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Blast from the Past: Quilts and Projects from February 2011

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in February of 2011.

I was working on a UFO project list and I was tackling some of the projects.  This is the first one…it’s a bottle cap trivet.  I have made a few of these and love them.

HERE is a link for how I made mine.

I had just bought this book…  Scraps and Shirttails Book Two.   Bonnie Hunter had just released the book and it was fresh off the presses.  I was THRILLED with the book and honestly, I still am.  It is number one or number two of my favorite all-time, published after 2000, quilt books.  I have, I think, 9 of the quilts from the book made!!  I’d still love to make the rest.

That of course prompted me to buy shirts.  So, I was busy collecting and deconstructing shirts.  Can you believe I found I got 78 shirts for $16 at the thrift store all one swoop?  In the same month, I got lucky and found 39 shirts for $13  You can read about them HERE.

shirtsI was a busy girl cutting them all up!!

I was also so excited that this fabric came in the mail and we started making our Chain of Faith quilt.

This became our most popular Moda Bake Shop project.  You can find the pattern HERE.

I finished up the mystery quilt for that year.  It was Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll.


You can read about the quilt HERE.
I cussed it at the time but this quilt introduced me to string quilting and I grabbed ahold of that concept and RAN!  I love making string quilts.  When I think about giving away a quilt, this one NEVER comes to mind.  I will keep it forever as it really was my start to string quilting and I have never looked back.

I had just finished up this quilt…


There are 216 flying geese in the quilt and they finish at 1″ x 2″.  The pattern is from Country Threads called Civil Unrest.  You can find it HERE.  It’s funny that I just recently talked about this project.

I was busy using my Accuquilt Go!  (I don’t have one anymore)  I was using the Dresden Plate die to make this cute candle mat.

You can read the post on how to make it HERE.  I did a video on how to make them HERE.  It really is a quick and easy project that you can whip up in no time.

I was also using my Accuquilt to make some wool coasters.  You can watch the video to make them HERE.


If you don’t have an Accuquilt Go you can make these with any Dresden plate pattern.

I was also busy making homemade slippers.  No, I wasn’t knitting.  I took old sweaters, cut them up, and made slippers.  I used these for several years and very much enjoyed them.



HERE I explained how I made them.

I also finished up this quilt…


Read more about it HERE.  It was also a UFO project that I tackled.

…and here is my sweet Gracie sitting on the quilt.  For those of you who are new to the blog, Gracie was my first beagle.  She was a rescue and we really loved her.

So that’s what I was busy with in February of 2011.  I love doing these Blast from the past posts.  I seriously do not remember making this last quilt at all.  I am sure I must have gifted it to someone.  Writing the posts is really like going back and checking out my diary.  I love it!!

Blast from the Past: Quilts and Projects from January 2011

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in January of 2011.

I went to write the February Blast from the past only to realize that I forgot to write the January version…so today is the January version and the February version will be featured later this month.

In February of 2011 I wrote:
I am a Bonnie Hunter fan….a big Bonnie Hunter fan.  I have both of her quilt books and even pre-ordered her newest book (Rumor is that they will be shipped next week!!)  One of her previous books and the newest one both suggest repurposing fabric and making it into quilts.  I keep thinking I want to try it but didn’t quite know how I was going to get enough shirts to make a quilt.

Wonder no more!!  I found shirts…lots of shirts.”


Can you believe it…39 shirts… $13.  One of the local thrift stores was having a sale.. 3 shirts for $1.  I am not sure I am going to like this but there should be enough here to give it try.  I have spent $13 on crazier things….”

Well, blog readers…that was the start of something because today, I am still making quilts with shirts.  I couldn’t thank Bonnie Hunter enough for introducing me to the prospect.  Seriously, some of the favorite quilts I have made have been with shirts!!

Back in 2011, I still have my Pfaff Grand Quilter with Next Generation frame and was longarming with it.  Back then…Kelli did her own quilts.  Not anymore.  She’s spoiled and machine quilt her stuff now.  I even bind her quilts.  Really spoiled!!

She was making this quilt for Jason’s birthday.  I LOVE this quilt and I’ve often thought to make one.  You can still get the pattern but it’s in this book now…Farmhouse Favorites.  HERE is an Amazon link for the book.  The book has lots of quilts I’d like to make!!
Birdseye-1So pretty.
This little bag was my latest Moda Bakeshop project.  You can find the pattern HERE.

I was busy working on my Nine in the Middle quilt.  Oh, I love this quilt.  I did go on and finish it.  You can find this pattern in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails Book OneHERE is a link for that book.

I was picking up and working UFO projects…this was one of them.
Kelli was working on this quilt…It is from the book Scrap-Basket Surprises.  You can find the book HERE.


I have loved this quilt.  It’s made with Moda’s fabric line Beach House.  The backing she got as a clearance fabric for super cheap…$2 a yard!  It was JUST wide enough so she had to be careful when she was quilting.

