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Shamrock Finished!

“May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true, and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.” — Irish blessing


Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  

Remember this project?

Shamrock Stem

I finished it up with a simple cross hatch using the walking foot, and it now resides on my dining table.

Shamrock Stem

Quilt On!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. -Irish Blessing

Bow Ties Update and a New Project

I don’t have a lot of sewing progress to share, since I have been using my time to clean out cabinets, closets and read a novel.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Remember the bow tie flimsy?  I let it marinate while I considered whether or not I could live with the size that I made.

I decided that I wasn’t upset with it anymore, and I would make more bow ties to add to the width.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

I finished the extra blocks and they are now sewn to the flimsy.

So now it marinates some more until I can come up with a backing for it.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Bow Tie Leader/Ender

Bow Ties

Bow Tie Update

Bow Tie Leader/Ender Update

Pat Sloan’s Shamrock Stem caught my eye.  I don’t have a decorative table topper (that can also be used as a small wall hanging) for March, so I spent the weekend making one.

Four blocks on the design wall:

Shamrock Stem

Blocks sewn together, and borders added:

Shamrock Stem

Quilt On!

Traffic Jam One – It’s A Flimsy!

It is a bit overcast today, and a good time to show you the progress on Traffic Jam One.

Traffic Jam

It has been a flimsy for a few days now, but work and a couple of sunny afternoons prevented me from taking photos.

Traffic Jam

I had a bit of trouble finishing up this flimsy.  Call it ‘airhead moments’, ‘senioritis’, or just a lack of concentration.  

I thought that I had miscalculated and did not have enough cut green squares.

So I cut and cut and sewed my borders.

And my borders were too long.

And I miscalculated my miscalculations and never really miscalculated to begin with.

Here is what is leftover:

Traffic Jam

I will find a purpose for the parts eventually.

Of course, that defeats the original purpose of using up all of those scraps… in this quilt… in the first place.

Traffic Jam

Looks a bit like a stained glass window from the back:

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam Two in progress:

Traffic Jam

Previous Traffic Jam Posts:

Pat Sloan’s Pattern

Traffic Jam One Update

What was I doing on the sunny afternoons after work?

Why, pruning and raking, and making discoveries in the garden, of course!

Here are just a few of my discoveries:


Lots of crocus!


Lots of daffodils (and larkspur)!


Stately Crown Imperials!

Crown Imperial

Fragrant Hyacinths!


Lots of budding shrubs, including this elderberry!


“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

Traffic Jam One Update

I began making scrappy green four patches for Pat Sloan’s Traffic Jam pattern on St. Patrick’s Day.

I have now pieced and sashed lots of four patches together.

Traffic Jam

I still need to work on the border before I can call this one a flimsy.

Here is a close up:

Traffic Jam

I am calling it Traffic Jam One because I intend on making two of these.  Pat’s pattern is a good one for using up those scraps!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe!

  Quilt On!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It wasn’t planned this way, but it just so happens that I am working on a green project today!

Lots and lots of green four patches are in the making!

Traffic Jam

I am making Pat Sloan’s Traffic Jam pattern, and using up my green scraps.  Anything green goes!

Quilt On!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May good luck be with you Wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.

May your days be many and your troubles be few, May all God’s blessings descend upon you, May peace be within you, May your heart be strong, May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been
the foresight to know where you’re going
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.