Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cheerful Donation Quilt

While these aren't my favorite colors, I think someone will enjoy receiving this quilt.

The pattern is "Easy Peasy" from Cool Cat Creations. I previously wrote about it HERE . I pieced both the front and back (I love pieced backing, and it uses LOTS of scraps!).


Front (detail)


Binding (detail)

I'll be putting this in my donation stack after I wash it.

Happy Memorial Day!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 62 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Jamestown Landing--FINISHED!

I started this in early December and just got it finished today.

Jamestown Landing is a design from Bonnie Hunter's book, String Fling. Her quilt was done in blues, but I don't love blue--I do love red, though. Hence, the change.

Thanks for the great design, Bonnie!

I'm linking with Jo's Country Junction--UFO Progress

Thursday, May 26, 2016

But They Are So Cute!

I have two quilts that need the binding hand stitched. I have two quilts that need layering and basting to be quilted. I'm working on a mystery quilt project. So what am I doing today?

Making Churn Dash blocks!

Just playing with scraps today.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Another Mystery Quilt

A friend on a quilting forum is running another mystery quilt (Thanks, Judy!). They are always fun, so I decided to join in again.

This will be a donation quilt, so I tried to choose colors outside my usual preferences. I'm going for low-contrast, soft, pastel colors in this one. It is hard for me to judge the outcome of the blocks since I really don't like the colors, but I know that everyone has his/her own taste, so I'm trying to stretch my boundaries on this quilt.

Below are the chosen fabrics:

After completing a couple of clues, here is what I have now:

The colors in the previous photo above are more true-to-life.

Looking forward to the next step to be revealed on Saturday!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 60 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Monday, May 16, 2016


I am working on several quilting projects, but I thought I'd switch up this post to show you some blooms.

Several years ago (6 or 7), I planted peonies. I never saw a sign of them in the intervening years, but this year:

I made a map of where I planted the different types, but after several years of no growth, it felt like a schematic to a graveyard, and I tossed it. So now, I don't have the names, but the flowers are beautiful and fragrant nonetheless!

I planted rambler roses a couple of years ago along the backyard fence, and they are just now coming into their own. The picture looks a little washed-out (it was very sunny), but here they are at the beginning of their blooms:

And a close-up:

Finally--This Candyland rose bush isn't thriving, but it always manages a few spectacular blooms each year:

I wish the blog had a "smell" feature--all of these are wonderfully scented. Enjoy the blooms!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Milky Way

This quilt is a wedding gift for my niece and her husband who were married yesterday in a beautiful, outdoor ceremony.

The front is a pattern called Milky Way. It is a traditional block (the pattern can be found HERE). It is a tessellating pattern, so the block picture doesn't really do it justice--you only see the interlocking stars when it has been assembled. Mine is a bit of a variation on the block--I added the four-patches which makes the pattern look a bit like a Snail's Trail.

The back looks a bit washed out in the photos (the sun was very bright). It was pieced with orphan blocks, leftovers, and squares of purples from my stash. No real plan here--just spread out the odd blocks among the plain ones.

It measures about 90" x 90". I quilted it with simple, straight lines in a lilac colored thread. 

With this quilt, I learned that my brain doesn't tessellate well! It reminded me a bit of my confusion the first time I set a quilt on point, but I've learned to do that, so I think I could do another of these, if I tried (though, to give my brain a rest--it may be a while).

Best wishes for many years of joy to the happy couple.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 58 at The Quilting Room with Mel.