A generous gift

Yesterday I posted about my Layers of Charm baby quilts

Layers of Charm quilts

and the inspiration for them I found at the blog, Samelia’s Mum. Anorina, from Samelia’s Mum, was also hosting a giveaway sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for a layer cake and a charm pack of your choice.

On Tuesday, after I had finished piecing the “boy” version of the quilt that Anorina’s post inspired, I got an email from her that I was the winner of her giveaway! Woo hoo!

By Friday, The Fat Quarter Shop had shipped a lovely Color Theory by V and Co for Moda layer cake and a Bella Solids Steel charm pack.


Aren’t these fun fabrics!


Here they are, already laying out on my cutting table –

Color Theory and Steel

Believe me, they are even more luscious in person. Can’t wait to get them put together!

Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop and Samelia’s Mum, for the opportunity to play with these yummy fabrics!

A Lovely Year of Finishes – March goal party

Time to choose just one project to get finished up for my March Lovely Year of Finishes.

I am picking one of my oldest UFO’s to finish up. Last month I worked on the borders –

Deb's Cows border ideas

and decided to go with the brown. The fun boot fabric is pieced into the back along with more of the brown.

Cows for Deb is now on the machine and I have almost finished the light cream quilting.

Cows for Deb

I want to get this quilted and bound and off to Deb….a little late (since I started this prior to 2002!) but better late than never!

Go visit Bittersweet Designs or Fiber of all Sorts to see what everyone else is working on this month!

February 350 Block Project report

I am a couple of days behind on my 350 Block Project report but at least I made some this month! I don’t know if I said, but I only made 4 blocks last month….starting out way behind the 8-ball on this!

First I put borders and pieced a backing for my Cows for Deb quilt. This photo shows it on my longarm where it is patiently waiting for me to finish the quilting.Cows for Deb


I am counting the borders as one block and the pieced back as another for two of my February blocks.

My second inspiration was found when perusing the web, along with an upcoming need for some baby quilts. The Jolly Jabber, The Fat Quarter Shop‘s blog, was featuring one of their free patterns (I didn’t know they had any prior to this post!) and a blog hop with some giveaways along with it. The pattern was Layers of Charm, using a layer cake and a charm pack. It was a lot of fun to look at all the different fabric choices everyone made on the blog hop, and at Samelia’s Mum post, Layers of Charm, I found a very inspirational table runner. It reminded me of a layer cake of 20’s-30’s reproduction fabrics I had bought a number of years ago. Anorina, from Samelia’s Mum, used blue and white triangles to form the diamonds in the quilt. Inspiration! I thought that would be a great little boy quilt, and I could use red and yellow accents in the little girl version!

Here is my little boy version of Layers of Charm – Layers of Charm - boy

I made it 4 by 6 rows instead of the 4 by 4 listed on the actual pattern, that way the quilt was a little larger. This is 6 more blocks for the month. The top is finished, though in this picture it is not yet pieced.

The picture here on my design wall shows 6 bonus pinwheels that came from the Layers of Charm quilt and 11 leader-ender batik 9-patch blocks.

Layers of Charm - boy


This gives me 25 blocks for February and a whopping 29 total for the year so far (picture me rolling my eyes at myself on that one!).

Believe it or not, I have some blocks already made for March. I have finished the little girl version of Layers of Charm as well as the bonus pinwheels and some more batik 9-patch leader/enders.

I think from the little bit of inspiration I had to make up a couple of baby quilts, I will end up with four total: the two Layers of Charm quilts, the bonus pinwheel quilt when I put them all together, and a batik 9-patch that I have the PERFECT border fabric for!

You need to grab a cuppa and click on over to Shelly’s Prairie Moon Quilts and check out the phenomenally huge tallies some folks rack up for their monthly block totals – you will see why I am making fun of my block count!

A Lovely Year of Finishes – February Finish Party

Remember my project for this month? I linked it up with Melissa at Sew BitterSweet Designs at the beginning of the month here (#39).Charlotte's quiltThis is Charlotte’s quilt and it needed the binding hand stitched down and a label prior to being shipped off. I finished it up pretty easily, thankfully!

Charlotte's quilt

Here is the whole quilt. I fell in love with the cat fabric!

Charlotte's quilt with back

I used a wonderfully cuddly pink and white flannel on the back. Little Charlotte lives near Cleveland and the extra cuddle factor is very important!

Charlotte's quilt

Here it is, folded and ready to be packed in the Hunter’s travel bag. He left Monday for Cleveland and a visit with Charlotte’s dad.

I am so excited to finally get this off the list and headed for a wonderful little girl!

I have linked up with Sew BitterSweet Designs Finishes Party here. Don’t forget to go visit both Sew BitterSweet Designs and at Fiber of All Sorts and see what everyone else has finished up!


Another one in the works…

I am still trying to clear out UFOs and use up my scraps.

Flannel squares

This quilt is a UFO made from scraps and leftover blocks from a quilt for Big Brother back in 2006. You can see there is really no rhyme or reason to the top and bottom borders or the side borders (which still need to be sewn on!). I used whatever scraps of the material I had leftover.

I plan to add the two side borders in the next day or two and then will start piecing the back from the rest of the leftovers. I fully expect that to take longer than piecing the front! Sometimes it is like a jigsaw puzzle to get all the leftovers to fit.

I am linking up to the February Link-up for Scraptastic Tuesday over at she can quilt. Go see what everyone else is working on to use up their scraps!