Block 74 – Button Basket

I’ll have to make this quick.  It’s fabulous weather in our corner of the world today and we are headed out the door in a minute.  I actually finished this one up last night.  I had some rick rack so I thought I would use that for the basket handle instead of attempting another curve. …

Block 72 – Full Circle Star

So….those points are all exactly the same size.  What you can’t see in this photo is how many times I pulled out stitches and sewed it again.  And again.  And again.  Folks, this is the best I had on this one! The original pattern called for small circles appliqued on there, but what can I…

144 blocks done

I started singing “99 bottles of beer on the wall” as I was wrapping this one up while I counted down the last 4, then 3, then 2, and finally 1 block to sew.  I’m going to wait a couple of weeks or so before quilting it but I’m happy that the quilt top is…

Block 73 – + Love

I’ve been showing symptoms of an illness; I kept putting it off to do anything about it but the reality is I had to admit to myself on Friday that I couldn’t ignore it any longer.  I’m in good health overall but there were clear signs that the diagnosis would be TSSF. I’ve finished 72…

Block 71 – First Stitch

If I can’t confess this on my own blog, then where can I safely write about how this block came about? I used probably the most scientific way possible to pick fabrics for this block.  I…used the scraps I found…on the floor!  Please, someone – anyone! – tell me your sewing area is a disaster…

Block 69 – Full Circle

I think the comment on the last post – you win some and you lose some – applies to this block.  I’ve sewn a few circles in my life.  They’re not the easiest thing, although that paper pieced dress still wins first place for the hardest block to make.  Sewing in a circle on a…

Block 68 – Wild Roses

I have some good news, and I have some bad news.  The good news is this block.  I am enjoying the appliqued blocks more and more as I go along, and Pat as usual has done a great job creating a unique block that is probably going to look good whether you’ve been sewing a…

Block 70 – Bows

The pattern for this block calls for 17 pieces for each quadrant.  Or rather, 68 pieces for the entire 6″ block.  Some of the pieces in here are 1/2 of 1 square inch!  I combined the center block with 2 of the triangles so I did cut out a few of the tiny ones.  Unfortunately,…

64

I made the pattern following the original 64 blocks but I used 6″ blocks instead of 8″ with the idea that I will improvise the rest.  I actually haven’t decided what the final size will be but I think I bought enough to make it around 90-95″ square. I thought it might be a good…

mental health day

I don’t know what other companies call it, but sometimes if I’ve had “one of those weeks”, I’ll take Friday off as a spontaneous vacation day just to clear my head.  Today was a bank holiday in the U.S. – Columbus day – and the school was out so I took the day off to…

mattress vs drop size

Oops.  That’s all I have.  Just “oops”.  I’m making 2 quilts for the boys based on a double bed.  One boy has a twin but I wanted them to be the same size so I’m making them both for the double bed.  I went to QuiltMaker’s site for suggested sizes and failed to notice –…

why I love Accuquilt

We’re in the last 3 months of the year and that means any quilts I might make for Christmas presents needs to be started.  I can work under a tight deadline, but I prefer not to. I had a request to make one of my nephews a quilt but what my family didn’t know was…