Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rainbow Scrap Challenge for March

Well, I'm barely making it under the wire for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of Aqua for the month of March.  I thought there was one more day in the month - you know it's harder to keep track now that we're all staying in place.  All of the days are running together!

This is how my lovely aqua blocks are shaping up:

And this is why I got a little behind in my sewing:

Yardwork!  I haven't been able to go to the gym so decided to do some yardwork for exercise.  I asked the lawn guy to cut the crepe myrtles for me but then to just leave them where they fell and I would cut them up myself for the yard waste collection.  And I did:

Bad timing on my part.  They just suspended yard waste collection in order to concentrate on and keep up with house waste collection.  Bummer.  I'm left with my buckets full and more limbs to trim with no buckets to put them in.  This is the side I haven't finished:

I'll figure something out.  If that's my only problem, then I consider myself blessed!

Friday, February 28, 2020


Today was my day to wrap up a few February items.  I finished the orange blocks for the soscrappy challenge - continuing with my faux log cabin blocks:

Apparently, I forgot how many blocks I had made in green for January and overshot the mark.  I made 8 orange blocks and I only have 6 green ones.  I'll have to go back and make two more greens because that number gives you more design options.  Here they are together:

And I also finished up another Challenge.  A member of the Sunshine On-line Quilt Guild -  a group I'm in - had sent out five 2.5 inch strips to those who accepted the challenge to make blocks out of those strips.  Blocks in any multiple of 3 was acceptable - 3.5 inches, 6.5 inches, 9.5 inches or 12.5 inches.  I don't think I remembered to take a photo of the strips when they were uncut, but they included a yellow, a green, a blue, a red and a print strip.  

These were my blocks:

The finished kids' quilts for charity are going to be so-o-o-o cute!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

One Monthly Goal - Feb

Setting my One Monthly Goal was easy this month.  See the challenge from Elm Street Quilts here.

I have been way behind in making baby quilts for my family members.  My great-niece will be turning two soon and she's been waiting patiently (although she doesn't know it) for this quilt to be hers:

I bought this kit well in advance of her birth and circumstances got in the way.  She has two older cousins and this quilt will be big enough for all of them to sit on it and read Dr Seuss books together.

Definitely will be completed soon and in the mail to this precious baby!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Feb

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for February is ORANGE!

That's not in my top five color favorites, so I thought I'd have trouble finding much in my bindings scrap bin.  Au Contraire!  I found all of these:

I guess I use a bit of orange for bindings!

I'm continuing on with my Faux Log Cabin Blocks and have already cut myself a bunch of orange pieces to make my blocks this month.

Trying to keep on top of my projects/challenges.  We'll see how long that lasts, but right now I'm having fun with colors...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Rainbow Scrap Challenge for January

I decided to make blocks from the Faux Log Cabin pattern for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2020 (see this post).

All was going well with my greens until I spotted myself starting to put together this block (the one at the top is correct - the two strips at the bottom left are goofy):

No, you can’t make some right-handed blocks and some left-handed blocks and expect them to fit into these design choices – lol !!

So a little rip-rip-rippit occurred, but eventually I finished this lovely batch for the Challenge:

Now waiting for February’s oranges to be selected from my scrap bins...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


I am pleased that I have completed my January goal for the Challenge hosted by Elm Street Quilts!  If it hadn’t been for this incentive, I don’t think this quilt would have been finished and off to comfort a child in need.  I mailed a box out today to Quilts BeyondBorders with this quilt and two others in it.  Feels good!

The Goal quilt:

The backing is actually a lovely butter-yellow with polka dots that are similar to those in the mushrooms on the front of the quilt.  Serendipity to find this backing!

These are the other two quilts that went into the box today:

The last one was one I purchased from a store that was selling store samples at a deep discount.  Score!

These might be going to teenagers so they are slightly larger than my usual size.  Hope they like them!


