Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sew What's New?

 Although school has officially started here, kids are remote learning. There have been few opportunities to sub but I have been trained (sort of). The process is quite complicated and hasn't be tested enough. Technology is great but there seems to be glitches every step of the way. 

The good news is that I do get a bit more time in my sewing room when I'm not watching my grandson!

eating cucumbers from the garden

Sew what have I been doing? 

I purchased the A is for Apple pattern from SewFresh Quilts when she was having a 50% off sale. I started making the apples to use as a new table runner. 

I got a little bit interrupted as a friend of mine @megillicutti on Instagram commissioned me to make a drawstring bag for her. She loves vintage and has a booth at an antique mall. She is headed to an Extravaganza this weekend to shop to restock her booth. She dropped off this cart and a vintage linen tablecloth at my house. I measured the cart and started working on a drawstring bag. 

As you can see, it didn't quite fit around the cart. Realizing my mistake, 
I started again. 
Here is the 2nd bigger version! 

Isn't it cute made from the vintage tablecloth?

I had some orange ribbon that I added for a pop of color! She loved it!

I also finished the baby quilt that will go to a charity. The pattern is Traffic Jam by Pat Sloan but I am calling mine True Blue.
It was made from my overflowing box of blue scraps except for the gray dotted fabric for the sashing and borders.
The backing is a yardage piece that has been in my stash for some time!
The finished size is 31" x 45" 
The quilting is a straight-line outlining the squares and a X through the corner squares. 
All labeled and ready!
Monday was the release of Week 2 in the National Quilters Circle Starlight Mountains challenge. 
I managed to finish and here are both week 1 and week 2 blocks together!
(It looks like Christmas at first glance but the center blocks are watermelons on a blue plaid backing. Picking up the reds and greens of the watermelons.)
I'm linking to Midweek Makers @QuiltFabrication 


  1. Your grandson is such a cutie!
    I love the apples! Are they paper pieced or are those cut template pieces?
    How nice of you to make the cart bag. That would be something that would fall into my list of “I really don’t want to make that for you”. LOL
    Your True Blue baby quilt is bright and cheerful. I really love your fence piece prop for photographing your works. The quilt is great for a boy YET also great for a girl that loves blue. You are so generous.
    Yep, I thought your stars were the beginning of a Christmas quilt. But when I saw the picture larger, I could see that it could become a fun summer quilt. It’ll be fun to see how it progresses and the direction it takes.

  2. Hi Dawn! What a cutie your grandson is and how wonderful that you get to spend some quality time with him. I had no idea you were in Des Plaines! I work in Glencoe - only about 30 minutes away from you. Of course, it may as well be a million miles away since COVID. Small world! Anyhoo - your stars look so pretty all in a row. It does look very Christmasy since we can't see the watermelon in the center. How clever you are to use the tablecloth to line the cart! Handy and very fun. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. True Blue turned out so great! I love that you stuck with true blues, saving the turquoises for another time. And you were very kind to make the cart liner bag. Like Annie, that's the kind of project where I would say, "No, thanks!" ha ha! You're a good friend :)

  4. Great charity quilt and apple blocks!


Sweet sentiments