quilting and piecing…yes, in that order

Hello friends,

I do hope you have all had a good week! We are having perfect summer days…sunny but not humid ( very unusual for Pennsylvania!) , with a nice breeze blowing. If the whole summer was like this I would be super happy. It has been perfect laundry-on-the-line-drying weather!

This past week has been pretty productive on the quilting and piecing front. I finished big stitch quilting my “Beatrix’s Crossing” quilt and now just have to hand sew the binding! As you can see, I had a little “helper” during the binding part!

I have to tell you that this has been such a nice project to slow stitch. Just looking at the pretty colors and the flowers while stitching brought joy. If you sewed along with me, I do hope that you will share yours in the FB group so I can see it!

I started quilting my modern quiltΒ  as well. I machine quilted and meandered all over with a freeform daisy. I really wanted to do something non-linear because the piecing is so rigid and uniform and happy daisies dancing all over the top struck me as fun.

I am handstitching the binding on this one now and have even made a label already so it should be ready for the birthday girl recipient on time.

As a result of a mini flood in our crawl space last week, I added a new cabinet to my quilt room. This one we bought at Ikea before we moved into our home, thinking it might work in a bathroom. As it turned out we had no room, so the box was placed in the crawlspace and forgotten about. Long story short: Crawlspace flooded, was emptied, cabinet was rediscovered and dried out, and put together and placed in my quiltroom:

I haven’t decided what to fill it with yet, but I’m sure I can find something…..hahahaha. I don’t think you can ever have too much storage, do you?

This past week I also had a ton of fun “making new fabric”. This all came as a result of a blog post I read that linked to another blog post, that linked to a book by Victoria Findlay Wolfe ( and yes, I spend a lot of time on the internet, following links that lead to here and there and everywhere πŸ˜‰ ) Anyway, the cover of the book looked a little familiar so I went searching through my recently acquired books and there it was! The idea behind this book is to spend 15 minutes per day just “playing ” with your fabric by sewing your scraps together, and then using that newly made fabric as the base for quilt blocks. I tell you that it has been so much fun to pull out my scrap basket and going to town sewing them together! 20200626_145357For those of you who are afraid of scrap quilting and worried about “what goes together”, these are YOUR scraps from YOUR projects, so I am assuming you loved the fabrics you used? Well, then they go together! When I was sewing mine, I really didn’t worry about the different colors or themes I was sewing. All I know is that my scraps bring me joy and sewing them together was SO MUCH FUN!

I don’t have any plan yet on what my new fabric will turn into….I was thinking they would make really cute stars….or beach huts…..First I need to sew together way more scraps! Sewing scraps is very mindless and relaxing, so perfect to work on when your brain doesn’t want to think too much ;). Maybe by next week I will have some photos to share if I decide what to do with my fabric!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

19 thoughts on “quilting and piecing…yes, in that order

  1. I love your blog…once I finish these birthday gifts I’m working on I’m going to start sewing my scraps. Looks fun. Have a great day..

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  2. Your projects are always so cute. The “create your own fabric” reminds me of the crumb cake quilt I was making last year. (You take various scraps, sew them together in a jumble of colors and then you cut them into 8×8″ blocks.) It was/is so much fun. And no,,,I haven’t finished the quilt yet, like so many other things in my life, it’s a Work in Progress. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy your cool weather and keep on stitching!

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  3. I loved seeing that schnauzer face peeking out. We had a standard schnauzer for 13 years and he crossed the rainbow bridge on May 4. I miss him terribly but that little face under your table made me smile.

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  4. Can you do a video sometime demonstrating your free form daisy? It looks so cute, and while it looks fairly simple, I can’t seem to even draw the design on paper without it looking totally deformed! πŸ™‚
    I would love to just see you go thru the motions, so I can practice it!

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  5. Oooh so many pretties, I really love that idea of making a new fabric from your scraps. Thanks my dear as always you have added to my wish list. Take care.

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