Mr. B’s Quilt is Finished

I’ve enjoyed making quilts for all five of my grandchildren. Some of them were simple quilts made from a single piece of fabric surrounded by a border. Those gave me a wonderful place to practice my long-arm quilting skills as well as being a cozy little quilt suitable for small hands to snuggle. My first three grandchildren were the recipients of those quilts.

After they were finished I decided to make each grandchild their very own lap quilt. Using the same pattern Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs I made five different quilts. These are the first four.

Mr Js Quilt Reveal
Mr. J’s Quilt Reveal


Miss L and Miss M with Quilts
Miss L and Miss M with their Quilts
Geometric Lines on Miss A's Quilt
Miss A’s Quilt

The fifth one was made for my youngest grandchild, Mr. B. With the help of Mr. B’s Mom we chose a color pallet of oranges, blues, white and black. Mr. B was born during the summer of 2016. Even though I started his quilt long before he was born, it wasn’t finished until many months later. Here’s how Mr. B’s very own lap quilt looked when it was finished.

Mr. B's Quilt Top
Mr. B’s Quilt Top
Geometric Shapes on Mr. B's Quilt
Geometric Shapes on Mr. B’s Quilt
Squares in Squares on Mr. B's Quilt
Squares in Squares on Mr. B’s Quilt
Crisscrossing Lines on Mr. B's Quilt
Crisscrossing Lines on Mr. B’s Quilt
A Look at Both the Top and Back of Mr. B's Quilt
A look at Both the Top and Back of Mr. B’s Quilt
The Back and Binding of Mr. B's Quilt
The Back and Binding of Mr. B’s Quilt
One More Look of Mr. B's Quilt
One More Look of Mr. B’s Quilt

Mr. B’s quilt was quilted with an off-white thread and a geometric stitch pattern. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. I just love the fabric colors and how the stitch design helped to acentuate their patterns.

My goal of creating a lap size quilt for each of my grandchildren is now complete! Who knows what is next.

Cindy Anderson


Miss M’s Quilt is Finished

After months and months of work I’m happy to report that a quilt for Miss M. has also been finished. I’ve been busily applying finishing touches to as many of my own projects as possible. As is usually the case my things are set aside to make way for customer quilts. Miss M’s was one of those.

Delivery of this quilt took place on the same day and in the same fashion as Miss L’s. Miss M was of course over-the-top excited to receive her very own Nana quilt. After making the delivery her mother shared that she could be seen walking around the house with the quilt draped around her.

How special to have had the opportunity to make a quilt for her. I just know she will be thrilled with it for years to come.

Please enjoy the following photos

Miss M Quilt RevealMiss M

Miss M QuiltMiss M’s Quilt

Miss M Quilt BackThe Back of Miss M’s Quilt

Miss M Quilt Stitch SampleFlowers for Miss M

Miss M PillowSweet Dreams Miss M

Miss L and Miss M with QuiltsAll Smiles!

Cindy Anderson

Miss L’s Quilt is Finished

I’m very happy to report that Miss L’s quilt has finally come to completion. Many, many hours, loads of stitches and lots of love went into the quilts creation. If you are curious about the journey it took from start to finish you may read about it here, here and here.

With the quilt finally finished it was time to decide when and how she would receive it. I tossed around various options; then ultimately decided to give it to her before setting out for my Creating Free-Form Quilts retreat.

Plans were made with her mother to meet at a park. The “aledged” purpose was to enlist the assistance of my grandchildren to photograph what they thought were quilts meant for other people.

When I arrived at the park they were actively playing on the playground equipment. Once they discovered I was there they came running over to greet me.

The quilts were safely packed inside plastic bags secured with a fabric bow. Each quilt was carefully removed from its bag and stretched out on a bed sheet that had been placed on the grass. The sheet would protect the quilts from getting dirty.

My grandchildren, at this point, still had no idea they were the lucky recipients. As I snapped photo after photo I turned over one of the corners revealing a quilt label. The expression on their faces, as reality began to sink in, was priceless.

Of course each one of them was very excited to receive a quilt. There was one child that overwhelmingly expressed her satisfaction, and that was Miss L. I know this because her mother shared with me the comment she made as they drove away. Miss L said,

I always hoped that Nana would make me a quilt. She makes such nice quilts. :o)

How special to hear those sweet words!

Pictured below are photos of Miss L’s quilt along with a pillow that I made from leftover fabric.

Miss L Quilt Delivered

All Smiles!

Miss L Quilt Overview

Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt Swirls Swirls on Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt PaisleyPaisley’s on Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt FlowerA Flower for Miss L

Miss L Pillow

Sweet Dreams!

Cindy Anderson


Mr. B

Last Fall we learned that we would once again be grandparents. We were overjoyed at the prospect of adding another grandchild to our family. Since I had made quilts for my other grandchildren it only seemed natural to plan and create a quilt for this child as well.

