Friday, February 22, 2019

Dust Off A Quilt Book ~ My Day!

Sunny Lanes Baby Quilt 

"Easy Four Patch Quilting" 
by Joanne Stauffer and Sandra Hatch

I have made this block by this name before for a block swap from

but never sewed it into a quilt.

I like the instructions in the book much better. 

Lots of strip and chain piecing.

I started it here

My kind of sewing!

I made one change from the pattern
I added tags to some of the four patch blocks  HERE

The 47" by 59" baby quilt calls for 12 of these 
Sunny Lanes Blocks.

I am sorry that I do not have a finished project to show you.

I am still working on this quilt.

I have been suffering from sinus related headaches this month.

This is not uncommon for me in late winter,
when the house has been closed up for months.
It slows me down even more than my normal snail sewing pace.

Silly me,  my love of books, blog hops and quilting
had me signing up for two blog hops in the same week
and I know how slow I sew.

Please visit all the quilter book lovers posting today ... 

Friday Feb 22nd

Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Pat at Life in the Scrapatch ( you are here)
Marian at seams to be sew

This fun blog hop is hosted by
Bea @ Beaquilter

I am really enjoying all this lovely quilty blog hopping this week ...

... while I am sewing Sunny Lanes.

I hope this have this baby boy quilt done soon.

The baby was born in January :-)

Happy Blog Hopping!  

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Taking Wing

Today is the last day of the 

It has been sew uplifting.

Here are a few of my (non quilty) favorite wings ... 

My hubby bought this lighted lawn decoration 
just before Christmas on early clearance when I asked him why we had no lights 
on the front of our house last year.

I loved her and did not want to see her hidden in the cellar for most of the year.

So now she lives in the corner of our dining room where I used to have my sewing machine.
It is along a bay wall that is otherwise a dark space near the built-in china cabinet. 

These wings were a more recent bargain purchase online.
I thought they were much too dark when they arrived.

So I found some craft paint
and lightened this heart.

Right now they are both living in my old quilty corner,
although the wings may be soon hung elsewhere.

I see these and my heart takes wing.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Summer Moon, Twilight, Nutmeg

Nutmeg and I have been waiting 
since last October when we

about the

by Carrie Nelson for It's Sew Emma

We pre-ordered the book.

We did not choose either of the Block of the Month Kits,
which are sold out.

We want to use our stash.

We have this beautiful

and added some other fabrics ...

and this 
which has been in my stash for quite awhile
so it is an older color.

The firefly fabric is my favorite!

I am looking forward to sewing this quilt at my own pace.

I hope to be starting soon and finishing sometime during the summer moon months.

Dreaming of summer and fireflies
on this cold, gray New England Day.

*some of the links in this post are Fat Quarter Shop affiliate links 
for which I receive, at no additional cost to the buyer, a very small 
percentage of the sale.  I am not affiliated with any other business
and do so because I am a very loyal Fat Quarter Shop customer. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Show Your Wings Blog Hop ~ My Day

My "Wings" Cushion Cover

for the

I am using this pattern:

Left Facing Feathers Block # 1

This block measures 8 and 1/2" unfinished.


I started choosing fabrics for this quilt HERE

I decided on one of my favorite stash fabrics,

Guernsey by Brenda Riddle

I dithered over the background fabric HERE

I decided on the aqua dot for the sky fabric 
and started sorting my Guernsey Layer Cake.

Cutting is very complicated,
but the pattern has very good instructions.

There is a lot of very precise piecing involved ...

... and the smallest squares I have ever sewn into block,
two 3/4" squares form the beak.

Cutting and sewing instructions include notes
for both right-facing and left-facing birds.

I added fusible fleece to the back of this block and quilted it
with King Tut varigated light blue thread.

I quilted it with my walking foot and lots of outline quilting 
for durability.

I want to make a new quilt for my bed
but decided to turn this first block into a cushion cover
for my favorite back pillow.

You can see how thread bare the old, eight year old cover was.
This pillow underneath is even older,
at least 15 years old
and it was gift to me from my daughter
when she was in her teens, 
just one of the reasons why it is my favorite pillow.

Here is my finished pillow cover.
I  like to bind pillows just as I would quilts.
I added a little black button eye.

For the back of the pillow,
I used my only half yard of my favorite focus fabric from this collection
and made a simple envelope back
so it would be soft and comfy. 

The binding fabric,
a text print in my favorite spring green,
was made from scrap strips leftover from the quilt behind it.

This pillow is the perfect size and firmness for my much needed lumbar support.
I use it every day and every night. 

I am happy to have given this pillow such a beautiful new cover.

Here are photos of it when it got a new cover 8 years ago ... 

This  is what it looked like then
and I made it with leftovers 
to match ... 

... to match My Favorite Bed Quilt

This quilt is also getting worn from use and many washings.

Both of the kitties in these photos have wings,
Mina and Butterfly, 
as they have crossed the rainbow bridge.

It is time for a new quilt and I will be making one with my Guernsey 
and other stash fabrics.

Last time I sewed the small cushion cover last 
with scraps as an afterthought.
This time I sewed it first
and will now make the bed quilt to match it. 

The quilt pattern calls for 30 of these bird blocks,
15 right facing and 15 left facing.
The finished quilt will be about 60" by 70"
but I will be making it larger of my queen size bed.

I will be sewing bird blocks.
for a long time.

During the sewing,  I will be using pretty quilt behind it on my bed.

I like having more than one quilt in similar colors for my bedroom. 

It is time to think spring! 

Enjoy all the stops on the hop today:

February 19th

Life in the Scrapatch  (you are here)

Thank you to 
for organizing this hop.


Still is winter in my quilty corner and the sun is sometimes hard to find.

Snow here again today.

Thank you for stopping by and brightening my day.

Happy Blog Hopping!