Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I was very curious about the blocks in this Sunkissed pattern by Margot Languedoc Designs for the Pattern Basket.  I had never seen this pieced block before, I was so curious I immediately bought the pattern to see how these blocks were pieced.  Then I pieced one.

And once I pieced one, I couldn't stop.

The pattern calls for 10 rows of 6 blocks, I went with 11 rows of 8 blocks.

This is my favorite block, 

one of those happy accidents. 

These blocks are a breeze to piece and go really fast.  They are also very forgiving with no seams to line up or match.

So once I got the center of the quilt finished it was time to add the outer border.  I rarely add a plain outer border to my quilts, sometimes I go with a pieced border but normally I just call it quits when the blocks are pieced.

I picked out my two favorite prints then decided that I liked the bold orange best and chose that for my outer border.

And ended up with this.  Which just did not suit me, and I can't even explain why.  I left it on my design wall overnight, and still didn't like it the next day.

So I trimmed it down and added a plain outer border, to get this, which I do like, a lot.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 202
It finished at 56" x 58"
The fabric is a mix of Desert Bloom and Creekside, both by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda
It has 645 pieces.

I'm not sure what to start next. . . . . .  . . but I'm sure I'll think of something.

Monday, May 8, 2017


I was so excited to get the Gingiber Thicket animal panels,  jelly roll and pattern in one of my Quilter's Candy Box deliveries.  The black and white cookie in the box was pretty exciting too.  I immediately ate the cookie but packed up the Thicket fabric, I thought I would save it for the next baby to come along in my life.  

Well I didn't have to wait long, some very good friends of ours were just blessed with their first grand baby, a boy.  As soon as I knew that the baby was a boy I started sewing.

Adding a touch of color to this line was an idea I saw on social media, and loved.

So I went with a pop of teal.

Not too much, just enough.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 201 - Noah's Quilt
The pattern is by Quilters Candy Box
The fabric is Thicket by Gingerber for Moda
The quilt finished at 44" x 50"
It has 408 pieces

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lifetime Quilt Number 200 - Due South

So once I had the perfect combination and placement of my geese, sewing them together was a breeze.  I sometimes struggle with setting triangles but this pattern has you cut them large then trim the sides to size, thank you Miss Rosie!

The next step is to add the outer border of geese.

This is the print I used to piece my star blocks.  I used the cityscapes for the stars leaving the city name print intact.  I struggled with how to use what I had leftover and finally decided to add the city name print between the center of the quilt and the outer border.

Once it was on I liked it, but I had to think it over for a day or two, probably just because it's different from the pattern.

But now I feel like those geese are heading to interesting and exotic locals, not just up and away.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 200
It finished at 77" x 86"
The fabric is by Cotton + Steel and Rifle Paper Co
The pattern is Due South by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co and is in her latest book, Farmhouse Favorites.
It has approximately 839 pieces.

Here's the pattern pic.

Here's a closeup of my additional border.

I fretted a little over my fabric choice for this quilt, after all it's my 200th finish, something special, plus I've had this pattern on my to-do list for years, and I didn't want to wait all that time to mess up the pattern with a poor fabric selection.   But now that it's done I could not be happier with the overall look.

Did you have a View Master?  Do you even know what a View Master is, lol?  I had one, and the majority of my viewing disks were travel related, I particularly remember a disk about Holland with beautiful colorful pictures of tulips, windmills, ladies in blue dresses with white aprons and white pointy hats, and wooden shoes.  So it was an easy choice to use this view master print for the back of my travel themed Due South.

So I may be the first person to have a finish for the Miss Rosie Year of Thelma Sew Along, but I think there are several more in the works. I'll be sure to share pictures when I get them, and remember, you have all year to finish your entry for the parade.