Monthly Archives: July 2019


Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs has kicked off her latest mystery quilt. I love a mystery quilt and I especially love the Meadow Mist Community. I may not really have the time for this, but I couldn't resist shopping my stash last week to pull fabrics to participate. I've appreciated the pacing of monthly clues in Cheryl's previous mystery quilts and look forward to giving this one a go.

I'll be using Kona Black for my background. (I'll need to buy more.) And these three prints will be my fabrics A, B, and C. I'm leaning toward the mustard for fabric A since it's the smallest fabric requirement of the three. I'll be choosing border, binding, and backing fabrics later. I'll make an effort to choose those from stash also, but I'm itching to add a stripe to this in some way and I don't think I have one that coordinates.

If you've never participated in a mystery quilt along, this is a great one. And Cheryl lets you take a peek if you'd prefer an un-mystery quilt. ;-)

I've linked up to the Mosaic Mystery July Fabric Linkup. Click over to see the many beautiful palettes people will be using.


It has been over a month since I've sewn. Okay, to be honest, I've sewn a tiny, little bit in that time. I hand stitched half of the back of a binding on a mini quilt. And I sewed eight 2 1/2" seams, the beginning of a charity quilt block. But I haven't done any real sewing. This is not for lack of options.

There have been lots of reasons. I finished up my June projects early in the month. Then I went to Ireland for two weeks. Ireland was delightful. It was also a pretty active trip with over 1100 miles of driving (on the wrong side of the street!). I came home pretty exhausted.

Since I didn't drop my sewing machine for service while I was gone, I did that the Monday after we returned home. I was in recovery mode from travel and didn't have much energy anyway. Plus I have a backup machine. (Which I apparently really didn't want to use, because I never set it up in the week I was without my machine.)

I'm also in recovery mode from a major remodel and there is a lengthy to do list of things for us to do around the house. So we're slowly chipping away at that: move in the bookshelves, purchase a coffee table, unpack these boxes. What I want to be doing is sewing. But that hasn't happened. I just haven't had the energy. Everywhere I look, there's something that needs attention. That is exhausting.

Every time I've walked into my studio in the last two weeks I've tidied instead of sewing. This is so unlike me. Part of recovering from the remodel involved installing a wall of cabinets for storage in the studio and sorting through everything that resides in that room. Only a small pile of stuff remains untouched. I guess I really want to get it all squared away before I sew.

Paired with my lack of sewjo, the past two weeks I've found myself mindlessly scrolling on Instagram and Facebook all too often. It's so easy to do and is a complete time suck. Enough of that! (I do love seeing what people are creating, and interacting with friends online... but mindless scrolling is different.)

Lastly, I've been waiting for some fabric to arrive for my next deadline. Yesterday I opened my box of lovely Island Batik fabric and other goodies. I recorded my unboxing video and will share it once it is edited. Having a new pile of beautiful fabric to play with may just help the sewjo. So will the looming project deadlines. ;-)

P.S. Newsletter readers... I owe you one. It's coming later this week. (If you don't already get my newsletters, you can subscribe here to keep up to date with me and to receive color and design inspiration.)

This photo is a picture of Johnstown Castle in County Wexford, Ireland. The photo above was taken outside Dingle. We stopped on the side of the road to take pictures of the beautiful view.


New quarter, same great to do list (with a few additions). ;-)

My Q2 finishes:

And now the WIPs...

Just Need Binding

  1. Variation of Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, Wall Hanging. 

Quilting In Progress

  1. Very Hungry Caterpillar Twin Quilt

Finished Quilt Tops

  1. Scattered Squares lap quilt (upcoming pattern). 
  2. Planned Improv: Playing with Angles, class sample Mini Quilt #1. 
  3. Creative HST 
  4. Island Batik Starstruck lap quilt 
  5. Blogger Bundle baby quilt.

Piecing in Progress

  1. Trinket quilt
  2. Purple scrap baby quilt
  3. Waterfall quilt.
  4. Beads on a String
  5. Planned Improv: Playing with Angles, class sample Mini Quilt #2.
  6. Planned Improv: Playing with Angles, in Cherrywood Meadow + Indigo.
  7. Tula Pink City Sampler. 
  8. Improv Abstraction, Small Quilt. 
  9. In the Middle quilt, Lap Quilt.
  10. Cotton & Steel (and low volume) HST Quilt, Lap Quilt.
  11. Ocean quilt for my daughter.
  12. Patchwork City Metro Area Quilt.
  13. Swoon Quilt.
  14. Rainbow Chain. The pattern is Autumn Chain from The Bee Hive quilts and IG friends. All blocks complete.
  15. My Floating Squares improv project. (from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood.)
  16. Rainbow Remix from Rebecca Bryan's class at Quiltcon. Blocks are all done. Next up, the big job of piecing together irregular blocks.
  17. Wonky Cross quilt from Rossie Hutchinson's class at QuiltCon. Rows are all complete.
  18. Quartered Log Cabin quilt from Rossie Hutchinson's class at QuiltCon
  19. Purple Royalty quilt. 
  20. La Passacaglia. 
  21. Playing with solids project from Tara Faughnan class. 
  22. R's Waterfall Quilt from Sewing School Quilts
  23. Feathered Star... repurposed as the center of guild round robin project. 

Planning Stage

  1. Island Batik Artsy Fartsy challenge Patriotic Pillow
  2. Aurifil Wholecloth challenge
  3. Island Batik Star Light Star Bright challenge
  4. Aurifil Embroidery challenge
  5. Island Batik Child’s Play challenge with Accuquilt GO! Block on Board® (BOB®) Dies
  6. Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, large scale. Purples are cut out.
  7. Floating Hexagons in Heliotrope and Breeze.
  8. Unnamed in Oasis and Pickle.
  9. Unnamed in grunge and linen neutrals.


  1. Blackwood Cardigan in black and white stripe.


I'm linking up to Finish-A-Long Q2 goals link up.

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