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Quilting As Time Flies….

Sometimes life gets in the way of  spending quality time working on my quilty projects!

We had friends from Norway visiting for 10 days, the weather here in central Florida was beautiful and it was a pleasure spending time with them.

I was able to spend a few minutes each day in my sewing room finishing up  items on my UFO list that only need quilting and binding.

A finish is a finish — right? 🙂

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

I love quilts that feature star blocks. I made this 36 x 36 inch batik patriotic wall hanging using the “Peaky & Spike” tall star points. I used my Tri-Recs ruler set to create the star points, I believe the name of this star block is named sun ray. The Shoo – Fly quilt block was my alternating block which created the plus/cross secondary pattern in the center of the quilt!


Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE  plus and cross quilt blocks?!! — and a star in the center — oh happy day 🙂

My second UFO finish for February is Autumn Stars. My version was inspired by another Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.  The quilt measures 45 x 45 inches. I used Kona Cotton solids in fall colors to cut my own 2.5 inch strips.

Autumn Stars

Autumn Stars

I hate to admit I really had a hard time with this pattern. I was getting awfully comfortable with my seam ripper so after nine blocks I was done :(.

I love the backing fabric!

autumn stars CU back

autumn stars CU back

My last UFO finish for February was my batik Jacob’s Ladder quilt. Free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop – Classic and Vintage Series.

jacobs ladder finished

2017 Jacobs Ladder Finished


3 down — 10 to go!  What do you with the UFO’s you have no intentions of finishing?

Until next time — Happy Sewing & Quilting!

First Finish of 2017

It feels great to have something checked off my to do list!

I still consider myself a quilting newbie so I don’t have lots of UFO’s – instead I have lots of fabric with magazine clippings or handwritten patterns attached. I am participating in the 2017 All People Quilt UFO challenge ,  using the chart provided  to list my project goals for 2017.


Purple Starburst

My youngest son lived in NYC for a few years and became friends with the sweetest young woman named Kim. She quickly became my friend too 🙂

Kim graduated from Northwestern University whose school colors are purple and white. When I saw the Jenny Doan Starburst tutorial I knew it was the perfect pattern for my V&Co Simply Colorful – Purple layer cake.

I love fabric with text prints. I used Inspirational Words by Whistler Studios for  Windham fabrics for the quilt backing. Seeing the words ” Believe in Yourself”, “Smile, laugh, love”, ” Today is a new day” are so encouraging!

The quilt measures 59 x 59 inches. I’m still not confident enough with my FMQ  abilities so I did straight line quilting with my walking foot.

Finished and mailed!! YAY!!

I’m linking up with Lindsey of Fort Worth Fabrics and her Fabric Frenzy Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!


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