Monday, January 27, 2020


I didn’t mean to start up posting to my blog again and then leave it sitting idle but I got waylaid by a good friend. 

I used to make baby quilts for all of my coworkers for quite a long time.  And, of course, I made baby quilts for members of my own family and a few close friends for their children or grandchildren.  I don’t make quilts for customers and now I don’t make quilts on request.  I much prefer to make charity quilts for children in need.

I was in a brain fog over the holidays and instead of saying no when asked to make a baby quilt, I found myself saying “primary colors or pastels”?  Big mistake.  At least I got to choose the fabric I wanted to work with.    So, this is what I rushed to get done so I could go back to what I had planned on doing this month:

Dr Seuss fabrics are always fun for babies and toddlers.  As is often the case with panels, the fabric tends to be askew and I had to finagle the block size to accommodate and correct the unevenness.  But, all-in-all, I think it turned out to be cute.

Then I got back on my schedule and will probably be able to finish my project for One Monthly Goal.  Will try to post tomorrow!!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Welcome Back to Day Two of 2020

Today is the day that I reveal my two New Year's Resolutions and the two groups I will link up to in order to, hopefully, maintain my good intentions!


I have added the button on the right side of this blog for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge for 2020.  I intend to pick a block pattern and make several blocks a month to have one or two quilts completed this year. 

I always cut my bindings 2.5 inches wide because that size is useful for a lot of patterns.  This is the bin where I toss my extra cutoff bindings:

The January colors for the Challenge are greens – especially bright and cheerful greens.  And these are the greens that I pulled out of my bin this morning:

Haven’t selected which bright ones will go into this month’s blocks yet.  Patience, Grasshoppers!

I am torn between two choices of block patterns for this Challenge.

This first one is called Icy Roads, a block I originally got from Santiam Scrappers BOM for January 2004.  A pattern with the same name is now available on Etsy from Carter Creek Quilts, seller: Cynthia aka Sam.  Don’t know if it is the same person as gave out the BOM but the block sure looks the same.  I have had it on hand to make for a very long time (yep, since 2004).

This one was a free block from Billie Lauder, with graphics & written directions by Mary Ann Beattie, called Faux Log Cabin.  I’ve held on to this pattern for a long time also.  This link will take you to the archived pattern:



My second resolution is to participate in One Monthly Goal for 2020 sponsored by Elm Street Quilts.  

The button to link is on the right side of this blog also.  Since I have a lot of partially completed projects (oh, you do, too?!), I’m looking for the motivation this offers to get some projects completed.  PS  There are P.R.I.Z.E.S.  Just sayin’!

My project for their January link-up is a partially completed kid’s quilt (I think it was made of Disappearing 9-patch blocks, but it’s been awhile since I made it).  It is currently 42 inches square, but I would prefer a larger size and for it to be a rectangle, so it needs top and bottom borders.  Then on to quilting and binding.  Definitely a go for January!

Did you make Resolutions?  I wish us both success in 2020!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

After a lengthy hiatus from this blog, I am back and trying to make up for lost time.  I am quite sure that I will have to retrain myself on how to use Blogger so forgive me if my posts look funny for a short while.

Before the end of 2019, I was able to finish up a few quilts of my own and quilt a few tops for my favorite groups.

These are the quilts that I quilted for Sunshine On-line Quilt Guild:

And these are my own that I was able to finish up and get into the mail.  Some were made using donated blocks:

And this one was purchased at a quilt show.  The print was too darling to pass up!

The above went to a group called Wrap-a-Smile that will send them along with medical personnel going to perform cleft lip/palate surgeries on children in need around the world.
Another box went off to a group called Quilts Beyond Borders - they will distribute them to children in orphanages or in some other need here in the US or around the world.  That box included:

Quilted for Sunshine:

My own and two made with donated pinwheel blocks:

That's it for the recap of 2019.  Tomorrow's post will bring 2020 Resolutions/Goals!

Happy New Year to All !!