Friday, August 22, 2014

Where Does the Time Go?

It has been a while since I have last posted. Life just doesn't seem to want to slow down. I have been spending some time in my sewing room which is always good! I have been putting off making the next baby quilt but will have to start on it sooner than later. I do have a bit of time yet.

So what have I been doing in my sewing room, you ask? Well, I have challenged myself into 1) sewing projects that I have purchased a bit ago and have been waiting on the back burner, and 2) using fabrics from my stash (much of which has been donated to me) and create. 

First, using a piece of fabric from my stash, I cut out as many 4" squares as I could (the pattern of flowers were in squares, so I cut them apart.)
After rearranging them on my design wall, I sewed them all back together. Then using this technique, I added the lattice on top. Thanks to Pat over at Life in the Scrapatch for the tutorial. 
The border is Kona Cotton Candy Blue, the binding and lattice is Kona Cotton White. The backing is a piece from my stash!
I also added a sleeve for hanging. 
The quilt finishes at 33.5" x 36"
I straight line quilted it along the lattice and in the border and FMQ a rose motif in the flowers.
A nice finish!

For the other part of my challenge, I dug out the fabrics that I purchased for a quilt that I saw in this magazine back in Feb/Mar 2011.
I fell in love with this retro feel fabric line called Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket. I went about purchasing some of the line and adding in other fabrics that I had that I felt coordinated nicely. 
I started on the split snowball blocks...80 blocks in total.
With every snowball block, you get 4 sets of 2 tiny triangles. I told myself that I wasn't going to save them this time. 
(I have several bunches of triangle cutoffs, ready to be sewn)
...But I couldn't help myself...
...they were just so cute...
I took some time off from the split snowball quilt to play with these...
Each HST is just 3/4" small. 
A mini flying geese...
Both the mini and the split snowball are ready to by sandwiched and quilted!

So that's what I've been up to, how about you?


  1. Lovely floral lattice quilt, Dawn! I really like your fabrics and the placement of the lattice strips. Thank you for linking back to my blog. I am sew happy that you enjoyed this method of adding lattice strips to a quilt.

    I like the two split snowball blocks. I saw this pattern and it has been on my to do list for a long time, too. The HST mini is mini-mini. It will make a really cute doll quilt. Good use of scraps ... :) Pat

  2. I love your floral quilt -- I would have never thought to do that, and I love it! Time for me to spend some time in my own stash! :)

  3. I love your floral quilt, so pretty. I save all my HST's too. Just can't seem to throw them out.

  4. Oh, such pretty quilts, Dawn! I love how you're challenging yourself to get the older starts finished. I'm planning a snowball quilt myself...for my Granddaughter. Great fabrics and colors in yours. And, oh my, that mini is just adorable!

  5. Love love love the tiny cut offset!! We pay good $ for that fabric too right!! Why not save it!!!

  6. Dawn the Floral Quilt is Gorgeous!! I will remember to to Pat's Blog for the tutorial~ I can't throw Fabric Scraps away, but I don't know about sewing something so tiny either!! Yours turned out great!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  7. I feel the same way.... where does the time go? I have been trying to finish up some old projects but can't say that I've made a lot of head way. The garden has taken precedence. Thanks for sharing your projects. Love the snowballs. I have not seen the split snowball before. I'd like to make a snowball quilt some day. The little flying geese makes me think of Fall. Looks perfect for a little pillow or table runner. Glad to know someone else who has a hard time letting go of the little pieces. :) Just posted a few things on my life in the fast lane on my blog. Hard to believe summer is over and the kids are back in school. Janita


Sweet sentiments