The Last Thing I Needed

It was the last thing I needed, so, naturally, it was the first thing I did.

Start a new quilt!

I have four that I am actively working on right now. This makes five.


One for each finger on my left hand? One for each working day of the week?

Oh well…the black and white scrap bin was overflowing.

SunBonnet Sue

Years ago I received a lovely piece of stitchery in a scrap bag. It is done on authentic feedsack material. You can see where the stitches were picked out and some printing on the back.

I didn’t know what to do with it.

I shared it on the blog HERE, and a lovely reader created a pattern for those who might be interested.

But the original languished. I set a goal do something with her in 2021. She has probably waited around 80 years for this moment.

The first thing was to wash. Gently. By hand.

That went fairly well. She didn’t fade or run. She had been in a smoking home at some point in the past, and the yellow-brown water than came out was yucky enough I didn’t show that step.

I inquired at a frame shop but wasn’t thrilled with the options they offered. Both very expensive and I wasn’t confident they knew how to handle fragile textile and honor the original maker. I didn’t want it perfect, I wanted to see the work.

So, I took Sue to a thrift store and found a frame that pleased me. Then purchased some black foam board.

I stitched Sue to the foam board from the back using fairly small stitches. Total cost: $7.

The final results are all I hoped for.

Crackle Candy Finished

I call it Crackle Candy, but don’t really know why. Except that it has a sort of ring to it and the quilt is definitely made up of bits and pieces.

It is made from 6″ blocks made in a variety of ways. It seemed to fit the scraps I had, which were a variety of shapes and sizes.

The finish is 54″ square and makes a lovely lap quilt for my neighbor down the road. “My favorite colors!” she said. It is now on the back of her couch and ready for use during uncertain spring weather.

That makes a quilter heart happy.

Star Kissed 2″ Version

It is amazing what a difference scale and setting options can make.

Here is the latest size version of the Star Kissed Quilt: 2″. The top finishes at 75″ square.

Here are all 4 together: 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″.

There are certainly more ways to set and finish them, but hopefully you find these options inspiring.

It is SO much fun to play with tiny squares, and there are SO many ways to use them.