Sunday, February 25, 2024


This week I spent a good deal of time working on my Souther Charm quilt top.  After fininally finishing Sweet Tweet block 8 I needed a break from appliqué for a few days and Sun Bonnet Sue as well.  Something easy and somewhat mindless.

Southern Charm is finished.  This top was a lot of fun to work on as    I had lots of half yard pieces in the bundle I purchased to work with   and lots of pieced blocks that I could use to make it interesting.          

Block 9 of Sweet Tweets is finally here.  I do have one more month which is a pieced border.  I do not plan to do that border.  I think a simple border is just fine.  Who knows I could change my mind, but as of now that is my plan. 
This is the border fabric I selected and the binding.  I don't think I have any blocks in 1 through 8 that have any lavender or purple fabric in them, so block 9's bird might need a bit of that color.  So I may need to do a bit of shopping for some lavender or purplish fabric or even a good climb through my stash. 

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Sunday, February 18, 2024


This has been an interesting week.  Between multiple guild meetings at my home and teaching a beginning quilting class to three new students at our local quilt shop, and trying to work on the Sun Bonnet Sue quilt  things have been just CRAZY around here.

I ran into an issue with quilting the Sun Bonnet Sue quilt.  Started 20 years ago and stashed away only to be found last month as a completely forgotten UFO I had sewn buttons on many of the blocks.  How does one quilt it around those?  My solution was to quilt individual heart on the blocks.  Yes, CRAZY!  I knew I was out of my mind, but I have two rows of the 4 done on the quilt and not as bad as I thought it would be.

My solution to dealing with a project that is making me crazy is to     
start a new one that is simpler and easier to deal with.  In my January
reorganization of my sewing room I turned up this half yard fabric bundle.
This pattern came with the fabric.  Easy to deal with.
However, I did not want plain star blocks.  This Free Style Star pattern has been a go to for many of my quilts.  I like the idea of the points being a bit wonky and not worrying about cutting off the points either.  
Block one done, measures 10.5" quilt will be 70" by 70".  A perfect project to rest one's nerves.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024


I am finally back to working on Sweet Tweets again.  I took most of January off dealing with reorganizing my sewing room.  Glad that is done, and sure discovered a lot of really old UFO's and have spent some time dealing with them.  Oh yes, there are more in there but it was a start.
Block 7 is completed and block 8 has a very good start.  Just a couple more blossoms to finish up and fuse on.  Just block 9 to go and it should be available later this week.  The 10th month is just the border instructions.  Once I have all 9 of the blocks done and sewn together I will see about the border fabric and binding.
I pulled out my Attic Windows blocks this past week and got them sewn together.  It is bright and cheery but with very limited fat quarter fabrics available it has lots of repeats.  I am quilting it with a serpentine stitch and variegated orange thread.  It will be going to my guild's charity quilt group and off to someone that hopefully will love it.  It is 48 by 56 in size so a nice size quilt for this purpose.  

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Sunday, February 4, 2024


I am still digging through several unearthed UFO's after reorganizing all my fabric and storage system.  Some of these items are really old, and completely forgotten.
I know this little piece has to be a good 15 to 20 years old.  I started it with my granddaughter, she is 32 years old now and I know she was in either Middle School or early High School when we worked on it together.  Somewhere along the way she lost interest in it and it got stashed away in the sewing room and forgotten.  She was the one that picked all the buttons out to sew on the blocks.  Not sure how I will quilt around them, but do plan to finish it up.
I started this paper pieced pattern maybe a year to two ago.  I like paper piecing but for some reason this one just never seemed to work well for me and I did loose interest with it and only finished the three large blocks.  This pattern is going to find a new home 
Best thing to do was just slap them onto some batting and a back, quilt them, and off to the quilt show boutique in May.  They are 18 inches square and perfect for someone's table.  

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