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Sunday, February 11, 2018

When You Think You Can't

And so... you know how it goes... we all TRY to be good...but, sometimes you just have to misbehave a little every once in awhile! :-)

While I was reading blogs a couple of weeks ago...I discovered that Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts was running a special in her web store. Pam had designed a lovely Valentine Runner...the pattern was free with any purchase...but, with a $35 purchase, you received the pattern AND a fabric kit for free. Since I had been admiring her Tall Grass fabrics, I ordered a bundle of those (pictured left), so I could receive the fabric kit and pattern for the Valentine Runner (pictured center). The fabrics for Tall Grass as well as the fabrics in the kit are absolutely gorgeous! And, I could not wait to get started on the runner!

After starching my fabrics, I began to read the instructions for cutting. Well...when I read all these 1" cuts, I though to myself.... "Wow! I've never sewed with such teeny tiny pieces...I don't think I'll be able to finish this..." So, I put it aside for a week. Then, just last night decided to give it a try....

After setting my Janome on super turtle speed and making good use of a couple of strategically placed pins here and there... I managed the piecing better than I had originally anticipated! :-) As a side note: the blocks finish at 3"...so those cream squares in the center measure 1/2"! While the runner won't be complete in time for Valentine's Day, I am super happy with my progress on it so far! :-)

So. As the title of my blog reads... "When you think you can't"... I'm go to add that "You at least need to TRY"... because you just might learn that you CAN!

I thought I'd share the update on the Paint By Number too. It's all painted, just needs a coat of sealer and a frame. I was surprised at the interest it brought...and learned that many of you remember them from your childhood...but did not realize they were still available for purchase today! Paint By Number kits are a bit different than they used to be. Many more variations in subject as well as a lot more detail in the designs. You can find them online, or in your local craft stores. I think that if you enjoyed them as a kid, you'd enjoy the newer varieties of today!

So that's about it for now! Next post will contain a finished Valentine Runner... the reveal of the "Secret Project" I signed on for... and maybe one more similar (yet different) project in the works!

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!



  1. Oh Sharon- those shades of pink / rose red, are beautiful. Tiny lovely blocks ! Great job !
    Will be looking for a finish ;)

  2. I have never quilted it looks hard so glad you it was easier than you thought. I love your paint by number!

  3. What a great deal, fabric and a kit! I can see why you had to say yes! Looks like you had control over those teenie pieces.

  4. Oh my goodness, such tiny pieces... It will be a labour of love for sure. The little blocks are just so cute. Good for you for giving it a try. I'm looking forward to seeing this little quilted runner finished.

    The paint by number painting turned out great. You'd never know it was a paint by number.
    Hugs, Julia

  5. You are making me want some of those fabrics. I made several smaller quilty type purchases over the weekend. I have to look the other way today.

  6. Isn't it amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it? Your little blocks look wonderful!
    I love Pam's fabric and patterns, and I was planning to place an order and get the free kit, but I was in a hurry when I read her post and thought I would come back later that day to do it. Yep, totally forgot. :)
    I don't think I ever did a paint by number when I was young, but my siblings did. Yours is lovely. Looks like they have come a long way!

  7. Those little blocks are amazing. I look forward to seeing more.
    Your paint by numbers is very cool!!!
    So talented.
    Hugs :)

  8. That is a nice deal and good excuse to treat yourself to new fabrics.
    Love how they came out, I am not great with tiny pieces.


  9. WOW!!! Sharon, I am so happy that you are embracing new challenges! You are rockin' it, that's for sure. Love the little bitty blocks (yikes!). And, the paint by number is gorgeous!

  10. Those rose colored fabrics are so lovely. Your little runner is going to be so cute.

  11. Hi Sharon,
    So happy you are trying some new things and both are just lovely!! Hooray for YOU!!!! We should always try to stretch ourselves a bit and see what we can accomplish!! Thanks so much for sharing your work!!!
    Hope you have a great week, my friend!
    Heart Hugs~

  12. I think I need to head on over to Heartspun Quilts!


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