Kim’s Design Wall

One final quilt to show you in the Beyond Beginner’s Series:

Claire’s Quilt

This was actually the first quilt I made as I was testing the pattern for this class. I fell in love with the beautiful paisley print and knew it would be perfect for our friend Janet Westcott’s new baby Claire. Using 9″ blocks instead of the more common 12″, I pulled sherbet shades to compliment the focus fabric: the batik for the background shades from pale yellow through peach to coral and pink. Pre-longarm machine, I quilted this on my Babylock Quiltpro using a pink variegated thread. I think the resulting quilt has “staying power” – it’s pretty enough for an infant, but not so babyish that it won’t work in a little girl’s room too.

The link to the Beyond Beginners pattern is here. Note that the photo only shows the top half of the quilt: the layout is the same as the twin size.

Teatime for Hope and Sarah table topper


The focus fabric for this quilt was discovered when I was searching for something to use in a table-runner project for a friend’s wedding shower. Megan chose “Mad Hatter’s tea party” for her casual backyard wedding theme, so I was on the hunt for a tea-party themed fabric.

This lavender print was the only one I could find, but neither Megan nor I particularly likes “precious” prints. A closer look showed that some of the colours in the teapots and cups are bright and ‘funky’. I ignored the lavender and pulled accent fabrics to coordinate with those other colours. The resulting project was a bright, cheerful spring table runner. I liked the combination so much that I chose similar fabrics, adding a dark green for the star points in this version.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing both versions of this pattern: if you’re inspired to start your own, here’s the link to a free PDF download: blogbeyond. In case you missed it on the main page, you’re free to use the pattern for your own quilts, but please ask permission before you copy, share or teach the pattern to others.

God bless!


Here are a few more of the sketches from my EQ7 file  for Beyond Beginners

Twin – striped sashing

contrast sash – greyscale to show values

Greyscale with background sashing strip

JACOJacob's Ladder for MomB’S LADDER

I’ve had this 4-metre piece of floral print in my stash for years, just waiting for a design idea that would work with the grey/rust/taupe colours. I love the print, but any grey or taupe I put with it seemed to wash it out.

This summer, while I was auditioning possibilities for my beginner’s class sample, this print found its way onto my cutting table yet again. It was too quirky for a store sample: to my dismay, I’ve realized that any store samples for quilt classes need to be pretty “generic” – pick a highly individual print and lots of people can’t get past the colours to see the potential! So, I picked another print for the focus fabric in a traditional 12-block lap quilt that is hanging in the store, and left this floral in the “reject” pile yet again.

But then, when I was putting away the ‘also rans’ , I came across a rust/green/grey-blue batik that had some of the same tones as my pretty print.  Although the batik tones weren’t quite the same, I was pretty sure the two would play together well. I added a small amount of a similar batik to get a total of 16 blocks for this unusual layout.  The toughest part for me was getting the 24″x48″ centre panel cut straight!

I had to eke out the last of the floral for the outer borders. The top border will end up being 1″ narrower than the others. That’s okay since the finished quilt will probably be a bed covering for my mom’s bed in the extended care facility where she lives: the narrow top border will be under the pillow.

Blocks: 12″ Jacob’s Ladder from The Word in Patchwork. Finished quilt will be approximately 58″x79″.

Hope this inspires some of you to rethink that gorgeous piece of fabric you’ve been waiting to use! I would love to see your creations based on this idea!

God bless


Before we headed out for Patchwork and Song, I posted this sketch of In the Beginning…God. I confess, I haven’t finished my  quilt top. The centre four Brother’s Keeper blocks are done and one each of the others.

This is definitely on my “to do” list, though: the sketch uses the quirky colour palette  I’ve based on my focus fabric, and I think it’s going to be really unusual and striking.  This sketch is only one of the layouts I’ve been playing with in Electric Quilt 6: if you ‘d like to see what I’ve  come up with, drop me a note and I’ll see what I can do about sharing  my  design file.

In case you’re interested in building a similar quilt with our blocks from Genesis,  scroll down in the main blog page to our post “The best laid plans  of [wo]man]” for the list of  blocks and how many to make of each. You’ll need to experiment a little with setting strips, but  I believe the  Jacob’s Ladder blocks are offset by 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ background strips.  That centre portion is then framed out with 1″ background strips to finish at 49 1/2″

In the next round, the 6″ blocks are set on point with oversized triangles [Try 8″ squares cut on one diagonal]. Trim the resulting framed blocks to 12 1/2″ long X 8 7/8″.

Sew together 4 sets of 13 Night and Day segments, paying close attention to the direction of the triangles. Measure, then measure the pieced centre. Add narrow background strips to the centre to equal the measurement of the border strip [probably 1- 11/2″].

Add corner segments to two border strips: note that the corner segments are different than the side ones: they have two “green-gold” sides instead of one green gold and one blue. Our sketched quilt finishes at 90″.

If you decide to make your own “In the Beginning…God” quilt, I’d love to see it!

God bless!


Here’s the finished Sampler of Psalms: I finally decided to quilt it [mostly McTavishing in the white-on-white] with a tree and water in the bottom scripture quote and little leaves in the tree.

Final choice for border: a 1/2 inch folded border in the red print and white binding. Anything bigger seemed to overwhelm the centre.

The centre tree panel had been buried in the bottom of the UFO basket since Quilters’ Neighbourhood presented Sampler of Psalms several years ago. Nothing like a series of speaking engagements to spark inspiration!

A friend sent me a panel of 3″x9″ quotes from the Psalms: once I had the six 10″ blocks finished, a selection of the quotes served as “spacers” for the blocks. I inked another quote “Like a Tree firmly planted by streams of water” from Psalm 1. I plan to quilt a tree and water on the left hand side of the quote. Two further 6″ blocks from Psalms finish the bottom.

Now, i’m stalled again. As it appears, the quilt top is finished with a 2″ wide white-on-white border. I’m undecided whether to add additional borders: perhaps a narrow gold with a medium blue wider outer border and a gold binding. Or I may simply leave it as is, quilt and bind..with white or gold? What do you think? Comments are very welcome!

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janice Johnson  |  August 26, 2008 at 3:28 am

    No borders – bind in gold!

  • 2. LouAnn  |  August 26, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Kim the quilt is beautiful! AMAZING — you are an inspiration to say the least.

    In my opinion – I’d go with a the 2″ white-on-white border idea; then bind in the gold.

    As for quilting thread … what is the back of the quilt? For the top I believe I would do the gold. Perhaps a verigated on the back?

    Keep up the awesome work God has called you to do!

    LouAnn (California, USA)

  • 3. Dorothy  |  August 26, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I love your sampler, I think I would do a gold piping, starting with an inch strip, folded in half, inserted between your white border and then a narrow, no more than 3 inch blue border, especially if it matched the blue in the broken dishes inner border. Just what jumped out at me. Good luck and thank you for your hard work. Good luck too, with your new endeavors.

  • 4. Jackie (North Wales)  |  August 27, 2008 at 5:39 am

    First of all the quilt top looks amazing – I hope mine turns out as well. To me it’s not quite finished. I think it needs at least one border to contain and frame. My personal favourite for borders is a narrow one 1-2″ (or a piping as Dorothy suggested) then a wider one 2-4″ and then bound in the same fabric as outer border.
    God bless and praise Him for your talent and your generousity in sharing.

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