Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sisters' Stay At Home Retreat {Bits and Bobs}

This past weekend, my husband was out of town for work so I invited my sister Amanda (the Doll third of Honey, Bunny, and Doll!) to abandon our domestic responsibilities for a day to sew and eat frozen pizza (two of our favorite things!).

The first thing that I worked on was the top of my Summer Patio quilt for our August Island Batik Amabassador hop. I posted some preview pictures of the start of this quilt, but I'm not showing off anything else until my hop day on August 28th!

Next, I quilted a mini quilt for Amanda that will be part of a soon-to-be-released set (yes, set!) of Honey, Bunny, and Doll patterns that are Aztec inspired. Her mini is made in various pastel batiks and white solid and I quilted it with a leafy meander.

The backing is a beautiful light yellow batik and she had picked out a multi-colored speckled batik for the binding!

The next project that I worked on was to start putting together two years' worth of pineapple blocks that I had requested as my Stash Bee block in both 2016 and 2017. I had collected 28 blocks and the layout that I liked best used 27 blocks so the last block will become a label on the back.

I had enough white on white fabric left over from my latest C2C quilt additions for Stephanie that I was able to put all of the blocks into columns with spacers. I used 2.5" strips between the blocks and 4.5" strips at the top and bottom of the rows so that the blocks will be offset. I'll need to get about a yard more of white on white fabric to do the sashing strips and a final border around the quilt.

Amanda spent a good deal of her stay nagging me about how many WIPs I have and rightly so! But multiple projects are at an impasse because I need to go shopping (oh darn!) for various borders, backings, and yardage to finish projects.

The amazing thing for this brief moment in time is that I am all caught up on all of my sewing that has deadlines until the end of August -- which means I will have plenty of time to work on those "almost there" projects.

This post also made me realize how much I miss WIP Wednesday posts. Can we bring that back?

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!


  1. How lucky you are to have quilting sisters. Your work is great but I'm sure the cherished time together was what made it all worthwhile!

  2. Love your pineapple quilt. That is on my list of want-to-dos someday!

  3. The mini aztec is beautiful!!! I wish I had a sister and then I'd make her be a quilter, haha.

  4. Frozen pizza...I love it too! Love all the different colors of yellow in the pineapple quilt.

  5. Beautiful Aztec quilt and I, too, love frozen pizza! (Glad to hear I'm not the only grown up out there with this problem!) Please do bring back the WIP posts. I enjoy seeing what you're working on and sometimes it inspires me (or guilds me) into working on mine. Or to start something new...whatever...

  6. I'm loving that pineapple quilt so much! I am literally snacking on fresh pineapple as I type this, so it must be some kind of divine harmonic fruit convergence :)

  7. Beautiful quilt, beautifully quilted. Those pineapples are so juicy :-) It is amazing what some nagging can do, although I will pass the frozen pizza :-) More for you two.

  8. I have missed WIP Wednesday, too. I emailed Lee at Freshly Pieced a few years ago about it and never heard back. I don't think we could really use that name without her permission (or at least, I would not feel good about it). You made great progress!

  9. How fun to get to sew with your sister for a day. The pastel quilt is so pretty, love those soft colors. The pineapple quilt is very fun and is coming together beautifully.


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