Friday, January 30, 2009

Go Steelers!

Well, I got a lot done on our snow day. I finished a Jo Morton Little Women's club sample, put the borders on my daughter's t-shirt quilt and put the binding on a throw. Sounds like I may need to look for something else to do next week. They keep saying it's going to snow but they won't say how much. In the mean time, the leak in the classroom roof will keep me busy. Can't wait for Spring and that new roof!

Tomorrow is our "Souper" Bowl Saturday party. Please bring in as many cans as you can to be donated to the Dublin Community Food Pantry. Fabric will be on sale tomorrow. Select fabric will be up to 50%! off. A one yard minimum will be required from the sale fabric.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let It Snow

Yippee, a snow day. I plan to spend the day sewing but.... my DH thinks it would be a great day to work on taxes:( The store will be closed today but you can work on a new project using the charm quilt patten I posted yesterday. Have a good day and be safe!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Let it Snow!

I want a snow day. The kids get plenty; isn't it time for the adults to have one. Just in case we all get stuck inside tonight or tomorrow, I thought I'd give you a free pattern great to use with a charm pack or two. If you only have one, adapt the size to be a tablerunner. Enjoy! Please check the front page of our web site for store closing information in case of snow.
Laurel Charm Quilt
Finished size ~32" x 37"

2– Moda Laruel Charm Packs or
60 dark 5” squares and 3 light 5” squares
¾ yard light fabric for side triangles and inner border
1/3 yard for binding
1 yard backing
40” x 45” piece of batting

· Cut 7 – 2 ¼” strips from the light fabric, sub-cut into
108 – 2 ¼” squares.
· Cut 4 – 1 ½” strips for inner border
· Choose 3 light charm squares and cut them into 4 – 2 ¼” squares from each 5” square. I randomly choose 3 places to use these squares in place of the light fabric squares.
· From 30 dark 5” squares cut them into two rectangles from each. One should be 2 ¼” x 5” and the other
2 ¾” x 5”. You’ll need 30 of each size.
· From 2 – 2 ¼” x 5” rectangles, cut 2 – 2 ¼” squares for corners of inner border.
· From 4 – 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles, cut 1 – 2 ¾” square for corners of outer border.
* From the binding fabric, cut 4 – 2 ¼” strips.

Putting it together:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each light 2 ¼” square. (I know this is tedious, but, I really like the accuracy of this method) Choose 30 – 5” squares. Lay one 2 ¼” square to the corner of one 5” square aligning the raw edges. Sew across the diagonal line. Trim the excess square away. Repeat for the other 3 corners. Repeat for all 30 blocks. Press the seams of two opposite corners in and the other two opposite corners out.

Arrange the blocks into 6 rows of 5 blocks. Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together.

Using the 2 ¼” x 5” rectangles, sew together two strips with 5 rectangles each for the top and bottom and 2 strips with 6 rectangles plus the 2 ¼” squares on each end for the sides. Sew these borders to the top, bottom and sides.

Sew the light inner border to the sides first, then the top and bottom.

Using the 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles, sew together two strips with 6 rectangles for the top and bottom and two strips with 7 rectangles plus the 2 ¾” squares on each end for the sides. Sew these borders on. Measure your quilt before you sew these together. I had to sew mine with scant seam allowances to get it to fit. Theoretically, these should fit, but…. I’m not perfect so mine would not have fit without the scant seam allowances. You could also cut down your inner border a bit to make it fit. Or, you could add a little piece of another strip to make it fit.

Now you’re ready to layer with batting and batting, quilt and bind. Enjoy, I really liked this one. ~ Karen

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Red Rooster Quilts
48 Corbins Mill Dr.
Dublin, OH 43017

Let it Snow!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Here's my latest creation. I used the Declaration of Independence Panel in the center. I love these old red, white & blue fabrics we have. We have two collections that work nicely together that would give you that old worn and loved look. They are Civil War VI and Old Glory IV by Windham. I'm working on a sample right now using both. But, in the mean time, you can whip out this little quilt in a jiffy. The pattern is $8.95 and the kit that includes that pattern and fabric for the top and binding is $39.95.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mystery Quilt

I have designed a Mystery Quilt for The Ohio Country Register. I love this little paper. It always has ads for some great little stores around Ohio that up right up my alley. I try to fit them in whenever I travel. We even picked one up last week while in North Carolina and stopped at a couple of quilt shops. Anyways, for those of you that like mystery quilts, in each issue this year there will be a clue. Get your friends together and try it. It only uses three colors. Ever buy a larger scale print and say: "what am I going to do with this"? Well, this quilt would be perfect for those. You need 1 larger scale print, 1 medium to dark fabric to coordinate with it and one light background. Simple, right? For those people who are stumped by picking out fabric for it, just give us some color options and we'll do it for you. A kit costs $69.95. The quilt is 52" x 70" finished, a perfect lap size.

Don't have The Ohio Country Register? Just tune in here the first part of January, March, May, July, September & November for all the clues.

This is also a good project to use up your stash. So, lets get started!

Red Rooster Quilts presents a Mystery Quilt for 2009. In each issue of the Ohio Country Register, a clue will be printed instructing you how to piece together this original design lap quilt. This mystery quilt is fun for beginners and experienced quilter's, too. The finished size will be 54" x 72". A kit for the top and binding can be purchased from Red Rooster Quilts for $69.95 plus shipping in the following colors: Red, Beige & Blue, Fall Colors, Christmas Colors, Antique Reproduction fabrics, Scarlet & Grey or Bright Contemporary Colors. You may purchase a kit through our web site at or call us at 614-734-9007. See our ad on page 5 of this issue.

Fabric Requirements:
Fabric A: 1 & 1/4 yard of a focus fabric, medium - dark color with medium to large scale print
Fabric B: 1 & 1/4 yard of a med-dark fabric to coordinate with the focus fabric
(Or, if you would like the quilt a little scrappy use 1/4 yards of six different
fabrics that coordinate with focus fabric.)
Fabric C: 4 yards of light background fabric
3/4 yard binding fabric
3 & 1/2 yard for backing fabric

Clue #1
Cut 9 - 2 1/2" strips from Fabric C
Cut 9 - 2 1/2" strips from Fabric B (or 1 strip from each of the 6 different fabrics and 1 more strip from 3 of the fabrics for a total of 9 strips if making scrappy)

Sew one Fabric B strip to one Fabric C strip along the long edge. Repeat with remaining strips. Press toward the dark.

Cut 232 - 1 1/2" slices from the nine strips.

Sew two of the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces together to make a four patch. You will need 116 four patch blocks. These will be rectangle in shape four patches. They will measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Be sure to sew them together so that fabric C is in the upper left and lower right corner and Fabric B is in the upper right and lower left corners.

Don't fret, this is the step with the most pieces. It will be easier from here on out. Don't forget to pick up the next issue of the Ohio Country Register for the Red Rooster Quilts Mystery Quilt Clue #2.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Purses have been very popular of late. We sell tons of patterns and you can never have too many. So, check out our completed class schedule. There are several purse classes along with many other fun and unique projects. We have a new monthly block of the month similiar to what Thimbleberries was. It's called Back Home Again. This class meets next week. We also have several wool projects and a wool block of the month that has been so poplular that we've filled the first class and will be adding a second. We have an applique block of the month, too. To view all the classes, visit our web site at