Friday, April 30, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 4.30.2021

 After a rough start (read lots of un-sewing!), this donation quilt is a finish! I decided to bind it in the backing fabric as I used all the yellow/green background fabric. I just have a maybe one or two 2.5 inch strips of the backing fabric leftover. Win! I went for the quick and easy panto: large scribbles.

panto credit: large scribbles

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

WIP Wednesday 4.28.2021

 I took my time and the seam ripper stayed away!

pattern credit: Cynthia Brunz's Scrap-a-Palooza Zig Zag quilt

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

Monday, April 26, 2021

Design Wall Monday 4.26.2021

 After my second Covid vaccine on Friday, I decided to sew a little. I have a bunch of RWB (plus gold and grey) 2.5 inch strips leftover from previous projects. Plus as I come to the end of yardage, I cut into either 2.5 or 3.5 inch strips, depending in the amount of leftover. I then throw, er, place on one side of the cutting table. Sew...I thought that the sewing of end to end 2.5 inch strips would be a great mindless activity. Sew...any strip that was more than 10 inches and less than 40 inches would be sewn together in one continuous strip like the jelly roll race. I had in mind that I could use the strip for this quilt here or maybe either one of the quilts here . I'll probably wait until the FB QOV Working Stars announce the next block challenge to tackle this particular project. I guess I over estimated my leftovers...LOL. It took me longer to roll 'my jelly roll' than to sew it!

Saturday, I finished rolling the above roll and called it a day. 

I was in Covid vaccine fog...

Sunday, I thought I would try sewing a bit. I had put my latest lender/ender project on the wall and thought just sew, sew for a bit and it would be a flimsy.

Well, I spent more time ripping than sewing. I manage to sew the first row all wrong and had to switch blocks around. much for trying to space out the many gingerbread boys/girls in this one! After I finally got the top portion done, I called it a day.

Soon, I'll take another run at it!

pattern credit: Cynthia Brunz's scrap-palooza zig zag quilt

Not too much planned in the sewing room as later in the week, we are headed north to meet up with our daughter. She officially graduates from Northern Michigan University! We left a few large items in her NMU apartment when we moved her to Milwaukee in February so it's time to clean out the NMU space. I think it's going to be bittersweet. At times, it feels like a fast four years but at others, it seems to have dragged. She has already moved onto the next chapter in her life! 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 4.24.2021

 Today is the last bright/light blue Saturday of the month. Time to dive into the trusty scrap bin and make some crumb blocks! I managed to make a nice selection.

pattern credit: crumb piecing, public domain

Linking up at SoScrappy Saturday

Friday, April 23, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 4.23.2021

 and it's a finish! 

I'm really surprised at how quickly these row quilts go. I guess when I'm only make 5 or 6 blocks of one kind then I don't get bored and drag out the process! LOL I finished the sashing yesterday and loaded it onto the long arm and did a quick meander last night. This morning was the binding before our second Moderna vaccine shot. I've totally cleared my schedule...expecting the worse but hoping for the best!

pattern credit:        top row: snowballed novelty squares, 6.5 cut novelties and 3 in cut corners
                                second row: wonky meets floating stars (one of my favorites!)
                                third row: twister block
                                fourth row: scrappy trips around the world
                                                        Alycia's here and Bonnie Hunter's here
                                fifth row: farmer's daughter
                                sixth row: flying geese pinwheel

panto credit: large scribbles

Doing our share for herd immunity. The vaccination site didn't seem as busy today as it was with our first 
shot. That's DH in the corner...I don't think he knew I took the picture! and they were out of the stickers...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

WIP Wednesday 4.21.2021

 I finished more rows!

I'm thinking maybe a darker blue 2 inch row to separate the rows and give some more length.

pattern credit:          top row: snowballed 6.5 inch cut novelty with 3 inch cut corner
                                second row:    wonky meets floating star
                                third row: twister 
                                fourth row: scrappy trips around the world
                                        Alycia here and Bonnie Hunter here
                                fifth row: farmer's daughter
                                sixth row: flying geese pinwheel

Here are my two worksheets I used. I find it helpful to have a visual assist when making 'new to me' blocks.

