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About Pieces to Patch

My name is Rolanda LeBron. I'm a quilter/sewist/crafter, grandma of six, retired educator, and lifelong learner. I'm a member of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, and Tea Cups. I also enjoy quilting with the Delaware Quilters at their yearly fall retreat; this was my third year. The links on my menu's navigation bar are just a few websites that I frequently visit. This blog was created to assist new and/or seasoned quilters with tips, techniques and shortcuts.

New Beginnings . . . Week 23

Thirty weeks to go . . . thinking about making a bucket hat for my youngest grandson. I saw a free pattern by Liesl Gibson.

Oh well, I didn’t make it in time this week. I started at 8 pm on Sunday. So, I am late posting my project. I am trying to get my project completed before Sunday, but as we all know procrastination is a waste of time. However, I did make the reversible bucket hat.


New Beginnings . . . Week 20

Thirty-three weeks to go . . . What will tickle my fancy this week?

I decided to keep it simple because I went away this week, and didn’t have time to be overly creative. While I was away; I went to the Grand Canyon. I purchased a coin purse. I really like the simplicity and fabric of the coin purse; it can also be worn around your neck. So, I decided to make my very own coin purse without the string. I guesstimated the measurements. The results are posted; pictures of the purchased coin purse and pictures of the one I made. 

New Beginnings . . . Week 19

Thirty-four weeks to go . . . I’m always browsing the web for ideas, a year ago, I came across a cool banking method for kids.

The Three Piggy Bank Method, by Lori Craig (market director for PNC Bank Wealth Management). Lori recommends that you set kids up with three piggy banks: one for saving, one for sharing, and one for spending. Lori defines what each bank is specifically used for; “a spending bank is for money to be used on everyday things.” “A savings bank is for money to be used in the future, or on a big ticketed item,” and a sharing bank is to be used to help others or to give.”

So, I’ve given or will give each of my grandsons three banks on their birthday. Then, I  explained or will explain this method to my sons and daughters, so they can instill this practice in my grandchildren. For decorative purposes I added or will add their favorite character stickers to their banks, as suggested by Lori. Finally, I added or will add five dollars to each bank as a starter for their savings. I hope my grandsons continue using this method of banking. 

Since my New Beginnings challenge is all about creating something every week. I knew I had to also add something that I made. So, I decided to make my number five grandson an iPad case for his second birthday. I used The Stitching Scientist‘s Quilted Laptop Case tutorial.

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New Beginnings . . . Week 18

Thirty-five weeks to go . . . Today was a great day to be creative. So, I decided to make a Mini Sew Together Bag; pattern by Michelle of  SewDemented, and the conversion worksheet for the mini was created by Elizabeth E. of The original Sew Together Bag pattern is needed for the conversion. I also used the Sew Along tutorial that I found on The Quilt Barn‘s blog.
Wow! I can’t believe it! I finished it! This is a first for me, since I began my New Beginnings Challenge. I’m usually rushing to create something on Sunday; just to meet my deadline. WooHoo!


New Beginnings . . . Week 17

Thirty-six weeks to go . . . I haven’t got a clue! Not sure what I’ll create this week.

Another busy week, spending time with family and friends. We celebrated my mom’s 80th birthday on Saturday, April 29th. So, I didn’t have time to think about making anything, until today. Since my guild NJMQG ( North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild) will be making the Open Wide Zippered Pouch: DIY Tutorial by Anna Graham. I decided to have a dry-run and make a sample first. You can find the tutorial at Noodlehead.

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New Beginnings . . . Week 16

Thirty-seven weeks to go . . . Where will my creativity and the Internet take me this week?!

I didn’t make it in time! I’m sixteen minutes late, but I did finish my project for week 16. I made another One Hour Basket; mine took much longer because I made a scrappy quilt as you go exterior (front and back). You will love this quick and easy project. 1 Hour Basket Tutorial

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