Published – Fancy Cat Pillow

I have the good fortune to again be published in the Quilting Arts Holiday issue.  This time I am sharing my design for a little modern fancy cat pillow.  Whether you want to make a nice pouf for your kitty or a fun pillow for a kitty lover, this pattern fits the bill.  This fancy cat features cute coral bow ties, this coral color is so fun and I found some fabric with metallic accents.  This would be also look pretty stitched up with red bow ties for the holidays too.

quilting arts holiday 2015

This issue is always filled with lot of inspiration and ideas for handmade gifts for the holiday season.  I think the striped trees on the cover by Jennifer Heynen are just adorable.

Pillows are a great way to try out your quilting skills too.  I used straight stitch walking foot quilting as seen here as well as free motion quilting.  This pillow is an envelope style, so you can just cover a pillow form you already have if you want.

Even Cookie Cat approves of this fancy cat pillow.  He is always helpful like that when I am trying to take pictures. 🙂

Check out this issue, it should be available now in US stores.  Happy Stitching!


Sunburst Strip Piecing

Sunburst strip piecing Lori Miller Designs

In July, the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild hosted Lynn Harris from  The Little Red Hen for a class on strip piecing using techniques from her new book.  She also gave a wonderful trunk show of all of her scrappy quilts which were just beautiful.  I grabbed my box of orange scraps and a nice heathery grey fabric to work with.

Every Last Piece cover for blog

Lynn’s book is called Every Last Piece and she showcases 12 wonderful quilts that will use up your scrap stash.

2lynn harris class 1

Here are the strip pieces that we made in class using Lynn’s technique.  Make sure you have a lot of starch on hand!  Mine are the obvious orange ones.

lynn harris class 1

Here is our wonderful group of quilters.  Lynn is second from the left in the back and I am second from the right in the back.  The rest are all of my DAM girls.

I grabbed all of my orange strip pieced squares and decided to make half square triangles withe the heathery grey fabric.

I decided to make a runner for the Library Table I inherited from my Mother-in-Law.  It needs some love and care on the finish, so until I can make that happen, a pretty little runner should cover those up nicely.  I started to put them together in rows.

Using my trusty Bernina 630, I put on my BSR foot and started free motion quilting lines through the orange strips keeping them parallel to the seams and kind of even.  You don’t have to be perfect with this stitch and it still looks good.


Here you can see all of the lines quilted in the orange strips, the texture is just amazing.  Then I wanted to put something in the triangle.  I wanted a design that was a bit more modern than feathers but was not having much luck finding what I wanted.  Then I found inspiration from Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt.  She had some sun and stars patterns that I adapted to the triangle.  She has tons of wonderful quilt designs and tutorials on her blog and I really love her name :).

Sunburst strip piecing Lori Miller Designs

Here is the sun pattern up close.  It is perfect to go with the orange rays in the strip piecing.  I also liked that it was a continuous design, I just quilted from triangle to triangle in a row without stopping.  Everyone is just a bit different, I did not even mark or plan too much, just quilted.  I really like it.


Here is my finished runner, all quilted, washed and crinkly with texture.  I think it makes my library table look fabulous too.  I used a bunch of orange scraps but why does the box seem just as full when I was done as when I started?? HA HA  Happy scrap quilting!

Grandma Town BOM #7 – Barnyard double block

The Summer is flying by and it is time for another Grandma Town Block of the Month.  This month is a bonus double block called barnyard featuring a barn and grain silo.  Even though this quilt is called Grandma Town, I would be remiss if I did not include some memories of my Grandpa.  He was a short, tough guy who wore OshKosh Overalls and used a red bandanna as a hankerchief.   I would get to help with the chores and followed Grandpa around as we fed the animals and took care of the farm.


Grandma Town Silo
We would get ground corn from the grainery and Grandpa would hand me a galvanized bucket to scoop out the feed and take it to the cows and pigs.

Grandma Town barn

My brother and sisters and I often played in the barn. I would also help Grandpa milk the cows on a little wooden 3 legged stool.  We even threw the hay bales down from the loft down to the wagon.

Both of these blocks combine to make a jumbo double block for the center of the quilt.  You will only need one of these jumbo blocks.

Grandma Town Barnyard

Are you sewing along?  If you are, post it on Instagram and tag me @lorimillerdesigns and #GrandmaTownBOM so I can see what lovely things you are stitching up. A comprehensive pattern and directions for the Barnyard block along with the whole BOM is currently in development.


grandma Town Quilt A

Grandma Town Block of the Month

If you are new to the Grandma Town BOM, this row by row quilt was a labor of love to celebrate my Iowa roots.  I spent my childhood visiting my Grandparents on their farm just west of Des Moines in Earlham, Iowa.  It is especially a tribute to my dear Grandma.

When my sisters, brother and I were little and my parents would drive us to my grandparents farm, my brother would yell, “We are going to Grandma Town!”.  It was a loving tribute that stuck.  This little quilt is full of those reminders of the farm and of Grandma, who loved to garden and loved to cook.  Each block is a sweet memory of my youth growing up on that country farm.

I hope you will find some shared love for your family, a cherished farm  or your own grandma in my quilt.  You can make all of these sweet blocks or pick and choose the blocks you like the most to make something special for yourself or a dear loved one.


Released Blocks – 2015

FEB  Block 1 – Forget Me Not Flower

MAR  Block 2 – Sewing Machine

APR Block 3 – Nine Patch and Color Block Rows

MAY Block 4 – Ear of Corn

JUN Block 5 – Sweet Hearts

JUL  Block 6 – Canning Jar