I labored on Labor Day and…

…didn’t have a baby, but produced a precious baby quilt! Made in pastels, this quick strip-pieced quilt has little checked squares–hence, the name “Baby Butter Mints.” Amazingly, though, changing the colors radically changes this design. I can see a hot pink/purple one for a pre-teen girl or black/gray with hint of electric blue for my grown son. Even a floral one with a watercolor quilt look ran through my head. This quilt definitely has nine lives! –42″x 52″ is a nice size and easy to make. On sale now for just $2.50, it’s a pattern every quilter and would-be quilter needs to get.

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Baby Butter Mints by LJ Christensen (backed with flannel–yum!)

Speaking of labor...my studio foundation is still empty, waiting for a framer. While I’m delighted that business for the builders is booming, I have to say I wish it’d slow down just a week so that we could get a crew here. I’ve been sorting, inventorying and carrying bags to Good Will, but I’m itching to get into a new roomy studio.

So what’s in my own labor plans? Well, I have a lavender castle ready to quilt, some team colors lap quilts I may tackle next (did I really say “tackle”? Here in Alabama that means FOOTBALL season), a large aqua quilt, a fishy sea quilt, a floral runner, a hydrangea block, a quilt with pleats and tucks, and a design for a fast track, just to name a few. I have a couple things for Halloween and a gift runner for Christmas, also a 3D-embellished Christmas tree door decor quilt, and a real 3D house. There definitely won’t be a let-up until next year. Keep checking email to see what’s new, and look back on Thursday , Sept. 5, for a SPECIAL TREAT. I’m not telling yet, but it’s awesome.

All Wired Up by LJ Christensen