This and That

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Florence. I hope any damage is minimal and that you’ll be back to normal soon. We were planning on camping in Bryson City, NC this week, but decided we better cancel those plans.

Last week I finished quilting Save The Bees BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. I just need to hand sew my binding. This is the first time I’ve finished one the BOM’s way before the last month! It’s a nice feeling. You can still sign up to get these free patterns.


Also, Jacquelynne is opening The Art of Home Club this week if you would like to become a member. The cost is $9.95 a month and you get embroidery, applique and quilt patterns every month centered around a specific theme. You can check out my Art of Home category on the side bar to see some of my projects.

Last week I also made two The Hand Crafter’s Carry-All Baskets for us to use when we camp. I plan on getting pictures using them on our next camping trip. You can find them in my shop here.

In one of my recent posts, I told you I’ve been in a planning mood. Well, I’m still planning and purchased these patterns by Sherri of A Quilting Life and her daughter Chelsi, @Chelsistratton.IMG_7202.1










Actually, Sherri sent me the Endless Summer Mini for participating in last month’s Minis and More Parade (which is this month’s mini), and I bought the other two. The fabrics are from their new collection Walkabout, which will be available next year. I’m waiting for a bundle of their current fabric Clover Hallow, which should be in stores now unless you are here in Atlanta. No one local carries these beautiful fabrics and I’m not sure why.

Another new pattern I got is County Fair by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Co.


I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a long time. The fabrics on the right are Christmas Figs that I purchased earlier this summer. I thought I might do the Christmas Figs BOM with these, but decided not too. I think these will be perfect for County Fair. I may need to get a little more of one of the reds to use in the sashing and that’s it. This will probably be a project for next year.

In a few weeks, I’m going to my first overnight quilt retreat. I’m looking forward to it, but I need to get some projects prepped before I go.


I’m going to cut out this layer cake and use it with my own design. I made this same quilt 9 or 10 years ago as a wall hanging.

This will be nice and simple and will sew up fast. You can tell that I hadn’t done much free motion quilting at the time. I’m sure the new one will have lots more quilting on it!

I’m sure I will also be continuing to work on the Cheddar and Indigo quilt, too.


I’ve got my first group of blocks ready to sew together. Because of all the trimming required for the half square triangles and geese units, I’m breaking the sewing up into groups of 10 blocks. Hopefully I can keep them organized that way, too, and not sew the wrong piece to the wrong block.

For the retreat, we need to bring a little something for everyone. I’ve always wanted to make the Petit Four Basket byAnnie. I used this video tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop to get started.


I used leftover layer cake squares for the baskets.


I’ve got them in piles so I don’t forget which lining goes with each basket.


I have one mostly finished just to see what they are going to be like. Aren’t they cute. They are working up pretty quickly, too. I still need to sew the lining up and stitch around the edge and it will be done, then 20 more to go!

Lots going on here, but I like the variety! I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.


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1 Response to This and That

  1. My goodness…all such great projects. I especially like the baskets. I love overnight retreats….sewing time…chatting time…great memories.


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