It’s a Guy Thing

Sometimes, I think blog hops save my (questionable) sanity and keep me grounded! They’re certainly a great way to push yourself to try something new or take a project off the back burner. Or, in this case, get hustling on a project that “needed doin'”!

I had a slightly different take on this when Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt announced this hop. But life got, well, life-y (I’ll explain a little at the end.)

Now, I’ve been blessed to have some terrific guys in my life and have made some fun guy quilts but the most recent need for a guy quilt for for a little guy! My friends just had a little boy and I had a wonderful fabric that was waiting to carry some special thoughts to a little one. Aren’t these animals adorable? I’m usually pretty anti-fussing cutting because, well, all the wasted fabric but this one had to be done!

I spent a bit of time deciding on a block. After all, I know I’ve shown about 479 sawtooth quilts and you might like a little variation. I still wanted to showcase the print, though, and the two colors of the nursery so I choose an Economy Block. There are lots of free tutorials of this block online. Mine are 8″ finished and I used a variety of cutting methods, my ruler, my accuquilt and my Bonnie Hunter triangle ruler.

However, when I put this together and stepped back I had to laugh….because the secondary pattern creates a star similar to a Sawtooth! I guess I really have a “type” only it’s a block and not a guy!

This still needs a border and I’m thinking of a float in the green and a outer border in the animals….what do you think?

There was another “guy” quilt in my spring. I was gifted a box of fabric and in it was about a 1/2-yard of a Marvel fabric. I knew a soon-to-be graduate who was a BIG Marvel fan….I decided it was Fate with a captial F and got busy.

This one, of course, is a Sawtooth Star and I will tell you that I used up every last scrap of the Marvel fabric.

Here’s a little close up of the fabric….

Everything I used was something I had on hand and then I tossed it on my Grace 21 Pro and looped away! It was well-received and I was glad to see it go to a loving home.

I’m sew grateful to Carol for organizing this (and galvanizing me.) I needed a creative shot in the arm (or kick in the, well, you know…)

Please visit all the bloggers and see what these lovely, creative people have to show. I’m going to post the list here and continue a little after so you can hop away if you don’t want to hang around for the non-quilty update.

Thanks for hopping by!

July 26

 Creatin’ in the Sticks

Storied Quilts

Quilted Delights

Samelia’s Mum

Vroomans Quilts

Karen’s Korner

 July 27

 MooseStashQuilting

Inflorescence

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Websterquilt

Words & Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

July 28

 Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Lianne Makes Stuff

For The Love Of Geese

Domestic Felicity

 July 29

 Scrapdash

That Fabric Feeling

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Schmilt

The Colorful Fabriholic

Songbird Designs

 July 30

 Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Patchouli Moon Studio

Food for Thought

So, if you’re still with me, a little bit about life right now. On the happy side, our youngest turned 22 today! I’m so proud of this kiddo and so is her big sister! I’m so grateful to have these two in my world. I know every mom thinks they are the luckiest but I really am one lucky lady!

The Spring was pretty rough at our house. Our friend Tony who was the “token dad” in the mom’s group became ill and passed away just before Memorial Day. My girls had picked up his nieces’ nickname for him and called him “Auntie Tony” because his experience as a single dad of girls had given him a broader range of topics than a lot of guys his age. He could talk plumbing and prom dresses and was always there to stand in the gap in our neighborhood whether it was talking me through my first sink repair or killing a giant spider for my daughter when we were out of town. He and his wife shared an anniversary date with Phil and I (they had it first) and when I got to know her, I gained a lovely quilting buddy. He was a good man who adored his wife and kids and will be missed by so many of us.

The following day, we said goodbye to our senior boy, Griffie. Griff had turned 18 earlier in the month. He made it clear to us that it was his time and he was ready to say goodbye. He spent his final evening cuddled up with his girl out in the cul de sac where the neighbors sat around the fire pit.

