The Lucky Number for March is 7 – Kim Diehl pattern “Late Bloomers”

After sewing madly for two months, I took a week off and watched you tube videos on short arm machine quilting.  I also discovered a plethora of videos for my Bernina 550 QE.  I purchased my dream machine last summer and we are still getting acquainted.  So finding 66 videos covering basics to advanced usage was a real boon.  I had taken a machine quilting class at my local shop and came away a little overwhelmed but encouraged.  After watching a couple of short arm videos I practiced with my BSR and executed a respectable feather and filler background.  Not quite ready to tackle a full size project just yet but getting closer.

feather 001

Yesterday, 6 inches fresh powder.  Yuck, so over winter.  Ready for spring but looks as if it’s weeks away.


So today cutting into 30 fat quarters (which I determined have to come out of my stash – cannot purchase new) for this cute scrappy project.  It’s a perfect size for a sofa quilt.  I really like draping quilts over the back of my sofa.  I originally saw this quilt in Better Homes and Garden American Patchwork & Quilting April 2012 and fell in love with it.  The pattern came with the magazine.  Then for some strange reason I purchased Kim Diehl’s book last fall 2014 with this same quilt in it.  I guess I REALLY like it.  I had a tub that I had started collecting fabrics to make this which relegated it as UFO status so on my list it went for 2015.  Now I am making it.  YEAH….. not just a dreamer (nicer than procrastinator) but a quilt top maker.



I am hoping to get this one completed ahead of time so that I can forge ahead with one of my other UFO projects.  I have many more that are not on the list for 2015.  I am already planning my list for 2016.  I can be such a geek.

Till next time.



About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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