Thursday, March 4, 2021

Some More Merriment and Merrily

I've been sewing more frequently this year but not with much enthusiasm, but that's OK, I'll get there, and I am finishing some projects which always feels good.

After I pieced my Wooded Whimsy tree quilt I noticed I still had a lot of Merriment and Merrily fabric by Gingiber for Moda, particularly the animal panels.  I couldn't think of another quilt that I wanted for my house using that fabric, and I already pieced 3 quilts for family members from those lines, but I do get requests for quilts for auctions and raffles and the like so I decided that making a donation quilt would be a good use of my time and the fabric.

For the pattern I decided to use Starry Eyed by Angela Mitchell.  It's a free Moda Bakeshop pattern from 2011!

This is my first Starry Eyed quilt using Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.  One of my top 10 favorite Christmas fabric lines of all time. 

I added a few of the small animal panels to Starry Eyed II because they're my favorite aspect of these lines.  That Gingiber really knows how to draw some  endearing winter forest animals. 

So here is Lifetime Quilt Number 296
I've named it Starry Eyed II
The pattern is by Angela Mitchell and available here
It finished at 80" x 80"
The blocks finish at 16"
The pattern called for 5 rows of 4 sixteen inch blocks (20 blocks total), I went 5 x 5 (25 blocks total), because I like square quilts. 
It has approximately 951 pieces. 

Here's Starry Eyed I, Lifetime Quilt Number 78!!!  It's still one of my favorite Christmas quilts and gets used every holiday, an oldie but goodie.  It's hard to believe I've pieced over 200 quilts since piecing this one.  

I used some of the bigger animal panels for the backing of Starry Eyed II, it's ready to be quilted and when someone says "Hey Thelma, do you have a quilt to donate to our cause?", instead of panicking and sewing 20 hours a day for a week and begging a quilter to quilt the top to meet a deadline,  I'll happily say, "why yes I do".  

I am so behind on my blog but am determined to get all my quilt finishes from the last couple of years documented, so be on the lookout for some posts about quilts you may have seen on Instagram but not here.  


  1. Welcome back! I envy those who have managed to accomplish so much over the past year, but I just didn’t feel the desire to do anything by the time I got home from work. Then my room became a dumping ground and needed excavation. I’ve been working on that and have finally started to feel the urge to be creative over the last few weeks. Hopefully I too will be finishing some quilty stuff soon!

    1. For years I had a sewing routine that really kept me on track. My husband has been working from home for a year now and I've still not adjusted to the lack of control over my time and the constant interruptions, cooking and cleaning duties, and general chaos. Soon, I hope to get back to normal soon.

  2. My heart does a little jump every time I see "Cupcakes and Daisies" on my blog post list! Good to see that you're still quilting. I think that not visiting quilt stores and seeing fabric and getting some outside motivation has taken the wind out of alot of our sails?? On top of everything else. At least it has for me! On one hand, I am so happy to be using up stash, but on the other I need some inspiration! Have a fantastic day, Thelma.

    1. Yes, same here, making a lot of quilts from my stash of fabric, then bored with the stash. So I gave myself permission to order fabric online. I'm very pleased with the lot I bought from Laundry Basket Quilts. I bought another set of fat quarters that I'd seen online, not so happy with them, they are darker and muddier in color than I expected. C'est la vie, not a disaster. And my LQS is opening up again next week.

  3. Another beauty, Thelma! You do such exquisite work. Instagram is great for snapshots but I so appreciate a blog post that gives us windows into quilters' thoughts during the creative process.

  4. Always a treat to see your new posts and look forward to them. Love this one and someone is going to be a very happy person! You always come up with such great ideas for your fabric choices and do inspire me ....hope this gets you back into your enthusiasm...."Happy Sewing" Thelma.

  5. Lovely to see a blog post from you now and again. I miss the days when you blogged daily! You will always be my favorite. This is a precious quilt. Carol in Texas


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