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July 27th, 2008

Merry-Go-RoundI first saw the Merry-Go-Round quilt on Nanette’s blog here, and then on Michelle’s blog here… and I was so smitten with their quilts… I had to drop everything and make one myself! A while back ago I had seen an afghan in a home dec magazine, and I was looking at it… studying it… how could I make that out of fabric. So I tried. Started with a hex shape, and then went round and round log cabin style. Ugh. Took FOREVER to do one block, plus there were a gazillion seams (and not to mention a crap-load of Y seams in my future). Failure. Fabric afghan nuttin’ but a bust. Until now - and Sandy Klop is the genius behind my quilt dream come to life. “Dream” may be a stretch… but I’m pretty stinkin’ happy. Like craving for some exotic food that’s out of reach, and right there on your friends blogs is the recipe for the dish. Good times at Casa de Zombie. Good times. Edited in: You can get the pattern here.

I made mine a little different then the pattern. Smaller and set different. I used my Darlene Zimmerman purple triangle tool. I love Darlene’s tools, and she’s the queen genius of all quilting geniuses. Of all my favorite quilts, there’s a bit of Darlene in all of them - either her patterns, her fabrics, her tools or the tricks she’s taught me.


I’ve been having so much fun playing with the triangle tool, a bee flew up my butt and I thought up a fun little project to do with friends - four friends total to be exact. Kind of like a cookie swap… I’ll share it later, but for now I have to keep mum because my girl-gang is coming over on Monday for a sewing day, and it’s going to be a secret project for us. Anyhoo… I made my MGR with 9 fat quarters and used the leftover fabric for a pieced back. It may not stay long in it’s current locataion, as that chair is the bird watching perch for our cats. Yeah. Cat hair. Sucks. I heart you James Dyson.


Also in the Department of Keeping Mum… I have to keep this under lock and key until Fall. And it’s killing me because what’s coming is so stinkin’ cute and I want to share about it. I guess I could hint with something like “zinny zuu” or “tiny cow sound”. But I won’t. And besides… I’m making Doe squirm and I’m enjoying it. Maybe when my package comes I’ll snap a few shots of what’s inside. For now the waiting feels like an etirnity. Hurry DHL, hurry!

Somethin's coming!

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24 Responses

  1. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    I MUST buy that pattern! I fell in love with it when Nanette made it, and haven’t had any luck finding the pattern. I am in lust once again with your creation, so I’m on a serious pattern hunt! Darlene Zimmerman is my quilting hero, but I don’t have her purple triangle. Shame on me!!

    p.s. I like it when bees fly up your bum - we all benefit when that happens!

    xo, NJ

  2. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    OH DEAR, IS THAT THE CUTEST QUILT EVER. I love it, just how you made it. It’s perfect there, and I guess now I’ll be getting that American Jane pattern as well. Because I loved it when I saw it on all the other blogs and I super love your small version there.

  3. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    You always use the best colours! I guess now I’ll have to find the pattern and be a copycat too!

  4. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Monica, OMG, I have that pattern and love it! It is in fact, sitting on my cutting table just calling my name. Now that I have received the newest issue of that “other” quilting magazine, which this quilt is on the cover, I just have to make it! But I have to say, I just absolutely love your version…ooooooo!! And of course, I have Darlene’s tool too! I may just copy you. You’re a genius!! What a great table topper too, less cat hairs there. Ooooo can’t wait to see what is in the mail from Japan…pins and needles here.

  5. The fabulous Anyone Can Quilt allegedly said:

    It’s gorgeous! Your made it so unique and beautiful. I have a poop load of 30’s repro’s that I’ve been trying to find the perfect pattern for. I think this may be the one! x

  6. The fabulous TLC allegedly said:

    I love your quilt! I think it is so fun when a quilt isn’t square or rectangle but unique in shape.

  7. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Monica its darling! I love how you personalized the shape. I may have to make another. It was really fun wasn’t it. I have leftover blocks still and I was going to make hot pads with them. I thought it would be a fun shape. I have a triangle tool, but not Darlene’s so mine isn’t exactly like the pattern either. I think that is so much easier if you have a hard template. And thanks for the mention!

  8. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    DANG IT! I have had that pattern for ages and recently filed it away since I’d NEVER be able to find time to make it. Now I’m gonna have to pull it out of storage.
    All your fault.
    Hmmm…sure wish I was getting a package from there.
    With my name on it and all..

  9. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    It’s adorable! I love it. I too saw on the cover of the “other” quilting magazine - and fell in love with it all over again. I MUST finish mine.

  10. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Love your take on that quilt. ADorable!!! And what could that surprise be??? Hmmmmmmm
    I miss a few days and you have three new posts!!

  11. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    VERY sweet little quilty Monica. Great use for the jelly rolls. You sure have my curiousity up! I’ll definite be waiting to see what’s coming for you from Japan! It’s gotta be good. And super CUTE I’ll bet! ;-)

  12. The fabulous jodi allegedly said:

    O.K. I saw Nanette’s and Michelle’s and thought, that would be fun to do. Now yours! Too cute. And you’ve all talked me into it. ;o)

  13. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    Wow, you’re good at keeping us on the edges of our seats!
    I love the quilt BTW. I may have to add it to the to-do list.

  14. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    I love how it looks over the back of the chair and am now thinking I need to add this to my gigantic and ever-growing list of wondrous things to try.

  15. The fabulous Ruth allegedly said:

    OMG that is one of the cutest most impressive quilts I have ever seen, my patchwork/quilting is no where near up to this standard yet, but you have really given me something to aim for, I think I will get the pattern for when I am more practised.
    Thankyou :)

  16. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    Another Darlene Zimmerman fan here. I don’t have her triangle but you can bet I’ll be watching for it. I met her oh-so-briefly at Houston 2004 show and wish I’d had her sign a book…oh dopey me didn’t think. Her quilt manual is my most favorite how-to book of all of them.

  17. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    Love your little quilt, I hope no cat hairs have touched it! So your package from Japan… does it have something to do with your Gocco machine?
    Hows it going with our birdcage kits?!?

  18. The fabulous sara allegedly said:

    I know what your getting, if Doe is anxious about it! What fabric line did you use?

  19. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Love it! And I wanna know what’s a comin’ …. (I’m not a patient person, ya know.)

  20. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Wow! That little quilt is ADORABLE!!! I’d have to put up with the cat hair just so I could look at it everyday!

  21. The fabulous Pieces allegedly said:

    I love the little quilt! I like it on the back of the chair too. I have a faded blue chair that is extra faded at the top–this would be a perfect solution. This quilt is far too hard for me to make but I might find an easier one to try.

  22. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    The (hot babe) paramedics have just revived me after I keeled over from the CUTENESS of that quilt!!!! …. so it’s all good !!!! (i.e. hot babe paramedics and cute quilts!!)

  23. The fabulous Dandelion Quilts allegedly said:

    That is soooo sweet! I just love it.

  24. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Adorable quilt! Darlene Z. is my quilting hero.

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