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WIP Wednesday:  Back to the Geese

That last piece of fabric finally arrived, and I was able to complete the flying geese blocks for the custom quilt.  The top is all sewn together now.  Quilting tomorrow.

In the meantime, I finished the rainbow quilt, #quiltsforvegas.  The quilting is straight lines and ribbon candy.

And I made the backing for Pacific Stars, so it will be ready to quilt next.

I hope you’re making lots of progress on your projects!



WIP Wednesday:  Everything!

Everything is in progress, because I can’t finish anything!  I’m waiting on fabric to arrive in the mail.  One packet is fine and I’m sure it will be here soon and on time.  Another, special order, piece seems to be lost in the mail and I’ve started making inquiries.  That’s the one I need to finish up this commissioned quilt that is stuck on my design wall.  While waiting, I’ve made the back and the binding.

Still waiting, I made some string blocks and put together this #quiltforvegas top.  Here’s the post from the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild, calling for blocks and quilts.

Also, Quilts of Compassion is collecting quilts for Houston.

After I finished that top (backing is in the other package), I got out the Pacific Stars Mystery Quilt by Charlotte Scott (on Carol’s Quilts blog).  I’ve now completed all the blocks and am assembling the top.  It was mysterious until the end,  and I like it!

I hope you’re making progress and maybe actually completing something!



Work in Progress…Thursday!

2017-09-07 13.25.28Hey, Pam posted early this week, so I’ll take the late spot!  I’ve had a great time working on these donation blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love block drive.  You have all of September and October, so there’s lots of time to get involved.  Aren’t the colors beautiful?  And these 18 blocks used 144 of my 3.5″ squares!  (No, you can’t see a difference in the bins…!)

2017-09-07 13.24.04I recommend pressing all your HST seams open.  That makes it easier to see the intersections and reduces bulk.

2017-09-07 13.23.45After those were made, I just laid all the patches out and chain-pieced them.  After a few, I was down to nine minutes each.  Quick, and no pins!  My kind of block!

2017-09-07 14.33.07I’m stopping at 18 blocks, but it’s been a fun break in the large, heavy stuff.  Next up:  a back for Layer Cake Explosion.

Hope you’re making progress!

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August/ September Goals

PicMonkey Collage AugustIt’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States.  It’s been chilly and rainy, and the cats and I are on our own, so it’s perfect for sewing.

I did pretty well on my goals, achieving 3/4 of them.  Layer Cake Explosion took a long time to assemble, and I may take a break from it for a few days.

August Goals:

  1. Finish piecing Layer Cake Explosion.  Yes!
  2. Continue with Pacific Stars.  Yes!
  3. Make Christmas wall hangings for my shop.  Yes!  Here.
  4. Make a scrap quilt for donation.  No.  This did not happen.


September Goals:

  1. Make back for Layer Cake Explosion.
  2. Make donation blocks for Kat’s September/October block drive.
  3. Continue with Pacific Stars Mystery Quilt.
  4. Customer quilt commission? (in the works)


2017-09-02 15.00.11I’ve already pulled the scraps for the donation blocks, so those should be done soon.  These blocks use lots of 3.5″ squares, and I have lots!

Good luck on your goals, and enjoy your sewing time.

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WIP Wednesday:  Finally Paper Piecing

There hasn’t been any sewing here for a few days because we traveled to see the solar eclipse.  Yes, it was too brief, but it was amazing and we had a wonderful time.  Due to my DH’s good planning, we avoided the crowds and most of the traffic, and it was fun to be part of the pilgrimage.   Our hotel in Owensboro, KY, passed out glasses, Moon Pies, and Sun Drop soda, and we enjoyed the very beautiful Riverwalk.  Then we traveled to Elkton, KY, which made us welcome on their small courthouse square.  There we spent hours with about two hundred people from several states and countries in a very festive gathering that really added to the enjoyment.  A shout-out to the kind Courthouse ladies who welcomed us and even had an emergency repair made to their restroom so we could all be more comfortable!

Last week, though, I finally got down to it, and made the four paper-pieced blocks for Layer Cake Explosion by Angela Gross (find the pattern on Craftsy).  It has been a while since I paper-pieced, and I will admit to flipping and fussing for a while until I got the hang of it again.  I’m not really sure why this block is paper-pieced, and I almost just sewed it conventionally, but I decided it would be good practice.

I pre-cut my fabric shapes and it went together easily once I got my head around it.  I chain-pieced the sixteen sections, and it went quickly.

This is not the final layout, but it’s getting closer.  I still have to cut sashing strips and setting triangles.  And I need a bigger design wall!

I’m sorry if you’re getting wacked with wind and rain, but this cool front has brought me delightful sewing weather and I hope to make some progress.  Hope you do, too!


July and August Goals

Before I talk goals, I want to share things from two other blogs.

I am completely in love with this top made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts!  It’s a modern use of a traditional block, and the colors!  Oh!

And BadAss Quilters Society has some guidelines on copyright infringement (stealing).

I was partially successful in completing my July goals.

July Goals

  1. Make blocks for Kat’s July/August Covered in Love block drive.  Yes!  And even mailed!  18 blocks.
  2. Continue with Layer Cake Explosion, whichever step I’m on.  Um, no, I put this off because it’s paper pieced, then my printer fritzed.
  3. Continue with Pacific Stars.  Yes!  Clue 3 complete.
  4. Experiment with some kind of floral, layered art quilt thingy.  (Vague enough?) No.  Nothing.

Bonus:  I made The Last Zebra baby quilt.  Got those scraps out from under my sewing cabinet.


August Goals:

  1. Finish piecing Layer Cake Explosion.
  2. Continue with Pacific Stars.
  3. Make Christmas wall hangings for my shop.
  4. Make a scrap quilt for donation.


I know many of you have far less sewing time than I do, but I’m enjoying seeing you working away at your goals as you can.  Keep it up!


Sunday Stash Report: 7/30/17

We have had beautiful weather here in my part of Ohio.  It’s tempting to work outside all day, but it’s also cool enough to sew, so I had a personal sew-in this weekend.

Just a little change in the numbers this week.  I purchased a yard of red and white striped fabric that will make good bindings.

Then I used two and a half yards to make these blocks for Kat’s July/August block drive (if July got away from you as it did me, you still have a month to make any kind of star blocks in red, white, and blue.  I love seeing fabrics from past projects as I make donation blocks, buts here’s a take on the way others may view your scraps.

This week:  +  1 yard,  – 2.5  yards
This year:  + 75.25 yards,  – 85.25 yards
Net destashed added in 2017:  10 yards
Creeping along, but I’ll get to 50 yards.  Are you using your stash?