Thursday, July 8, 2021

Fiddlesticks Quilts 1.5

Hello quilters! I hope your July 4th weekend was fun and your pets weren't too traumatized! I have 5 quilts to show you from last Fall's Fiddlesticks block drive. These are the first quilts finished from the block drive donations, previously I posted and showed you the quilt that Linda D. made, which you can see here.

These first two quilts were assembled and quilted by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework back in February.  You can see her post about them with more pictures here and here

These next three were assembled and quilted by Pam M. from Arizona who has been lending her time and talents lately to help.  As you can see, Fudge lent his time and talents as well...

A few weeks ago in this post I shared about some of my favorite Youtube channels with you and I want to tell you about another one I rediscovered recently.  I spent time watching Dianxi Xiaoge's channel a few years ago but recently started watching again. 

She's is a young lady from the Yunnan Province, which is in Southern China near Tibet and Myanmar.  The channel is mostly about traditional cooking and ways of life. Watch with closed captions because it's not in English, but mostly it's without talking and set to music anyway.  It's definitely very relaxing.

The area she lives in stunningly beautiful and rural. It's mountainous with streams and forests and ancient architecture. Families live in hundred-year-old multigenerational homes and share communal meals.  The methods of cooking are a blend of modern (I've seen her use a blender) and medieval (all cooking is over fire). Without refrigeration everything that needs to be preserved is pickled, fermented, cured, or dried.  It's a window into a way of life that has changed very little in hundreds of years.  She also has this hilarious giant dog that follows her around :)

I picked out this video about making Tofu as a good introduction to her channel if you want to try it.  (I think what they are translating as Dry Tofu is what we call Firm Tofu, as opposed to Silken).

PS - I'm aware of the sociopolitical issues in China and I know that this channel is only on Youtube because the Chinese government allows it and considers it good publicity.  I know that these people have electricity and a TV and obviously nice camera equipment and a computer for editing.  I just enjoy the channel and take it for what it's worth and as historical lifestyle and cooking.

A house of cards made from alcohol swabs.  Clearly my nursing students find my lectures very engaging! (Just kidding, this was during a break.)

Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 800 so far! The July/August drive is running now, check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved. 

Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday


  1. These are such great and happy quilts! I like all the color in them!

  2. These fiddlesticks quilts are fabulous! What a wonderful way to put even the smallest scraps to good use.

  3. I love seeing all the blocks from so many different quilters come together to make lovely quilts!

  4. Love the different layouts for these blocks!!! They all look so pretty!!! These were so much fun to make!!!!

  5. I agree with everyone else, these were a blast to make. It allowed us to use up our tiniest scraps and play with different colored backgrounds. I don't know if you'll do them again but it was so've created such gorgeous quilts!

  6. Congrats on these wonderful Fiddlesticks quilts, Kat. They are SEW cheeful!

  7. These quilts are turning out great! The blocks were fun & easy to make & they sure make for a fun & colorful quilt. I think the families will appreciate them & that they will bring comfort.
    Looks like your nursing student has created some sort of polygon quilt design in her/his house of cards. :)

  8. Super fun quilts! I love the bright, happy colors and all the movement from the "sticks." Wonderful variety of quilting, too :)