Friday, April 19, 2024

A Wonderful Thursday It Was!

Yesterday was our first Split Nine-Patch workshop day and Debbie's Bitter Bees had it going on!

Being as Split Nine Patch is from the Free Patterns tab many got a head start on making half square triangles, and came with all of their 2 1/2'' square cut, sorted ready to share and go!

It didn't take long until there were a variety of layouts on design walls - playing with these blocks is the best part!

 Split Nine Patch!

Have you made one?

A veritable rainbow of blocks!

Straight furrows layout -

I love seeing everyone's scraps - Scrap quilts are like a catalogue of all of the fabrics that have come through their hands in their quilting lives.

Blocks are so simple they cover wall space in no time!

Busy happy hands and a humming featherweight!

The plan here is to have some all black/white and some with a red roses. I can't wait to see how this one works up.

Each one with so many possibilities!

Lunch was delicious!

Such a fun group!

The weather was so lovely that we filled the van with 7 of us who wanted to get out into some nature.

This green! And blooming trees!

I love taking folks to this favorite spot on my walk - the "Oh, look at that!" from folks who haven't been here before makes it all so worth it.

And yes - this week the dogwoods have begun to bloom.

Buttercups in the green.

Any Ohio folks will know what this is!  O - H - I - O!!

Thanks for a wonderful day ladies!

And just before I went home for the evening I walked into this:

Click to Play:

Left-Right-Center for CHOCOLATE!

I hope there is some left for me when I show up for today's workshop continuation!

Evening feet up and hand quilting time -

I have moved mjy hoop to the LAST block in the second row.  I'll start stitching on that one tonight.

There is just something about hand quilted texture.

It makes my heart sing!

Rain in the forecast for this afternoon - but this morning it's another lovely day.

I'm headed back to play with the quilters - what do you have going on for this Friday?

Most of you know this happened MONDAY.  Did you get your entry in?

I'll be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Licorice Twist PDF pattern from me, and a Splash of Color fabric roll from Cotton to Quilts.

We'll draw for our winners on Friday 4/26/24.

Introductory Special:  Licorice Twist is currently marked 25% off - no coupon needed!

Sale price good through 4/28/24.

I recommend using the printable 8 1/2'' X 11'' newsprint found in the Quilting All the Time category of the Quiltville Amazon Affiliate Store.

I sold out of Carol Doak paper - more is on the way and I'll post again when more is in stock.

And yes, there is a sale going on - all rulers. notions and tools are 15% off using code NOTIONS at check out.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Don't fear the mistakes, they keep us growing!
Grand Illusion (A previous Quiltville Mystery) PDF pattern booklet available in the Quiltville Store.

Happy Friday, folks!



  1. Anonymous8:53 AM EDT

    Your hand quilting is so inspiring. I love hand quilting, whether it is an overall quilting pattern like the Baptist fan or more of a custom quilting. With custom quilting, I like to match my quilting thread to the block when possible. I feel that hand quilting is more forgiving to my quilitng mistakes than when I quilt on my domestic machine, even if it takes me so much longer to quilt by hand. I, too, quilt with a hoop in my lap.

  2. Anonymous9:09 AM EDT

    I’ve been making the split 9 patch for years and completed several charity quilts with them. I now keep a project box of just the HSTs and squares to use as leaders and Enders. Going to retreat next week and I’m bringing LCR for us to play too.

  3. Rita in Iowa9:19 AM EDT

    We love play Left Right Center with our grandson and kids. We do this when we go on our MN trip in the summer. We play with quarters and then the boys get to spend it on anything they want if they win. So fun!
    Love your retreaters quilts. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jessica Vaughn9:24 AM EDT

    Retreating with some of my peeps! Practicing for August! Have a great one!

  5. Good morning 🌞 beautiful day here today finally. .my schedule is going to be cooking and figuring out where I left off with my Indigo Way .
    And trying to get my son to mow the front half of the property , the back half is too saturated.
    I want to make a handbag as my leather bag has gotten too heavy for me. A fabric one will be less. Also have a couple table runners in my head.
    Have a Sparkling good day
    Blessings 💞

  6. Anonymous9:56 AM EDT

    Hand quilting becomes a relaxing activity once you get used to it. I don't think machine quilting will ever become that for me. And the texture, especially after it's washed - - - cuddly, a warm hug from the maker.

  7. My daughter, who is not a Quilter, took a class & made a Split 9 patch with blues and tans. I got to quilt it for her using a Kisses Panto. Sew fun to remember that fun quilt. I have wanted to make one for myself to use that Panto again. Happy Fri-Yay. Stitching is on my agenda. Block construction continues...

  8. Oh your hand quilting is magical, love how it transforms that design into something amazing! Friday we will be saying goodbye to friends visiting from NH, we've had a great week at the beach, boating and kayaking! Happy Sewing Bonnie!

  9. Can someone explain the left-right-chocolate game and rules? I might want to use this for family gatherings. Thanks.

  10. Happy Friday! Love how your hand quilting looks--you're making great progress, Bonnie! I'm going to keep working on some pinwheels to finish up a runner for the dresser in our guest bedroom today. Nice pics of Bitter Bees progress! It's so inspiring to see what others are working on.

  11. I love the split 9 patch! I made a modified version in large king size for our bed. It’s my favorite quilt so far!

  12. I'm sure many quilt blocks go by various names! As I was reading this, as I am making split nine patches as my RSC for this year, I was looking forward to seeing all the variations, which were wonderful! But my split nine patch uses the center block as not a half square triangle, but a solid square of whatever color group you are using! Lends itself to a different look.

  13. I'm so glad the weather is turning off nicely for you!! I love seeing all of your area coming into bloom. That game looks like sew much fun! I hope there is a lot of quilty inspiration over the weekend. I will definitely be putting the Split 9 Patch into my L/E line-up! I absolutely love the hand quilting, I wish I could. Have a wonderful weekend!


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