Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Monday, February 15, 2016

Homework assignment completed... has been cold this month in our neck of the woods...except for visiting my Mom regularly, and a necessary trip to the big city to search for a new range (after 20 years, ours was saying, "I have baked my last loaf of bread & simmered my last kettle of soup") you can find me snug in the sewing room. Doreen over at Aunt Reen's Place gave us our new homework assignment for this case you have not checked it out - go to her February SAL - The Big Leap. Very fun!

First week we cut; now we are sewing,subcutting and sewing and getting a feel for how our jelly roll choices are going to turn out. Liking the mellowness of my blocks - I tend to work with a warm color palette - give me cream, toffee, caramel, or coffee for backgrounds and that is my happy place. So my 8 Set A blocks are done.

....and looking forward to next week's assignment for Set B...
Besides Mr. Outback and I will need time to get a degree in how to operate the new range.. Good grief, new appliances are sophisticated! We replaced our frig (also 20 years old) last year too...did you know you can program these things with your cellphone? Husband thinks that is cool - I ask - why??? Apparently you can "talk" to the stove too...can I call them both up and have the frig put a casserole in the oven for me and watch it bake? I would not want to get a bill for that extra texting data charge! And to think my Grandma cooked on a wood stove - best food ever...Just hope the 20 year old dishwasher holds up - truly do not like washing lots of dishes...

Have a good week everyone - and may everything run smoothly in your own kitchen...

PS And yes! I was able to find additional border fabric - terrific 3 day service from New to me but a very positive experience. You never know where you might find extra yardage for an out of print fabric...




  1. Hope you have fun with your new range. It does take some adjustment to figure some of these things out. I'm working on my triple Irsh chain as well. Your mellow colors are warm and cozy.

  2. Such pretty blocks for your Big Leap quilt!
    Your fabrics look beautiful and inviting.
    Enjoy your new range, I hope you get it all figured out quickly.

  3. I just stumbled upon your site and was wondering where in Wisconsin you are from. I live in North Central WI near Wausau. Just very curious how close you are to me. I have read some back posts and enjoyed them. I will be tuning in to your blog regularly. I know what you mean about technology. I am so ready to go back to living in the "old' world. Lori

  4. That homework looks like it would get a gold star!
    I send my sympathy regarding the appliances. I dread buying new ones, but it is only a matter of time. When sold Pondside, all our lovely appliances went with the house. The new house had very sketchy appliances, two of which we have already replaced. I can't even begin to imagine a fridge that wants to be programmed from my cell phone. Next it will be posting the contents of my fridge on facebook for all to see!

  5. I love your color palette! Interested to see what these blocks become.
    If it works out to have the fridge put the casserole in the oven, let me know. Our appliances will probably need replacing in just a few years and I would be interested in the model numbers if it works for you! *LOL*
    I've never heard of betterquiltkit. I'll have to check it out.

  6. I wish I had the time to make another quilt from scrap right now. I love triple Irish chains. Love your colors and will be anxious to see how it all turns out. Had to laugh about the stove. I sure hope mine holds up. Your's sounds like too much of a learning curve for me. LOL Have fun.

  7. Wonderful pallet and a great stack of blocks. Well done!
    Best wishes on the new appliances. I like techie gadgets, just not in my appliances.

  8. I hope you can call that range and ask it to make dinner so you can sew. I'm going over to check out the SAL. Your blocks look great!


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