Progress on MSP

MSP stands for Merry Sparkle Punch. The pattern is called Sparkle Punch; I added the “Merry” because I’m using mostly “Christmassy” fabrics.

Here’s the different star sets and amounts required to assemble a 60″ x 72″ top.

• 80 sets of 5 squares to make whole stars

• 14 sets of 4 squares to make three-quarter stars

• 2 sets of 3 squares to make half stars

• 18 single squares to make quarter stars

Anyway, I went all gang busters on it last week and more than doubled the number of sets to make the whole stars. I went from 29 to 65.

My fabric cutter, Bruno, and 3.5″ die (multiple squares), played a huge part in my progress.

Not only did I use it to cut all the squares I need…

(Click here —> to read about AccuCut vs AccuQuilt.)

I also used it to trim up my star points!Bruno is most efficient! He’s a keeper for sure!

With this being said and done, MSP is temporarily going on the back burner, so I can work on a couple of necessary quick makes.

Happy stitchin’!

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I’m not what I should be, I’m not what I could be,

but I’m not what I was. This is the testimony of every Christian.

-James MacDonald

Road Trippin’ and Hand Stitchin’

Road trippin’ and hand stitchin’ are great companions!

I’ve always preferred to be passenger on road trips. Even more so now that I’m into hand stitching.

I made excellent use of the ride time to San Diego this weekend and completed the hand quilting on this pillow cover, a leftover block from my Arkansas Traveler quilt.

Can you see the red stitches in the diamonds? I love the texture. It reminds me of fluffy popcorn. I see a finished pillow cover in the near future.

Here are some pics from the trip. Next time I’d like to go sailing.

We toured the historic Old Point Loma Lighthouse and museum and I just realized I didn’t get any pics of the outside of the structure. BUT, I did get pics of these fascinating lights!

And I knew there’d be quilts inside.

Everything was behind plexiglass to be sure nothing was touched, as the lighthouse tour was a self-guided one.

We also went whale watching. You can see those pics on my Instagram.

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God bless.

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He started something good

And I’m gonna believe it

He started something good

And He’s gonna complete it

So I’ll celebrate the truth

His work in me ain’t through

I’m just unfinished. – Mandisa

Beautiful Randomness

I finally pulled my Merry Sparkle Punch WIP/UFO out and started working on it.

This is an old pic. It is not yet on my design wall again. I had less than 1/3 of it done when I put it away.

To be honest, since it’s a Christmas quilt I was going to push it back to later in the year, but I really want to get it to flimsy status ASAP.

I took it w/me to Saturday Sew, but didn’t get any stitches in as Viola, my traveling Featherweight, was acting up. So instead I cut the HSTs needed for my star points.

I was able to get several star points sewn later Saturday evening.

Then I noticed the bonus HSTs from my Two Hearts pillows, just sitting off to the side of my machine. I’d used them as leaders/enders, and since there were only 16 of them, I decided to sew them together.

As I put the mini on my design wall to take a pic, I realized I would soon have to clear off all that’s on there, to make room for my Merry Sparkle Punch layout.

But for a few more days, I will enjoy this beautiful randomness.

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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NIV