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.

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.

FNSI/National Quilting Day Report

Because life is life, I didn’t get to sew as much as I hoped for either the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) or National Quilting Day.

At first, probably because, again, life is life, I couldn’t even settle in. I cleaned. I sorted. I moved fabric around.

Finally, I decided to choose backs for a few charity baby quilt tops recently finished.

Then I worked for a while on a new baby quilt project, also for charity.

And that was about it.

But, any sewing is better than no sewing, and my room is in better shape.

Hourglass Finish

There were SO MANY precut charm squares in the box. I don’t even remember where some of them came from. Like rabbits they seemed to multiply…

So, I divided.

Into HOURGLASS BLOCKS.

Sort of a soft vintage-y look. Very scrappy, yet coordinated. Mostly. It could cover a twin size bed, or be a cuddle-with-company quilt. Snuggle time!

Finished Top: Crackle Candy

I am calling it Crackle Candy for now.

The top was made from a pile of miscellaneous scraps received in hand-me-down bags over several years. I was certain there was a quilt in there somewhere, but how to efficiently use so many different bits and pieces?

The answer was to incorporate a variety of block styles. There are six in all…can you find them?

HINT: One block only appears one time. I would change that if I did it again.