Tuesday, August 30, 2011

36 Patch Blocks Reduced

AmandaJean's latest QAL was using 36 Patch blocks that measured 12" (finished). I am enjoying making these, but while sorting through some scraps I wondered how the block would look with smaller strips. If you cut six strips (3 light and 3 dark) at 1 1/2" x 10", you'll get a 6" (finished) 36 patch block. Since I love 'little', I think they're stinkin' cute!

I made an Abby Bag for a shop sample. It was fun sewing with these happy fabrics.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


My prayers go out to all those in harm's way of Hurricane Irene.

My 36 patch blocks continue to grow in number. I may just keep making them until I tire of the block.

I belong to a group called "The Lunch Bunch" which meets monthly at The Quilted Cottage. Sandie, our leader, is always coming up with fun things to do. Last month we brought in scraps of fabric in a brown paper bag and swapped them out. We were to add one fabric of our own to the bag of scraps we drew and make a mug rug for that person. This last Thursday was our big reveal day. The mug rug I made was for Bonnie. I paperpieced a cup and saucer, added a B and four friendship stars. Sandie had my scraps. She used the flowers in one of the fabrics as a resting place for a yellow bird. On the right she sewed a pocket to hold silverware or a tea bag. This was a fun exchange!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


This week has been a nightmare. Last Friday, Connie (my sister) and Nick lost their wonderful grandson in a motorcycle accident. Dustin was 21 years old, the oldest of three sons born to Matt and Julie. He was Army and had just graduated from jump school. To make the nightmare even worse, Dustin's brother, Dylan, had just left aboard a ship to Afghanistan. Dylan is a Navy man. The funeral was originally scheduled for today, but Dylan couldn't get home until Saturday. Please keep Matt, Julie, Dylan, Dalton, Connie and Nick and our whole family in your prayers.

Friday, August 5, 2011

BB Civil War Blocks

Kathy asked me to post a picture of my civil war blocks. I hadn't laid them out together for quite awhile. I need one more block to keep me up to date. There's a couple that need a little tweaking, but overall, I'm pleased with the results. How are you doing on your blocks?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Making Progress

Progress is good, but it's not on my UFOs. Can't help it. These blocks are speaking to me. Six blocks for the 36 Patch pile and five for the 3" Bow Tie tin. I love tins and baskets. This little tin will hold quite a few bow ties.