Blogging Break

Dear habibis,

I’m just popping in to let you know that I’m taking a blogging break. I’m making official what my lack of posting recently had unofficially indicated. 

Our wedding is rapidly approaching (it seems like only yesterday it was months and months away!) and while I can carve out a little sewing time, blogging is low on the list of priorities right now. Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of months. I know you’ll understand. 

Happy sewing!

Quilt Retreat

Habibis, between work and wedding planning I haven’t made much time for blogging. I’ve done a bit of sewing, but some of it I’m not ready to share yet. However, I’m going to a quilt retreat this weekend with Mama S and I’m very excited! Here’s what I hope to work on:

– Two paper pieyed blocks for our guild’s raffle quilt for next year

– The shopping cart cover needs to be finished

– I’d love to make some progress on my Quilt of Valor, which fell by the wayside this spring

– A special secret sewing project

We’ll see how much I manage!

Graduation Pillow for C

My cousin C just graduated with his PhD. That’s a huge deal! I decided to make him a pillow three days before we were leaving to attend the ceremony. His sister consulted on design options.

I had a 12″ x 16″ pillow form. Perfect size!

I chose 10″ dark blue and light blue squares for the pillow.  I embroidered the dark blue square with white thread. Then I cut up the light blue square to make a border. That got me to about 12.5″ square. I had chosen a coordinating book print to go with the solids – I love this print. I love the look of it, and C loves books! I used that print to add 2.5″ borders to the left and right and I also made the back from it.

The finished pillow looks great, and he loved it.



(Wednesday) Stash and some sewing

At our May guild meeting we had members’ market, where people can sell fabric and wares. I wasn’t supposed to shop…but I came home with four books, two patterns (one from our presenter), and about six yards of fabric.


I got this gorgeous blue fabric. I love it. I can’t wait to use it.


Flannel with little sheep on it? Who could resist!?! This is going into my stash for future baby quilts.


These batiks looked great together. In my defense, I cut into these right away. I spent my Sunday (when I should have been working on other projects) playing with my pink scraps to make blocks for doll quilts. These batiks will form parts of a doll quilt top and back. As for the teal, I figured I could always use that.


Maybe in June I won’t buy any fabric…

Here are some pictures of the scraps:




Finished Cloth Napkins

It’s still Tuesday, so this isn’t late, right?  Right?

I finished the last two napkins. Again, the quilting is simple. I know they’ll be washed a lot. I’ve got nine finished napkins now, four small and five large. At the moment I don’t think we need more, but it’s a good way for me to use up stash, especially fabrics that I’ve struggled to fit into my past quilts. So maybe I’ll make more.


More Napkins

I decided we needed more cloth napkins, for when some were in the wash. Z thought some of the others I’d made were a bit small, so I decided to make bigger ones. These are made from 20″ squares, so they’re quite large.

The two cream-based florals are quilted in cream thread, and the brown print is quilted in light pink.  I’ve got two more napkins that I still haven’t finished.