What Am I Going to Do With All These Quilt Tops?

I did it. I finished another quilt top tonight. And I love it!

I just love it when a bunch of blocks are all connected into one piece of fabric. there’s something sort of magic about it.

But what the hell am I going to do with all these quilt tops? This is four that I’ve finished since the first part of September. I have no plans for any of them, except the blue one made on this pattern that’s for my friend who gifted me her mom’s Featherweight.

Well, I guess it’s keeping me off the streets at night.

I loved this view of the top as I was pressing the final seam.

It’s luscious!!!

Here’s some more eye candy…


So, I’ve been thinking about what to do with my woven stripes fabrics… and I was looking around on Pinterest today and ran across a quilt that combines stripes and plaids with solid shot cottons. I came upon this quilt featured on the Hearts Creations blog back in 2017.

You can find the blog post and more photos of this quilt here.

I’ve been wanting to make another 16 patch quilt. I’ve also been thinking about doing one on point. So this might be the direction I go with my first woven stripes quilt.

I feel so good about this idea that I went online tonight and ordered around a dozen different colored pieces of shot cotton.

So, what’s so cool about shot cotton? It’s not dyed fabric. It’s fabric woven from different color threads. The warp and weft are different colors. So you see an almost iridescence when you look at these fabrics. A blue shot cotton might look blue from one angle and more purple from another angle.

Here’s a close up of a piece of shot cotton. You can see the different colored threads.

It’s really cool fabric and adds more dimension than a solid colored fabric. I can’t wait to see them all once they arrive.

In the mean time, I’ll have to find something else to work on. I think I’m going to pull out my Bernina and finish a couple bags that I cut out a few weeks ago. Might as well get them done before too much time passes. They will make great holiday gifts.

I had a nice busy and people filled weekend. It was nice, but I feel like I could use another day before heading back to work.

Yesterday Rico and I had his weekly sheep herding lesson. Then I ran home and grabbed some lunch. The we were back in the car headed for McMinnville to pick up some fabric that I knew they had. Then I headed to my friend Heather’s place for a dog training seminar. I didn’t get home until after 8:00. So I fed the dogs and fed myself. I had left a frozen container of my chili verde on the counter to thaw, so I had a yummy and warm dinner.

This morning we had good weather so I went and played pickleball for three hours, followed with brunch with a few of my fellow pickle ballers. I didn’t get home until around 3:00. We all got a nice 3 mile walk in before it got dark.

Now I’m ready to chill for a couple hours before bed.

35 Replies to “What Am I Going to Do With All These Quilt Tops?”

  1. Hi Anne. Youโ€™ve achieved the perfect balance of color and value in your pink, red and orange quilt!! It reminds me of a desert sunset with the subtle color shifts as the sun goes down. I love the occasional pops of turquoise too.
    Thanks for sharing a link to the blog post. The sixteen patch is beautiful and I think youโ€™ll have fun making it with the stripes and shot cotton. You may think differently, but I really like the way that quilter finished her quilt with the narrow blue inner border, the row of squares and then a matching wider blue outer border.
    Happy sewing!!

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    1. I just love those pops of turquoise in my quilt! I’m glad you like them too!

      I like the borders on that quilt too. I’ll have to see how everything looks once my shot cottons arrive!



  2. Love the quilt with the solid shot cottons. I think your fabric would be gorgeous in that quilt.

    Why not donate your extra quilt tops? Ukraine refugees, Quilts of Valor (don’t have to be red,white & blue, contrary to common belief) and hospitals, care homes, fire departments all take quilt donations. Just a thought… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Beautiful quilt top ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•.
    I love those pink and oranges with a splash of everything else. You arranged the blocks spectacularly ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•.
    Hi Rico and Bender ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Thanks! I love those little splashes of color here and there! I think that’s a big part of what makes a quilt appealing to me. . . the little surprises are so good!

      Boys say howdy!



