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Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday is my catchup to Throwback Thursday, so I can join in with Sandra’s linky party at Musings of a Menopausal Melon. She’s asking us to post quilts that we made before we were bloggers. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me show you one of my batik quilts from way back.

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, pattern by Judy Martin - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

When I first began quilting, I used batiks often because I enjoyed the way the fabrics blended together. I bought this fabric as a bundle, if I remember correctly. I cannot recall where I bought it, but it was a local quilt shop.

The pattern is called Thunderstruck and it’s from the book Piece’n’Play Quilts by Judy Martin. The book gives instructions for the blocks, then encourages playing with the arrangement until you come up with something you like. You can follow the suggested layouts in the book, or you can do your own thing.

I worked on this quilt at one of the first quilt retreats I ever went to. Late one night, I mustered up my courage to put my blocks up on a design wall. Putting blocks up on a design wall with no pattern to follow was intimidating enough. Then I heard a woman behind me say, “Is it supposed to look like that?” I just turned and smiled. I worked on it just a bit longer, then took down the blocks and went to bed. It makes me chuckle now; it wasn’t funny then.

I still like the bright colors and the way they play together.

Flashback Friday - block and quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I took the quilt to Connie, and she used a swirly pattern with a varigated thread.

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, block detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, block and quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

For the back, I found a backing that was kind of homely on its own, but worked well with the quilt.

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, back view - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The quilt is lap size, and perfect for snuggling under during a movie.

Linking up today with Sandra at MMM Quilts and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!



Batik Finish

I have had this batik quilt top languishing in my stash for far too long. So long, in fact, that I cannot remember when I started working on it. We are having rain again today, but I was able to sneak out between showers and quickly get a few photos. Let me tell you a bit about it.

Batik Finish - A baby or crib size quilt made using the stack and whack method - piecefulthoughts.com

There is no pattern for this quilt. I just picked batiks that I liked and started sewing them together, using the stack and whack method, if I recall correctly. There was no plan, other than just playing with my batik fabrics. It started out with the idea that it would be at least a lap size quilt or larger, but then I got to a point where the rest of my batiks didn’t work as well with it. So I added the inner dark blue border and left it. I added the additional border a little later.

The quilt is 38″ x 50″, so a large baby quilt or crib quilt size. I had some left over yellow flannel, and I pieced that for the backing. That sat and languished almost as long as the top!

Batik Finish - Backing Detail View - piecefulthoughts.com

I brought it to Connie for quilting and then forgot I had brought it to her. This poor quilt! Anyway, here’s a close up of Connie’s lovely quilting with swirls and a leafy vine in the border.

Batik Finish - Front Detail view - piecefulthoughts.com

The binding is in a deep rose batik from my stash. I’m not sure what I will do with this quilt now that it’s done, but it’s my batik finish for this Friday.

Linking up today with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Batiks and Babies

Batiks and babies are on my mind here at Pieceful Thoughts today. While I am procrastinating on other projects, I pulled out some batik strips and whipped them up into a quilt top.

The batiks are leftover from two other quilts I made, one for my daughter and one for friend who let us stay at her cabin. They are bright greens and blue batiks; very calming and fun to work with.

Batiks and Babies - piecefulthoughts.com

The pattern is a free download I found a few years ago. I used  this pattern for my daughter’s quilt, so I knew it would be easy to do again. However, I miscalculated in one step of the cutting so things don’t quite match up correctly. No matter, this is going to be a practice quilt for me as I learn free motion quilting.

Batiks and Babies - lawn view - piecefulthoughts.com

Babies and Baby Quilts

Both of the finished baby quilts are in their new homes, and just in time too! One of the babies has arrived. A beautiful little girl named Sophia Joan. I can’t wait to meet her and see her with the quilt. The day I took the picture, which was, of course the morning I was handing it off, was rainy and cloudy, so the pictures aren’t the best. I hope to have some better ones to show you soon!

Batiks and Babies - SoJo's Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

Batiks and Babies - quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com

Batiks and Babies - Backing View - piecefulthoughts.com

The Mini Periwinkle Quilt was given to my cousin Deb, who is the grandmother of the soon-to-arrive little girl. We are all waiting, (im)patiently for her to make her appearance! Here’s a picture of the quilt, taken on yet another very wet, dark day. This pattern is from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and the fabric is Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique.

Batiks and Babies - Periwinkle Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

Batiks and Babies - Periwinkle Quilt Back View - piecefulthoughts.com

The rest of the week has been spent secret sewing, in anticipation of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! I’m looking forward to sharing my project with you!

Linking up today with Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, and Susan at Quilt Fabrication.



Friday Finish Review

My big finish for the week is the superhero quilt, but I can’t show the whole quilt to you yet. So — I thought I would do a review of my June finishes today. I’ve worked on quite a few little projects this month.

June started with this trio. Two woolie BOM blocks and a little patriotic mini that is 6″ square.


The patriotic mini is just right for July 4th, so I’ll use it when I decorate today.

