Friday, May 14, 2021

April Goals

April has had its ups and downs.  Two out of four weeks were rough so I didn't accomplish as much as I might have hoped but under the circumstances I have gotten a good amount done.  

These were my goals at the beginning of April

Crayon Box Stash buster Random UFO Challenge #7-1 

This was started in 2010

When I pulled out the project box I discovered 84 blocks.

I divided them into cool and warm colors. This is the progress I made in April.

I will continue stitching it to a top and then add it ti the "to be quilted" queue.

Pink Rail Fence Stashbuster Random UFO Challenge #7-2 DONE

This quilt was made using the beautiful fabrics donated to us back in 2018. We cut 2 1/2" strips and this simple rail fence kit was prepared. The quilt top was probably pieced in 2019 and then sat in the queue waiting to be quilted. That finally happened in April. 

                  I used a white Superior thread for the quilting. 
As usual, I did a simple meander for ease of my muscles and quickest time.

I had a lovely green in my stash to use for the backing.  And had a pink fabric used in the front to use for the binding.

This quilt will be donated to Quilts That Care

Red Four Patches Stashbuster Random UFO Challenge #73

    This quilt top was made in 2004!!! Oh my, seems like yesterday! I had no pattern for it. Saw a picture somewhere and did my own version of it.

It sat in the "waiting to be quilted queue" till maybe 2018 at which point I did one pass on the long arm and discovered that the batting was bearding  ugh  

Took it off the long arm and it has sat since then waiting to be “frogged”

       I think I will bring it with me to my next infusion day and try not to get too many little threads on their floor.  haha

Anyway, it did not get touched in April.

Jelly Roll  Heartstring Precut Challenge: Black and White Rail Fence

The Heartstring challenge precut for April was the infamous Jelly Roll. I have tons of them and also have cut lots and lots of 2 1/2" strips over the years.

I am trying to make masculine quilts whenever I start a new project as Quilts That Care never has enough masculine quilts. 

So I pulled black and white 2 1/2" strips and a nice blue from my stash. I made simple rail fence and "happy blocks". This quilt top worked up quickly but unfortunately did not make it on the long arm.

I think I need to have a quilting marathon one of these weeks.

This quilt top is 54x62 and will be donated to Quilts That Care.

Leader Enders March's color was Blue 


RSC 36 Patch - DONE



RSC Jackie Kunkel's Color Guard - DONE





30 Pillowcases Serged: DONE

In 2020 Joyce and I kitted up 100 pillowcases. Then this year I have been making it one of my goals to get 10 pillowcases tubed and sewn each month. You can read about tubing a pillowcase at MSQC HERE

              After three months of tubing pillowcases I pulled out my serger in April and I finished the 30 cases.

The majority of these were boy or neutral fabrics as there always seems to be more cute girly fabrics submitted than boy or masculine ones.

A few little girl fabrics but I think only 4.

This first batch will be delivered to the local chapter of Ryan's Case for Smiles sometime in June.

Quilting for QTC - DONE

I quilted and bound the second of four tops sent to me by Susan of MD. Jo Kramer at Jo's Country Junction hooked us up. Susan did a beautiful job on this top. 

This is the adorable fabric that Susan started with.

She used the 4 Patch Posie pattern (I couldn't find a link to it). She says the blocks look like One Block Wonders but with a four patch. I found a tutorial for it at Connecting Threads called Kaleidoscope - Four Patch Block.

I found a perfect fleece aqua backing in my stash to compliment the sashing of the front. I quilted this with Signature Cream in a medium meander. I also found fabric for the binding and stitched it on with a zig zag.

   It was such a treat to receive this top from Susan. It was so well made and beautifully pressed. That is pure pleasure to a longarmer.

It is 50x62. It will be donated to Quilts that Care.

3 Yard Quilt

The Heartstring group started chatting about 3 yard quilts. You can read about them at

                     Somehow I jumped on that bandwagon. Can anyone say "Squirrel!"                          
          Again I tried to make it with masculine colors. 
         It only took one day to make but it did not make it to the longarm.

It is 44x60 and will be donated

That's it for April.

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