Sunday, February 25, 2024

Monday Meanderings 2 - 26 -2024

Hello All! I've got way too much to squeeze into this blog post but I'm going to try to keep it a reasonable length.  Just a note -- I went to the Univ. of Southern California School of Journalism. I started in straight journalism but ended up with a degree in Public Relations.  I like to write. Although I go back and edit my blog posts to tighten them up, I have been known to carry on (and on.) Ok, moving right along to goals. 


✅Quilt and bind two baby quilts — I turned over these two quilts to binding elves. 

✅Make some FCQ Equilter blocks -- 2 are started, none are done. 

✅Work on Happy Blocks -- Yep, made some more of various sizes.

✅Finish Feb Malted Mystery clue -- Done! 

Update Accuquilt Dies in app and online -- Came up with a list but didn't update anything. 

Here's my Malted Mystery top all up to date!

Bummer. The color is much more pleasing than this shows. What looks like black is actually a dark purple.

Two baby quilts were quilted. Most of the fabrics were reproduction 30s fabrics that were given to the guild. Remember me talking about washing fabric? I pulled out all the pink 30s repro animal prints and cut them up into bricks. (I used my 3.5" x 6.5" brick die and cut them all on the Accuquilt.) There were enough bricks for 2 quilts. My friend Karen sewed the blocks together. Then I quilted both of them using more 30s repo fabric for the back. I turned them into the guild on Wednesday night and they will be given off to binding elves to finish up. 

And now, here's what I will be doing this week. 


Bind Picket Fence Quilt

Bind secret project (Look for the reveal on Wed. March 6.) 

Make some more FCQ Equilter blocks

Attend the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show 

Sew the green, blacks, & white 3 yard quilt

Update the Accuquilt online and app

I did have one big off list project this week. Sunday I spent the day quilting the Picket Fence top that I finished in 2022.  Late last year I bought a bunch of backing fabrics including a nice teal backing for the Picket Fence top.  (You can see the finished top here.) I will post the finished quilt soon. (Unless I forget!) 

In an effort to lessen the unfinished top collection I have,  I am going to try to quilt a couple tops a month. I know I have at least 7 (probably more) with backings and some with batting. So hopefully I'll get another couple done in March. I guess I need to stop finishing tops too. (😬 right!)

On to 15 Minutes to Stitch. Not bad! 
  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Feb = 25/25 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 56/56 days
  • Success rate = 100%

It's ridiculously late but here are my stashbusting statistics for January.  Last year I decided I wouldn't keep track of fabric in and out. Eventually, I realized I did better knowing whether I was using up fabric or just endlessly adding to my fabric stash. I don't particularly like figuring out the fabric I use but at least I'll know whether I am using up the stash.  Here's January's results. Not bad.  I hope I finish a bit more in February. 


Fabric In Month

Fabric In Year

Fabric Out 


Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year







So far I haven't purchased any fabric in February.  I suspect that will change when we go to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show.  Maybe I can have strong March finishes with no purchases. 

Later this week I hope to post a new month of Mysteries, Quilt Alongs, and Little Gifts.  I thought I'd mention one freebie you might want to check out now. Fabric Cafe has been releasing a free quilt pattern.  I haven't figured out how often they've done it so I just check back every month. However, I just checked and they have 3 of their early 3 Yard Quilt patterns available free now.  Here's the link to the free patterns. One thing to know if you haven't used any 3 yard patterns: They allow for an "economy" binding so it isn't double fold. If you prefer a double fold binding buy more fabric or use something from your stash. 

You might want to look over the other info Fabric Cafe has available there too. I was particularly interested in the sheet listing how much double fold binding you need to make for various sizes of 3 yard quilts. Note -- they base the totals on 2.25" binding. Have fun checking out their videos too. 

I'm ready to finish reading my latest novel -- I'm about 75% done and I'd like to finish it tonight. Here are the Linky parties I post to. Please go check out some other blogs. You'll come away with lots of great ideas. 

Monday Musings

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Monday Meandering -- 2/19/2024


Presidents Day Cupcakes! 

