Monday, April 12, 2021

Sew Much To Do!

My time away last week was wonderful!  We laughed, we talked, we ate, we walked, we cried, we caught up and we supported each other.  💗  

Oh, and we crafted!  I told you last week that I had a craft project in mind.  It was fun to sit, sip, talk and create.  We created magnetic memo boards with cookie sheets, scrapbooking paper, my cricut and clear contact paper.

Each one is unique... Julie made hers an inspirational board.  She included a blank "post-it note" as a space to write on with a dry erase marker to complete the phrase Today is... along with many butterflies. 🦋

Sue will be using hers as a prayer board and included the word Grace as her reminder that she needs to extend grace to those she meets and interacts with.

Connie was made various selections for her board but took the supplies home with her because she wanted to include pictures of her grand-children.  In the picture she is holding my board that simply says Blessed.  She sent me a picture of her completed board. 😀

Ruth selected items that reminded her of her late husband and added the word Love to hers. 

While sitting and chatting one morning I pulled out my colored pencils and sketch book to draw out a quilt design for a custom quilt that my brother has requested.  The purpose of the sketch was to be able to calculate how much fabric I needed to purchase.  

The trip was a productive one!  I brought home supplies for three quilts.  And when I arrived home I found a fourth quilt from a customer ready to be quilted.

My friend Sue sent home a collection of T-shirts to be transformed into a memory quilt commemorating her many years of involvement with TOPS.  

I stopped by the fabric shop to purchase the fabric for my brother's "Brand" quilt. 

The third quilt will be an extra special gift for Ruth's first grandson.  As I mentioned before, Ruth's husband, Ray, passed away in November.  She sent home with me an assortment of his shirts to be included in the quilt for Xavier, who is due in July.  

I have a start on my customer's quilt...  I quilted in vines and leaves in the sashing strips and will outline the little boys.

I have searched for ideas to quilt the background areas, but haven't found anything that truly made me say "this is it!"

For now, I am considering stippling the area.  Since it is a baby quilt, I am guessing it will be well loved and will need substantial quilting to keep it in tact through all the washings and love.

Do you have a suggestion on how to quilt the background?  

I am open to ideas... Leave a comment

I think just with these quilts I will be kept busy for a few weeks.  On top of these, I  will continue designing blocks and writing patterns for the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along.  Did you miss the announcement?  You can find it by following the link above.  You can find the first block here ~ Kit In The Korner ~

I feel a definite theme that stands out... With the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along, Overall Sam and the Brands I am feeling quite cowboy-ish.  Lol...

Yeehaw!  That's enough horsing around... I best be scootin' along... I have SEW MUCH TO DO!

Piece Happy!


Linking with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
To Do Tuesday at Chris Knits & Sews
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Stitch Sew & Show at Life in the Scrap Patch


  1. Your time away sounds lovely. Your projects are great!

  2. Since the Farmer boys remind me of quilts made during the 1930's I would recommend fan quilting overall.

  3. Sounds like you had a great time at your crafting retreat. Thanks for sharing your project with Wednesday Wait Loss.

  4. Hi Melva! It sure looks like you have a fabulous time. The pictures just makes me smile and I'm so happy you were able to get away. There's nothing like it, right?! Good friends, good fellowship, good food, and good laughs. Your projects sound like they will keep you busy for quite a while. I don't have a suggestion for your quilting of the cute little boys quilt. The Baptist Fan suggestion is a good one, or I always like the crosshatch for when I don't know what to do. Good luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Loved seeing the prayer boards! Which one is you in the top photos? I would go with a meander in the background and outline the Sams. Maybe I'm too late to comment!!?