"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wrapping up March, OPAM and FNWF

Closing the books on another month!  It was a busy month, with a Scrapbook Retreat and a Quilt Retreat.  I worked on two projects at the quilt retreat, but have no finishes to share.  One will be finished soon, and the other will take awhile.  

There were some other finishes, however.  I started small with this tiny Spring quilt, measuring 6x6".  It was done in time for Easter, but barely.
Our Easter guests brought these beautiful roses.  They continue to get prettier each day.  This pic is for you, Allie!
This is one of my favorite quilts, and I actually finished it in February, but didn't get it photographed.  It took me a couple of years to find just the right pattern for fabric I bought in New York when I went to visit my friend, Di.

The pattern is Star Gazing from The Pattern Basket.  I pieced this at the fall retreat, and I think everyone else loved the pattern as much as I did.  And this was my first ever all-over free motion quilting that wasn't stippling.  It's not perfect, but I'm getting better!

Charming Stars was made with red and white fabric that I acquired in a swap a few years ago.  I had 15 strips of 5" fabric that I could not decide what to do with for the longest time.  After joining a SAL for this pattern and making one quilt with shirt fabric, I decided this was the perfect pattern for the strips.
I decided to make a star from each fabric rather than making it scrappy.  It's a very happy quilt!

My final project for March was a pillow cover.  The old pillow case was ruined and trashed a couple of years ago, so I've been looking at a naked pillow.  My original plan was for a simple pillow case, but then I decided to put a little more effort into it and do some quilting.  The fabric has been hiding in my stash, and is finally seeing the light of day.

And I already have a finish for April!!  I had to do some stitching for FNWF, so I finished this small wall hanging.  This was given to me crumpled in a bag, and I was thrilled to see that it had all been cut out and fused.  I merely had to applique and quilt for a finish.

I don't have the pattern, but I think it may be a McKenna Ryan?

I continue with my efforts to clean and organize my sewing room.  And this means cleaning up small projects that have been started.  More good stuff to follow!

Keep on stitching....... Sunny

Almost forgot to mention that we went to DC last week to see the Cherry Blossoms.  We were about a day and a half too early to see them at their peak, but they were still pretty!


  1. That little chick is too darling! I do love the color of your roses, almost a salmon color, and they look as soft as velvet - wow. Your two star quilts are just gorgeous. I have some fabric I picked up in NY...NO CLUE what to do with it...your pillow cover is beautiful, I love the quilting on it, and the soft watercolor look. That does look like a McKenna Ryan quilt, she makes the most marvelous patterns but they sure intimidate me, lol!

  2. Love both your quilts sunny the colours and fabrics look gorgeous !!!

  3. Some beautiful finishes Sunny... such pretty quilts! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

  4. What a sweet chick tiny mini..
    Such beautiful roses sunny..
    Both your Star Quilts are gorgeous and you did some fabulous quilting on the cushion.
    Nice finish for april, it does look like a McKenna Ryan one..

  5. So many gorgeous finishes it was a good month xxx

  6. I love the mini chick quilt; at only 6 inches, it must have been a challenge!! Your finishes are gorgeous and you've been busy. I hung the sunflower quilt that you sent to me in my dining room and it is perfect there. I will take a pic for you soon!

  7. The little chick is sweet as can be. Nice finish.

  8. what a busy month it has been for you... love your projects and your quilting is looking fantastic...

  9. Hi Sunny what beautiful work you have done,you sure have been busy my friend love your pics xx

  10. You got a lot finished with your busy month. I love that star finish.

  11. Love all your finished projected--but that fence one with the black eyed susans makes my heart sing!! Can you believe that we won't ever be able to shop at that quilt shop in WG again--even if I go back for a vacation--just can't believe she closed it--
    love the DC photos too--
    love and laughter, di

  12. You have been busy! Lots of great projects. I too like the Star Gazing pattern, it is a very different star.

  13. Wow....you really are an inspiration. You free motion quilting looks fantastic. Great work!

  14. You certainly have been productive , lots of great eye candy . Your quilting looks wonderful too, congrats on your finishes !

  15. Lots of lovely stitching. The stars quilt are great and i love both patterns. They look wonderful with your fabric selection.
    I would love to see the cherry blossoms in DC!!

  16. Lots of great works happening there Sunny... Charming Stars looks great done in that way... I bet you'll continue to unearth some treasures as you clean out! x

  17. Just had a look through your latest oats. You do beautiful work...

  18. Hi, I am a new follower (Kaye from Kitten Stitching http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com), I came across from FNSI. Your quilted cushion cover is beautiful - very shabby chic and your other projects are all gorgeous, too. TraderVic and I were lucky a couple of years ago to see the cherry blossoms in DC in bloom when were on our America trip - lucky, because it was March and they were in full bloom already!

  19. Hi Sunny, Your chick is so cute. I have reading through your blog. Your quilts are so pretty and I am love seeing your quilting, beautifully done.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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