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Pieceful Monday

Hey! Thanks for stopping by! Why don’t you grab a cup of coffee or tea and let me tell you about my weekend. It was a good one; some time spent with friends, some sewing, some relaxing.

I had been looking forward to Friday for a few weeks. Two of my favorite people were coming to stitch some X blocks for The 70273 Project with me.  Ruth and her daughter, Emma, arrived around 10 am and we went right to work. Emma wanted to learn to do some stitching as well as commemorate some history, so these blocks were just the thing. She picked up the sewing so quickly, even making the quilter’s knot was easy peasy for her.

That beaming smile is so Emma! She is one of the sweetest people I know!

Her mom, Ruth, picked up the sewing quickly and made some too.

They made the trek all the way here (about an hour drive), so I wanted to give them a little something. And I was looking for an excuse to make two more zipper pouches. I made a little one this time for Ruth. I really think I need a little one. Perfect for a mini makeup bag for a purse!

It was a fun day, with sewing, chatting, a little lunch in Northfield and a teensy bit of shopping, and more sewing! Emma made four blocks, I made three, and Ruth two. We are hoping to do it again soon!

Saturday I spent most of the day in my quilt cave, working on the first block for the commissioned quilt. No pictures to show until the quilt is finished, but the blocks are really fun. Those little pieces and all that sewing on the bias made the first block a slow one. Now that I have the process down, I think it will be a little quicker on the next blocks. I have 30 of them to make in all.

I also needed to get Block 6 of the 182 Days of Winter Solstice Challenge done. Honestly, I had no idea what fabric to use with this block named Crosswalk. It had me stumped. I had two lovely pieces of fabric that I had received from Bernie of Needle and Foot when I participated in her Book Share last year. A few of us read The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian, and when we sent the book off to the next reader, we tucked in some fat quarters that made us think of something in the book. Bernie sent me the blue and the green patterned fabrics. And suddenly, an idea for Block 6 came to mind.

This block makes me think of walking board walks in nature sanctuaries that are surrounded by water. The figured green fabric makes me think of water with lily pads, the solid greens make me think of the lush greenery in the nature preserve and the blue, of course, is the water surrounding it all. It is probably my favorite block now of the challenge.

However, my blocks 1-6 are definitely an eclectic mix. My tendency toward having all things match is a little at war with this gathering. I keep thinking I should remake some of the blocks so they all go together, but I won’t. It’s good for me to have to stretch a bit.


Blocks 1-6

A couple of years ago, my two kids gave me a petite orchid for Mother’s Day. It is finally blooming once again. This poor little plant has had some rough going in my care, so I didn’t know if it would survive. I gave it some TLC and it has rewarded me with 5 little buds, one has opened to a pretty little bloom.

Yesterday I nicked my thumb with a knife while making lunch. I was rushing because I was hangry. My daughter suggested I not be allowed around knives any longer (my third cut, not nearly as terrible as the first). At any rate, I decided not to quilt yesterday and wait until there was enough healing so that no blood would stain the fabric. Aren’t you glad I shared that with you?

So yesterday, Max and I did alot of this.

So today I am ready to get going on those quilt blocks!

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to talk with you!

Linking up today with Cooking Up Quilts and Em’s Scrapbag.



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. 

Finish It Up Friday

Friday is here once again, and it’s time to review what’s been finished, as well as share what’s in the works.

My big finish for the week was getting the wedding quilt to Connie for quilting. It should be done by the end of June, so I should have plenty of time to get it done before the wedding.

I made a couple more pouches to give to two of my friends when we had breakfast together on Thursday. It is so much fun to give little gifts like this.


Almost all the Frivols blocks are done. Here are most of the blocks on the design board, waiting for me to play and rearrange. I like the happy colors.


My daughter is home this weekend, so today will be time spent with her and likely not much quilting today. I’m going to be traveling for a few days as well. Some of today will be putting together handwork for the trip.

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

Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy your weekend!


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.)

Friday Finish

Friday is here! It’s been a beautiful, quiet week with a bit more time in my quilt cave. I’ve finished my snowman mini (see my last post for a photo), and I finished this little Kim Diehl mini. I have had the top done for awhile; it’s been sitting off to the side because I’m not happy with the way it turned out. I like it much better now that it’s done, but it’s not my best work. I’m trying to remember what was going on when I was piecing it, since I clearly was having some issues. Yep, it’s been that long. Ah well, it will add a nice touch to a display.


I took a little break from piecing quilts and made this little zipper pouch for a friend’s birthday. It’s an easy tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a few more of these. It’s a great way to use up scraps, and makes a fun gift to have on hand.


I’m linking up today with Crazy Mom Quilts, since these two projects are finished. Woohoo!