Hundred Hugs COMPLETE

Our Kindergarten teacher (amazing person) is about to have her second child.

And children need quilts.  And hugs.  Hundred Hugs is just the thing!


I found the backing fabric at a thrift store.  The pattern attracted my attention, then I realized it was baby wale corduroy and nearly passed it up.  I am so glad I didn’t!  It was easy to work with, not too stiff, and gives this winter quilt added warmth.

The quilt will be delivered to its new home soon.

Mina Opal’s Butterfly Quilt COMPLETE

Sometime in the 1930’s, my great grandmother, Mina Opal, started this quilt.  She made 53 butterfly blocks.


Sometime in the 1980’s, my mother, Verna Lee, made the 54th block.


Earlier this year, Mom handed the project to me and said, “You can finish this.”

And I have.


Working on the quilt was an interesting experience.  I felt guided in some way and am convinced this finished product is very close to what my great grandmother had in mind.  Why else would there be 6 straight butterflies and all the rest on an angle?


I am not sure she would have used the three-part sashing.  More likely matching the background fabric or a single slab.  That would be in keeping for the era.  But I couldn’t match the background and I didn’t want to use a slab. It felt clunky somehow.


But, the medallion setting I am sure of.  And the border. Even the scallop binding. (Thanks for this tutorial that pointed me in the right direction: )

It would be very easy for me to point out all the failings in the binding, but it is the best I can do at this time.

And, 80 or 90 years after the first stitches were taken, it IS finished.


Final size is about 91″ x 99″.

MANY THANKS to Tara for her brilliant quilting.  It wouldn’t be the same quilt without her.

Previous posts on the process:


Butterfly Binding

The only sewing work I have done this week is binding…

and I haven’t even started stitching it down yet!

When the quilt is already large and there are scallops, it will take approximately 500 inches of binding.  And it must be attached very slowly.  Hoping to finish that step in the next two days.  Then trimming and blind stitching the back.  It. Will. Be. Worth. It.