I chose the same pattern that I used for the other quilts, Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs.  The fabrics were a joint venture by my daughter and myself. This is what we selected.

Baby M Quilt

My intention was to complete the project before the new grand-baby arrived. I did after all have, give or take, eight months to meet my goal. Unfortunately, as the saying goes

the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry

Robert Burns

and go awry mine did. On July 6th our newest bundle of joy came into this world. While I am absolutely overjoyed that Mr. B has joined our family I am sad to report that his quilt hasn’t even been started. I’m certain though that the absence of a completed quilt from Nana has not even crossed his mind. He won’t even be able to acknowledge that one does or does not exist for quite some time.

Looks like I better get rolling!

Please give a warm welcome to my newest grandson Mr. B

Mr. B

Cindy Anderson 


A Quilt for Mr. J is Finished

How nice to finally be able to say that Mr. J’s quilt is finished! The journey began back in the summer of 2015. Who knew it would take so long? Links to the journey can be found here Part One, Part Two, Part Three

Here’s the final reveal:

Mr Js Quilt RevealMr Js Quilt Stitching

After adding the last stitch to the binding and label I made it my mission to use up the remaining scraps and fabric by making a pillow. The fiberfill insert I had purchased several years ago. Rather than leave it sitting on my shelf I decided to let it determine the size of the final product.

From the scraps I was able to create a pillow cover using an envelope pattern. Here’s the final product.

Mr Js Pillow

Cindy Anderson



Smash My Stash # 6: Mr. J’s Quilt

Smash My StashMajor progress was made on Mr. J’s quilt. As was mentioned in a previous post, the quilt’s backing and binding, both created from an orange fabric with cross hatching, were assembled.  I’ve also had time to stitch together the quilt sandwich using a geometric meandering pattern, add the binding as well as a label.

Left to do are the hand stitching on the binding and label as well as the construction of a pillow with the quilt’s remaining scraps.

Here’s a sneak peek


As soon the remaining tasks have been wrapped up I will share the final details. In the meantime if you are interested in reading about the quilt’s history you may find more information here and here.

Have a pleasant day!

Cindy Anderson

Smash My Stash # 5: Abundant Progress

Smash My StashI have been very, very busy; so busy that blogging has taken a back seat. I have poured all of my efforts into making progress on my own quilts. Piled on my table are three quilts for grandchildren, a log cabin quilt and two smaller items along with a quilt of my daughter’s. All of them have been patiently waiting for their opportunity to be quilted on my long arm quilt machine.

Here’s what I have accomplished:

Quilt backs and bindings were made for

Mr. J’s Quilt (you may read about the quilt here and here)


Miss L’s quilt (you may read about her quilt here and here)


Miss M’s quilt (you may read about her quilt here)

IMG_9159_newI also put together a back for a quilt that I have adopted, and made modifications to a mini quilt I had previously made. More about those items to come in future posts.

That’s all for now!


Smash My Stash # 4: Setting Priorities

Smash My StashPicking up where we left off here, here, and here

Making A List

When I first decided 2016 was going to be my year to begin reducing my inventory (Smash My Stash), I felt it was necessary to make a list of everything I had, categorize it, establish a plan of attack and then return each of the items to storage. My next plan was to share the list with YOU. By the time I had my enormous list of UFPs (unfinished projects) written down I realized it was slightly too large and way to boring to share with anyone but myself. Nobody wants to read a list that extends beyond one hundred items.

One Hundred Weeks or More

With that volume of projects, if I successfully completed one each week, I would have enough to keep me going through all of 2016 and the better part of 2017. For some of the projects a week would be more than enough time to finish. For others a seven-day goal would be way too ambitious.


Even though it didn’t seem so at the time, making the list was much easier than the thought process I went through to prioritize it. Much contemplation went into separating out the things that must get done from the ones that could stand to be moved to the bottom of the list.

At the top and glaringly obvious were:

IMG_3290_NewOne of the blocks in the Heart & Home Quilt

Once those are complete I think I will work on a few of my smaller projects.

If I add up all of the above items the total count comes to fifteen. Fifteen is not a small number.  To start the ball rolling I have chosen to finish Mr. J’s cathedral quilt. See photos below.


IMG_8776Mr. J’s Quilt Top

So glad you decided to come back for round four. Be watching for the next edition in my series Smash My Stash!

Cindy Anderson

Miss M’s Quilt: Part One

One of Each –

I’ve been making progress on my quest to make a quilt for each of my grandchildren. This particular quilt just happens to be the last on my list. I’m making it for my second granddaughter Miss M. To select the fabrics for her quilt I enlisted the assistance of her mom. Chosen from Missouri Star Quilt Company’s inventory was a jelly roll called Waterfront Park by Michael Miller.

