Monday, January 14, 2019

More Finishes!

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Now to what I have done this past week!

I have now quilted all of the 12 quilts I basted in October.  I have a 4 day weekend coming up and it's time for another basting party.  I bought 25 yards of batting and will have to piece backs for some of them, but that's okay.  I will be using up fabric!

This quilt was 11 years in the making.  My late friend Deb purchased the fabric in 2008 and the Quiltsmart interfacing.  I was supposed to make a wedding quilt for her to gift to her niece, but she changed her mind and gave me the fabrics instead.  They languished for a few years and finally in 2013 I made the top.  The interfacing is an interesting method and the rings are machine appliqued with a blind hem stitch and invisible thread.  It is a nice throw size, but not my favorite.  I posted a picture on Facebook and my wedding singer (almost 35 years ago!) said she LOVED it.  I am sending it to her!  She has purchased some quilts from me in the past, but I am gifting it.
Double Wedding Ring
The weather was great yesterday and I managed to take some outdoor photos, although the sun was getting a little low by the time I got outside.  We still have a bit of snow left, but we have had a strange winter so far!
I was influenced by a couple of friends and started making this 1930's Farmer's Wife quilt a couple of years ago.  (6 inch blocks).  I got bored with it and lost the CD with the templates.  Forget that!  I had to cut a couple in half for this setting, but I really like the zigzags.  It's a small throw/lap size.  I had fun with the quilting though!
1930 Farmer Wife
quilting closeup


 Both quilts together in the old corral in our pasture.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Strippy Triangles

I machine quilted one of the last few quilts I had pin basted on my twelve quilt basting spree I posted about here.  I had mentioned 11 in the post, but the one pictured in the background was also basted and I showed it finished in my last post.

I made this top a few years ago.  I had picked up a FQ pack of modern fabrics and had no clue what to do with them.  I cut 2.5" strips and sewed 4 strips together and cut triangles using my 60 degree ruler.  This is what I ended up with, no pattern.  I used scraps for the border.  I quilted it with a variegated yellow King Tut thread..  I didn't have any of the fabrics left, but I found a striped fabric in my stash that I think made a great binding.  Another UFO bites the dust!

Modern Pyramids

yellow flannel backing

border and binding closeup

A few hours after hanging the quilt on my design wall I looked and saw this. My design wall is only 7 feet high (it was in a different room that had furnace ducting in the ceiling) and this quilt layed over onto the floor in length.   My dog appears out of nowhere and I don't usually even see her in my sewing room.  She is also usually very hyper.  I guess she likes the quilt, but now I have black dog hair on it! 

Linking up to Design Wall Monday.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Two Finishes

I thought I would have something else to show, but it is taking longer than I expected.  I decided to just show that I have two finishes for January so far!  I got the bindings done on my scrappy leftover triangle tablerunner and this Sparkling Gemstones quilt.

Scrappy Gemstones is the name of the pattern in the book Jelly Roll Quilts.  It is not the first one of this pattern I have made.  I originally started this quilt four years ago for a teenager who loves pink.  I never got it to her for graduation.  She will soon be graduating from college and I have no clue if she still likes pink!  I will have to do some sleuthing. I quilted a motif in each elongated 4 patch section, but you can't see it!
Sparkling Gemstones

These triangles were the cut offs from a sampler BOM quilt top I made.  I couldn't bear to throw them away, so I sewed them up last year.  It's a fun tablerunner now!  I just did straight line quilting on the diagonal.
Scrappy Triangle Tablerunner

pinwheel closeup

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Quilting Projects

Happy New Year!  As I usually do, I made a list of my projects.  I really did make progress and I have the proof.  It's just that I like to shop!  I made a collage of most of my projects this year.  A few aren't here, but when I look at this it does remind me I got some things done!

Here is my annual list of projects.  I will do another post tomorrow of some finishes in the last couple of days!
2019 UFO List – Dec. 29, 2018
TOPS TO BE QUILTED:  in no particular order
1.    Farmer’s Wife – basted
2.   Country Snowflakes – backing
3.   Bright Sampler from FQS
4.   Red/White baskets – backing
5.   Primary Lone Star #1 from Jo
6.   Primary Lone Star #2 from Jo
7.   Butterflies from Jo
8.   Scrappy Trip Around the World – started 2018
9.   Pansies (from MIL’s stash already marked with quilting lines)
10.Red/White Sampler – backing
11.Floral Sand Castles
12.Mocha Meringue #1 – backing
13.Mocha Meringue #2 – backing
14.Kaffe/black/white pieced in 2018
15.WASIQ – blue
16.Kaffe Stars
17.Bright Jelly Roll – half quilted – DONE Jan. 1, 2019
18.Modern Jelly Roll – basted tones sparkling gemstones – ½ made into a throw and done ring – basted
21.Antique Dresden
22.Butterfly Row X Row – backing
23.Purple/Turquoise Sampler – backing
24.Turquoise/Black Stack and Whack – backing
25.Scrap Swap quilt top – backing
26.Janice’s stars
27.Monkey Business pieced in Dec. 2018
28.Red Truck – pieced in 2018 – DONE Dec. 31, 2018
29.Scrap Christmas leftovers with rick rack – basted pieced in 2018  DONE – Dec. 29, 2018
30.Christmas Eve Tablerunner – backing
31.Food tablecloth – backing
32.Fossil Fern – backing
33.Hawaiian applique - backing
34.Blue baskets – backing quilt 1 quilt 2 quilt 3
38. Jan’s hand quilting top
39. MIL’s Irish Chain hand quilting
40. Mini hand quilting wholecloth
41. Scrap tablerunner – DONE Jan. 1, 2019

UFO’s or PIP’s (projects in progress)
1.    Purple batiks scraps
2.   Batik rail fence scrap
3.   30’s scrap blocks.
4.   Something Blue – paper pieced
5.   Batiks Farmer’s Wife
6.   Rose Applique
7.   Winter Wonderland
8.   Amish Sampler
9.   Bow Tucks Purse
10.Bright Sampler
11.Blueberry Granola (purple/green)
12.Kaffe Stripes tablerunner
13.Quilt of Valor
14. Magic of Christmas
15.12 Rows of Christmas
17.Antique Hexis
18.Embroidery Denim blocks
19.Carolina Lily
20.Scrap Vortex
21.Kaffe Mystery (started 2018)
22.Tesselating Pinwheel
23.Washington Royal Star
24.Postage Stamp
25.Flannel Pillow  DONE 12/29/18

HSY (Haven’t Started Yet – but have the fabrics)
1.   Glacier Star paper pieced
2.   Mistletoe Lane BOM
3.   Row by Row kits
4.   Country Journal BOM
5.   Aunt Helen’s rush Trip around the World
6.   Cat’s Garden BOM
7.   Old Glory
8.   Celebrate June
9.   Spring Wagon kit
10.Brentwood Bag
11.Joyful Adventures
13.Fishing quilt
14.many panels
15.Simpleworks kit
16.Spirit of America kit
17.Betty’s Wool Applique kit
18.Elk Quilt kit
19.Butterfly Magic Trip Around the World Kit
20.Greetings Christmas kit
21.Cadence Court kit
22.Vintage Holiday
23.Folk Art Flannel kit
24.Sunflower kit
25.Tranquil Lake kit
26.Sea Glass
27.Metro Rings
28.Red Truck One Block Wonder
29.Floral One Block Wonder
30.Ocean One Block Wonder
31.Poinsettia One Block Wonder

I am trying out what to work on next!

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve

Here it is, the last day of the year 2018.  Hard to believe!  I have made my list of projects I will post tomorrow, in the meantime I have binding to finish on two projects to end the year with!  I have not actually counted my finishes of the year, but it's close to 40.

We had a great Christmas with our daughters and grandkids.  The twins turned 1 in November and were a lot of fun and Jared is 7 and Nicole is 4 and they love presents!  I also got to see my sisters.  On the way home I snapped a couple pictures.  We had pretty good roads, just a bit of snow close to home.  It is a six hour drive each way.

Payette Lake, McCall, Idaho

Highway 55 in central Idaho

My tree is several years old and I had it working when I set it up and now it has blank areas that should be lit up by lights!  I am taking it all down today.

