Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Starts and Finishes

I worked at it to the exclusion of all else last week so I could count this one done:

It is the Block by Block quilt made for the Patches & Stitches 40th anniversary. It uses 40 fabrics and has 40 blocks. The first 40 to bring a completed quilt to the shop wins $40 and I was determined to be in the top 20. #17!  Photo of the top here. Quilted on my Bernina Q20 sit down longarm, I enjoyed doing the big loopy designs across the top. I chose 4 different designs for the borders. Finished is better than perfect.

Time for a new start. My Favorite Things is a new quilt/class I am designing that will run for 6 months, from June to December, 2018. It will feature my favorite blocks and students can either make a small quilt each month or make "parts" that will be combined at the end into one large quilt. It's a lecture/demo class, no machines to drag to class, just learn several blocks each month, different ways to make them and ways to use them in quilts. More about the class here.

My fabric pull for this project:

Where did this palette come from? How about the chickens of Kauai?

I often save photos that feature colors I love together. This has been saved since 2006 when my husband and I made a trip to Hawaii to celebrate our 30th anniversary. This will be fun.

The beginning class I teach at Patches & Stitches finished last night--only two students attended the last of 5 sessions but had great quilts to show for their efforts and both are hooked on quilting now, always my goal:

Sharon, her top is complete

Tricia, made 30 blocks and still has two more borders to go. She plans to lengthen it a bit.
They both enjoyed seeing my Block by Block and decided to try that next. I love when students get excited and say "What can I make next?"  Both of these women have their next bed-size quilt projects picked out.

From time to time I participate in online swaps. Lori of Humble Quilts has done a doll quilt swap for several years. I received this one from Judith B along with a pin cushion and photo of her Featherweight machine which she used to make it,  a great touch:

And I gave this one, to Katy S:

It's fun to share small quilts with like-minded quilters.

Time to get a few things done so I can play with My Favorite Things.

Let's Quilt.



  1. Yep! My motto has always been "finished is better than perfect". But I always strive to do my best work. Perfection is highly over rated!! Hugs...

  2. A fun 40th anniversary quilt from that shop. I like the random shapes and sizes of the blocks.
    Beautiful color palette for your upcoming class quilt. I look forward to seeing it come into being.
    Your students did great work—but they had a good teacher, so no surprise.
    Your swap quilt came to my attention on Katy’s blog. I am just binding one from that pattern today. I like the way you quilted yours. You received a beautiful little creation, as well.

  3. Sweet little doll quilts and I love the colors on your newly finished bed quilt!

  4. The Rolling Rock quilt is too adorable, and your sweet one you made another treasure. Love this swap.

  5. You received a beautiful quilt from Judith and you have made a terrific one ! I love all the fabrics you used !