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.

Slow Assembly

While it takes a long time to build the blocks for a quilt made out of 1-1/2″ squares, it also takes a long time to assemble those blocks.

There are 360 blocks. The final layout will finish at 80″ x 72″ and contain 5760 pieces. One. Block. At. A. Time.

360 Of 360: A Covid Year In The Making

March of 2020 I started a mindless leader-ender using 1-1/2″ squares. I wasn’t sure where it was going. No one guessed where we were going.

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, I finished the 360th block. And have declared that that is enough.

It is quite a pile.

This is the last block. Such a place of honor.

And now to sew them together. Bits and pieces…kind of like this past year.

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.

UPDATE: Hearts Desire(d) Wedding Quilt

As of the time of this picture, 39 blocks have been kindly made and contributed to the wedding quilt for Sparkle Jane and her young man. The excitement is building. Thank you to each of you who have shared your love and talents.

https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2021/01/30/hearts-desired-a-wedding-quilt-for-sparkle-jane/I am so touched to see the project come together. You can look HERE for more information.

No, it is not too late to send blocks. I am hoping to have all the blocks together by about April 1, 2021 and then to start on assembly. I will keep you posted as things develop.