Combined Activities

A Personal Goal

Back in December of 2017 I challenged myself to travel through Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play. In her book I found 32 different projects that I wanted to attempt. With five months of 2018 almost gone I’ve made barely a dent in my challenge.

So far I have used two of her techniques to “make” fabric

  1. Free-Pieced Made-Fabric Page 30-32 and
  2. Paper-Piced Made-Fabric Page 36 (see photo below)
Bits and Pieces-Day Six Paper Pieced Block
Bits and Pieces-Day Six Paper Pieced Block

I also skipped ahead and created a Sawtooth Star block (see page 49). This mini art piece was entered into the Project Quilting Season 9, Challenge 9.1 competition. Even though my entry did not win a prize I had a great time making it. I also really enjoy having it on display in my home.

PQ-Season-9-Challenge-9.1-Flower Garden
PQ-Season 9, Challenge 9.1 Flower Garden

My New Project

Time to pick up where I left off. Once again I’ve combined two projects into one.

  1. My Mystery QAL entry and
  2. Learning how to make Five-Sided Made-Fabric following Victoria’s instructions on pages 40-41.

One of the fabrics I used was the current Mystery QAL fabric chosen by my co-host Tracy from It’s a T-Sweets Day.

Mystery QAL 2
Mystery QAL Hosted by Cindy of and Tracy of

Making the Blocks

Making the blocks, with the five-sided center, was really very simple. I had a stack of pre-cut red fabrics leftover from a previous project. To turn them into 5-sided blocks all I had to do was trim off a few corners. I trimmed each one differently to make sure no two blocks were the same.

The remaining pieces, for each block, were taken from my over-flowing stash of fabric scraps (one of these days I’m going to get them organized). I tried not to complicate my choices by applying a bunch of design rules; all I wanted to do was have fun.

So Much Latitude

Other than the required 5-sided center and the occasional addition of the Mystery QAL fabric, no other rules applied. I even got to choose the finished block size and the number of blocks to make. For this small quilt I decided to make 9 blocks measuring 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

This is how my Mystery QAL #2 project looks now.

Five-Sided Center, AP # 45
Five-Sided Center, AP # 45

The Finishing Touches

I’ve already chosen the fabric that will be added to the back and have my batting all ready to go. The three pieces will be sandwiched together and quilted. As of right now I haven’t decided what stitch pattern I will use. I need to get busy and finish this up because the 2nd Mystery QAL ends on June 30, 2018.

Making Progress

Now that I have attempted four of the thirty-two projects, in 15 Minutes of Play, I only have twenty-eight to go. Woohoo! I’m on a roll now!

Thank You so much for sharing your time with me today! I always look forward to these visits.

Talk with You soon! : )


Tea and Art: Saw Tooth Star

Fun With My Grandchildren

Tea & Art is an activity I participate in with my oldest daughter and her three children. During the school year we make an attempt to get together on as many Tuesdays as possible. Sometimes the event is carried through into the summer.

Let’s Do It At My House!

I volunteered to host this session of Tea & Fart at my home. On the menu was of course a variety of teas, one to suit everyone’s taste buds, plus a yummy dessert prepared by my daughter.

IMG_9036_newOn the activity agenda was the reading of poetry and a previously chosen project. The item we would be making was a a quilt square. The theme for the quilt square was the Civil War. My daughter home schools her kiddos. Part of the curriculum this year is the study of the Civil War. Used as the resource material is the book The Civil War for Kids.

IMG_9040_newWhich Pattern?

To commemorate their studies my daughter picked the Sawtooth Star, also known as North Star block. The pattern and instructions were found at I donated the fabric from my stash. My daughter prepared, cut and marked the fabric pieces beforehand. The Sawtooth Star is a fairly simple block to make, especially with adult supervision.

Help From the Kids

Mr. J, my oldest grandchild, did most of his own machine stitching. This wasn’t his first exposure to operating a sewing machine so he did quite well.

IMG_9051Miss L, my second grandchild had never operated a sewing machine before. Since it was her first time it was very slow going. As you can see from the photo she concentrated very hard on stitching a straight line. With my assistance and a bit of tearing out of stitches the two of us managed to complete her block.

My third grandchild, Miss M, is two years younger than her sister. Her age and her size make it somewhat difficult for her to run the machine by herself. However, she worked diligently at learning the art of guiding fabric, operating the foot pedal and keeping her fingers and hands out of the needles path. In spite of her age and lack of experience she still managed to sew at least one row of stitches.


Time to Press

You can’t learn how to sew without learning how to press seams. All three of my grandkids took their turn at that as well. Only one of them had first-hand experience with the heat of an iron on skin.

Two Hours Later

After about two hours we were successful at assembling all three quilt blocks. All we have left to do now is the quilting and binding. Those activities were postponed until a later date. Below are photos of all three blocks.


As further progress occurs I will share an update.

Cindy Anderson