First, I’d like to wish Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends & family. Hope you have a Blessed Day!!
I was busy this week writing daily blog posts revealing the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 11 blocks that I tested from October to February. It is so hard to keep them a secret as I get excited with each one I finish! Remember to join me tomorrow when I reveal the remaining 8 blocks that I made which were not included in Quiltmaker’s Blog Tour.
In addition to blogging about quilt blocks, I did get some other things done which I will share with you today.
Fabric Café – I got the last two quilt tops finished and mailed off.
Cupcakes – Pattern: Nine Plus One looks yummy with this cupcake fabric!
Going Dottie – Pattern: Square Dance in Yellow/Green & Dots makes a very Spring-like quilt.
Oh, did I mention, we are finally having spring weather. The lilac tree fills the yard with it’s fragrance, and the azaleas in our neighbor’s yard are a bit ahead of ours.
I don’t think I had posted these two tops I made in April.
Sunshine Garden – Pattern: Topsy Turvey in bright yellows & pinks with large flowers on the focus fabric.
Play Ball! Pattern: Checkmate would make any little athlete happy. It uses Baseball focus fabric with blue and white checks.
Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – Besides the Blog Tour for Volume 11 which is now available for purchase online and at many stores, we have now begun testing for Volume 12!
Sorry, I cannot show you the first block I tested, but here is the fabric I used! I really liked this block. It looks great!
Stitching For Good – I didn’t get this posted earlier, but on May 1st we met at G Street Fabrics and had a full house working on various projects – quilts, bead bags of courage, and pillowcases.
And, of course, we had some ‘Show ‘n Tell’ – Beautiful Jacob’s Ladder Quilt!
Friends & Family – I made a standard pillowcase and a travel pillow for a grand niece and grand nephew. They both recently had a birthday. I’m afraid these will be a bit late, but I hope to get them in the mail this week.
Wednesday, I spent the day in my sewing room, but didn’t sew a single stitch! It finally was at the point I absolutely needed a day (or two) to clean & straighten. I tried real hard to stay focused on the job at hand and not get distracted by re-discovering fabric and kits and patterns.
No, this is not trash. These are bags of scraps that will be used to stuff pet beds. I had been stuffing the bags in various nooks & crannies until I had enough to make some larger pet beds. I guess I need to start making some.
In the Mail: I did get some good mail this week from Fat Quarter Shop. In December I preordered the Winter Wonderland book and it finally arrived. It has instructions for nine quilts, two table runners and a tree skirt. Do you think it’s too early to start on some of these projects?
Shopping: I did do a bit of shopping at my local Joann Fabric and Craft Store. They were having a sale, plus I had a coupon from Hancock Fabrics for 20% off my entire purchase including sale items. Did you know that Joann’s will honor competitor’s coupons?
So I stocked up on some notions, a zipper, rick rack and pillow forms. If you read my blog posts last week, you may be able to guess why I bought the rick rack. According to my receipt, between the sale and coupons, I saved $7 more than I spent!
On Thursday, I went to my Hand Quilting Group and I worked on some English Paper Piecing. I’ve missed it the past several weeks so it was good to catch up with everyone. And on Friday, I didn’t get any stitching done because I had a Play Date with a 16-month-old neighbor while her mother went out. E- is such a sweetie and we had fun! She has developed quite a vocabulary – unfortunately I didn’t always understand her “accent.”
Hope you’ve had a productive week and that you will get some stitching done.