Halfway To The Fair

I am entering the Halfway quilt in the local fair this year.


There are usually between 75 and 100 total quilts at our local county fair.  Yep, that is a lot, but quilting is big around here.


I will be there this weekend and will share pictures and results as they are available.  I don’t expect a big prize, but maybe a ribbon…


We’ll see.  I don’t enter to win, but to support a local event.  And it is nice to get feedback on my work.  It helps me to improve.

Small Someday #2: FINISHED

I got it quilted.IMG_3496

And bound.IMG_3498.JPG

There were some problems with the piecing of some of the flying geese (I suspect the stitch-trim-flip style) that put some puckers in the top, but I think they will mostly wash out.  At least I hope so. IMG_3497

And I still love the back.IMG_3495

No tutorial, but small squares are cut at 2-1/2″ and the flying geese are 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.  Finished size 36-1/2″x36-1/2″.

Small Someday #5: Baby Dress

No baby, not even a grandbaby, but the scraps were begging to be something for a baby.IMG_3487

So, I “had” to make a baby dress.  It has been a long time since I sewed this small, but I really enjoyed it.  IMG_3490

For now it will hang in my sewing room until the right baby comes along.  IMG_3493It is about 12m-18m size.  Any suggestions?

Small Someday #3: College Gear

I had these batik scraps.  And, they “happened” (If you believe in such things) to be for the college Sparkle Jane is attending this fall.

Time to make something.

In this case, two somethings.

Just a tissue holder (tutorial HERE) and a little clutch purse (tutorial HERE).

Neither of them was difficult, and the tissue holder took just a few minutes.  I think they would make cute gifts for any friend, but especially for quilting friends.


Small Someday #2: Decisions and Assembly

The pieced columns were assembled fairly quickly and the next decision was the vertical sashing between–what color to choose?  Brown?  Purple (unlikely but interesting)? Green?  DSC01161

Green won!DSC01163

It didn’t take long to turn all those columns into a quilt top.  DSC01180I like the few fussy cut pieces and feel that most of the “added” fabric works.DSC01182

Next steps are to create the backing (must use those last few scraps) and choose a binding.DSC01181

The top is based on 2-1/2″ squares with the light sashing at 1″ FINISHED and the green at 2″ finished.  It is 36″ x 36″ in all.

Blocks Complete

All the blocks on Heritage Stars are done!


Yes, you are looking at my “design bed.”  But, there has to be a safe place for quilts to rest while they are works in progress.  It seems appropriate to give them a taste of their future lives.

Creating it left a number of “waste triangles” that I am making plans for–maybe a couple of pillows to match?DSC01149

Anyway, assembly and three borders next.