Monday, January 22, 2018

On a Roll!

After the big two week long cleaning session I got busy quilting!  On Martin Luther King Day I did a day of service by quilting two patriotic quilts to donate to the American Hero quilt project.  (With two serving nephews this is dear to my heart)  During the week I worked on bindings and more pin basting and as of yesterday I had completed 6 UFO's in a week!  Okay, two of them only needed binding (they were quilted in December), but the three patriotic quilts were all quilted and bound this week.  Then there was a tableunner that had the squares cut.

I did all the bindings by machine or I would still be stitching!  I must say polyester batting is not my favorite, I like the way cotton lays much better!  I have all my polyester batts used up now and have a roll of 80/20 and a roll of Quilter's Dream cotton.

I also set together my heart blocks I had shown in a previous post.

Here are my accomplishments for the week.

 Center and star blocks were donated to me and I set them together a few years ago.  Finally finished it!  Twin size.  Quilted in free motion star/loop design.
Two views of my Tumblers Leader/Ender project suggested by Bonnie Hunter a few years ago.  It took me about two years to assemble it!  Quilted in a wavy diagonal.  Twin size

Two views of Grand Illusion, a Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville mystery from a few years ago.  I love my fabrics, because I didn't do scrappy, but the design is too busy!  I extended the length with extra pieces and it measures 90 X 98.  Quilted by Gem State Quilting.

Two views of the 5 minute block quilt.  I made this about 10 years ago from my friend's stash of Pat Sloan fabrics.  It's a little too country for my taste, but I have friends who love it.  So it will be a surprise for someone!  I love the effect of this pattern and need to make another quilt!  It measures 88 X 103 and was quilted by Gem State quilting.
Another patriotic quilt.  These blocks were a block lotto at a retreat.  I assembled it years ago and finally quilted it.  I don't like the quilting I did  now that it's done.  It looks too much like a mattress pad on the back, but it will be a great snuggle quilt for an injured soldier.  Twin size

 This is the tablerunner I whipped up yesterday.  It was some charm squares I acquired somewhere and then I decided to add coral accents to my teal/gray/cream dining room.  It's perfect on my dining table!  I quilted it very simply with straight lines.

 This is the top I made from the blocks I mentioned in an earlier post.  They were sent to me from all over the country (and the center block came from Australia) after my son passed away unexpectedly in 2013.  I was in a couple of Yahoo groups at that time and they sent Hearts and Flowers blocks in times of loss.  I auditioned sashing fabric and this blue/purple batik said use me!  I love how it turned out!  Now I need to quilt it.  It measures 45" square.

IT has been a very productive week!  I still haven't actually typed up my UFO/WIP/HSY list I realized, but I have six things to cross off!

Linking up with Design Wall Monday

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sewing Room Reorganization Reveal!

Wow, almost two weeks ( I did work full time the second week) and my room is done!  Cleaned, purged and reorganized!  I don't have fancy tables or cabinets, just making do with a lot of plastic and old Costco banquet tables.  I have another table I set up for basting quilts.  I think my husband was wondering if I would ever finish!  The pics are labeled, but not sure how they will show on here.  I couldn't seem to get the fonts right. 

Now back to my regularly scheduled quilting.  I will type up my list.  It's downright scary!  42 tops to quilt, 51 projects started and 29 that I have fabric and pattern for!!!!!  I am crazy!

Monday, January 08, 2018

Found Some Old Projects

I am STILL working on my sewing room redo.  Since I am going every single thing (even saved printed copies of things), it is taking forever.  Plus I get distracted.  What?  Distracted?  Yes!  I do see the end in sight!

I did manage to sew on two bindings from quilts in this post., but that is it for quilting.  However I am finding projects, oh am I finding projects.  I was shocked to find these blocks.  I remember making a few, but not all of them and then realized this was my guild sampler/technique quilt that a group of us taught in 2001 and 2002.  It's quite the grouping and I have some other pieces including a full Mariner's compass block that needs appliqued to the background.  I don't know why the fabrics aren't with these, but hopefully I can find some in my stash.  I will have to really think about this one and it will be a nice donation quilt someday!  It's not getting to the top of my list at the moment.

Another old project I found was this one.  I started it in 1995, hand piecing.  

 This is how many rosettes I found completed.  I saw some pieces somewhere and I tossed them, which is just as well.  I think I will try machine stitching them together and appliqueing the whole thing to a background.  It's a good memory quilt of some old projects since they are all charms.

 I am really going to cringe when I get my final list of UFO's done! 

Linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Revisiting Quilts

My sewing room is the biggest mess!  This reorganization thing is really intense and I keep getting sidetracked!  I have my vision and my husband said I am making progress, but it's hard to see at the moment.

One thing I uncovered was these hearts and flowers blocks that were sent to me by quilting friends when my son passed away 4 1/2 years ago.  The center is from a woman in Australia.  I couldn't deal with them at the time, but now I am ready and found them stuffed on my very top shelf.  They are wrinkled and need squared, but I had to put them on the wall to see them.  It will make a nice Valentine's wallhanging.   I don't know what I will do for sashing yet and will probably rearrange them.

 I am revisiting some older quilts.  I finished this Tropical Flowers quilt in 2006.  I paper pieced at one retreat, trace and appliqued at another and machine quilted at a third!  It's about 60" square and I had to stand in my laundry room to take a pic on the wall.

This is Urban Abacus I made a few years ago using the Quick Curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I LOVE this quilt.  I used the turquoise because I had enough of it on hand, but it's one of my favorite colors.
 I walked down to get the mail and I was a bit too early for the real sunset, but I took a picture anyway.  This is the road that runs in front of us.  The roads are good currently, but it's cold!