Two weeks to go!

Can you imagine?  Two weeks from now it will be the middle of January!  Our winter has been so warm the cold weather only arrived yesterday.  Finally, we have some snow but it’s mostly melted already.  That’s ok with me,  I’ll take the warm weather any day.  Although I do like to sit and sew when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing outside.  Looking at it is much better than having to go outside in it.  One really advantage of being retired! YeeHa!  But I’ll adjust to sewing when its not snowing and blowing  there’s always some other excuse I can find if I need one.

I found a, hopefully, minor error in the cutting instructions.  The background 3 1/2″ square was listed as needing 20. You really need 80.  I had it listed correctly in my notes but apparently I typed it incorrectly.  So that makes the background yardage to just a little over 3 yards instead of 2 3/4 yards.  I hope you all have enough.  I went through and checked all the other numbers and they look to be good.  My apologies.

Here are a couple of I Spy quilts I finished for gifts.  The back of each is the racetrack panel.  They turned out pretty well and were a big hit.  It always makes you feel good when the quilts are well received and you know they will be well used and loved.  These were made for two four year old boys that were just adopted from Uganda.
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The colors of this one look all washed out but they are all shades of blue. This was a long time UFO from a block of the month that we did in my quilting guild years ago. My UFO pile is getting way out of hand so I decided to finish up some of the smaller ones so that I felt like I was making some progress. I feel better now…..LOL.  As some of you know, I am a hand quilter so this was fun to do.  Each block is quilted with a different design and pattern.  Too bad you can’t see my handiwork!  My mother is always cold so I gave it to her for Christmas to “warm her body and comfort her soul”.

I know most of you don’t need a reminder……lol…..the first clue for Scrappy Stars Around the Corner is two weeks away from tonight 7pm EST. If you loved Scrapitude I think you will love this one too!
See you soon!
Happy Quilting!

  • Pratima
    December 31, 2015

    Dear Charlotte, Wish you a Happy, Healthy, creative New Year! Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and inspiring us to make delightful quilts with scraps! Your blue quilt is so soothing and beautiful! Fun fabulous quilts for little boys 🙂

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      December 31, 2015

      Thanks, Pratima, May you be blessed with a Happy New Year! You are such a sweetheart!

  • Denise Zapf
    January 2, 2016

    Glad I checked in this morning. I started cutting yesterday and didn’t finish. I never started the background and wasn’t thrilled with my choice so now I can pick something else. However, I have been hoarding some 1930s fabrics for two years and I finaly cut into it because I was short on light fabrics so yay!

  • Sallye Stutzman
    January 6, 2016

    Happy new Year Charlotte!!. I have a question about your Scrapitude quilt pattern that I got from you in class . I am finally getting to the point where I am making my half blocks from class #3, step #7. It says to make 12. In step # 8, it says to assemble blocks as shown (I presume it means to put 2 of the 1/2 blocks from step #7 together ) and make 25. Is the “make 12” in step a typo, or do I make the 25 whole blocks from some other set of blocks? I would think that I need to make 50 1/2 blocks from step #7 to get the 25 whole blocks in step #8. Please help, so I can come to a class and learn how to FINALLY finish the top. Thanks. 🙂

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      January 6, 2016

      Hi Sally,
      I am in Michigan. I think I can answer your question without looking directly at the instructions I used for our class. The half blocks (12) are for around the outside. Go back in the instructions where it says to assemble the block and you should see what pieces you are using for the block (make 25). You start with the four colored four patch in the center. I come back on Saturday night so if you still have trouble, call me later and I’ll walk you through it.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      January 6, 2016

      Sally, now that I’m thinking…….are you sure you got all the instructions? You should have a sheet that shows you what to put together to make the block. The last sheet shows how to put the blocks and half blocks together to assemble the quilt. Do you have that?

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