Friday, July 05, 2013

Thank You All. . .and a Free Pattern

We are so grateful for your kind sympathies, thoughts and prayers. They have been a true comfort to us, and we hope to get back to 'normal' soon.

In the meantime, I have had a request for directions to make a favorite quilt of mine. Stacked Stripes.

It's pretty simple and straightforward, except nothing is straight! Here's how to get the wonky look, while still maintaining a bit of control. Hint: you may have to cut more than one long wedge per block. I used lots of scrap fabric for mine, many moons ago. This was also one of my first to use straight line quilting and it really 'goes' with a design like this.

Feel free to add more fabric strips to fill in gaps, of course. If you've never made a quilt without a pattern, this will be easier than you think. If it's too big, cut off the excess. If it's too small, add fabric.


  1. Thank you, Melody. You all popped into my head throughout the day yesterday. I hope little Chumley isn't too confused but imagine he is. From experience I know that eventually the grief will be replaced by smiles at the memories but in the meantime know that lots of us are thinking of you.

  2. Thank you so much for the instructions. I hope you are coping better today. Each day gets easier. Hugs to you Melody!

  3. I often wondered how you got that "look". Now, thankfully, I can try it myself! Thank you! Hope day by day things get easier for all of you! Perhaps a new puppy might be in the plan?????

  4. Judy Morningstar11:09 AM

    So sorry about your huge loss, Melody and Dave. May your memories of the little guy and the fun times you had with him give you healing. You gave him so much love; he was a lucky boy!

  5. Anonymous1:33 PM

    Poor Chester. Makes me sad. I have a really old pug. They just have a way of wiggling themselves into our hearts.

  6. Melody, I just read about Chester this morning. I am so very sorry. We will all miss that adorable little fellow for a long long time. Hugs to you from me and Maddie.

  7. Thanks for the pattern, Melody. I will give it a try. I recently did some photo interpretation art quilts for my daughters. They are of thier pets and the memories they had of them. They really loved these.

  8. Annie2:49 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial, Melody! Maybe it will encourage me to get out of my straight line box!

  9. I am definitely going to make one like this and call it Chester. Your family has been in my thoughts ever since yesterday's post...and I have shown so many people and without exception there have been tears in their eyes. Please give Chumley a big hug from us Down Under. Poor wee man will be missing his mate as much as you are. I might even show a picture of the quilt when it is done...

  10. I will definitely have to make one of these Melody, thanks for the post on directions.

  11. Many thanks for the instructions Melody - if only you could pass on your great sense of colour in a tutorial too!
    Sad to hear you have lost Chester - a small dog with a big personality, and his on-line fans will miss him too.

  12. Thank you! I've been thinking I might like to make a bright pillow for my sofa. This would be a good way to try out the process.

  13. What awful news! I am so sorry. I will miss your little Chester with his big goofy grin, but not nearly as much as you all will. He had a wonderful, if short, life with Chumley, you and Dave. Our hugs to all of you.

  14. Anonymous11:44 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Chester. So sad. Sending hugs to you.

    Becky in Indiana

  15. A poster mentioned above that Chester had a lot of fans. She's so right. As does Chumley. I hope he's doing well. I hope you're beginning to feel a little more comfort. And I'm glad to see you're able to post.

  16. Melody & Dave, my deepest sympathies to you both. Chester will always be in your hearts, he was very blessed to have had such a loving home during his short life. Take care & remember we all have you in our prayers.

  17. Thanks, Melody! That was very instructive. Don't you sometimes make "stripes" with fusing? How would you get the same look with fusing? Would you just make narrow strips and fuse them on the background fabric? Would you cut the narrow strips on the bias? More stripping techniques, please.

  18. Melody, I am so sorry to hear about Chester. I have been there, and it does get better. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Thank you so much Melody. I had missed your post about Chester and am so sorry for your loss. You laid him to rest beautifully. I hope each day is a little easier for you.

  20. Julie5:05 PM

    I've been lurking and reading your wonderful blog for years,so I'm very familiar with your little family. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news.My deepest sympathies. Sincerely,Julie

  21. Victoria12:28 AM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I've been there, I feel for you. Sincerest condolences.

  22. Melody, my heart aches for you and Dave. I know the loss of a pet is like losing a child, but the grief will lessen with time.

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  28. I just saw your post about Chester. I am sending love, light and prayers to all of you. What a bright light of joy that dog was! So glad his memories will warm you forever.

    Thank you for the free pattern!

  29. Thanks for the tutorial Melody and sorry about Chester.

  30. Nice pattern. I'll surely bookmark this for future reference.

  31. Thank you for your pattern. This is truly a big help for someone who's starting to learn how to quilt.

  32. Thank you. I am going to give it a try. Love the pattern

  33. Is this pattern straight line sewing or curved because the leaves are all crooked. If you haven't guessed, I'm new at this.

  34. The "lines" I meant to put. Not leaves

  35. Me parece un trabajo precioso, alegre, colorido y muy creativo, 👏

  36. Me parece un trabajo precioso, alegre, colorido y muy creativo, 👏

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