I received this fabric from a friend and made this little pouch. It holds my little quilting tools. This is probably my favorite finish of the month. I love the fabric!


Then I pulled out some leftover batik blocks and made this quick runner. I’m not sure whether this will stay with me or be gifted at some point.


I enjoyed a lunch with two friends during the month, and I wanted to bring something for them. So I made two more little pouches. They are so much fun to make, and the ladies were delighted to get them.


We took a trip in June, which took me away from my sewing machine, but I did manage to take this little mug mat with me. I finished it up when I returned home.


I also finished the top for the wedding quilt, which is currently at my longarmer. I hope to have that back soon, ready for binding and then gifting!

So all in all, it’s been a good month! What have you been stitching on this month? I’d enjoy seeing your projects!

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

Friday Finish

The wedding quilt blocks are completed, so it’s time to begin playing with the layout. I hope to do some of that today, and maybe even begin sewing the top together. I could really use a big room with a design wall about now, but my floor space will have to do.

I had this scrappy batik runner in my stash of tops that need to be finished. The runner is made from leftover scraps from a larger quilt that I made for my daughter. I finished it last night, stitching the binding while watching a show.


After I had prepped the batik runner, I decided to have some fun and make this cute little pouch. A friend had sent me the fabric, which I absolutely love. It’s so bright and cheery! It’s about a 9-inch bag, and I think it may be the new home for some of my sewing notions. The pattern is a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial called the Zipper Pouch. They are quick and easy to make.


Speaking of sewing notions, I decided to sign up for the The Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler (I have always been a sucker for surprise boxes) and this is one of the notions I received in May’s box. I think I’m going to be using these often, since it seems I’m always hunting down bobbins to match my thread.


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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


(I am not an affiliate, by the way. Just a quilter who likes cool stuff.)

WIP Wednesday

Well I’m happy to report I finished the little snowman mini. The binding was a bit of a bear, using 1-1/2″ strips, but I do like the narrow little border. I’m not sure where this mini is headed, whether it will stay with me or be gifted.


My task for the day is to get these fabrics washed and prepped for a wedding quilt. Normally I don’t wash my quilt fabrics, but the blue batik mixed with the lighter colors is making me just a little nervous. I want to make sure the batik won’t run, so washing it is!


The wedding quilt will be large HSTs using the Vast pattern from Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle by Jeni Baker. The bride wanted the above colors based on a quilt of that pattern she saw on Pinterest. Admittedly I really wouldn’t have needed the pattern. For some reason, I thought the Pinterest picture was from the book and might have some info on the fabric line. It wasn’t the same; however, I think I managed to follow the color line with the fabrics I chose. The book would be a great addition to the library of a beginning quilter, so I may gift it at some point.

I hope to pull another UFO out of my stash and work on that today too. We’ll see how much I get done.

I’m linking up today with Katy Quilts and

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Quilting, Interrupted

My quilting has been interrupted by several different things this week. Most of them have been good. One of the high points of the week was quilt group. Who doesn’t like to spend an evening with a whole gaggle of other quilters? It’s always fun to see what the ladies have been working on.

One quilt that was shown was a postage stamp quilt. The woman showing it was completing the hand quilting on it. This was no small quilt — a very generous queen (if not a king) and, if I understood her correctly, was done before strip piecing became popular. In other words, think 1-inch squares sewn together! She indicated she had spent 250 hours handquilting it. 250 hours!! It was a beautiful yellow quilt, complimented with other pastel colors. I regret that I did not snap a picture.

A surprise gift was given to me by one of the ladies. Isn’t this little pouch cute? I had given her some batik fabric, and she thanked me by making a little pouch out of some of the pieces. I am absolutely delighted.  IMG_4010

I am working on a mug rug for a secret pal swap due at the end of April. Here’s a peek — not much to see, but I can’t show the whole thing yet.  IMG_4002

I ordered this book by Katie Fowler — An Artist’s Journey through Wonderland. It will be a good book for me to read every now and then, to remind me how to think about my creativity. I’ve never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but she puts the story in a whole new light for me. IMG_4013

Next week I head up north for a conference, so there will be little time for quilting. However, I get to visit with fun people, and I get to spend time by the water.

See you in a couple of weeks!



Friday Finish

A high point of this week was giving the batik quilt to its new owner, Deb. She was delighted with it, so that brought much joy to my heart. My dear friend and fellow quilter, Connie of Turnberry Lane Machine Quilting & Design, does all the longarm work on my quilts. She is amazing.

I chose the pinwheel pattern because it reminded me of the sun sparkles on water, of the walk from her cabin to the lake, and of the lovely colors in her cabin. It was made using Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats Bluegrass precuts.

The superheroes quilt top is all pieced, and is now ready for borders. I’m hoping to get to that today; we’ll see how my day maps out.

What am I up to next? I have a couple of mug rugs I need to get done, I need to work on a mini quilt for the Creativity Challenge, and I need to finish the design work I’ve been doing. My next large quilt project is a wedding quilt, so fabric shopping is in the near future!

