My Day at Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop.

 It's here! The blog hop started Monday, and today is my day for posting the book I chose and the project.  Thank you Bea at .  You'll find all the participants listed there.  This is my second time 

joining this fun hop.  Since I have over 200 books, time to start using them.  This year I picked
This is not an old book. Published in 2006.  I bought this book because of the quilt on the cover. I saw a quilt made and published by Bonnie Hunter in her String Fling book.  Here's the one:

and thought it looked enough like the lily in Bonnie's. So I thought I would make a sample block into a table topper and see if I liked it. 

I've already put it to use in the living room.
Here's the back after I quilted it and before binding. I'm going to bring the back fabric to the front and bind it that way. I usually do all my wall hangings and table toppers that way unless I make them reversible.

This was an interesting project and I learned a lot.  First I got to practice paper piecing - not my favorite piecing technique. I also practiced making bias stems and string blocks. In putting the block units together I figured out a way to keep seams facing the direction they should while sewing. Here's what I mean: 
   There were a lot of seams to keep track of. It would have taken a heck of a lot of pins to keep them correct.
After some thinking, I decided to lay the units right sides together and then pin a piece of paper to the string unit.

Turning it over, I sewed the seam from the flower unit side so I would be sure those seams laid straight.
Then I folder the paper over the seam to crease it and make it easier to remove. 
The block finished at 15" square.  I'm glad I made it because it taught me several things. The main thing is that I don't want to make this quilt any more. Way too much work. But then Bonnie's pattern might be easier to make those lilies. It could be a leader and ender project. Also, this book was a surprise. 
The subtitle is Quilting with Treasured Fabrics. It shows you how to use repurposed fabrics from clothes you own - such as wedding and bridesmaid's dresses, late grandmother's day dresses, old flannel shirts, dress shirts,  and men's ties. There were two quilt examples of each type of recycled garments. I found the uses creative and colorful.  So is there someone out there who'd like to have this book now?  Free to whoever wants it for the $3.50 price of shipping.  If more want it, I'll have a drawing.

Be sure to visit all the other blog hoppers.  Thanks for coming by! Blessings,


  1. It’s beautiful and a lovely finish. It’s always great while using our craft to have those lightbulb moments easing our way too. It’s truly lovely.

  2. You might want to tryout Deb Tuckers method for Lilies. Studio 180. Her rulers and techniques are wonderful.

  3. Beautiful flower, and I love your quilting. It's a pretty project for the living room!

  4. I love the way you were inspired by the book and Bonnie's block and created something so unique. I especially liked diagonal the setting triangles and shot of the quilting from the back. Nice.

  5. Beautiful table topper, and lovely block! Have always loved Bonnie's creations! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your block is gorgeous and it does look like a lot of work. I can't imagine how long it would take to make a large quilt. Your table topper is the perfect size.

  7. good way to "test" a block and not over commit :) it's really cute!

  8. Such a pretty table topper, but I don't think I'll be making it for my 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry. A bit too fussy of a pattern. I'm more about quick and easy quilts this year.


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