Quilting Again

The first three months of 2013 have passed in a blur.  I've been handling a very busy caseload at work (up to 78 students as of last Friday) and that means I've had to bring a lot of work home.  Throw in doing the taxes, a commitment at church and lots of travel and you can see that there has been no time for the sewing machine.  The last time the machine saw any action was when I took a class on sewing zippers at the end of February.  So it was high time that I got back into sewing.  My quilt guild had a workshop on Friday night that I had signed up for before my life got so busy, and although I thought about skipping it, I managed to choose fabrics, load the machine into my car and go.  I'm so glad I did as it felt good to be piecing again.  The class used Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom pattern which looks challenging but is super-simple to put together.  Go check it out at www.quiltville.com (scroll down on the right hand side for the free pattern).

Here are my first three blocks.  I'm using mostly Kansas Troubles scraps with a few other fat quarters thrown in to make the 12" blocks.  While I like the autumn colors (so me), I'm thinking of using some of the red Kansas Troubles strips I have left over from jelly roll to give this a little more pizazz.  Making these blocks is timely as Kim is hosting Scrap Basket Sunday.  I don't know about you, but I need incentives like this and BOM Rehab to get some quilting done.

April looks like it's a little slower paced in terms of weekend plans.  Work will doubtless continue on a relentless pace until June 14, but I've planned a few days off, so life should be bearable.  Will be back soon to tell you about our trip to Scotland over my spring break.


  1. Love your blocks! I'm glad you got to do some quilting. Sorry you've been so busy -- hope things slow down soon.

  2. Your quilt blocks look wonderful.

  3. I've found the first quarter of the year to be challenging too but for slightly different reasons. I'm missing my needle too!

    Your pineapple blocks are fabulous. I'll definitely check out Bonnie's link because they do look complicated. I'm looking forward to hearing about Scotland!

  4. I love your blocks and would like to make a Pineapple quilt someday. Incentive works for me!

  5. Your blocks look great so far! That's one pattern I've wanted to make for a long time too. Maybe I'll try that one next!

  6. I always wondered what these blocks would be like to sew - a great start and I love your colours! Here's hoping you get to continue on your scrap basket Sunday journey!

  7. glad to see you are finding time to quilt again Susan - it's been crazy how fast the 1st quarter flew by. Can't wait to hear about Scotland - Hugs Mel

  8. Your blocks are lovely, glad you're finding one time for sewing

    Have a great holiday


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