Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Leaving the Nest

 About a month ago I started a new patchwork venture in hopes it would provide me with the opportunity to do some mindless sewing. It did, until the project took on a life of its' own. That seems to happen frequently!

It began with the blocks I was calling Butterflies.

Which I then surrounded with Flying Geese.

I chose to use more four patch blocks for corner stones.

And decided that was sufficient.

At this point the top will finish at about 48" x 54." It seems small to me but in reality will make a wonderful lap quilt or even a child's quilt. There wasn't much incentive to try to make it any larger anyway. It was about this time that Kate over in Chiconia, Australia posted about the quilty items she was working on to be raffle prizes for a very worthy cause. I contacted her about the possibility of sending her the top to be finished over there and added to the raffle. She was enthusiastic. ๐Ÿ˜

I hesitated to offer up a finished quilt due to the recent increase in shipping costs. Kate was more than willing to do the quilting and binding herself, for which I am grateful. We finally sent the flimsy off today (with some extra fabric for the binding). Let me just say that I'm glad we didn't have the extra weight and bulk of a finished quilt to send overseas. It cost well more than three times what I was accustomed to paying to mail a handful of patchwork blocks over the oceans. Yikes! Even so, I know the money was spent for a good cause and am pleased to be able to contribute. 

On an entirely unrelated note Blogger, in its' finite wisdom, has changed up the formatting for composing blog posts. It now requires seven steps to add a photo to my text. That may not be more than one or two more clicks than was required in the past but it's enough to make the process that much more annoying to my impatient soul. ๐Ÿคจ 

And now I get to come up with another mindless sewing project...


  1. Postage is so expensive and to send overseas even more so. Your top is truly lovely, the colours go together perfectly, and will be a much loved quilt.I wish there was a way we could be at an airport, ask people if they would take a parcel and post it on arrival, guess they would maybe think we were sending illegal goods!!!

  2. I'm so happy to be able to offer a good cause for this lovely quilt top. It's perfect because after so many monochromatic teal/cream quilts, I'm slowly trying to introduce an extra colour on each one to give the theme a little more life, and your deep oranges are just gorgeous with the teal. Thank you so much for your generosity, both with the quilt top itself and with covering the postage, which I know is not at all cheap. I will send you a draft of the quilt label I plan to add once I have the quilt top in hand, for approval. Grateful hugs!


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