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Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out.


After a week of deliberation, and quite a few pattern purchases, I thought I had settled on a pattern.  I bought some extra fabrics and got to it.  After a few test blocks, I thought I was ready.  I started to make strip sets–cutting into some very precious fabrics and sewing up a storm.

Strip sets for days

And then I cut into them to make the blocks.

Quilty Things

And all was well.  But, on block number 6 of …lots, I started to think that I didn’t like it.  So I panicked, looked for new patterns, and eventually resigned myself to the idea that I may have no idea what I’m doing.

But now, I have found a new pattern.  I’m going to give the disappearing four patch a try.  Let’s hope it treats me better.


Taking the Plunge… Q1 FAL List


I’m gonna do it.  I’m gonna join the 2014 Finish-Along.  Firstly, I must make a disclaimer.  My finishes this quarter and this year always fall lower on the list than my job and grad school. Also, I am pretty fickle, so I’m just gonna post all the things that are in my head right now as well as WIP’s and UFO’s.  It’ll give me a better chance at actually accomplish something.  Without further ado, here is my list:

  1. A blue quilt for my niece.  Probably HST’s sewn together to make small and large squares.  Gotta finish it by her wedding in June!!!!
  2. The “Welcome Back, Kevin” quilt.
  3. Quilt my rainbow bricks quilt.  It has been languishing on the shelf for a year!!!!  The only decision left to make is black vs. invisible thread.
  4. Quilt the starshine quilt.  It’s mine.  I deserve a damned quilt.
  5. My parent’s crosshatch quilt.  Only 30 partial seam blocks to go!
  6. The Christmas echo star quilt.  Okay, so this one probably won’t be done anytime soon.
  7. Andy’s fingerless gloves. Attach the finger flaps, then knit and attach the thumb flaps.  If I don’t hurry up, it’s going to take me another winter.
  8. My mother’s blueberry pillow (or possibly throw-sized quilt, but probably pillow).  This should probably get finished before her birthday in March.
  9. My jeweltones scrappy quilt.
  10. The Vintage Quilt Revival sampler in solids!!!!!
  11. Possibly even a Retro Rubies tablerunner.

Well, that’s a long and entirely unmanageable list.  Can’t wait to get started on it this weekend!!!


A New Project


Sometimes– okay, most times– I buy fabric without a specific goal in mind.  Such was the case on Black Friday.  I go out because JoAnn’s is having a sale and I can get some stuff that I need.  I get there and there are some cute Christmas prints.  This is clearly a sign from the heavens as I do not often like themes or prints.  I buy them.  I bring them home.  I’m browsing the interwebs in an attempt to get some inspiration when it strikes!  I’m going to make a giant eight-pointed star out of half-square triangles.  I’m going to echo it twice.  After some sketching and some math I come up with this:Image

I’ve since been working on this thing through all of the craziness of life.  And here is the progress:ImageImage

I’ve pieced a bit more.  And I am superduperflipping excited.


Fabrics: Assorted “Holiday Inspirations” from Jo-Ann Fabrics, Kona White
Piecing Thread: Coats and Clark, 30 wt, 100% Mercerized Cotton, White #1
Finished Size: Who knows?!?!

Star Light, Star Bright…


Last year, my sisters and I went to Keepsake Quilting‘s tent sale.  It was my first foray into the quilting world.  There were women going through boxes upon boxes of scraps, a tent full of patterns, kits, and fabric by the yard (a very generous yard at that).  I picked up a quilt kit and two patterns.

That kit turned out to be the Starshine Quilt by Creative Sewlutions.  The kit was full of blue batiks– featuring light blue stars, a beige lattice, and wonderful navy background fabrics.Image

I started piecing it over the summer.  Image

There were lots of half-square triangles to deal with, and I did not have a 1/4″ foot at the time, so, alas, my corners do not all match.ImageImage

But they came out pretty okay.  Today I finished up the other squares and started piecing the stars!


Just look at those swirling stars!  I love it!  Such a great way to take my mind  off things before school starts up again on Monday.   I do love a good distraction– especially when it’s a productive one!

A New Hobby


Since the new year I have started quilting.  I started out by  cutting and piecing the bricks for a full sized quilt based on this one.  It will be full of some wonderfully bright batiks I picked up from Keepsake Quilting with my sisters.  I decided not to assemble the top, however, because I was afraid it would be far too unwieldy to quilt on my own.  I have since finished a mini-quilt based on this tutorial where I got in some practice with straight-line quilting.  I quilted and bound the whole thing during Winter Storm Nemo after school was cancelled for the day.

I’ve got the bug now, though.  I decided to pull out my bricks last night and lay out the design.  Now I’m piecing the bricks into blocks of four bricks which I will connect up after.  Unfortunately, part of the reason I stopped the piecing before was that I did not have a 1/4 inch foot, so I eyeballed the piecing of the bricks (which I’m not sure were cut all that well to begin with).  A lot of them are off by up to 1/8 inch.  I’m hoping that constructing the blocks in this way, unlike the tutorial where they are assembled in strips will help me to get a more even quilt.  The batiks are hiding the abnormalities a bit, but I would like to have the corners as tight as possible.


I’ll post pictures later.  Unfortunately, I left my camera at my parents’ house over Christmas and will not be able to get it back until the weekend.