The next day, I took flowers up to Phil’s grave and while I was kneeling down to arrange them, I had the most comforting picture of him in my mind, standing behind me, holding Griffie and smiling.

Less than a week later, another friend received the terrible news of her huband’s sudden death.

Let’s just say that there is a lot of sad to go around. Widowhood is a sucky club that no one wants to join but the price of loving someone for years is one of you will go on ahead and the other will have to go forward. I’m thankful for memories of love and laughter that I carry forward with me. And, of course, all the people who make my life a warmer and less lonely place.

I did get to go camping with my brother, niece and daughter. My nerves where out in full force as it was the first time I’d left home overnight since returning from my mom’s funeral…well, except for having to evacuate from the fires last fall. It was a lovely time of reading, dogs in camp chairs and listening to the river. There is something so soothing about the water going by. Well, maybe not for all of you who have been fighting floods…oh my heart goes out to those people who are losing loved ones and beloved places. But this was just the kind of respite I needed.

And I bet YOU thought those chairs were designed for humans!
The view from my tent….

We didn’t end up staying for the Sisters Quilt Show. It was going to be 100 degrees and we were due to break camp that morning. It turned out, we saw smoke coming up the valley and decided to hop home Friday night. We had all had enough fires in the last year. It wasn’t like we would have gotten a wink of sleep worrying about fire coming down the canyon anyway.

So, that’s what has been going on in my world. There are a few other things but I’ll fill you in next time. Many projects are ahead and I’m excited to share them!

Happy quilting and stay safe.

Beth

Fairy Tales and Fabric

Hello!

I’m sorry to have been MIA for so long. Life has been, well, sorrowful and there is much updating to be done but…not today! Today is about Fairy Tales and the marvelous blog hop put together by the wonderful Joan of Moosestach Quilting!

I have loved fairy tales my whole life. I was raised on a steady diet of Disney, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Anderson’s Fairy Tales. I remember checking a certain fairy tale book out of the library so often that my mom bought me my own copy. How I yearned for a fairy godmother to come and wave a wand over my life. (Who am I kidding, I’d still be up for a good wand-waving figure in a tutu!)

So, I decided to spin you a little quilter’s fairy tale to go with my project….ready?

Once upon a time, in a far away sewing room, a quilter looked at her stash in dismay. “Enough!” she exclaimed and began to pick up this piece and that. At first, the pieces were excited. “It’s our turn,” they thought, eager to begin their journey to Quiltdom. Instead, the quilter looked at them doubtfully. Then she picked up the two pieces of purple dragon and fairy tale fabric and put them in a plastic bag. Then she wrote on the bag.

The dragons, princes and princesses looked at one another in dismay. “I am pretty sure this isn’t how you get to Quiltdom,” one of the princesses said sadly. The rest shook their heads.

After some time in the darkness of a big paper bag, they found themselve dumped in the sunlight onto a fabric covered table. Very quickly, a woman with snow white hair picked them up and traded with some paper money. She smiled at the dragons and tiny royalty. “This would be really cute,” she said, “maybe a baby quilt.” The fabric creatures smiled. Perhaps they were really on their way to Quiltdom!

But time passed and the white-haired woman did nothing with them. She picked them up occasionally then put them back. Then, one day, they heard her talking to the cat. “I have that fairy tale fabric,” she said to the cat.
“It would be perfect for the blog hop.”

The dragons looked at one another hopefully. “Maybe,” sighed one of the princesses to her horse.

Then, it began! There was the snipping of scissors and the whirring of the sewing machine! A warm iron left them all feeling warm and loved and other fabrics began sidling up to them. “Where are you from?” asked a green swirl. “I was in a thrift store.”

“Quilters’ yard sale,” said one of the dragons. White fabric began to encircle them. “I was on sale…big discount!” She bragged. “I heard her call one of her friends and say I was 60% off!”

As the fabrics chattered and cheered, the quilter created simple blocks. “Falling charms,” they heard her murmur. Before long they were all out on the floor and she was moving them this way and that.

