Here Fishie Fishie

Here Fishie Fishie
March 2020

If you take a closer look at the picture, the name fits. The pieces of the past fabric include leftovers from a memorial quilt I made for my brother-in-law (Opening Day) and for my nephew, who loves sharks (A-B-Chomp). And, a little bit that was left from my Silver Lining.

Design? I guess it is a 9-patch with a tweak. When I had the 9-patch blocks on the design wall, they seemed to want more. So I added alternating 1″ strips to the tops and bottoms.

This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for a child in foster care in June 2020.


Hakuna Matata


Hakuna Matata
June 2016

Do you ever purchase a super cute fabric that you just can’t resist, but then find that it sits in your stash, and for some reason, you seem to be avoiding it? In this case, the fabric is a beautiful Julia Cairns African inspired design. Each time I saw it there in my stash, beckoning me, I wasn’t quite sure how to do justice to the fabric, as each of the animal blocks is a different size. But then the idea finally came to me: a 9-patch might be the answer.

A standard 9-patch is such a perfect block pattern because it so flexible. The color palette was pulled from the animal print – blues, gold and greens – taken from a variety of leftover pieces from other past quanket projects.

The name Hakuna Matata was inspired by the animal print, and from a Corrie ten Boom quote I recently came across:

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

This quanket was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a foster child in June 2016.