Throwback Sewing

There is sewing happening.  And it is all throwback sewing…taking the time to revisit and enjoy tutorials I developed years ago.


These are the hundred patch centers of a Hundred Patch quilt.  All the patches are done and the pieced sashing, too.  Just need to cut the background sashing and stitch it all together.  This quilt is planned as a gift for a colleague at school.


This is the beginning of a Hundred Hugs quilt just because I found cute backing fabric and babies seem to come along regularly.  That is a good enough reason.

While I do have ideas for some new designs, I have enjoyed revisiting old favorites.  Nice to return to my roots.

Irish Stars Top Complete

On Wednesday…

I did not work in the garden.

I did not vacuum.

I did not do the dishes.

I did not do laundry.

I did not read a book.

I did none of these things.


What I DID do was assemble the Irish Stars Quilt top.


When there are 323 blocks constructed primarily of 1-1/2″ squares, it is slow going.


Seemingly tiny mistakes matter, and have to be picked out and done again.


But, in the end, it is worth it!

Three Wishes Finished

This quilt somehow seems like it should be bigger than it is.


But, it isn’t–just 40″ x 48″.


Another freemotion quilting experiment.  For those of you who are good at this, don’t smile too hard at my first attempt at pebbling.  I call them “fruity pebbles” and pretend that is what I meant to do.


The back again gives clues to the front.


I’m really not sure what to do with it.  I just liked the colors and THE PATTERN.  Some things just exist for themselves. And that is OK.

Donation Quilt Finished

My annual Children’s Hospital donation quilt is complete.


THIS TUTORIAL was a good starting point.  I added more to make it a nice throw size.












This was, I think, my third attempt at freemotion quilting.  Some parts of it are better than others, but one must start somewhere.


The front and the back go together well and the back gave inspiration for the quilting motifs.


It will be part of the Festival of Trees fundraiser during the holidays.

Teacup Pincushion

Recently, I was gifted a tiny plant in a cup.  Alas, the plant did not survive very long, which is unusual around here.  I am pretty good at keeping plants alive. But, the cup remained.

It was decorative and not really intended for drinking.

But I thought it might make a cute (and functional) pincushion.

This TUTORIAL gave me a good starting point.


And before I knew it, I had a new super cute (and functional) pincushion.

It was so much fun, I made a second one, which I will share with you tomorrow.

Do you have a little pot laying around?  Consider a pincushion.

String Pieced Potholders

While it is fun to develop new designs, sometimes it is fun to revisit old favorites, too.


This week it was String Pieced Potholders.

They are simple and satisfying to create.


If you need a quick gift for someone special (this can include YOU) they will brighten the day and bring a smile, too.


And use scraps.  It’s a good thing.