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Design Wall Monday 4.19.2021

Another row quilt has been started. This time, I'm making all the blocks as I go along. The magic box of stars is empty...

 pattern credit:        top row: Scrappy Trips Around the World
                                                (I used 5 strips instead of 6, fyi)
                                                    Alycia's block drive from eon's ago
                                                    Bonnie Hunter's pattern

                                second row: not sure of the name...
                                                        I simply snowballed 6.5 inch cut squares with 
                                                            3 inch cut corners and alternated colors.

                                third row: Farmer's Daughter or Sister's Choice

The Admin from the FB QOV Working Stars asked that we stick to RWB in our quilts. I'm struggling a bit with that! I love to add cream, tan and gray or whatever color coordinates with a panel!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 4.17.2021

April is for the color light and bright blue at SoScrappy Saturday. As my sewing continues, the third Saturday is reserved for my crayon!

 Hmmm....not my favorite but it will look ok in the quilt surrounded by all the other colors of the rainbow!

pattern credit: Pinterest

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 4.16.2021

Well, I  missed WIP Wednesday...I'm bad, but not from the lack of progress in the sewing room.

By Wednesday,

I had my next star row quilt assembled. I have challenged myself to use the fabric I have for sashing and borders. So while not the best match, it uses more of the stash. I'm sad to say that I used all the good navy...

Thursday (4.15.2021) was my day on the longarm! Guess what got quilted ?!

pattern credit:      top row: D9P stars from We Quilt Together
                            second row: barn stars
                            third row: Quilter's Cache Starflower
                            fourth row: wonky meets floating star
                            fifth row: Sawtooth Star with novelty center

panto credit: square spiral

I have to say that I am enjoying the row quilts. It's a chance to try different blocks yet not commit to a whole quilt or like 20 blocks! I even have another row quilt in the works...

Linking up with Sarah at Whoop! Whoop! and Alycia at Finish or NOT Friday

Monday, April 12, 2021

Design Wall Monday 4.12.2021

I'm still looking in bins for rows for the next QOV.

Here's what I found...

 When I sewed the top row of LeMoyne stars together, the middle star was off by a good 1/2 inch. It was even too much of a difference for me! So I was trying to figure out which other stars to make. I've been wanting to try the D9P Stars, so I thought I would give that a try. I also wanted to try another ribbon star.

pattern credit: Ribbon Star by Seasoned Homemaker

Now this block was a bit lumpy where all the hst's came together. When I looked at it I saw, a square in a square, flying geese and plain corner blocks. I thought I would try that...Unfortunately I ran out of dark blue and I misread my instruction sheet. Yea, I'm not liking this either.

So I turned to my trusty bag of 6.5 inch squares. This is where this row quilt currently stands. I might change the order around but I'm not sure yet...

pattern credit:    top row: D9P Stars by We Quilt Together
                            second row: barn stars
                            third row: Starflower
                            fourth row: wonky stars (there are many tutorials out on the web)
                            fifth row: star

Linking up with: Judy at Design Wall Monday

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Outstanding Blogger Award 4.11.2021

 Thank You Alycia! I think just about everyone in blogland 'knows' Alycia at Alycia Quilts! She is just the sweetest and works tirelessly for the Quilts of Valor Foundation to cover our veterans!

She nominated me for the Outstanding Blogger Award a few days back. I started my blog after I moved to Wisconsin and was missing my Texas quilting friends. It served as a way to keep myself accountable and moving forward with my sewing. My Texas friends had been my motivation when I lived there and I learned so much from them that I am eternally grateful for accepting me into their bee. Yes! The guild in Texas had sewing bees!!!

Now onto learning a little more about me...

*How did you get started quilting?

    In 2001, I made two New Year's Resolutions. One was to learn quilting so I could assemble embroidered blocks for my daughter's quilt (she was born in 1999). The second was to take a Wilton cake decorating class. Well, I took the beginner quilting class first and 20 years later, I still have NOT enrolled in a cake decorating class...LOL

*What is your favorite block?

    I have always love the versatility of the 4 patch block. Lately though, I've been making quite a few stars and I really like the wonky meets floating star. No points to cut off and a slightly random look so everything looks right!!!

*Do you participate in a quilt club or guild?

    Yes! It's one of the fastest ways to meet people after a move. For awhile, our family moved every two or three years for about 10 years.

*Have you ever entered a quilt in a competition?

