A Bit of Sewing

Do your projects ever come and go in groups? It seems like I start several things at the same time, and finish them around the same time. Projects associate themselves across different crafts, which I suppose helps me to keep moving in all of them at once. Anyway, I am in a finishing-things stage right … More A Bit of Sewing

March 2021 Roundup

Lent is nearly over. It’s been a good one, though our kids are looking forward very much to it being over. The main unintentional casualty of my Lenten discipline of reducing recreational screen use has been my blog. So, this record of what I’ve been up to this month will be a bit of a … More March 2021 Roundup

Big Mighty Hexies

MiniMighty’s quilt is done! This quilt is nominally much simpler than Stringbean’s or Dooner’s. But I really struggled with procrastination in putting it together. The very simplicity of it was unmotivating, somehow, although it was meant to make it a more reachable achievement. When the quilt top was finished, I was certainly very happy with … More Big Mighty Hexies

February 2021 Roundup

This has been an odd month. We’ve taken half the month of school for being between terms and Stringbean’s birthday, and we’re quite out of the habit. I’ve been doing lots of housekeeping and sewing, and frankly not much else. Sewing I’ve already regaled your with all my current hexagon based projects. I won’t review … More February 2021 Roundup

Friendship Stars Quilted

Stringbean’s quilt followed a pattern by Christa Watson, from her Craftsy class “Startup Library: Quilting.” It’s a singularly well-designed project for an ambitious beginner, with lots of little touches that grow skills without adding difficulties. I know how difficult it is to design a piece like that! This was especially evident in the quilting. The … More Friendship Stars Quilted

Friendship Stars

The next step in Stringbean’s quilt was the other half of the blocks. These are called “Friendship Stars,” a block that has a similar nine-patch construction, but with a twist. Out of each set of nine squares, four are half-square triangle blocks! HSTs are a special kind of fun to make. You just stack up … More Friendship Stars

Irish Chain

I have a deep love for efficiency. One of the biggest draws to quilting, for me, is the way quilters have developed techniques and tools to produce huge textiles with great efficiency. The moment that I learned about chain piecing was the moment I knew I had to try quilting. Chain piecing piles up this … More Irish Chain