We’re heading into a long Memorial Day weekend and I thought I’d give you an update of the May projects I’m working on. Plus, I was able to visit my grandkids this month, so I have an update on them as well!
May quilt projects
Most recently, I finished up four sample panels for Scanfil Organic Threads. The company will use them for trade shows and other events. They asked me to make four panels; two using their 30/2 wt. and 50/2 wt. thread side by side in a feather motif and the other two with an all-over meander design.
It’s always fun to see the different thread weights side by side and compare how each looks. The 30/2 wt. thread is thicker so it shows off more. This can really show off your quilting or other decorative stitching. The 50/2 wt. thread blends better, and I tend to prefer it for most quilting and piecing.
I really enjoy working with Scanfil thread. You can read my full product review here; I hope to see them available in more quilt shops in the US as we embrace more sustainable options for quilting and sewing.
My latest pattern design, Sterling, is still keeping me busy as I stitch up more projects with it. As a bonus, there are four alternate quilt block arrangements included in the pattern. I just made a little table topper using one of those alternate block arrangements. It turned out so cute! The fabric is from the Flour Garden collection (Moda Fabrics) from several years ago. I used a charm pack (mostly for the backing and block centers) and yardage.
With the addition of the side triangles, this table topper looks really nice on a round table (or an octagon table). It’s very easy to create this shape. I have a tutorial from years ago on the process that you can find here. I used a Swoon block in that tutorial but it works for just about any size or configuration of blocks as long as it’s a square top.
Also, Sterling is still on sale through May 31, 2023. Use the coupon code STERLING20 to save 20% when you purchase in my Etsy Shop. You can see read more about Sterling and see some beautiful samples made by my pattern testers here.
My focus for June will be on a Sunflower Block tutorial for you guys. I’ve come up with a fun technique to make the triangles on this block. It’s so easy and I think you’re going to love it!
I’m making good progress on the Kaleidoscope embroidery stitch along hosted by Lolli & Grace. I’ve learned so many new stitches and really enjoyed making this project. Plus, it keeps my hands busy at night when we watch TV.
Visiting the grandkids
I traveled to Texas last week to visit the grandkids. If you’re a grandparent, you know how special it is to spend time with these little people; especially when you don’t live close enough to see them very often. I was only there for three days, but it was enough to fill this grandma’s heart with love and joy.
Amelia is 7, Clara is 5, Ben is 3, and Delaney is 9 months old. To say this is a busy household is an understatement. Things are in constant motion with juggling schedules and activities; I don’t know how my daughter and son-in-law do it (even though I did the exact same thing 30 plus years ago). The energy they expend, the messes they make, the laughter they share, the tears they cry and the hugs they give are so, so precious. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
That’s all of my May quilt projects and happenings in a nutshell. I hope you have a wonderful, long weekend to kick off your summer. We’ll be staying home, but we have two daughters coming to visit so I’m really excited and thankful for that. We’re going to visit a local winery and there will be lots of hanging out around the house. And good food, always good food!
Thank you for visiting and happy quilting!