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).


I don’t have a lot to say about these quilts, but I am ever so happy to finish and deliver them.

Both of the tops were finished just as I finished a few customer projects on my long arm.

I chose an airplane design by Deb Geissler to quilt the plane quilts and loved how the stitched planes fit inside the plane blocks.

Similar quilts, but each special little man will be able to tell their own bed covering.

I will be delivering these to my sweet grandsons the end of the week as restrictions for sheltering are lifting.

The bonus is the airplane fabric I found enough of in my stash to make them both some pillowcases.

And these are finished before their number comes up on the UFO Project list I am using to challenge myself this year from American Patchwork and Quilting.

Building a Squadron

We have two Grandsons who like airplanes, as did their father before them. They can identify planes as they fly overhead, sew naturally as they are now in big beds, or soon to be, it follows they need airplane quilts! After much searching. I found this pattern:

The cutting directions were very good, but took some concentration. I’m making 50 blocks…yes, 25 for each bed with a side and end drop.

I have been piecing four at a time, to keep the pieces straight. But able to chain piece!

And slowly they are coming together. Our daughter in law requested navy and gray, of which I had much in my stash. I did find some fun new fabrics to throw in.

Many of the sets (each paired fat quarter makes two planes; a gray background and a navy background) I have enough for both boys to have the same plane. But some will be unique to one or the other.

I also have extra fabric in case some simply dont work. The extra will get pieced into the backing and serve as a label.

I have 16 to go! They remain high on my list to get finished; although it’s nice to take a break in between sets. One more month?

Colorful Dots

Found this pattern online and thought it would be a quick and easy way to use a Jelly Roll I purchased some time ago.   wp-15800650185114357547965879070240.jpg Amy offered a different arrangement of the blocks that appealed to me; as you will see soon.  As I was recovering from knee replacement surgery, my husband brought my machine near to my recuperation space so that as tolerated I could “work” on this quilt.  Plenty of ironing that I could sit and do.wp-15800650188414748644123355996741.jpgThen to trim the squares to the right size.wp-15800650188245279764497917725404.jpgAnd then mark and pin for sewing (this with my legs up).wp-15800650185645574106265065178419.jpgI was not thrilled with the finished squares and attempted to use spray starch to achieve a flat crease.

It went on and on…

Finally time to lay it all out; I found a problem. I thought Amy said it did not matter which way you sewed the diagonal seam.  I thought her alternate arrangements did not require any different instructions.  Still not sure how it happened, but between my efforts to square up the block, and then use the layout I liked, the bars ended up parallel instead of perpendicular.wp-15800650184541315693477519420366.jpgBy now it was 3 months post surgery and I was headed to camp and determined to get the top together and ignore the layout issues.  the crisp white and colorful fabrics were cheerful to me.wp-15800650184383328413193891642199.jpgSew fun!

wp-15800650184353773039007799824133.jpg It hung in the basement awhile as I contemplated the quilting.  wp-15800650184208426563764145828855.jpgI was motivated to do a lot of stitching in the ditch and quarter inch lines. Plenty of practice.wp-15800650184043395212847131936980.jpgOf course the triangles needed something special.wp-15800650183718196764977840970075.jpgStitched in Layers with designs by Joyce Lundrigan It was sew much fun and I was liking how it looked.  Whew.  Christmas came and went, but twenty stitching hours later it was ready for the binding.

The plaid binding and backing were bold and as cheerful as the other fabrics.

Jelly Roll (1)

It’s finished in under a year.  The first of 2020; and part of the UFO Challenge.  Despite all the quilting it washed up softly and is on our grandaughter’s bed.wp-15800650183465555312577006829267.jpg