Sunday, April 23, 2023

Sew & Tell ~ April 24, 2023

Welcome to this week's installment of the Sew & Tell Party!  The party where you have a chance to share the progress or finish of recent projects.

Last week I had a goal of getting as many memory bears done as possible... These little teddys are time consuming!  I managed to get three (only 3!) ready to take on a picnic where they will be fed to their little hearts content and leave stuffed. Each one takes about a day.  If I were not making them for a very good friend, I would have turned down the job... 

After getting two bears ready for stuffing, I had grown bored with them and needed a change in scene and activity... I pulled fabric that my Mom had purchased for a quilt.  It will be a large simple rail fence quilt.  I cut all of the strips and have them ready for piecing.

All week, while sewing the memory bears, my thoughts kept searching for an idea for my next mini-quilt.  When I needed a break in the middle of the bear assembly again (bear #3), I turned my attention to the weekly challenge.  Short story, I made one that would honor a friend from my childhood and school days.  You can read the entire story that I shared on Friday...

In other activities, I had received a message that a LQS (not really all that local to me - 4 hours away) was having a blow-out sale and fabrics were deeply discounted.  I made a quick, frivolous purchase of fabric and joined a fabric swap with the National Park Postcard group hosted by Rachel at Fiona Sandwich...  When my purchase came in, I discovered a special little bonus fat quarter and hand-written note!  Such a special touch 💖

That's all I have to show for Sew & Tell... next week I hope to have the final quilt (8/8) for my customer finished.  This one is getting special treatment and each block some special quilting.  There is a lot of lace and ribbon used in this one... here are two pictures showing the fancy work.  This top is not wonky and wavy as most of the others one were.  I wonder what kept her from finishing it...

Isn't that carousel just the sweetest?  Each block is unique and there are 30 of them.

You know where I can be found this week. :)  No extra appointments or interruptions this week.  Yay!

This week I made the decision that I will use a random selection for the Sew & Tell feature...  this week's selection is Gretchen.  She showed us the progress of her Grandma's Flower Garden piece... she has removed some templates but will have many more to remove since it is not quite half finished.

I'd be having a binging party with netflix... Probably watching Heartland or Call the Midwife.  Or maybe remove them as we travelled and listen to an audiobook.

How would you pass the time as you remove the hexies?

Leave a comment...  I'd love to hear from you!

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. I've sewn teddy bears before and yes, they are a lot of work for such small items! I look forward to seeing them fully fed! I looking forward to seeing the entire lace menagerie quilt--so pretty and unusual!

  2. Looks like you had a great week - and I love the little splurges ! Beautiful!

  3. Your #8 lace project should be a little more fun to quilt, but still with some challenges I bet;)

  4. Your bears are precious – but I do understand the time involved. I’ve made four stuffies for my grandchildren every Christmas. They are terribly cute though!
    Yes, your mini quilt…I read the story. Hugs to you.
    Awww….how sweet to receive a not and fat quarter!
    Beautiful work on that customer quilt – such talent! 😊
    I have been eagerly waiting for the new season of Call the Midwife!

  5. Melva it’s fun to see all of your projects; those bears and the amazing customer quilt you are finishing are amazing. Hugs for the loss of your friend. Thank you for hosting the party and for linking with To Do Tuesday.

  6. The memory bears are going to be amazing looking , Melva and such lovely fabrics in each one. I look forward to seeing your progress on the rail fence. They are always so much fun to work on. Have a great week.

  7. Those little bonus additions are always sweet with a purchase. That lacy project is lovely; what beautiful she did and what joy the family will have in having it finished. I would probably watch an episode of Andy Griffith or just sit in silence removing hexies. I like quiet. :D

  8. looks like you got a lot done even if the berars hogged a lot of time. I generally listen to audio books while i sew. generally I pick light mysteries, generally books I don't have to put on hold.

  9. Love the new mini, Melva. I also love those vintage linens...especially that carousel! I know you'll have fun with that project.

  10. Lovely memory bears. So kind of you to make them for your friend. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  11. A lady in my sewing group makes a lot of the memory teddy bears. She brings in her huge box of stuffing. I should ask her if she would share her pattern.