Or at least that is what I'm calling them. I'm taking some to my regular Monday stitching group.  We don't plan for treats but almost every week someone (or several someones) bring something.  I'll see if anyone else brings something too. And, whether I will have any leftovers! 

Here's last week's list. I got most of the items done. 


✅Work on Malted Mystery Feb Clue — just need to add three small borders.

👎🏼Trim appliqué blocks; pick fabric for setting the blocks — nope. Stashed them away and can’t find them!  They will turn up one of these days. 

✅Cut out green, black floral, & black and white 3 yard quilt -- Done but not as originally planned. 

✅Make a couple of placemats -- finished two more.

Look at star quilt — I have a plan! 

Here are the fabrics I used for my 3 yard quilt. I had planned to use one of Fabric Cafe's pattern but I didn't read it carefully so I changed my plans a bit. I'll be sewing this in a few weeks.  Nann, who blogs at With Strings Attached , sent me a surprise package of fabric including the big floral print.  Hum, that chartreuse Kona is not as yellow as it shows here.  I'll be sharing the finished top in a few weeks. 

I was happy to figure out I can use some decorator fabric for the placemats I'm making. This piece is actually an upholstery fabric that I dipped in hot water to try to soften it up a bit. I've cut walker bags from the fabric and this was a left over piece.  The backing fabric is another one from Nann.  It was a perfect fit for the front. 

Here's what I'll be working on this week. 


Quilt and bind two baby quilts

Make some FCQ Equilter blocks

Work on Happy Blocks

Finish Feb Malted Mystery clue

Update Accuquilt Dies in app and online 

I did get another block made for the Dec/January Equilter.  Pat asked for Disappearing 9 Patches.  I made most of the blocks several weeks ago.  But I wanted one more and kept postponing making it.  So this afternoon I got it done and I'll be shipping them out to her in the next few days. (Not Monday -- it's a federal holiday.) 

My 15 Minutes to Stitch has been going very well.  Most days I get a lot more time than just the 15 minutes.  

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Feb = 11/29 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 49/49 days
  • Success rate = 100%

I will confess to getting a lot of reading time too.  I've just started the audio version of Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini. Two hours in and I'm hooked on it.  I would recommend it to readers (or listeners) who enjoy historical fiction. I'm looking forward to spending some more time with it.

Please check out these Linky parties:

Oh Scrap

Life in Pieces Stitching Stuff

Design Wall Monday

Monday Musings

I had a good time last week reading blogs. It's fun to see what people are working on these days. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

All-Star Sampler

Recently, I read on someone's blog that she didn't think anyone would be interested in finishing a project.  Guess what! People do finish other people's unfinished projects. 

Virginia Star Quilters received a plastic box with several finished blocks, extra fabric, a couple of sample blocks, a ruler, and a book, All-Star Sampler. The Community Outreach chair person passed it on to me to see if I would finish it -- or at least do something with it.  There were 9 blocks finished and one nearly finished.   I looked in the box soon after I got it and freaked out. The blocks were beautiful star blocks. There were two settings both with feathered star blocks. The project had been a block of the month project from a store according to a note the quilter left. She said she started it in 1999. The piecing is exquisite.  Take a look at the blocks she's finished.

I originally thought I'd finish another block that is nearly done. And, maybe make one more so there will be 12 blocks.  Um, er, I don't make complicated blocks for the most part. Most, if not all, of these have set in seams. My plan now is to pull out my trusty Circle of Nine book and choose a setting.  No doubt any of them in that book would be easier than the settings in the book, All Star Sampler by Roxanne Carter.  You know I'm not making a feathered star block -- although I have and I actually could.  But, no, not for this. 

After texting back and forth with Nancy, the Community Outreach person, we decided one of the Circle of Nine quilts would work. We think the finished quilt might be a raffle quilt, or possibly donate to another organization to use as a fund raiser. Here's what the design will (hopefully) look like. As shown it would be 68" square. The blocks are 12" and the outside border is 8.5".  I'm not sure it will end up that big but it's what we're thinking about.  

