It’s just plain freezing outside with a temperature of 13 degrees at 5:45 am this morning.  With the wind, it feels like -4!!  For those in climates where this is normal for weeks on end, you are hardy souls, for us in the Greater St Louis area, BRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrr.  It seems appropriate the RSC color of the month is blue and here they are on my design wall.  Pop over to Judy’s DWM post to what everyone else is working on. 

DWM 12714

I prepped the center piece of the Apple Pie Ridge block for the BBWQ.  I’m sure I won’t finish it by Feb 1st but I’m going to try and catch up.  The outside edges have been creased over the freezer paper (that’s been removed) leaving the edge wanting to fold under and I needle turn.  For the inside edge I’m going to mark the turn line and cut away the fabric as I applique.  Who knows, I might like that method better than my freezer paper way.

BBWQ Block 1 Prep


Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 6 yards (Goodwill shirts and Mary Engelbreit bundle)
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in:  20.25 yards
  • YTD Fabric out:  14 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 6.25 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie


Beautiful Monday

It’s the middle of January and it’s going to hit 46 degrees today……MUST. ENJOY…….high tomorrow 19 degrees!!!!!

Some liberated churn dash/monkey wrench blocks from the RSC14 have been added to my design wall.  Here’s the link to Judy’s Design Wall Monday post.

DWM 1-20-14I’ve started prepping the first block for the Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt (BBWQ) from Just Takes 2.  I decided to modify the pattern as some of the others have done and I’m pretty happy with it.  Here it’s seen with my freezer paper template ironed to the wrong side of the fabric which is my usual way of doing needle turn applique……cut it out, iron in the edges, remove the freezer paper, baste to background and sew.

BBWQ Block 1 PrepI snagged a couple of half yards of greens and one of red this weekend at the Calico Moon just for this project.  Wouldn’t you know I liked the Jo Morton prints 😉  I’m excited to get started on this two year odyssey.

BBWQ RedBBWQ Greens~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 11.75  yards (BBWQ Background counted at 8.75 since it’s a wide backing piece, BBWQ red & greens and jelly fish print)
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in:  14.25 yards
  • YTD Fabric out:  14 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): .25 yards – well I didn’t stay on the net out side very long!

Happy Quilting, Cherie



Benjamin Biggs Begins

The background fabric for my Benjamin Biggs project finally arrived!  I decided on Moda Bella natural which is available in extra wide backing so I ordered 3 1/2 yards.  It was on sale at Hancock’s of Paducah for $4.99/half yard so it was only $35 – an awesome price. 

Ben Biggs BackgroundNow I can get started on the first Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt block, woot, woot. The blocks, available free for the month posted, are being released, one per month, at Just Takes 2

When I was ordering, this jelly fish fabric, which I fondled, carried around but ultimately didn’t buy in October when I visited Hancocks, jumped into my cart.  It was on sale so I couldn’t resist.

JelliesHappy Quilting!