Book Work

Some people iron as they need something to wear, I iron on Sunday morning.  And I sit while I’m pressing away with the television on.  Most Sundays I am entertained by Jane Pauley as I watch Sunday Morning.  This has been my habit for at least a decade.  Maybe two.  But if there is more pressing time than Jane time I’ll watch Sewing With Nancy or Quilting Arts.

Sewing With Nancy is entertaining and provides some simple approachable lessons, and there are retail opportunities to purchase the products that the program is focused on from Nancy’s Notions.  Of course, if your are a good note taker you don’t have to purchase, but again, the opportunity is there.  Much earlier this year I was watching and this creative quilter, Judy Gauthier, was Nancy’s guest.  She showed this adorable quilt called Packages, Boxes, and Bows.  Very colorful and a great use of scraps.  So was her Color Brick Road and Rectangles Squared quilts.  But she got me with Fretwork.

I enjoyed working on this so much that I made two tops and cut a third.  This will be a wonderful charity quilt!  This is my smaller version.


The instructions are for a baby quilt that finishes at 60 1/2 x 75 1/2 which I find huge for a baby quilt.  When I finished the first top I decided that for my purposes it doesn’t need to be that big.  Mine is 45 1/2 x 60 1/2 and plenty big enough for me to quilt.  It’s also a great size to have in the vehicle or for a toddler to drag around.

You’ve got to love the simplicity of a nine patch!


The “pieced” blocks are done reverse applique, and we are instructed not to overthink the process and allow the blocks to be wonky to add more whimsy and visual interest.

What I liked was I had everything I needed.  I didn’t have to go to the store as the pieces are small 5 1/2″ squares and 4 1/2″ squares.  What made me a little uncomfortable was the chance that there might be some raw edges in the corners if I didn’t pay close enough attention to that pressing.  Then again, these are not meant to be heirloom pieces, just working quilts.

And look what I had in my stash for the back!


Was this perfect!?!  I’m over the moon that it’s done.

The name of the book is Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier.  You can get it at Nancy’s Notions, as well as other retailers.  The book was released in 2017 so it might even be at your local quilt shop.

There will be others to show from this book in the next couple of years.

Oh, and have a Happy New Year!


About divadiversion

Creative procrastinator. Cock eyed optimist. Family historian - with the story being the important part. Quilt coach, lecturer and creator. Scrapbooker, card maker. Modern vintage. Wine lover. Explore new places, let's travel - let's go!
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8 Responses to Book Work

  1. Sandie says:

    I love it!
    What a gift you have!
    Maybe I’ll check McKay’s…

  2. Marilyn Engelking says:

    Hi Diane! What a great pattern! I want to do one for our children’s quilts! I love yours with the grays. Our Peacemakers from church delivered 63 various sized quilts to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. It was so heartwarming. Glad to see you are still cranking them out. I hope you had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! Marilyn

    Sent from my iPad


    • Hi Marilyn! We have Christmas Mother during the holidays and the guild donated about 40 quilts. Your Peacemakers are really productive! It is wonderful to have the ability to share the gifts we have been given. Christmas was good. And I’m looking forward to 2020! Piece! Diane

  3. Annie Morgan says:

    Lots of fun, Diane, but I think I would just add borders rather than reverse applique. I’d make botch of it, I’m afraid. I LOVE the backing, too.

    • Annie it was great digging into the juvenile prints. I have to agree with you though that my first preference to piecing these blocks would have been to frame them. I honestly don’t think it changes the amount of time it takes to complete the project doing it one way or another. That backing was on a discounted bolt when I bought it. Now I wish I had finished the bolt!

  4. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Diane! What a cute quilt. A fun way to showcase some fun prints. They kind of look like TV screens, and showcase what all the different ‘channels’ have to offer. Or an I Spy-type of quilt. Very cute and that backing is just perfect for it. I agree – the original size is huge for a baby quilt! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Roseanne – the imagined visual of the original size quilt (after I pieced it-shaking head) was amusing! Talk about getting wrapped up in something! It was twice the size of the toddler. It would have to stay in the crib. What a great observation – they DO look like TV screens! – Diane

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