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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Hi everyone,
I was always good at keeping secrets, but for some reason, I was itching to come out with this one:    Our latest Scrap Squad project was AWESOME!   What a beautiful, beautiful pattern!   Designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird quilts (http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/), the pattern is called RASPBERRY DESSERT, all in pink hues.   My seven  partners in crime and I,  the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad, were assigned this pattern to be made with our scraps.   The result is just awesome!   Let me show you a picture of mine:

It was a VERY EASY pattern to make.   I used scraps from my fall/autumn bin, then scraps from my neutrals bin and for the cornerstones, an array of scraps from my reds.   While working on this quilt, we Scrap Squad Girls are in constant communication, uploading pictures of our work in progress... asking advice... giving advice and generally motivating each other.   Jane, one of our colleagues, told me this quilt reminded her of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches we devoured on cold winter days... Such a fitting description!  Warm and cozy!   
The pattern was different from any I had ever made because of the beautiful pieced set-in triangles that improves  the overall effect of the quilt:    Here is a picture of the top BEFORE it was trimmed:   You can see the '' raggedy'' edges.   It is well indicated on the pattern where to trim off and it is actually very easy to do.

Here is a picture of the finished quilt on a bed and then, a closeup picture of the quilting I did on my own HQ16:   not perfect quilting, but I am getting there.

You can find this lovely pattern in the next edition of Quiltmaker Magazine (May/June) which will be out on the newsstands within the next few weeks.

GOOD NEWS:    The designer of this RASPBERRY DESSERT pattern, Julie Herman,  has generously donated one of her latest patterns to each of the Scrap Squad members to give away on her blog.   If you scroll down to my next post, you will read all the details of the giveaway..   You can participate in this contest on my blog or any of the Scrap Squad member`s blog.   We EACH have a pattern to give away.   This is how to connect to their blogs and enter the contest.

Dionne's blog:    http://sewmanyquilts.blogspot.com/
Donna`s blog:   http://www.donnaquilts4u2c.blogspot.com/
Kim`s blog:     http://pokeytown3.blogspot.com/
Linda`s blog:     http://linfer101.blogspot.com/
Carol`s quilting page:    http://quiltwithus.connectingthreads.com/profile/CarolVickers
Jane`s blog:   http://forestjane.blogspot.com/
Ruth's blog:    http://threadsofmine.blogspot.com/

In addition,  Quiltmaker magazine also has a FABRIC giveaway on their blog:


Now isn`t this a FUN week??????    Anyone want to join me in a NINE-PATCH FRENZY Quiltalong?    Just comment on the said post.   I would love to hear from you!

Keeping you in stitches,


  1. Grilled cheese and tomato soup? Are you sure those aren't square apple pies? Whatever, you are making me hungry. (It's 7:45A here at the moment). Yummy quilt. I'm busy making scraps with my first double wedding ring this week.

  2. I really love the colors. Tomato soup and grilled cheese is a perfect description. Yumm! Your quilting looks great- good work!

  3. I do love this quilt! It looks so warm and comforting, just like the comfort foods it reminds us of! And your quilting is FABULOUS!

  4. The colors are great, as is your quilting. I'll always your remember your quilt because of the fun we had talking about the tomato soup and grilled cheese!

  5. Jane was right! So Pat have you named your quilt yet? The quilt looks perfect on the bed, your bed skirt couldn't have been any better if you'd planned it. Hope to gain some inspiration from you and your your partners in crime as I host Quiltmaker Quilt-Along Oneline. Sandi

  6. What a great use of color. These all look so different. I think I like this pattern of Julie's the best!

  7. Your quilt reminds me of chocolate covered cherries (red center, creamy filling, and dark chocolate coating)! Julie sure has designed some amazing patterns just perfect for using up our scraps! (And I LOVE scrappy quilts!)

  8. Tomato soup and grilled cheese is my favorite cold weather lunch or dinner! Total comfort food! That quilt looks like total comfort too! I just love it!


  9. I love the color combination. You did a great job with the quilting. Thanks for sharing!!!

  10. The quilting is awesome! It gives me inspiration. I am trying my first machine quilting project this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed!

  11. i love the color
    good job
    ciao Maria

  12. I think your quilting is just gorgeous. That is a great pattern too and good luck to everyone trying to win.