Work In Progress–The Pumpkin Mini-Quilt

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

Every year on our quilt retreat, a small group of us make a “mini-quilt” in addition to the Big Project being taught at the retreat.  This year, our theme was pumpkins.  It started with some strips of orange fabric and a Halloween cat fabric for backing.

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

We all just free-formed our quilts, using the log cabin (my favorite) as the basic pattern.

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

After I finished my pumpkins, I auditioned them on several backgrounds…

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

My sister assembled her pumpkins in a strip…

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

I went with a dark background and an informal two-by-two arrangement.

Pumpkin Log Cabin Quilit

And guess what??? I machine quilted the mini quilts for my two sisters and they stitched my binding!!!  Woo-hoo!

I have more orange fabric…and there is still 29 more days until Halloween…I’m going to stitch a whole pumpkin patch!  Won’t you join me?

Lori

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Tuesday Tutorial-The Oak Leaf

The Oak Leaf, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters, Long Armers, and Doodlers!  Today is Tuesday, and while I am not fully unpacked from my quilt retreat last weekend, we are ready for another quilt tutorial!  Today’s pattern is The Oak Leaf-inspired by two white oak trees in front of my house that are over 100 years old!  (May our quilts last as long!) I know this will be a perennial favorite of your quilt patterns! Continue reading

A Drive in the Country

Hydrangeas, White BarnLast week, I went on an annual quilt retreat  along with my Mother and two of my sisters–a fall tradition we have maintained for nearly 15 years.  The retreat is near Galena, Illinois and is always held in late September or early October-just as the fall colors are turning.  I love the drive almost as much as the retreat!

Hydrangeas, White BarnI took several “photo-detours” along the way and will be sharing the photos over the next week or two.

Hydrangeas, Fall ColorsThese photos were taken at Read’s Creek Nursery in Wisconsin.

Hydrangeas, White Barn

Horse, Weather Vane, Blue skyWe have a busy week ahead at The Inbox Jaunt:  new tutorials, new quilts to share, and on Open Line Friday, we’ll be discussing sizing, starch and Best Press-and anything else YOU would like to discuss!

I can’t wait to share some new ideas, products, and quilts from the retreat!–But first, I have to unpack and get the laundry started…ho-hum!

Lori