Happy Halloween!

A favorite holiday for both of us–we both have a weakness for Halloween fabric, Halloween decorations, you name it. And Halloween quilts? Definitely worth the time! Doris recently shared her Ghastlies version of our Mums for Melissa pattern:

Ghastlies Alexander Henry Mums for Melissa a Ghastlie Reunion Quilt

Cool huh? Looks a little different than the bright, cheery quilt on the pattern cover:

Mums for Melissa Chrysanthemum quilt traditional block modern quilting

At retreat last weekend, we spotted this on one of the work tables:

Mary_Mums for Melissa halloween Quilt

That’s a Mums for Melissa block!  In Halloween fabric!  Sure enough, Mary was busy piecing together this quilt, with an extra Chrysanthemum block and a little added width (to make it Twin size).  It looks wonderful–love the way she used one fabric in her Mums instead of making it scrappy as the pattern is.


It is so much fun to see our patterns interpreted by other quilters!  What fun “focus” print do you have in your stash that you could use in a Mums for Melissa Quilt?!?

Play it safe and have a FUN Halloween,

Trina & Doris


Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 5


Next week is Halloween (my favorite holiday!) and I am enjoying the fall weather that comes along with it. I have not decorated this year… just not in the mood. But come next week I will be ready for those little (some not so little) trick-or-treaters. Here in Des Moines, IA, kids trick-or-treat the night before Halloween and it’s called “beggars night”. They also tell you a joke!  I just hope the weather is beautiful so I can sit outside and hand out candy.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another block in our Building Foundations Sampler!

Block 5 the Improved Four Patch (date unknown, from the Holstein Collection, IQSC)

improved four patchImproved Four Patch Block Diagram


Background fabric (where green squares are), cut 4 – 2 1/8″ squares.

Accent fabric 1 (lt blue in diagram), cut 2 – 3 5/8″ squares and 4 – 2 1/8″ squares.

Accent fabric 2 (lime green in diagram), 2 – 5 1/2″ squares, cut in half diagonally.


1. Lay out 2 (2 1/8″) accent squares and 2 (2 1/8″) background squares. Join to make a four-patch.  Make 2 four-patch units.

2. Lay out four patch units with 2 (3 5/8″) accent squares as shown in block diagram. Join into rows, join rows.

3. Add Accent fabric #2 triangles to outer edges to complete block.

Block 5 Improved Four-Patch

Note: In Doris’s block (on the right) she put her background in the place of accent fabric #3 for a different look.

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 4

Building Foundations Sampler QAL button

Block #4 is Broken Dishes, by Ruby McKim, 1931. (Jinny Beyer’s book).

broken dishes

Broken Dishes Block Diagram

One of our favorite traditional blocks; there are so many different looks you can get from this one simple block! (You can see two of our favorites, here and here.)


Background fabric, cut 2 – 5 3/8″ squares.

Accent fabric, cut 2 – 5 3/8″ squares.

ASSEMBLY: Making Your HSTs:

1. Draw a diagonal line on all background squares.


2. Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the darker fabric.  



TIP: Square-up/trim your HSTs to 5″ square before moving onto step #2.

2. Lay out 4 HSTs as shown in the block diagram above.  Join into pairs, join pairs to complete one block.  TIP: Pressing to the dark fabric allows you to easily “nest” your seams (as shown at left in photo below) to achieve perfectly matched points:PicMonkey Collage

And here are our finished blocks:

Building Foundations Sampler Quilt A Long Broken Dishes

How are you doing with your blocks? As you finish them, share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris