The Legend of Gunna Brown

Bertha Smith Brown raised four fine sons, including a set of twins (one of whom was my grandfather), but the legacy she left to me was the lesson she imparted to her granddaughters. To them she said (often enough that her words are well known in the family still), “It takes a good man to […]

Creative Play Newsletter – New Beginnings

In last month’s newsletter, I discussed how to bring on spring after suffering through the dark time of a creative winter. I wrote about beginning new projects and the process for getting started.  I missed the connection at the time, but that turns out to have been a very appropriate article for July because it […]

#The100DayProject

I’m a few days late for the official start, but I have joined into #The100DayProject and will be posting photos of my projects each day to Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliebneu/  The idea behind the project, which fits so perfectly with Creative Play, is to do a creative project every day for 100 days. I’ve been itching to do […]

Summer of Scraps Week 6

The photo I showed when I first started the Summer of Scraps project only represented a portion of the scraps that I have. I also have a bin full of bits and pieces of batik fabrics:So, this week’s project, which was also a UFO on my list for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge, […]

Summer of Scraps – Week 4

I’m at the halfway point in my Summer of Scraps and I made a huge dent in the white scraps this week with this quilt top: The colored “scraps” for this one came from a strip exchange I did with quilting friends a decade ago. We cut 2 1/2″ strips of some of our stash […]

Summer of Scraps Week 3

As promised, I went a little easier on myself this week and sewed up a quick project. Since I already had the rainbow scraps out and my daughter is in a serious rainbow phase at the moment, I made a flag banner for her playhouse.  The inspiration for the project was the July 4th Bunting […]

Summer of Scraps, Week 2

I didn’t quite get this one done within the week, but it’s close. My 5 year old is very much into rainbows right now so that’s the inspiration for this top and she’s a fan of this one. “I love your new quilt,” she said the other night as it started to come together on […]

Summer of Scraps, Week 1

Summer of Scraps has begun!  I was pushing a little on Sunday to get this one done by the end of the week, but voila! one scrap quilt done. There’s a larger blue version of this on my guest bed upstairs. To make these, I sew blocks of 2″ squares (2 1/2″ cut), put them […]