Saturday, March 25, 2023

A Little Green, A New Kit, and Back from the Quilter Part 3

Welcome to Treadlestitches!

Here's where I'm going to be for the rest of the day, happily sewing at the treadle.  I have errands to run, but I'm going to have to wait, because of this:

We're getting an old fashioned snow storm this morning.  It's been snowing all night, and the weather people are predicting 4 to 6 inches.  No plows have been in our neighborhood yet, which tells me they're working hard clearing the main roads.

Even though the world outside looks more like midwinter than spring, it is the last Saturday in March, and this is my last set of blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  These were originally going to be 4 patches, but I changed my mind and sewed them into 16 patch blocks instead.

I think that alien is trying to get out!

Here's what I'm working on today.  The free pattern is a pdf download from Quilted Twins, and is called Mosaic.  (Click HERE for their free patterns page, and scroll down.  It's on the left.)

Look what happens when you put two blocks together! The original used white solid for the chaining pieces, but this turquoise print stands out as well, especially with the pastel scraps.

And this is my kind of kit, too, the kind that's already cut!  

When I get the top made, this quilt will go to the Mennonite Central Committee comforter project, which is part of this year's Hands to Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2023, organized by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

The kit came in this box.  Isn't it fun to get an unexpected package on your doorstep?  Especially when it's chock full of quilty stuff!  And of course it was sent by a friend, the very generous Joey Mahieu, who cut the quilt kit herself.

I was working on pink stuff when she was here, and might have mentioned not having a lot of pink scraps.  Not a problem any more!

She also sent me orange scraps, which I never have enough of, and even some yummy browns.  What's better than a box of scraps? 

As I have mentioned before on this blog, Joey is an outstanding professional quilter, and recently did three quilts for me.  Today I'm showing you the third one.

Back From the Quilter, Part Three

Snicklefritz the cat wanted to try this one out while I was taking photos.  Like all cats, he appreciates quilts.

This is another Barbara Brackman series from her Civil War Quilts blog.  It was called Antebellum Album, and highlighted girls from both the North and the South who attended girls' boarding schools, where they often made lifelong friendships.  (Click HERE for the first post--the series is still up.)  I chose red and green for the colors because many album quilts were made of that combination in that time period.  I started the blocks in 2018.

Ms. Brackman encouraged us to add ink drawings and words to our blocks.  I am NOT any kind of artist, sadly, but I gave it a try.  The lovely feather circle quilting shows up well on this block. (Thanks, Joey!)

It was so interesting to read about the lives of these women and their families, and how they weathered our terrible Civil War.  I made most of the blocks given, although one or two gave me a hard time so I substituted other traditional blocks, plus I added three blocks to make a total of 15.  The setting with alternate blocks was one Ms. Brackman suggested.

Here's the back, a Windham print by Nancy Gere.  I love wide backs!  I plan to bind it with one of the green prints from the top.

 I am so happy to have all 3 of these quilts finished so beautifully!  I could not have done this myself, and they might have remained UFOs forever.  The labels I will put on each of them will tell their story, and will include both my name and Joey's.

If you'd like to contact the Marvelous Mrs. Mahieu about quilting your UFOs, click HERE for her Facebook page, and HERE for information about the shop.  [No affiliation, just a friend and a satisfied customer.]

It's still snowing, so I'm going to get back to the treadle. Stay warm, and happy quilting!

Thanks for reading,


Linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Alycia at Finished or Not Finished Friday

Angela at So Scrappy, Home of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Cynthia at Oh Scrap




  1. It's always a good feeling to finish up some older quilts and your quilter did a wonderful job on these for you. Plus she's a scrap enabler - a good friend to have! I really like the Mosaic block design - how nice to have all the pieces cut so you can just stitch away. Hope the snow doesn't last too much longer!

  2. Oh that snow!!! Makes you want to stay inside and Stitch - love the greens, and that Mosaic is going to be cool!

    1. Thanks, Alycia! I almost don't mind being snowed in if I can sew!

  3. I got the snow too and lots of sewing was done Saturday. I like the turquoise as the neutral. Looking forward to seeing more of that one. A lovely box of goodies is always a welcome thing, anytime of the year. Enjoy! ;^)

    1. Thanks, Chantal! Boxes of scraps are like buried treasure, aren't they? I always like what you make from scraps.

  4. We also had some snow. Such crazy weather! Love the mosaic tiles and your finish!--TerryK@OnGoingProjects

    1. Thanks, TerryK! It's been a weird weather year for sure.

  5. Such fun greens! Great pink & orange scraps! What a fun kit from your friend, all cut out and ready to sew!!! Beautiful quilting, too, on your quilt. I really like your "May the circle be unbroken"!!!

    1. Thanks, Nancy! I can almost hear the hymn whenever I see the block.


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