24 Mar

Fellow Quilters,



How are you doing?  If you’re one of my regular peeps you’re thinking “What?!?!?  Two blog posts in 3 days? Did that girl fall and bump her head?!?  She normally blogs once every 4-6 months”.  Pretty much true, I have to admit.  (If you’re not a subscriber yet you can sign up on the sidebar 😊)  Well, the reason for this post is the Stay at Home and Hop

that I’m participating in – it started March 21 and runs until March 31, with posts every 3 days from 40 fabulous quilt designers.  Here is the list of the next 10 designers (you may need to click on their blog button to see their post):

Studio R Quilts https://www.studiorquilts.com
Toadally Quilts https://www.toadallyquilts.com
From Blank Pages https://www.fromblankpages.com
Cotton Street Commons http://www.cottonstreetcommons.com
Puppy Girl Designs http://www.puppygirldesigns.com
Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs https://www.facebook.com/phoebemoondesgins
The Devoted Quilter https://www.devotedquilter.com
Christa Quilts https://www.christaquilts.com
Stitched by Susan http://www.stitchedbysusan.com
Tamarinis https://www.tamarinis.com

If you’ve just hopped over from another blog, WELCOME!  You might want to take a look at my blog post from March 21 – hint: there’s free stuff there.  You can also sign up for my newsletter here (scroll to the bottom of the page) or follow me on Facebook here.

So, this fun virtual Hop was created to give quilters everywhere a quilty fix without having to leave the safety of our homes.  Like everyone I know, Hubby and I are holed up in our home, only venturing outside for a brisk walk, waving to the neighbors from the other side of the street.  Quilting has been my happy diversion these past few weeks, and I have enough in my sewing room to continue uninterrupted until June – 2021 that is!  I know I’m not alone here – hands up if you also have a few (dozen) projects – UFO’s, not-even-started’s, etc. – to keep you going for the next year.  Hands up if you also go looking for a particular item in your sewing room, find 3 long-forgotten UFO’s, pull them out to pet them, swoon over them, dream about making them, then realize an hour later that you still haven’t found the item you started looking for.  Yup, me too.  We’re in this together.  That’s why my friend Jody Houghton calls us the Sisterhood of Quilters.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m including 4 things in each of my #stayathomeandhop posts:  something newsy, a quilting tip, a mouth-watering easy comfort-food recipe from my personal cookbook, and free stuff.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Today’s newsy item is jump-up-and-down exciting.  Drum roll please!!!  My Covered Buttons quilt is on the cover of the current (May/June) issue of McCall’s Quilting 😊😊.


Covered Buttons on the cover of McCall’s May/June issue


It is made with Northcott’s Dream Weaver collection of textures and ombres.  Oh, how I love ombres!  The gradual shading from dark to light mesmerizes me.

This design started in February 2019 when I received the digital files from Northcott.  I loaded the files into EQ8 (Electric Quilt) and start playing.  Normally I design 1 quilt from a collection, or sometimes 2 if it really inspires me.  With this collection I kept thinking “Oh, but I could also do THIS with it, and THAT with it”.  It was so easy to manipulate the ombre fabric in EQ8 to create a myriad of effects.  After 6 quilts I had to force myself to step away from my laptop.  Two of the designs

PC244 Illusion & PC245 Shadow Squares

PC244 Illusion & PC245 Shadow Squares

PC244 Illusion bargello and PC245 Shadow Squares – were selected by Northcott.  When the submission call for quilts came out from McCalls in September I jumped at the opportunity to send one of the remaining designs.  I was thrilled when it was accepted.  I was away when the fabric came in so my colleague Susanne perfectly pieced it and long-armer Ruth Quinn of Stitching Impressions worked her magic on it.  Isn’t it fabulous?

Covered Buttons by Patti Carey

Covered Buttons by Patti Carey

It uses only 3 fabrics – light turquoise for the light circles, dark turquoise for the dark circles and binding, and turquoise ombre for the entire background.  Can you believe it’s all from 1 fabric?!?  How cool is that!?!  Now, I know you’re wondering where you can get your hands on a copy of the May/June issue of McCall’s.  It shipped to subscribers March 12 and will be on newsstands March 26.  You’re also asking yourself where you can find the Dream Weaver fabric.  Let me help you with that.  As with all Northcott, Banyan and FIGO collections you can use the Product Finder on the Northcott or FIGO website – simple enter the name of a collection, click on the link and find the Product Finder icon on the right-hand toolbar.  The very best feature of the Product Finder is that you can search for a shop that has the exact pieces that you want.  So handy and helpful!

