Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring is my favorite time of year, but it also means my time in my quilting room is greatly reduced... 
Spring cleaning here is perhaps far more demanding outdoors than it is indoors. 
At this point, most of the annuals in my gardens are planted & today I hope to finish planting everything else.

I made it through my first month of "A Lovely Year of Finishes". Thankfully, I set my goal low... so I actually completed my task & then some!

I have a nasty past with a rotary cutter, as the ER & person who had the joy of stitching my left pointer back together will tell you. So I gloved up, used a fresh blade, ruler, and mat...

and committed to a long weekend of cutting.

Success: I cut 253 dark blocks & 259 lights of assorted dotted fabrics... woooohooo!

Proudly- I marched with my project box to my quilt guild newcomers bee ready to sew them all back together...


We paper pieced 6 of those precut rectangles into narrow strips to complete ONE part of a block!!! AND it would take 4 of those plus 5 other pieces to actually complete one full block!

My friend Trish was stuck teaching & reteaching me paper piecing until FINALLY it clicked. 
But I actually left her that day ready to piece on my own.

I am in the middle of another major quilting project, but have managed to complete 16 "block" pieces. 
I have a long way to go... but am proud to have met this first goal.

TY to all for adding the motivation.


  1. Your circle pieces look great! I'm so proud of you. Now don't you think paper piecing is fun?

  2. I'm having fun with a stash of polka dots making blocks for a sampler -- they do make for a very cheery quilt!

  3. great job! that's going to be a fabulous quilt!