A Few Current Projects

I think I have too many proverbial irons in the fire, too many projects going at once. I need to finish up a few . . . before I am tempted to start a few more.

First up is my “Irish Chain.” It’s going together quickly since all the Nine Patches were made months ago. Why did I think it would take so long to finish this project? Why did I procrastinate? I am putting the quilt together in two halves, working from the corners to the center. Once both halves are finished, I’ll join them with the final long seam.

I started Edyta Sitar’s mystery quilt four days ago (Laundry Basket Quilts). So far I’m keeping up with the clues, making 4 or 8 blocks per day. The “Ruby” line by Maywood Studio is making such an elegant quilt.

On the design wall are my blocks of “Hello Spring,” the block of the month program I’m facilitating for Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC. I have about 10 more simple blocks to make before putting the quilt together.

What projects are you working on while sequestered at home?

“Hello Spring” on My Design Wall

“Hello Spring” is a Block of the Month Program designed by 3 Wishes Fabrics and offered locally by Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC. Aren’t the spring-themed fabrics gorgeous? This quilt will be the perfect gift for a daughter, granddaughter, or newlywed couple.

Beginning Saturday, March 21, I will facilitate block demos and show and tell at the quilt shop. We will meet-up one Saturday morning each month March through November. The one hour class is free when you sign up for the block kits. Call Bonnie to be on the “Hello Spring” BOM participant list. 919-331-2499

As you can tell from the photo, I’m working ahead, making notes as I go. I’ll be sure to show you a picture of the completed quilt top!

“Twin Star” – Done!

Trinity’s blocks – do you spy the busy bees?

Today is the day to comment “Done!” if you have completed the 12″ and the 6″  “Twin Star” blocks. I am so proud of each of you who are participating in the “Sisters” block of the month quilt along! Keep up the good work!

If you are not quite done, no worries, you have this weekend to finish up. Be sure to return to this blog post and comment “Done” when you are ready to move on to Block #3.

For inspiration, take a minute to view and “love” the “Twin Star” blocks on Instagram under the hashtag sistersqal. Isn’t it fun to quilt with virtual friends? The fabric choices are as individual as each quilter is.


Thanks, Roxann, for emailing pictures of your lovely blocks.

See you tomorrow when Block #3 is available under the tab “Sisters” BOM QAL. Hint: the patchwork design is a variation on a classic favorite, and you might like to use stripes in your blocks.


Ugly Fabric Challenge

The Tarheel Quilters Guild has inaugurated an Ugly Fabric Challenge. Well . . . it doesn’t necessarily have to be ugly fabric, just fabric you haven’t yet figured out how to use. Participants had to bring at least a yard of fabric to swap with another guild member to the February guild meeting. We have 7 months to make a project for the other person; in September we’ll bring a quilt top or tote bag, etc. to the guild meeting and present it to her.

The fabric I chose to submit is not ugly. Darla give it to me several years ago. I like it; it is “my colors.” But I haven’t yet used it. Perhaps the person who received my fabric will have a novel idea for using it. (I would love new sofa pillows!)

I received Alice in Wonderland fabric from Colleen. She’s not particularly a fan of Alice, but was attracted to the folk art nature of the fabric. It’s large scale is a bit problematic for patchwork, but fortunately she included several other coordinating fabrics.

What do you think I could make with Colleen’s fabric?

Fabric Teaser

Hello and happy weekend! I hope you have some time to sew today or tomorrow. Perhaps you will work on “Twin Star” blocks from the Sisters QAL. (You will find the instructions under the Sisters BOM QAL tab on this blog.) Or perhaps you have another quilting project to tackle.

Sew Colorful

As for me, I am working on a quilt made with vibrant solids. The “Sew Colorful” line is from Michael Miller. I can only give you a glimpse of the design at this time so you’ll be totally surprised when it appears in print this summer.

Can you guess what Patchwork units I am constructing?

“Marbella” Finished!

During 2019, I facilitated a Block of the Month program for Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC. “Marbella” was designed by Laura Gilven for 3 Wishes fabrics. The seven ladies in the class worked diligently each month to stay on track with the assigned blocks. I am so proud of them! By our January show and tell meet-up, two had completed their quilts, and the others were nearly finished.

Besides putting the shop sample together, I made blocks with another fabric line for my own quilt. Unfortunately, I used all the background fabric prior to making the four corner blocks and the large central appliqued block. After searching my stash in vain for a “matching” ecru fabric and procrastinating for several months, I decided to make a smaller quilt and to design a star block for the center of my quilt.

Since I used a tan print as background for the star block, I felt I should use it in a border as well. The second border of red print gives a perky accent. Imagine how blah the border area would look without it! The blue theme print frames my quilt nicely.

For quilting, I used tan thread and the “Drunken Feathers” pantograph designed by Barbara Becker and distributed by Urban Elementz. This panto is a current favorite of my daughter’s, so I ordered a copy for myself. I, too, like the all over, interwoven effect of the fluffy feathers.

Although I dearly hoped to finish this UFO in January, an early February finish will have to satisfy my goal-setting soul. I have to extend some grace to myself!

Do you have a project that requires an extended grace period?

“Dutchman’s Puzzle” Check-up

We are halfway to February, and Block #2 of the “Sisters” Block of the Month will be posted on the 1st.  How are you progressing with the January design, “Dutchman’s Puzzle?” Karlene, my pattern tester, made the blocks pictured on the left. What fun orange prints!

Some quilters have already posted pictures on Instagram at #sistersqal. It is so interesting to see the various fabric choices. For example, Tracy is making two quilts, one with a dark green, striped background. And Liana is using sweet florals with a light pink background. If you don’t have an Instagram account but would like to share your blocks, send a picture to aby.quilts@gmail.com. A picture of your blocks with a comment about how fun and easy they were to make will encourage the other participants!

Here is Colleen’s block. That daisy print plus sunshine yellow is sure to chase away winter doldrums!

“Dutchman’s Puzzle” is a versatile design. Even if you are not participating in the Quilt Along, I hope you’ll be inspired to incorporate it in a future project. For instance, I made the design as my center block in a round robin sponsored by my quilt guild.

An internet search for “Images of Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilts” yielded scads of pictures, but my favorite features a figure/ground color reversal. See–the “geese” are white and the “sky” background is blue. Love it!

I can’t wait to see your “Dutchman’s Puzzle” blocks (or project)!