Monday, March 25, 2024

Quilting Through The Weekend!

The Sewciologists are working on their PHD's! (Projects Half Done!)

And they are making beautiful things - it does my heart so much good!

The weather has been fairly yuck - I'll admit it.  Saturday was perhaps the worst with morning temps in the 20s and it just never got warm.  It was drizzly and fairly yuck -

But there is something so comforting about walking into the Quilting Quarters to find that the fireplace is going and everything is toasty and beautiful things are up on the design walls.

Celtic Solstice is coming together here! Those colors are shouting DAFFODILS to me!

And the blocks have grown to cover 2 design walls now.

With a bit of encouragement from her friends - Marnie has pulled her Indigo Way blocks back out -

Looking SO GOOD!

And look what's next - her Square in a Square units and with some encouragement she cut into the Vietnamese batik she brought home from our trip.  It's going in!

Chrissie is working on a really fun and scrappy rail fence.

Rick Rack Nines from Adventures With Leaders & Enders is in layout stage!

Cute scraps!  That bright spring green is calling me!

Something fun is happening here.

The muted colors are so soft.


And through it all, there is delicious food being prepared and served by retreat mom Irene of Cotton to Quilts!

Irene hosts 3 fabulous retreats a year at Quiltville Inn.  If you don't have a group and would like one - if you want a retreat where you don't have to do any of the cooking - then contact Irene through her website and get on her mailing list.

You'll be pampered beyond compare.  Retreats are in March, June and October.

Down by the creek!

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It was such a pretty afternoon!

And I should have done this with a horizontal phone position rather than a vertical one. It would have captured me.

The daffies are at peek.

They come on so quickly and then they are gone.

Lola being Lola.

She has recovered from her butt whooping from Ivy last week.  Don't feel too sorry for her. She started it.  But maybe now she will stop stalking Ivy.

Today is the last day with the Sewciologists so we are doing all of the last day things.  It's photo day. It's tour Bonnies messy studio day.  It's fit in all of the things day.

Did you get your entry in?

Thank you so much for the wonderful response, everyone.  It has been so much fun to read the comments that you've already started in on making the string units - and for some of you this is the first time you've tried string piecing and have fallen in love.

The biggest tip I can give - okay two tips.  SHORTEN your stitch length so the needle holes do the work of perforating the paper for you so it is easier to remove.

Second tip - always piece a bit bigger than your foundation because shift happens.  This way you can slide your ruler around and find the best placement for trimming.  It will help you avoid those places where you fell short of the paper.

Big String Quartet. SEW ALL THE STRINGS!

Dig into all of your fabric scraps and turn them into a beautiful string quilt!

Perfect for beginners.  Entertaining and satisfying for everyone.

Full color diagrams and photos and step-by-step instruction provided. Sew Much Fun!
Quilt Size: 93’’ X 93’’
Introductory Pricing: The PDF pattern for Big String Quartet is currently 25% off in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store. No coupon needed.
Pricing good through 3/31/24.
I'll be drawing for 2 lucky winners to each win a PDF copy of Big String Quartet from me, AND a Rolling in Color rainbow roll from Cotton to Quilts!
Color rolls contain 20 fabrics measuring approximately 8 1/2'' X 21''. Perfect for enhancing your scrap stash and brightening up your own string collection.
Enter to win on the Gift-Away Post.
My Kiss Me, Kiwi! Stitchery pattern is also available. This was the projected we stitched during our New Zealand Adventure with Craftours.
While I used some abstract fabrics (and all kinds of stash scraps!) for my borders, my traveling quilters were more than happy to pick up fabrics in New Zealand to use to finish their own Kiwi projects the way they wanted, capturing so many memories of our trip together.
The pattern includes full color photos and graphics and instructions for using my Essential Triangle Tool as well as other options for making units for those who do not have access to my ruler.

The PDF pattern for Kiss Me, Kiwi! is currently 25% off in the Quiltville Store. No coupon needed.

Sale price good through 3/31/24.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

It’s really true. What you look for, and what you focus on you will find.
Split nine-patch was an earlier leader and Ender Challenge and is found under the Free Patterns tab. Have you made one? Started one? Have one as a UFO?

Maybe it's a good day to pull it back out!

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!



  1. Anonymous11:15 AM EDT

    Thank you for your consistent affirmation and encouragement! I have to say, I wake up almost every morning thinking of all the wonderful things I have to do...only problem is sometimes it is at 4am and then there's no way I'm getting back to sleep with all those things swimming around in my head! Have a great day. Thanks for all you do!

  2. What a great idea for Irene to host single quilters at your Inn and do everything for them :0) Looks like everyone is having FUN :0). As always I enjoy seeing what everyone is doing on their retreat. Happy Sewing!

  3. The colors in Celtic Solstice are beautiful!

  4. Anonymous2:50 PM EDT

    I just notices all the great placemats in the dining room all different colors! is there a pattern for them?

  5. Wow such beautiful PHDs. Love them all.
    Our weather has been soso. Today's not bad.
    My kitty got at my Bristol pieces on the design wall. What a mess!
    He's sleeping right now looking so innocent.
    Bless you and have a Sparkling day ❤️

  6. Anonymous5:44 PM EDT

    At the top of the blog, click the down arrow, then free patterns, then go down to String Placemats.

  7. The first thing I noticed was the Celtic Solstice! I made that pattern in 2 different color ways; I am still wanting to do it in the original colors! It was my 4th quilt I ever made and I made the first color in pinks and gave it to my grandmother... so it is a special pattern to me! :)
    I would love a week of just doing nothing but sewing!! I could use a vacation from here... and make some new friends while I am at it! The quote was perfect for a Monday... jumping into a 4-day week! Have a great evening!


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