Shine On Finished

Do you ever notice that, in some ways, the maker of a quilt knows very little about what is REALLY looks like?  We are always close to it and see it in small pieces…

Anyway, maybe this doesn’t happen to you, but it does to me all the time.

When a quilt is complete and I step back and REALLY look for the first time, it is…well…hard to describe.


But, I really like this quilt.

Bold and bright and scrappy, but somehow simple and graphic. (See the feet of my quilt assistants in the corner…they were looking, too.)


Probably over-thinking it.  Its real job is not to please (or not please) me, but to keep a little boy warm and happy.


So, Shine On is finished.  I know I said there would be a tutorial, and there will be.  But possibly not for another month or so.  School is consuming…

I Never Would Have Believed It

In June of 2017, I started my own Irish Stars Quilt.  The goal was to make a queen size quilt using 1-1/2″ squares.  The bucket of 1-1/2″ squares was positively overflowing and I knew I would cut as I went along. (It would involve a total of 9749 pieces, if I calculated correctly.)


But, this week I realized that the bucket…was nearly EMPTY.


Obviously, I have done some cutting as I go along, but still, the stock has fallen short. And I still have a long ways to go.

Unless I change plans.

The true queen would have been 95″ square and contain 365 blocks (19×19 layout of 5″ squares).


Right now I have 133 star blocks and 141 chain blocks.  IF I change plans and go for an 85″ square quilt it will be only 289 blocks.  I would be REALLY close.


So…what do I do?  Change plans?  Be happy?   Press on?

Three Projects Pulled

During my break I have been tidying up the sewing space.  As I reviewed and sorted, three projects threw themselves in front of me and practically begged to be quilts.


Who am I to refuse?


So, I have three piles of mostly pre-cut scraps that are going to be quilts.  I even have backs for two of them already chosen:  One Hundred Hugs baby quilt, and two from a new pattern I was fortunate to win from Prairie Moon Quilts called Charleston Pavement.  Take a look!  Hundred Hugs is in the TUTORIALS tab above, and you can get your own Charleston Pavement HERE as PRINT or PDF.

So many ideas, so little time!


Rock On Assembled

It is a finished flimsy!  YAY!


And, because it is spring(ish), I was able to take pictures outside on our greening grass.


No pattern or tutorial.  I just used random sized squares and strips to make 8″ blocks, then added a 1″ strip of white to the two outsides.  There are 85 blocks and the top is about 80″ square.

Quilting tomorrow and binding Saturday and Sunday.  Racing towards a finish.

Spring (Break) Has Sprung

This week is Spring Break for me from school.  While there are many things–house, yard, garden, errands, etc.–on the to-do list, quilting has a place, too.

I am scheduled for quilting time on Thursday, which means I must finish assembly of this quilt before then.


And quilting on Friday, too, maybe.  We’ll see if that happens.

And then a flurry of binding over the weekend as I enjoy General Conference and a lot of TV time.  It keeps me focused and awake.


Messing Around With Scraps

A bag of pieces-parts came from somewhere.  (I am embarrassed to say that I can’t remember.)  They have been sitting around for way too long.


So I dumped them out and started to sort.

Hmm…what can I do with these?

Still not sure what I am doing, but something is happening…better than having them stuffed in that sack.