“Mary’s Bugs” – My Latest Quilt

About a month ago, my friend Mary Parsons from the Conway guild gave me 5 sacks of fabric scraps. Her wonderful husband, Harry, has built her new shelves in her sewing room and she was cleaning out all her leftovers and scraps. I have already made some thing s from the scrap sacks, but tonight I finished another whole top. Mary had fussy cut some bugs on black into 3 inch squares. I decided to use them as the center of a log cabin block. I first took all the brights and cut them into 2 1/2″, 2 1/2″, and 1″ strips. I used the 1″ strips to go around the log cabin block. Then I pieced the 2 1/2 and 1/2″ pieces into long

Mary Parsons

strips. I sewed the strips into fabric and cut triangles out and put 4 into a square. Those were alternated on point with the log cabin blocks to create the body of the quilt. I found a black with multicolored dot for the side triangles.Then I added 3 borders and corner squares all out of Mary’s gift fabric. Hope you like the results! Thank you, MARY!!!

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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9 Responses to “Mary’s Bugs” – My Latest Quilt

  1. Cynthia Lyons says:

    I like this onee!

  2. Wendy says:

    I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Wendy says:

    Are you going to the Houston Quilt Festaval? I’m going for the first and only time. I would just like to meet you and shake your hand.

  4. Jim Gatling says:

    fist time????? LOL! First time…………. I’m gonna miss it.

  5. Wendy says:

    I’m going to focus on taking pictures of the quilts. I don’t think I could concentrate on any classes with all the shopping available and quilts to see. I’m really excited!
    A question on your quilt…..When you cut 45 degree triangles out of the fabric made of strips did you cut them individually or cut squares and cut them corner to corner both ways? I’m thinking you might have to be careful that the seams didn’t come too close to the points.

    • Jim Gatling says:

      I cut the strip of stripped fabric the height of the triangle. I cut them one at a time. That way the fabric lays on your cutting board and you turn the base of the triangle from the bottom to the top for each different cut. so the first one, the base is down. for the second one the base it turn up then repeat the length of the fabric ……………
      I hope that helps.

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