Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Second verse: Same as the first

Happy Fall, stitchers! Break out the pumpkin spice everything and play the holiday music.  I for one can't wait for the weather to get the memo and catch up to the date on the calendar.  You all were gracious enough to let me take September off from out block drives to play some catch up.  Now we're ready to hit the ground running again!

For October we're going to be doing the very same block as we did last October.  These were very popular and several people asked for a reprisal. They make fabulous quilts, so why not?! You can find the original post and tutorial HERE.  These are 10.5" foundation pieced string blocks. No theme and no color scheme, just plain old scrap busters. Everything goes!

Last year you all sent in enough blocks to make 8 beautiful scrappy quilts to comfort families losing a loved one.  I can't wait to see what happens this year!

In case you're new around here, Covered in Love is a charity that donates quilts to families losing a loved one in the hospital.  There is a fairly in depth update on the program here.  Many of the quilts we donate are generated through monthly block drives where folks all around the quilt-y internet send in blocks which are combined into quilts. Anyone who wants to participate is more than welcome and you can make as many or as few blocks as you like.

The link to this month's tutorial is HERE. If you would like to participate or have questions please leave a comment (make sure I can contact you) or email

Saturday, September 24, 2016


On the design wall this week, more of the string log cabins I showed you last week.  These sure are fun to make!

Linking to Oh Scrap! and Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cozy Flannel Quilts

You may remember a while back I was playing on the design wall with flannel scraps that I cut to standard sizes a long long time ago.  Rather than make one bigger quilt I opted to turn those into one medium and one baby quilt, which are finally done! 

The baby quilt is 32" square. Rather than traditional binding I folded the backing over to the front and sewed it down with a decorative stitch.  Both these quilts are exceptionally cozy due to the flannel.

The larger quilt measures 64" square.  I stippled them both, the larger one with a tighter stipple.  Even though I used a fatter-than-usual seam allowance I still worry about the flannel fraying so the heavier quilting will provide support to the fabrics.

I think my mom has her eye on this bigger quilt for a little girl undergoing treatment for leukemia.  That's going to mean a lot of trips through industrial washer-dryers at high heat so the extra quilting is important for that reason, too.

There are lots of fun kid-friendly print in these quilts, some are ooooold.  The Tasmanian devil flannel dates from when my mom made me some pajama pants when I was about 6 and I got to pick my fabric.

No feeling better than cleaning out a box of scraps and turning them into a quilt or two!  I hope you're all having a productive week and a great weekend.

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scrap Situation

I'm still assembling and quilting CiL quilts, but I needed a kind of mindless project to work on in between.  It started off with sorting my over flowing strings bin, trimming anything I could to 2.5" to make binding for upcoming quilts.

Then I started trimming the smaller strings to 1.5" wide...

...and next thing you know I'm making scrappy log cabin blocks.  For centers I'm using a donated charm pack of marbled fabrics.  The blocks end up 12.5" (they should be 13" but my seams must be a little fat) and I need 24 of them plus 6 end cap blocks to make a quilt.  Maybe this will put a dent in my strings bin? It could happen.

Here's Rory, the height of dignity, helping me put together a disappearing 9 patch top.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Helpful Cat...

I step away from the machine for TWO seconds and she's all settled in, daring me to try to move her.

Rory is just sooo darn helpful when I'm quilting :)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Somber Sunday Morning

A while back (in July!) I posted about this top made from a Jelly Roll Amanda sent me.  I roughly followed the "Sunday Morning" pattern from Amanda Jean's book.  Although the colors aren't my favorites, they'll be perfect for someone who'll receive it through Covered in Love.

I was tickled to find the perfect plaid for border in my stash. There was even enough to cover about half of the backing!

For the rest of the backing I used a great khaki colored fabric someone donated to me.  It has flowers, humming birds, bees and the like on it.  Perfect!

The quilt just got a quick large stipple for quilting.  I dealt with a lot of thread breaks on this one, prompting me to finally figure out how to adjust the height of the presser foot on my new-to-me machine and (as a result) finally be able to put a proper FMQ  foot on it.  Someone in the past had seen fit to glue shut the front panel so that mere mortals couldn't fiddle with things.  Nothing more satisfying than overcoming someone who thought you weren't smart enough to be trusted!

I hope your week was good and you have a great weekend!
Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tortoise and the Hare

I've got two projects on the design wall right now, a quilting "tortoise and hare" situation.  The September Nurture circle blocks are on the right.  Made from low volume and red/purple scraps I got them done relatively quickly last night.

The tortoise in this case is a top I am s.l.o.w.l.y. getting together to show off novelty fabrics.  I love the way it is looking and I am halfway there, but because each block has to be custom assembled it is taking its time.  Currently I can make about 1 block per 45 minutes or about 1 column per day.  Slowly but surely...

I'm done with work for another week and looking forward to some good sewing time I hope you are, too!  In closing, enjoy this picture of Rey demonstrating how NOT to sit like a lady :)

Linking to Oh Scrap! Moving it Forward Monday and Design Wall Monday.