Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Triple Treat Finish!

I took the last stitch into the binding of my Triple Treat quilt last night.

There is something about a red binding that makes it all that much better.

It's like an exclamation point at the end stating "Okay, I'm done now."

Especially on a super-scrappy-everything-AND-the-kitchen-sink quilt that has no borders.

I just love it!

What a crazy hodge-podge of colors and fabric styles and eras!

I dug really deep into the stash, you guys.  And I admit to sometimes even holding back a grimace (If it was a fragrance thing I would have been plugging my nose! LOL!) as I forced myself to let go of the categories our brains sometimes give fabrics.

"Modern. Civil War. Novelty. 1980s Calico, 1990s murky repros, yikes-this-one-has-metallics, Christmas, Halloween, Juvenile, 1930s repros"

These things are all about the style of the fabric or the print on the fabric.  It has nothing to do with things I consider more important:

Color, Contrast, Value, Variety.

Oh yeah.  It has ALL of those in spades!

I will be adding these finished photos to the Triple Treat tutorial under the Free Patterns tab so folks can see how it looks finished, rather than just the handful of blocks we started with.

You know where my mind is wandering to now?  July and our NEXT Leader & Ender challenge!

The stash annihilation continues and I am so happy with what I used up in this backing.

1980s calicos.  1990s reproduction prints - all in a toasty tan color that has been harder to use in "this" decade where everything seems to be bright white.

Close up of fabrics

Another thing to love about scrap quilts that include EVERYTHING - you can use ANYTHING on the back and it just works.

Here is Debbie's!

I love how she matched the corners of her blocks where they joined to create color blocks.  So fun!

How are you coming on yours?  There is no rush.  There is no expiration date on this pattern - it will stay under the Free Patterns tab for whenever you are ready to jump in and make it.

On this day - the first day of our 4th Quiltville Inn retreat season - I am anxiously awaiting the afternoon arrival of the February Quiltvillians!

To celebrate, Friend Martha sent me a photo she snapped this morning of a pink blooming tree seen in North Carolina just a mere hour from here.

CRAZY!  At this elevation we won't get blooming trees for a couple of months - but it does my heart good to know they are blooming near by!

I hope this tree brings some joy and happiness to your winter-tired heart too.

Chilhowie has now been retired as a free mystery, has been rewritten, and is now presented to you as a PDF pattern booklet for purchase.

It is available in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop!

Nine-patches, Four-patches, Hourglass units and other quilter’s favorites combine in an explosion of color! 

Pattern includes 20 pages of full-color photos, graphics, and detailed instruction for your ultimate scrappy success!

All of the hints, tips, tricks and construction options we went through during mystery season are included so you can make Chilhowie YOUR way.

The best part?  No more scrambled parts and wondering which units go where.  It's all laid out for you step-by-step in a cohesive manner.

Quilt Size: 78’’ X 78’’

Optional but helpful: Essential Triangle Tool and either the Simple folded Corners ruler, or the Simple Folded Corners Mini.

Traditional rotary cutting methods are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

And yes, there is a gift-away!  I'll be drawing for 2 winners to each receive  Chilhowie in PDF booklet form on Monday 2/13/23!

Introductory Special:

Chilhowie PDF Pattern Booklet is now 25% off through 2/28/23.  No coupon needed!  Hurry now and save!

Pattern reverts to full on 3/1/23.

Don't forget: Forever Mine is 25% off as well through 2/14/23.

Okay that's it for now - there are last minute finishing touches to get in place before the retreaters arrive.

What do you have in store for this day?  What are you bringing to the forefront?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

I love what Sandra Kring wrote: ⁣

"The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered with darkness, and struggle to reach the light." 

Keep pushing through the dirt and reaching up! 

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!



  1. Oh, it turned out BEAUTIFUL!! I also am a fan of "no borders!" I have started cutting for mine, I think it's going to be a red, white, and blue one. But I might also have to do one where you don't think too hard and just throw everything in! <3 Have fun with the new retreat group and congratulations on another season!

  2. Yesterday I took an accounting of how many Triple Treat blocks I've made, and how many more I have left ready to sew together, and am now scratching my head and wondering why I thought 86 was a good number of blocks to make? I suspect I ran out of the fabric that will be common to all the middle 4-patches, and will need to prepare the parts for 4 more blocks. What a "shame"!
    I've been working on a FPP project, and those Triple Treat blocks seem to assemble themselves lickety-split as a result!

  3. Thanks for the wonderful tree picture, here in MN. we still have at least 2 feet of snow in our yards. Plus we can only park on one side of the road, running out of places to put it. 40 today maybe some of it will melt and go away.

  4. Love your Triple Treat. Working on mine slowly. It will also have everything plus the kitchen sink LOL. Wow a blooming shrub. We still have 4 foot of snow with more on the way. Memorial day is spring around here. Long time off yet :(

  5. Beautiful Triple Treat quilts. My daffodils and crocuses are up about 2 inches, and it was 40 degrees today. Tomorrow we're supposed to get 6 inches of snow, Boo. I am so done with winter.


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