Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 4–Chunking It

The layout is complete (but I am not showing the entire thing right now to keep a little bit of a surprise).

When there is a variety of sizes, assembly is not just sewing rows together. Rather, you need to approach it in chunks.

So, that is what I am doing: Sewing blocks into chunks.

It is looking positive so far.

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 3–Layout And Adjustments

At a certain point you just have to go for it. The only way to really find out if it will work is to give it a go.

So, the “design floor” is being pressed into service.

It looks pretty busy, but also balanced, so far. Can you spot your block yet?

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 2–Block Sizing

The wedding quilt for Sparkle Jane and her Husband is starting to take shape. The next step is to determine a layout that will accommodate the multi-size blocks.

I took my inspiration from a quiltalong hosted several years ago by Thought and Found. The blog is no longer active, but the information on the quiltalong can be found HERE.

So, step 2 consists of turning the 10″ blocks into 12″ blocks.

And creating some 12″ blocks out of 4 6″ blocks.

There now, we are starting to get somewhere.

Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 1–What Do We Have Here?

Step One: What do we have here?

With a group project and multi-sized blocks, the first thing that needs to be done is to figure out what we have here–both size and colors. How it is going to balance out?

The good news is that you all did an amazing job. A total of 175 blocks are here and ready to be used.

More 4″ blocks will be needed, so I am going to add a few of those. In some sizes I have an abundance of certain colors and some blocks will be added to the back to make it a two sided quilt. So exciting! SO much love in one quilt.

Step 2 coming soon.

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.