March BOMs

First up is my Build A Quilt block. After making it, I kinda wished I had used the marigold on these smaller squares, but it will stay as is.

Next up is my Monthly Color Challenge block. March’s color is Red Orange for Yams. This fabric combo brings to mind candied yams.

These first two X Plus blocks are 10.5″. It’s an okay size but I wanted to make a block that uses a lot of 3.5″ squares.

I don’t like quilty math but I actually did it and came up with these 15.5″ blocks. I plan to make my daughter a queen size quilt out of these scrappy blocks and if I use this size, I’ll only need 36 of them! I’m not super thrilled w/either of these blocks but I think when I mix them up w/some really gorgeous ones, I won’t dislike them so much. I felt the same way about some of my Scrappy Trips blocks but when they were all put together, it was total WOW factor!

And last but not least, the 9.5″ Criss Cross Stars blocks. This is a Lori Holt pattern/tutorial. This block is a my 2nd favorite to make after Scrappy Trips.

So that’s all the quilty sew & tell I have for you today. Until next time, God bless and Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2Cor.6:1-2NIV

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My Quilty Bucket

Last year, in an effort to be more productive, minimize the number of WIPs I had going, or end up w/a bunch of UFOs, I created a Quilty Project Lineup. I vowed to work on one project at a time from start to finish. And for the most part I did just that. I had a mental deadline to complete the lineup and I accomplished it! As I was considering drafting another lineup I started pondering a different idea altogether. Something w/o deadlines but that would take the stress out of which project to start next and keep the momentum going.

Before I tell you about it, I have a question for you. How do you decide what your next quilty project is going to be? Especially when you want to make ALL the quilts?!?! Like I said, I’ve been thinking on this since June and I’m excited to finally share my idea w/you. My Quilty Bucket system! It’s along the same lines as a Date Night Jar or Family Fun Activity Jar, but for quilty projects. And of course there are some rules to go with it. But the rules are designed to foster productivity and keep the projects “fresh”.

The basic idea is to fill a bucket (or jar) with quilty projects you want to make and whatever project you pull, you work on until completion, without starting any other projects. My Quilty Bucket system will require quite a bit of discipline AND self-control.

Obviously, it would be ridiculous to put all 23,202 quilts I want to make in my bucket. (I just made that number up but if you are anything like me, which I think most of y’all are, that number is a pretty good representation for all the quilts we want to make, am I right? LOL.) Anyway, the first step is deciding how many projects to put in the bucket. Remember, there are no deadlines in my system, but if one starts with a ton of projects it may take forever to get to a quilt you REALLY want to make (or that one you’ve been wanting to make for 8 years now), which means you might start cheating the system and then what was the point of even trying to have a system in the first place? And what if you see the most awesome quilt on Instagram and want to make it? Do you add it to your bucket and hope to pull it next?

These questions helped me come up with a “perk” for My Quilty Bucket system. And the perk is…Wildcards! A predetermined number of Wildcards go into the bucket and whenever one is pulled, I can make anything that isn’t already in the bucket (like my latest quilt obsession on IG), OR pull from the bucket again! (If I pull another Wildcard, it should go back in the bucket and I will continue to pull until I get a project.)

So, how many projects and wildcards are going into My Quilty Bucket? This first round I’m putting in 20 projects and 4 wildcards. Most of my projects are quilts but I also have totes, zippered pouches, and paper-pieced blocks to make into a table topper or wall hanging. Some are UFOs, WIPs, and cut-offs from previous projects; also patterns from books and downloads. I already have fabric in mind for a lot of my projects but a few of them I’ll be starting w/a blank slate.

My Quilty Bucket – Round 1

Bad Girl-pattern
Big X-IG
Black and Beyond-book
Bricks & Squares-ufo
Chevron Quilt
Endless Mountains-book
Ray-fpp
Hot Cross Buns-pattern
HRTs-ufo
Kokeshi Blocks(3-4)-fpp
The Ties that Bind-book
Moonlight & Roses-book
Scrap Happy-book
Scrappy Snowball
Trick or Treat totes (4)
Urban Bow Tie
Wander Thru Woods-pattern
Wonky Rail Fence-book
QAYG Zippered Pouches (6)
Patchwork Pouf – home-dec fabric

Stay tuned for progress posts here on the blog and IG. I do plan on continuing the BOMs I’ve already committed to this year, (you can read about those here), and I’m reserving the month of July for Christmas projects, but other than that I plan to stick to My Quilty Bucket system.

If you already have a system of your own, or decide to use My Quilty Bucket system, I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God bless!

A Thread for Life

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. – Isaiah 40:28 NIV

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A Review of My 2019 Makes

These are the things I made in 2019, but not necessarily in this order. Most are finished but a few are works in progress.

This Legendary quilt and throw pillow for a dear friend.  And it was quilted by another dear friend, Katy.

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This is my version of the popular Starburst Tree Skirt. I used my 10-degree wedge ruler and finished it differently than the tutorial suggested.  I was so excited to dress my tree with it this year!

A second tree skirt. It adorned the office tree this year.

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I made this quilt for baby Rowan at church. The colors for his quilt were inspired by the shower invitations.

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This gem was made for a cousin whom I promised a quilt to 3 years ago. I’m relieved to have finally made and gifted it this year!

This thriller is for me! Meadowland is a quilt that was on my list for over a year. It’s still in the flimsy state and I plan to quilt this one myself on someone’s longarm.

I made these I Heart America pillows as decor for the Patriotic holidays. It’s a free pattern too. I practiced ruler quilting on them.

I took a Which Quilt Block Are You? quiz twice and came up with Jacob’s Ladder, so I made two.  I practiced ruler quilting on it as well. It’s hanging on the wall of my sewing room.

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This is a paper-pieced quilt I got from a magazine back in 2012 before I even knew how to paper-piece.  It hangs on the wall of my work office.  I had it quilted at Quilting Is My Therapy.

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This Mini Maker Station is a free project by Lillyella.  It’s been on the list for quite some time even though I hardly ever do handwork.  But I am now prepared to do some if/when the need/desire arises.

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This is another free project by Lillyella that has been on my list for some time. The Undercover Maker Mat.

My first Quilt of Valor.  This is a pattern I designed a couple of years ago. It’s called Straits and Arrows and it is FREE by clicking the link or in the sidebar of my blog.  Download your FREE copy today! Check out how Katy finished it.

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This next quilt is for one of my nieces. This particular niece got a very elementary version of a quilt back in 2011 when I first started quilting; one made of 10″ squares.   I’ve been meaning to make her another since then.  Well, here it is! It’s a pattern called Heirloom by Pat Bravo.  It’s going to be a gift for her 9th birthday in April.  I dropped it off at the quilter on Tuesday.

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This little top I put together w/a fraction of the cut-offs from Heirloom. It’s crib size and still a flimsy.  There was A LOT of “waste” from the Heirloom quilt. Believe it or not,  I probably still have enough to make another large lap quilt the size of Heirloom.

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This is the top and backing of a fat quarter challenge quilt I’m making for Quilts Beyond Borders.

These are the first two blocks of Angela Walters Build A Quilt. It’s basically a block of the month.  I chose the Urban Grid colorway. I’m super excited about this!

And lastly, this is a commissioned project. It will be a quilted anniversary pillow.

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I believe that’s everything.  I’m satisfied w/the amount of making I did in 2019.  I am thankful and always look forward to any time I get to spend stitching.

May 2020 be a year full of blessings and stitching for you ALL!

A Thread for Life

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” 2Cor 5:17-20

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