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My "Oh My Gosh" Quilt

by Julie

I pieced this quilt right after I had made The Birthday Quilt. The Civil War Reproduction fabrics I'd pulled were still singing for me, and it didn't seem like I had gotten making teeny-weeny nine patch quilt blocks out of my system yet.

The nine patches that create the chains are 1-1/2" finished, as are the half square triangles. The little four patches on point are 1" finished. I know that seems awfully small, but once you start stitching and settle into a rhythm it's a really nice place to be.

There's an interesting story there. I had finished piecing the quilt--borders and all--and was really stuck for how I was going to quilt I figured, what the heck and emailed Sue Garman, the designer herself...I mean, what did I have to lose?

Now, I'd sent that email about 10:30 at night.

Wouldn't you know it!

The next morning there was an answer with a diagram from Sue, herself. Now how cool is that!

For the outside border, I used a printed cotton that has a nice diagonal line...took the time to match the pattern at the seam lines and then quilted along the pattern of the fabric. Easy!

So if you see that pattern in a store, it's called "Omigosh". Perfectly named, because that's exactly what everyone says when they see it...

"OH MY GOSH!!!!!!"

My secret weapon to make all the cutting manageable...

There's a ton of rotary cutting with this quilt, I admit.

I'd had the June Tailor Quarter Cut Ruler laying around for the longest time, and really thought it was a crummy ruler. (I don't fold my fabric in quarters to cut strips...too many dog legs!)

But for this project, this ruler was PERFECT for cutting the strip sets down into one inch units. I found I could stack quite a few of them under the ruler and then slice away. I can't recommend this ruler strongly enough if you plan to make an Ohmigosh!

Some additional detail pictures...

A close-up of Ohmigosh! quilt blocks

A close-up of the two blocks: Double nine-patch on the left, Churn Dash Quilt block on the right.

Close-up of Ohmigosh! where I matched the fabric pattern

I matched the pattern in the border fabric so that I could use the lines of the fabric design for my diagonal quilting.

Now if itty-bitty-teeny-tiny pieces don't blow your skirt up, check out Linda Glover's Ohmygosh Supersized!. Love it!

Julie Baird
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Jul 23, 2019
Pattern purchase
by: Julie

You’ll find the link at the bottom of Jennifer’s comment a few comments down.


Jul 23, 2019
by: Anonymous

I love this quilt, where do I purchase the pattern?

Mar 30, 2019
by: Ginna

About a third of the way thru, I changed the name to "What Was I Thinking?" Anyway, I just now put the my name and date on the back and its finished. (There is a mistake in the fabric amounts, too much for the borders and binding.) What a great project! Thank you!

Apr 12, 2016
help with purchase of pattern
by: jennifer

i am trying to buy the pattern. when i click on the web site link, i get a sign in form. after filling in the member name and password, i get an error page.
i am unable to access the page, therefore unable to get the pattern.
any help would be greatly appreciated
thank you,
jennifer kosco

From the Editor: Thanks for contacting me, I'll disable the old link. Quakertown Quilts has gone out of business.

You can find the pattern here.

~ Julie

Jan 22, 2016
by: becky cameron

I have never made comments because I am not good at computer but I have to say I love hand piecing but omigosh girl where did you get the time it is amazing and beautiful and I want to make it but I'm scared you must be fearless keep on quilting

Sep 09, 2015
Has to be seen to be believed
by: Marn Cameron

Saw this quilt in Calgary, Alberta at 2014 Heritage Park Quilt Show where Sue Garman and her quilts were featured in a separate building. As soon as I saw it, I said " Oh my God" so was not surprised to see the actual nameof the quilt when I got closer. Sue Garman is petite just like the pieces in all her quilts. I was in absolute awe.

Nov 17, 2014
by: Sharon from BC Canada

A beautiful quilt - scrappy quilts are my all time favorite. I would like to attempt this quilt to work on between my regular quilting. Nice to see you did the quilting yourself. I will keep the advise about the border in mind when picking out the border.
How big are the shoofly blocks - How big is the quilt you made?

Thanks so much for sharing!

From the Editor: Thank you so much!

The Shoofly blocks are 4-1/2" finished. The quilt finished at 70"x88", if I'm remembering correctly.

Thanks again!


Julie Baird

Nov 09, 2014
Late comment, still amazing
by: Elaine Adair

I've seen this quilt previously, but it sticks in my head for obvious reasons - so lovely - really a labor of love .... and possibly obsessions!

But that's what quilters sometimes do!

It's a beauty, no matter what had driven it's creation.

