My husband said to me the other day, well maybe last month, why don’t you make a quilt for Cel.  She is his cousin and she is having a hard time with her MS.  I said great idea, why didn’t I think of that earlier.  So I went to see what pre-cuts I had that would work.

Here is what I picked before we headed out for vacation.

I had bought this online when someone had a deal.  Wasn’t really sure what I would use them for but I love a layer cake!!  Just add white, right?

Here were my choices after I made the HSTs (of course HSTs) my favorite.  They are so versatile.

 

I went with the diamonds. My squares were 6 1/2, which I thought was too big for the first choice ( can’t remember what that is called).

Headed down to Shipshewanna to buy some backing.  Came home with this for the back.

First things first, what was I thinking.  I like the fabric but it doesn’t really work.  Second what made me think 3 yards was enough. It wasn’t.  So let’s figure out a Plan B.

Last week my sister and I did a little shop hop in West Michigan.  I came home with some wide Robert Kaufman for backing.  I guess I’m pulling that out today.  This will be my Plan B.

Today I hope to get it quilted then I need to figure out my binding.  You ask how am I going to quilt it, you are right is you said straight lines.  Sometime in the future I will try FMQ, just not today.

Another dilema for another day.

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I signed up this year for an online for the Swarm Lilly Pad Bee.  I was the February Queen and loved all the blocks I received.  Here is my February Queen quilt.

May’s queen was my fear, Flying Geese.  Nothing new for most, but a first for me. The block chosen was Blossom Heart Quilts – Double Star.

 

I didn’t really have any great fabrics, so headed to the local shop and picked these up.

 

I think the block turned out nice.  The flying geese weren’t too hard.

 

 

 

 

Can hardly wait to see the Queens finished quilt.   She plans to use 4 blocks and make NICU quilts.  I sent an NICU quilt I made of some leftover HSTs, check it out here.

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We just got back from vacation.  It was beautiful and relaxing.  A cruise from Miami to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.  Warm weather and sunny skies.  We even got to check off a bucket list item, swimming with the Stingrays at Stingray City, Grand Cayman.

 

 

Once we were back home and laundry was going, I needed to sew.  I usually do my Swarm Lilly Pad BOM for the Queen on the first of each month.  So I felt behind, we have until the end of the month to get the block out, but I like to be early.  Then I found the block for our May queen.  Uh Oh, flying geese.  I have never done a flying geese.  Here is the pattern for the Blossom Heart Quilts – Double Star.  Hilary our May Queen was using these blocks for NICU quilts.  I didn’t really have any fabric that would be good for kids.  I had dentist appointment (45 minutes from home) that is near a great fabric store.  So I made a stop and found this fabric. And started the layout.  Then the flying geese fear came in.  Not ready to do that today.  I just want some no brain needed sewing.

 

                        

 

I asked Hilary what size the NICU was looking for and she said between 20 to 30 inches, square or rectangle.  Wait I have some left over blocks from Ribbon Dance.  They made just the right size.  Layed them out and sewed the rows.

 

 

Went to find some leftovers for the backing and binding.  Here it is completed.

 

 

A fun little project done.  Now I need to get back to those flying geese.

 

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The Cookie Exchange is completed.  This was my April One Monthly Goal.  I started this quilt with one layer cake and one Frivoli tin.  I didn’t mean to  buy two of the same fabric, but sometimes that happens.

The Frivoli fabric was 42 squares of 7 x 7.  Of course the layer cake is 42 squares of 10 x 10.  My simple mind came up with a great plan, cut the layer cake to 7 x 7.  Sewed them up and thought I needed it a bit bigger.  So I added piano keys.  It makes me feel so “experienced” to say piano keys, rather than add fabric to the edges.

But I did think ahead on the piano keys and adjusted my seam allowance to keep them all the same, rather than cutting the end pieces to fit the quilt.  I was pretty proud of myself for thinking of that ahead of time.  Ahead of time means before I finished them all, no I thought of it on the second set.

This quilt measures 64 x 64, nice size for hubby and me to use.  This one is staying at my house.  So far it is staying here.

 

I decided to quilt in a cross hatch pattern on the blocks of the quilt.  Once I started what was I thinking.  It took forever.  But I do like how it turned out.  Then I quilted the piano keys edge to edge, which made nice cross hatches on the corner blocks.

I had read somewhere that someone ironed their binding flat and then over.  I thought I would give it a try, since I am working to improve my binding.  It only took about 15 minutes to iron.  The corners really laid nice after the ironing.  Once I sewed the binding I think it turned out nice, especially the corners.  I think with the ironing process I may be able to make my binding thinner.  May try to start with 2.25 wide binding next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April is coming to a close and we are more than half way through the Totally Triangle Quilt Along blocks.  Sheila at Mystery Quilter.  There are a total of 25 blocks in the pattern.  Through April we have 17 completed blocks.

I am thrilled that I have been ahead on getting blocks done.  Here is a peak at the April blocks.

Gold Medal 4/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hexagon Delights 4/8

Down in the Valley  4/15

Soccer Ball  4/22

 

True Love 4/29

Stay tuned for May, where another four blocks will be completed.

 

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