Friday, January 11, 2019

Fabric-Diet Update / Beauties Pageant 15

If you heard a loud thump about December 26 or 27 of last year, that was me, falling off the fabric-diet wagon and landing hard in the middle of some end-of-year fabric sales. It happens to the best of us, I guess.

My purchases were not frivolous, however. I have plans for (almost) everything I bought.

I’ve already declared 2019 as the Year of the Christmas Runner, and this wintery fabric will go toward making upwards of a dozen runners for holiday giving. I’m striving for easy piecing—disappearing nine patches, rail fence blocks, even simple patchwork—to allow the pretty fabric designs to be the star.

Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate and Birdie

Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille

Juniper by Basic Grey

I’m also starting on a quilt for a friend who is a school librarian. That overdue fabric (below), from Heather Givans, will work well as the back of the design I have picked out. Hmm ... it may even set the palette for the quilt top. We’ll see.


In that last pic, you’ll also see butterflies. They were included in my shopping cart simply because I have a thing butterflies. (And ladybugs. And butterflies and ladybugs in the same fabric design.) Every good fabric splurge needs a just-because purchase or two, right?

I know, I know … I had been so good at keeping my fabric acquisition to a minimum that I can hardly be at fault. The real culprits here are Cobblestone Quilts, I Love Fabric, and Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop. : )

What have you been up to this week? Share your finishes in this week’s linky ...


The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button above.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.



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Friday, January 4, 2019

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You / Beauties Pageant 14

Honestly, I don’t want to be writing a blog post right now. For that matter, I don’t want to be cleaning bathrooms, starting on dinner, or folding laundry. I want to be sewing!

My Christmas deadlines—little pouches, a medallion quilt, and a scrappy kitty quilt—kicked my butt, and I am determined not to repeat the last-minute crafting anytime soon. So I spent the weekend prepping 13 bags, some for winter gift giving, most for end-of-year teacher thank-yous. These projects will be smooth sailing. I know this because I’ve made both patterns before.

First up: two Cargo Duffle Bags (free pattern by Anna Graham). Assembling the final bags can be a bear because it requires sewing through many thick layers, but I have my walking foot and a size 16 needle on hand. Bring. It. On!

I made this Cargo Duffle two years ago for a friend.

Second up: 11 Jane Market Bags. This pattern by Alicia Paulson is busting a bunch of the half-yard cuts I have on hand. After this batch is finished, I can say that I’ve made well over 50 Jane Market Bags. For real. (I lost an accurate count once I hit 23 or 24, years ago.)

This batch of Jane Market Bags went to the staff of my old local quilt shop.

So expect to see bags—many bags!—on these pages in the near future.

Update: OK. I am committing to finishing those Cargo Duffle Bags by the end of January, for my first foray into the One Monthly Goal linkup, hosted by Elm Street Quilts!


It’s time for another Beauties Pageant, and I’m pleased to say that I found a workaround: We’re back to submitting text links that don’t require any kind of registration. I’m not sure how long inLinkz will allow me to skirt the latest-and-greatest version, but for those of you who hesitated to create yet another online account (and, man, I’m with you on that), you’re in luck for the time being.


The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button above.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.



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Monday, December 31, 2018

A Modern Twist on Medallion Quilts


It’s pretty rare for me to make a pattern with the exact fabrics that it was originally designed in. Actually, I can think only of Park Bench, a block of the month that I started in 2014 and finished in 2017. And even with that quilt, I fudged things a bit, substituting a few fabrics for others and omitting some blocks altogether.

But when I saw Lynne Goldsworthy’s Modern Medallions quilt and realized I had almost all of the required Karen Lewis/Blueberry Park fabric in my stash to sew it, I knew I would stick with the pattern ...




The color selection and placement reflect all of Lynne’s design decisions. For the background, I used Basic Grey’s Grunge in paper white. I pieced my back, as usual, and used chunks of pale blue from my stash. At 72 inches square, this project is a generously sized lap quilt. I shuddered at the thought of quilting it on my domestic, so a friend longarmed it with a computerized panto.


This quilt was gifted for Christmas. Earlier this year, I had approached the director of the children’s ministry at my church about finding an aide to accompany my younger son into kids’ church. I thought she would hook me up with a big-hearted teenager, but I was introduced instead to a woman with three kids of her own. She works with my kiddo at the 9 o’clock service and then heads back home and attends a service at a different location with her own family. I know helping my family is a sacrifice, and her generosity is almost too much to accept. Making this quilt was my way of showing her how much I appreciate the time and effort she has dedicated to my son.


Modern Medallions was released as a booklet accompanying issue 30 of Love Patchwork and Quilting. It doesn’t seem as if it was ever sold separately. If you really love this pattern and want to make it yourself, perhaps you’ll have some luck finding it through Etsy. (Sorry, my copy is already spoken for!)

Does my story of making this quilt resonate with you? How often do you follow a pattern verbatim? Are you like me, trying to make use of the stash you have on hand, or do you buy fabric for a particular project in mind?

Linking up to Main Crush Monday, Let’s Bee Social, and Needle and Thread Thursday ... 

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