Quilted Kitchen Sampler

Let’s make a sampler quilt out of some of the “Quilted Kitchen” quilt blocks found here at QuiltTherapy.com!  ALL of the quilt blocks are already designed to be 12″ finished, 12 1/2″ unfinished blocks. You need to do is to choose to make the ones I have put in my design or any 12 blocks of the design of your choice.  Then deicide on the colors of your sampler blocks.  You can keep the colors I created with the blocks, use your stash for an even scrappier quilt and even go all out and choose your own colors for a more complimentary and uniform look.

Well, there IS another something you will need to decide…and that is should you make all of the recipes that go with each block?  LOL

Here is the “Quilted Kitchen Sampler” quilt image:

"Quilted Kitchen Sampler" Free quilt pattern from QuiltTherapy.com and BOMquilts.com!

“Quilted Kitchen Sampler” Quilt Design

Head on over to BOMquilts.com to obtain the finishing instructions.


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    Bouncing Bundles of Joy: New Baby Quilt Patterns Designed by TK Harrison

    There is something to be said for having a stand-by baby quilt pattern (or 13) with quick and easy go-to baby quilts when you need them.  I have designed just that!  A Quilter’s Dozen (13) original and quick baby quilt patterns in beautful bundles of joy!

    Whether you want to create a baby quilt with triangles or without, all patterns are extremely beginner-friendly and can be instantly downloaded!  Buy one bundle or two or just go all in and buy the entire set for a very special bundle of joy in your world!





    Click on any image above and you will be redirected to www.DashPatterns.com to purchase any of the quilt pattern bundles above.

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      Tutorial Tuesday: “Strip Tease” Table Runner Pattern & Tutorial


      “Strip Tease” Table Runner Finished Size: 17″ x 34 1/2″

      Items Needed:

      • 5/8 yard Focus Fabric
      • 1/4 yard Bleached (white) muslin
      • 1/4 yard Unbleached (ecru) muslin
      • FOUR (4) Dark Blue 2 1/2″ squares
      • FOUR (4) Medium Blue 2 1/2″ squares


      Quilt Therapy Instructions:

      • Cutting:
        • Focus Fabric:  Cut NINE (9) 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strips
        • Bleached (white) muslin:  Cut FOUR (4) 2 1/2″ x 20″ strips
        • Unbleached (ecru) muslin:  Cut FOUR (4) 2 1/2″ x 20″ strips
        • Focus Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 2″ x WOF strips for Binding
        • Backing Fabric:  Your choice of fabric color – 18″ x 37″
        • Quilt Batting:  18″ x 37″
      • Sew the Dark Blue 2 1/2″ squares to both ends of the Bleached (white) muslin.
      • Sew the Medium Blue Blue 2 1/2″ squares to both ends of the Unbleached (ecru) muslin.
      • Lay out all of your strips.  The Focus Fabric strips are the anchors for this table runner, they belong on both ends of the table runner as well as in-between the tonal strips.
      • Use your own creativity to decide where your Blue 2 1/2″ squares should be placed – remember the tonal aspect so be sure your placement is one Bleached (white) muslin strip set and then one Unbleached (ecru) muslin strip set.  From there, the placement is completely up to you.  Once you decide where you want each Bleached (white) muslin/Dark Blue strip and each Unbleached (ecru) muslin strip, cut the excess fabric from the strip.  The final length of the strip needs to equal 16 1/2″.  NOTE:  I left my tonal/blue strips just a bit longer than required so I could square everything up after sewing the table runner top together.
      • Now it is time to sew your strips together.  Begin with sewing one Focus Fabric strip to one of your tonal/blue strips.  The biggest thing you need to worry about, when sewing your strips together, is to always sew your strips in opposite directions.  This will make sure your strips remain straight without a curve in the finished product.  One good way to remember which direction you sewed your strips in is to place a pin at the end of each set of fabric strips, indicating which direction you started sewing from.  Press the strips in the direction of the Focus Fabric:


      • After sewing the first group of single strips into double strips, now it’s time to sew the double strips together (remember to sew from the opposite direction as the first seams were sewn):


      • All of the strips of fabric strips should now be sewn together.  Be sure to place the extra Focus Fabric strip to the end of your table runner on whichever tonal strip you is at the end.
      • Square up your table runner.  Make sure the fabric on both sides are the same length.



      • Table runner top all sewn, squared up and pressed:


      • Sew the binding strips together.  There will be at least 1/2 of a strip of Focus Fabric left from the cutting requirements above.  That is needed for the binding so cut the width down to 2″.  Then sew the two full and one partial 2″ binding strips together:


      • Make your quilt sandwich with the table runner top, batting & backing.  Pin into place to secure all three layers.


      • Quilt as desired:


      • Final step is to square up your table runner so that the batting & backing are the same size as the table runner top and then add your binding.  This table runner’s binding is 1/4″ on the front, whip-stitched on the back.  Enjoy!


