Swimming Upstream Quilt Pattern

Swimming Upstream Quilt Pattern - Free Pattern

If you would like a fun and whimsical wall hanging, then my Swimming Upstream quilt pattern might be just what you are looking for.

The finished quilt measures 28″ x 40″ so it is great for a smaller wall space.

Start digging through all of your fabrics. Because of the design, this pattern is an ideal scrap buster.

I used various corals for this version, but I can picture this in so many other color waves. Wouldn’t it look great hanging in a mountain cabin or beach house?

This piece was professionally quilted by Adria Good Longarm Quilting and it makes it shine. As a result of using turquoise thread, the quilted water ripples and bubbles add dimension and movement to the quilt.

Close up of the stitching
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Scrappy Swimming Fish Quilt Block

Scrappy Swimming Fish Quilt Block - Free Pattern
Scrappy Swimming Fish Quilt Block

I have always been a huge fan of scrap quilts and the majority of my pieces are done this way. My scrappy swimming fish quilt block is no exception. It is a whimsical block that is fairly easy to make.

I came up with this block while I was designing the quilt “Swimming Upstream”. I had a large stash of coral fabrics and, for some reason, they reminded me of salmon. The fish has a long body and I added background sashing around it to make it look like the fish was swimming in water.

In the quilt I made using this block, each fish is made up of one coral fabric and the beige sashing is from various fabrics. For a different look, you can easily make the fish out of various fabrics and keep the sashing one fabric, or you can change it any other way you would like to.

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Quilts for Ocracoke Project

Quilts for Ocracoke

A couple of months ago a post on Instagram caught my attention. The hashtag used was Quilts for Ocracoke. That really hit home for me because my family has been visiting this special place for many years.

Best know for its’ pristine beaches and pirate lore, Ocracoke is a tiny island on the southern end of the Outer Banks. It’s only accessible by ferry and, once you’ve arrived, you never want to leave.

Sadly, in early September 2019, it was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Many of the businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed by the high waters that flooded the island.

Through it all, the locals, and those who love the island, have rallied, and are working hard to bring Ocracoke back.

The Ocracoke lighthouse at sunset

Quilts for Ocracoke

When I saw the hash tag, I had to see what it was all about. Lori Millsap from Island Time Quilting came up with the idea for Quilts for Ocracoke, an event to make comfort quilts for the island residents.

She accepts blocks, backing and finished quilts for the project. From the results she’s been posting, it looks like it has been a big success so far.

Here are a couple of the blocks that I made. It was an easy block to make, a great scrap buster, and it was for a good cause. That is my kind of block.

Quilts for Ocracoke


I have been following Ocracoke’s road to recovery via social media and news reports. Their sense of community is inspiring, and I have faith that this beautiful gem along the Outer Banks of North Carolina will come back stronger than ever.

Hopefully many of the residents will be comforted by a special quilt too.

Christmas Rick Rack Table Runner

Rick Rack Christmas Table Runner Tutorial

A number of years ago I made a Christmas quilt with festive squares and rick rack. It still comes out every year, and displaying it over a railing is now part of our holiday traditions. That quilt inspired me to make this Christmas rick rack table runner which will be decorating our dining room table throughout the season.

Adding the rick rack serves two purposes. First, it adds a lovely decorative touch and second, the quilting is done as the rick rack gets sewn down.

For some reason the rick rack reminds me of a gingerbread house. I think that is because it looks a bit like the royal icing that is piped onto gingerbread men.

This table runner is easy to make and, with the right supplies, can be finished in a couple of hours. For anyone looking for a good way to use up fabric scraps, this is the ideal project. Even better, change up the fabrics and it can easily be made for any occasion.

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Rick Rack Christmas Table Runner Tutorial

Here is how to make it.

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Everyday Household Items For Quilting

50 Everyday Household Items for Quilting

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There are plenty of reasons people want to use everyday household items for quilting.

Let’s be honest, quilting can be pricey. When you are first starting out you may not want to buy all of those fancy notions until you are convinced that quilting is the hobby for you. Even if you are not a beginner, you might be looking for budget-friendly alternatives for some supplies.

Not only that, but quilters sometimes need something quickly, and just don’t feel like running out to the store.

Whichever category you fall in, here are 50 everyday household items for quilting.

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