Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Hands To Help, Quilty Hugs


For my12th Year of participation in the Hands To Help Challenge, I have made the String Bean Quilt (above), from a March 2022 Quilt Along by Pat Sloan. I used Crumb Block Centers and a variety of oranges and creams.  The backing (below) was made from 10" squares - my favorite method.

   Emily, with Aunt Em's Quilts is once again collecting for Quilty Hugs, an organization that gives quilts to chemo patients through hospitals and infusion labs. 

Special Thanks to Mari with The Academic Quilter, who has stepped in as hostess this year, for the creator of Hands To Quilt Challenge 12 years ago, Sarah,  of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Friday, July 16, 2021

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - Placemats


Greetings from South Louisiana and Happy July Christmas!  Our host, Sarah with Confessions of a Fabric Addict has a special group of bloggers ready to help you with your Christmas Gift Ideas.

For those new to my blog ... a little introduction.    For a little over 10 years, I have been one of the quilt pattern designers for Black Cat Creations.  Following my retirement in early 2016 from a long career in Government Finance, quilting and pattern design has taken a front seat.  I can also be found on Instagram, @lfairquilts and Black Cat Creations Facebook page

A SPECIAL TREAT:   In addition to the Placemat Pattern below,  Black Cat Creations is offering a FREE Christmas quilt pattern to all of our Blog Hoppers, called Reindeer Lodge, designed by Jackie Theriot.

Now for the Placemats ....

Keeping it simple –

Ø  Placemats can be gender neutral

Ø  Appeal to all age groups and perfect for “family” gifts.

Ø  Spruce up decor

Bonding opportunities –

Ø  Invite a sewing novice or beginner for a sew day

Ø  Delivering a special placemat to the elderly (home bound, assisted living or nursing home)

Learning and practice  –

Ø  Small projects are easier to master machine quilting and binding

Ø  Fun and quick to make

 Set of (4) Four Placemats (18" X 12")

Fabric Requirements (WOF = 40")

Color #



7-1/2” X WOF


7-1/2” X WOF


7-1/2” X WOF


7-1/2” X WOF


Center Accent & Binding (Single Fold)

1/2 Yard

After choosing your fabric, audition the layout:

Cutting Instructions:

  From each of the Colors 1, 2, 3 and 4:

Ø  Cut (1) 4-1/2” X WOF strip, then

o   (4) 4-1/2” X 9-1/2” pieces (Unit A)

Ø  Cut (1) 2-1/2” X WOF strip, then

o   (4) 2-1/2” X 4-1/2” pieces (Unit B)

o   (4) 2-1/2” squares (Unit D)

From Color 5, Center Accents / Single fold binding:

Ø  Cut (2) 2-1/2” X WOF strips, then

o   (12) 2-1/2” X 4-1/2” pieces (Unit C)

Ø  (7) 1-1/2” X WOF strips ...  join diagonally end to end and press seams to one side

Layout your pieces as follows (labels are a great tool to keep colors/pieces in order)

Assembly (Note:  press to either side or open - there are no seams to match):

Row 1:  Sew A1 to A2
Row 3:  Sew A3 to A4

Row 2:  Sew as follows: 

B1 to B3
B2 to B4

D1 to D3
D2 to D4

     Then assemble Row 2 as follows:

Join Rows 1, 2 and 3
Layer Placemat top, batting and backing, quilt as desired
Sew single fold binding to the back and bring forward, turn under 1/4" and topstitch. 

Alternate Colors:


And while you are visiting - below is a link to the other blogs participating.  We hope you enjoy our 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

Friday, June 4, 2021

Stars Over Scott Quilt


Quiet often, I find myself making another Stars Over Scott.  They are quick, large and great for masculine gifts. It is also one of my favorites and named for my son Scott.  The above quilt finishes at 86" X 98".

For this version, I used 6" (finished) HSTs -- it is the only block you need -- 164 of them.  The free pattern is linked here ... Stars Over Scott.

The recipient of this quilt will always be known for wearing plaid shirts.  I knew I had to find something plaid for backing.  I have to give credit to Andrea with Quiltingfor4, a new designer who raved about the Target Flannel Sheets.  I haven't used flannel before, so I washed the sheets first in case of shrinkage.   I used a queen size flat  and loved it.  Great quality, no distortion after washing and normal shrinkage for flannel.  I also used one of the pillowcases for presentation. 

Sharing my finish with Sarah at Confessions for a Fabric Addict ... take a tour of the other finishes and the Hands2Help Comfort Quilts. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hands2Help, 2021 Comfort Quilts


It's that time of the year again .... sewing machines are busy completing comfort quilts for the 2021 Hands2Help Quilt Challenge, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This is my 11th year participating and I couldn't be prouder.  

With the Pandemic, I have a feeling this will be the largest collection yet.   Visit the Hands2Help 2021 page on Confessions of a Fabric Addict for a parade of beautiful quilts.


The six (6) quilts I donated this year, went to Emily, with Aunt Ems Quilts; for her charity Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.  A side note, Emily also has a You Tube Channel with Sew Alongs and tutorials. 

The first quilt - "Chunky Pinwheels, is a collection of 8" blocks.   Each block contains (4) units with the following pieces:


After completing the Chunky Pinwheels, I had a boat load of HSTs, which were a good size to make regular pinwheels.  The next quilt used all of those HSTs, plus many more from my stash. Doing the math, 208 Pinwheels from 832 HSTs!

Quilt #3, String Quartet (Black Cat Creations), used a stash of Kaffe Fassett strings left over from other projects.  As named, this pattern was designed to use those long skinny pieces.  


The last 3 quilts are from the "I Love You More" trunk inventory.  The free tutorial is available on Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt

On Black Friday 2018, Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville Fame, introduced the first of many clues to her annual Mystery Quilt, called Good Fortune.  Although the clues wrap up in January, it has taken me time to bind, label and deliver to the new owner.

The border is a little different from Bonnie's original design only so I could enlarge the finished size and add something original to my finish.  Bonnie offers a downloadable Good Fortune pattern for this scrappy gem, with detailed instructions and photos.  

For those wanting to participate in the 2020 Mystery, stay tuned and follow Bonnie Hunter's blog "Quiltville's Quips and Snips.  .  She will provide fabric requirements long before the first clue is introduced.  You can also find her on Facebook "Quiltville Open Studio", or Instagram. 


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Freedom Flyer Quilt / Show and Tell


Recent finish:  A black/red/white two-block quilt from the pattern called Freedom Flyer, published by Black Cat Creations.  Deviation from the original making it square, with limited fabric and added an inner border of black.

Up Close and peek at the backing.
Finished Size:  70" Square

The pattern cover is made with several fabrics and laid out in a rainbow setting.

Link to Freedom Flyer pattern.
Finished Size:  69 X 87

Sunday, May 31, 2020

2020 Hands To Help, Friendship Crumbs Quilt

The 2020 Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge has wrapped up another year.  This is the 10th year I have participated and I am so honored to be part of this group, especially in a challenging year.  

Using a variety of 6" square (finished size) Crumb Blocks, scrappy backgrounds and four sets of HSTs in Orange, Teal, Purple and Gold creating a secondary design of the Friendship Stars.  

Close up of the quilting .... a simple swirl.

Partial view, the quilt finished at 54" X 78".  

Thanks to Sarah, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for hosting this event once again.  This quilt, called "Friendship Crumbs" is headed to Emily with Aunt Em's Quilts for "Quilty Hugs".  These quilts go to cancer patients through the Rack Pack, Primary Children's Hospital and various chemo labs.  They are given to the patient for their personal use.