My Next Project

I forgot to show you what I bought at Hen and Chicks on Friday – several things but this is what I’m going to start this afternoon.


Aren’t those pretty solids?  This little quilt is 27″ square and is called a Mini Barn Quilt.  After so much “improv piecing”, I’m ready to make some structured blocks.


Doesn’t this look fun?  And it was quilted with straight lines 1/2″ apart with light colored thread.  I am going to do the very same thing, of course.  If this looks fun to you, here’s Heidi’s contact information.  I’m sure you could call the shop and order this bundle of solids and then there will be some scraps leftover to play with.  What should we do with them?


Here’s where I’m at with the shirt quilt – in progress.


But why finish that when I could start something new?  Ha!  Connie says she thinks she starts a new quilt every day.  It’s possible.

18 thoughts on “My Next Project

  1. Launa Peters

    Many thanks for the info on Hen and Chicks…..I just packed a group of solids… Remember quite a few years back… the list of REASONS TO BUY FABRIC? Guess packing a bunch of solids is a new reason to buy fabric? Heidi’s do look pretty and the size of your NEW PROJECT should be fast to finish once you are started.
    Your shirt quilt is coming right along.

    So sad to see the flooding in Iowa on the morning news.

  2. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary,
    This does look like fun! And how clever of Heidi to make a bundle to go with a Scrap Lab pattern from All People Quilt. I’ve already been to the website to download the pattern. I don’t have the same bundle, but I do have a lovely one of shot cottons that I have been looking for an excuse to use…count me in!

  3. Jo Sunderman

    Here’s my trick.
    Pin a new, flannel backed, tablecloth over your current project on your design wall. Voila ! You have a design wall to fill. Once I had 6 layers ready to be finished.

    1. Betty Klosterman

      This made me laugh on several points! Most of all you are happily quilting on several projects at one time, probably working on the one that suits your mood. Above all, good idea. And you have a design wall. How good is that?

  4. Beth L.

    For the past two years I have been working on reducing my stash. I started the quilt you featured a couple of years ago, another on Craftsy. A BOM from an online group and a couple of little projects. All are “WIP.” That is a lot of work to do which is why, no doubt, I bought fabric and pattern for another quilt. I told myself I wanted to do something new, not from my stash. ISn’t that a perfectly good reason???

  5. Rose Mikulski

    That pattern–I had visions of Gypsy Wife dancing in my head, so I screamed. If I were to do it, it would look wonderful with the aged muslin stash that I bought from your shop. I can’t wait to see your quilt.

  6. Louise

    Geez is that a bad thing, starting a new one every day…I only started doing that the last 10 years,
    The first 30 or so I fnished everything before starting a new project..wonder what came over me?
    Guess I am afraid of running out of time..

  7. Katie

    It’s good to know its OK to start a new QUILT everyday..
    I have often thought it’s ok and not allowed myself, because I already have 2 going..
    Yesterday I straighten out my book shelves , where I hold my fabrics..,, I put together some fabrics, that would make a fun quilt, all the time telling myself, put them back of shelve, wait, I am not waiting anymore after today..
    I needed this sharing today..
    Amen 😊
    Katie , Gilbert, AZ.

  8. Tammy Guerrero

    Could you suggest some beginner quilts for new quilters? I’m just a beginner and all the projects I see you talk about seem to be beautiful but to challenging for me. I feel like I don’t know where to begin. Any suggestions? My email is guerrerot@juno.com. Thanks.

    1. Ann Barlament

      Look at Jenny Doan’s YouTube clips…She has lots of beginner’s quilts you could work on.

  9. Ann Barlament

    I’m starting to think that all my quilts are “leaders and enders”. When one container fills up with blocks, I find another one, bigger to replace it. There must be 5+ started now. And it’s been 5 months since I’ve been close to my sewing machine. I must find a place before the sewing withdrawal eats me alive. LOL

  10. Cathy

    This may be a silly question, but the name Heidi Kaisand sounds so familiar to me. Was she an editor of a quilting magazine?

    Your new project looks yummy. I usually work on at least 3-4 different projects every day. I’m obsessed I guess.

  11. Polly Perkins

    A new quilt every day…. sounds like a good New Years Resolution. I am doing the 365 challenge to get rid of some of my stash among other things.

  12. Kathy

    Starting a new quilt and selecting fabrics from my stash is the exact reason I love this blog and many others. They inspire me and continue to with every posting showing a WIP or a UFO. I must say I get most of my next quilt design projects from blogs rather than magazines anymore. People who take the time to blog about what they make are tops in my quilting world so guess what I collected some of my kona solids to work on next????? Yep right along with the scrappy red and green christmas quilt and all the others I so enjoy playing with each day.

  13. Sharon Cervenka

    YES! I could start a new quilt every day myself. Love the solids. Where is the picture of the quilt that goes with? Thanks for the mailing info. 🙂

  14. Connie Thompson

    This is a question that has probably been answered already, but I can’t remember the answer!! I’ve been thrifting men’s shirts for a shirt quilt. I don’t find many all cotton shirts. That isn’t really going to matter in this type of quilt is it? Thanks for your time!!

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