I'm a quilting, knitting, sewing, cooking,reading, gardening nut who can never find enough hours in the day to get it all done. Then again, getting it all done is out-of-the question. I'm too easily distracted.
Earlier in the week I wanted to do some simple, mindless sewing as well as play around with my new Accuquilt Studio …..in just minutes I had a pile of strips which I then cut into squares and I did a quick "Plus" layout. Thrifted mens shirts were my fabric of choice when I decided that my project could turn into a masculine Christmas gift.
I used my 2.5" strip die to cut my strips as well as my squares...
My faithful sewing companion , Doug, has given this project his approval.
Now to find a back for this and, I think, a pillow form!
I'm absolutely amazed at how quickly time is going by….although some days seem to drag on forever.
This quilt was on the UFO pile for quite awhile….I wasn't sure how I was going to quilt it until just a couple months ago, but even knowing that I didn't seem to make the time to get it on the machine to get it done.
The name of the quilt is Why Are We Going North….which comes from a story from a trip we took as a family years ago and will forever be embedded into out memories……
I saw a similar quilt on Pinterest and felt inspired to make it….
I used matchstick quilting on it which I did on my Handiquilter Avante.
I'm happy to have finished this one and get it off my UFO list.
This novice, who has 2 completed quilts to her credit, beat out some strong competitors…
Like Sue, who came in second. Sue has been quilting for a couple years now, and she is cranking out quilts on a fairly regular basis.
She beat me. I came in 3rd. I'm not sure how the heck that happened. I accepted my defeat gracefully, but there might be some teenie tiny voodoo doll making in the near future. She might want to watch her back.
She beat Nancy. Nancy came in 4th.
I'm betting there was some thoughtful decision making as she sewed her strips together.
I should mention that Nancy was the Winner of the 1600" Strip.!!!
Faye did not participate in the race, but she brought along her Jellyroll quilt to share.
She worked on some paper pieced blocks…you can find her work at
We had a fun afternoon. Good eats, Funny Conversation.
I'm on a tiny roll here…another Ca$sh and Carry pouch.
The print is a vintage Michael Miller fabric. I'm guessing its at least 8-10 years old.
These projects are fun to do. They take less than an hour to make, and they use such a minimal amount of fabric that they are easy to make from my stash. They also help me use up miles and miles of scrap batting !
Btw…the blue fabrics from the last bag was called Hand-Made for Benartex by Michele D'Amore Designs.