Ring of Oak Quilt

Ring of Oak Quilt

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Someone has been dragging her feet on this quilt! I typically design my quilts in Electric Quilt, and there are no surprises that way, but I’m definitely winging this one. The fabric is Moda’s “Collection for a Cause Heritage”.

Ring of Oak Quilt
Ring of Oak Quilt

It’s for my mom. For those of you that don’t follow me on Facebook, my mom moved to Russellville to be near Jim and me after my son and stepdad passed away in 2017. She had this area rug she’s quite attached to that has the most difficult colors to match with in the entire world… I kid you not. It’s in her bedroom.

One day I was playing at the Quilt House over in Clarksville and saw a Layer Cake pack of fabrics perfect for her rug; I purchased one and after confirming it would go with her rug, I went back for three more Layer Cakes, along with border fabric and binding.

I had just bought the Ring of Oak die* from Accuquilt, and a ten inch layer cake fabric fits perfectly on it. I used Electric Quilt to get a basic layout, but my design has been fairly fluid, and I’ve made adjustments along the way.

With fusible (I use Shades Soft Fuse) on the back of my fabric, I could cut four layers at a time on an Accuquilt GO! die, which gave me exactly the four shapes I needed for one Ring of Oak block, but left me with three surplus center patches that I didn’t want to waste.

With those, I designed a block and used them in the corner triangles around my center medallion. My plan to was make the twenty-four border blocks appliqué as well, but I’ve come to my senses and realized if I will ever finish this quilt, I should probably piece those blocks.

This morning I decided that a surrounding border in Ohio Star blocks would work well enough, the star points coordinating well enough with the half-square triangle sashing sections.

Scrappy Ohio Star Block
Scrappy Ohio Star Block

I can’t get an entire block on Accuquilt GO! Ohio Star die* with a Layer Cake square, but I can get them all cut out with the remaining fabrics I have left by making each Ohio Star scrappy.

I had cut more Ring of Oak appliqués and will have leftovers, so maybe I’ll do some coordinating pillows… maybe not. I’ve found in the last couple of years that working with fabrics not of my choice (which is nearly always red) is getting more and more difficult for me. A sign of selfishness in my old age?

Linked up on Main Crush Monday, Moving it Forward, Design Wall Monday, Oh Scrap! and Monday Making.

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Julia

    This is absolutely gorgeous! What a clever use of the leftover centers! I have always admired your creativity!
    So very sorry to hear about your son and stepdad. Hugs!!
    How nice to have your mother close now. I love having my parents right next door to me. My dad turned 90 this year and it is a blessing to have them so close.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Julia. I tried to get my mom to by the house right next door to us when it when on the market, but she’s happier in the subdivision she’s in, which is basically just down the road a mile, so close enough!

  2. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    So nice to see you blogging again. I dumped face book a year ago. Love the pattern and color choices, even tho they aren’t in the red family (my go to color, also!). Glad to know about the quilt shop in Clarksville. That’s about 45 minutes from me, so I’ll check it out soon. Per usual, you get my thoughts flowing toward new quilts!!!

    1. tinksquared

      Hi Gwynette! I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. You must go visit The Quilt House! Brinda is the most wonderful person. The shop is small, but the community is amazing.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Sarah Lynn, I made a fair bit of progress on it today!

  3. Chris P

    I am enjoying watching you move forward with this one. I think the Ohio Stars are going to be wonderful and love their scrapiness. Love the blog posts.

    1. tinksquared

      I hope they look okay. 24 more appliquéd blocks just isn’t happening. 🙂

  4. Linda

    Love the design, did u use accuquilt die for the half triangles too ? What size? Love the colors too

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Linda, I did use a die, Studio die #50161 Half-Square 2 inch Finished.

  5. Suzanne

    Will there be an embroidery to the oak leave blick?

    1. tinksquared

      No, I manually appliquéd the oak reel blocks down. They are too large to fit in my embroidery hoop.

  6. Beth Shibley

    Excellent design. I love it!

  7. Rebecca Grace

    This is going to be gorgeous. I wish I’d bought the regular size GO! cutter instead of the Baby version because a lot of those dies won’t fit in my cutter. Especially intrigued by how great your fused and machine stitched applique looks — I’m a beginner with my longarm machine and I need to practice custom quilting around “quick and easy” applique before I’ll be brave enough to quilt the hand stitched needle turn applique tops that are waiting in my Quilt Purgatory closet. I totally get what you mean about the challenge of motivating yourself to work on projects that aren’t your personal taste, but your mom will be so blessed by this treasure.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Rebecca! I do hope my mom loves it. I bought the Accuquilt Studio years ago, and was tickled when they made an adaptor so I could also use the GO! dies. I purchase Studio dies for most things, but most of my appliqué dies are the GO! versions. They don’t get heavy use and they’re much less expensive.

      It’s a rare day indeed anymore that I do custom quilting on my longarm. I have no problems stitching right over those appliqués!

  8. Kate

    It’s going to be a fabulous quilt! It is hard to sew with fabrics that aren’t your first choice, but you’ve made great progress with this project.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Kate! I can’t wait to finish it, I feel bad that I’ve drug my feet on it for so long, and I’ll probably do the same with quilting it!

  9. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

    Wow, that quilt is stunning! Your Mom is sure to love it. I have the Go! cutter and have used it maybe twice. I’ve been seeing lots of great quilts using pieces cut from the dies which has me thinking I need to dig it out of the closet. Thank you for sharing on Main Crush Monday. I’ll be following along to see this one finished!

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Beth. I think I’d probably quilt quilting if it weren’t for my AccuQuilt. I’m really lousy at accurate cutting, and the tedium sends me over the deep edge 🙂

  10. rogue

    first ..my heartfelt condolences on loss of son & stepdad
    so glad you were able to bring your mom colse, we did same with my husbands mother. we feel so much more comfortable having her close in case she needs us for anything. this quilt you’re working on will be very beautiful i love the colors and i absolutely love 1800’s repro fabrics ..cw, prairie ..whatever.
    also so glad to see you blogging again. last i commented you said you were going strictly facebook. i have and neer will do facebook so i am very excited to have one of my favorite designers & long arm quilters available for my reading & learning pleasure again!!

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you so much, I appreciate it. I am very much looking forward to blogging again!

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