Thursday, January 12, 2012

NEEDLE Inspiration

That's all I needed.  A little needle inspiration.

My grandson just graduated to a twin bed. 
First came the crib, them the youth bed and now the twin.
Not just any twin but an antique brass bed.

I had seen this bed in the Country Living magazine and thought I could make a red, white and blue quilt. 
A nautical themed quilt.
This would work I could recreate this look. See the quilt at the 
bottom of the bed.

I went down to my sewing studio and pulled out of my stash these
prints in red and blue. 
Now I keep on hand at least 10 yards
of white fabric for just in case......

The top piece  I will use as my binding.
So I went to work cutting them up into 4.5 inch and 2.5 inch squares.  With the white fabric I cut 2.5 inch and 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles.

All of my print 2.5 inch squares I drew a line across the  centre.
Then I attached them to the white 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles.
I keep a bin full of my scraps that I have cut into 2.5 inches.
I call these leaders and enders.
You see I take two right sides together and sew them
then I continue to sew my quilt pieces together.
I chain piece. It makes it go along a lot faster.
Then I will end with ender. see picture.
Here is where they go once the leader an enders are sewn into this basket.   Then down the road when the inspiration arises 
I can make a scrappy quilt and half of my work is done.
 I make sure that I press each seam open. Now to assemble the star.

Here are some stars completed,
still another 17 to go.
Thanks for stopping by.
until next time,


  1. That will be a beautiful quilt

  2. very nice, I love this pattern, always looking for RW&B to work on. cw

  3. That will be awesome and so perfect for the big "graduation."