I did an inventory of all the fabric that was included.  The multicolor print on black ground has a whole bunch of fabric already cut at 6.5".  Other fabrics have 2 yards or less.  If I remember correctly the "F" rectangles need about 2 yards. Hum, I just noticed the light background squares "D". There isn't a lot of background left -- hopefully just enough.  If we're lucky,  the only fabric that will be purchased is the backing. 

I'll keep you posted as I begin to work through this challenge.  I doubt it will be high on my list to complete soon but I should be able to finish it if I work on it off and on over the next few months. Part of my issue is I'm trying to finish a lot of my UFOs and quilt some of the many tops I have.  And, a surprise group of quilts for a customer.  I'll be busy. 

Have you decided what you will do with your stash, sewing machines, UFO's and finished quilts? I mean, when you are either not around or unable to keep working on them?  

I have a plan -- my daughter will be responsible for moving out my sewing supplies. She's a quilter but she has a tiny little sewing space so she's not going to be able to keep most of what I have. (Remember, books, rulers, threads, long arm, old projects -- the list just keeps on going.) I will try to leave some ideas of where she can donate quilts and supplies to that will benefit others. 

She rolls her eyes at me when I tell her I've gotten rid of things.  A while ago I gave away a big bag of paper panto patterns for long arm quilting. *eye roll* I was happy to pass it on to a lady who had a fairly new long arm and was thrilled to take them. (I'm also working on my yarn collection making frame knit hats.) 

I am continuing to move UFOs into tops. I've cut back on fabric buying -- except for specific projects or backing. I think in the last 2 or 3 years I've only gotten a 3 or 4 books. I sporadically sell some of my supplies or give them away on the free table at the guild.  So I am trying.  But I hope to never give up on quilting. If I have any luck sewing through my fabric collection it would be some what easier.  Have you put any thought into your quilting supplies? 

I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Alycia's Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Beauties Pageant at From Bolt to Beauty.  Take some time to visit. A lot is  going on with quilters around the world. I'll be back to link up the other posts on Friday -- if I remember... UGH! Saturday morning and I finally remembered! 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie

Monday, February 12, 2024

Monday Meanderings 2 - 12 - 2024

Well, darn.  I had hoped that the 49ers would win the Super Bowl last night.  Tough loss as they were winning most of the game.  Did I really care?  Not so much but I was hoping the Chiefs would lose since they beat the Ravens, a team I've known since their inception in 1996. Sigh. Although I didn't see all the ads I wasn't impressed with most. We know we are not the audience the advertisers are seeking.  On the other hand, with rare exception I couldn't tell you what was being advertised.  Did you have a favorite ad? Did any seem really funny? Let me know what you thought of them.

Last week I put 4 goals on my list.  I'm happy to report I completed them all and some off list items.


✅Put binding on Strippy quilt -- Done! 

✅Work on UFO #9 -- Done until time to quilt it!

✅Finish secret project top -- Done!

Finish cutting out 2nd brick quilt kit -- Done! 

UFO #9 was my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Blocks from 2022.  I remember I wasn't very happy making them because they used a lot of fabric so I couldn't use scraps very often.  I have to say I really like this top.  I'm probably going to put a small white border around it and then use either a multicolored binding or make one.  It may be pulled out again this month so I can add the border. It's doubtful if it will get quilted anytime soon as I have a large number of tops, with backing, waiting.  

I don't always put ongoing block making on my goals list.  Nonetheless, I spent time making some RSC bowtie blocks in red this week. In fact I probably won't make anymore this month. (Note to self -- figure out how many green blocks you made...) 

Here's what one section of my design wall looked this past weekend.  I am a huge fan of Happy Blocks -- if you've read this blog for any length of time you've seen lots of different Happy Blocks with links to directions.  Here are 4 of my latest blocks.  Yes, the Mickey Mouse block is larger than the rest.  

I was gathering all the blocks I have already made and realized I have 3 different sizes in progress. Good Grief! (And I bet I have a couple unquilted tops in my closet too!)  Last week I shared Happy Blocks that started with 6" centers. Mickey is a 5" center and the rest are 4.5" centers. Don't ask how I got 3 different sizes going.  I've been cutting various size blocks so I can get enough to finish these three different quilts. 

Hum, looking at the picture of the bow tie blocks -- I might have gotten too many with the same color value.  I need to take a look and see if there are some other reds that might lighten up these blocks.  

Now on to my goals for this week.  I went a little wild on them so I'll see what I can get done. 


Work on Malted Mystery Feb Clue

Trim appliqué blocks; pick fabric for setting the blocks

Cut out green, black, & white 3 yard quilt

Make a couple of placemats

Look at star quilt

Here are my 15 minutes of stitching results for this past week.  Another great week. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Jan = 31/31 days
  • 15 minute days/Feb = 11/29 days
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 42/42 days
  • Success rate = 100%

It's time to get on with my Monday.  I usually write and post my blog Sunday evening... you know what I was doing instead... darn football game! Ok, truth told I was only looking up every once in a while as I was starting a new book. I really could have written this last night but... 

Take some time to check out blogs across the world. 

Oh Scrap

Life in Pieces Stitching Stuff

Design Wall Monday

Monday Musings 

That's it for today.  Have a great week and a Happy Valentine's Day. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Monday Meandering 2 - 5 - 2024

February -- it snuck up on me but here it is.  A bunch of different ground hogs saw their shadows this week. Supposedly we'll have an early spring.  We haven't had that many really cold days here so maybe the ground hogs will be right.  I spent most of the week in my studio.  I've made some progress quilt-wise but I also kept my reading up.  Nothing I would recommend so I'll move right on to the goals lists. 


Work on secret project — progress is being made.

Make more blocks for FCQ Equilter of the month — a few more done

Finish January Malted Mystery Clue — still need to put the last little border on.

Make a few more RSC Bow Tie blocks — finished the greens and started on reds. 

Finish cutting out brick quilt — one done, one left to kit up

Here are the bowties I've finished so far.  The blocks are only 6" so I figure I'll need a lot of them.  Looking at the greens I realize there are a lot of different shades of green.  I also made 2 of the February reds. I've pulled out fabric for a few more. 

I cut a slew of bricks ((3.5 x 6.5") of pink 30s fabric from the box of donated fabrics I washed for the quilt guild. I used any pink fabric that had animals on it. There were all sorts of animals: cats, dogs, ducks, elephants, lambs and bunnies.  I grabbed a blue check from my stash to give a little contrast to all the pink along with the cream solid squares that provide the offset.

I put these into a kit for a friend to sew together for Virginia Star Quilters. I think I have enough to make another kit. (Hum, I wonder if I can talk my friend into making it too?) I hope to be able to quilt and bind both. They will be about 36" square when done and will be donated to a local NICU. 

Here are this week's goals.  Four items doesn't seem enough but I always have other items I can pull out. 


Put binding on Strippy quilt

Work on UFO #9 

Finish secret project top

Finish cutting out 2nd brick quilt kit

I did work on an off-list project.  I have a few 10" Happy Blocks leftover from a top so I decided to make enough additional blocks to make another top.  I'm aiming for a 4 x 5 setting.  My modus operandi is pulling out all sorts of fabrics for the centers and then find the frames. I've had the centers pulled for a couple of weeks. It's time to get them cut out so I can put the mess away!  I'm picking prints that work for boys and girls.  I need to find some lighter frame fabric as this looks really dark to me. What do you think? So far I have a train, dogs, rubber ducks, monkeys, elephants and other wild animals, a helicopter, fighter jets and some dinosaurs. I have quite a few more to make. (If you want to make some too: 1 - 6" center square, 2 - 2.5 x 6" strips, and 2 - 2.5 x 10" strips.) I try to have several cut out next to my machine as leader enders so when I'm sewing something else these blocks are still being made.

I don't have much going on this week so I should be able to make some headway on all of my goals and continue on block making.  And continue to sew a little (if not several hours) all week. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Feb  = 4/4
  • 15 minute days/Jan  =  31/31
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 35/35 days
  • Success rate = 100%
Please take some time to check out these Linky parties.  It's fun to see what folks are working on this week. 

I'm done for tonight.  It's time to get to bed so I can spend tomorrow stitching! 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie