Saturday, October 23, 2021

Welcoming Fall

 Welcome to Treadlestitches!

Is it fall where you live?  Here in Wisconsin, it's sunny out this morning, but the temperature went down to freezing last night.  Fall is for real now, and winter is not far behind. 

Time to get quilting!  I got this Very Hungry Caterpillar baby quilt quilted and bound (finally) and ready for its new home.  It will be donated to Project Linus.  The blocks were made as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Look what I found for the back!  These are pieces from two different panels plus some of the fabric from the front.  I've had one of these panels in a box in the basement for years.  The date on the selvedge of that one was 2007.

Here's our sweet little caterpillar, changed into a beautiful butterfly.

Speaking of sweet!  Remember last week, when I was canning apples and pears?  This little guy made up his own game playing with the jar rings.  He was pretty proud of himself.  He kept putting the rings on the chair, and taking them off, and putting them on again.  Having him around is so much fun.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  And when life gives quilters scraps, we make quilts!  That was the idea behind our quilt guild's Lemonade Challenge.  Participants were each given a bag of scraps by the charity committee, and asked to make a quilt/top from them.  We had to use two thirds of the colors in the bag, but could add our own fabrics too.  Above are the fabrics I had to work with.

Tops or quilts were due this month.  This is my entry.  The pattern is called Double Slice, and comes from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  (Click HERE for the YouTube video.)  Jenny made hers from layer cakes, but it's easy enough to just cut the pieces from scraps.  As you can see, I concentrated on the warm colors, and added quite a few of my own scraps.

The block only has 4 pieces in it, so it goes together quickly.  I donated my top to the charity committee, who will quilt it and find it a good home.

It's fun to see our wildlife neighbors in the park.  These Canadian geese were loudly arguing with another group of geese, apparently about which group got to eat the food put out for them.  They moved away as Baby Buddy and I got closer, but went back to honking as soon as we were gone.

My daughter sent me this photo of my two littlest buddies cuddling together.  They don't always get along this well, but they really do love each other.

Fall brings a lot of good family times for us, like birthdays and Halloween and Thanksgiving.  This year is already better than last year, now that so many of us are vaccinated and can feel safe sharing a meal and hugging again.  Yes, hugging, lots of it!

May this week bring you happy times with people you care about.  And fun with scraps and quilts!

Cheers for reading,


Linking up with:

Angela at So Scrappy
Cynthia at Oh Scrap


  1. I love your Hungry Caterpillar quilt, Sylvia - front and back! I made a teaching friend a HC quilt several years ago when she was expecting her first baby. That's always been a favorite book of mine! The lemonade quilt is great, too - I'll have to go watch the video. Kitchen items make the best toys, don't they?!

  2. Your little caterpillar is super sweet -- the quilt is fun too. LOVE the dots and the way the stars are offset. It makes the colors pop and dance. This quilt will be loved for years to come.

  3. congrats on a great finish - I had a lot of of the blue floral on the right. I used it in country jumpers in the 90s. I still like it. Great top from the challenge. that would be hard for me.

  4. The Double Slice pattern was a perfect choice for the challenge fabrics. I would have been stumped. I have a hard time using fabrics that I haven't chosen myself. Thank you for sharing the link. The Buddies look so cute cuddled together under the blanket.

  5. Here is Spring! I love your star quilt. Congrats on a beautiful finish, Sylvia

  6. Nice job on finishing up that sweet RSC quilt, Sylvia, and the challenge quilt top, too!

  7. I like how your Lemonade turned out.
    When our grandson was Baby Buddy's age there was a tea set under the tree for him and his older brother. He spent the longest time just putting a spoon in and out of the cup, and seeming to really analyze it! So fun!

  8. Your friendship stars looks great. And the back! Great use of that older panel. But love the whole concept of the Lemonade Challenge. Old fabrics need to be given a chance to be a quilt too. I had to laugh because I think I still have some of that top fabric! Have a good week.

  9. Sylvia, I too, had some of the blue floral in the Lemonade Challenge fabrics!! It was from Concord Fabrics and also came in brown and green colorways. Look forward to reading you posts each week on Oh, Scrap!!

  10. Great job turning you scrap package into a lovely quilt top. I think it turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  11. The back to the hungry caterpillar is precious. You've made a two sided quilt! Way to go to turn those scraps for the challenge into a lovely quilt!

  12. What a great way to use up those fabrics and make a wonderful donation quilt! What will you make from the scraps I wonder.


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