Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties

Thank you, Ami!  I have been participating in this rite of spring since the first year Ami offered to her readers to join the Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties.  I LOVE wearing my traveling panties and look forward to spring because I can get some new ones!  It’s a roll of the dice what colors you’ll receive…’s Ami’s statement about this:

No, you don’t have a choice. Ship your panties to the uncertain world of “Ami Playing With Dye” and what you get will be fairly random. This is not a science, nor is it an art, it is a whim. If you are uncomfortable with a certain amount of risk (in exchange for possible delight and a giggle or two when you get dressed in the morning) you shouldn’t be sending your underpants to strange people in the first place.

Last year they looked like Easter eggs.

Traveling Panties

But 2013 is the year of green…..I…LOVE….GREEN….weeeeeeee

Traveling Panties

Start and Finish

I started the year long scrap club project.  It’s paper pieced.  I hate paper piecing.  That’s what caused me to procrastinate but I love the project and thought if I worked at it, maybe I’d get to where I can live with paper piecing….at least for the duration of this project.  I’m happy to report I have a system that is evolving and is, as far as I know, uniquely my own……maybe I’ll explain it after I get it down pat.  Anyway, I’m getting a tad bit faster and find using a washable school glue stick to hold down the first piece (tip from Bonnie Hunter) is a big help.  Of course the first thing I noticed in the picture below is my backgrounds are not mixed up…..that will never do!  The project is the Christmas Flag by Tina Curran in Quilters Newsletter.  I’m going to keep at it and hopefully my determination will win the day and this project won’t turn into UFO 🙂


I finished another scrap club project…well the top anyway.  It was windy out but the colors are pretty close to accurate.  It’s a prefect size for a throw and while I’m not thrilled with it, it’s not bad either 😉

Scrap Quilt 1

Scrap Swap

Before my blog break, I signed up to participate in Bumble Bean’s 15 Minutes of Play scrap swap.  My swap partner is Emily and here are the fun scraps I received.  It’s actually not a good picture because I snapped it in the dark this morning.  I went through all the pieces and there’s not one I already have…..they are all different!

 Scrap Swap Scraps

We are to make a a block from made fabric using the scraps.  That’s on my agenda for this weekend!  Woo Hoo.

I had a birthday recently and my wonderful DH gave me an AAQI Priority quilt…..not only a Priority quilt but one he bid on and won in the February auction!  Here it is on my office wall along with a piece I bought from Laura Wasolowski and another Priority quilt by Ann Scott.  They make me smile every time I look up at them 🙂

AAQI Group

Unintended Blog Break

Wow, I didn’t intend to be gone so long. 

During my hiatus I went to the AQS show in Paducah for the first time in 10-12 years without my friend Darlene due to illness.  It was quite a good show and while I had a fun traveling companion, met up with good friends and had a good time, it was tinged with sadness. We took Darlene with us and boy did she get around….here she is at dinner with all of us….see her in the middle?

Paducah Friends

I did some shopping and enhanced my stash with 36 yards of fabric…..but in my defense 10 yards is the blue fabric on the bottom of the stack and is for a backing…….at $2.50/yd, I had to buy it 😉

Paducah haul

I brought home a sewing machine I’ve named Nancy.  This cute little British featherweight belonged to our wonderful host in Paducah, Nancy.  When she emailed she was ready to sell it and did I know anyone who would be interested…..well, I didn’t hesitate 🙂


I took a class at Paducah which was another first for me (I haven’t wanted to give up the time or hassle with class stuff)….but it was with Gwen Marston!!!!!  I’m so very glad I was able to get into the class and had a fabulous time. 

Gwen Marston

Liberated Baskets

My design wall hasn’t changed in over a month but at least it’s full.

DWM 5-20-13

After Paducah I flew to Italy to visit my daughter and granddaughter. 


I took two reproduction baby quilts with me to finish the binding.  The pattern for this quilt was in the April 2007 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. 

Reproduction Baby QuiltsBaby Quilt Photo ShootBaby Quilts

The vintage version is for Lily and the modern version was gifted to Cassie because she truly appreciates hand made things 🙂


Stash Report for 2013

  • Fabric in:  36 yard
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in:  59 yards
  • YTD Fabric out:  .25 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 58.75 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie