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Yellow Bears Paw

We are back from Chicago now, and I can say it was a nice visit.  My kids were good during 4 days of driving and everyone was happy to see us when we arrived and sad to see us leave.  We were lucky to have beautiful weather while we were there and we got to spend a lot of time outdoors, smelling the suburban spring air that immediately brings me back to my childhood.  I'm glad my boys could experience that too. The main purpose of the trip was to see my family, especially my mother, whose long-term illness took a bad turn earlier this month after a lengthy plateau.  Many of you contributed both quilts and funds to the benefit held for her in 2012 (past posts are here and here), and I wanted to give a sort of update, as well as show off the quilt I made for her.

Earlier this month my mother went into the hospital for several days.  I was told that low sodium was causing her to become confused and disoriented.  Several times she would wake up in the morning and not know why she was…

Monday Morning Star Count 2014/21

It's still Monday, but it's far from morning..
we're almost done with our road trip and I've got a few hex-diamonds to show for it..

I don't have an exact count today... all of the units are stuffed into a plastic bag under the front seat of the car.  I want to start joining them so I'll have to lay them out soon.  Pics to follow shortly on Instagram..

I crammed an awful lot of quilty goodness into this trip and each day deserves its own blog post, but let's see when and if I've got the time to jot them all down.  Give me a few days to sort my photos and we'll see what I come up with.
I would have posted this on time, but our internet connection (and free time) has been sporatic on this trip.  I'd like to say things will be back to normal next week, but we're entering our Summer-mode where routines get tossed out the window and we hit the road (or air, or beach) running.  I crave routine though, so I'll do my best to keep MMStarCounts o…

Monday Morning Star Count 2014/20

As I type this (late Sunday night, NY time), the 7 Sisters hexagon piece is almost done.
It probably needs about 30-45 more minutes of stitching, but I don't think I'll stay up and do it tonight.  Tomorrow maybe?

Still haven't made any decisions on what exactly will become of it, so once the last seams are sewn I think I'll let it sit for a while and work on something else.  We've got one heck of a road trip coming up later this week and it should be quite productive on the quilt-front.  Follow me on Instagram for up to the minute EPP progress, hehe.

Have you counted your stars this week?  New players are always welcome, there really aren't many rules to join our weekly linky party-- just stitch some EPP, take pictures, and show us what you've got!


Hey Ohio!

Are you in northern Ohio (or willing to drive there to see me?) and curious about EPP?
I'll be giving a short lecture and hands-on English Paper Piecing demo at M&E Quilt Shoppe in Sandusky on Thursday next week (5/22). 
All the information is here on the shop's website.


I'll be showing off a few of my quilts and projects, signing books, and converting everyone to EPP.  It would be great to see some of you there~

EPP Demo and Book SigningThursday, May 22, 2014    12-2p.m. Mabel & Ethel's Quilt Shoppe279 E. Market Street, Sandusky, OH 44870
419-502-9123
ME@mequiltshoppe.comSpace is limited.  Advanced registration required.  For more info, click here. Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

The moment when..

you know that the super simple baby quilt you're making just isn't going to cut it..
I pieced these big HSTs and was just going to be done with it, but no.  Not for this baby.  She's too cute, I love her family too much (and her mom's a quilter).  So she got her name on the back too.
Of course, when you decide to piece the kid's name into a quilt, it's probably a good idea to check how the parents spell it first (I learned this the hard way)..


This quilt has been on my to-do list for over a year.. thankfully the baby is still small (though her birthday is coming up soon) and her mom is one of my most patient and laid back friends so she didn't make me feel bad for not getting it to them sooner.  If the weather is too warm for a quilt now, I really hope it can become her toddler picnic blanket this summer.

I enjoyed working on this quilt a lot.  The top is made from almost all of the colors of Timeless Treasures' Rain collection.  They are so pretty, I c…

Monday Morning Star Count 2014/19

Here are my hexie stars.. pretty soon they'll all be together (I hope).

This week I worked on joining the units and chunks.  There's a nice shady spot right outside the sewing room door and I spent a few minutes on Mother's Day stitching outside while the boys got dirty in the yard (note the grubby hand touching my quilt, argh.  But it's washable, no worries).  It was awesome to free up so many templates (some which had only been used once!) and of course looking at a pile of paper templates makes me want to start a new quilt, but....

I've been thinking about doing a post about my many many UFOs to see if I can get any of them finished.  They keep staring at me, you know?  Does anyone have a secret for keeping track of UFOs?  I have a quilting to do list on my wall, but so many projects never even make it on there.  April's is still up by the door, I should re-write one for May I guess.

Well, now's the time.  Please link up and show off your work!

Happy Birthday Mom!

It's been a while, so I'm making my mom a new quilt.
 Big bear's paws in shades of white on a creamy yellow woven background.  The centers of each "paw" were bee blocks from my month in the 15 Minutes Play bee from 2011(!).  This quilt was started shortly after but shelved when I got tired of trimming the triangles, or maybe because bigger projects like finishing grad school, starting to teach again, and then writing a book just ate up all of my time. 
They say time flies once you have kids, and I didn't believe it at first, but now.. woah.  I'm glad I asked the bee participants to date their blocks, and I'm even more glad that they finally made it into a finished quilt top, albeit 3+ years later.

I wonder how my mom feels.  Today is her birthday and while today I can't imagine being her age, I'm  sure it will be here before I know it.  Mom, I'm sorry we're not together today, but we'll be there for a visit very very soon.  Finger…

Monday Morning Star Count 2014/18

Is it just me, or do these weeks just fly by?  I'm organizing our family calendar for the month and then poof~  all the sudden we're going to Greece just a few weeks from now.  It's hard to believe that I'll be sitting at the beach in a sundress in 45 days when right now I'm typing this post in my fleece pajamas.  How many Hexi-diamonds did I say I'd have done before then again??
Well.. let's just keep recording progress as it happens and before you know it, we'll all have finished quilts to celebrate.

This week I managed to baste and piece 3 more background units for the 7 Sisters hexie thingy (not really a quilt yet because it isn't going to get much bigger than this..its future is still uncertain).  Not bad.

 Honestly, I had some setbacks this week.  First, I've been having pain in my right wrist.. it's not from hand piecing, that pain is different, but sewing seems to bother it too.  It's more than likely from using my phone (damn Ju…

A breath of fresh air

Spring came, finally.  I took advantage of the good weather and let Jack play on the patio as I trimmed triangles just inside the back door.  All of the sudden my decision to move the sewing room to what used to be a screened-porch seems like pure genius.  Hope you are all getting a chance to enjoy the weather by you (if it's good) and if not, hope you at least will get to sew..