Soon they were back under the needle listening the excited hum of the sewing machine. Then they were all together and the white-haired woman was shaking out the new quilt top! “Yes!” sang the dragons and princes and princesses and the horses! “We’re a top!”

The sewing machine sighed….”Not so fast,” she said. “You don’t have borders yet.” When she saw their smiles fade she put on her best smile and said, “Don’t worry. You’ll be keeping someone warm and cozy before too long!” Everyone smiled and cheered. The sewing machine looked at the white-haired quilter. “Not another UFO, you hear me?”

The woman laughed. “Ok,” she said, “I promise to finish it.”

“Like I haven’t heard that before,” said the sewing machine. Together they laughed, looking at the newest in a long line of UFOs. “I plan to finish all of them,” said the quilter. As if that wasn’t the biggest fairy tale of them all!

Be sure to check out the rest of the enchanted bloggers on this hop! And may the fabric fairies grant your every wish!

Monday June 21

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

Becky’s Adventurers in Quilting and Travel

VroomansQuilts

Food for Thought

Tuesday June 22

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilted Delights

Stitchin at Home

Karrins Crazy World

 Quilting & Learning – What a Combo!

Sewing Up My Fabric

Selina Quilts

Wednesday June 23

 Websterquilt

Inflorescence

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Just Because Quilts

Domestic Felicity

Thursday June 24

Scrapdash

That Fabric Feeling

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt

Patchouli Moon Studio

Days Filled With Joy

Goofin’ Off Around the Block

Friday June 25

Quilt Fabrication

My Bumbleberry Life

Songbird Designs

Words & Stitches

Life in the Scrapatch

MooseStashQuilting

And, speaking of enchanting, how’s this adorable picture of the grand-cat?

Happy quilting!

Beth

Born to be Wild (and Pink!)

I love, love, love blog hops! For many reasons, first is the inspiration of seeing what everyone else is making…so fun! Second is the pressure to finish something that I may or may not have tried. Third…well, playing with friends and fabric, of course! I’ve been trying to finish some UFOs along the way and I had one quilt jump to mind when I heard about this hop. And, I appreciate so much all the work that goes into these! Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt is wonderful at pulling all of us together with a great theme!

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for pink and one of my favorite animals is a FLAMINGO! I would love to see these in the wild someday. So far, I’ve seen them in wild animal parks, zoos and, of course, the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. There’s just something so whimsical about them that they always make me smile.

Years ago, I made a little attic windows quilt for a class sample featuring my favorited feathered pink cuties. I was never quite happy with it, though. The wide pink outer border didn’t quite do it for me. It languished on a shelf until I rediscovered it recently. I began fabric auditions and found this one. Hmmm….not quite the same but maybe….

Obviously, the wide pink border had to go. I trimmed it down to a 2 inch border and I carefully cut my strips so that the fabric would all run the right direction and began borders.

Wildlife of another sort provided me with support and supervision.

Such a helpful kitty!

This turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for this little quilt!

Now my little quilt top looks ready for a wild flamingo party! On a side note, we’ve had super nice weather for a few days and today it rained buckets! I was lucky to get this little break to take my photo. The sky was stunning, though.

Please check out all the other bloggers on the hop! I’m off to an early (for me) bed and possibly a bath. Oh, but I have to tell you, last night I crawled into bed after negotiating my way around Milo (the big guy) and barely got into bed when the crew swarmed me! First Griff who wanted me for his personal heating pad, Jack to curl up next to me under the covers and Winnie who wanted to be petted and sleep on my hips. Talk about a cuddle puddle! Gizmo had his spot at the top of the pillow staked out but it was like being at the center of a feeding frenzy!

Seriously, though, Mr. Griff seems to be feeling his age a bit and his arthritis is getting worse so I gave him a bath the other night. To say he was not amused is a bit of an understatement! I did dig out a favorite soft jacket and added it to the other side of the bed on the pillows so he and Gizmo don’t have to fight anymore, though, which seems to have improved his mood.

