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…

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.


Current Project

After making enough Climb On practice blocks for a baby quilt, I concluded that I did not want to make a full-size quilt for a young child that way.  Too intricate for the application.  Not that every quilt isn’t important and deserving of my best work, but over 1,000 pieces for a quilt I really hope will be make into a tent, and wrap up a puppy, and be used as a cape…maybe not.DSC01382

So, I am doing this instead.


Larger pieces and larger blocks, but the same mountainous shape.


I should finish the blocks by the end of this week.  Setting blocks and assembly next week.  I have quilting time scheduled for the first week of April.  (Did I just say that?  It is coming so soon!)

I hope they will like it.

Vintage Stars Top

This idea was my first plan for the Shine On quilt, but I decided I wanted different sizes of stars.  Plus, there wasn’t enough of this color combination to make the size quilt I needed for Shine On. This idea was worth completing, though.


It started as a bag of vintage (late 60s?  early 70s?) fabric squares that a friend bought at a yard sale.  They were not well cut and not all the fabric was usable, but there was a cheeriness to them that appealed.


Adding the bright white stars and some solids squares scattered throughout seems to keep the vintage feel and make it modern at the same time.  I like it.


Final size 60″ x 72″.  Started with 4-1/2″ squares and 2-1/2″ stitch-and-trim squares for the points.

Practice Blocks Make A Quilt

My next major quilt is for one of my grandsons (the family building a house) and it is tentatively called Climb On.

I had an idea but wanted to make sure it would really work and not be too tedious.


So I made a block.


Well, that was fun.  What about a few more.


OK–with this many, I may as well keep going.  It WOULD make a cute baby quilt.


And, here I am.

Should finish the top this week and will start working on the real thing soon.