I was working on this quilt.  I wrote:
“This pattern is Judy from Patchwork Times, June Mystery quilt.  If you want to see the original quilt or get the pattern, follow this link.   It sewed up SUPER quick…it’s the “getting it quilted” part that slowed me down.  When I was working on the binding, hubby said, “You’re not giving that one away are you?”  After some discussion, I found out he likes this one which makes me think I’ll keep it.”


You can read more about my finishing the quilt HERE.

quilt-wholeI did not keep the quilt.  It was gifted but I’m not sure who got it.


I was busy with this quilt…


This quilt is made with the fabric line “Swanky” from Chez Moi for Moda.  The pattern is a Moda Bakeshop pattern and HERE is the link to it.  I had a jelly roll here that needed to get used and it was a great way to use it up.


I had to laugh when I saw this.  I was so excited.  I had bought this and planned to make the quilt in the pattern with the fabric.  It was my birthday present.

I found this when I cleaned my sewing room.  I hadn’t touched it.  Bummer.  Maybe I need to make another UFO list and put this project on it.

I was also busy working on my mystery quilt, Roll Roll Cotton Boll.

I was busy-busy.  Check out this lap quilt I made…


I wrote:
The quilt was made after watching this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  At the end of the segment, they show a finished quilt….this is it.  I love trying new things so after watching the video, I order the things needed and made it but I didn’t finish it for Christmas 2009 or Christmas 2010.  I think this quilt will be a donation quilt.  There are a couple upcoming events that need donations, and I think this would work great.  The quilt is just the wrong size for me… it’s 54″ x 54″…not a lap quilt…too big for me to hang.”

I was finishing UFO projects…Here’s another.

I wrote:
Here’s more good news….I am participating in Patchwork Times, UFO Challenge.  These blocks were listed as project number 8.  The blocks were part of the Buck a Block program one of the local quilt shops is hosting.  I didn’t purchase the finishing kit and knew I wasn’t planning on making the quilt as the shop suggested…so I knew I needed to come up with something for the blocks.  A few days ago when I was listing all my projects that needed to be finished, I was thinking that I need a Christmas tree skirt….the two ideas, blocks and skirt, just meshed and I am SO glad they did“.

TreeSkirt-1The pattern that this is model after is a free internet pattern, Stars All Around Tree Skirt.  It’s designed by Darlene Zimmerman.  Here’s a link to the pattern.  I needed to add fabric to the center star to make it big enough to fit the size of my blocks.  Besides that, I followed the pattern.  It was a quick project that I am so glad to have finished.”

This was later gifted to one of my girls.

I sure was busy in January of 2011.  I wasn’t doing childcare at the time and had LOTS more time to sew.  It is so fun to look back and see what I was up to.

Blast from the Past: Quilts of December2010

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in December of 2010.

I didn’t finish any project in November of 2010, but in December, I finished a lot!!

I had finished my Crab Apple quilt.  The quilt is from Bonnie Hunter’s Leader and Ender book.  You can read more about it HERE.


This quilt was a challenge for me as I:
had to paper piece.
I put the sewing machine needle through my finger sewing the blocks together.
broke the needle threader on my machine making the quilt.
I had a HUGE shredding thread problem when I tried to quilt it.
I had issues with the binding fabric not matching and going on a hunt to find matching binding.

I was busy working on the Quiltville mystery.  That year it was Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll.  It’s likely one of my favorite quilts I’ve ever made.

It was my first time ever to make string blocks.

At the time, I didn’t love them.  Now, they are a favorite!

I was busy making gift bags with batting scraps and my Accuquilt Go.  You can check out this video to see how I did that.

You really don’t need an Accuquilt to make them…just a way to make cut circles.  A ruler like this will work.  Find it HERE on Amazon.

I was also busy making baby toys with my Accuquilt Go.  Here’s a video to show you how.

I was on a big roll with my Accuquilt Go.  REALLY BIG as I had another video showing how to make a hot pad holder with a larger tumbler die.

Again, you don’t need a cutter to make this.  You could free form a tumbler block or you could use a regular ruler like THIS found on Amazon.

I finished this quilt… Continue reading

A Blast from the Past: Quilts from November 2010

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten Years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about my quilting from November of 2010.

From going back and reading, it doesn’t look like I completed a lot, but I was sewing…

I made up this little quilt top using Miss Rosie’s Paganini Schnibble pattern.  You can read about that HERE.


My Bubbly quilt returned from the Houston Quilt Market where it was displayed in the Accuquilt booth.  You can find a tutorial to make this quilt HERE.  It was SUCH a fun quilt to make!


Judy at Patchwork Times was hosting a quilt mystery.  I was working on it.  The mystery is still available.  You can find it HERE.


In November of 2010, the mailman… Continue reading