Last chance to sleep in

And I blew it.

Mark had to go back to work today, but the boys don’t go back to school until tomorrow, so I tried to take advantage of my last morning of snoozing in. As I was trying to drift back off to sleep, I suddenly remembered the location of something I’d been looking for last night. Of course that meant I was wide awake and couldn’t ignore either my brain or my bladder.

Here’s the sewing project I was working on yesterday. I had started these strips awhile ago — sometime within the last 2.5 years, but I can’t remember exactly when. I had cut a bunch of strips and squares when I started and would sew on a few every so often. I finally powered through and sewed until I was out of blue and white strips. The center will end up being about 48 by 48. What I was looking for last night was those little red and white half-square triangles.


They were leftovers (well, actually, a bonus) from a previous quilt project. There are hundreds of them. (There are hundreds of green and white squares, too). I knew where the green and white ones were (because I had uncovered them while cleaning), but I couldn’t find the red and white ones — until this morning when I had my Ah-Ha moment when I was still trying to sleep. I’m still not entirely sure where I’m going next with this quilt, but I think it might involve a border of those red and white squares. (Actually, I have enough to go around twice). After that, I’m still thinking. Probably something blue, but I’m not sure what, yet.

The other thing that woke me up was thinking about how to quilt my cousin’s quilt. Cleaning my studio is like Christmas all over again — I find all sorts of things that have been hiding in piles! One thing I uncovered was an acrylic oval template, which I think I might make use of when I get some quilting done in the next few days.

I should probably go do some more cleaning up and see what other cool things I can find.

Have a great day!


edited to add:  the instructions and idea for the braided strips came from Bonnie Hunter’s website:

At the top of the page she shows the braids used as borders. Further down she shows the variation with the red cornerstone and a large quilt made of braids.  She made a lot more (and a lot longer…) braids than I did……


  1. Vicki W says:

    That’s a very nice quilt! I admit though that when I first read it I read “25 years”, not “2.5 years”. I thought that was pretty good to keep a UFO around for 25 years and it looks so contemporary! I’m moving slowly into the new year!

  2. joyce says:

    I have been working on a braid too. I like the little red squares on yours. There are so many variations of the braid and I like them all.

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