  4. Your quilt is spectacular, and Susan is right โ€“ it does look like a sunset! Are the shot cotton fabrics you bought KF fabric? I would love to know your resource if you’re willing to share. Same with your resource in McMinnville.

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    1. The shot cottons I purchased are all Kaffe. I found a good selection at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

      the store in McMinnville is Boersma’s. They have a lovely selection of fabric. it’s also where I got my Featherweight serviced.



  5. Anne – this is just scrumptious and stunning – I love it! I also love reading your posts. Am learning a lot. Have been sending healing thoughts to your friend who had the operation. Hope she is doing well. My husband is recovering well from his operation and my brother unfortunately is not doing well with his dementia. Iโ€™m grateful to be able to spend this time with him. Your quilting ideas and creations are part of what keeps me going. Found a place here to service my sewing machine. May be able to start sewing tomorrow. Thank you for sharing so much of what you do. Carolyn


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    1. My friend is doing well but she’s bored and has a few more days to get even more bored.

      I’m glad your husband is doing well. So sorry to hear about your brother though. I’m glad you are getting to spend some precious time with him.

      I hope you get to sew soon and that it gives you some light.



  6. Hi, I’m new to your blog, but I love Kaffe so it’s nice seeing them used like this.
    Have you ever thought of sending quilts to Project Linus? I bet those beautiful bright colors would delight some children.

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  7. I love your red top with little shots of other colors here and there. Periodically I ask myself the same question, do I really need to be making any more tops when I have close to 30 waiting to be quilted. But the answer is yes, our creative souls need to keep playing with color and what better way than with fabric.
    I have lots of stripes and quite a bit of the shot cotton so I need to start using it too. Maybe I’ll get my stripes down later today and take a photo.

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    1. Good point Wanda! There’s definitely something wonderful about putting a group of fabrics together and then seeing them come together in a quilt top. It’s really about the process and the experience… and not the finished product.

      I’d love to see you do something with the woven stripes and shot cottons. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you use them before. I’m pretty determined that I WILL cut those stripes soon!



  8. This is just gorgeous. My favorite bright cheerful colors. Thank you for the Halloween eye candy, Anne. Your quilt is as delicious as a yummy Cadbury chocolate bar I used enjoy as a child in India. Oh, and the shot cottons and woven stripes – totally reminds me of textiles from India. I can’t wait to see your creation with those beautiful fabrics. Have a great week!

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    1. There is something really magical about the woven stripes and shot cottons. They feel so natural and earthy. I can see how they would remind you of textiles from India.

      You’ll have to wait a while as my shot cottons make their way across the country!



  9. Your quilt is stunning. I so admire your ability to coordinate all the various colors in such a pleasing way. I try, but am lacking your eye for the perfect combinations. I decided, however, when I revived my interest in quilting during the pandemic, that I going to keep challenging myself and that wasn’t going to worry about who each quilt was for. Did Picasso worry about such things? The creative process has given me so much satisfaction. That is what counts.

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    1. Interesting that you say you want to stop worrying about who each quilt is for. Maybe why that’s why I’m so free with the colors I use… I don’t necessarily have someone in mind when I’m making them. I wonder if that is freeing… not having to worry about whether or not the colors will suit the recipient, or if they’ll like it. Hmmm.

      the way I look at it is that oftentimes something really wonderful happens when I put fabrics/colors together. If it doesn’t work, I’m only out a few yards of fabric and some time. Nothing to lose!

      Go get ’em!!!



  10. Love the colors! It might be painful, but it’s wonderful to make clothing (jackets, etc.) with “quilt tops.” Sandra Lee does great work with both old quilts and pieced fabrics. She can be found @sandraleedesign I did a workshop with her through my local San Diego modern quilt guild.

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    1. Maybe some day, but I’m not at the point just yet where I could cut up a quilt top… unless it was something I didn’t really love, and then I wouldn’t want to wear it!


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