Halloween Quilt

I’ve had some Halloween mini charms for quite a while just waiting for the perfect quilt pattern, and then I found the “Coffee Time” quilt pattern on Pinterest.  There were many sample versions of the quilt, but the Halloween one got me inspired to finally make something with my mini charms.  Here is the finished quilt, which is 18 1/2″ square:

Coffee Time Quilt By Ronda Cassens

The mini charm fabric is called “The Boo Crew” by Sweetwater, and the spider border fabric is called “Too Cute to Spook” from Riley Blake.  I only had a fat quarter of the spider fabric, and I knew that it would be tight to cut the borders from it, but instead of planning out how I was going to make the cuts, I decided to go ahead and cut thinking I knew how to get what I needed.  Big mistake.  After cutting two outer borders I realized I did it wrong, but happily, I had extra black charms.  I had left them out of the piecing for the top because they would have blended in with the sashing, so I used those as corner squares to make the borders long enough.  I’m glad it worked out, because I really liked the spider fabric.  I will probably make this quilt again with different holiday fabrics to go with the seasons.  If you have some holiday mini charms that need a quilt, here is the pattern: Coffee Time Quilt by Taunja Kelvington.

Rain Check Mini Quilt

I found this quilt pattern on Pinterest, and had the perfect fabric for it:

Rain Check by Ronda Cassens

The quilt is called Rain Check, and it is a free pattern from Camille Roskelley at Thimble Blossoms, and you can get it here, just click on the link on the left side of the page.  The finished quilt is 8″ x 10″, and the fabric line is called “Sunny Side” by Kate Spain. I had a bunch of leftover charms from a previous project, and I just knew they would be perfect for this design.  I even used the same gray fabric that was in the other quilt.  I had a hard time getting umbrella tops to stand out from the background fabric, so I ended up with a few extra umbrella tops that didn’t make the cut.   One of them ended up being the label for the back:

Rain Check by Ronda Cassens


The label border was made from leftover pieced umbrella scraps.  I was very tempted to not use the patchwork as a label since no one would see it and make it into a tiny quilt instead, but I resisted temptation and put it on the quilt.  The umbrellas were fused to the background and free motion quilted once the quilt was layered with the binding and backing.  I had never done that type of applique before, but it was actually pretty fun, so I’m sure I will do it again in the future!

Flower Patch Quilt

It’s been pretty dreary here this winter, so I made this fun quilt to brighten things up until spring gets here:

flower patch by Ronda Cassens

The pattern is by Thimble Blossoms, and it is called Flower Patch.  The finished quilt is 14 inches square.  The tulips are appliquéd on to the background fabric and then sewn together into a block.  I never end up using the same fabric as what is shown on the pattern, but in this case, I really loved the look of the sample quilt which used Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Picnic, so I went with it!  If you make this pattern, you really need to read and study the directions before you start, because I didn’t look at them that closely and fused all the quarter circles to the background fabric before I realized that the stems had to go on under four of them.  So I had to throw those pieces away.  Then I didn’t see that the stems had to be stitched down before you fused the quarter circles over them, but that was a lot easier to fix since I just stitched up to the circles on both sides.  Once I got through those mistakes, it went smoothly, and I have a pretty quilt to get me through to spring!

Fair Entries – Little Lone Star Quilt

I have always wanted to try a Lone Star Quilt, but couldn’t get around to it until I needed something for the fair.  I got this fabric from Yoder’s Quilt Store, which is in Shipshewanna, IN, but they make it to the local quilt shop hop every year, and that is where I bought the fat quarter bundle used in this quilt:


I was very excited with how this came out, and the quilting design was fun to do.  This quilt, which I named “Summer Days”, received a first place ribbon.  The quilt finished at 11″ square and each of the diamonds on the main design are 3/4″ finished.  The technique I used involves paper-piecing to make the most perfect little diamond shapes.  I’m not shy about showing it close up since everything came out perfect!  If you would like to make your own miniature Lone Star, check out “Little Lone Star Quilts” by Lorraine Olsen.  There are several sizes of Lone Stars in her book in case you want to make a bigger one than I did, and there are lots of neat design ideas in the book as well, like the pieced border.  It was certainly a fun experience, and I hope to make more of these in the future!

Heap O Sheep

Here is a cute applique kit that I bought from a quilt shop in Ohio last year that I finally got around to finishing.  It is called Wee Ones Heap O Sheep by Plays with Wool Designs.

Heap of Sheep by Ronda Cassens

It is 3 1/4″ by 8″.  I made the stand for it out of twelve gauge wire and a block of wood since the stand that you could buy for it seemed rather expensive.  I really enjoy working with wool felt; I have some other patterns that I need to get around to making!

A really tiny quilt

I have always wanted to do a card trick quilt, and I found this pattern for a miniature card trick.  The blocks are 1 1/4″ finished, so they are pretty tiny, but the trick was (see what I did there?) that you started out with big pieces and cut them down smaller as you went, so it was more accurate than trying to match up tiny pieces.  I started this quilt at the last quilt retreat that I went to a few months back.  Kyla, who tests my patterns for me, saw me working on this and said that there was no way she was pattern testing that!  I assured her that it was not a pattern I made, just one I found on the internet!  I modified the border and the sashing from the original pattern, which was due to planning errors, cutting errors, and just plain not enough fabric.  Even with all that, the process forced me to make do and in the end it turned out really cute.

Card Trick Mini by Ronda Cassens

This quilt was entered in the open class at the fair, so I will let you know how it did.  More fair project posts to come!

Winter Fun!

I went to a quilting retreat the weekend before Christmas and was able to make several small quilts.  Late Saturday night I was given some scraps that were left over from another quilter’s ornament project (thanks Martha!).  There was this super cute fabric that had little penguins, foxes, moose, bears, and other animals.  I went to bed that night dreaming of how I could use the fabrics in a little quilt.  Sunday morning I got to work on this quilt and had it finished Sunday evening:

Winter Fun Quilt

The only fabric that I added to the scraps was the gray for the setting triangles and binding and the white for the backing, which I had to wait until I got home from the retreat to get.  I was so excited about how this quilt turned out that I made a pattern for it yesterday, so it will be available soon!

I will be posting more of my retreat projects as I finish them.  Thanks for stopping by!

A little helper

Stripes - Ronda Cassens


Stripes decided to help me sew the binding on my latest quilt, Simply Spools by Carol Doak from Easy Paper Pieced Miniatures.  Here is the finished quilt:




Simply Spools by Ronda Cassens (c)


It is 16″ square.  The fabric is called Sunnyside, and I free motion quilted the hearts and in the ditch around the spools.  It will find a home in the my craft room.

Maybe a little too small?


Another quilt from Miniature Quilts magazine. This quilt weighs in at a whopping 6 x 8 inches, with 1 inch finished blocks. While it wasn’t hard to make, I just look at it and wonder what the heck I’m going to do with it. I think I’ll stick with quilts that are just a little bigger! This one is going into the open show at the local fair.