DWM and Blog Post 501

I didn’t notice at the time but my last blog entry was my 500th post.  Goodness, who knew I’d keep up with a blog….not me certainly.  It helps to track of information, like where to find the Bapron pattern 🙂 and how many projects I’ve worked on/finished (which are not the same thing) 😉  Design Wall Mondays, hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times, have been great at keeping me sewing, even if it’s one block, just to have something new to show.   It’s also given me the itch to make room for a larger design wall!  Click here to see Judy’s DWM post and check out what other quilters are working on. 

My wall has the new Grandmother’s Choice block, New Jersey: Suffrage Pioneer, the 5th block of her BOTW.

……and a 36 patch block……I’ve been wanting to make a quilt from 36 patch blocks ever since seeing Crazy Mom’s QAL in 2011.   How many will I make????

The Grandmother’s Choice block from week 4, Kansas Sunflower, is now in progress:

Hey, I didn’t say much progress, just some progress 😉 

I managed to get the backing for the Scrap Vomit quilt done and I made the binding too.  The top was finished quite a while ago using these blocks. 

Which is why I used red & black for the binding.

I used up some larger pieces of fabrics for the backing and I think it will look fine once it’s quilted……another terrible photo 🙁


So that brings us to the stash report…….


Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  1 yards (GW jumper)
  • Fabric out: 7.5 yards (scrap backing and binding)
  • YTD Fabric in: 117.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 66 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 51.5 yards and only 3 months left this year to get to my publicly stated goal of no more than 25 net in for 2012, YIKES.

Happy Quilting, Cherie


Monday Design Wall

I can’t believe there are still over 75 quilters that link their design wall Monday posts on Judy’s blog more than a year after Judy started the link up.  Check them all out here.  My design wall has a couple of new Grandmother’s Choice BOTW blocks.

The newest block, Union Square was a breeze to make.

Here are the blocks I’ve made so far.  You can see two of block #1 Grandmother’s Choice because I trimmed the first one, and oops, it turned out too small.  That’s one for the backing 😉

I can tell you block number 4 isn’t going to be a piece of cake, there are 28 Pieces in that Sunflower.  I’ll attempt to hand piece this one and will probably applique the circles…….and you can bet it will take me longer than a week to finish!

I quilted the lap quilt this weekend.  Sophie did pretty well although I’m still having a thread breakage problem. 

I’ve continued adding to my stash of reclaimed fabrics from the GW….not much of the green checked print as it was a small pair of shorts.


Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  1 yards (GW shirts)
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 116.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 58.5 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 58 yards, I just don’t know how I’ll meet my goal if I keep sneaking to the Goodwill Clearance Center…..

Happy Quilting, Cherie

More Gifts and a Funny Dog

I made more Baprons for a baby sprinkle (second baby in the family so it’s less than a shower).  The new baby’s grandparents are from Minnesota and the Bapron on the right is a Minnesota fabric I snagged in Paducah this year.  The only thing is I wish I’d fussy cut it so that Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox was front and center.

I finished hand piecing block two of the Grandmother’s Choice BOTW.  I’m really happy with my choice of cheddar and green fabrics.

I just had to post these pictures of a dog riding in a VW bug that we saw on our way home last night.  It’s not everyday you see such a well turned out puppy dog!!  Check out those goggles.

Have a great weekend!

Cool Monday

It’s been so lovely with fall like weather.  We’ve had rain several times and the brown grass has turned green again.  Good riddance to the dry, hot summer!

My design wall looks the same as last week:

I cut and sewed the binding for the scrap quilt I was hoping to get quilted this weekend.  I used this tutorial for continuous bias binding…..I found drawing all the lines tedious and am not sold it’s any faster than cutting the bias strips and sewing them together individually. 

I cut up some more of my Goodwill Clearance Center finds:

Block number two of the Grandmother’s Choice BOTW, Amethyst: Suffragettes lent itself to hand piecing.  I’ve gotten a couple of the pieces sewn together.


Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  1.5 yards (GW shrits)
  • Fabric out: 1 yards (scrap quilt binding)
  • YTD Fabric in: 115.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 58.5 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 57 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Design Wall and a Finish

I’m so happy to have this baby quilt finished.  It was delivered, along with a Bapron, to the new mom.  After sewing down the binding, I’ve decided the quilt job Sophie & I did is just fine.

Since it’s Design Wall Monday, be sure to click here to see what everyone else is posting on Judy’s DWM blog.  Here’s my design wall:

I finished three First Saturday blocks……these first two are the last blocks from “The Fox Visits Provence” series.

And this is the alternate block from the new series “The Fox Has Spots”.

I posted earlier that Barbara Brackman is doing another block-of-the-week (BOTW) in commemoration of women’s suffrage and the blocks are posted each Saturday on her Grandmother’s Choice blog.  Here is block #1.   I’ve elected to use mainly greens and the gold/cheddar of the American movement but will add purple and white to some blocks.

Another project nearing completion is a scrap club top from earlier this year.  I added borders and pieced a backing as I want to finish this lap quilt for someone facing chemo treatments.

Don’t know where those light spots came from but they are not on the fabric!

Now for the stash report which includes these shirt thrift-ed from the Goodwill Clearance Center!


Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  3.5 yard (fabric from Mumsy which has been washed and used in the backing above and the GW shrits)
  • Fabric out: 5 yards (borders and backing for scrap quilt)
  • YTD Fabric in: 114 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 57.5 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 56.5 yards – creeping closer to my no more than 25 yds in goal…… 

Happy Quilting, Cherie