Vicksburg Progress

Sometimes I let projects marinate. 

Sometimes there’s no specific reason except they don’t have a deadline. 

Sometimes it’s because things aren’t working out like they should. 

Such as the borders for the Vicksburg free BOM from Dawn Heese on her blog Linen Closet Quilts.

The border segments are longer than the swag applique piece.  I finally decided to applique the corner swags starting at the sewing line, leaving the “short” bit at the ends that will meet the middle swag which will be centered.  I’ll fill the gap created where the swags come together with an appliqued oval.  Here’s left hand swag (picture take on my ironing board that needs recovering) followed by a right hand swag, both of which I’ve finished this week.  I have a total of 9 swags to do, so with 4 done I only have 5 left 🙂


Happy Quilting, Cherie


I haven’t anything new on my design wall so it is the same as before.  Check out the DWM post and see what other quilters have on their wall, floors & tables 🙂

I did complete a project this week but true to form, I was finishing it just in time to give it to my SIL and forgot to take a picture!  Here’s a picture of the top.  I hand quilted it and bound it in black Kona cotton.


I managed to go to The Quilters General store while visiting in Rockford.  It was good for the soul and bad for the stash report 😉  I bought three fat quarters and 2 yards of a Jo Morton piece that was half price.

In the past I’ve raided the scrap basket where everything you can fit in the ziplock bag is $5.  Well, I had a wonderful time stuffing my bag and here’s what I got.  Well, the perle cotton wasn’t part of it but everything else is 🙂  Fun, fun, fun!

Stash Report

  • Fabric in:  3 yards (2.75 plus some large scrap pieces)
  • Fabric out: 3/4 yard (9-patch mini)
  • YTD Fabric in: 168 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 86.75 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 81.25 yards accumulated

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Turkey Week DWM Post

It’s Design Wall Monday time and Judy’s DWM post has lots of links you can check out.  Here’s my wall……yep same as last week but only because there isn’t room to show all that I’ve done!

I’ve been busy this week and it’s not due to Thanksgiving preparation as we are going out of town 🙂  I completed sewing together all of the Prickly Pear and string blocks for Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll…..did you catch that…..all 30 Prickly Pear, all 20 string blocks and all setting string blocks are finished!! 

Not only that, but I’ve gotten all the pieced border units pieced and ready to iron.  After that, I’m ready to start sewing everything together, woo hoo!

This weekend I went to Scrap Club and Sarah completed her Exploding Star quilt.  Now the Exploding Star is one of Teajuana Mahone’s patterns and Sarah began her’s before the pattern was even available.  Sarah wanted her’s to be a true charm quilt (same shaped pieces, each piece from a different fabric) so she made the light/dark squares out of half square triangles so the entire quilt is completely made of triangles!!  After starting, the project languished for several years (6 maybe??) as Sarah didn’t have enough different light fabrics to keep going.  After telling this story a bunch of us brought in light squares for her to use and now it’s finished.  It was such fun looking to see if we could find any of the fabric we gave her.

Yesterday was rainy and cool and when you’ve set aside your doll sized work-in-process and it looks like this:

This is what happens:

Cats just love quilts, even small ones not hardly big enough for them 🙂

I also got the alternate First Saturday block for November finished.

And snagged a couple of nice shirts for re-purposing from the Goodwill. 

Lots of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and quilting and quilting friends are high on the list.

Stash Report – No Change from previous (I haven’t washed and cut up those shirts yet, so they don’t count 😉 )

  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 165 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 86 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 79 yards accumulated 

Happy Thanksgiving, Cherie

Design Wall Post

Another late, late design wall Monday posting for me 😉  Be sure to check out Judy’s DWM post to see all the links.


I’ve gotten 27 of the 30 prickly pear blocks completed and about half of the string blocks under construction.  I can’t wait to get this top together……it will feel like such an accomplishment!

I also finished the applique on Barbara Brackman’s civil war block 40, Order Number Eleven.

I’ve been hand quilting a small project during my train commute and it’s getting a bit easier, but not much faster 🙁

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  6  yards (Backing for a First Saturday top and some fabric on sale, both purchased with a gift certificate from the thoughtful people who work for me.  I HAD to use it, right?)

  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 165 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 86 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 79 yards accumulated 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Light Night DWM Post

Due to computer issues, I’m quite late with my design wall post.  On the bright side, probably everyone else has linked up to Judy’s DWM post so check it out here.  Lot’s going on on the design wall…..civil war BOW, First Sat blocks and Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll (RRCB) blocks.

I got the main Nov first Sat block finished and the alternate block in progress.

My upstairs sewing spot is busy with RRCB units as the parts are finally coming together 🙂

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  1  yard (Fabric from Italy that Lily brought me & I missed on my previous reports)
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 159 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 86 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 73 yards accumulated 

Happy Quilting, Cherie