Schoolhouse Quilt

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AccuQuilt ran a sale on GO! dies a while back, and during it I purchased their Schoolhouse Die*. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make with it, or why it even caught my eye… maybe because I’ve been on an appliqué kick this year.

I headed over to Pinterest for some design inspiration and ran across Wendy Sheppard’s “Village Square” and loved it! You can find her original pattern here. But I wanted to make a few changes, so I drew up my modified idea in Electric Quilt.

I wanted each surrounding border (they’re actually blocks) to be more symmetrical, rather than offset as in the original design. I used an appliqué flower from the Electric Quilt library, printed it to a .pdf file, then sent it over to my Silhouette Cameo software, where I converted it to a vector image and cut the appliqués on my Cameo. My houses in the Electric Quilt drawing are a little different, as I used one of the included blocks in the EQ library, instead of redrawing my Accuquilt block to match… lazy!

If you’re curious on the software settings for that, I used the following:

  • Fabric, Thin (Cotton Print)
  • Ratchet Blade on 3, Speed 5, Force 33, Passes 2
Modified Schoolhouse quilt drawn in Electric Quilt
Modified Schoolhouse quilt drawn in Electric Quilt

I have been using Shade Soft Fuse for the fusible on my fabric appliqués that I cut with the Silhouette Cameo with great success.

Appliqué cut with Silhouette Cameo
Appliqué cut with Silhouette Cameo

Originally, I had included a border treatment for this quilt, but Jim and I liked it so well for the RV that I ended up leaving it off, as it would have been too large.

Finished Schoolhouse quilt
Finished Schoolhouse quilt

I quilted it with a Glide thread, in a dark, rich gold shade using Judy Allen’s all over “Royal Plumes” pattern, one of my all-time favorites!

Glide thread used for longarm quilting
Glide thread used for longarm quilting

We love this quilt in the Airstream, it goes perfectly with the rest of the quilts I’ve made for the camper.

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CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 59 Comments

  1. jennifer

    Look forward to reading more!

  2. Sandie Griego

    I love your school house quilt. I ordered two more dies yesterday from Quilt in a Day. Small circles for wool appliqué and a wonky house tree and sun. So glad you started your blog again.

  3. Laura Deaver

    Looks great! I always enjoyed your blog.

  4. Lesley Kannisto

    Lovely quilt. Great, easy to follow directions to duplicate the process. Clicking on all the links took me to where I needed to go and the back arrow brought me right back to your blog. 😊

    1. tinksquared

      Yay, maybe I haven’t hosed it all up too badly then 🙂

  5. Debbie Nipper

    I love the colors! Great job! Great Pattern too!

  6. Pam

    I like the way your logo/header shrinks as I scroll down the blog entry.
    It is nice to get the full story on the quilt. Congrats on the blog.

  7. Michele Engebretson

    Love your style! The link to school house worked. I think you are back in business!

  8. Dee Jones

    I couldn’t leave a comment the first time, but this time I clicked on someone else’s comment and it opened right up… Love your quilt and I know from setting up web sites it takes some tweaking to get it going the way you want… It looks fantastic.

    1. tinksquared

      Sorry about that Dee, I’m so behind on this tech stuff. At some point, I’ll probably have to hire someone to work out the kinks, I think I’m past the age of understanding this tech stuff. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  9. Carol Richardson

    So beautiful for your Airstream.

  10. Pamela

    Looking forward to seeing more of your blog. I love your first post!

  11. Kathy Alden

    I’ve always love your quilt and the way you decorated your RV! So glad to see you back to blogging! I’ve been following you since you were moderator of the early Bernina group!!

    1. tinksquared

      Oh wow Kathy, that is a long time, I think I started that group in 2005?

  12. Jeanette

    Love your quilts

  13. Paula

    I look forward to following your blog! Thank you.😊

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Paula, I’m excited to have you! It’s good to be blogging again.

  14. Wynell Thomas

    I’m excited about your blog.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Wynell, I’m so glad you’ve joined me!

