Various & Sundry 2013 #8


I know I haven’t been good about telling you what I am reading. I have just finished Midnight Riot by Ben Aronovitch. Carolyn of BBQ suggested the series. I am listening to the second in the series, Moon Over Soho, on audio. I am also reading A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick. I read Marie’s new book and wanted to revisit the characters.


Camping Merit Badges
Camping Merit Badges

As I work on finishing the Star Sampler, I am beginning to think of my next project. I have a zillion projects on my list, a number of UFOs begging for my attention and The Young Man reminding me that his t-shirt quilt has an open spot on his bed. What I really want to make is another Petrillo bag. Reading glowing missives about Sara‘s fabulous-ness is not dissuading me even with the screams of those UFOs echoing in my ears.

I cut some 2.5″ background squares to make another donation quilt, but haven’t done anything about the foreground yet.

I also sewed on one of the Young Man’s newest merit badges, Camping. It is Eagle required.

Other Artists

If you haven’t seen Julie’s relatively new quilt, take a look at Contained Observation. There is a lot to look at and fun surprises. She also did some fabulous ATCs, which I missed out on for some reason. 🙁

Mom hasn’t been writing much, but take a look at her blog. She has written some good, heartfelt posts recently.

I was wandering around Blogland a few few Fridays ago when i was just too exhausted to even move to the couch. I stopped by the Fresh Lemons blog only to see this great mini-hex project. I know they are half hexies, but I am ignoring that. The layout reminds me of my Eye Spy quilt, but I love the idea of doing a scrappy version in the diamond layout. HOWEVER! I am not allowed to do any hexie projects until I finish, or make serious progress on the Flower Sugar Hexagon quilt. I really should work on it. It would be so great in my country manor…

Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr will be doing a West Coast Road Trip. Check out the locations and dates on their blog. I will be in the San Mateo class (I have already signed up!). They are really good lecturers, so the experience is worth the price of admission.


Sandi at Piecemeal Quilts wrote a great post recently about blogging platforms. If you don’t know the difference between WordPress and Blogger or aren’t sure what a No Reply Blogger is, go over and check out her post. And remember: she does the great Skillbuilder Series.

Gretchen did a short review of Judy Martin’s The Creative Pattern Book.

The image that Danny Gregory posted on his blog is partial, but what is there is fabulous. It reminds me so much of how I want to take to take notes and illustrate my life. It reminds me to stop and look. If you don’t read Danny Gregory’s blog, it is full of inspiration. Yes, he draws. That is his thing, but he is a creative person and we can gain inspiration and tips from other creatives.

Check out this colorful article on Kaffe Fassett. It is so beautifully illustrated.

Techniques and Tutorials

Here is a tutorial for the Ribbon Star. I wish I had seen this before I made mine!

Here is another quilt block library. Some of the blocks in the library are ones that I have been seeing around the web lately. The Ribbon Star is in this group as well. Odd since it seems like it is an old block. It is, at least, similar to an old block. I looked it up in Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns and found three blocks (pg.139) that are similar, Capital T (Louisville Farm Journal, 1883), Tea for Four (Nancy Page, 1937), and Rippling Star (new design, which first appeared in Jinny Beyer’s previous book, The Quilter’s Album of Blocks and Borders book in 1980).

Gen X Quilters has a tutorial on Contrary Wife.  It is part of the Sisters’ Ten Modern BOM. I have no idea what that means. I just like these types of blocks – the ones with that strong diagonal line.

Robin has a tip on seam ripping.

New Pieces has some info about thread.

Below is my Quilt Bear June Thread offerings.

June Quilt Bear Thread
June Quilt Bear Thread