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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1097472 views.

From: MelRN


That quilt is SO gorgeous! I think I'd just put an extra block on the back and hand write on it. Or you could give it to me and abandon the idea :P It's amazing!

Sorry to say the bride has been following my progress of this quilt on my Instagram posts and is quite excited about it so the quilt will need to go to her.


From: judyinohio


That must make you very happy to know that the quilt you have worked so hard to create is going to a loving home.

The bride to be just lit up when her Mom and I asked her about a quilt so I knew she was going to love it. 

Recently I asked my daughter who has some of my quilts and has loved them if she wanted a "wedding" quilt for her bed and she said no. That is ok because she loves some of my wall quilts.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Here are 2 more donation quilts that I've finished in the past week.  Like the 3 others that I previously shared, these also have a fleece backing.  I feel really good about finishing the piecing of the tops that needed piecing (easy stuff) and THEN actually quilting & binding them!   I hadn't exactly planned on working on quilting UFOs but, geez ... they were so *easy* to do.  :-)  I gotta say that it has felt so good to be returning to sewing! 

(To be sure, I am still working on my scrapbooking albums.  I'm busy digitizing the 62-page album I just finished.  I'm at the very *boring* part of creating previous/next links on every doggone page.  Boring.  Terminally boring.)

This one is the panel print I talked about early where I forgot to mark 1/2" inside the raw edge so that I inadvertently quilted the border design right up to the raw edge.  This meant that the binding *covered* part of the quilting.  Ick.   The poor loop-de-loops look like chopped off hot dogs. Sigh.

The next one is a Friendship Braid created with half-hexies.  My notes tell me that I pieced this in 2018.  I did an all-over flower meander.

I'll wait until colder weather to donate them to a Crisis Nursery local to me.  I don't think they'd appreciate them when it's been so hot here lately!


From: latterberry


Very lovely charity quilts!  They will make some little one very happy.

Very nice! Adorable animals and a great French braid. 

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


I found a jelly roll and a pattern tucked alongside it when I was looking for something else.  Since I don't typically buy jelly rolls, I suspect that I had won it as a door prize.  It was "mini pearl bracelets" by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics.  The printed design was small white dots in a circle, hence the name "pearl bracelet" on a background of full spectrum colors, ranging from pale ecru to deep eggplant.

Giveaway: Mini Pearl Bracelets in Summer Daze | Pearl bracelet, Pearls, Mini

The pattern is "Summer at the Beach", a free pattern from England Street Quilts, dated October 2012.   The pattern can be found at  .  A blog entry about this pattern can be read at .

The pattern is extremely easy, as it's done with strip sets.   Specifically because it *is* so easy, I tucked the jelly roll and pattern away for a later date, knowing that I could piece the top "any time I wanted to".  Of course, the reality is that (for me) out of sight is out of mind.  I promptly forgot all about the jelly roll and the pattern.  It languished in one of my UFO boxes for years.

So, here it is, August 2022, and I have been steadily working on genealogy scrapbooks since 2017.  Quilting really has taken a backseat.  But since my papercrafting room is adjacent to my sewing studio, I constantly hear the fabric calling my name.

When I rediscovered the jelly roll plus pattern ... and realizing once again just how easy this pattern is .. I decided, "Doggone it!  I'm gonna indulge myself and do some piecing!'  That's exactly what I did.  

There were leftover bits from the strip sets that made up "Summer at the Beach".  The leftovers were big enough that I couldn't just toss them.  I used existing fabric from my stash and was able to make TWO baby sized quilts!  Summer at the Beach turned out to be 57"x67, both of the baby quilts are 34"x34".

The directions for Summer at the Beach call for one jelly roll of the color prints and one jelly roll of the background fabric.  In my case, I had the color jelly roll but used stash fabric for the background.  However, I didn't have enough white-on-white yardage to make all of the strips sets with the same white yardage, I used several different white-on-whites, so the background of my top is scrappy white.  :-)

All three tops will get hung in the closet to await their turn to be quilted.

"Summer at the Beach" using "mini pearl bracelet" fabric

Baby quilt #1.   The striped triangles were leftovers of the strip sets.  The gray of the other side of the HST came from my stash, as did the bricks in the border.

Baby quilt #2, with Mr Pirate doing his impersonation of "Kilroy Was Here"  :-)   Honestly, the man is irrepressible!  :-)  Again, the HST were made from leftover strip sets and stash fabric.  The small pieced border of squares was also made from leftover strip sets.  The blue and outer border were from stash fabrics.

Very nice.  But I keep thinking about Minnie Pearl - HOW-DEEEEEE!  


From: latterberry


I'm glad you took time out to do some piecing and share the phots with us  I really like that pattern and "pinned" it for another day.  And thanks for the idea for the leftover triangles - I've thrown so many of them away.