UFO Challenge


I knew I wouldn’t get much done this week.  August is always the busiest month for me and this one is no different.

In the UFO department….I think I might as well add two more to the list.  I started Spider Web string quilt at retreat.  I got a few blocks made but that’s it.  Then I cut out part of Moth in the Window but didn’t even sew a stitch in it.  I’m sure I won’t get to it any time soon so…add two to the list of UFO’s.  I am leaving these down stairs.  One day I’m hoping to get a little free time during nap time to trim them down.  Then I’ll let the kids help de-paper them if they want.



That’s okay though.  I can’t make the quilts if they aren’t started right?

Even thought it’s not much, I’m wonderfully happy with any progress and I did have a little see? [Read more...]

What I’m Working On….


I told you all once the retreat was over that I would be setting everything aside in an effort to get some baby quilts done….Well I did exactly that.  I found this book (which I reviewed on Friday.  Find the post here)  It is A Piece of Cake: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares by Peta Peace.

In the book was this quilt….

Martingale - A Piece of Cake (Print version + eBook bundle)

Well Wednesday over nap I got the squares cut out.  That evening I cut the white part out and got the top the sewn together.

Then Thursday morning I started on the quilting.  I was in a hurry but hoped I could squeeze in time to the machine quilting.


I am not happy with my machine quilting in general.  I do okay but I always wish it was better.  I decided to try to do the quilting a little more like the picture.  I knew I could never do that…and knew my niece who is getting the quilt for their baby would love it no matter how good my work was so I challenged myself to give it a try.


I have learned I am horrible with rulers.  I can almost free hand it better.


Besides working on this quilt, nothing else got done in the sewing department.   Oh…wait it did.  I actually cut out two more sets of squares to make two more of these quilts.


I cut the quilt pieces from fat quarters.  Once I cut a 5″ strip off I could cut 3 five inch squares from the strips so that’s what I did.  Now if a baby comes along, I can grab and sew.  PERFECT!!!

My hope was to have the quilt done by Sunday morning so I could pack it with when we went to the family picnic.  I did get it done but didn’t have time to take pictures and write the blog post about the finished quilt…so you’ll have to live with this much for now.  I’ll tell you more about it on Friday….and show you all the pictures I took before I gave it away!


What I’m Reviewing: A Piece of Cake


I got a book for review e-book from Martingale.  It is A Piece of Cake: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares by Peta Peace.

I get review e-books from publishers all the time.  I honestly often don’t even look at them.  I have what I have and I like what I like…and I don’t want anymore quilt books.  My shelves are full.  When the last batch of review e-books came through I happened to see this one that used layer cake squares.  I have a couple layer cakes here that need to be used so thought I would at least look at the book….I did, and I liked it.

I ended up picking a pattern that I want to make.  I hate working with e-books and prefer hard copies so I wrote to the copy and asked for a hard copy.  I told them my intention was to make the quilt and then pass it along to a blog reader….so what quilt inspired me ask for a hard copy?  This one…. [Read more...]

Charity Quilts from Ronda


Can you believe it?  Ronda is at it again.  She’s finishing up more partially done projects that have been sent to her.

Ronda writes:

This is fabric that came to me from you in the first box you sent.  It had the name of Jennifer Price from Newark, Delaware on it.  She had cut most of the fabric into five inch squares and had sewn a white sashing strip to two adjoining sides of quite a few of those squares.  I did the same to enough of the rest of the squares to make a good sized throw.  With the remaining fabric, I added gray as a background and made the X blocks for another nice sized throw.  After adding the backing, batting, and binding ~ all the “B” things ~ I quilted and bound them.  They will most likely go to the Women and Children’s Shelter on our next trip, along with several other quilts that my friend and I have made for them.  If a fundraiser or some other special need comes up before we go to the Shelter, I will pick these two for that instead.”

Check out Ronda’s work….Quilt Number One….Don’t you love the colors?  I never think about gray as a color…but this sure makes me rethink that!


This fabric was sent to me but I didn’t think I would get to it so I passed it on to Ronda knowing that she completes projects and does a beautiful job with them too.  Isn’t it great to give something when you know it’s going to be used?

…and here is quilt number 2! [Read more...]