More Excitement

I was checking back and see that it was the middle of August since I last did a Design Wall Monday post.  Goodness!!  I’ve had a sample stack of small rectangle patches that I’ve been keeping for someday….so I’ve thrown them up on the design wall along with my brown RSC blocks.

DWM 10-12-15In addition to the excitement which I talked about here, there’s been a bit more 🙂  I received two quilts back from Teri Kanyuck and, boy oh boy, did she do a wonderful job quilting them!  The first one, Liberty, a wall hanging pattern in McCall’s Quick Quilts May 2005, is made with Cherrywood fabrics.  I started this one in May 2009 and it was a flimsy for 5 years, VBG.  Just need to trim and bind 🙂

LibertyThe second quilt is a log cabin quilt, Summer Cabins and it’s 84″ x 95″.  This one was started in May 2005 from a kit but I added additional fabrics to make it larger.  Teri did a lovely job quilting it with feathers and another motif that kind of separates the blocks.  You can see them pretty well on the back in this picture.  I love it.

Summer Cabins QuiltingSummber CabinsI started keeping a stash report in Aug 2009.  That was AFTER I completed the Liberty and Summer Cabins flimsy’s …..can I deduct the fabric from my 2015 stash report, right????

I received some gifted shirts from my friend Jan (thanks Jan!)  Here they are all de-boned and ready to use.  The two on the right really go together, don’t they 😉

Gift ShirtsI’m linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday post.  Happy Quilting, Cherie



Loads of Excitement!

It’s been awhile but there’s been a lot of excitement. 🙂  My DD who did NOT like any kind of crafts during her childhood, has, in her adulthood, starting crafting.  She started sewing and then, GASP, quilting!  I am the proud recipient of her very first quilting project.  Color me a proud mom.

Jen's First Quilt

The next exciting thing is having the pleasure of going to a book signing for my friend Jan Ochterbeck’s book, Cut and Shuffle Quilts.  I was with Jan when she saw the poster of the cover at Paducah and it’s been wonderful sharing in her excitement.

Jan OchterbeckThe quilt behind Jan is Heat Wave.  It’s my favorite quilt from her book.  I also love Labyrinth and Positivity.  It will be fun selecting fabrics for one of these soon. 

Sept was spent working on the Quintessential Quilt 2015 show.  At the insistence of my friends, (hi Jeanne, Lois & Margaret), I entered two quilts in the show.  I entered STYX and while this isn’t a good picture, you can see the red ribbon it won…a second place!!!  I was floored….it’s made from scraps…..I didn’t have a grand plan….I just winged it……I quilted it myself and it won a ribbon.  Exciting 🙂  So my friends heard about my plan to give STYX to a mom-to-be acquaintance.  My friends said I shouldn’t do it….it was too good, it should be in the show, I needed to keep it.  So, of course, I listened to them 😉  Turns out the mom-to-be received 12 handmade quilts/knitted blankets from family members.  So, of course, my friends were right.

STYX in QQ ShowI also entered Crop Circles which is made from thrifted shirts…quite a few of which are from the Goodwill Clearance Center for $0.79/lb.  This quilt turned out just how I envisioned it so it was very rewarding to have received a Judges Choice award.  Again, not a great picture but I’ll try and get a better after the quilt show comes down at the end of October.  I quilted this one myself as well using this tutorial which I learned about from Jo’s post here.

Crop CirclesSo, in conjunction with the Quintessential Quilt shows, we host a workshop and show opening lecture.  For the 2015 show, our workshop leader/opening lecturer was THE Bonnie Hunter.  Here’s proof:

Bonnie & MeThe workshop was for Bonnie’s My Blue Heaven.  And would you believe the best information I got from the whole workshop was a tip on doing Virginia Bound?  That’s what’s so fun about taking workshops, you always learn something new 🙂  A few of us showed up with our pink sewing print pajama tops!

Sewing JammiesDH took me to three Targets before I found one in my size.  Fun!!  They are a lightweight knit made from modal, a type of rayon semi-synthetic cellulose fiber made by spinning reconstituted cellulose.  Okay, maybe that’s TMI but I hadn’t heard of it before and I like the way it drapes and feels.  Wonder if Target has figured out why all the pink PJ’s are sold out but the other colors aren’t, he he he.

