For Pinks Sakes Blog Tour – Nelson’s Victory Quilt Block Tutorial

I am so pleased to be a part of this blog hop. I mean, how cute of a name?? For Pinks Sakes!
It’s almost impossible for any of us to go through life without having at least one person that is near and dear have to endure the trials of Breast Cancer. For me, it was my high school art teacher. She was someone that I considered to be like a mother to me. She got me through some serious stuff, and she encouraged me to reach farther into my creative soul. I love you Andrea Henderson, I pray you rest in peace.
“In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.” via:
Anna over at Life Sew Crafty is dealing with this disease at a much closer level, her Mother-In-Law is fighting the fight. With this being a large part of her life right now, she is raising awareness of Breast Cancer and trying her best to raise money for the ever growing medical expenses her family is enduring (click on the link to donate, every little bit helps!).
Another way to contribute is to make blocks and send them to Anna. She’s assembling quilts and donating them to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI. For block info & where to send the blocks go to Life Sew Crafty.
My block for this hop is a Nelson’s Victory Block. I really liked that it had the word victory in the name!
It’s super easy!
You only need 3 fabrics: light, dark, & background. A fat eighth would be enough of each.
Cut Fabrics:
– Two 4in squares of Light
– Two 4in squares of Background
– Four 3 1/2in squares of each print
First, match up each 4in light square with one 4in background square and draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of the light square. Pin the squares together, and sew 1/4in from the line on both sides. Cut along the line. You’re making 4 HST blocks. Trim these to 3 1/2in.
Sew the HSTs together to create a windmill block, pictured above.
Next, sew each of the light 3 1/2in squares to one background 3 1/2in square.
Sew one 3 1/2in square of dark fabric to both ends of two of these strips you just made. This is what you should have at this point:
Sew the two smaller strips (pictured on the left & right of center block above). Press, and sew the longer strips on.
I’m thinking this block would look awesome in a scrappy, colorful & low volume colorway. It was so quick to put together too! Oh man, did I really just put another quilt on ‘the list’??!!
There will be a giveaway via Life Sew Crafty on August 2nd to all those who participated in the blog hop in some way, including: donating, sending block, posting, & sharing blog posts.
Want to see some more awesome Pink blocks?? Check out the fellow bloggers participating in the hop:
May 10
May 24
June 7
June 21
July 5
July 19

Delaware License Plate Block & Giveaway Winner


Thank you to everyone that stopped by little old Delaware on their trip through the USA!

I am so excited to share with you the free PDF pattern of my Delaware License plate block.



And, the winner of a fabulous fat quarter bundle from American Made Brand is:

Comment #250:

I like dark tomato , lt sky and dk purple.


Here’s a little eye candy for you all, go check out American Made Brand and all their beautiful color fabric! Hopefully we can all see this fabric in our LQS soon!!


This blog tour was so much fun to participate in! I hope you all have fun traveling through this beautiful country we live in!!

Here is a complete list of all the stops on the tour, giveaways and blocks galore!

Day 1 19-May Delaware Dec. 7, 1787 Blue Striped Room
19-May Pennsylvania Dec. 12, 1787 Cherry Lynch Quilts
Day 2 20-May Georgia Jan. 2, 1788 Butterfly Threads Quilting
20-May Idaho July 3, 1890 Taffy Talk
Day 3 21-May Alabama Dec. 14, 1819 Green Quilts
21-May Massachusetts Feb. 6, 1788 A Quilting Jewel
Day 4 22-May Maryland Apr. 28, 1788 Spring Water Designs
22-May South Carolina May 23, 1788 The Crafty Quilter’s Closet
Day 5 23-May New Hampshire June 21, 1788 Park Hill Farm
23-May Virginia June 25, 1788 Pat Sloan’s Blog
Day 6 26-May New York July 26, 1788 Quilts from my Crayon Box
26-May North Carolina Nov. 21, 1789 A Stitch in Time
Day 7 27-May Rhode Island May 29, 1790 Seaside Stitches
27-May Vermont Mar. 4, 1791 Quilter in Motion
Day 8 28-May Kentucky June 1, 1792 Simply Sandy
28-May Tennessee June 1, 1796 Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Day 9 29-May Ohio Mar. 1, 1803 Olive and Ollie
29-May Louisiana Apr. 30, 1812 Fleur de Lis Quilts
Day 10 30-May Indiana Dec. 11, 1816 No Hats in the House
30-May Mississippi Dec. 10, 1817 Life as a Quilter
Day 11 2-Jun Illinois Dec. 3, 1818 A Sentimental Quilter
2-Jun Connecticut Jan. 9, 1788 Jump Cut Arts
Day 12 3-Jun Maine Mar. 15, 1820 Quilts of Love
3-Jun Missouri Aug. 10, 1821 42 Quilts
Day 13 4-Jun Arkansas June 15, 1836 Sew at Home on Pine Ridge
4-Jun Michigan Jan. 26, 1837 Crafty Blossom
Day 14 5-Jun Florida Mar. 3, 1845 Flourishing Palms
5-Jun Texas Dec. 29, 1845 The Caffeinated Quilter
Day 15 6-Jun Iowa Dec. 28, 1846 Kindred Quilts
6-Jun Wisconsin May 29, 1848 Freshly Pieced
Day 16 9-Jun California Sept. 9, 1850 Cali Quilter
9-Jun Minnesota May 11, 1858 The Curious Quilter
Day 17 10-Jun Oregon Feb. 14, 1859 Sew Mama Sew
10-Jun Kansas Jan. 29, 1861 Lilac Lane
Day 18 11-Jun West Virginia June 20, 1863 Coop Crafts
11-Jun Nevada Oct. 31, 1864 Inventive Denim
Day 19 12-Jun Nebraska Mar. 1, 1867 Renaissance Sandi
12-Jun Colorado Aug. 1, 1876 Sew Incredibly Crazy
Day 20 13-Jun North Dakota Nov. 2, 1889 Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts
13-Jun South Dakota Nov. 2, 1889 Moneik Quilts
Day 21 16-Jun Montana Nov. 8, 1889 Why Knot Kwilt
16-Jun Washington Nov. 11, 1889 Bloomin’ Workshop
Day 22 17-Jun New Jersey Dec. 18, 1787 Studio 78 Notes
17-Jun Wyoming July 10, 1890 Excessive Compulsive Sewing
Day 23 18-Jun Utah Jan. 4, 1896 Fireball Quilts
18-Jun Oklahoma Nov. 16, 1907 Hollyhock Quilts
Day 24 19-Jun New Mexico Jan. 6, 1912 Dora Quilts
19-Jun Arizona Feb. 14, 1912 So Many Quilts, So Little Time
Day 25 20-Jun Alaska Jan. 3, 1959 Quilt As You Go
20-Jun Hawaii Aug. 21, 1959 Barbara Bieraugel Designs

2+2=5? Free Quilt Pattern

I had this really cute charm pack sitting around for, oh, what felt like forever. It was the Nicey Jane charm pack by Heather Bailey. These prints cried out vintage goodness to me!

Without cutting them up too much, I whipped up this quick block.

And this quilt, for sale here.

Then this one, for sale here.

I just couldn’t stop, they came together so quickly. Without further ado, here’s the pattern:

2+2=5? Pattern:

For each block you need:
2 – 5″ squares (charm squares)
1 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle (cut a charm square in half)
2 – 3 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ rectangles

To assemble, sew the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle in the middle of the 2 5″ squares. This makes the center ‘column’. Then sew one 3 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ rectangle to either side of the center. You will have a 11 1/2″ block.

Lay out all your blocks and switch them around until you like how the second background fabric is spaced. Then sew together the blocks and your done.

To make a baby size quilt (44″ square) you need a total of 16 blocks.
1 charm pack of 40 squares*
1 yard background fabric
1 FQ second background fabric
1 1/2 yards backing fabric
batting for 44″ by 44″ top

To make a twin size quilt (66″ by 88″) you need a total of 48 blocks.
3 charm packs of 40 squares each*
3 yards background fabric
3/4 yard second background
5 yards backing fabric
twin size batting

*Any 5″ squares will work for this, you don’t have to use charm packs. I do a 5″ swap with the guild I attend and those squares would work great in this too.

For the ‘All Things Boy’ quilt I used 5 inch I-spy blocks I’ve collected.

Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: BlueStripedRoom.

Scrappy Disappearing 9 Patch Pattern

Let’s just skip all the small talk and jump right into the quilt.

Finished size measures 42 inches by 56 inches.


  • 12 Fat Quarters (FQs)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat & Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Batting & Backing, measuring 44″ by 56″

(Sorry about the screaming green cutting mat in the background, maybe I should switch back to the yellow side….)

First, cut each FQ into 4 – 5 inch by 18 inch strips.

Arrange the strips in threes, and sew each set of three strips together. Press.

Cut each block across the strips into 5 inch sections. At this point you will have strips that have 3 squares in a row.

Again arrange the strips into threes, creating your 9 patch blocks. Sew these strips together. Press.

Once you have pressed each block, you will take your ruler and cut down the middle of the block both vertically and horizontally WITHOUT moving your fabric. Just lift your ruler and turn the ruler to make the second cut.

Now take 2 of the pieces from the block you just cut (making sure they are diagonal from each other) and rotate them 180 degrees.

Now sew these 4 blocks together (press again) and you have one finished disappearing 9 patch.

Finish the remaining 11 blocks and sew them together for a finished top, and press (it’s worth it!).

Quilt, bind, and love.

Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this tutorial! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Inspired by BlueStripedRoom.

Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at

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The Brick Wall Quilt Pattern

It all started with a 3 pound cotton assortment from that contained much more browns than I was ready for. I had no idea what to do with them.

I was thinking about things outside that I like. I live in Dover, DE, so we have a pretty ample supply of very old buildings. Among my most favorites are brick buildings.

Hmm, lots of brown fabric, and a liking to bricks… not too tough, right?!

Next step, the drawing board:

I don’t really sketch in any particular order, but the amount of fabric needed is almost always the last thing to be figured out.

Thanks to Wikipedia, the standard U.S. brick size is:  8″ wide, 4″ high, and 2 1/4″ deep.

I went with that measurement and created this quilt.

Here’s the tutorial:

– 16 Fat Quarters
– 3 yards backing fabric, or material cut/pieced to measure 48″ by 68″
– batting measuring at least 48″ by 68″
– 1/2 yard for binding

– 94 rectangles measuring 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
– 16 squares measuring 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
– 6 strips of binding, 2 1/2″ wide by the width of fabric for the length

Sew 9 rows as follows: one 4 1/2″ square, then five 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ rectangles, then one 4 1/2″ square.

Sew 8 rows of six 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ rectangles.

You should now have 17 rows measuring 48″ by 4 1/2″.

Figure out the order you want the rows to be in, alternating the rows to stagger the blocks. I made sure that none of the blocks touched another block of the same fabric. Sew the rows together horizontally. Your top is done!

(This is not that great of a pic, but it got the true colors the best of the couple I took.)

Now, lay your backing right side down, lay the batting on top, then place the top on top of these 2 layers, pin all layers together, and quilt as desired. When I pin my quilt, I try to think about where I am going to quilt it so that I don’t put the pins there. It goes a LOT faster if you aren’t taking pins out every 5 seconds.

Attach binding, and your done. I recently found a GREAT tutorial for doing the binding, which is my absolute least favorite part of quilting. But, Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts has the right idea about binding!

Just look how great it turned out:

Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Inspired by BlueStripedRoom.  

Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at lyannajeandesigns(at)gmail(dot)com.
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