Another Birthday… and A Time Warp.

I just can’t believe how fast the summer has passed. It feels like just yesterday that we were moving out of our house on Kent Street and into our ‘summer’ digs on Rings Island. But now it’s the end of August and we are scheduled to move back to our home in a month (yay!). Four months, just like that. Which means that Finn has doubled his age since we have been out of our house. Eye opening, really. On the baby front, we now have a sprint crawler. Finn adores racing from one end of the house to the other. And dog toys are the main lure… yikes. And in the last 4 months, Honeyflower has really become a success – a reality at a minimum, and in my mind – truly something I’m proud of. The Farmer’s Market has been a tremendous success – I’ve sold so much of my product and made even more really fantastic connections. I’ve learned so much about what sells, what to do, how to set up my booth, and I’ve become a significantly better sewer. Pretty cool.

Today I want to share my latest project with you, even though it’s something that isn’t for sale. This is a project for me. I’ve been fantasizing about this quilt for quite a while, but I finally got the courage to cut into my fabric stash when I had a little lull between scheduled markets. (of course now, I’m way behind schedule but nothing like a deadline…!) I wanted to go super simple, to show off the very bold and unique fabrics. I cannot resist a good patchwork – I love the zen-like cutting involved and the placing is always something I find very calming (and motivating!). I went with 6 1/2″ squares. I was planning on using the Accuquilt, but I really just wanted to hand cut. I like to watch the stack of squares grow slowly. I used primarily organic fabrics from Birch Fabrics, lots of teals, greens and grays. I find anything with bikes irresistible, and then I added flowers, other two-wheeled objects and critters. LOVE! I was inspired by the rounded edges that this quilt had, and because I wanted it to be very cuddly and blanket-y, I decided to do a flannel backer with a nice layer of batting in the center. I used 3 different colors of flannel, teal, gray and white to match the front. It’s so super soft and deliciously cuddly. I also decided not to quilt it – I just ‘tied’ each corner off with my button sew-on setting on my machine so that it would stay together nicely. I like the look of the squares without much quilting, it’s very clean, simple and modern. I topstitched around the edge to define the edge and close up the gap I used to turn it. I am completely in love with this quilt, and it’s quite cuddly, just as I’d hoped and just in time for some cooler nights ahead.


I am thrilled with the way it came out. Thanks Honeyflower, for making me a birthday present! 🙂


Have a great weekend all, we are off to Maine for my birthday weekend. Wow. It’s been an amazing year…!



Published by Kate

The basics: I love New England (my home), the outdoors, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, my kitties, my puppy, my partner in crime Alex and my sons Griffin & Orion, and my family and friends. I occasionally have time to share the things I love here. Enjoy!

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