Looking for Polka Pots

Nope, that’s not a typo.  I really am looking for polka pots.  Our little granddaughter Samantha loves polka pots, and I need to make her a quilt for Christmas (to go on her big girl bed).   I’m thinking a pinwheel quilt full of “polka pots.”  Do you know where I can get charm packs of nothing but polka pot fabrics?  Preferably with a lot of pink and purple?

10805 purple

I love the layout in this picture from Vanessa’s website.  Please click on the image below and see the great tutorial she posted on making pinwheels.  Wouldn’t this look cute with polka pots and ballerinas in the white spaces?


Vanessa has a great website… I DO hope you go check it out.  Lots of great projects to look at, and I love the way she writes!

I have had my eye on the traditional quilt pattern called “Snail’s Trail” for many years now, but have never tried it. I love the simple two colors, and how something as simple as a small pile of triangles can turn into something so cool.

The purple and yellow block shown here is from http://www.sewquilty.com/, and you can find the directions for a 12 inch block here. There is also a video showing how to put it together here.

For a fabulous selection of great Snail’s Trail quilts, check out Google Images. I love to go to Google Images and do a search for a quilt pattern I am interested in. It automatically brings up a ton of great variations of style and color. Try it!

Looking ahead at the
B.O.M. Calendar for March

For our March block, we are going to do something with the Snail’s Trail pattern. You will need:

  • 1/4 yard green fabric
  • 1/4 yard white (or white on white) fabric
  • 1/8 yard solid orange fabric
  • White thread
  • Orange embroidery floss to match fabric

Is it the same pattern?

A few days ago, I posted this photo of a quilt I would like to make. I was looking for the name of the pattern. Karen commented that it was “Grandmother’s Engagement Ring.” She was able to find it in Barbara Brackman’s quilt block encyclopedia.

Last night I was doing some walking on the treadmill (I know, shocking!) and flipping through some old quilt magazines. I came upon this photo from Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts, May 1986 page 13. The quilt was one of the Mountain Mist contest winners, and was the winner of the Grand Prize at Houston Quilt Festival in November of 1985. The pattern is Mountain Mist pattern #109.

Isn’t it amazing how two people can take the same pattern and give it a totally different look? I don’t think these look anything alike, and yet they are both stunning!
Do you hang on to your old quilt magazines? I have them dating back to the mid 1970’s. I’ve tossed a few and sold a few more, but still have a lot. It is fun to look back and see the changes quilting has taken through the years. We put a lot more quilting on our quilts now, and they have a totally different look. Makes you wonder what they will look like twenty years from now, doesn’t it?
Edit to add:
Check out this page for another photo of this same quilt! I just found it — and other Mountain Mist quilts – online!
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