    Yes! I was so traumatized by people saying 'nasty things' about my quilt that years later when my Quilting Buddy and I would go to a show, we had a catch phrase to signal each other (ok, mostly me) to stop being so critical. Our phrase was, 'This Quilt NEEDS more blue!'.

    The theme was 'Black and White and Red Allover'. Remember, I had been quilting for about 3 years when I  entered the show. The placement of the hearts were in question. 

*What do you enjoying doing outside of the quilting world?

    I'm mostly an indoor girl so I like to read and watch movies, drink copious amounts of coffee (dreading the day I am told to cut back) and believe it or not, I try to go on at least one boat ride a season! My in laws have a cottage on a lake and I love to troll in the pontoon. I enjoy traveling to new places, also.

One time, I even was able to be on a really big boat for my seasonal ride! LOL

Thanks Alycia for the nomination!

Now to nominate a few fellow bloggers, playing along is truly up to you! 😍

    (I'm sure she has a 'real' name but I like 'Little Penguin')

The questions are:

*How did you get started quilting?
*What is your favorite block?
*Do you participate in a quilt club or guild?
*Have you ever entered a quilt in competition?
*What do you enjoy doing outside of quilting?

Have fun, friends!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 4.10.2021

 April's color is light and bright blue. my collection of pinwheels is growing.

pattern credit: pinwheels - public domain

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday

Friday, April 9, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 4.9.2021

 I have two finishes to show today!

Finish 1:

panto credit: halcyon 

Finish 2:

pattern credit:  row 1: MSCQ Ribbon star
                        row 2: wonky meets floating star
                        row 3: Creative Grids stripy stars
                        row 4: Quilter's Cache Starflower
                        row 5: another floating star variation
panto: large scribbles

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

WIP Wednesday 4.7.2021

 Debby Brown's April Cheer is assembled! I did buy the red/blue but everything else is from the stash...

Her pattern calls for only a 2 inch border...

I wanted it a bit larger (up to 60 x 70) so that it fits within the desired demensions for Covered in Love - one of the Hands2Help quilt drive recipients this year.

Information on the Hands2Help Quilt Drive 

 It's NOT too late to join in!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Design Wall Monday 4.5.2021

 Debby Brown's April Color Block pattern Cheer was released on the 1st. I decided to cut into my white and beige with red and blue highlights fabric stash to make the 16 patches. When I first saw the gallery picture, I thought, 'Half square triangles on point setting'. Yup! That's what the way the pattern is written. When I saw the black and white mock up page, I thought, 'could I use my Deb Tucker Square Squared Ruler'? You know, sew the corners opposite colors (in this case) to achieve the same look....

Here are my strips, by the way, I cut twice as many as I needed. oops...

Here are the blocks that I completed.

I received this Deb Tucker Square Squared ruler set a few years ago for Christmas. I was pretty excited to unwrap it and try it out!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2021


 Happy Easter to my friends in blogland that celebrate! May your day be joyous!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 4.3.2021

 April started a new color! Light and bright blue! YAY

Here are my Mary's rectangles.

pattern credit: Mary's rectangles

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 4.2.2021

 I finished my Debby Brown January and March Color Block quilts this week!!

For the January Color Block quilt, I dug into my floral and related fabrics. It was a little loud so I used a grey sashing to tone it down. It still needed a little something so I added grey/green cornerstones. I wanted it to be a little larger, so I added a few borders. Wouldn't you know, I was short on the green so I improvised with the purple. All in all, I like it.

pattern credit: Debby Brown's Color Block January 'Suitable for Framing'
panto credit: Angel Wings

My March Color Block quilt was pieced using my lender/enders of 2.5 inch squares. Leader/ender is a Bonnie Hunter thing and you can find more info in her website about it, here. They were also very loud so I used a medium blue to go with the mostly boy-ish blocks. I needed a little more length so I use more squares as one of the borders.

pattern credit: Debby Brown's Color Blocks  March 'Monkey Wrench'
panto credit: large scribbles

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday! 4.1.2021

 The new RSC color is light and bright blue.

I spent part of yesterday sorting through my blue scraps bin. Any fabric that was WOF I cut into 5 inch and 2.5 inch strips for future projects. I think some of this fabric has traversed the USA with me, from Michigan to Texas to Wisconsin and back here to Michigan! I did iron the most wrinkly offenders. 😉

Now I'm ready to make some crumb blocks!