Kevin the Quilter took the workshop and it was wonderful meeting him in person.  I “met” Kevin when I participated in his Quilts of Valor block drive.  We have a friend in common, Dar of Dar’s Patchwork Garden, who was at the workshop too.  I took advantage of seeing Kevin in person to give him some fabric from my stash for QOV quilts…..they’ve marinated in my stash long enough.  What I didn’t tell Kevin was that the Marine print was a snag I made at the Goodwill Clearance Center for $0.79/lb….nice 🙂

If you’ve read this far, I’m totally amazed.  These are the sum total of the blocks I completed in the workshop.  I never get much done in them….I’m a slow sewer and I’m not made to cut a little, sew a little girl.  I’m a cut all the pieces and chain sew all the units kind of girl.  I’m liking them, though 🙂

BH Blue Heaven BlocksI picked up a couple of more shirts this weekend and received some fat quarters for the quilt show ribbons I made.

Stash AddsSo, for now that’s all the excitement.  I have some more to share so maybe I’ll post again shortly 😉


Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 14.5 yard (thrifted/gifted shirts, pillow case fabric & Crop Circles backing)
  • Fabric out:  18.75 yards (Crop Circles backing/binding/sleeve, STYX binding/sleeve, QOV donation to Kevin)
  • YTD Fabric in: 81 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 53 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 28 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie


Great Workshop!!

Wow, I have much to share! Saturday I joined Robin and Julie at a workshop with Sujata Shah for her Rail Fence quilt which is on the cover of her book, Cultural Fusion, that came out in December.  Sujata’s hosting a quilt-a-long for the rail fence quilt so I might have to jump in now that I have 5 blocks made 😉  Sujata is a wonderful teacher and her energy is amazing.  If you get a chance, I highly recommend taking a workshop with Sujata.

Rail Fence BlocksI can’t wait to make more blocks so I can play with different layouts.  It will also be fun choosing additional pairs of fabrics.  FUN!!  Sujata graciously agreed to pictures 🙂

SujataJulie brought her quilt made with some of my liberated churn dash blocks…fun!

JulieSince I posted last, the blocks for Crop Circles are all  sewn together, Woohoo!!

Crop Circles TopI ordered some fabric for the back so I’ll be putting this one on Sophie for quilting soon.  The next First Sat group, The Fox Travels the Roman Road, started in August and I’ve gotten the main block completed.  It’s not an easy block but I like it.

FS Aug 2015 MainHere’s my design wall…the broken dishes blocks are multiplying 🙂

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Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 1.5 yard (Fat Quarters & Fox Tails)
  • Fabric out:  8.25 yards (Crop Circles & pillow case)
  • YTD Fabric in: 66.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 34.25 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 32.25 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Crop Circles

Look what I’ve got on my design wall… newest log cabin blocks!

DWM 6-8-15And they’ve turned out very close to my vision of subtle circles with dominate “pluses” in the center.  And it’s name, as Julie says, has revealed itself.  Meet Crop Circles.  Linking up with Judy’s DWM post here

And look, look, look what I received this in the mail!!!!!

Traveling BoxAnd…..inside are my 2015 traveling panties 🙂  Beautiful!!

Traveling Panties 2015Yo Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties!!!  And look what Ami included as “packaging” 🙂

ExtrasHand dyed fabric from Ami 🙂 

Ami FabricYou know it’s spring with Ami dyes Traveling Panties 😉  Speaking of spring, the day we hung a fern on our front porch, a house finch started building a nest.  Here are her four babies just before they’re ready to leave the nest.

4 Baby House FinchesAnd here’s the first one ready to fly.

Ready to Fly the CoopI’m sure they’ll all be gone tomorrow.  It was fun watching our little bird family.


Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 1.5 yard (Thrifted shirt and dyed fabric from Ami)
  • Fabric out:  0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 65 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 26.5 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 38.5 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Cool Monday

It’s turned a bit cooler and it’s oh, so comfortable.  I went to our scrap quilting club sewing day Saturday and had such a good time.  I hadn’t been able to make it in awhile and it was good to catch up with everyone. 

I sewed on my May RSC blocks finishing them up and sewed the second to last round of logs on my log cabin blocks.  I have one complete block done and on my design wall 🙂  Click over to Judy’s DWM post for links to lots of quilty fun.

DWM 6-1-15I think the log cabin blocks will be okay…..but I won’t know until I get some more done.

Shirting Log Cabin

I selected my light blue fabrics for the June RSC challenge blocks and sent them through my Studio cutter.  I’ve got them all pinned and ready sew leader/ender style.

Lt blue Half SqsI won a pack of 5″ squares at scrap club, Figures 🙂

FiguresI’ll have to sort through them as I might not want to just throw them in with all my scraps.  I might make some half square triangles and see where that leads……


Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 4 yards (Thrifted shirts)
  • Fabric out:  0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 63.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 26.5 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 36 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie