Hello Everyone and welcome back! It has been a good week around here. Our birthday was this week, (my husband’s and mine are on the same day) so we went out to dinner, then met my brother-in-law and his wife for a birthday cocktail later in the week. A big storm blew up just as we were leaving to meet them on our birthday so we decided to wait it out. My husband and I still went to dinner, but it was too late to meet them.
My good friend Lydia sent this beautiful bouquet of flowers. They are even prettier now that some of the buds have opened up. Thanks again, Lydia for the thoughtful gift.
This week, I was ready to baste the two Jelly Roll Sizzle quilts, so I pulled out my batting. I had to piece together batting for the baby quilt, but didn’t have enough large pieces to piece together batting for the larger quilt without it looking like Frankenstein. I’ll have to go to the local quilt shop and pick some up this week.
Fortunately, I had a piece of batting just large enough for the Friendship Star Mini without piecing it. This mini was inspired by Julie’s of The Crafty Quilter, free Quilt of Valor pattern. It’s hanging on the door to the garage where it can be enjoyed many times a day.
Julie shows her stars running vertically, but I liked them horizontally. It looks good either way! (Sorry about the lighting on the edge).
The fabrics are from Minick and Simpson’s Belle Isle and Mackinac Island fabric lines. I used Aurfil 50 wt thread for the piecing and quilting. I marked the straight lines with a Hera marker then quilted them with my walking foot before switching to the free motion foot and finishing the rest of the quilting. It looks summery without being too patriotic. It will stay on the door until I get my mid to late summer mini made.
Before I started quilting, I made the next three Moda Blockhead 4 blocks. From the left, Block 16, Alternate Block 14 and Block 15. Next up is Block 17 by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. It’s a really cute block and I may use that block for my mid summer mini.
This week, I’ll start quilting the baby Jelly Roll Sizzle and hopefully get the Lakeside Jelly Roll Sizzle basted. I’ll also start planning the new mini quilt.
I hope you all have a great week ahead. We don’t have major plans, but I hope to get out on the kayaks one day. As always, thanks for stopping by.