Today begins the It’s Cool to be Square Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! Thank you Carol for hosting this blog hop!

Let me begin by apologizing up front that I forgot to have this go live at midnight! I’ve had shingles for eight weeks now, and sciatica the first two weeks of that. This past week my estranged sister unexpected passed away, and even though we hadn’t spoken in years, she is still my sister and I’ve been in a sad, numb state since Tuesday. I feel so bad for her kids. They hadn’t spoken to her, with good reason, in at least 14 years or so. My niece few to Tampa to handle everything with her brother, who lives there. Hopefully today we will know the cause of death, though we have our suspicions. Sorry to lay all that on you, but sometimes it feels good to talk to friends. Even if we’ve never met in person, I consider you all friends! Thank you for being my friend!

A few weeks back I did a block for Fat Quarter Shop that I love, and just happens to be square! I would love to make a throw like this, but unfortunately, they no longer have this exact fabric. I did have intentions to border it with the fabric I have left, but last week was just a blur for me. One day, I will get borders on it and quilt it and donate it to my guild for our show next year. We auction small quilts to raise money for a charity. It will be chosen in September when the committee is assembled. The past two years it has been for Meals on Wheels.

FQS also sent me some Triangles on a Roll, which I’ve never used before, but I really like them. They make quick and accurate half square triangles! It was good to try a new product!

Here is the block I made for their blog post!

Don’t you just love those fabrics? I really wish I had ordered more than for just the one block, but glad I have enough to put a couple of small borders on it. FQS kindly has offered a free pattern for this block that you can find here. It is called Grandmother’s Favorite Block. When I saw the center fabric, it reminded me so much of my grandmother, I had to get it and fussy cut out those roses and doily. Not only was she a quilter, she also crocheted and tatted, and this reminded me of her so much. I miss my Granny!! She taught me to sew and love quilting! My grandparents had a little country store and my granddaddy would save the empty candy boxes and what she didn’t use to draft quilt templates, Granddaddy would use for target practice. They would have “turkey shoots” (they used targets, not real turkeys!) on Saturdays and I can’t tell you how many hams and turkeys and other prizes he brought home. He was a really good shot! But, I digress! Head on over to FQS and pick up that free pattern and some fabric while you are there!

Again, I apologize for not having a new project to share. Hopefully you like this one and will enjoy having this pattern in your repertoire. I can tell you, I’ve spent waaaayyyy too much money during this Covid-19 lockdown, but on good things that make me happy. I’ve joined at least two (paid!!) blocks of the month and when I feel like doing something, Oh, here is one more square (or at least it will be when I complete it) block that I’m working on. It is an in-the-hoop quilt designed by Sarah Vedeler of Meaning of Life Designs (no affiliation). I couldn’t resist this one. Though the center of the block is not complete, all of the borders and quilting is done – all done ITH!! This is my test block which is 18 inches. The “real” one will be 24 inches. I am slow to get started, but now that I kinda know what I’m doing with it, I think it will go much quicker! I am also learning to use my Scan N Cut I’ve had for over a year now and only used a couple of times! I think it will get a good workout cutting out these appliques! UPDATE: Center is now complete! I am loving this!!

Here is the fabric pull for this quilt. The background is grunge, green for the grass and blue for the sky, and black for the background of the blocks. The centers will be houses, with fences and trees, etc. Can’t wait to start the real one. The applique fabric is called Bohemian Rhapsody. It is hard to find right now, so Sarah has included grunge as well. I really like the grunge too! The supplier for the Bohemian Rhapsody closed shop, so they are looking for a new supplier. Hopefully they will find one as this fabric is gorgeous – at least it is to me!!

That’s it for me for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my blocks and, again, my apologies for being a bit late! Please visit my fellow bloggers to see what projects they’ve created.

May 18
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Life in the Scrapatch
Day Brook Designs
Songbird Designs (that’s me!!)
The Darling Dogwood
Kathleen McMusing
Quilting Gail

May 19
Quilt In A Not-Shell
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Seams To Be Sew
Daughters of Dorinda
Daughters of Dorinda
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

May 20
Ms P Designs USA
Selina Quilts
Karen’s Korner
Just Because Quilts
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Sew Many Yarns

May 21
Quilt Schmilt
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

May 22
Just Let Me Quilt
Vroomans Quilts
Patchouli Moon Studio
Den syende himmel
Quilt Fabrication
Samelia’s Mum

Until next time…

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