Friday, June 14, 2013

Catch Up

I haven't been here for awhile...too busy with work, family, and Instagram (my new obsession). I have been quilting a little, though.

My latest finish is my #scrappytripalong quilt. I have found it impossible not to include the hashtag...thanks to IG ;-)

A big thanks to Bonnie Hunter, who has a great tutorial for this quilt on her blog.

I jumped on this wagon a little late, but boy did I have fun making it. I used a bunch of civil war era fat eights my sister had gifted me a couple of years ago. 

For the first time, I was working on multiple projects (don't you just love my Kaffe shoofly block?...haha). And, as usual, most of my pictures are taken with my phone while working. 

Although the quilt can quickly be put together, it took me forever!!! With lots going on with work and family, most days I was only able to look at my blocks waiting patiently for me to finish ;-)

I have learned that I work better without lots of starting and stopping. So, with this quilt, I worked in stages. I set aside time for cutting all the strips, then piecing them into strip sets, then subcutting, etc. It took forever before I finally completed my first block.

The many, many seams were a challenge for me, but a great reminder of the importance of pinning!!

While I was playing around with the layout, my oldest son asked who would be getting this quilt. He was quite surprised when I said that I was just making it to make one in particular in mind. Well, he was quick to claim it as his! I love that my boys love my quilts ;-)

I returned to my old habit of quilting at the dining room table, which my Frustration LOVED!!! I quilted it using a meandering stitch throughout. Unfortunately, my best pictures would not upload without major distortions (not sure what the malfunction is), so I leave you with a few pictures my son took of the completed quilt.

I hope to work out some kinks with uploading my pictures. Maybe it's time to start using a real camera and not my phone!!!

In the meantime, I hope to share more quilting now that my summer vacation has finally arrived.

I have switched over to Bloglovin, so if you wish, you can follow me there.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!!

~ Michelle ~


  1. Michelle, it's nice to see you blogging again. Your scrappy trip along quilt is just gorgeous!!! I am glad that I was able to see it up close and in person. Zachary is smart to claim this quilt as his own or I would have grabbed it for myself.

  2. Lots of sewing and quilting happening in your world lately, especially on IG. Nice to see your finished quilt. Great to see you blogging again too, no matter what the topic!

  3. It turned out great!! I fell prey to the scrappy trip and I don't even have instagram. :-)

    This looks so cozy and comforting - great fabrics!

  4. I love it, Michelle! All the scrappy trip alongs are great, and yours is no exception. I think I want to do this (in my spare time...LOL). I love it that your son has laid claim to it!

  5. I haven't figured out a great way to follow people on Instagram without missing lots of good stuff. But I agree it is somewhat addicting... The quilt turned out great.

  6. It is beautiful, So special when our kids love our quilts.