Monday Musings 8/14/23

by | Aug 14, 2023 | 5 comments

“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”

-Olin Miller-

OK…time for a confession! This quote was definitely me last week!! Paper piecing!! It really isn’t hard, a bit confusing at first, but not hard! When I finally got started after watching videos, reading directions, rewatching videos, it’s finally going pretty well!! And in all of the “getting started” I apologize about getting this Monday Musings post up a wee bit later than my usual midnight…but it’s still Monday!

Now, on to the stitchy stuff!

For the week of 8/7 – 8/13:

  • I have but one goal this week and that is to get started on this huge project for the September IB Blog Hop. ✔ Yes, yes, yes!! See above ⇑ I have one of six paper pieced star sections completed – YAY! Did I spend some quality time with Jackie the Ripper?? Why yes, I did…but not too much time! I do have ALL the strips to make the stars cut out, as well as all the background pieces. I had templates for the background pieces and there were a lot of them to cut, so that took several hours on two days.
  • Well, if I can find the right fabric, I might bind Cabin Star. We’ll see. ✘ Nope – didn’t even cross my mind! LOL

For the week of 8/14 – 8/20:

  • Just more of the same – continue piecing those stars!
  • If star sections are completed, I will begin assembling the star blocks.

Here is a recap of our quilty friends’ shares from last week. There were some gorgeous projects linked up! As always if you want to learn more, check last week’s post for the links!

Now it’s time to link up your progress from last week!

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Before I go…have you heard about Quilt Finishing Fest by Creative Spark? It will be LIVE September 7th at 9 am PST/12 pm EST. But even if you can’t attend live, it will be recorded so you can watch it anytime!

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Join us for a quilting adventure like no other, and let’s sew, learn, and create together. While there is lifetime access available to the recorded sessions, enrollment is available for a limited time. So even if you can’t make the LIVE event, you’ll want to make sure you sign up TODAY. You won’t be able to buy access to the recordings after the event! Please use my link to sign up. today if you might be interested in this event!

Thanks for joining me today! Go have a wonderful Monday and a fantastic quilty week! I will be linking up with my favorite linky parties found in the side bar! Until next time…

Happy Quilting!


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  1. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! Oh, come on. Paper piecing is hard. Okay, not hard but intimidating. The end results are so worth putting up with the intimidation though, don’t you think? I always have to refresh my mind on the method mostly because I procrastinate so much when I have to make something using the PP method. I can’t wait to see your glorious stars, I know they’ll be worth waiting for! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, I am sure your paper piecing project will turn out awesome like all of your quilting projects. Have a Great week and thanks for sharing some neat quilting projects from your other quilting friends.

  3. texasquiltgal

    I feel exactly the same about paper piecing. I only tried it once in 2015 and dreaded it at first, but it was fun and satisfying. I don’t know why I haven’t done it since. Good luck with your goals and have a great week!

  4. Melisa- Pinker n Punkin Quilting

    Happy Monday, Brenda. So glad to hear you got a start on the Sept. project but bummer on the having to deal with Jackie the Ripper ( lol what a cute name for it) Hope you have a very productive week and no visits from Jackie.

  5. Connie Kresin Campbell

    Great quote Brenda! I haven’t done paper-piecing in a while but like you….I go crazy at first and then enjoy it. You’ll do great and I look forward to seeing your batik project!


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