after posting about the final call for material for my quilt i got a lovely email from heather over at tallgrass designs. she was inspired by my project to create her own quilt in conjunction with the south central region of the kansas department of social and rehabilitation services. each year they take donations of quilts for children living in foster care in south central kansas.

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i was thrilled that my little idea created a small spark for heather to create something quite amazing. a round of applause for her!

so, not to bug you for more material, but should you have an extra square, please slip it in the mail for heather. i’m sure she, and the child/children that benefit from her creation, would be more than appreciative. you can click here for more information on her project. thank you.

in other news, i have no patience.

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yep. you guessed it! i started piece some of my squares together for my quilt. i just couldn’t wait anymore! and it’s actually more fun than i thought it would be. i’m using this quilt pattern. to being the process of putting the squares together i was told to chain piece pairs of patches.


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so, of course, as a sewing novice, i had no idea what this meant. i did a quick youtube search and was lucky enough to find this tutorial:



so with a new confidence i began chain quilting. and to my surprise it was super easy. and fun!


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i almost want to hang my chain of attached squares around my house as some festive bunting. it’d be beautiful, right?


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but i won’t. instead i snipped them all apart and now i have lovely stacks of two patches. i’m making progress. next i need to press the seems down. luckily, the video above also told me to press my seams, not iron them. i had no idea! i’m finding that these little tips are the important ones. if you don’t know what i mean just watch the video.


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i liked it so much that i could have sat and pieced these all night, until the wee hours of the morning … but i had to resist. i want to have all my squares before i finish. that way some of the newer square are attached to some of the older squares. i know this won’t matter in the end, but i’m weird like that.


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but i love this beautiful stack. it’s a sign of progress. i like that.

and apparently so does sebastian. after stacking my squares, taking some pictures and walking away, he appeared from nowhere, as he normally does, and made my stack of paired patches his new bed for the afternoon. what is it with cats and new fabric? or, for that matter, new things in general?

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my first thought was to quickly shoo him off, and he know this, so he decided to make himself extra comfy and extra adorable.


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and then, honestly, within seconds was sound asleep.


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i didn’t have the heart to wake him.

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  • Tammy at

    How awesome!! Cute kitten. I wouldn’t be able to wake him either. =)

  • Heather at

    Thanks for your help Michael! I’m really looking forward to this project!! Funny how animals seem to know if they make themselves adorable, we just can’t say no to them. Happy Quilting!

  • Eva @ Four Leaf Clover at

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Heather is doing something truly great and your post has reminded me about when I made a quilt a couple years ago… it was super fun for me, too. Until the perfectionist in me came out, ha! I especially love your cat photos at the end!

  • April in CT at

    Such pretty and cheerful fabrics, it’s fun watching it come together!

  • Melissa P at

    I’m delighted to see that both you and Sebastian have been bitten by the quilt bug. 🙂 Cats and fabric are a magical combination. You’re doing a great job so far with your squares!

  • Karena at

    Michael what a great project you are doing. I am in the Kansas City area, unfortunately do not quilt!

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  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    So pretty… I love this part. Definitely don’t skip the ironing. It makes piecing SO much easier to get the squares lined up well.

    I can’t wait to share my latest baby quilt for the new niece or nephew….. I’m obsessed with it.

  • Linen and Tulle at

    I’ve been quilting a little and my corners NEVER match up. Maybe I need to press them more. Good luck and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • kpaints at

    You old softie!!! But I can certainly see the problem….he is so cute!

  • Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs at

    Awe, Sebastian is sooo sweet 🙂

  • ~Tonja~ at

    Hi Michael…I just found your sweet blog and now am following….funny I have been thinking about this same kind of project for a while now…I have been wanting to do some quilts for a couple of different place here…like Restoring Lives West and one of the Missions and for my MIL’s church circle they make up packages for infants and children…but anyway I am gonna look to see what fabric I have for you…I guess it is time for me to get started on this myself…and Thank you and Heather for what you are doing and for inspiring me to get busy on mine…I think I might ask the blog world for some help on this too….
    Have a Blessed day

  • JoDee at

    Awww! I wouldn’t disturb him either! My kitty LOVES fabric too–whenever I am working in my sewing room, he is sure to be found lounging on a stack of (most of the time newly washed!) fabric.

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity at

    That is so exciting you are making progress on your quilt. Thank heaven for Google and YOu Tube videos. It was fun to see the squares I sent you in the photos.

  • InMyOwnStyle at

    Hi Michael-

    I love quilts especially colorful ones. I have collected a few over the years and will never part with them – classic, colorful, and perfect. All of your stacks look so infectious – a little color therapy even in their undone state. I recently made a slipcover using a white quilt and had a helper like your Sebastian. Although mine got in the way the whole time I was making it, and fell asleep later, of course when I was finished.
    My best – Diane

  • pbrenner at

    Just found your blog from FJI, and LOVING IT! My kitties seem to love to inject themselves into whatever else is taking my attention … they turn up their cute little kitty noses at me when I want to pet them, but have to jump into the middle of what I’m doing if I’m NOT paying them the attention the little divas are due 🙂 But of course they’re so cute and sweet that I never say no to them, lol. Thanks for the beautiful images and inspiration on your blog!

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