  15. Anice

    Great start…love this quilt.

  16. Lynn

    You are such an inspiration!

  17. AngiesQuilting

    I love seeing your blog and that you can post more info. now than on Facebook. That is a gorgeous house quilt. I’ve been intrigued by the Accuquilt house die, but never purchased it—yet. I see posts with quilt blocks by everyones comment. I wonder how that happens? I’m looking forward to your blog posts! I’ve quit using my blog, but think about going back to it. Just not enough time anymore. Since Bill is not well, I spend a lot of my time just doing everyday stuff that he used to do, but can’t anymore.

    1. tinksquared

      The little quilt blocks are generated as avatars, it’s a setting you can enable in WordPress, which is what I use as a blogging platform. It can be left blank as well. I’m sorry about Bill, I know that isn’t easy.

  18. Susan B

    Where do you buy the softfuse?

  19. Cynthia

    Looks good! Happy you’re back in the blog-o-sphere!

  20. sue Evsns

    Glad you have your blog up and running, I love to see all your doing in a single day, then I’m tired and need a nap. Lol

  21. Chris

    I can’t tell you how much it makes my heart happy to read a new blog post by you!!! Thank you for starting up again. ♥

  22. Treasa

    The website looks great. I’m looking forward to reading it again.

  23. Vonda Morris

    The chain created by the four-patch blocks is a nice mix with the appliqué and schoolhouse blocks. As a teacher, this design really tugs at my heart.

    1. tinksquared

      There is something about schoolhouse blocks that is simply sweet. Not a typical quilt for me, but I quite enjoyed this one.

  24. Diana Stewart

    Happy to see you blogging again. Love this quilt

  25. Beverly Cyphers

    So glad to see you are doing a blog. I have missed reading about your adventures and cooking.

  26. Diane Obernesser

    Love that quilt & especially the quilting!

    1. tinksquared

      Thanks Sarah Lynn, I am happy to be blogging again!

  27. Chris Poehlman

    I enjoyed seeing your school house quilt and bionic bag entries. I went a step further and enjoyed seeing your sewing gallery. I need to link your blog back into my reader so I will see when you post new items.

  28. Rebecca Grace

    You like Berninas, designing in EQ, Accuquilt, longarm quilting, Wendy Sheppard, AND baking with King Arthur Flour? What a nice surprise, to find someone else who enjoys so many of the same things I do! I found you via the Monday Making link up at Love Laugh Quilt. So, I have questions! How long have you been longarm quilting? Just for yourself, or professionally? Which machine do you have, and is that gorgeous Royal Plumes design a paper panto that you followed or is your machine computerized for digitized designs? It looks beautiful on your schoolhouse quilt. Congrats on a lovely finish!

    1. tinksquared

      I bought my first longarm (a HandiQuilter 16) before I ever made my first quilt. My husband is the one who got me into quilting, and as I was researching, I knew I was never going to quilt on a sewing machine. That was in 2004. Around 2010 or so, I bought an APQS Millennium and began quilting for customers. I honestly hated it. I added an IntelliQuilter (best thing ever!) to my Milly a few years later, and decided to just quilt for myself. The Royal Plumes pantograph is one of my very favorites and I use it on at least half of my quilts! I first used it as a paper pantograph, and when I added the IQ system, I purchased the digital one. It resizes beautifully and I often scale it way down for small, intricate quilting.

  29. Ruth Knee

    How big are your blocks? I love them? I have a similar pattern for the appliqué but would like to know what size are your blocks to resize them or shrink them and of course to find a school house pattern. thank you I’m also a fan of French General I haven’t see a collection i haven’t liked. Thank you and again: This is GORGEOUS!! Ruth K.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Ruth. All the blocks are 12 inch finished. The houses are appliquéd onto a 12.5 inch square background. I also love French General!

  30. Ruth Knee

    Thank you, you are so nice answering me.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you for your kind words Ruth, I’d love to see your quilt when you make it!

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