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Happy Accidents

I’m not much of a planner.

I’m more of a “let’s try it and see what happens” kinda gal. As a result, my life has been a long series of happy accidents.

Moved away from home, met my husband a week later. Called an old friend for lunch, got a job. Went to church for a concert, found a community. Took a chance on a job, learned to quilt. Bought a longarm quilting machine, learned to hand quilt.

I can’t say that all my tries have been successful, but I can say that the successes have definitely reinforced the behavior pattern.

Which brings me to my Cheery-O Quilt. It is for my amazingly awesome nephew Oscar.

Last year I came across the Cheerio Quilt pattern/tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I was browsing the tutorials on their app, and I stopped on this quilt picture because I liked the circles.

As it happens, I was also looking for a quilt to make for Oscar. He is cheery. And his initial is O, so…it became my Cheery-O Quilt. Just a few slight modifications were needed.

MSQC’s pattern is appliquéd circles, both solid and with middles removed (the Cheerios). Me, I got a little tired of running in circles…I mean, sewing the circles. 😊 So, I made up some plain blocks to go in between the circle blocks, using some extra fabric that I had laying around because I had accidentally bought too much.

See how it works? Accidentally buy too much fabric, find a good use for it at a later date. This is why quilters go broke. Serendipity.

At least we’ll go to the poorhouse happy.

Here’s a peek at Oscar’s Cheery-O Quilt, a work in progress. It would be done by now, except for the fact that I accidentally cut the “plain” star-print blocks a half inch too big, and had to re-cut them.

The star-print blocks weren’t planned, you see. I cut them on the spur of the moment. I was excited that the blues looked so good with the assorted circles.

Such is the life of a non-planner. Not every try is successful. But it sure is fun!

Happy Labor Day!

8 thoughts on “Happy Accidents”

  1. Loved this post! So upbeat and cheery and fun! I have begun to live my life more this way too! Less planning, more exploring more open! Life becomes more of an adventure this way!
    Loved it Stacey!! Happy accidents… love it!
    I also wanted to tell you that I took ur suggestion seriously about magic bed making. This simple act has brought me so much joy! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing a made bed after a day of work. It is such a treat and gift to myself. Thank you for that!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. You know, it’s funny, when I try to plan, things always turn out differently anyway. So why fight it? God obviously knows what I am to do, and he’s not taking no for an answer. 🙂
      I am so glad someone else gets the bed-making thing. I thought I might be crazy but I swear it lifts my spirits. Happy Labor Day!

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