Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Toast and Jam Quilt

Toast and Jam Quilt

Finished Toast and Jam Quilt (4/7/16)
North Bedroom (formerly downstairs parlor)
Left and right on photo are the original pocket doors.

More About the Quilt and Inspiration for Creating It

In 1964 we were dancing the Swim to The Newbeats #2 Hit,  "I Like Bread and Butter, I Like Toast and Jam".

Back then--we wore white bobby socks and tennis shoes with ankle tapered slacks.  And, we wore cut-offs . . . they were blue jeans cut-off and rolled up to just above the knee and we paired them with white blouses.  My sister had a white blouse with ruffled cuffs and ruffled placket--I borrowed it, and wore it until it was thin.  Sorry Pam, I owe you a blouse, don't I?

Bread and Butter (song)

The Newbeats were Larry Henley, Dean and Mark Mathis.  Larry Henley's high falsetto voice was as shocking as it was fun.

A year later we were still dancing the Swim and the Monkey to the Newbeats hit, Run Baby Run (back into my arms).  Larry went on to co-write "Wind Beneath My Wings" made famous by Bette Midler in the 1988 movie Beaches.

Run Baby Run (song)

Loading the Quilt 

Free-style Quilting the Border

Inspiration for Toast and Jam Quilt:
Oh there's nothing quite like toast and jam is there?  I can turn a piece of buttered toast into a slice of pie with a bit of grape jelly, or strawberry jam.  Other great flavors--raspberry, rhubarb, apple butter, honey, or peanut butter make toast my "any time" snack, breakfast, or quick lunch.  

Quilt Colors:
I like all of these jam/jelly/toast/peanut butter colors.  In my quilt I included a bluish frost that appears on dark grapes, and blueberries.  Various shades of burnt toast from browns to black punctuate the quilt.  But, I wince smelling Jon's dark version of tortured toast.  Uft-dah! 

loading backing 

 I pieced the burgundy homespun backing fabric with left over blocks from constructing the quilt top.  There are so many great reasons to add scraps to the backing.  My primary reason: to add width so I can attach left and right frame side clamps (horizontal tension).  It takes an extra day or two to piece a backing, but so worth it.

Burgundy homespun backing fabric - a bit of serendipity

Burgundy homespun fabric for the backing?  Huh?  Yes, oh yes, Burgundy must be the right choice for this quilt--as in . . .  Ron Burgundy. 

The 2004 Will Ferrell comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy featured the Newbeat's song, "I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam".

I auditioned several fabrics to make the backing,  but I kept going back to the Burgundy homespun fabric.  It was like, Run Baby Run, (backing into my arms).  Ok, Ok,  I know, I know, I've totally lost my mind right?  

After I finished quilting, I slowly rolled quilt back to the beginning (looking for any missed areas).   

Also, it gave me a chance to take additional photographs of both top and back of the quilt.  The nine patch blocks look like slices of toast. 

I am auditioning yo-yos for the border.  I can't decide whether to use yo-yos, or lined prairie points.


Auditioning yo-yos and lined prairie points border

Let me know if you like one or the other, or both?  

Toast color or Jam color for the binding?  What do you suggest?

I'll post more photos soon--to show you how I make the lined prairie points, ok?

P.S. - I have a bad cold.  Feeling sick today.  It's 6:30a.  I'm going back to bed.

I got up early to take some aspirin, then I sat down at the computer to review Toast and Jam Quilt photos.  I worked on this post while eating toast and jam and coffee with milk.  I'm serious. 


Postscript (Day After)

Here is a photo showing how to make the lined prairie points.

I learned how to make the fancy lined Prairie Points in 
Susan Cleveland's amazing Craftsy online class,  "The Perfect Finish: How to Bind a Quilt".  I highly recommend her class--jammed packed with ideas.

Step 1  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - lower right sample.  

Cut one long strip of fabric 2.5" wide (exterior of the prairie point). 

Cut one long strip of fabric 3" wide. (accent color - the lining)

Join these two strips with right sides together by sewing 1/4" seam allowance.  

Press seam to one side.

Fold strip in half lengthwise as if you were preparing binding strips for your quilt.  

I use my fingers to join the raw edges together and press.  I use a steam iron.

Cut the strip into 5" widths (pieces).  

Sorry if this is confusing---in the above photograph, I had already prepared the prairie points and just unfolded them a bit so you could get the jist of how I made them.  

Next Step Fold 5" piece in half, and press. 

Next Step Re-open each 5" piece to reveal center press line.  

Final Step Fold corners down towards the pressed line.  Press again.  

I use prairie points as an border accent.  After the quilting is finishing,and I've square (trimmed) the perimeter, I pin the prairie points to the border.  I stitch the prairie points to the border, using scant 1/4" or less (but consistent).  

Then, added binding to finish the quilt.   I'm finishing last side of the quilt--stitching the binding in place as we speak.  I took a quick two photos to show you how the prairie points look (in the border) of the quilt.  I decided not to add yo-yos to this quilt.  It just made the quilt too busy looking.

Prairie Points on the Border

Next, my friend Joette and I are planning our two versions of Red Fire Monkey Quilts . . . 

Do you know what the Red Fire Monkey Quilt is?  We don't either (yet).  We're making it up as we go along.

The 2016 Chinese New Year celebrates the Red Fire Monkey . . . 
stay tuned for some monkeying around . . . 


  1. What a FUN quilt! LOVE your quilting on this one and - I LOVE toast & jelly, too, especially the 'cuddly kind' ;-)

    Enjoyed reading about and salivating over the pics of your latest T&J creation...Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wowser, another beautiful quilt. I love it !

  3. I love this quilt, and I am so going take this idea and run with it! I especially enjoyed your memories, some of which I share, and the obvious fun you had pulling it all together. Truly masterful job!