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Welcome to the home of the Questioning Quilter.
My goal is to inspire quilters and advance the art of quilting. 
My newsletter has a new disappearing pattern in every issue:

Here is the latest video in the series.  It is an brand new variation of a Disappearing Hourglass called “Double Vision”.
To comment on this video, you will need to go to YouTube: https://youtu.be/MSQfB1wwrRU

Here is the seventh video in the series.  It is an brand disappearing block called Jubilee
To comment on this video, you will need to go to YouTube (https://youtu.be/RzYvsW8OcOU)

Here is the sixth video in the series.  It is an brand new variation of a Disappearing Pinwheel called “Buttons and Bows”.
To comment on this video, you will need to go to YouTube (https://youtu.be/ESEfbzra3gU)

Here is the fifth video in the series.  It is an brand new variation of a Disappearing Hourglass called “Double Vision”.
To comment on this video, you will need to go to YouTube (https://youtu.be/wTdSUbx_F8g)

Here is the fourth video in the series.  It is an brand new variation of a Disappearing Four Patch called “Whirlygig Two-Step”.

Here is the third video in the series.  It is an interesting variation of a Disappearing Pinwheel called “Top of the Stairs”.

Here is the second video in the series. It is a unique variation of a Disappearing Hourglass called Ring Around the Rosie:

I have just posted the first in a series of YouTube tutorials on New Variations of Traditional Disappearing Blocks.
Please be sure to like and subscribe!

I have a new post about Disappearing Blocks which includes information about initial block size.
disappearing hourglass blocks
I am also starting a series of newsletters with new versions of disappearing blocks and their associated quilts. 

 a series of disappearing hourglass quiltsThese go along with my zoom lecture and workshop.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t. The Magic of Disappearing Blocks.

  Here is a short 3 minute video explaining what it is and how it will work.

 

For more information and prices please go to may classes page:

Lectures and Classes

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Here are some of my older posts

Many mini mini quilts

Mini Mini, Micro Mini and Teeny Tiny Quilts.
What they are and what to do with them.

Highlight project for the article Quilts from Crumbs. Quilts from Crumbs, making beautiful quilts with the smallest scraps

Aside from teaching and creating,
I write periodic (once or twice a year) educational articles on quilting.
What am I supposed to do with all these scraps? part 1
Using Contrast to add Depth to Scrap Quilts. part 2
Color Concepts in Scrap Quilts. part 3
What is the best batting for a potholder?

I also have an informational newsletter with content you can’t get anywhere else.  Subscribes also get the free pattern for this quilt as well as access to the archive of previous newsletters.

Contact me to come to your guild, group or store to present “Every Last Crumb, an Adventure in Scrap Quilting.”

Previous Thoughts and musings


March 21, 2018

Here it is, my second question has been posted “What Am I Supposed to Do With All These Scraps? part 1 

Have you ever started on a project that seemed like it would be pretty easy only to find out, once you got into it, that it was more of a monster?  Well here I am, more than 2 months since my last article.

Scrap BinI knew that this topic would have to be broken up into multiple pieces and that is where I made my first mistake.  I knew that the first part would be how to cut and sort the scraps (see the blog), and subsequent parts would give examples of quilts made with those cut up pieces.  I am trying to get people to sign up for my newsletterCut and organized scraps (because if I ever want to get published in a “real” magazine they want to know how many subscribers I have).  To do this, I promised a free pattern.  That seemed easy enough (famous last words).

I took 2 1/2″  and 5″ blocks (made into 1/2 square triangles) and laid them out on my design wall (shown below).  I asked my husband to pick which one he liked the best.  That was my second mistake, because he asked if I could use that pattern to make a queen size bed spread.  Sure, I thought.  Why not.  I would just take notes and photos of the quilt top as I created it, then use that information to make a pattern.  That was my third mistake.  I got so busy making the pattern look pretty, that I added too many rows and my quilt is longer than the standard queen size batting.  Not a problem for me, I bought the batting off a large roll and I always buy extra.  BUT, not good for a published queen size pattern.  I decided that the only fair thing to do was to offer the pattern in 3 different sizes, Lap, Queen, and Queen Plus.  I only made the Queen Plus, but I ran all the calculations and included all the measurements for the other sizes.  You can see by the picture that it is only a quilt top at this point.  If I had to wait until the bed spread was quilted, this article would have to wait another month.  LOL.

I still want tCrumb Potholdero explore what we can do with all the pre-cuts that we have made.  Each of these will get their own article.  Next month I will explore how to use color and contrast to make your scrap quilt even more beautiful.  I will use the various sized “charm” squares that I cut.  After that, I will experiment with various types of string/strip quilts.  After that, I want to share with everyone all the fun of crumb quilting.

My biggest problem is that for every project that I start, I find myself asking more questions. I guess that is good, it will keep me writing for some time to come.

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March 6, 2018

My Blog is behind schedule because my husband liked the sample layout so much he asked that it be made into a bed spread.  Here are some of the layouts I considered with the scraps that I cut.  Please click on any of the images to see the full size layout.  You will have to wait till the blog comes out to see which one will turn into a queen size bed spread.  By the way the pattern for the winner will be included in the next newsletter.

Jacobs Ladder layout 3 Jacobs Ladder layout 1 Jacobs Ladder layout 6 Jacobs Ladder layout 5 Jacobs Ladder Variation 1 Jacobs Ladder variation 7 Jewel Box sample layout Jacobs Ladder Variation 2 Jacobs Ladder variation 8 Jacobs Ladder Variation 4

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Jan- 2018

My name is Brita Nelson and I recently retired and decided to devote my time to sharing my love of quilting and the quilting arts with others.  The first thing I did was to create an “Introduction to Quilting Class”, designed for the absolute beginner.  All you need to do is be able to use a sewing machine and sew a straight line.  In this class the students make a beautiful pot holder they can take home and use.  Information about how to take this class or have me come to your organization to teach is on the Classes page.

While practicing making the pot holders for this class, I started wondering what I could use instead of the standard cotton batting.  I also wondered if the fancy “Insul-Brite” insulated batting actually works.  You could say that this was my first Question and first blog post.  What is the best batting for a pot holder?

I know that there are a lot more questions out there and I am hoping that you will share some of your quilting questions with me and together we can find answers.

53 Replies to “Home”

  1. Brita, I have watched your videos since I discovered them on youtube. I only wish you had more than One a month. You are terrific. Love everything about your teaching. looking forward to much more inspirational videos.

  2. Thank you for doing what you do! So inspirational with fabric. This last video where the spool doesn’t match- I burst out laughing (midnight, hubby jolted awake…😂) when you said Someone out there…I try very hard to resist fretting about “perfect ” corners. Sigh. Please keep creating!

  3. Hello Brita, Thank you so much for sharing these fun videos and ALL the info… Oh, I hope you do, do a book on your quilting blocks and whatever else you want to share… Looking forward to the newsletters, videos and your book… Eva/Emma< nickname

  4. What a great idea to teach the disappearing block technique! Your approach and teaching style are spot on. You have certainly inspired me. Thank you 🙂

  5. Hi Brita,

    I absolutely love your uncomplicated technique of explaining your disappearing blocks! I enjoy how you ‘flick’ through the variety of options and colour coordinations. Keep up the good work and I wish you great success in your future projects.

    TinaElizabeth

  6. Hi I just found you on UTube and I think your just lovely! I simply love your way of doing things and I was delighted with the blue and white disappearing stair climbers block quilt.
    I have subscribed to you your newsletter and liked you.
    After ten yrs of taking care of my 96 yr old mom she died on last Monday 1/24/2022. I too am retired now and can go back to my quilting. I would love the July 2021 pattern of that climbing stairs quilt you offered, how can I get it.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Jeanne McNicholas

    • You can get free patterns for all of the videos by subscribing to my newsletter. The form is on every page of my website, just enter your email address. In the confirmation email there will be a link to the newsletter archive which has links to all of the pattern/newsletters.

  7. Hi, my name is Elisabete. I’m from Brazil. I love Patchwork. I am happy that your guild decided to have a workshop. Tank you very much. By

  8. How can I receive a copy of the pattern for the disappearing pinwheel. I just found you on the utube at five am and think it is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for thinking out of the box

    • You can get free patterns for any of the videos by subscribing to my newsletter. The form is on every page of my website, just enter your email address. In the confirmation email there will be a link to the newsletter archive which has links to all of the patterns/newsletters.

  9. Good morning Brita, just saw one of your videos on YouTube. I loved your showing all the different variations. Thank you for sharing with all of us and will keep on watching! Keep up the great work. ♡

  10. I’m a beginning quilter. Your instructions are so clear and easy to understand. I love your patterns!
    Thank you so much for giving me confidence.

    • I love helping beginning quilters. I am so happy that you find these patterns easy to follow.
      If there is anything I can do to help you on your quilting journey, please let me know.

      Brita

    • Hi,
      I love helping beginning quilters, welcome to the addiction opps, I mean club.
      I am glad that you find my patterns easy, I do hope that you try them. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you on your quilting journey.
      Brita

  11. I just tripped on your YouTube channel. Just wow. I have always loved disappearing blocks but OJ My….you have just taken it to the next level. I thought when I found the disappearing rail fence block I had seen it all. Nope you just opened the possibilities of many many different layouts with just a simple block.

    • Hi Ann, I am so happy that you found my channel. I am hooked on the disappearing blocks it is wonderful to find another addict. 🙂
      I would love to see your disappearing rail fence (brita@questioningquilter.com). I am never ceased to be amazed at how many disappearing patterns there are.
      Brita

    • I am so happy that you find my videos helpful. That is what I am going for. I am excited for new quilters and would like to help you in any way I can. Thank you for the kind words.

  12. Hello Brita,
    I just happened upon your YouTube video this morning about disappearing nine patch blocks. I love it!! I’m checking out your website and more of your videos. I’ve already become a Subscriber and look forward to seeing all your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Keep up the good work!

  13. I enjoy watching your videos. The block you showed that looked like a mirror image could be called “Reflections”. I look forward to seeing how it “disappears’.

  14. I wonder if you sell a pattern for the Quilter’s Questioning Demo (time of 2:18) on that video. It looks black and white and you stated that block didn’t have a name. I would love to make that quilt.
    Thank you.

  15. Thoroughly enjoyed your zoom presentation to our guild, Quilters Guild of Parker County. Will definitely try some of the disappearing block quilt designs if I can ever decide which ones!

    • I am so glad that you enjoyed the presentation and I am happy that your guild decided to have a workshop. I look forward to seeing you there.
      Brita

  16. Are you available for our Guild meeting zoom lecture on July 8th, 1 pm Pacific Time? You were recommended.
    Thanks,
    Jane Szabo
    Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild
    Program/Workshop Co-chair
    Oregoncoastalquilters.com

  17. Brita
    You presented the most useful, imaginative and easily duplicatable lecture on 4-patchs for my guild last night. It was fun to listen to and you were very personable. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    I signed up for your newsletter and will be looking into your website for patterns.

    God bless you & safe travels to you

    Dawnn Reid
    Omaha, NE

    • I am so glad that you like my quilt “Never Ask an Engineer.” Unfortunately, I don’t have a pattern for it. It is based on an optical illusion by Baingio Pinna.

      My husband found it in a newspaper article years ago. I scanned the image, enlarged it and had it printed at Staples. I taped it to a glass door and traced the image onto the gray background fabric. I hand appliqued all the little white and black squares to the gray background, I then hand quilted it.

      I asked Mr. Pinna’s permission to use his image (only necessary if you plan on entering it into a show) and he said:

      “Yes, of course, you have my permission. You can find more in the two following links, if you like:”

      http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Pinna_illusion
      http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Watercolor_illusion

      The image is figure 12c, half way down the page on the first link. I hope this helps.
      Brita

  18. Hi Brita, Is there a pattern for the quilt that is pictured above? It is the black and white circles on gray. Looks very illusional!! Love it. Thank you!

  19. Hi Brita, I’ve read all through your site. I hope it is a big success. The investigation of the batting/temperatures and charting of same made me smile all the way to my heart – so like your family. I enjoyed them all and believe they are at peace now. Lynda

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