July 13, 2012

What's a little Confetti Amongst Friends

You've likely heard me mention the Lou Bee Girls before; but you really don't understand how much I truly adore these Ladies.  It all started with this...

The STLMQG was expanding by leaps and bounds and a few of us decided to start a small quilting bee where we could take turns making blocks for one another; with the hope that at the end of a year's cycle, we each would have a quilt to call our own.

Several "group" names were tossed around including: Sew Saint Lou, St. Louis Seam Ripping Society, Stitch to my Lou, St. Louis Thread Company, etc.  Somehow we decided to agree on "Meet Me In St. Lou"; which because of it's length quickly became "Lou Bee".

To our surprise a few months later, Juli Ann, our resident Artist created this amazing logo.  If you look carefully, you'll see that she intrically added each member's name (Cara, Grace, Jamie, Jessica, Kristy (Me), Juli Ann, Laura, Lynne and Mary Claire).

In July of 2011, I started off our bee with an Improv Confetti block similiar to what I had seen here. While I had wanted to choose a crazy bold color for the background, the pressure was too much and I decided on two shades of beige...BORING!!! 

Yet, once I added a scrappy mix of fabrics in yellow, orange and red; I was confident in my decision to use beige as the background.

The Lou Bee Ladies didn't disappoint and the following month I received 16 completely unique Improv blocks with the most intricate detail.  I sadly let those blocks sit for 9 months afraid of how I should piece them together.

Finally, at our Sew-In this past April; I was determined to get them pieced together and as you can see...I did.

The quilt top sat like that for another 3 months and finally this past weekend I felt confident enough to finish.  Having limited machine quilting abilities (straight stitch and intentional wonky-stitch), I decided to tackle this with horizontal stitching measuring 1" apart. 

As soon as I finished that last stitch, cut that last thread and pulled it away from my machine, I knew that I had finished something truly magical.  This quilt will be a constant reminder of the women that I am honored to call my Friends.

In the words of writer, Anais Nin:  "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

Thank You from the bottom of my heart !

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Modernized D9P

Today, I'm going to show you the process that I used to make a "Modernized D9P" or Disappearing Nine Patch.  Each quilters results will vary depending upon the Block Layouts they choose; but this Ride-Along will help guide you along the way.

If you are unfamiliar with the Disappearing Nine Patch, one quick Google search can provide hundreds of examples.  I of course couldn't leave well-enough alone and wanted to tweak the block, taking this simple concept one step further by utilizing negative space.  It's a simple change that creates wonderful results.

The block is fairly simple in that you are sewing 9 squares of fabric together and then quartering them.  What makes this "Modernized D9P" different is two things.
  1. Instead of using 9 printed fabrics in a single block, you use only 4; the balance is your background fabric.
  2. You use multiple Block Layouts in a single quilt. 

Below is an illustration showing you a handful of Block Layout options using the 4 + 5 concept.  There are certainly more then I have shown here and I encourage you to create your own too.  The greater variety of Block Layouts you use in a single quilt, the more unique it will look.

Here are the Block Layouts that I choose to use in my quilt.  As I wanted to make 9 blocks, I just duplicated some of my favorites.

Below in an illustration showing you how the blocks will look once quartered, see the variety.

Once you have sewn together, then quartered all of your blocks, you can begin laying out the assorted pieces into a pleasing arrangement.  This is the fun part, as you can really play with the negative space.

All that's left to do is sew the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together, sandwich, quilt and bind.  Ta-Da!! you have just created your very own Modernized D9P.

If you have used my Modernized D9P or any of my patterns or tutorials, please share your photos and blog posts with me.  You can use #modernizedD9P and tag @LoveOldHouses on Instagram. 

I love seeing what you do and will add them to my “Inspired by my Patterns” board on Pinterest.

The prints in this quilt are from Lotta Jansdotter's Bella collection from Windham Fabrics.