Tuesday, October 31, 2023

The Charming Rambling Rows Duo Quilts

I can’t believe that it’s been over five weeks since my last Post which was about my Scrambling Ernie Quilt. It was a variation of Mary Etherington’s Rambling Rows pattern and I  thought Scrambling Ernie  lacked the randomness and improv look of Mary’s quilt so I planned to make another Rambling Rows quilt.
It just so happened that one of my projects to choose for the October Country Threads Dirty Dozen UFO Challenge was to use my Basic Grey’s Fresh Cuts stash which included two charm packs and some yardage purchased around 2016.
I thought it would be perfect to do a version of Rambling Rows by replacing the rectangle blocks with the charm squares. I did add some other fabrics, mostly grays, a text prints and the perfect Teal Grunge to ensure there was enough variety/scrappiness to make five different strip sets.
My Accuquilt die-cutter (not an affiliate link) came in handy for cutting the strips and trimming the charm squares to make these two different blocks. Once these blocks were made, the quilt sewed up quick and easy.
Leftover blocks were used to make a pieced backing. I was planning on making this quilt 80” long but since the backing was made much longer than needed, I added another 4” to the top.
Machine quilting with straight and wavey lines was done with Aurifil Dove Grey thread. The binding was the gray and white mini gingham print used in the quilt. The Fresh Cuts Ramblng Rows Quilt measures 56” x 84”. Surprisingly for me, this quilt was not finally finished until October 16th which was late for me as I usually finish my Challenge quilt earlier in the month. I also wished that this quilt could have been made in the Spring as I thought these colors would have been so welcoming then.
But the month was still young for me to make another Rambling Rows quilt since I also had in my Basic Grey stash two charm packs and yardage of the Mon Ami collection which I had for years it seems and these colors were more like Fall.
I added to the Mon Ami stash, several Grunge and Peanut Butter & Jelly prints (one of my favorite collections) along with some other prints for more scrappiness. I decided to add rectangular blocks as well as the charm squares since I thought the red Peanut Butter & Jelly floral print was too pretty to cut into strips. As with the Fresh Cuts quilt, my Accuquilt die cutter was used to trim the charm squares and die cut the strips but poor me had to cut the rectangles myself.
Four different blocks were made for the Mon Ami quilt and once these were made,  the quilts again sewed quick and easy.
Leftover blocks were used to make a pieced backing. This really is a great way to use up the leftover blocks and trimmings.
Machine quilting was again done with straight and wavey lines in an Aurifil Blue Gray thread. The binding used is the yellow stripe from the BasicGrey Peanut Butter and Jelly collection which I’ve used to bind other quilts made from these fabrics. The Mon Ami Quit measures 56”x80”.
The Rambling Rows pattern is really a fun and versatile patterns to use with yardage, scraps and long-cherished precuts/charm squares. These remind me so much of the Staggered Strips and Squares quilts I’ve made and I can say the strip sets are easier to make. I’ve already made another variation of the Rambling Rows quilt using another long ago collection and hopefully will be machine quilting without too much Trick or Treat interruptions. And just maybe I will have another Post by the end of the week.

Happy Halloween! I’ve read that most of the States will be experiencing a colder than usual Halloween and we have a chance of flurries. I’m really not ready for colder weather.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation/NTT


  1. Love your rambling rows quilts, especially the one in the 'fresh cuts' fabrics... the green floral just sings in this!

  2. Anything by Basic Grey is just dreamy to me, and I love your Rambling Rows quilts. PB&J is one of my all time favorite collections! And isn't it amazing how Grunge always has the "perfect" color? Are both quilts going to Grandmother's house?
    Would you believe I sold my AccuQuilt on Facebook Marketplace? I used it a little in the beginning, then I just never wanted to use it, seemed like too much trouble, and it was heavy, and the excuses just go on and on. I lost about $100 on it, but honestly I was glad it went to a quilter who really wanted it.
    I'm totally ready for winter! My heart sings when it freezes. :D

  3. Love your Rambling Rows and the twist you did with the charm squares is fun too. It really looks different every time you make it!

  4. You are a Rambling Rows queen, I think! You can whip those up and finish them faster than I can finish a mini. So fun to see!

  5. Both are lovely quilts. The colors in your Fresh Cuts Ramblng Rows Quilt do make me think of spring, and Mon Ami feels a little bit like a cool, foggy morning to me.

  6. Both quilts are fantastic, Rose! Congrats on you finishes. Thanks for introducing me to a quick and easy pattern that I hadn't heard of before, as I'm always in need of those for donation quilts!


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