There are so many great bloggers to visit! I hope we’ll inspire you to go a little wild with a quilt soon!

Happy quilting,

Beth

May 17th

Creatin’ in the Sticks
Vroomans Quilts
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Scrapdash
Kathleen McMusing
Just Sew Quilter
Just Because Quilts

May 18th
MooseStashQuilting
Selina Quilts
For The Love Of Geese
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilt Schmilt
Life in the Scrapatch
Sewing Up My Fabric
May 19th
Ms P Designs USA
Patchouli Moon Studio
Beaquilter
Hill Valley Quilter
Quilted Delights
Stitchin At Home
Sew Many Yarns

May 20th
Samelia’s Mum
Inflorescence
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Words & Stitches
WebsterquiltThat Fabric Feeling
May 21st
Just Let Me Quilt
Days Filled With Joy
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Gail
Lianne Makes Stuff
Quilt Fabrication
Food for Thought

Wild Week Ahead!

ACK – I started this post Sunday night and here it is Wednesday already! Watch this space for my post later tonight but have fun hopping to all the bloggers who are already posted!

(Just pretend it’s Sunday night…I always wanted to time travel…) Tomorrow kicks off the Born to be Wild blog hop from Just Let Me Quilt!  I’m not until Thursday but I’ll be wildly scrambling to finish up on time!

Speaking of wild, how was your weekend? I made progress on the great chair project. We’re now down to bare bones and ready to start rebuilding (after a good vacuuming. )

I also got started with the garden. Talk about weeds gone wild! One small bed and one section of path are planted and I need to find a way to secure the wire for the cucumber to grow on. As usual, I’ve purchased before I was ready to plant and now I’m scrambling!

I did hit a goal this weekend in my Duolingo app….first place in the top league!

I’ve been using Duolingo for over a year now to practice my French. Someday, when the world rights itself again and Covid is a sorrowful memory, I want to see Paris again.

So, here’s the lineup for the week, have fun and I’ll see you Thursday!

May 17th

Creatin’ in the Sticks
Vroomans Quilts
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Scrapdash
Kathleen McMusing
Just Sew Quilter
Just Because Quilts

May 18th
MooseStashQuilting
Selina Quilts
For The Love Of Geese
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilt Schmilt
Life in the Scrapatch
Sewing Up My Fabric
May 19th
Ms P Designs USA
Patchouli Moon Studio
Beaquilter
Hill Valley Quilter
Quilted Delights
Stitchin At Home
Sew Many Yarns

May 20th
Samelia’s Mum
Inflorescence
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Words & Stitches
WebsterquiltThat Fabric Feeling
May 21st
Just Let Me Quilt
Days Filled With Joy
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Gail
Lianne Makes Stuff
Quilt Fabrication
Food for Thought

Night Time Shenanigans and Other News

So I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and can I just tell you that while I love my new little machine, the first night with the cats was ridiculous! Wait, what kind of nighttime shenanigans did you think I meant? LOL

So, first, Gizmo objected to the tube on “his” pillow (which I also use) so he went to the other side of the bed to pout. While he was there, Griffie stole the spot on the pillow. Winnie couldn’t figure who I was in the nose mask and was quite freaked out. When Gizmo was over his pout, he was shocked to find his spot occupied and so the night went. In spite of it all, I woke up feeling like a new woman and I’m thoroughly impressed with my new little sleep machine. Now if I could just figure out why I keep taking it off at night!

On the sewing end of things, I haven’t been doing nearly as much quilting as I would like. I’ve finished a few more scrub caps and I’m adding to my string block count.

I’ve also started on a long-procrastinated project. This old chair was one I reupholstered in a class when I was pregnant 30 years ago. It was my very favorite and we made a lot of good memories in this chair reading stories and watching movies. With my new-found, sleep-fueled energy, I’m tackling this project. The chair, after all, couldn’t look worse than it does now!

