Sunday, April 9, 2023

Birthday Celebration with Sew & Tell

April is my birthday month, the big day, the 18th, is just around the corner. 🎉 And I am the one giving a few gifts!  Details below...

This week I was busy on the road with appointments and meetings, but I managed to squeeze in a little time in the studio.  Since I haven't been doing much piecing (remember, I've been busy quilting my customer's quilt tops) I was missing that step...

It is a step that usually involves cutting as well, but I skipped that by using a box of pre-cuts that came from my friend Pat.  Once I decided on the best way to get them to fit together with only one cut necessary to fit, I stacked up the various piles and started chain piecing.  What resulted was a block that wasn't square, rather it was rectangular, and there was no need or concern for matching seams.  Quick and easy!  It will be a nice lap quilt for a nursing home or for the local emergency responders to have on hand.

Another time that I snuck away into the studio I sewed up a second laundry bag for the camper.  After our 2-week trip in March, I decided that it was needed.  this fabric came from the same source as the farm scene fabric that I believe was intended to be a tablecloth.  

Now I won't have to shove so much into one bag, making it difficult to empty.  It was a struggle! 😅

The last of my sew & tell is quilt top #7/8 for my customer.  It is another one made of slick, slippery fabrics with a willy-nilly border on it. 

I won't stress over the fact that it isn't just perfect, but I will simply do the best that I can.  I think I will be using some purple thread for the quilting with an on-point cross-hatch in the squares and vines and leaves in the narrow borders and feathers in the final borders.

Last week Rita joined the party with her first two finishes of the year - a stack & whack and her stand for Ukraine wall hanging.

And Kathy showed off a shirt that she perfectly aligned cows.  Not an easy task!  

Gretchen has her hexie flowers in position and ready for a final layout and finish.

Now for the details on my birthday give-away... I have 7 min-quilts (mug rugs) up for grabs... Numbering them starting top row, l-r, then 2nd row, l-r, etc.  Leave a comment with which one you would like. I will do a random drawing on the 18th for the winners. (Sorry, US mailing addresses only.)

And now it is YOUR turn for Sew & Tell... Join the party and tell your friends too. The more, the merrier! 🎊

Keep piecing!


Linking with:

Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Musings at Songbird Designs
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do

To Do Tuesday at Quilt Schmilt
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter



  1. Thank you for highlighting my Stand for Ukraine wall haning. I am honored. And wishing you a very happy birthday month!

  2. Happy birthday month Melva! Sometimes it's fun to put fabrics together with no real plan in mind, other than they fit together. That one turned out nice. Your customer quilt looks big! I love the little heart and bird mini with the pretty stitching. Enjoy your week!

  3. Your impromptu quilt us a beauty. So bright and cheerful. Ha! I hear you on needing extra laundry bags, but yours seem too pretty to use.

  4. You have been busy - And I like the quilts for your customers! Very nice!
    Laundry bags.... Nice idea!!!

  5. Happy Birthday. It is my birthday month too! I like the 2nd row #2

  6. I have a son with that birthday- happy birthday month -I like them all but really like the sunshine

  7. I love reading your blogs. I like the many different mini quilts you have made, but Let the Son shine in and the one with the purple heart jumped out at me.

  8. A very Happy Birthday month to you, Melva . I hope this month is a joyous and blessed one for you.Your scrappy quilt looks amazing . So much fun to use the precut fabrics from your dear friend. I would be very honored to receive one of your darling mini quilts. I have to admit that I love them all and it is hard to choose a favorite , but if I had to pick I would choose the last mini with believe , hope and trust embroidered on it. Have a lovely week.

  9. Hi Melva, hope you have a great birthday. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks!

  10. Such a pretty charity quilt! It will get great use I'm sure. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  11. I love number 1 "Let the Son shine".

  12. well done on those cows! I stopped sewing clothes many years ago but yep, I still remember that's not easy! Hope you're able to fit in more sewing. It is hard when you travel--so missed!

  13. Happy Birthday, Melva! The Purple Heart with Birds! Thank you!

  14. sharleneandoe@gmail.comApril 15, 2023 at 12:39 PM

    Happy Birthday, Melva! Purple Heart with birds! Thank you!

  15. Happy early birthday, Melva! Love the projects you were able to slip away and find time for! Thanks for linking up with Monday Musings! I'm running behind this week!

  16. Happy Birthday in advance Melva. Looks like you had a good week in spite of outside commitments! Thank you for hosting Sew and Tell and for linking with To Do Tuesday. I'm sure whoever wins your little quilts will be thrilled!