Design Wall Monday March 6 2017

A lot of progress made on Rainbow Pinwheels this week. I sashed up all of the blocks, added cornerstones, and added an inner border. It was only measuring 29 inches, a bit small even if I did add another outer border, so I decided to add another border. At first I tried to use more bonus triangles, but there weren’t enough to do a border all the way around. So I decided to make this one scrappy. I still have to make the top and bottom scrappy borders, then I’ll probably add another white border, and finish with that colorful flower print as the final border. Four borders in all.

My scraps bin STILL overfloweth.

I’ve used so many scraps for this project, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at my bin. I have them separated by color inside this bin, it makes it so much easier to find what I need this way. I will probably bind the quilt with that herringbone-ish colorful fabric sitting on top in the bin. I used it to bind Meet in the Middle and I loved how it looked.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Design Wall Monday February 27 2017

I’m late, but better late than never! Butterfly Blossoms is officially off my plate, it’s all quilted and bound, I’ll be posting about that one on Friday. I’m back to working on Rainbow Pinwheels. You can see in the top center, I pieced the block with 1″ sashing. It ended up being too small, so I pieced the first block on the second row with a 1.5″ sashing. That one turned out perfectly, so I’ll go back and fix the first block. Once I add sashing to all the baby pinwheel blocks, I’ll go back and add sashing to the big blocks. I think I’ll add some cornerstones, too. Then I plan on doing at least a couple of borders to finish the top off, but I haven’t decided on the fabrics yet. One border at least will probably be white.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Design Wall Monday Feb 20 2017

Not much new on this front. My design wall hasn’t changed since last time. I spent last week changing my domain name which took longer than expected, but everything is up and running again (for which I’m grateful!) I did finally get Butterfly Blossoms basted and got started on quilting:

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The quilting is not turning out as well as I wanted but I think it will do. I’m using different threads for the top and bottom of the quilt and they’re not really playing nicely together. I’m hoping to get it done this week because my to-do list just got longer:

  1. Finish quilting & bind Butterfly Blossoms.
  2. Finish piecing, then quilt & bind Rainbow Pinwheels.
  3. Begin A Star is Born for baby boy due in July.
  4. Mike’s T-Shirt Quilt.

Yes, I decided on a pattern for the friend of mine that I just found out is expecting. It looks like a simple & quick pattern and perfect for a little boy.

Check out what everyone else is working on this week over at Patchwork Times and Quilting is more fun than housework.

Design Wall Monday February 6 2017

I am working on basting the Butterfly Blossoms quilt too, but here’s what is on my design wall.

I was ready to baste and realized the batting I had was too small, so I decided to get started on an idea I had for my next quilt. Back when I was making the Hungry Little Caterpillar, Leaves and Berries and Sunburst quilts, I was cutting a lot of bonus triangles and on a whim, decided to save them. If you don’t know, bonus triangles are fabric that are left over from trimming blocks. I thought that some day I might be able to make a quilt from them.

So a few days ago I got inspired to play around with them and see what I could make. Immediately I thought that making pinwheels would be a fun way to use these up. Originally I planned on making the pinwheels more scrappy, but it looked a little messy and confused so I decided to make each pinwheel the same fabric, or as close as I could get. The big pinwheels were all made from bonus triangles from the Hungry Caterpillar quilt. The smaller ones are mostly from the Sunburst quilt, but there’s a couple from the Leaves and Berries quilt and I also dug into my scraps stash to cut a few more.

I came up with this design for the top and I think it looks pretty cute. I’m calling it Rainbow Pinwheels. I’m going to make four smaller pinwheels into a block the same size as the bigger pinwheels. I’ll probably add in some sashing and cornerstones as well. I’m also going to add at least one border, maybe two, but I don’t know what those are going to look like yet.

All of the fabric I’ve used so far I’ve counted as “out” for my stash reports, so I won’t be showing a whole lot of movement on my numbers, but that’s OK. I’m happy to put a dent in my overflowing scraps bin.

Along with the cousin that Butterfly Blossoms is for, I have another cousin expecting a baby and then I just got news that a good friend is expecting a baby, so I’ve got to get cranking on these baby quilts! Good thing these go fast. I’m also thankful I have enough of a stash that I probably won’t need to buy any fabric to finish off this quilt, or the next one.

Check out what everyone else is working on this week over at Patchwork Times and Quilting is more fun than housework.

Design Wall Monday Jan 30 2017

Design Wall Monday is here again! It may not look like it, but I got a lot done on the Butterfly Blossoms Quilt this week. Especially considering I usually only have an hour or two a day to work on it after I put Henry to bed for the night.

The center of the top is complete! Although now that I’m seeing this picture, I can see I forgot to trim the tail on one of the sashes, lol. I sewed up all of the blocks, cut the sashing and cornerstones and sewed them on. I love the cornerstones. The example quilt was much more purpley than mine is turning out to be, which I was a little disappointed with, but the cornerstones help bring out more of the purples. Once I add the border I think it will look purple enough to me. The directions I’m following are from a video and it wasn’t too clear how wide the borders should be cut, so once I figure that out I will be able to cut those and finish the quilt top.

The top is supposed to finish 56″x66″, a little bigger than I’d like to quilt on my little machine but I’ll get it done somehow!!

I’m linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times.

Design Wall Monday January 23 2017

Here is my progress on my Butterfly Blossoms quilt. I used two Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Charm packs, and to make my life easier, I bought Bella Solid Charm packs in White rather than cutting out 80 5in squares. All of these pieces are appliqued, which in itself didn’t take too long. But I had to iron two of the edges under before I could applique and that took forever! I have to admit though, it looks much better than raw edge applique (to me, anyway). Next, I need to cut the sashing, cornerstones, border and binding and assemble the quilt top.

I have some quilts in the pipeline that need doing:

  1. Baby girl quilt: I have another cousin due with a baby in May, I’d like to make a quilt for her before baby arrives. I haven’t picked out the pattern yet but I hope to use all fabric from my stash to do it.
  2. Mike’s T-shirt Quilt: I talked about wanting to start this soon back in November. I didn’t receive any of the materials I’ll be needing as Christmas gifts but my birthday is around the corner, so maybe then!

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times this week.

Design Wall Monday Nov 14, 2016

Having more than one project going is very unusual for me, usually I like to completely finish a project before moving on to another one. However, babies were being born so projects I started and meant to finish long ago got put aside…


  1. Meet in the Middle: I started this back before Michael died as an easy project to pick up as I had time. It’s a super simple design but I was able to use a lot of my scraps to make it. I have the top finished and the back pieced. Above is a picture I took while basting it. It’s bigger than I like to quilt on my sewing machine but I’m hoping finish quilting it this week.
  2. Mike’s T-shirt Quilt: Well, I have the shirts picked out and I’ve mocked up a design. Now I just need to decide on the border, binding and backing fabrics. I’m torn between using fabrics that would represent Mike more, or doing neutrals and letting the shirts shine. I’m also hoping to get the fusible web and batting as Christmas gifts.
  3. Butterfly Blossom: Another baby quilt gift. I’ve got all the fabric picked out, except for the binding and backing, but those can wait a bit. This is being made from a tutorial I saw over at MSQC.

And that’s what I’m working on this week. Head over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.

Design Wall Monday

Welcome to my “Design Wall” this week:

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I’m chain piecing the background strips for my Meet in the Middle quilt. I ended up picking the fourth option from this post:

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It’s a really cute print and I have a ton of it, so I’m looking forward to clearing some of it out of my stash. I’m linking up with Judy for Design Wall Monday, check out what others are working on this week.