 My sister is going to be a first time grandmother in May.  I will be making a quilt for the baby, but I saw this kit on Dec. 21st at Quiltreasures and bought it.  The new mother to be loves giraffes and my sister loves monkeys.  I thought the baby needed a quilt at Grandma's house since she will be born in Kentucky!  I pieced it over the weekend and had it ready to take to Boise on Dec. 24th!   I brought it home to quilt it, which will happen sometime!
 Since we got home I have been in my quilt room.  I had leftover flannel squares from a quilt in my last post.  I couldn't bear to throw them away so I whipped up this 18" pillow.  I had a pillow form on hand and the pillow is now on my couch in the family room.  I photographed it on part of my cutting table.  The quilt in the background was made by my friend Melissa and the collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls were given to me by my boss over the years.  She collects them at yard sales, although a couple were made by a friend years ago.
 Last summer I participated in a Christmas in July log cabin swap and the blocks are still not assembled in to a top.  I had leftover strips and I have been sewing them together as leader/enders for a few months.  I then had to decide what to do with them!  I had this green rick rack in my stash and have no clue what I originally got it for.  It was huge!  I now have a scrappy wallhanging, complete with sleeve.  I quilted feathers in the scrappy strips and finished it Friday.

 I showed this wallhanging in a previous post and it is now quilted and bound!  I look forward to hanging it next year!  I did an allover swirl pattern in the quilting.

I finished quilting this twin size quilt.  I twas over half done and has pretty simple quilting.  I have the binding sewn on, but not stitching down.
 This is a tablerunner made of leftover triangles from another project that is not completed yet!  I straight line quilted it on the diagonal and have the binding ready to stitch down.
I think that is all I have for now!  I have another week off work and I look forward to more quilting!
Happy New Year and I will quietly be ringing in the new Year at home.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday and Monday Making.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Quilted Gifts

December has been really busy and I made a few gifts.  I wanted to get some of my decoration photos done but never got to it.  Time flies by and work has been super busy.

I found this cute panel that I cut apart and adding sashing and borders to.  It is a nice wallhanging size but not quilted yet!

I designed this quilt in the reverse.  I found this cute vintage camper fleece and my boss loves the design of vintage campers. I picked colors of woolies flannel from the fleece and made a simple pinwheel quilt. It is a nice throw size and her husband is using it while recovering from surgery.

 The quilt below is about 45 X 60 and was a kit from Starr Fabrics many years ago.  I had pieced it a couple years ago and added the 3 dimensional prairie points and final border recently.  I added a farm theme backing, quilted it and gifted it to a neighbor who has cattle and chickens and is our school bus driver.

 This was a jelly roll of Woolies flannel and I had no clue what to do with them.  I had a few more on hand and designed this simple block.  I used a flannel on the back.  I gifted it to a coworker.
 This is not my favorite color combination.  I was using up some batiks (actually a friend at a retreat did a lot of the sewing a few years ago).  I had made it into a bed size quilt top, but really disliked it.  I took a seam apart in the middle and made two throw quilt tops and I quilted this one and added a fun flannel print on the back and gifted it to an amazing volunteer mom at school.  She was going throwing through a rough time and the colors looked like her.  She loves it and is so thrilled.  She usually gifts me wine!  :) 

Thati's it for now.  I did finish a quilt top last night, but I am gifting it to my sister unfinished.  She is going to be a grandma.  Pictures in my next post.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Quilting Spree

I have had a lot going on, but I did go to a quilt retreat recently.  I took my Grand Quilter and did some machine quilting.  The room is big with great acoustics and several people use Juki machines and machine quilt at quilt camp.  I made a small dent in my basted pile!  By noon Saturday I was ready for a new project and I had this tablerunner kit.  It was all laser cut but difficult to figure out piece placement. I worked for 8 solid hours on it (with a dinner break of course). It is all fused and thankfully another quilter had brought her applique pressing sheet!
 I ordered the kit from Shabby Fabrics.  It will be trimmed to have rounded corners and I have a packet of embellishments to add after it is quilted.  Quilting will be a challenge!

Here are some of the my projects I have recently quilted at retreat or home.
disappearing 4 patch

quilting closeup

disappearing 4 patch (twin to above quilt)

straight line quilting
These two disappearing 4 patch quilts are going to be gifted to two sisters.  

This simple one patch quilt was made from leftovers of another project.  It is the perfect size for a patient in a wheel chair.

fun flannel backing
I received these blocks in a guild UFO exchange.  There were more, but not made as well and this will also be a perfect care center patient quilt.

fun cat print backing
Laurel Burch panel.  This is all quilted in the ditch.  I am the world's worst quilt photographer.  My quilts really are straight!
This one is currently what I am quilting now!  I am about half way through the blocks.  It is set aside for now as I have been deep fall cleaning my house and we are hosting Thanksgiving for about 30 people and some will be staying a few days.

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