Next week we have a blog hop coming up and I’m excited to share a little “wildlife” with you all as part of the “Born to be Wild” blog hop.

In the kitty news, senior cat Griff just turned 18 this past week! May 8th was his 18th birthday and now he’s nagging about being able to vote. I still haven’t convinced him that he can’t sign up for drivers’ ed after turning 16!

Griffie Bear at 18!

Around the place there are blooms and more blooms (and weeds and more weeds) but I had to share this picture of the azaleas that Phil and I planted years ago. They’re my favorite color!

Well, I’m going to have to knock off here because my lunch break is over and I have to get back to it.

I hope you are safe and well and I’ll write more soon!

Happy quilting

Beth

In the Kitchen Stitchin’ Blog Hop

So, I have stitched in almost every room of my house and, at one point, I kept a mini sewing station in my kitchen complete with a featherweight, iron, cutting board and a rotary cutter stashed in the knife drawer! While my work station has migrated back to the sewing room, it was fun to figure what to stitch for my old sewing space.

My goal for my projects this year is to use fabrics I have on hand and have fun playing with some scraps. So when it came to stitching something for my kitchen, I reached for my scrappy binding tub and several yards of white terrycloth. Do you keep your binding leftovers? I keep mine in little rolls in a plastic tub (I haven’t been able to shut the lid for a while which is a sign wouldn’t you say?) It’s not uncommon for me to string a bunch of these gems together to make a scrappy binding. For this hop, though, I had other plans. After extensive research on dish towell sizes (seriously 20″x30″? A dish towel? After I cut one out I opted for 15″x20″. Then, I dug into the binding bin.

Using a post-it to mark my seam guide, I sewed a couple of shorter strips in parallel lines and top-stitched them down.

Then, I bound my towels with more leftover binding strips and, voila! New (and cute and quilterly) kitchen towels!

I put my binding on from the back and finished with a decorative stitch. After all, I’m going to wipe up spilled milk with these so no way am I hand stitching binding!

Just hanging out on the fridge…I left them hanging from the stove handle and they were dirty before I turned around… definitely useable!

These were so fun and easy! If you don’t have terrycloth, remember this would be a great way to upcycle a towel with a frayed edge. What about a cute baby towel? The million dollar question, of course, is, “How many do you have enough binding for?” I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may fall out of favor with “The Stash.”

I’m so excited to be part of this group that Carla over at Creatin’ in the Sticks has put together. You can visit Carla here.

Be sure to hop on over and catch up with the rest of the crew! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my fellow kitchen stitchers!

Monday, April 19th
Just Let Me Quilt

Kathleen McMusing

selina quilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Den syende himmel

SameliasMum

VroomansQuilts

QuiltFabrication

Quiltscapes
Tuesday, April 20th
Life in the Scrapatch

Websterquilt

Ms P Designs

USAStitch and Quilt

Tuesday, April 20th
Life in the ScrapatchWebsterquiltMs P Designs USAStitch and Quilt

The Joyful QuilterInflorescence

Words & Stitches

Scrapdash

My Bumbleberry Life


Wednesday, April 21st
MooseStashQuilting

DayBrook Designs 

Beaquilter

Karrin’s Crazy World

Patchwork Breeze

Kathy Kwilts and More

Stitchin At Home

Songbird Designs

Days Filled With Joy
Thursday, April 22nd
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Quilting Gail

Sew Many Yarns

thatfabricfeeling

Annie’s musings

Quilt Schmilt

Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel 

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Food For Thought

And, of course, a little kitty cuteness…

What do you get when you lay a ribbon board across a tub? Apparently a cat bed!

Happy quilting,

Beth!