Today’s quilting tip is one that I include in most of my patterns and will come in handy when you make Covered Buttons – you will use this when you sew the light and dark triangles into columns.  Tip for aligning patches for sewing:

aligning triangle patches

aligning triangle patches

When you have 2 patches to be sewn together and they are sloped at opposite 45° angles, they are correctly aligned when they meet at the ¼” seam line as shown at right.

When you have 2 patches to be sewn together and only one is sloped at a 45° angle, they are correctly aligned at the top when they meet ⅜” from the edge as shown at far right.  However, sew them together with a ¼” seam.  I’ll throw in another tip:  Just because something is done a certain way in a pattern doesn’t mean you have to do it that way.  Case in point:  Looking at the Covered Buttons quilt I noticed that Susanne appliqued the circles using turned applique instead of fusing them.  That is, she added ¼” seam allowance and turned the edges under to invisibly machine-applique them in place.

Today’s recipe is an old standby in our house and usually provides leftovers for lunch the next day, depending on how many sons come for dinner.

Creamy Chicken & Rice

Spray a 9”x13” casserole dish with Pam/non-stick spray.
Combine (1) 10 oz can cream of mushroom or chicken soup, 1 cup milk and ½ – 1 tsp herb of your choice (paprika, Italian seasoning, sage, garlic, etc) and pour into dish.
Sprinkle ¾ cup uncooked long grain rice over soup.
Place 4 boneless chicken breasts or equivalent (I like to use 1½ – 2lbs boneless thighs) over rice.
Cover with foil and bake at 375° for 40 – 45 minutes.

Today’s free stuff:  I have an extra copy of the McCall’s May/June issue and will throw in some fat ¼’s of Dream Weaver.  For a chance to win this, please leave a comment on my blog telling me the size of quilt you usually make (runner, wall, crib, lap, bed) and the size you usually make for a bed (twin, double, queen, king).  I will randomly select one respondent to receive the magazine and Dream Weaver fabric pack.  If you haven’t commented on last Saturday’s post yet, head over there now for a chance to win there too.

Thanks for stopping by, have fun staying home and hopping, and please stay safe and healthy.



30 Responses to “”

  1. Christi March 24, 2020 at 2:08 am #

    I like lap size, easier to work with. Anything bigger is so hard to handle.

  2. Arlene Gibson March 24, 2020 at 6:34 am #

    Love this quilt Patti. Ombre is my favourite farbric. There is so much you can do with this fabric to add dimension and interest instead of using one background. I usually make queen size quilts. I don’t know why, because my bed is king size. I think it is because I plan not to make a big quilt and then by the time I put all of my design elements in, it grows.

  3. Sandy Allen March 24, 2020 at 8:09 am #

    Love your quilt! I can see how easy it would be to get carried away designing with the ombre fabrics.

    I make mostly throw size quilts that can be used to cuddle under while watching TV. Thanks for the chance to win! Stay safe and healthy.

  4. Bonnie Larson March 24, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    I love your pattern. It is very striking. Thanks

  5. Bonnie Larson March 24, 2020 at 8:16 am #

    I would love to take either your stacked presents workshop or your lone star workshop. Both look like a lot of fun. Thanks Patti

  6. Pat Hill March 24, 2020 at 8:39 am #

    I usually make comfort quilts or double bed size. Love your Covered Buttons quilt.

  7. Bunnie Cleland March 24, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    I usually make a Throw or bed runner quilt for trying out a new technique, and a King size quilt for my King size bed.
    Yes, I was one that thought ” two blog posts?” She must be getting cabin fever!
    And I love the use of the ombre fabrics. Great ideas!

  8. JanetT March 24, 2020 at 10:10 am #

    I usually make wall or baby size quilts; for a bed, queen size is the biggest I’ve made (96″x96″). Your quilt is fabulous; all from one fabric makes it amazing! I’m going to watch for Dream Weaver fabric at the shows (once they start up again).

