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Flashback Friday Fun

I’ve been having fun this week, working on the baby quilts and getting ready for my Monday post for the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I hope you visit my blog on Monday and get to know a little more about me. I don’t have any progress photos to show you, so let’s take a look at a fun Flashback Friday photo.

One day back in 2015, I pulled out my scrap bins and just started to sew. I had no plan, just a little bit of an idea in my head. Here’s what I came up with.

Flashback Friday Fun,

I remember that it was really fun. I should maybe pull this out and add a little more to it. What do you think?

Next week I get to do my blog hop post, and I get to spend some time with a quilty friend at a mini quilt retreat. Jealous?

What are you plans for the weekend? I hope it includes some sewing time!

See you Monday!


Cross Cut Finish

It’s not often that I finish a quilt, all on my own, within a few days of piecing it. I have a habit of setting quilt tops aside and moving on to the next project. I am really excited to show you my completed Cross Cut quilt.

It took me a little time to decide how I wanted to quilt it. I noticed a little, somewhat fractured, heart in the quilt. This wasn’t planned by me; I didn’t see it until I started looking at the quilt after the top was sewn together. See it there, a little left of center?

My 423 quilt is 17″ square.

So I began to think about that little fractured heart, about what I should name this quilt, and how to quilt it. And just like that, an idea popped into my head.

One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

So this little mini is named 423 after that verse. Inside the heart, I made some simple curved lines to represent a spring or spray of water. Then I just stitched an echo around the outside of the heart. Nothing too risky or fancy, just keeping it simple.

Some simple curved lines to represent the spring/spray

Here’s the echo work. I just eyeballed it and stitched away.


I decided to use a black and white fabric from my stash for the backing, and red fabric for the binding. Here’s a picture of the stitching on the back.

You can see the spring/spray a little if you look closely.
Top, back and binding on display

I’m still getting comfortable with machine quilting on my domestic, so this is far from perfect, but I’m excited because I had an idea, and I actually made it work!

The black and white fabrics in the quilt are Thicket by Gingiber for Moda; the colors are Riley Blake Crayola solids. I used a spool of red Gutermann thread that I had on hand for the machine quilting.

The one frustrating thing during the machine quilting process was that my walking foot was causing some problems. I would stitch along just fine, and then all of a sudden my needle would just drop out. I checked to make sure the walking foot was on correctly. I made sure the needle was tightly screwed into place. It was so annoying. The needle stayed threaded (no breakage); it just dropped out of its holding. I used spray baste (could that be the problem, even if the needle didn’t feel tacky?) and used Warm & Natural batting. If you have any advice, I’d be happy to hear it.

So that’s my Friday Finish — my little 423.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

I’m linking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.


CrossCut Phase 2

I had hoped to have a finished mini to show you today, but that will have to wait until another post. However I do have a completed top to reveal.

My plan was to have some pretty outdoor photos for you, but we have had torrential rains here and everything outdoors is just plain wet. So please forgive the less-than-great pictures!

Here’s a photo of the 8″ blocks once I had sewn them all together.


Then the cutting began once again. I was so eager to cut them out that I completely forgot to take pictures. I cut them into 6″ blocks.

Once that was done I played with them on my design board, and came up with this. Here’s my mini top, all stitched together.

We have had incredible amounts of rain as I stitched this. No outdoor pictures, and this one was taken late at night, so not great, but I think you can get the idea.

While I sat and looked at this quilt, I think I have figured out how I want to quilt it. From that idea and a comment from BigJ, it also has a name. I’ll reveal all of that when I show you the completed quilt.

This has been so much fun! If you’ve never done this, give it a try.

Tomorrow I’m off to take a quilt class from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. I am so excited!

Linking up with Crazy Mom QuiltsConfessions of a Fabric Addict and Busy Hands Quilts.


CrossCut Fun

Back in August, several of the quilt blogs I follow were participating in a Cross Cut QAL. You can find the tutorial for the project from Debbie at A Quilter’s Table here.  It looked like so much fun, but I was working on some projects at the time that had a deadline, so I couldn’t participate. Those that did participate posted some incredibly fun, creative results! I was inspired, so I tucked the idea into the back of my mind for a day when I had time to play.

So, this week I am giving this a try. There is something incredibly fun and freeing about working from a basic set of instructions while adding your own twist.

For my fabrics, I am using part of a layer cake of Thicket by Gingiber for Moda. It was an impulse buy, I’ll admit. I’m drawn to black and white prints.

I also signed up for the Sew Sampler boxes from The Fat Quarter Shop. One of those boxes included a pack of Crayola colors by Riley Blake. They will pair perfectly with the Thicket layer cakes for this project.


Debbie’s tutorial is so easy to follow, so I sliced up a few of the black and white blocks, and cut two 1 inch strips from each of the colored fabrics.

A pile of fun color to play with!

I decided to mix it up a little and sewed one strip between two different triangle pieces.

But wait! More cutting to come!

Next I cut those blocks on the diagonal.


And sewed another colored strip between them.


Now they are sitting nicely on my makeshift design board. The next step is to stitch the blocks together. Is it done then? Nope. More cutting to come! Hopefully I’ll have a finished product to show you on Friday!


So stay tuned and see what I come up with later this week!

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.