Mini Rings Update

I thought I would have my Mini Rings quilt top (pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful) assembled by now, but I still have two blocks to go:

Mini Rings in progress

I’m making a square quilt of nine blocks; the blocks finish at 11″ so the quilt will finish at 33″. My plan was to make a block a day but alas, I have fallen behind. Too many other things going on at the Portland White House. Plus, I’m still waiting on that shipment of my background fabric (Garden Pindot by Michael Miller).

Still, my top will be finished soon. I’m going to keep it borderless and bind it in that acid green.

Speaking of binding, I’m halfway done sewing the binding on a baby quilt you’ve seen come together recently:

Stefan's quilt, binding detail

I am really liking the narrow border, using a pale lime Fairy Frost from Michael Miller for both border and binding.

It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Portland, Oregon. The delicious aroma of something cooking on a neighbor’s barbecue is wafting in the open windows, the DH is happily working outside in the garden, and our new cat Coco is stretched out on a chair in the TV room. It’s been a lovely three-day weekend.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, too!




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4 Responses to Mini Rings Update

  1. Diane says:

    Oh, the Mini Rings quilt is even more spectacular than I imagined. Your choice for the binding is perfect! Not sure who the lucky baby is who is getting this latest baby quilt, but it is a KEEPER. What does it mean that every new creation of yours becomes my new favorite? I think it means that you are simply the BEST!!

    • Dawn says:

      I wasn’t thinking about this Mini Rings as a baby quilt, Diane. It would sure make a cute one! Hmmm. I have to think about that . . .

  2. Brenda West says:


    I started quilting about 2 years ago after I retired. I have sewn since I was a little girl; my mother was a seamstress in a small town, Rising Sun, MD, about 50 miles north of Baltimore. We did simple patchwork/charm quilts along with my grandmother and my great aunt with all the scraps she accumulated. I still have some of those quilt tops and was determined to learn new quilting techniques when I had time. So now, after some beginning classes and belonging to an on-going group class, I’m totally hooked.

    I’ve known Sandy Eacker for about 30 years through attending and then taking over to lead some book groups she had established when she decided to make more time for “Grandma” and other life activities. She sent me the information for your blog abut a year ago and I’ve been reading faithfully ever since. You do a beautiful job sharing your quilting experiences and of course, your beautiful quilts. I showed your Mini Rings pattern to my quilt class and we are thinking of doing some work with the curved ruler with pattern in our Fall session.

    My heart goes out to you in you loss of your special cat Theo. I followed your posts and loved seeing the pictures of Theo “helping” at the sewing machine and other quilting activities. My husband and I rescued Maude, a tabby-tortie mix, from the Seattle Humane Society last December. I hadn’t had a cat for about 20 years and was pining for one. Phil finally gave in, but was still a little concerned about how it would work out. Of course, Maude is Phil’s best friend now; will only sit on his lap! I have some pictures of Maude helping with my quilting, too.

    Your new girl Coco is lovely. I’m sure she will become a good quilting companion, too. There are so many cats and other animals out there that need good homes. I applaud everyone who decides to rescue and bring these wonderful companions into our homes to love and cherish.

    Sorry for going on so long; should have responded much sooner. Thanks again for sharing great information about quilting, lovely quilts, babies, cats and all those things that make our lives full and interesting.

    • Dawn says:

      Brenda, thank you so much for your lovely comments! It seems we have a lot in common: sewing, quilting, reading, rescuing pets, and being friends with wonderful Sandy. Sandy and I met our first term in college, when we discovered we were in two classes together. That was a few decades ago! Best wishes.

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