I received a concerned email asking me why I was quitting and closing down Cluck Cluck Sew....which means I should probably start posting regularly again! Also NO...I'm not leaving or quitting or closing down, it's just been on the backburner and it's hard to jump back into it regularly. You can't get rid of me that easily!
I have been sewing and I have the (super cute) scraps to prove it!
I've been buying some spring-ish florals and cute prints that catch my eye. Those strawberries are by Riley Blake, the collection is New Dawn (that whole line is so cute). The florals are also Riley Blake, big florals are from Flower Market, and the little floral with carrots are from the line Easter Egg Hunt.
I'm finally updating my Sugar Dish pattern after saying I was "working on it" for the last... oh I don't know...7 years. I wrote this pattern in 2010, I cringe when I look at it in black and white on copy paper. Bless you if you bought this pattern back then!
This month all of my kids will be in school for the first time in a year! Hallelujah. It's still only part time, but it's a perfect transition back into the classroom. I've loved having them home so much this past year, but they reaaaaally missed school and it was starting to take a toll on their mental health.
Six weeks ago my kids let our male rabbit out in the yard at the same time as our female rabbit...and now we have a litter of 8 fuzzy bunnies! Man they are fun....and maybe the most held/loved/played with bunnies ever.
My latest fabric crush is these Bee Basics by Lori Holt for Riley Blake. I bought ½ yards of my favorites to try them out and mix them in with my stash.
Honestly they feel rougher in person than the Blossom Basics by Riley Blake that I use in everything, and the Blossom Basics are even cheaper in price. The print of these is perfect and I love the range of colors available though. I'll give them a whirl and see how they compare.
So there's the most random Thursday blog post ever...all to let you know that I'm over here snuggling bunnies and buying lots of new fabric I probably don't need! ;)
Always good to hear from you! The bunnies are adorable.
I totally bought Sugar Dish back in the day. And still have all the finished blocks stacked together in a drawer somewhere! Bah one day they'll get sewn up I hope! Also we're going to need more baby bunny pics!
LOL! Pull it out of the drawer and we can finish it at the same time! ;)
Man! The beginning of this blog post almost gave me a heart attack. Was afraid I had missed a big announcement
No way...I'm going to be 98 still writing this blog! ;)
I read the first line and thought 'ohh no!!' but all is well and you are still blogging. Happy sewing :)
Yep still here...not as often but still never leaving! ;)
I also bought sugar dish back in the day it’s one of my favorites that I’ve never made it’s on my list to make but you know how that goes
Well when you get around to making it hopefully I'll have the updated version ready for you! Email me and I'll send it to you before you start!
🧡I made the pumpkins in 3 sizes and have them hanging on my front entry door to shield the interior from the weather. Thanks for all you do and your kind comment on my IG post photo of it.
Oh I love the Pumpkins! I always look forward to pulling it out every year!
I just finished a quilt using the Bee Basics. Its Stomping Ground by Wendy Sheppard and the rainbow of elephants looks great! I really enjoyed using these fabrics.
Oh I'm excited to use them! The colors are so pretty, I love the added blues and shades of green.
Ellen F Fournier
It's great to hear from you! Love those prints. I've been trying to use up some scraps before splurging on more fabric, but the stash just grows, or so it seems. Good luck to all with return to school.
I'm trying to use up some scraps as well...but I agree....my stash keeps magically growing! I need more "basics" to blend in with all my scraps! ;)
Sheila in WI
I just always assumed you were busy with your kids, especially since they had virtual learning going on. So glad they can go back to school and hope it goes well for them. Love those little bunnies! I recently bought and made a quilt from another oldie but goldie... Playful 2. Made a perfect baby quilt. Thanks for easy to work with patterns.
2 gals in our quilt group have made Sugar Dish with no complaints! Please send more bunny pics!! Tis the season! ❤️
Oh I love Playful 2! That's one I need to make again! Also yes...so busy...but also just mentally drained mostly the past few (12) months!
Always good to see what's going on in your world! I have trouble choosing fabric unless it's for a specific project. Could you possibly give tips for purchasing fabric when you are on a budget to add to my stash. Is it better to purchase 1/2 yard matching colors, fat quarters, or precut fabric? I purchase fat quarters from a local quilt shop and when I want to make something they don't match. Thank you for sharing your projects, I LOVE your blog!!!
That's a great post idea Tina! I did one years ago but it was before I used a lot of pre-cuts...so great idea! I always get a bit of this and that, but I am more of a budget fabric buyer for sure and it helps to know what to get!
Glad you're not going anywhere. I don't think I could "quilt" without you.
Haha I'm sure you could! But nope...not going anywhere...I'm going to be blogging about my grandkids someday! ;)
So good to see your post this morning!
Thanks for visiting my blog Claudia!
OMG, your bunnies steal the show! Better not show my kids because this might give them ideas ( we have 3 already!). Nice to have you back blogging :)
Glad I'm not the only with with lots of bunnies already! I know better than to show my kids cute animals...they always win talking me into them!
It’s so good to hear from you! I look forward to your blog posts. ❤️
Thanks Jill! Have a great week!
Family sure does jeep us busy. Thanks for always bringing some quilty happiness into our lives!
It sure does! But luckily I still can fit quilting into the cracks of my day here and there!
The bunny pic is the cutest thing ever (since you were posting baby pics!). Thanks for the input on the hand of the Bee Basics. Since I haven't been in a quilt shop in person in a year it's hard to spend a good bit of money on fabric I haven't touched--the "hand" of something is so important. I really appreciate an honest assessment.
Oh gosh I'm glad I'm not posting (my own) baby pics anymore! I'll gladly post all the baby animal pictures! You'll have to see what you think about the bee basics...some have said they LOVE the feel and hand and they sew up beautifully...so maybe it's just me! I'm using them now and they do cut and sew nicely!
I bought the sugar dish pattern! It is sitting in the “pile of good intentions” as my mom likes to call it. What kind of changes are you making? I have enjoyed using many of your patterns over the years.
The bunnies are adorable.
Deborah A Stevens
Warm bunny thoughts to all of you! Stay strong!
Glad you are NOT closing!!!!
I applaud "really random Thursday" posts--since that's about all I ever do on my blog. :) Your Sugar Dish pattern is one of my favorites. I made mine with Tula's really old Parisville collection and I LOVE it!
Aha!!! The proof that you are still in the game---->scraps. Glad to hear you're doing well. Happy Spring!!! I do enjoy your patterns and posts. I've made several versions of the pumpkin quilt and a few others. Your diagonal seam tape rocks out loud.
looking at getting ready to quilt on your daughter's clover quilt, i'm wonder after seeing AlL those pins if you have quit spray basting and are back to pin basting? i love spray basting; it's easy and it works ... so, what are your thoughts here? thank so much and i'm glad you're not gone ....
really random Thursday” posts–since that’s about all I ever do on my blog. :) Your Sugar Dish pattern is one of my favorites.