feathered heart

I’m nearly finished cutting squares out of shirts and am starting to make the first practice block so I can get an idea of how it’s going to look.  There are 2 alternating blocks for a triple Irish quilt (or any Irish quilt for that matter).  Separately, they don’t look like much but the magic…

Write the Formula

I feel like I’m constantly saying things to our son like “show your work” for math class.  They recently were working on figuring out the volume of spheres, cubes, pyramids, etc. which involves knowing a lot of different formulas.  As a result, the teacher was telling them at school what I’ve been saying at home…

Spring pillow for spring

I love these pillows because they’re such a quick finish.  Yesterday I ironed all the pieces into place and stitched around them.  That’s actually the part that takes the longest.  I think I’ve officially decided a straight, short stitch about 1/16″ from the edge is the way to go on these.  With some really tiny…

The Splendid Sampler – complete!

Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again.  I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long.  That hurt.  It still hurts.  Anything that involves using…

Block 100 – Centered

I did it!  100 blocks!  And this one wasn’t as easy as it looks, thanks to 3/4″ squares in the light blue corners.  I thought for some reason that Pat had the last block so I figured it would be applique but this one is actually by Kate Spain. I wonder how many dies I…

Block 98 – Fleur de Lei

Today’s blog post is a mashup of several projects – just individual blocks here and there.  I bought a Quilter’s Planner at the end of the year to help me keep track of my quilting projects.  Overall it’s worked well – I have probably used it more to track what  I did each day after…

February bench pillow

I had someone skim my debit card at Christmas time so I had to order a new one and forgot it was attached to my account at Shabby Fabrics for their pillow of the month kit club.  It was almost the end of the month before I remembered, then I was out of town and…

Block 97 – First Purse

This block may not look like much at first glance.  That’s because it’s missing the final ingredient.  This is a purse – a small hand purse that has a small clasp at the top which is made out of 2 buttons.  Looking back, it probably wasn’t too bright to sew the buttons on the other…

Block 96 – In the Sunshine

Oops; I just realized I didn’t take a photo of the actual finished block.  I was pretty close at this point – I was just about to stitch around the edges of it. As we finish up the last few blocks, I’ve been working to make sure the outer portions of each block line up…

Block 94 – Skyscrapers

I learned my lesson from the other day – I’m getting ready to hand sew around the edges of this one.  This was a really quick block which worked out well since that left me plenty of time to work on several things today. I used a pale blue fabric for the background.  Every time…

Block 92 – Double Bees

I finally finished block 92 yesterday. I tried something new … it didn’t work but at least I know it for the next time.  I tried a tiny blanket stitch since the pieces on this are so small. It ended up looking like a messed up satin stitch which wasn’t at all the look I…

Block 90 – Juggling

This block started off so well.  I cut a 7″ square block in the neutral (fabric was a Christmas present!) and then ironed some Heat ‘N Bond to the back of 3 pieces of fabric.  I used my circle dies to cut 3 perfectly perfect circles in 3 different sizes. Then I used that Clover…