Happy Monday! 🙂 I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead.

My MCM this week isn’t so much about the quilt top I made over the weekend as it is about a fast project.

I have a couple of new patterns I’m working on and they are nowhere near ready to share yet. There’s a lot of decision making that goes with designing and writing a new pattern, and sometimes those decisions take time. While I’m letting those projects ‘percolate’ in my mind a little, I wanted to make a quilt that would be fast but still satisfy my need to create.


The tragedy’s that have taken place in Orlando recently are so heartbreaking. When the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out their call for quilts or blocks I knew I wanted to help in some way.

I originally thought I would just make a couple heart blocks for them. Then I found these bright fabrics in my stash, and knew I could do an entire quilt top.

Rainbow Fabric Love

I went with a basic 3″ x 6″ rectangle design. What makes this project so fast is the magic of strips. I cut strips 3-1/2″ wide x WOF, sewed them together in color order (red, yellow, orange and green, blue, purple) and then cut them 6-1/2″ wide.

Rainbow Strips

Strip Piecing

I chain pieced the white rectangles to the 3-color blocks, and then sewed them together in rows. A 3″ sashing between the rows, and bam! quilt top was finished.

You might ask why I didn’t just sew a white strip to avoid the chain piecing. As you can see in the pic above, my ruler is 12-1/2″ tall and with the white strip the finished piece would have been exactly 12-1/2″. I wanted more room for measuring. I have a 24″ ruler, but it is only 6″ wide. But if I had had a bigger ruler, I would have added that fourth strip and saved even more time!

This week I plan to quilt and bind the quilt, so hopefully I will have a finish to share with you later this week.

The advantage of working on an easy quick project like this is twofold – it doesn’t require a lot of attention to piecing and therefore my mind can wander and hopefully help with some of the details of the other projects I’m working on; and because it’s a bit of mindless sewing, I can concentrate on the person/s who will eventually receive this quilt and sew in some love and support. I hope it helps in some small way….

So now let’s move on to your crushes from last week. Did you see Gretchen’s little Sweetpea Pods she made? I’m so happy she shared these; I’m looking forward to making a few of my own. I love the thought of having these little pods on hand to fill and give as small gifts.

Photo by Gretchen of Gretchen's Little Corner

Photo by Gretchen of Gretchen’s Little Corner


Sandra of mmmQuilts did some great quilting on her mini. I love all the texture she achieved and guess what? She named it Textures! 🙂 Oh, and this is a mini of her Blue Skies & Sunny Days pattern, so be sure to check out her blog for more info.

Photo by Sandra of mmmQuilts

Photo by Sandra of mmmQuilts


We should all give a big quilty thumbs-up to Andree for breaking her own “I don’t do swaps” rule and making this lovely runner for her swap partner. Sometimes rules just need to be broken!

Photo by Andree of Quilting & Learning

Photo by Andree of Quilting & Learning


One more thing. Have you guys been participating in or visiting the new bloggers in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop? There are new blogs to discover, connections to be made, and inspiration galore. I hope you’ll visit Meadow Mist Designs, Quilting Jetgirl and Late Night Quilter and explore the new bloggers they are mentoring.

And now it’s time for you to share your quilting crushes with us. You can link anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space this week – a project, fabric pull, a cool gadget, inspiration, really anything! You can link a blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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