Sep 24, 2012
What an appropriate name
by: Judi

Your quilt is breathtaking. Peoples mouths must drop when they look at it. WOW what a beauty. I love it. It is not a quilt many would have the courage to try.
I love quilts that have small pieces. They look like labors of love.

Aug 11, 2012
Sue Garman a relation?
by: Julie Baird, Editor

Sue, I don't know. I've only had the one contact with her for her timely and helpful advice on quilting 'Ohmigosh'.

Fortunately, she does have a blog and this is the URL...

On the right hand side, about a full screen down on her blog is the 'About Me' section. If you click on that, it'll bring you to her profile and from there you can contact her by email.

Wouldn't it be neat if she IS the Garman you are related to? Cool beans!

~ Julie

Aug 10, 2012
Oh My Gosh Quilt
by: Sue Ingalls

I would to have the pattern. I think I may who Sue Garmen is. My step daughter is married to Matt Garmen and I know his Mother is a quilter. My daughter's name is Angie. Can you let me know if I am on the right track?

Jul 06, 2012
OH My Gosh
by: Markie

This is an incredible piece of art work. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 05, 2012
Gorgeous quilt
by: McGuire

Your Oh My Gosh quilt is the prettiest quilt I think I've ever seen.
Can you tell me where I can get the pattern?
Thank you so much!

***See April 16, 2016 comment for link to pattern***

Apr 29, 2012 luxurious!
by: Nancy Chapman

I am absolutely in love with the Civil War fabrics, original and reproduction. The patterns on them are all beautiful but truth be told, the bold, rich colors make me think of simpler times. When I was looking over the various Civil War quilts and came across this one, it absolutely spoke to me. You have done a fantastic job of mixing colors and fabric design. I cannot wait until I can attempt this one!

Jan 05, 2012
by: Vici

I saw this and could not believe what made that interesting pattern till I saw the blocks on here..

Dec 15, 2011
quilting easy and complimentary
by: Margaret M

I love the quilt. The quilting is very easy to follow the design and adds a great compliment to the pattern. I would love to more close ups. Great quilt.

Oct 18, 2011
by: Karen

I don't have a local quilt shop - I'm one of the unlucky quilters that have to travel for over an hour in every direction to get to one - I do almost all of my quilt shopping on line - thank you for directing me to the place that sells the pattern :)

~Glad to help, Karen. We're lucky here in Illinois to have a bunch of good quilt stores, but the kind of applique patterns I like to do always have me searching on the Internet. It's nice to be able to have so much at our fingertips!
~~Julie Baird

Sep 27, 2011
by: Karen

Is there a pattern for this quilt? I saw one like this hanging in a quilt shop in Moab Utah and was told the name of the quilt - did a search and found this.

From the Editor: You can usually find this pattern at I suggest ordering it from your local quilt store, though. If they order it, they may order extras and then others get the chance to make this really WOW! quilt, too!

Sep 16, 2011
by: Frannie

I was just looking and stumbled on this beauty. I want to make this quilt. I am gonna get my fabric ready. BEAUTIFUL

Feb 01, 2011
another omigosh!
by: Randi

I, too, was caught by the omigosh bug. I made mine out of civil reproduction fabrics. It is a qween size, finished in 379 days. I would advise not to try this, talk about total burn out. It is beautiful, however my hubby will not let me use it, he doesn't like for it to leave the house,even for show and tell. I think he likes it.
Good for you, you finished it.

from Michigan

Jul 25, 2010
by: Carol

The quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I also would love to see close ups of the blocks!!! Would LOVE to make it!
Thanks for your time!

Jun 20, 2010
by: Anonymous

Holy cow, Amazing.

Jun 01, 2010
by: eileen

Wonderful quilt--so glad you showed the up close picture--marvelous to see, thanks for sharing.

May 30, 2010
by: Mary P

You're right. I did say "oh my gosh". The size of those blocks is enough to make me faint! :) Looks great!

May 29, 2010
by: sarah

Wow - it's stunning!


May 27, 2010
by: Randi

...all the details are fabulous.

May 26, 2010
by: Anonymous

The detail and patience for this quilt is absolutely remarkable.

May 26, 2010
by: QuiltSue

Only one thing to say: Oh My Gosh!

May 25, 2010
Oh My Gosh Quilt
by: Jocelyn

Amazing quilt! Great job!

May 25, 2010
Itty Bitty
by: Anonymous

OMIGOSH is right! I love using itty-bitty pieces too (what a great way to use up scraps too). Sew On!

