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I am flabbergasted!!!

And the reason I'm so flabbergasted is because of all the orphan blocks I found!!!  But that's at the end of the post so you can scroll down if you don't want to wait for the rest.

I finished hand-piecing the center for the Block in the Spotlight quilt here.  But it was so plain that I needed to come up with  more.

I decided to make some hexie units for the corners.  I really like the way it is turning out.

I'm working on the fourth hexie unit and then I'll piece some small hexie designs for the setting triangles.  After all the hexie work and applique I'll still have a 3" border to make so that the center will be the right size for the other blocks to surround.  This is turning out to be quite a monumental project.  I just hope it looks good when I'm finished.  I hope, I hope, I hope.

I've been quilting on the Birds of a Feather quilt. Another lengthy project. . .   Can you read what I've quilted in this rectangle?  It's the plainest part…

Just wanted to share.

I got out my little box of Valentine's decorations and was surprised to to find that I don't have very many heart shaped things to display.  But, I did find this little box that my SIL (my husband's sister) made for me about 30 yrs. ago.  Wow!  Has it been that long?
She recently passed away at the age of 65 from cancer.  In fact, I just realized, her birthday is tomorrow.
She was an interesting and complex person.  She was constantly challenging herself to do or make something unique.  She decided she wanted to make a heart-shaped box.  And I was the lucky recipient of her efforts.
 It measure 1 3/4 inches high and is just less than 6 inches at the widest point on top.

She taught me so many things like canning, and knitting, and not being afraid to try.

 We sewed together, we laughed together, we each had three babies within a few months of each other.  And then our lives changed, she and her family moved states away, and we grew apart.

I'm grateful for this little b…

The day glides away

Just thought I show some pictures of what I was working on yesterday.  We are doing a red & white BOM in my quilt group so I've cut it out and am intermittently sewing the pieces together (upper right)  The reason I'm not just sewing the 12" block together is because I got side tracked by the little heart quilt on Cheri Payne's blog and would rather work on that.

I'm continuing to hand quilt at the frames.  I have to admit I love working on this quilt.  It brings me so much pleasure.  I wish my hands could handle working on it all day long but between my calloused fingers and the numbing effects of carpel tunnel, I limit quilting time to 2 hrs. a day and I rest on Sunday.

I'm also hand piecing this center star for the "Block in the Spotlight" quilt I mentioned in my last post.  The  blue and gold ombre stripe (Wiscasset by Minnick and Simpson) looks so lovely. . .

Did you know that you can buy Junior Mints in the shape of hearts for Valentine…

Working on a UFO

Now that I finished  the previous quilt top - it's done - it's folded up - it's put away - I convinced myself not to start something new and went through the UFO list.

1.Stamp Quilt8 blocks made 2005
2.   Butterfly Round Robin                 11 blocks done 2006 3.   Lori Holt Pattern                          Thimbleberries   2008 4.      “        “                                       1930’s  2008 5.   Block in the Spotlight                  Bound Together BOM 2010 6.   Hexagon Stars                              Civil War fabrics 2014 7.   9-patch Pinwheels                        American Jane Potluck 2014 8.   Civil War Quilt                            Barbara Brackman  BOW
I decided to work on #5 Block in the Spotlight.  This was a BOM  2 friends and I were in charge of for my quilt group.  Each quilter picked out the 9" block that they wanted in the center and then each month we would put 3" blocks or a border around it.  The block turned out to be 15" finishe…