Sunday, February 12, 2023

Sew & Tell ~ Recent Finishes and Good News!

I've been steadily working in the studio... 2/8 of my customer's quilts are D.O.N.E.  The smallest was an easy finish... squares on point, trim so that the edges were straight (didn't even worry about square) and bind by machine for the finish...

The second
patchwork quilt had wonky borders that needed to be fussed with after quilting the center of the top with hanging diamonds (you can see what I did to fix it by clicking on the highlighted link above...  Simple twisted ribbons are in the borders and look so sweet. 💚

Side note:  Why does the quilting always show better on the back of the quilt???  Whatever the reason, the lighting was perfect to capture it as the quilt was waiting on my sewing table for the binding to be sewn on...

You can see from the pictures we got snow again!  Another 10 inches of wet stuff... it made a great backdrop for the photo session.

Mini quilt #6/52 was a scrappy finish with so much stitching and texture... MUCH more than is my usual.  But that is the thing with my personal mini quilt challenge... I want to try things outside the box for me... push me on my creativity... and if it turns out great, it's all good.  If a little imperfect, that's okay... 'cuz it can sit under a mug of coffee just as easily as a really great one.

Valentines Day was the inspiration for this one... John 3:16 is easy to say when we read or recite "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son."  But how many of us need this reminder by saying "God so loved ME that He gave his one and only Son."... Yes.  EVEN ME.

The coming week will have me at the computer for an extensive amount of time... the reason?  Well... I have been granted permission to compile and print all of the stories of Marion Sloan Russell from The Land of Enchantment and my patterns for the quilt blocks.  It has been a slow process, but I am finally able to move forward.

Since we are heading south across the big ol' state of Texas to the beach soon, I want to get the document ready for printing so that I can get a proof on order as soon as we return.  

I'll be busy in the kitchen with some baking of muffins, snack bars and simple meals to take with us.  We'll be making a stop at Katie's Seafood Market in Galveston... with grand plans for a seafood pizza, and various seafood meals as we play in the sand and surf!  We are soooo excited for this trip.  Among one of the many reasons that we purchased the 5th-wheel trailer was to have a little more room for the times that we take our dog Shelby with us.  We will, indeed, be taking her along.  We look forward to seeing how she reacts to the sand and waves.  We are also looking forward to traveling with some friends taking their own trailer.  Look out Crystal Beach!  Here we come!

As time allows, I'll be prepping a few more quilted hearts to pass my time on the road.  

Do you take quilting projects with you when you travel?  Or maybe some other kind of handwork, such as knitting, crocheting or cross-stitch?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you about how you pass the time on the road!

Keep Piecing,


Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Musings at Songbird Designs
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
To Do Tuesday at Quilt Schmilt
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter



  1. Those quilts look fantastic - I'm sure the family will be so happy. The green one is gorgeous. I know you are looking forward to that trip and that Shelby will be so happy!

  2. I knit and cross stitch on the road, thought we’ve only been across town in the last two years. Maybe this summer.

  3. Yes I tend to take crocheting or knitting for in the car. Sewing machine and kitted projects for in the fifth wheel. Enjoy your trip!

  4. You did a fabulous job on those quilts. While not a fan of the snow, it makes for a lovely backdrop as does the brilliant blue sky. Good luck with your soon to be book! That is terrific news.

  5. Love your finishes and the snow is a perfect backdrop. Good luck with the manuscript!

  6. Your quilting is beautiful. I love that you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. I try to do the same. Congrats on getting to move forward on your book. Your upcoming trip sounds amazing.


  7. Another successful week on your books Melva! Your trip sounds like a perfect reward after the huge compilation project! 😉 Carol

  8. Traveling in a 5th wheel is absolutely the best thing ever! Have a wonderful time. I always had a bunch of things to work on in the truck and in the 5-er. In the forest, or in a park. Miss that so much. So glad to hear about the compiling of information and your blocks.

  9. Hi Melva, you did a great job with the green quilt. Congrats!

  10. I usually do crochet when travelling or read a book. I hope you have a great time!

  11. Thank you for another post filled with pretty quilts and inspiration. Hope your snow is almost gone and you are having a lovely Valentines Day. Thank you for linking with To Do Tuesday.

  12. Love you mini quilt! It's great when we get pushed outside our box. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  13. Great job with your quilts, Melva. It's so hard sometimes to "fix" things! That is one reason I have just about stopped quilting for others! You did a great job.