Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Can't believe it's the last day of January, 2018 already!!  I have a couple more finishes for this month. This first one will be given to a veteran.  It's not the official Quilt of Valor, but a similar program and is lap size.

Here's the backing.

I quilted and bound my log cabin table runner.  It measures 15" x 44".

I quilted feathers swirling back and forth across the quilt.

Here's a close up of one corner folded back so you can see some quilting.

I feel pretty good about my Scrap Attack that I reported on in my January 16 post.  I am continuing to sew triangles of men's shirt fabric together and will work on sewing them into quilts.  I didn't finish the quilt yet, but it's being worked on.  Tomorrow I will draw my Scrap Attack project for February.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


My first finish of 2018 is Palmateer Point!  It was quilted in my last post, but now it is bound.

Today I basted two quilts:  a log cabin table runner and a Christmas wall hanging.  I want to get a head start on December.  This wall hanging was purchased at a quilt show a couple years ago.

I have also been working on Barb's block exchange and have the first 22 6" churn dash blocks finished.  I love these blocks!

I have shown these scrappy blocks before  (Charming Squares Quilt from Moda Bake Shop) and decided to put them up on the design wall so I could see if I have enough.  I decided I need to make one more row of 4 blocks so it will be big enough for a twin size bed.  I will add 2" white sashing and that will make it 88" x 56" without the border.  The blocks use 5" charm squares, which I had an abundance of random ones left over from other projects, and they are fun to make.

I am feeling much better than I was in my last post and think I'm over the "creeping crud."  How is your January going?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Last week I drew the January scrap challenge paper out of the jar and got "Do something with men's shirts bin."  That was not the one I wanted for January, but being the obedient follower that I am, I dug into the bin of men's shirts.  And, first I tried to come up with an easy way to use them.  I decided to cut 6 1/2" squares because that is how wide my ruler is.  Then I cut them on the diagonal so I could make HSTs.

Here is what I have left after I put together a quilt top measuring 44" x 55".  I will probably border it with larger 6 1/2" by whatever blocks to make a lap quilt or maybe a picnic quilt or I could use them as a backing for another quilt.  At least I have something going with the shirt fabric.  I will probably keep some of the triangles handy to stitch together between other projects and maybe I can use them all up.  I will NOT be getting any more shirts!!

I also quilted my Palmateer Point quilt with Baptist fans.

I've been sick with a cold/sinus infection since Friday and am going stir crazy.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


 I admit that I have a scrap problem.  As you can see, I have joined the "SCRAP ATTACK" group started by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Since I had already decided that I needed to use up a lot of scraps this year, I decided to join.  I had to put 12 goals on individual pieces of paper, one for each month, and then draw one each month.  I just drew the one for January and its - "Use men's shirt scraps and plaids to make a donation quilt.  Uh Oh!  That's not the one I wanted to work on this month.  But I could at least come up with an idea and start it.

12 goals for using scraps

Here are some photos of my "problems."  This is embarrassing!

Bag of triangle scraps

3 drawers full of strips

3 more drawers full of strips

A bin with 1" and 1 1/2" reproduction scraps

box of selvedges

3 more drawers full of scraps

4-patch scraps to make into a donation quilt

5" squares that I bought (!) for $1.00
I didn't even take a picture of the large bin full of men's shirts and I'm sure there are others as well.

I also have a list of UFO GOALS:

1.  Abby's Bodacious Quilt - I want to get this finished for Christmas 2018.  I have about 10 blocks done.

2.  American Cross Roads (blocks are done).
3.  Merry Trails Wall Hanging (Quilt Mania).
4.  Moda Block Heads - finish and put together.
5.  Pineapple 9-Patch
6.  Blocks my Grandma made in the 40's - put together, quilt and bind.
7.  Cat quilt - pieces are cut.
8.  Verandah Views, which was a block of the month from Willowberry Designs, 2009.  All the embroidery blocks are done and need to be put together into a quilt.
9.  Grandma's Flower Garden that I started at least 10 years ago.  After making several blocks, I decided to turn it into a lap quilt.  It wasn't working out very well, so I stopped working on it.  I want to get it finished one way or another.

10.  Another block of the month, which I can't find, was basket blocks for each month.  It's really cute and I finished about 8 or 9 of them.  I would like to get the rest finished.

Do you think that is enough?  If not, I may be able to come up with a few more.  Ugh!!

My design wall has some log cabin blocks on it that I want to make into a table runner.  The blocks measure 5 1/4" unfinished.  They aren't sewn together yet.

Well, please wish me luck with these projects.  I plan to use scraps in my UFO projects, so I might reduce my stash some if I only purchase fabric that is absolutely necessary to finish a project.

Have you made any goals or joined any group for 2018?  Let's all work together to use up scraps and stash!!