Sunday, December 18, 2011

And the winners are ...


Thanks to everyone who voted for my next project!  Idea #7 was the winner.  Idea #4 came in second and #5 was third.  I plan to start on #7 after the first of the year.  I will post my progress on this blog so stay tuned.

Thanks also for participating in the Blog Hop Party and Give-away. The winners of the 5 patterns I gave away have been chosen and an e-mail has been sent to each winner so check your e-mail!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Today's the Day!

Today is the day I turn 55 and end my Double Nickel Quilt Challenge.  What a hectic year it has been!  Wondering where I ended up? I made 48 quilts, 13 of which still need to be quilted. Throughout the posts of this blog, you will find more than 55 ways to use 5" squares of fabric also known as nickel squares or charm squares.  I hope you can find inspiration here to make your own nickel quilt.

My Flower Garden is the last quilt of my challenge. It's not finished but here it is on my design wall.

I finally decided that I like this layout the best.  Where the white of the design wall is showing through is where I will use a background fabric that I don't have yet.  I hope to find it today as I am going to lunch with my quilting friends and then off to visit two new quilt shops in our area.

Here are some additional designs for using nickel squares that I am playing around with-






Starting Saturday, December 10th through Dec. 17th, join in on the Blog Hop Party hosted by Quilting Gallery in celebration of their 4th anniversary. There will be give-aways and lots of sites to visit.  Tell all your friends too.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I'll be giving away 5 FREE patterns (the ones on my website) To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this post giving me the number of the design above that you think I should work on next.  Make sure I have an email address for you so I can send you a pattern if you are chosen.  All winners will be chosen at random.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Crosses and Dots quilt

Crosses and Dots quilt
My Crosses and Dots quilt is another quilt from my Nickel Nine Patch series of nickel quilts.  I call it Crosses and Dots because it reminds me of the old saying, "Be sure to dot your i's and cross your t's".
The blocks are nine patch blocks made from nickel (5") squares or 5" wide strips of fabric.  In this block, I prefer to use a 5" strip down the center of the block if I have the fabric available though three 5" squares sewn together works also.  I used both methods in this quilt depending on what fabric I had available for each block.

Using nine 5" charm squares makes a nine patch block that finishes at 13 1/2".  The large size means you don't have to make alot of blocks to make a quilt.  I have used many variations of nickel nine patch blocks throughout this challenge. I use just 20 blocks for a lap size quilt that's 54" X 68".  Crosses and Dots has only 12 blocks but with the added sashing and cornerstones is actually 4 1/2" longer and wider than if I had made 20 blocks and used no sashing!

On another note, this challenge ends on December 9th, my 55th birthday.  If you are wondering if I completed the challenge, the answer is YES!!  On this blog, you will find 55 ways to use 5" (nickel) squares of fabric in your quilting after my next post.  Stay tuned, there will also be a give-away posted on December 9th.