Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

These are my log cabin quilt blocks that I received from the ladies in the Sew Sweet Bee and I am ready to finish and sew them into a quilt. That will make one less w.i.p. and another great quilt to have in my home.Sewsweetbee-1The photos are not that wonderful but the blocks really are special. I love that each and every block has fabric that is not in my collection, but came from someone who made them for me. I have decided that I think this quilt needs to be larger so I will be adding several more blocks to make it the size that I would like it to be. I have started 7 but now that I have thought about it more, I have decided to go even larger. I will show updated pictures as soon as I have made  more blocks.

Sewsweebee-2I am playing with the layout to decide which one I like better. It is a little hard to tell but I have laid them out in two different patterns.

Sewsweetbee-3I really do think this is the pattern that I like the best, the top photo is the same layout and you can see it a little better in it. I just need to do some rearranging after I make the additional blocks, that is the fun part.

Aqua-stashI always enjoy searching through my fabric stash to see what I have that I can use. No trip to the quilt shop this time!!

What are you sewing on these Winter days? It sure does seem to be perfect weather for sewing! Although, I will say I am so looking forward to Spring!!


Quilt Goals for 2015

Ruby-and-Miss-Kate-Jelly-RollsFor the past several months I’ve been participating in a Facebook group run by Angie of Gnome Angel, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts, and some others. It’s a group for quilting bloggers and instagram users to grow their blogs, business, and themselves, through the support and encouragement of others. Every month the admins are working on putting together a list of blog prompts, and I’m just now getting down to writing my first post! The prompt is quilting goals for 2015, what you want to make, learn, and conquer.

I thought about this for a while, and thought about setting some lofty learning goals, but then I realized, along with my “focus” theme for the year, I really just want to make quilts. I love quilts, but I find I’m generally drawn to smaller projects that have a more immediate result. But, every time I snuggle under Silas’s quilt for reading or chatting, I realize I really want to make quilts for all the beds. So, that is the goal for 2015!

Cluck Cluck Sew Shortcake CoverI’ll be making the Shortcake Quilt by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for Norah’s twin bed {the kids have bunk beds now!} using Ruby and Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille  for Moda {maybe a little Bliss too, since Norah’s baby quilts are made with Bliss and Ruby}.

Lydia-Plus-QuiltI will finish up Lydia’s Plus Quilt for her toddler bed {she’s still sleeping in the crib, so hopefully I can finish this before we turn it into a toddler bed!}.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3I’ll also at least make great progress on my Simple Scrappy Sampler for my bed.

Low-Volume-Scrappy-StarAnd, if I get really motivated and successful, maybe I’ll get to my Low Volume Scrappy Stars for the spare room…but that may be more of a pipe dream for the year!

So, there’s my quilt goal list for the year. While I may not be learning any new quilting skills, perseverance will probably be a lesson I’ll really be learning. What are your quilting goals for the year?

Wee Wander Quilt {Top}

I was working on this quilt trying to get it finished before someone turned 1 year old, but did not finish!! I had fun with this cute line of fabric. It is Wee Wander by Sarah Jane. It is a really sweet palette of colors. The bees and the jars are my favorite, my brothers’ and I would collect bees and butterflies and put them in jars when we played outside in our yard growing up. Such fond memories!!


I think the little girl in the top center is such a cute little accident, well not completely. I saw that she was in there and was turned sideways so I turned her around and I am glad that I did.


I made sure to take a picture of the whole quilt top before it was completed. It is the Trip Around the World pattern by Bonnie of Quiltville. Although it is not scrappy, I do love it. I also cut my squares 4 inches rather than the usual 2.5 inches. I think because of the print size it should  show a little more than if it were a smaller print.  And it also made for a quicker project. There are 12 blocks that make up this top. I did not use some of the larger scale prints because I did not want to lose the beautiful picture. I am sure they will be made into something else, (possibly a pillowcase). But now that I am looking at it, I am thinking about trading the top right block with the bottom right block to even the colors out a little more. Hmm!!


I love this grey dot that I am going to use for the backing. I hope to have it finished soon but with the holidays so close, I am not really going to try to finish before Christmas.

Now to get into full swing of Christmas sewing. I bought some cute new fabric and I am excited to get sewing with that. I would love to hear what you are sewing or making right now, Christmas related or not!!

Have a great week and I LOVE this time of the year!!

Lydia’s Plus Quilt {Making the Top}

Lydia-Stack-2I’ve been working away on this little quilt, determined to finish it before the year is over. Using the fabrics from this post, and adding a few more, plus some low volume, I’ve come up with this for the entire quilt. I feel like I’ve been buying fabric like a crazy woman for the past few years, and now I just need to sew. Take, for example, the fact that the above stack is the fabric after I’ve cut out the whole quilt top…

Cutting-TableI made a coloring chart in Electric Quilt 7, so I’ve been sewing the quilt row by row, instead of trying to arrange the pieces after it’s cut. So far, I’m loving the way it’s worked out!

Lydia-Plus-QuiltAnd, here’s the quilt, about half way done. I think I like it, though, I am a little worried that the Cotton + Steel prints are too saturated for the rest of the quilt. I converted the photo to black and white to see how the color values look, and I’m kind of struggling:

Plus-Quilt-ValueAre the darker values too random? I don’t really want to take too much apart, but I don’t want to make a whole quilt and be dissatisfied with it either. I think maybe I just need to work on placement a little more carefully for the remainder of the quilt.

Now, for the real question, is this kind of quilt something you’d like to make? I was thinking a sort of mini pattern/quilt along – with a coloring sheet in multiple bed sizes? It is a pretty easy quilt and would work for a scrappy quilt too. Thoughts?

Granny Square Quilt Is Finished

It is officially finished and I am really happy how it turned out.


It was a little bit tricky because it was (really) crooked. I did feel a little overwhelmed how to square it up. I tried the ruler and measuring method but it was just not really helping. So I used a large mat board that we had. I placed it in the corner and what ever was outside of the corner and edges I simply cut off with my ruler and rotary cutter. I just went all the way around the quilt and did all the corners and edges.  Not being able to see the quilt itself helped me not try to fiddle with it and adjust it too much. It may not be the most accurate or mathematical way to do it but it worked for me. My main desire was that it be square and if some of the border was cut off that was okay. It is a scrappy quilt with a scrappy border so it didn’t ruin its final look.

Donna from Donna’s Lavender Nest machine quilted it for me using the fluffy clouds pattern. She did a great job!!


This picture is after I finished binding it and was ready to wash it. I love the gingham binding with the backing.


Here it is after it is all washed and crinkled. It is a very scrappy quilt and I love all the fabrics I have in it. (Precise, no, fun, yes!!)


One last picture all folded up and ready to snuggle under since the weather is beginning to cool off. Now that I have this one finished I am ready to start another. (Or maybe finish one that I already have!!)

I hope you have a great week and enjoy what ever you are doing!!