Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time to Catch Up!

I finally got some photos of the work I've been doing.


Donation Quilts

I cut flannel scraps to make donation quilts. You can see the first batch HERE. They were kid size and made with kids' prints. The next ones were for adults.

Two with many florals

Three with plaids, stripes, and more

I layered them on the fence to take photos. They aren't identical, but they are made with the same mix of fabrics. All five are 60" x 72" and are backed with flannel.


I've been using my 3.5" squares as Leaders/Enders this year. Here are three more I've put together for a total of eight. I don't have pictures of all of them, but they are all made the same way with a wide mix of scraps. They are 62" x 74" and are backed with solid colors.

Leader/Ender Project
I'll be continuing with the same leader/ender project this year. Though I've reduced my 3.5" square bin, it still has plenty of fabric left!


I mentioned that I've been making Bonnie Hunter's quilt Sand Castles. You can see my previous posts here: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Here she is--
Sand Castles (a Bonnie Hunter design) 84" x 84"

Sand Castles (backing and binding detail)

Sand Castles (detail)

Sand Castles (detail)
Though the design is titled Sand Castles, for some reason, the string squares remind me of birds' nests; thus, I used a backing fabric covered with birds on branches. This was a fun quilts to make--Bonnie Hunter writes great instructions, and it went together without a hitch!


As I mentioned HERE, I have  been intimidated by Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay pattern. I loved the quilt, but I was afraid to start it. I have overcome the fear and now I have my own version of the beautiful quilt. 

Meet my Orca Bay: The Christmas Edition.

 Orca Bay 80" x 90"

Orca Bay (detail)

Orca Bay (detail) The fabric with the beaver is from Christmas outfits I made for my kids over thirty years ago!

Orca Bay (detail) Look closely and you will find Waldo.

Orca Bay (detail) Santas, Cardinals, Snow People,...

Orca Bay (detail) Nutcracker, Peppermints, Christmas Goose,...

Orca Bay (detail) Musical Cat, Stripes, Dots,...

Orca Bay (detail) Santa Flamingo

Orca Bay (detail) And a partridge in a pear tree

I have made many Christmas quilts, but I never had one of my own--now, I do! 

Lesson Learned: Take one step at a time, and you can create something amazing, even if you are afraid.



  1. As I bounce around with one idea after another, piles of this started project, another needing a few finishing touches, several looking for guidance, and others floating in the back of my brain (not to mention the shelves of fabric with no chosen design), I am always in awe of how much stitching you are able to accomplish. Beautiful!!

    1. Thanks, Sandy. I'm a bit single-minded (or maybe compulsive!), so I like finishing things!

      Thanks for visiting.

  2. Boy you've been busy! Lots of great quilts, and an I spy Christmas quilt for YOU! I got to keep my Christmas quilt since it was made from exchange blocks. The only quilts I ever get to keep are from exchange blocks.

    1. I've never done an exchange; do you enjoy them?

      I just decided that if I could make this one, I could keep it!

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. That Christmas quilt is amazing!! Nutcrackers are so handsome, but the kids fabric takes it over the top! Enjoy that guy, so many great memories ♥️ You did awesome! In the words of a handsome blue eyed soldier 😉 Wow!😇


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