May 25, 2010
by: julie

Just WOW!

May 24, 2010
by: Chancy

That is really stunning and quite an accomplishment!

May 24, 2010
Amazing Quilt
by: Bunny

I have seen these quilts at some quilt shows and they are amazing. You did a wonderful job on this. Love it.

May 24, 2010
Oh My Gosh Quilt
by: Stephanie

"Oh My Gosh" seems like a very fitting name for this quilt. Amazing work!

May 23, 2010
re quilt
by: Leslie

Oh my gosh is right! Those squares are so tiny!

May 23, 2010
Bloggers Quilt Festival
by: Michelle (The Desert Quilter)

"Oh My Gosh" is right! What a stupendous quilt! I love scrappy quilts, and this one with all of its little pieces is simply wonderful. It just sings to me. Thanks so much for sharing it.

May 23, 2010
Oh my gosh
by: anna( quiltmom)

Oh my gosh does not even begin to describe this quilt- such tiny pieces to work with- It would have been a real challenge to complete it with all those pieces.
Thanks for sharing your fabulous quilt.
The festival is such a terrific event for seeing beautiful quilts and reading great quilt stories.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

May 23, 2010
by: marie

It is so nice, and so much work. Congratulations!

May 23, 2010
by: Miri @ Milk and honey quilts

Terrific quilt!

May 23, 2010
by: kwiltmakr

My oh My what a quilt indeed. Beautiful job on it. I love the fabrics you used.

May 23, 2010
by: whatktmadenext

What an incredible, awesome, wonderful quilt! "Oh my gosh" really does seem to be an appropriate name. I have absolutely no idea how you managed all those teeny tiny pieces!

May 23, 2010
by: Anonymous

This is awesome! There is no way i could cope with working with such small pieces.

May 22, 2010
by: Julie

Seriously! That is amazing! And definitely appropriately named!

May 22, 2010
love it!
by: shout4joy

WOW! the quilt is beautiful and I sure understand the title!

May 22, 2010
by: Allison

Holy Cow! I dream of making a quilt with little tiny pieces sometime. Kudos to you for actually doing it!

May 22, 2010
by: Marjorie

What an accomplishment. It must have felt great to see all those little blocks come together! It also helps me to feel less crazy for working on a quilt with 1" finished blocks.

May 22, 2010
Awe inspiring
by: Carol Hansen

Having tackled making tiny squares for a small project I am impressed that you made one this size. A lot of time and patience.

May 22, 2010
My thoughts exactly!
by: Cynthia

Such a fitting name for that quilt. I can't believe how small the pieces are! Well it is beautiful! Good work!

May 21, 2010
by: Barbara

You go girl!!! Such little pieces and you did a wonderful job.

May 21, 2010
by: Anonymous

OMG, I agree with the name of the quilt!! Fantastic, really amazing. I love the scrappy everything. Thanks for sharing this quilt's story :)

May 21, 2010
by: Zonnah

Wow! I love it :)

May 21, 2010
I'm amazed
by: Sandra Starley

Kudos on tackling this extremely challenging quilt. I like your minimal quilting-I saw one recently that had a heavy allover quilting design and it smashed the blocks down and you couldn't see the piecing.
As a quilt historian/appraiser-I appreciate quilters keeping these antique designs going.
Sandra Starley

Come see my new star quilt & its 1890 antique cheddar star inspiration

and my 1890 pink blazing star antique

May 21, 2010
Yes, OMG!
by: Annika

My mouth just fell down in my lap. Had to check twice what you wrote about the size of the patches. I´m amazed by your great work! I´m stunned by it´s beauty!

May 21, 2010
by: Chris

OMG is right! Lovely.

May 21, 2010
by: Jennifer

Oh my gosh is right! That is an amazing quilt! Well done!

Jennifer :)

May 21, 2010
by: vicki

Wow, it's amazing!

May 21, 2010
Your Wish is My Command!
by: Julie Baird

I'm glad you caught me, it's off to Quilt Market today!

I've added a close-up of the two blocks in the quilt. The blocks, themselves, finish at 4-1/2". And another that shows where I matched the pattern in the border fabric so I could use the design for my quilting lines and avoid the marking. If the pictures aren't showing, just hit the refresh on your browser bar.

This really was a fun quilt to make. All the little pieces at first seemed daunting, but once I got the system down, it was a great kind of mindless (I hope that sounds right) quilt pattern to work on.

I hope you like it!

May 21, 2010
Oh my Gosh!
by: Anonymous

I'd love to see some close up photos of that quilt if you have time to post them!

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