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        THIS is What it’s All About

        Yesterday, we were blessed to go see a local girlfriend, who gave birth to their second child on June 9th.  Their older daughter (all of seven-years-old) was in my Girl Scout troop two years ago.  And that little “S” was the highlight of my Girl Scout weeks – always a bit hyper but always 100% sweet.  She then took a liking to our family and wouldn’t you know it – her favorite people in our family are our son-man and my husband.  Such babe magnets.  But she likes us girls a bit, too.  🙂

        Little “S” rarely greets us without a smile and a hug.  And they’re good hugs, too!

        We missed little “S’s” birthday so we had a gift for her first:

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        Her very own diaper bag!  Or a purse, whichever she chooses she wants to use it for.

        After my daughters had had their fill of that precious baby boy, we got down to business of the baby’s gift.  Of course, those of you who do what I do should have already figured out what the baby’s gift was:

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        A baby quilt!  We agreed he probably wouldn’t need it much since we’re in hot Texas, but it could be a great blanket to lay him on the sofa or floor with.  His mommy thought it was beautiful and the colors were perfect for them (it even matched the sofa!).

        For this quilter, there is no better gift than a quilt that should last for a very long time and become a treasured gift long after the baby grows older.  My heart swells with pride each time I give the gift of a quilt to someone special.  It’s my own treasured memory then, and it feels so good to share my passion with others.

        This quilt was designed by me but my (third) foster mother, who wintered with us earlier this year, pieced and both hand- and machine-quilted it.  From the designer’s standpoint, she done my design proud.

        BONUS:  Baby Pigs <squeal>!


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          For Free or Not for Free? That is the Question!

          I design quilt patterns and then write the instructions and post them on my BOMquilts.com website for free.  It seems to me that I have been doing this for at least 10 years but would have to go through way too many files to find an exact date so will just leave 10 years as my best guess.  MOST of the time, I work with quilt shops, designers, etc. to bring you well-written pattern instructions that have been tested.  This works well for all involved, at least based on the fabric and thread sales that come from one (or more) of my quilt patterns.

          Quite some time ago, I had a respected shop owner tell me that because I was offering free patterns, I was basically putting a lot of quilt designers out of business.  I certainly have no desire to put anyone out of business but it really chapped my khakis that she would say that to me.  While I understand her point, what I don’t understand is how in the world could little ole’ me put anyone out of business?  Each quilt designer has their own special niche, as I do.  They have their current customers as well as a lot of ways to increase their customer base – both virtually and in person.  Every designer wants to be seen and heard and make sales.  The bottom line for this unwarranted advice was that the dollar is king.

          Whether I choose to design quilts and give free patterns to the masses is my decision.  I am not taking money out of a quilt designer’s pockets – I am merely sharing the wealth, as the shops I work with are making sales on the kits for the patterns I design.  I am not making money, but again, that is MY decision.

          What brought me to this revelation was that I saw a friend who worked in a quilt shop take pattern books and/or current quilt magazines home and copy patterns from them – as did the owner and her coworkers.  She had quite a few binders full of patterns she wanted to make, and it only cost her the copier fees, binder costs and page protector costs.  As well as a few minutes or hours a week.  What she was doing was probably not illegal, but it is more in the grey area of copyright laws.

          Then, another quilt friend offered to give me her patterns that she had purchased, once she’d made quilts from them.  Again, this probably violated copyright laws but it’s done ALL. THE. TIME. right under the unsuspecting designer’s nose.

          And what about those of us who go to Quilt Market and get free magazines, patterns and/or perks from the vendors?  We have not PURCHASED anything, but they are giving it away for free.  Does that mean we get free reign on what we do with them after they are gifted to us?

          Then there is a virtual quilt shop owner who, in the early days of her business start-up, made her husband spend days and days on policing the Internet to make sure none of her shop’s images were used elsewhere.  She had very distinct images, as well as a logo on each of her images – and her husband had to send not-nice letters to anyone who was using her unauthorized images.  The thing about this that I still don’t understand is that they were NOT her images, they came from the fabric manufacturers – she just gussied them up so they APPEARED to be her images.  And with the evolution of Pinterest, now many quilt shops, bloggers and designers want folks to pin their images to their Pinterest pages.  (btw:  I do not allow my images to be used elsewhere from this blog and I do not have a Pinterest account).

          At least with me giving the patterns away for free, I know what I’m getting into.  The vendors I work with know how my website works.  Everyone is happy because sales are made with each design I make and offer to my viewing audience.

          Think about a quilt designer who ONLY sells her patterns to magazines – and they print them so a quilter who gets those magazines can get basically a free pattern.  She may make $300 – $500 with just one design in a magazine.  She’s the smart designer, the savvy businesswoman.  She is not relying on individual sales but gets her name out in the professional and personal quilt world because of her presence in a magazine.  She technically is not giving her patterns away but do you realize how many individual patterns she would have to sell to make up for that lump sum magazine payment?

          To be judged by those who do not know me personally is sad.  To be judged by my designer peers is sad.  But to not take advantage of this wealth of quilted knowledge that I possess?  That’s someone who is trying to clip my wings based on their own greed.  That will not do.  Not now, not ever – not for me!

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