Sunday Musing (On Monday)

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I’m going to be very honest, I had a major slowdown in my production after Project Quilting ended. I had a massive allergic reaction back in February which left me not feeling well for some time. However, the lingering effects seem to have worked their way out of my system now! As you can see, there has been a lot of kitty time! Griffie has joined the lineup that sleeps in my room and you can see the feline obstacle course they provide me with at bedtime! Winnie is not rightly pleased with the addition although she tolerates it but squeaks at me more.

I did get some blocks finished. I’ve decided I want a larger string quilt for my bed and so far I have 24 9.5″ blocks done. 76 more and we’ll be good! The string blocks are almost too good at hiding any “surprises” the cats generously leave for me but I love the look of them!

Now that I’m feeling better, I tackled a few things and got to be socially-distanced but social with the quarterly tea group! Caroline made an amazing box-lunch style tea and we exchanged our blue fabrics! Oregon decided it was summer preview week and our temps shot up into the 80’s which led the cats to decide that outdoor adventures were needed. Milo will just go out and hang out but Gizmo is a travelin’ cat and so has to wear his “weesh.” Of course, I decided to bake on the hottest day…silly me! I also finished a scrub cap to donate to the ICU nurses. I have five or six cut out of that fabric.

This weekend, I actually tried my hand at a minor repair…I fixed my first leaky faucet! I was all kinds of proud of that until I turned the hot water back on and realized that I need to fix that side, too! At least now I know how!

And, speaking of sinks, today kicks off the “In the Kitchen” Blog Hop organized by Creatin’ in the Sticks.

You can hop over to https://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/ to get the whole schedule!

I’ll be back tomorrow with my little kitchen craft!

Happy quilting,

Beth

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it and happy spring to those who don’t. We have had a beautiful weekend and fit in a trip to both the Portland Japanese Garden and the Tulip Festival.

Of course, I brought home a pot of tulips. (Mostly red with one stray pink one!) I also have the catalogue so I can order some for fall. It was so good to get outside in the beauty and now I have a head start on the cleaning, too!

I also made bunny pancakes in honor of the day…. they’re not as hard as I thought they’d be and they’re very cute! My ear technique needs work but they were tasty!

I honestly hardly stitched at all this week. I think I was having a case of the doldrums. After quilting all these years, though, I know that it will pass. Tomorrow is Monday so it’s the cleaning lady’s day (the cleaning lady is me) and I think I’ll set aside the rest of the week to sew. Except that I should probably cook, and empty the desk, oh, and pay the bills… all the pesky things that keep us from sewing as much as we’d like!

There are, of course, the demands of being a cat concierge as well….I cater to a select and very demanding clientele!

Speaking of which, it’s time to start the nightly routines and get ready to go back to the work world tomorrow. Now that I only work one job, I’m enchanted with this whole weekend thing. It’s like “buy 5, get two free” but with days!

Happy quilting!

Beth

Salt and Sand (and memories)

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The minute I see that Carol over Just Let Me Quilt is hosting a blog hop, I’m in! I just love this lady and her work is beautiful! And the color combo that’s been lighting me up lately has been blue and sand, like this quilt that was my entry for Project Quilting’s Crazy Quilting.

Do you have any bucket list quilts? You know, those quilts you really want to make some day? I’ve loved Ocean Waves quilts for about ever. I remember in about 1981 finding the pattern in a magazine like Women’s Day. This was back in the days when you had a really pretty quilt picture and the instructions were the angles to draft your own templates in about 3 inches of column in the back. No exactly beginner friendly. This was the first time I realized that I probably should have embraced studying geometry…sigh. After looking at a whole bunch of tutorials and patterns, I realized that I needed to go back to the drawing board. After all these years, I really needed to figure out my own math…darn it! I had some adventures with rulers but I’m on my way (well, one block, some graph paper numbers and a whole lot of excitement.) I’m going for queen size with this one so don’t hold your breath!

The week hasn’t gone exactly to plan. My youngest had some surgery (routine) on Friday and then had a second surgery (not as routine) due to some complications on Saturday. So the many hours of spring break quilting morphed into hours of hanging out watching TV and providing popsicles and moral support. (I wouldn’t trade it for being anywhere else, though. This time with my girls is precious to me although I’d prefer it when everyone feels well.)

