Thursday, May 13, 2010

Putting Pieces Together

I go through periods of time when I crave the simplicity of sitting at my machine and piecing bits of fabric together.  Usually it's time when my mind is occupied by difficult or stressful things, and sometimes, I notice it's when I'm just feeling overwhelmed by life stuff.  The zen of sitting at my machine, feeling fabric under my fingers and hearing the hum of the machine is my meditation, I guess.  And, for whatever reason, I seem to be in one of those moods right now.

Today, cruising through my favorite blogs with my morning coffee, I came across a link...which led me to another link... which led me to another... I'm sure you know how that happens!  I stumbled down a bloggy rabbit hole of delightful yet simple pieced quilts that, today, just speak to me.  It started with this quilt, "Chocolate Stars," designed by Vicki E. of Spun Sugar Quilts:

Turns out it's a Moda Bake Shop quilt (you know, where they use their jelly rolls and "cake squares" and charm packs). so the Moda site has the full directions for this one.

So then I had to go cruise the Moda Bake Shop site, where you can sort (under "recipes") their offerings -- with full directions -- by quilts, stuffed things, home dec, etc.  Very handy.  When I went to "quilts," I came across this gorgeous thing, "Welcome Spring," designed by Cherri House:

I need to make that TODAY.  You could be looking at my afternoon's activity, people.

But I kept going, and found this cutie, "Let Your Imagination Bloom," designed by Natalia of  Piece N Quilt :

And this one, "Sunday Squares" wallhanging by Charlie of It's Just Me:

And another, "Candy Buttons," back around to Vickie E of Spun Sugar Quilts where I started!

I tell you, I feel happy just having found these.  That Moda Bake Shop is almost as good as a real bakery for cheering a girl right up!


  1. I love all of these, but have no desire to sit and piece!! I do like that linear spring piece very much. I might be able to tackle that.

  2. Oh blast! I was about to go out to work quite happily but now I am going with a huge dose of resentment becuase I want to be at home making a simple pieced quilt. Boo hoo!

  3. When I first began quilting the meditative quality of piecing was one of the major reasons I stuck with it. Even now I sometimes feel the pull.

  4. thanks for the lovely comments and posting a few of my quilts!