Scrappy Rescue: Coin Quilt(s)

Once I started working on the jelly roll leftovers, I realized there was enough to make TWO coin style baby quilts, plus some leftover for another idea.

So, I cut all the pieces I could into strips 4-1/2″ wide.

And set the leftovers aside to be cut into 2-1/2″ squares, or sets, where possible. Smaller pieces will be cut into 2″ and 1-1/2″ squares.

Using every bit practical (NOTE: I didn’t say “every bit possible” because I have my limit, and that limit, most of the time, is 1-1/2″. Everyone needs to choose their own limit, and it can change, but having a limit keeps things from getting out of control in a way that has you keeping fabric you will never use.).

Quilty Christmas Present

I was so surprised to open this present at Christmas

While recovering from Covid, I had a lot of reading and resting time. Finished the entire thing.

And learned a lot.

Somehow I thought that most old quilts weren’t very big. False. There are many quilts more than 200 years old that are more than 100-inches square.

Somehow I thought that handquilting in the past was mostly utilitarian. False. Handquilting has been decorative and elaborate in patterns that rival the most adept contemporary longarm designs.

Somehow I thought that old quilts were all handmade. False. They used machines whenever they had them, for quilting as well as piecing.

And the book is just plain beautiful.

Great quilty Christmas. I really enjoyed it and will use it for reference, inspiration and pleasure for years to come.

Covid Journey

Husband really wanted to see some of the grandchildren at Christmas. So, Number One Son, his wife and their two boys came over for a few hours. It was a delightful time.

Two days later, we all developed colds.

Three days after that, Daughter-In-Law let us know she had tested positive for Covid-19.

Ah, we don’t actually have colds.

Tests on the three of us all came back positive.

This was particularly scary because I am in a high-risk category due to lung damage from severe pneumonia 6-1/2 years ago.

But, thanks to good genetics, good luck and God’s blessings we have all come through in good order.

Daughter (at age 20) was expected to be fine, and has been, with very mild symptoms (mostly loss of smell/taste). Husband had mild symptoms (mostly congestion and a head ache). I had slightly less mild symptoms (cough, congestion, loss of smell/taste). BUT, we are all still breathing.

Daughter-in-Law was not so fortunate. She became seriously ill and was hospitalized for a time. She is home now and recovering, but it was not good. She is only 36.

Today (Monday, January 11) I am back at school with my much-missed students. I am moving a little slowly, but so grateful and glad to be here.

I did get a lot of sewing done. Between naps. And, I will have more to share soon.

A Scrappy Boomerang

She sent me a scrap bag generated by two weeks of being a “quilting fool.” In it were some small jelly roll scraps.

I should have taken pictures of the process. I really will do that for one of these scrap adoption projects this year, but I tend to get excited and carried away and then forget to do that.

But let it be said that the scraps became this:

I sent a message to her to show what had happened to her scraps. She immediately suggested I give them back to her to make a matching quilt for the little sister of the larger quilt owner.

I didn’t have a specific purpose in mind for the project. It was just an idea, and I made it to see if it would really work.

SO, it is headed back her way. A scrappy boomerang.

ps–Each scrappy section is 11 jelly roll scraps cut to 2″ wide. The brown sashing started at 1″. The white background at 1-1/2″. It is currently about 23″ square.

Christmas Quilt

Inspired by a pattern called Sweet Dreams from McCall’s Quilting 2001, I started and finished this top in the past two weeks.

A good activity while I should be sleeping, and am not. For some reason I have been waking up about 4am nearly every day. I am not tired, and cannot lay there and feel crazy.

So I have been cutting and sewing. Fun times with the scraps.

It is about 68″ x 72″. Nice size throw.

ps–The pattern isn’t available online that I can find, but you might come across a copy of the magazine. It is the cover pattern. August 2001. Check Amazon and Etsy. I changed the borders.

2020 Quilt Report

2020 was a difficult year in many ways for many people, but in our sewing room, Sparkle Jane and I had a banner year.

We built all sorts of quilts… (not all shown here)

Donation quilts…

Small Quilts…

Random Gift Quilts…

Wedding Quilts…

Sparkle Jane quilts…

By rough estimate, we used about 264 yards of fabric this year. The sad part is by looking at the sewing room, you can’t tell the difference. I don’t even know where it all comes from. We don’t buy much…

Here is the year in list form:

  1. Charleston Pavement (COMPLETE 2/2020)
  2. Baby Mountains (COMPLETE 8/2/2020)
  3. Star Kissed (1-1/4″ top complete, 2-1/2″ COMPLETE 6/2020, 1-1/2″ COMPLETE 6/2020)
  4. Safe Haven
  5. Wedding Quilt (teacher friend) COMPLETE 5/31/2020
  6. Sticks and Bricks (Nicole’s quilt)(COMPLETE 4/2020)
  7. Festival quilt (donation) N/A–Covid Casualty
  8. Solids Quilt–aka Pebbles wedding #4 (Complete 6/29/2020)
  9. Christmas Mini Quilt (Complete 12/28/2020)

And, because more tend to get added…

10. Small Herd #2 (COMPLETE 4/2020)

11. Black and Bright (Complete 7/27/2020)

12. Mystery Quiltalong (Complete 7/18/2020)

13.  Scrappy Trips (Complete 11/21/2020)

14. Blue Bear Tracks (Wedding #5) (Complete 11/20/2020)

15. Dr. Seuss Baby Quilt (Complete 11/9/2020)

16. RWB Adopted Quilt (Complete 11/27/2020)

17. Welcome Home Quilt 1 (Complete 11/26/2020)

18.  Pastel Baby (top finished 12/20/2020)

19.  Mini Pinwheels (Complete 12/26/2020)


MASKS–an unexpected addition

April: 62

May: 111

June: 21

July: 58

August:  86

September: 8

October: 4

November: 12

December: 4

TOTAL: 366


Sparkle Jane…

  1. Campout (COMPLETE 2020)
  2.  Trees (COMPLETE 2020)
  3. String Quilt (COMPLETE 8/1/2020)
  4. Pinpoint Sample Top
  5.  Batik Bali Stars (COMPLETE 12/2020 w/Pillow Set)
  6.  Baby Bee Quilt (COMPLETE 2020)
  7. Marble Town (COMPLETE 12/30/2020)