Yellow Dilemma

It’s Cindy reporting in today with a yellow dilemma. I’m getting ready to join my Grandmother’s Flower Garden Blocks and I have two yellow prints to choose from.

In keeping with my 30’s inspired blocks, both prints are designed by Darlene Zimmerman. The print below is called “Sunshine Garden” and it has triangles surrounded by tiny dots in a random pattern. It’s a gold/yellow print on a white background.

My next print is called “Southern Belles” and it has teeny, tiny x’s and o’s in structured rows and columns. It’s also a gold/yellow print on a white background.

So…I need your opinion on which print looks best. Do I go with:

A. “Sunshine Garden”


B. “Southern Belles”

I’ve got plenty of each fabric so I can use one print for the front and one print for the backing.

Thanks for keeping me on task…I vow to finish this quilt this year…well, I mean hopefully this year…I’d better get to work and start making hexagons!

Snowflake Happiness

Good morning! It’s Cindy reporting in today. I’ve been working on my Eskimo Snow quilt and thought I would update you on my progress.

This panel came from the Quilted Raven Alaska shop in Anchorage and was designed by Barbara Lavallee. Here’s the link so you can have a look at some of her panels and coordinating fabrics…they are so cute!

I’m in the process of making snowflake blocks that coordinate with the colors in the panel. While this quilt is still in the design process, I think I will need at least 18 snowflake blocks that are made from 1.25 inch squares…I’m almost there!

In order to keep myself on the straight and narrow with my ruler and rotary cutter, I’m using Thangles. Here’s the link to the Thangles website for more information and some beautiful quilt patterns:

I’ll sign off for now, get back to making my happy snowflakes and watch the magic of spring unfold!

Lucky Me!

Good morning! It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I feel so lucky to have inherited a sewing basket from my husband’s grandmother. She was affectionately known as “Granny” to everyone.

Granny loved to paper piece and she made many beautiful hexagon quilts over the years. I decided to store my hexagon quilt supplies in her basket as a tribute to her and to the world of paper piecing.

Inside the basket there is a clear plastic tray that works great for sorting fabrics; before, during and after the hexagon making process.

The basket is deep enough to hold my entire stash of 30’s prints, finished blocks and well…anything associated with my paper piecing project!

This will be my “grab and go” quilt project basket. It will keep me company while watching TV, sitting on the front porch swing, traveling in the car and who knows where else? Lucky me, I get to continue Granny’s quilting legacy and preserve a piece of family history!

Valentine’s Day Gifts

There’s still time to make a few quick Valentine’s Day gifts…like these awesome earbud cases. There’s even time to drop them in the mail for a timely Valentine’s Day arrival.

Necessity may be the mother of invention but I have concluded that necessity is the mother of YouTube searches!

I found this cute, free earbud case pattern on the Ann Arbor Sewing Center website along with a very helpful video tutorial.

The pattern calls for using an old CD as a template for sewing the circle. The swivel hook works great for attaching the case to the inside or outside of a purse or backpack.

I’m in the process of making a few more gifts from the scraps I have on hand.

Sandy, be sure to check your mailbox!