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March Wrap-up and April Projects

March closed with three more finishes.  First was Elephant Baby quilt.

Can you see the lions, giraffes, and elephants?  I had so much fun using this panto-graph on the Elephant Baby quilt and I think that it looks wonderful.

The next two are Party of Nine and Traffic Jam – both wall-hangings from the  2021 Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl.

Last weekend I decided that it was time to get my leader/ender project off the wall and into a completed quilt top.

I have been piecing these blocks for a couple of years, but now it is done.  Yeah!  For a name I checked my list of Colorado ghost towns and selected Tuttle.  Don’t ask me why – it just seemed to fit for some reason.

Next up are a couple of piecing projects using a fat quarter bundle of brown, tan, gray & black.  Not spring colors, but a quilt pattern that I have wanted to make for a long time.

Have a good week,


January Minis

It is January 21st and I haven’t bought any fabric this year.  LOL

I have been sewing like crazy and have four out of six wall-hanging tops finished.  That’s right – I added two to my list.

  1. Traffic Jam is a 2021 Whatnots Club pattern by Kim Diehl and measures 21 1/2″ square.  The border blocks have some very skinny strings which were a bit of a pain.

2.  Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) from the Simple Whatnots book by Kim Diehl.  I used the leftover strips from Traffic Jam to construct the center of this wall-hanging.

3.  Little Quilt Delights (18 1/2″ x 23″) was a UFO, but is now a finished top.  The three flower blocks are wool applique that were completed years ago, however three is not an easy number to work into a quilt and that is exactly why it remained an UFO for so long.  In the original pattern the wool blocks were made into pincushions, but I wanted a wall-hanging.

After finding the perfect oriental fabric in my stash, I came up with this layout.  The colors are not the typical wool colors which is why it caught my attention.

4. The Patchwork Basket kit by Edyta Sitar jumped into my online cart in December 2021.  It is a different style of basket and I liked how open and airy it is.

5.  Party of Nine is another Whatnots Club quilt designed by Kim Diehl.  This bin contains 50 tiny 9-patch blocks, so now I am ready to start sewing the center together.

6. And the last wall-hanging goal for January is Midnight (2021 Month Six Whatnots Club pattern).  I signed up for the 2022 Whatnots Club, so the biggest goal this month was to finish up some of the 2021 kits.

Not a lot of progess has been made on my hand-work project.  Here is a rough layout to help me distribute the light/dark colors through out the top.  Next up will be finding a background fabric for the triangles that will connect all the hexagons.

It has been snowing here, so I will wish everyone a safe, warm weekend.


Goodbye 2021 – Hello 2022

Looking back at my 2021 quilting goals, I had mixed results.  Several quilts with curves were completed – good, however I strayed from that goal and never circled back around to it – bad.  Even though it wasn’t a goal, a few old “self-kits” (fabric & pattern) were completed along with four UFOs which is a win in my book.

The goal that I most wanted to accomplish was using 100 yards of fabric, but my 2021 total was 86.81.  The biggest reason I think for the 100 yard goal failure was the 2 month wait for the new quilting frame.  This will be a goal for 2022 and will – hopefully – be met.

Okay, so the totals for 2021

  1.  Pieced tops – 22
  2. Completed quilts – 28
  3. UFOs finished – 4
  4. Yardage used – 86.81 yards

Enough looking back, time to look forward.  This year I decided to do something a little different for my goals.  Instead of a yearly goals, I am going to have monthly goals.

Since I had so much fun the the 2021 Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl, I signed up for the 2022 subscription.  I still have five 2021 Whatnots kits, so my January 2022 goal is to finish 3 – 5 wallhanging tops.  Yesterday I started Traffic Jam and have all the middle blocks completed.

Tenth Simple Whatnots Miniature Club Month Eight | Traffic Jam Quilt Kit

And why have only one project in the works, when you can have 2 or 3 or 5?

Dashing has not been loaded on the quilting frame and Michigan still has only one border appliqued, so what did I do?  Why start a new piecing project, of course!  This one is Libby Smith‘s fault – no, not really.

On her December 28th post, she mentioned a quilt from the book Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth.  That got me interested and I knew I had a Nickel Quilts book, so I grabbed my copy to take a look.  However the book I have is More Nickel Quilts, so I couldn’t check out the pattern that Libby intends to make.  I did come across a quilt pattern that I have always liked, but have never made – Dawn to Dusk.  When reading the directions I realized that it would be so easy to make these blocks with a jelly roll.  Before the end of 2021, I had 72 blocks cut out and half sewn together.

It is going to be so much fun to play with the layout and design a border.

For my 5th project, I pulled out the February 2021 Quilty Box EPP UFO  Starry Aurora.  When it is finished it will measure 20 3/4″ x 21″, so it is a good fit with Mini-January.  It is my watching TV handwork project.

Happy Quilty New Year,