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.










What do you think?







Linking up with Elm Street Quilts – OMG and Inquiring Quilter – Wednesday Wait Loss and


Christmas in April is moving along here.  This quilt is my April OMG (One Monthly Goal) April OMG.

I wanted to make this quilt a little bigger than the original 58.5 square.  So I added piano keys with my leftover pieces from the layer cake.

Remember I bought a layer cake and a frivoli tin of this fabric.  The frivoli fabric was 7 x 7, so I cut my layer cake down to 7 x 7.  That left me with fabric to do these keys.  My first time and I must say I am quite proud I got them right and the corner pieces matched up “almost” perfect.



I’m going to link up with a few new friends today:


Inquiring Quilter – Wednesday Wait Loss

Quilt Fabrication – Midweek Makers

Koka Quilts – Sew Stitch Snap Share

Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social


I received the fabric for my backing and binding on the weekend.  This was my first order from Olie and Evie on Etsy.  It was a quick and easy transaction.


The backing will be All Wrapped Up and the binding Peppermints Vanilla Red.  Both are The Cookie Exchange by Sweetwater by Moda.


The top measures at 58 square and I want to make it a bit bigger.  So I have decided to add Piano Keys around the edge.  I sound like I know what I’m talking about, I don’t but I did some research and found them.


I am continuing on my quest to completed my April One Monthly Goal.


Linking up with:

Ems Scrap Bag – Moving It Forward Monday

Patchwork Times – Design Wall

Free Motion by the River

Cooking Up Quilts – MCM

Stitch All The Things – To Do Tuesday


Another month has flown by and we are now in April.  In talking with my Gram (before she passed in her 90’s) I mentioned how fast the time passes now that I was getting older.  She had a great reason, which made so much sense.

She said when you are 5 years old it takes forever to get to your birthday, since you are reflecting back on 1/5th  of your life.  When you are 40 they seem to come much quicker, since you are reflecting back on 1/40th of your life.  At that point, I couldn’t imagine how fast they must seem to go by for her at 85, reflecting on 1/85th of her life.

Here is my Gram, loved her and miss her every day.

April brings Easter, my 28th Wedding Anniversary and a much needed sunny vacation.  In that mix, I’m going to add another quilt to start and finish.

Again I bought a layer cake and then not remembering (that forgetfulness that sneaks up on me) bought a Frivoli box in The Cookie Exchange by Moda.

Well at least I’ll be early for the holidays after I accomplish this goal.  My April OMG is to complete this holiday quilt.  Need to decide on a pattern and get busy.

Linking up with

Elm Street Quilts – OMG

Cooking Up Quilts

Ems Scrapbag – Moving It Forward

Free Motion by the River

Stitch All The Things – To Do Tuesday



I started this quilt,  Missouri Star Quilt Company – Ribbon Dance, after seeing the pattern pop up in my facebook post.  I had a layer cake of Rainy Day by Me and My Sister Designs.

I started this the first of the month and decided to have it as my March – OMG (One Monthly Goal).

It turned out very cute.  I love the fabrics by Me and My Sister Designs.  When I started quilting in August, 2015, the first “real” fabric I purchased was Dot Dot Dash in a jellyroll.  That started it for me.

This are the blocks as they were put together.

I used pink strip from the Dot Dot Dash collection.

And sticking with the theme used Pink Dot from the Dot Dot Dash collection as well.

I was thrilled to have this finished for the March One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts.  I wasn’t sure I would get this done.

I have been working on updating the blog and moving to a self-hosted site.  I had no idea what all was entailed until I started.  That is for another post.

In the meantime, I am linking up with:

Elm Street Quilts – OMG

Crazy Mom Quilts

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or not Friday

Confessions of a Fabric Addict