  9. janettempo March 24, 2020 at 10:13 am #

    I usually make crib or wall quilts; the largest bed quilt I’ve made is queen size (96″x96″). The Dream Weaver fabrics are amazing and I’ll keep my eye out for more opportunities to use them. Your quilt design is effective; I love how it turned out using the fabric.

  10. Diane Clarke March 24, 2020 at 10:29 am #

    My typical project depends on the fabric. When I fall in love I use more. The double bed with a good hang over and pillow tuck is typical. As our sons friends are starting families I’ve been doing oodles of baby quilts with no specific theme so more practical for longer.

  11. Cathy B. March 24, 2020 at 10:39 am #

    Haven’t worked with ombre fabrics – yet! Since my quilts are usually gifts, I make lap quilts (aim for 60″ x 70″ or so), crib quilts, or table runners / toppers. Bonus is for that size I can usually quilt it myself too. Haven’t really made a bed-sized quilt yet, but sometimes I’ll throw a lap quilt on top of my bed.

  12. Rosalind Gutierrez March 24, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Lap quilts are my favorite project. Congrats on your quilt & getting on the cover of the magazine. I understand getting lost in searching through projects and forgot the original reason to be there.

  13. Lisa England March 24, 2020 at 11:26 am #

    I have made quite a few queen sized quilts but making lap quilts is my favorite. Or baby quilts. Or table runners. I guess I like it all.

    • Patti March 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm #

      LOL! Me too.

  14. stephzw March 24, 2020 at 11:58 am #

    I usually like lap size or queen size quilts. I cannot do king size on my long arm, plus as a senior I dislike wrestling the large amounts of fabric in these quilts. Seems as if full size quilts have gone out of favor.

  15. glorybquilts March 24, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

    I make a whole variety of sizes, including pillows, but my favourite size is a lap. Usually sized around 50″ X 60″. This is large enough to develop a pattern, but still manageable to quilt on my domestic machine.

  16. Arlene Gardner March 24, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

    Lap quilts or wall quilts are now what I make.

  17. Mindy Veldhuizen March 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm #

    I usually make lap 60″ish x70″ish, but just finished a queen size top that really challenged my attention span! Love your bargello pattern.

  18. Betsey Ryan March 24, 2020 at 3:55 pm #

    I really like the “Shadow Squares” quilt!!!! I tend to gravitate to the sofa/lap size quilts in hopes that I will actually complete them. I have several full/Queen tops waiting to be quilted. I have been into table runners and place matts lately.
    TTFN Betsey

  19. Maryjane March 24, 2020 at 10:31 pm #

    I usually make lap sized quilts, easier to handle when trying to FM quilt on my small machine. I have been really inspired lately to make some wall hanging quilts to decorate my home for each season.

  20. HEATHER PORRITT March 25, 2020 at 12:53 pm #

    Still working over here but I come home and retreat to the sewing room Great distraction I usually make lap or larger

  21. Karan Willams March 25, 2020 at 6:58 pm #

    Love, love, love this collection. I have made queen and king, but I plan to start making smaller ones so I can make more. There are so many fabrics and patterns I want to use.

  22. Delaine March 27, 2020 at 6:26 am #

    I love Covered Buttons! You are very talented. I have just finished making 2 king sized quilts – one for my daughter and one for myself, so I guess that is the size that I make most often. Thanks!

  23. Judy Duffy March 27, 2020 at 6:53 am #

    Doing great! Hope you are too. Your blog is fabulous. Great ideas being shared. Thanks for keeping us sane.

  24. Sandra Cassidy March 28, 2020 at 8:03 am #

    I do the quilting on many of our guilds comfort quilts, but personally I love to do all sizes of quilts depending on their purpose. Stay healthy!!

  25. Carol Kuse March 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

    Our quilt show this year (if we get to have it!) is asking for two color quilts so I can hardly wait to see this issue.

  26. Renata Schroeppel March 31, 2020 at 12:35 am #

    I make lap size quilts most of the time.I make ful size quilts for the bed.

  27. Renata Schroeppel March 31, 2020 at 12:43 am #

    Hi, I would take your bargello workshop. It is on my list to make.


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