Secured By A Ribbon –

The roll of 2 1/2″ strips was secured with a ribbon. As I removed the ribbon I was reminded of the excitement one feels when opening a present. One by one I separated out the strips by color. Included in the roll were seventeen different prints with at least two strips of each color or pattern.



A Bit Of Tweeking –

The strips were filled with wrinkles so my first task was to carefully press each one. While making my way through the pile I noticed one of the them was obviously not cut straight. This raised the concern that perhaps the rest of the strips may not be either so I began the process of re-checking each strip to make certain they were accurate. My investigation revealed that every single strip had to be trimmed to size and instead of having the anticipated strip count of 40 there were only 39.

I was rather disappointed with this jelly roll. Typically I would assume that a roll of fabric strips sold as being 2 1/2″ wide would not have to be trimmed. That’s suppose to be the advantage of purchasing fabric in this form. I have no idea who is to blame for the inaccuracies; if I did I would contact them. Needless to say I am hesitant to purchase another jelly roll from this manufacturer.

Getting Started –

After finishing the preparation of each of the strips I began the process of cutting them into the required sections. From each design/pattern I needed twelve pieces 6 1/2″ long. Those twelve would then be subdivided into groupings of four strips. To make things easier I neatly stacked the 6 1/2″ sections into piles of four as they were cut.


A Block –

Each quilt block contained a center strip measuring 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and four surrounding strips. The center pieces were the next to be cut. All of the sixty center pieces were cut from the same fabric. Once the quilt block segments were stacked the only pieces left to cut were the eight filler pieces. Those were cut from a different fabric.

Sixty Blocks –

With all of the quilt pieces cut and ready to go I began the process of stitching them together. To each of the centers I first added a 6 1/2″ strip along the right edge then pressed open the seam. I repeated those steps to add the left, top and bottom strips. When I was finished I had a stack of sixty quilt blocks. From those blocks I would stitch five rows of seven blocks and six rows of six blocks. The rows with six blocks would have a filler piece added to each end to make their length identical to the rows with seven blocks.

Choosing the Order –

Before stitching the blocks into rows I had to decide in what order they would be arranged. I used my iPad to assist me. With each new arrangement I snapped a photo. By the time I settled on what would be the final order I had taken at leat six pictures. The other advantage to documenting the arrangements via photo is that I can then use the final one to help me remember in what order the blocks should be sewn in case I got confused.

Row After Row –

Now that I had decided on the final arrangement I stacked the blocks being careful to keep them in order. Beginning with row one I placed a pin in the top left corner of the first block. This pin would help me to remember that this was the first block in the row. I then stitched the blocks of each row together and pressed open their seams. After each row was pressed I sewed a row of basting stitches just inside the 1/4″ seam line along both long edges. The basting stitch helps keep the seams from flipping closed when the nine rows are stitched together.

Nine Rows –

Next up was the sewing together of the nine rows. I like to pin my rows together before sewing them. The pins help to keep the fabrics from shifting and makes it easier to maneuver the rows under the sewing machine presser foot. I almost always remove the pins before they go under the presser foot to avoid hitting the pins with the sewing machine needle. If the needle hits the pin you take the risk of bending or breaking the needle.

Two Segments –

Because this is my fourth version of this quilt pattern I have learned that it’s helpful to break the sewing of the nine rows together into two segments. The first consists of rows one through five and the second section has rows six through nine. If you don’t divide the rows into sections, the more rows you add the harder it is to guide the project through and over the machine. You still have to sew the same number of rows together. You just don’t have to deal with the weight of all nine until you stitch the two sections to each other. After all nine rows are sewn together I carefully pressed open each seam.

Basting Stitch –

Since this quilt does not have an outer border there are a lot of seams that can pop open when the quilt is finished on the long-arm machine. To keep those seams intact I added a row of stitching inside the 1/4″ seam line all the way around the outside edge. Once the quilting is finished and the binding is added the stitching will be hidden underneath. By the time this last step is complete the quilt top is ready for my long-arm quilt machine.

Improvised –

Before signing off I have one last tidbit of information to share. If you remember, I mentioned earlier that the pattern instructions lead you to believe there are sixty blocks in the quilt because it tells you to cut sixty center pieces. With only 39 strips that meant I would be short fabric for one block. I made up for the missing strip by piecing together leftovers. I used scraps from twelve different fabrics. However, the quilt actually only has 59 blocks. The 60th is extra. The block that I had pieced together turned out to be what I thought was the prettiest block. Rather than bury it inside the quilt top I thought it deserved to either be a focal piece on the back of the quilt or incorporated into the face of a pillow. In the end I decided the pillow was an awesome idea. Besides I have enough fabric leftover to add to the block to easily make a pillow.

More to Come –

I will share the pillow as well as an update on the progress of this quilt in a future post. Until then, thanks so much for visiting with me today. I look forward to your return visit.

Cindy Anderson