Hope your weekend is all you want it to be! The sun is shining here (for the moment anyway), so things are looking up!

Let those stitches run!


Catching Up

Well, as much as I’d like to say that my weekend was spent celebrating International Quilt Weekend, that hasn’t been the case. I had a busy weekend outside of the quilt cave. I did get a good day in today, however, so I made up for it, I guess.

I’ve made progress on the superhero quilt. Not much to show, since I’m in the slow process of piecing. It needs to be accurate, but I’m trying not to let my perfectionism get the best of me on this one. Sometimes I can get just a little too fussy and it ruins all the fun. The next step will be to play with the layout — the fun part!

A whole stack of fussy cuts!

My batik quilt is done and ready for binding, which I finished tonight. I’ll post a picture after I’ve given it to my friend. I can’t wait to give it to her — hope she likes it! Here’s a little sneak peek.

Getting the binding ready

For the rest of the week I hope to get some design instructions typed up and on their way. I also need to get my woolie BOM done for March since April is right around the corner.

We have another winter storm headed our way for tomorrow and Thursday. I’m ready to hole up in the quilt cave while the snow flies! I thought it was interesting that my Facebook memory for today was a snowstorm last year that left about 11 inches on our deck. We’ll see if there’s a repeat.

Oh, and of course, there are my elephants!!

Happy quilting!


Buy the Bold

Most of the quilts I’ve made in the past, if they were going to stay with me, are in colors that are earthy, deep and somewhat intense. Country colors – browns, rusts, deep dark reds, gold, dark teal, etc. The colors in my home welcome these colors; everything blends and plays together well. It creates a home that, to me, is warm and comforting.

One thing I have finally admitted to myself, however, is that I love bright, intense, bold colors. I visit quilt stores and find myself drawn to the bright and bold fabric. For the longest time I have talked myself out of buying any because it didn’t fit with my fabric stash (or my home colors!) and therefore it would be a waste of money. How in the world would I use it unless it was for a very specific purpose — like a gift for someone else? I can’t just buy it because I like it . . . can I??

Older and wiser, maybe? Willing to branch out a little more? Whatever happened, one day I just got over it and began to buy the bold if I wanted to. I have a small precious stash of bold now, waiting to see what I will do with it. This intimidates me a little bit. I feel responsible to do something amazing now with all this color. I debate about whether I should cut into it or just stare at it. Cuz it’s pretty. And colorful. And what if I do something awful with it? I still have a few issues, y’think?

So when the Sashed Half Hexi quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company dropped into my inbox this week, I didn’t hesitate long (start another new project? really?) before I grabbed a bold, bright jellyroll and got to work. I get so excited working with these colors! And the fact that they are batiks doesn’t hurt either. I find myself wanting to shut myself in my quilt cave, ignore everyone, and just work on this quilt. I should probably be a little more concerned about that than I truly am . . .

I have the 5″ half hexi template from MSQC rather than the full size used in the tutorial, so I just adapted to the smaller template using a jellyroll and 1″ black strips. This quilt goes together fast and quick.

Because I want a  small wallhanging size, I didn’t use all of the jellyroll strips. I just picked out the ones I wanted. The cutting is quick because the 5″ template is the same width as the strip. You can layer the strips, make two quick cuts and you are ready to roll. I made 12 blocks altogether for my quilt. Sewing goes quickly, as you’ll see in the tutorial.

Here’s my progress so far.


All that’s left is the sashing and the borders. I had hoped to have that done by now, but I had to come out of my quilt cave and do other things.

How will I finish the quilt? Well, I probably should free motion quilt this one myself, really. Fellow quilter and blogger Lori East is challenging herself to hone her skill at FMQing. She’s an inspiration to me as I am reminded that I need to do the same. I don’t mind doing the practice squares and they actually don’t turn out too bad because I relax and it doesn’t matter because they are just practice. It’s the thought of FMQing an actual quilt (with the possibility of wrecking it) that terrifies me. Maybe just buying the bold is good enough for now?

And when the quilt is finished? Will it stay with me? I haven’t decided yet.

Meanwhile, my quieter yet still excited side is working on the free February BOM woolie from River’s Edge Antiques and Quilt Loft. (Click on “Our Friends” on their web page if you’re interested in jumping in.) It’s a fun project to work on while I’m watching a show (except Continuum — flashback, flashforward — how am I supposed to keep up with that while I blanketstitch??).

My crayon idea for Prairie Moon Quilts Creativity Challenge didn’t work, so I need to take another run at it. Remember melting crayons between waxed paper? Well, I was going to do a tweak of that. It was going to be awesome, and I was going to use it to create a cool landscape idea. Alas, it looked more like I had been visited by the microbe gang, with a bunch of wimpy little squiggles on white paper. Back to the coloring board I go!

And, of course, there are my elephants! I’ll give you an update on them next week.

Happy stitching!