Sandie’s quilt and new printer

It’s been almost a year since I dislocated my hip while loading backing on my frame. Crazy right? For the next 6 months my activities were very limited. So, I took advantage of the down time and worked on design ideas. One of which I continued to play with here and there until I had a doable design.
The problem? The templates were too large to print from a standard printer. Neither the office supply store or a local print shop stock lightweight paper. The print shop would gladly print the templates but I would need to bring my own paper and laptop to print from.  Then there is the cost involved. At a dollar a sheet this adds up pretty quick and if you make a mistake and need a new template you have to return to print more. Another thought, I could have printed everything at home that would fit on your standard 8 x 11 paper and the rest printed by the print shop. But the thought of piecing templates from two different printers was scary. There’s a lot of time and fabric involved in any quilt. Too much to reach the end and discover your templates aren’t going to line up properly.
After shopping around I found a wide format printer that would handle up to 13 x 19 paper. Perfect. The best part is, the money I saved by printing these templates at home paid for half the cost of the printer. My newsprint arrived yesterday, the fabric is stacked and ready to go.
Only one problem, while waiting for the printer and paper I started on another quilt. Which I will share later.

Remember the Mosaic QAL?

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Mosaic quilt completed by Sandie in Canada

Sandie from Canada sent me this photo of her finished top. She made it her own by swapping out the center geese with crosses in the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock blocks. She also added a flying geese border instead of the arch design and expanded the top with a solid border. Although she wasn’t testing the pattern I felt this quilt deserved a permanent home on my site which is Pattern Testers Quilt Wall.  I love everything about this quilt. Thank you Sandie for participating and allowing me to share your photo.


  1. That quilt is wonderful! Congratulations on getting your own printer to be able to print large. Can you share the make/model of printer you chose?

  2. I’m so pleased to be added to your tester’s wall! It was a challenge but also a great pleasure to work on such a detailed and well put together quilt.

    1. You are the best Sandie and have already received compliments. We just make a great pair and our work compliments each other.

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