Road to Llano Quilt Along

Fabric Requirements
Alternate Colored Drawings
Instructions #1
Instructions #2
Instructions #3
Instructions #4
Blocks Needed
Instructions #5
Instructions #6
Instructions #7
Instructions #8
Instructions #9
Instructions #10
Instructions #11
Instructions #12

Before deciding if you want to do this quilt with me, here are some things you need to know and there will be an explanation farther down in the post.

  • This has to go quickly for me.  I’ll be making this quilt along with you, though I’ve already made one.  If you care about keeping up with each step, you’re going to have to hustle.
  • The quilt is not easy like most of my quilts.  It isn’t hard like curved piecing or Mariner’s Compass, but it’s a bit different from the quilts you typically do with me.
  • There are smaller pieces than I usually work with.
  • The graphics may be more pictures of my work than drawings.  Drawings take me a while because I’m so terrible at graphics but snapping a photo of my block in progress is easy.

In other words . . if you want to do this with me, roll up your sleeves and prepare to work overtime to keep up.  My feelings aren’t hurt if no one wants to do this one with me . . it will save me time by not doing the directions but I’m happy to do the directions if anyone wants to “Quilt Along” with me.

Road to Llano

It will be about 70″ x 81″ if made following my directions.

Fabrics matter!  For this quilt to be all it can be, it needs to have three shades of one color (purple shown above).  This is the to I’ve already made.

Road to Llano

This is the top I’ve already made, except for the border, and the border is made but just not attached.

My quilt will be going to a friend who is having some serious surgery soon.

So, if anyone wants to make this along with me . . you’re going to have to work to keep up.  If you don’t have the time or the money for fabric right now, you won’t hurt my feelings.

I’m starting on it some time next week but the first installment will not be posted til June 3 so I can at least check the instructions before posting them.


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    Gwen says

    Judy, will be saying prayers for your friend. I, too like to think about and pray for those I’m making a special quilt for. I haven’t been doing any sew along lately as I have been finishing up some special quilts that I have hand quilted. Lots of time there! Good luck with your quilt! It will be beautiful.

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    Diana Stewart says

    Don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with you but I definitely want to make it. Any idea on fabric amounts-I may have to shop to make this one. I really like the colors in the top picture.So many quilts to make and so little time!

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    Terri says

    Your friend will be in my prayers and thoughts. I wish I could do this one, it is beautiful! But most of my sewing room is already packed up. If you do post the instructions do you mind if I print them off to save for after the move?

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    Linda Kay says

    I have 3 1/2 days until school is out and then I will be free for two months!!! Yes! I would love to make this along with you. Can’t wait. I love the colors you picked so I may choose similar ones.
    I will be praying for your friend.

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    Jo says

    So sorry about your friend..she will love your quilt. I’m in on the quilt along. Will you post the yardage in the first installment? This is gonna be fun!

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    Oh Judy! I just love the idea that you need to think good thoughts while making a special quilt for someone dear.I always read,but seldom comment.A good woman lives here!Fondly,Rae Parkin.

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    I agree that is a beautiful quilt. And I also pray when creating a quilt for someone. You don’t need to be in a church to pray. I find I can pour my emotions into quilting. I’m sorry to hear about your friend. My mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer this week and I’m so scared.

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      Helen P says

      Amber, so sorry but want you to know that my prayers are with you and your family, our family has been down that ‘cancer’ trail twice now with two members of our family.. You just take each day, gather as many memories together and love all you can..

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    I totally understand the need to make a separate quilt for your friend. I always think about the person I’m making the quilt for. Sometimes I start a quilt with no plan but thoughts of a person take over and the quilt becomes theirs. I wish I could do this one with you but I’m feel waiting bit overwhelmed right now.

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    Donna Williams says

    So sorry to hear about your friend, will keep you both in my thoughts, While I may not be able to keep up along the way, I will catch up when we get back from Holiday. We leave tomorrow for a week so I will keep on the watch for the yardages and such, I love this! And as it happens, I just got a bunch of purple fabrics in Paducah a few weeks back and was wondering what I was going to do with them. Long story short – I’m in!

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    Cathy says

    So sorry to hear about your friend, Judy. I absolutely love this quilt and would love to sew along with you. The colors in the top quilt are stunning..

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    I’m imagining it in 3 shades of blue, red, white and I’m not sure what for another background, but I’ll figure it out. And it will probably be scraps. I don’t know if I’ll keep up with you, but I do want to make it.

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    Joan in NE says

    Won’t have time to do it right now, but love the design and will keep the directions and work on it this fall.

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    Diane Muska says

    I’m so sorry about your friend and my prayers are going out to both of you. I absolutely love this design and definitely want to make but may not keep up. I go with some friends from Marie Bostwick’s Cobbled Court Quilt Circle to Vermont Quilt Fest in June and am busily trying to get everything cut for the three classes I’m taking there but I definitely want to do this one! It is absolutely gorgeous! And this is one that works for guys very well. I need to do one for a good friend.

    I agree and whenever making a quilt for any occasion or an illness, many thoughts and prayers go along with it.

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    Nancy Angerer says

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. It seems like I know several people personally or know of someone who are battling for their lives. That quilt will be a lovely gift for your friend. I definitely want to make it, but I won’t be able to sew along with you. We will load the moving truck the 31st and move to Alabama on June 1. I will be glad when the packing and unpacking are done:!

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    Sharon Downey says

    It will be a beautiful quilt for your friend. I know all of your prayers and strength will go into it. I won’t be doing this quilt with you. My granddaughter is out of school and we are putting the quilt she pieced before Christmas on the quilt frame. I will be teaching her to handquilt. I promised her and myself that we will finish the quilt before she returns to school in August. For the moment even the QOV’s are going to the back burner. Since I’ve made 4 a month since the first of the year, I need the break. Learning to make the quilt was at her request. So I’m hoping she will be my legacy for the next quilting generation. I’ll add my prayers to yours for your friend. My sister in law is a 2 year survivor of soft tissue sarcoma.

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    You are one tough task-master, Judy, but I may give this one a try too. It’s so pretty and your friend will be fortunate to get it. I hope that her treatment will go well and she’ll get lots of snuggling time under your wonderful quilt. I just told a whole bunch of people at my quilt retreat this weekend about your blog, and they will be amazed that you’ve got another quilt going again so soon.

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    Helen P says

    Judy, I have finished my Road to Roundrock, it is on the frame at this time trying to figure out how to quilt it. I am a nubie , got my first LA, so now I can do more than free hand and scroll all over.. it sure is scary to think that I could really make a mess or I could get lucky and all will turn out just beautiful.
    I am so sorry about the news of your friend but prayers still get answered!
    I like both colors and I recently did a “Shades of Purple” quilt for a friend, so I have plenty of it left.. but that green sure pops on the second one.. no wonder Chad likes it.. and green is one of my favorite colors..

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    Helen Koenig1 says

    Judy- prayers and hugs for your friend. And yes, I also would like to make this quilt too.

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    Mary Ann says

    Best wishes to your friend. It is a wonderful thing to pray for someone you are making a quilt for. This is a beautiful quilt and I would love to make it along with you. This is my first quilt-along, but I use your border book often.

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    Sharon Downey says

    I wish you’d show the alternate color choices again. I can’t get back to it and really liked #3. I think I want to try it after all. Still working with my grand daughter but already having sewing withdrawel.