I was so surprised when the Dresden Squared quilt I made from a Missouri Star Quilt Company (MSQC) pattern was picked up and mentioned by MSQC on their Instagram Show and Tell feed. All I can say is thank you for the love…nearly 2000 likes! That positive mojo carried me through at least a week!
Since my last post I’ve added a 5 ½-inch mitered corner border using the same fabric I will use for the backing and I like the size of the quilt better now. Ready to layer & quilt. In all my quilting years I have never made a mitered corner border. Two corners turned out pretty good and two were a tad puckered but not bad for a first attempt. I also plan to try another first on this quilt top and do some of the quilting using rulers.
Our family visit was so fun this past week with lots of visiting, sightseeing, lunch and dinners out as well as a few home cooked meals, and even though we had a couple of days with rain off and on we still managed to get in some pool time and walks on the beach.
I recently happened upon a family of Sandhill Cranes on the campus of the local university, such sweet fuzzy yellow chicks feeding with their protective parents. It was surprising how calm they seemed as I took the photo through my open car window.
Work In Progress
As I mentioned above I did not finish my WIP #5 for April, the Dresden Squared quilt, but I did get a border added and that is progress! I will move forward to my WIP for May, #6 on my list of 12 for 2018. This is another MSQC pattern called Butterfly Blossoms made with Haiku fabric by Moda on a background of white-on-white. I’m in the process of prepping the top for quilting. I plan to prep the Dresden Squared as well and I hope to finish them both in May.
My April golden blocks for the 2018 Squared Away quilt along by Angela of So Scrappy and Mari of The Academic Quilter turned out pretty well considering I didn’t use the sunny yellow as suggested. Here’s a look at January – April blocks in this quilt along. The block for May will be revealed on Saturday May 5th and I can hardly wait.
I also have three additional scrappy projects on my table this month. First, I made a few note cards using card stock, fabric, buttons & beads and finished 10 cards, a nice change of pace from my other quilting projects. I then emptied my red scrap bin – I sort my scraps by color – and am contemplating making some blocks with the “crumbs”. That is, sewing the smallest pieces together in a sort of crazy quilt style and cutting them to a uniform small block size. I’ll write more about that later. Finally, while sorting through my scraps I found two strip sets left over from another quilt project that I plan to make pot holders with for a hostess gift…for a dinner I am attending tomorrow! Nothing like last minute projects to keep you up at night!
I do hope you are as happy with your April project results as I am with mine. I find it so helpful for my happiness and wellbeing to spend time on creative projects, or just take quiet time in my sewing & craft room to sort, organize, make a mess, and rediscover lost projects. I don’t have to actually finish anything to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Until next time – happy quilting, happy spring!