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After a Long Break… A New Quilt


This quilt has been a long time coming.  When I first started quilting, I checked out a copy of Better Homes and Gardens’ Grandma’s Best Full-Size Quilt Patterns.  In it, I found a ton of traditional designs– most of which were a bit too “old” for me– including a red and white lattice quilt I simply had to have.  I loved the simplicity and I loved the lines.  The handquilting on the original made me want to curl right up under the quilt.  I just loved it.  Unfortunately, the pattern was not reprinted in the newest version of the book and it doesn’t seem that many others have shared my love for this quilt– a Google search yeilded no pictures of the original for you to oogle.

I, however, do.  I will be posting a tutorial for this simple quilt in a week or so, but until then, I’ll leave you with some pictures.  I cut, subcut, and pressed 8 yards of red and white fabric:

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Then, I pieced and squared-up 84 (about half) of the blocks.


Eventually the quilt will look like a 70″ x 80″ version of this:

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I am excited!  And linking up to:


Work In Progress Wednesday: Bricklayers’ Edition


Well, it may not be quilty, but the project getting all the attention this week in my house has been in the backyard.  My dad and I have been working to build a patio.

New Patio, Day 4

We’ve been planning it for years and bought the material last summer, but all sorts of things seemed to get in the way.  This year, with no lifeguarding to waste my time, I’ve been able to spend plenty of time at my parents’ house.

Sunday, my niece and I laid the first four rounds of quarter bricks while my dad cut and cut on the wet saw.  Monday, my father spent most of the morning leveling and re-laying our work.  We spent the afternoon finishing the circle.  Tuesday we worked in the morning, leveling again, then laying the first round of full length bricks.  We started the second, but needed another new blade.  Today, we made it through the rest of the second row and on to the third.

New Patio, Day 4

There’s still a lot of work to go.  We will finish the circle with a third row of full bricks, put a field stone sitting wall on the outside edge, and fill the distance from the circle to the deck with brick–hopefully in a herringbone pattern.  We’re also building a small installation for the grill with some counter space on either side.

New Patio, Day 4

Wish me luck!  I’m linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday