Monday, July 4, 2016

Taking a Break

No, not from blogging, but from the sewing room. Ha! Seriously, I worked like crazy to finish my Twinkle Twinkle mini Saturday. Alas, I made it take longer than necessary because as I went to trim a random thread, I snipped into a border that I was getting ready to stitch on. Ugh! I had to cut another border piece. No, it doesn't end there! I miscut the second border piece ... too short of course. Double ugh! At least the third time was a charm. I gave it a quick press and laid it out on my design floor just seconds before dinner was ready.
I see it's not laying nice and flat ... I hope that a good pressing will take care of that because my blocks were trimmed and the sashing and borders were cut per instructions and went on easily. If not, let's hope it'll quilt out. Ha! Regardless, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I still haven't decided what to work on next and frankly, once I had semi-tidied back up the sewing room, I just didn't feel like pulling out fabric bins (which is why Twinkle Twinkle fabric is still in the daybed and why the sewing room is only semi-tidied up). So out came my Martha Washington's Flower Garden. If you remember (and if you didn't, I wouldn't blame you because I can't even remember when I last worked on this!), I'm stitching on the connector hexies. Once I get this step done, it'll be time to join together the blocks to form the stars/tumbling blocks. Of course, I need to baste more hexies for the setting blocks ... I have a few leftover from when I began this project but not enough.
That's how much I got done before calling it a day yesterday. Since I have just two blocks to add connector hexies to (that includes the block I started yesterday - see above), I should be able to get them done today and can lay them out to finalize placement and then start piecing stars/tumbling blocks. Hopefully after a couple of days of hand stitching, I'll have decided what I'm going to work on next.

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a happy Independence Day!


  1. I don't remember how large your hexie quilt will be but what you show looks great! Have a happy 4th

  2. You sound like me - I finish something & am always like, What do I do now? :)

  3. Another beautiful quilt :) Have a safe and happy 4th!
    Kathy (Reflections)

  4. Love your Twinkle Twinkle!! I am restraining myself from dropping everything to make one myself. : )
    That hexie project is warm and wonderful looking.
    Hope you have had a happy 4th!

  5. Twinkle Twinkle may have been a bit of a pain at the end but it sure turned out great! Sometimes a break is good - I take one from the sewing room every so often. Then other times I want to be there all the time. Go Figure!? ~Jeanne

  6. Your Twinkle quilt is just charming. I love the creamy/tan/butterscotch you chose for the sashing and I like the two different blacks in in the cornerstones. I can't tell you how many miscuts I've mad in recent months. They always end up in either a repair, a recut, or a complete unsewing and resewing session. Thank goodness you had enough extra fabric.

    Handwork is a good option until you choose the next project. Now that the holiday is over I need to make some choices about what to work on now (aside from the medallion quilt).

    --Nancy. (ndmessier @

  7. Your mini is so pretty! It looks perfect to me. I hate it when things like that happen. I usually just walk away for a while. ;)

    Happy Fourth!

  8. The little quilt turned out beautifully.

  9. So glad you had enough fabric to recut those borders. It's a beautiful finish.

  10. You sure are one busy lady. 😊


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