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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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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Just a quick post today.  I am binding my April One Monthly Goal today.

 

 

I remember reading somewhere on the net about ironing your binding.  Of course, I can’t find it now.

If I remember right after it is sewn on they pressed it twice.  Once to the side and then once over the back.  I’m gonna try this process to see how it works.  I’m always looking for ways to improve my binding.

Anyone else iron their binding that many times?

 

 

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Last year I found Confessions of a Fabric Addict’s blog and thought this would be a great blog to follow and maybe when I got better at quilting join in and make some quilts for Hands to Help.  I signed up for her newsletter.  Or so I thought.  I got a nice letter saying thanks for volunteering and making quilts for charity.  I did what.  It was a great push and I sent two quilts, here is that story H2H 2016 Quilts.

Over the course of the last year, I knew I wanted to do this again.  So I have made these quilts to send off to Happy Chemo.

 

This quilt was made from my reign as queen in our block swap.  Here are details for this Homebase block quilt, February Queen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is from a pattern called PaintPots and can be checked out here PaintPots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pattern is Jelly Lantern from Quilt Theory and here are the details Jelly Lanterns.  I am linking up with Hands2Help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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