Seeing Triple

Miriam sent along this picture of her THREE Fading Charms quilts.  Aren’t they terrific?!

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She said:

I started out making the large size of your Fading Charms pattern with the 2 1/2″ squares. I am a scrap quilter and had the squares already cut. While reading and rereading the directions I kept seeing the directions for the 2″ squares. I had that size squares already cut and ready to go so I made the middle size quilt with the 2″ squares. Of course I couldn’t leave out the small 1 1/2″ squares so that size was also made. Thought you might enjoy seeing all three sizes side by side (with the help of a few friends).

When Husband saw the picture he said that it looked like a meeting of QA (Quilters Anonymous) where someone fell off the wagon.  I thought that was funny, but it was even funnier when Miriam wrote back and said the pictures were taken at her Gammill Longarm Group.

Husband was pretty close on his guess.

Block On

In the background I have been blocking, or, rather, spooling.


There are now 25 little spool blocks and I think I am done for now. They will make a wall hanging or table topper or baby quilt or something along those lines. Hopefully some time this week.

There will be a tutorial for both…coming soon!


I may be the last person in America without a Facebook account. There are many reasons for that, but, mostly, it involves time. As much as I like keeping up with all of you, the blog is enough for me. I would rather sew than social network. *guilty secret*

That said, I do love that some of you share your WeddingDressBlue creations with YOUR Facebook friends. And, today someone must have made a notable share. Would someone let me know who to thank for sending about 800 of you visiting my way? Thanks!

Productive Week

The doctor promised me the day would come when the pneumonia would be a thing of the past and I would be myself again.  And this week was the week.  I told someone a while ago that I was aware that I could be an incredibly annoying collection of character defects, but I still missed myself.  Well, here I am! And it feels good.

Just in time for Young Son to have knee surgery on Wednesday.


And for canning season to swing in the direction of peaches for the weekend.


Never a dull moment around here!

ps–Young Son is doing very well.  It will be a slow recovery, but the long-term prognosis is excellent.  We’ll take that and be grateful for all our blessings.

Show and Tell Time

It has been too long since I shared some of the projects readers have been sharing with me.

Take a look and be inspired.

Here is a Film at Five from Jane. The photo was taken
on the beach at Lake Pend, Oreille, Idaho during her camping
trip where she finished stitching down the binding. This was a
wedding gift. Lucky couple!


Judy made a Film at Five, too.  This one with a light grey background and meander quilting.


Another Film at Five, this time from Sandra in Switzerland.  Very scrappy-happy!

Scrappy Film Quilt

Nora built a cheerful Twinkle Baby quilt.

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Cathy made a Fading Charms quilt.  She had the scraps (don’t we all) and said this was the perfect project to use up a bunch of them. I love her crosshatch quilting.


For Julie it was all about babies and all about pink.  She made a pair of quilts–one Starring Baby and one Twinkle Baby.  So sweet!  She said the tutorials were ” quick and easy to follow and went together like a dream.”  I am always glad to hear that!


 Kathy in Maine made an all-from-scraps Super Stars quilt.  I like the colored sashing she choose.


Wow! You have all been busy.  It inspires me to get back in the sewing room and get serious!  Thank you for sharing.

Tutorials for all of these quilts and more are found in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of this page.  Enjoy!  and keep those pictures coming.

Have You Heard?

Jacquelynne Stevens of the Art of Home has created a new FREE block of the month you will definitely want to build:  Sew Sweet Simplicity.


It is a real beauty and will be shown with many options and color ways thanks to the great talent of the designer and support from a few monthly blog-hop helpers, like yours truly.  I was so flattered to be chosen as a cast member in this exciting production.

So, now that you have heard, go visit the Art of Home, look around, sign up and wait with great anticipation for the end of October when all the fun will start.

Well, That Didn’t Work

I gave myself a sewing marathon Friday night (the first time I have felt like it in a long time) and enjoyed myself.  Along the way I decided to get out my small strings box and try an idea that had been floating around for a while now.

Somehow, the measurements were off and I ended up with…this…poor…thing.  Very oddly proportioned.


Drat!  That didn’t work.

Not to be daunted, I tried again and produced something much more attractive.  Three of them in fact.


Spool blocks!  I have wanted to make some for ages.

They are small (finish to 4″ x 5″) but surely they will be good for something. In the meantime, I am playing with fabric and waiting to see what happens next.