I did want to contribute to the hop, though, and so I paper-pieced these tiny boats to make a wall-hanging for my downstairs bathroom which is sea-themed. It will finish a little under 8″x12″ and hang near the sink.

And, speaking of beaches, our trip to Australia in 2019 has been popping up in my memories. I’m so grateful I had that amazing trip with my husband before everything fell apart.

Beach photo on Phillip Island taken by a nice random stranger who pretended to drop my camera…lol!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Salty Crew. They are such a talented group…you don’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks, Carol, for putting all of this together!

Happy Quilting,

Beth

March 22

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Selina Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

Days Filled With Joy

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Karen’s Korner

Homespun Hannah’s

BlogCrafts and Math

March 23

MooseStashQuilting

Life in the Scrapatch

Food for Thought

For The Love Of Geese

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Karrin’s Crazy World

Sew Many Yarns

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

March 24

Ms P Designs

USADayBrook Designs

Vroomans Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Quilt Schmilt

The Darling DogwoodDaughters of Dorinda

Annie’s Musings

March 25

Quiltscapes

Beaquilter

Stitchin At Home

The Joyful Quilter

Scrapdash

Freckled Fox Quiltery

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Words & Stitches

March 26

Just Let Me Quilt

Websterquilt

Quilting Gail

Samelia’s Mum

Quilt Fabrication

Little Penguin Quilts

Just Sew Quilter

Inflorescence

PQ 12.6, Salt & Sand and Energency Medicine

Well, I nearly made it to all six challenges this season. The last challenge was to do a piece that spoke to who we are on the inside. I used this charm pack to revisit a design I tried last year. I wanted to show the spark at the center that we have to be careful to keep despite the darkness that tries to push in.

I decided to quilt it with freehand feather-ish things interspersed with pebbles. So, why didn’t it get finished? Well, on Friday, my youngest had her tonsils removed. Everything went well and she was home early. Later in the day, she began spitting out blood and by the next morning, we were back in the ER and prepping for emergency surgery to get the bleeding stopped. We stayed overnight and I spent some time on Worldwide Quilting Day doing EPP on my Violet Craft Lion. I took the lion to Australia with me and didn’t really have the heart to work on it again. This was my view as I worked in the window seat in the hospital room. We were able to come home again on Sunday and are back in recovery mode. (Needless to say, I’m one grateful and relieved mom.)

I also spotted this adorable quilt in the hallway to the Children’s Hospital Wing. It’s not a great photo but I love the lollipop trees. (Below it is the artist info.)

Meanwhile, in my yard there are signs of spring. The daphne is blooming…possibly the best scent ever…and my crocuses and tulips that I planted under the shepherd’s hook are pushing up and blooming. There’s much weeding to be done but there’s been a lot of rain. So I am content to stay inside and sew.

And what am I sewing? A little something for this hop. And, speaking of hop, I’d better hop to it or I’ll have nothing to show! Hop on over to any one of these quilters for some amazing inspiration!

Happy quilting,

Beth

March 22
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Selina Quilts
That Fabric Feeling
Days Filled With Joy
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Karen’s Korner
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Crafts and Math
 March 23
MooseStashQuilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Food for Thought
For The Love Of Geese
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
 March 24
Ms P Designs USA
DayBrook Designs
Vroomans Quilts
Kathleen McMusing
Quilt Schmilt
The Darling Dogwood
Daughters of Dorinda
Annie’s Musings
 March 25
Quiltscapes
Beaquilter
Stitchin At Home
The Joyful Quilter
Scrapdash
Freckled Fox Quiltery
Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales
Words & Stitches
 March 26
Just Let Me Quilt
Websterquilt
Quilting Gail
Samelia’s Mum
Quilt Fabrication
Little Penguin Quilts
Just Sew Quilter
Inflorescence