A Small Quilty Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. I just have a little to share with you today because for me, most of the sewing I have been doing is boring! Let me show you…

Sewing long lengths of fabric is not my thing! I’ve made a few quilts this way and am always happy with them when they are finished, but getting through the sewing part is tough. I’ve been sewing the sections of the Scrappy Rainbow quilt together, adding the dot between the color rows, then a row of white to go between the sections. These are very long rows!

Then, I’m sewing a set of sashing rows for the County Fair quilt in between the rainbow rows. There are 20 of these, plus I have to add another strip to each one before they are finished. I love the look of the lattice sashing and have used it several times, but I don’t think I’ve sewn this many strips together before in a quilt.

I did finish the next set of 5 County Fair blocks, so now I have 20. Just 10 more to go. I’ll start my next set of 5 next week for May and finish the sashing so I can start sewing the rows together.

I have read some other quilt blogs where the blogger has lost her quilting bug. I don’t know if that is happening to me right now or if I just need to work on something more intricate. I like to make my mini quilts and haven’t made one in a while. I like those because they don’t take that long to make and can be finished in a shorter period of time. Everything I’m working on now is large and I’m not a fast sewer. I think I’ll have a look around to see what is out there or design something of my own. Maybe I’ll set a goal to make a mini quilt in May.

I also have the fabric and materials to make some more project bags for cross stitch and quilting, but don’t feel like working on those either.

What I really need to do is quilt, as in quilt the ones ready to go. I really enjoy free motion quilting on my machine. I just need to get them out and start!

Do any of you ever feel like you’ve lost the quilty bug? If so, what did you do about it? I would like to know what got you through it.

Also I need a little help identifying a tree.

This tree is growing in the woods all around here in the northwest corner of Virginia and is blooming at the same time as the dogwoods. I don’t remember seeing them when I was growing up near Fredericksburg or just never paid attention to them.

That’s it for now. I’m going to finish up the boring sewing this week so it doesn’t linger and maybe find something else a little more exciting to work on. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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15 Responses to A Small Quilty Update

  1. Ruth Tjaden says:

    Could it be an Elderberry tree or shrub? The flower looks similar. Great progress on your lovely quilts! Sometimes a break is needed and stepping away is ok, variety is the spice of life!


  2. Little Quiltsong says:

    We had these trees in our woods too. I never knew the name either, just that they were very hardy and hard to get rid of, if some seeds got inbetween other shrubs and bushes.
    I too struggle with finishing my quilts, and keep making a lot of tops, then…..! What does help, is that I want to show something on instagram, so I plug away, till I can create something new again :)! Also, I mainly sew baby quilts, so – “A short horse is soon curried” – a quote from Laura Ingall’s Pa from her books. Happy Weekend, Brenda!

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    • Brenda says:

      Thanks for your input, Sigi! I love seeing all your quilts on IG and when I was participating in the minis and mores with A Quilting Life, I had a goal to meet each month. Even if I have goals, it doesn’t really matter if I meet them or not unless it’s a gift for someone.


  3. Elizabeth Porter says:

    I’m also feeling a slow down of the quilting bug. I have lots to work on but not finishing anything very quickly. I’m also a slow stitcher it seems. Beautiful flowers on the 🌲 but don’t know the name of the tree. Your quilts always turn out beautiful..


  4. Yesterday, I was able to turn the corner and pick up some fabric again. I just have to add a few borders to finish a springy quilt. I am not sure why, but I was also stalled.
    That looks like a “bridal wreath” or Spirea which has gone wild. We had a single well tended Spirea and it was a beauty, packed with flowers.


    • Brenda says:

      Thanks for your input. My mom had a beautiful Spirea years ago and we it was blooming when my sister got married and we used it on the tables.


  5. Sharon Browne says:

    It happens to me quite often. I piece a lot of large quilt tops. I have lots of them that need quilting to be finished. I love piecing the blocks, but when it comes to putting them together, making borders, etc. I get bogged down at some point along the way. Also, when I try to go back to a project, I can’t remember where I was or how many more blocks I needed or the sizes of the units or where I left the fabric. This will stall me a lot, sometimes indefinitely. You would think I would have learned to take better notes and not just on a scrap of paper that I can’t find afterwards. Sometimes I find that if I take a break and make something small like a mini quilt, which is much easier and a quicker finish, I can get going again. Smaller projects have a much quicker feeling of accomplishment.


    • Brenda says:

      Thanks for sharing Sharon. My swoon blocks are waiting for sashing so I know what you mean about putting things together. I try to set aside time to do certain tasks like that, but I’m very easily distracted and always think it can wait for another day, lol.


  6. Suzanne says:

    I am anxious to read comments/suggestions for quilter’s block. I got out my County Fair pattern after a post of yours, added to my Christmas Figs 2 fo have enough for bed runner, cedar chest topper, several other toppers and there it all sits along with 3 other unstarted projects and 4 that simply need to be quilted and bound…..I love all my projects but just put them away, get them out again, over and over.
    I have finished and final finished 4 Cross Stitch WIP projects, that is some progress I suppose.
    Love your blog, by the way.


    • Brenda says:

      Thanks Suzanne. Maybe you’re like me, getting a little more satisfaction from stitching then from sewing because things are getting complete.


  7. Lydia says:

    That’s a lot of strips! I so relate, hopefully you can find your mojo again. Maybe that tree is some type of berry/cherry tree. Flowers resemble cherry or apple. I think there are some apps that let you take a photo and it identifies the plant. Hope you find out what it is.


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