Like many folks, I've amassed a large stack of stray quilt blocks. Some were destined for unfinished quilts, others were just test blocks - trying out new templates and patterns. As I often do, I handed lots off to charity groups to use in their projects. This weekend, I whittled down the pile a little bit further and made some potholders.

For some, I used pre-made binding from Japan. For others, I made binding out of Cotton & Steel.

This little house is from a sewing kit pattern in a Kumiko Fujita book.

...and a Sarah Watts layer cake made the perfect backing.

The lingering guilt of unfinished projects has eased, and I can move on to a crossover apron soon. With that, I'll be ready to cook.

Weekend sewing. I've been making an effort to deplete my sewing stash - threads, zippers, fabric that lingers. Along with potholders from left over quilt blocks and the start of a quilt, I knocked out these two cushions over the last two weekends. Mindless mega-thin line quilting was exactly the sort of relaxation that weekends call for. Netflix was my companion.

happy crafting, amy badskirt.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I find myself drowning in scraps. I finish a project and have just a wee bit left over of a 'perfect' fabric and I feel like I need to save the special piece for just the right project.

Let's be honest for a moment...

I don't understand my own compulsion to cling to the last piece of fabric like it's gold. With my new job, I don't get a lot of time to sew. I may as well use it on those rare moments when I get the chance.

"Is it a boat?" she asked.

"Of course it's a boat!" he replied.

"Why is it on the ground then?" she pondered aloud.

"She needs ballast," he said. "I'll get her some big sticks!"

With that the boat - much to the surprise of the builder - was easily uprighted.

Penn had built the perfect boat for a crazy cat lady. Guinney had married a crazy husband, so her obsession with cats didn't matter. They hopped aboard and set sail for Idaho, not caring at all that it was landlocked.

Not long ago, a long time friend nudged me on when I needed it. "You've always been a badass", he said. I made a pennant so I won't forget again...

The sewing machine keeps running.  I've been doing some very basic quilts with the idea of thinning my stash and donating to charity.  The latest comes from my solid stash, and I used the Kona Crossing quilt from Jaceycraft. It's a free, easy-to-follow pattern. I chose brights, but I think it would look great in neutrals and basics too.

All going well, I should get these all quilted and bound before the holidays rolls around.

Last year, I had the privilege of contributing to the #lovewinsquilt along with 36 other members of the quilting community. My block is the third row on the left. You might remember it from the tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew. This quilt is now in its final sprint on eBay to raise money for The Trevor Project. Perhaps you'd like to put in a bid or make a donation to this worthy cause?

As reminder, love has yet to win everywhere.

One of the milestones that passed while I was absent from blogging is that I had an article published in QuiltCon magazine. QuiltCon is the publication available to all of the attendees of the Modern Quilt Guild conference, as well as the general public via Interweave. Although I've written articles before and was a technical editor for Australian patchwork magazines, this felt like a big deal. I was suddenly playing in the big leagues.

Where'd Badskirt go? So many of you have sent me emails over the last six months checking in to see if I was ok and I am quite thankful for that. Blogging isn't just about sharing tutorials and stories. It's also about friendships and community. I truly appreciate the friendships I've made here.

So where have I been? That's a doozy. There's been a lot of upheaval in Badskirt-land. I'm now onto my fourth bed in ten and half months which hasn't left a lot of time for sewing or blogging.

As promised, the Prom Night Pillows pattern is ready to go in my Craftsy store! These sweet cushions were designed to showcase Kim Andersson's Good Hair Day fabric, but they'd look wonderful in any sweet and playful prints. There are a number of pattern pieces to wrangle, but it's easy construction suitable to an advanced beginner. The pattern includes two layouts, Midnight Kiss and Slow Dance.