New Orleans House Project

Saturday, May 1, 2021

April Digest

 Although I spent a large chunk of April focused on finishing the T-Shirt Quiltathon, I also managed to work on a few other projects.

During one of our recent phone calls, my mom mentioned buying paper napkins.  I realized I had never made her any cloth napkins, so I got busy and pulled some fun prints and started stitching.

Once I got started, I was on a roll and made some for my sister, too.

Dear Hubby and I (and McKenzie, our dog), took a road trip to Florida last weekend to visit family, so I was able to present each set of napkins in person.  Yay for vaccines!

While I was digging through the flamingo fabric stash to find fabric for my t-shirt quilt pillowcase, this 'mingo fabric spoke up and told me it was ready to be in the spotlight.

I used a tote bag pattern I had pinned to a Pinterest board ages ago.  The pattern is free from the All People Quilt website.  You'll have to register with APC if you want to download a printed version of the pattern.   It's a quick project - you may even be able to make it with supplies on hand.  If I were to make the bag again, I'd add some refinements like an interior pocket (or two) and a magnetic or zipper closure.  

A monthly project this year to to make Sugar Loaf blocks following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge monthly color selection.  April's challenge was to use light blue and bright blue scraps.  I went for the low volume look with this light blue block.

And switching over to bright blues, I put this block together based on the tropical fish (outer row) fabric.

Using scraps from various April projects, I put together some Easy Breezy blocks.

Last but not least, I finally got all the parts and pieces assembled for the 25-patch star quilt top.  

My original plan was to add a plain white border with a narrow strip of the turquoise fabric used for the cornerstones.  But last week, I started hearing whisperings that maybe an appliquéd vine, flower, and leaf border would look good.  I guess that will be a project for May!


  1. love the bag and napkins!! such great gifts Happy May Day! from Iowa

  2. Nice projects you got done in April!! that bag is really so cute...nice work hugs, Julierose

  3. A vine border would look fantastic with the 25 patch star quilt!

  4. The tote bag is great, thanks so much for sharing the link. Cloth napkins are always such a joy to use, yours are a reminder to get busy and make some more for us.

  5. Fun napkins! I have that tote pattern saved somewhere too - I should think about actually making it, lol. An appliqué border is ambitious and would be so beautiful!

  6. Awesome projects for April, Angie!! Here's hoping those 25-Patch Stars are happy with their applique border. They should consider themselves lucky that you are such a good listener. When my quilts express and interest in applique, I usually just tell them to be quiet!! :P

  7. wowzer that star quilt is amazing! so so many pieces.
    Great napkins. we use cloth here too. I need to make some of my own.
    really fun tote bag :)

  8. The napkins are so lovely and I love your finished quilt! Another beauty!!!

  9. You chose some awesome fabrics for the napkins. They'll be fun for everyone to use. Your tote bag was perfect for your Florida journey. Glad you were able to go and visit family. The monthly blocks are always fun and the star rainbow blocks are so pretty. Can't wait to see an applique border.

  10. Love the cloth napkins. Those made a nice gift. Happy to hear you were able to a bit of travel and visit family. Those sugarloaf blocks are amazing!

  11. Girl, what kinda vitamins are you taking? I need some!! LOL you have gotten so much done in such a short time span and I am so impressed by every single item! The napkins are darling. Do you make them single or double sided?
    It's wonderful to see the t shirt quilts all finished, so much fun and so many memories! And that tote is adorable. Congrats on such gorgeous productivity!