One Monthly Goal

Our son graduated from Virginia Tech more than a few years ago and I had bought up lots of VT colored fabrics. Elm Street Quilts has been encouraging setting quilting goals and I’ve joined in.

I had also chosen a pattern. Chopsticks

I spent a long weekend in January,, organizing the fabrics and doing a little stitching.

Sew now I have a few sample blocks made and fabrics paired up. The goal in February is to get all 114 blocks pieced.

Inspiration to Polka Dots

There are quilters who take a theme or concept and make many quilts. Janet Stone comes to mind. She has the most beautiful alphabet quilts. Here is a photo I took in 2019 at the Mid Atlantic quilt show in Hampton Virginia.

I read somewhere that her goal is 26; and so far the completed ones have won many prizes. Here is where I found pictures of many of her quilts with some close ups.

Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts (although she has dropped her Blog), is a queen of quilts from her stash. She has written two books that I love to browse through; Sunday Morning Quilts and

She has maintained her wonderful quilts to see on Instagram and has a Salute to Solids series of quilts that I have loved following.

In 2003, or shortly there after, I saw Becky Goldsmith’s quilt Everyday Best.

I loved it! I loved the polka dots, and loved the cheerfulness, and oh how clever! I have several of her books and or patterns and love to browse these as well. I have yet to make one, but she inspired me to start collecting polka dots with a vengeance. And they are so much more available now, 17 years later. My inspiration!

Sew why not have a series of Polka Dot Quilts? They wouldn’t be original designs, but, fun for me just the same. And I have a good start!

Twirling Hexagons; pattern by Cindi Edgerton at A Very Special Collection was the top I finished in April 2020 for UFO Challenge, and was the Rainbow Quilt I did month to month with Angela in 2019.

Circle Squared was a Karen K Buckley class I took in February 2017 I think; it was a hot mess! The applique technique just wasn’t working for me, sew I remade the whole thing and in 2020 it cheers my sewing room finished.

My third (How many should there be? I still have sew many polka dots left.) Polka Dot Quilt in progress is My Small World. This quilt was designed by Jen Kingwell, and it has quite the following on Instagram; so many unique variations of the same quilt. I have recently completed Section 3 of the 7 using my polka dots.

I have begun pieces and parts of the next sections as well.

I think a Log Cabin Polka dot quilt could be wonderful and maybe my final one could be my inspiration Everyday Best by Becky Goldsmith.

Gifting A Quilt

This Odd Fellow Star quilt pattern by Cindi Edgerton at averyspecialcollection, is what my nephew and his new bride chose for their wedding quilt. Three years ago! The tissue paper foundations were sew easy to work on, and using many fabrics from my stash I slowly but surely pieced and pieced.

The Blue and White was so pretty.

And still is!

A slow but sure process, and it was exciting to start adding the “big” pieces.

Finally it was ready for borders. I think they’ve been married two years by now!

Quilt camp was a big boost to progress! Now for Borders!

Wanted to keep it simple. But it needed something; a little white stripe?

I takes a lot of pins and time with your audio book to put the pieces all together! Praying all the while for this sweet young couple and their new life together.

Time to remove all the papers. Thank goodness for Cindi’s tissue papers as they are easy to tear away.

I took the time to stitch in the ditch with this quilt and sew glad I did. I used a combination of digital designs by Anne Bright, and Joyce Lundrigan to stich this quilt in layers.

The binding was the simplest part and delivered in time for the 3rd anniversary. God Bless!

Bunches of Bears

Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, of Modern Quilt Studio have a lecture made into a book and Facebook group called Rediscovering your Stash. This concept intrigued me and is now always in the back of my mind. Its the same as sorting/clearing my sewing room, finishing projects begun and left, finding ways to use what I have. None, yet, have been as fun or turned out as wonderfully to me as this project.

A girlfriend shared a found pattern online Bunches of Bears by Shiny Happy World. I thought the bears were sew cute and I do love buttonhole applique, which I thought suited the bears well. So I tucked the pattern away for a someday.

I have a few vendors I love to visit when I attend quilt shows. (So clearly at least a year ago). These two in particular are far from me, so its a treat to visit their booths and touch their wears: Primitive Gatherings (who has the most wonderful homespun fabrics among other things); and Cherrywood Fabrics (with their beautiful suede look basically reversible solids in so many luscious colors.) I have much from both in my stash that I have washed and tucked away for a someday.

In 2020, I thought, couldn’t they be sewn together?

I had sew much fun stitching some personality into their sweet faces!

Along the way, a dear friend discovered her new Grandson was to be called Teddy, and the owner was found and the drive to finish presented itself. Someday was now.

I was able to use more primitive gatherings fabrics for the backing and binding, and a digital quilt design by Apricot Moon called Bread Basket, I had also purchased during a sale, but had not yet used.

Prayers were stitched into the layers for this sweet baby and his parents and Grandparents. Another quilt complete for me; and that is always a great feeling.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019

Need to add this even though it’s not quilted yet; I have written about it through the year.  Finished it for American Patch Works UFO Challenge on the last day of April. 

Cindi Edgertons design called Twirling Hexagons at A Very Special Collection. Done in Polka Dots. I was able to keep up with blocks each month, but the pulling it all together took longer than hoped (4 months after 2019).