December 19, 2021 Small Projects

Looking back on 2021 I have actually accomplished more than just finishing my Friends of Baltimore quilt. It’s surprising to realize just how many other projects were completed and gifted. But, I’m still scrambling trying to wrap up a few things that were on my list and am not quite sure that I will be able to complete by January when I will begin on my list for 2022. I’m giving it my best shot.

Yesterday I got to spend time with my friend Christine and helped her sew on her binding on the quilt she made to gift her step-daughter. It’s a beautiful purple/lavender quilt and Christine did a fabulous job.

Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent – Peace. Isn’t that what we wish for everyday.

I have started on my great nephew’s “I love Dirt” quilt. ? What one year old doesn’t love trucks? I will be machine appliqueing it as I busted my finger and it’s too painful to do much handwork at this time. I took a trip into our local quilt shop, Buckles, Bobbins and Bolts in Lebanon, MO to pick up some fun bright fat quarters to use in this quilt and imagine my surprise to find heavy machinery printed fabric perfect for the backing on this quilt. Oooh Oooh I exclaimed, I need that! So happy to be able to shop locally.

Grader for I love Dirt quilt

I was able to make a table runner as a gift. I challenged myself with this idea and next time I’ll put more thinking into the design so I don’t have to work in 16th of an inch segments. 3 does not go into 10 very easily nor does it make for easy block construction. I was able to accomplish it and the result was great. I hope she likes it. I used some of my collection of Debbie Mumm Christmas fabrics. I am really pleased with the outcome.

Yesterday I had a delightful package in the mail from Homestead Hearth where I am active in their BOM of Edyta Sitar’s Stars Upon Stars quilt. Let’s just say I was current on that project, now I find myself trying to squeeze it in between projects I’m working. Life is always fun if not challenging. But the fabrics are great and I will enjoy putting them together mixing and matching with fabrics from previous installments as well as pulling from my own stash. Oh What Fun! Yummy Fabrics. Eye Candy!

All my gifts are wrapped and under the tree. Last minute baking is planned for this afternoon. All is ready in my home for friends and family. Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Christmas. Here is a photo that will hopefully put a smile on your face.

With Visions of Treats I wait under the Tree for Santa.

Merry Christmas



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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