Sunday, January 24, 2021

Monday Meandering 1 - 25 - 2021

Here we are with only 1 week left in January.  It hasn't been a whole lot better than 2020 but I "think" we may be making progress.  I have been able to sign up for my Covid vaccine but it doesn't sound like it will happen anytime soon.  I was just happy to get an email acknowledging that I'd signed up.  For the time being we'll stay home most of the time.  Snow may be in our forecast.  We haven't had much snow in the greater DC area for years ... or at least an hour south where we live. I will wait to see it before I believe it. 

First up Goals! 


  1. Work on T Shirt Quilt: embroidery, star blocks ✔️I'm almost done with the star blocks, I did a sample embroidery of the name
  2. Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt✔️ It's done! 
  3. Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt ✔️Several blocks cut out; 1 sewn
I was tickled to get a lot done on my goals this week.  But I did get involved with a squirrel project.  Hopefully it will be shown by the end of the week.  (It's pink so all you RSC people might have a good guess about it.) 

Maybe the best thing I did this past week is finish the handquilting on the Christmas quilt.  My plan is to put the binding on this week.  I had a note on the binding fabric that listed June 2004.  I'm thinking that is when I finished the top.  Unfortunately, I had a surprise while I ironed some of the fabric I trimmed off the backing.  It BLED!  Yikes, it is red and gold -- the red was bleeding like crazy where a bit of water got on it.  I did a test to make sure and, yep, it's a bleeder.  I guess I started washing my fabric on a regular basis sometime after 2004.  After 16 years of dragging the quilt around to work on it and all the marking it definitely needs to be washed.  I will throw in 4 or 5 Color Catchers and hopefully the excess color won't adhere to the cream background.  I'll keep you posted. 
The red on the far right is the backing fabric.   

So what's up for this week? 


  1. Work on T-shirt quilt: borders, blocks, embroidery
  2. Embroider sweatshirt
  3. Bind Christmas quilt
  4. Quilt and bind one or more of my quilts 
I don't have much to show today so I thought I'd show the borders added to Cheese and Crackers.  By the way, that's the name of the pattern from Atkinson Designs, I haven't come up with my own title.  I really like this pattern and may use it again sometime.  You can see a picture before the borders here.  They really make a difference. 

That's it for today.  I hope you join me at the following linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday.  There's always new things to discover on quilters' blogs. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. the color catchers should do the trick nicely...i used 4-5 on my orange scrappy as i knew some of the fabrics would run and it came out great!

  2. I'm almost afraid to use red fabrics anymore because of the bleeding. I hope the color catchers take care of it. I love the borders on Cheese and Crackers. It makes a huge difference.

  3. Hope your bleeder doesn't bleed out! Such a pretty combo of fabric, can't wait to see the entire quilt.

  4. Great job on your to-do list this past week! Best wishes to get the red out--I'd throw 10 or 12 in, just to make sure. I buy the huge box, 56, of color catchers at Wally's World, and reuse them as long as possible. I haven't seen Terry's pattern before--your version is awesome!!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Isn't it fun to find new blogs through OH SCRAP! I do hope you are successful when you wash that lovely hand quilted project. I would start with cold water and use lots of color catchers. I washed some scrappy placemats for the first time this weekend and had magenta color catchers when I pulled them out of the machine. I used two for 6 placemats. I think with a quilt I would throw in half a dozen color catchers. I reuse them if they don't take on a lot of dark color, so they wouldn't go to waste, but if they are needed, you have them in the washer. Best of luck getting the red out. (A new box is going on my supermarket list!) Mary /

  6. With the Quilts of Valor I make, I find that blue fabric bleeds more than red. The border on the Cheese and Crackers quilt is a good addition.

  7. Cheese and Crackers looks really yummy :-)

  8. Cheese and Crackers is cute. So... when I have quilts that bleed - I use about 2 tbsp of Dawn Dishsoap in the wash along with the color catchers - that dawn seems to help life the dye out of the water on onto the catchers... Good luck!

  9. I really like you to do list! I love to make lists myself since it is so much fun to cross them off!

  10. I love your Cheese and Crackers quilt; it is so cheerful and the design is a lot of fun. I really enjoyed reading your to do list too. I usually make a goals list; it is a joy to check an item off. Looking forward to your next post. Happy quilting, Bonnie

  11. The borders really enhanced this already awesome pattern.


  12. LOVE those borders for Cheese and Crackers, Bonnie!!

  13. Congrats on all the progress with last week's to do list. Hope you've already made good progress on this week's list. Cheese and Crackers is really fun, the border looks complicated. It's a nice frame for the rest of the quilt.


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