Monday, January 27, 2020

Sew Many Strips and Scrappy Finishes

I had this quilt waiting to be quilted from my last basting party.  It was the last one left and sat for a few months.  I finally quilted it last weekend and got it finished during the week.  The center star blocks were from a swap many years ago.  The hostess designed the block and sent us background fabric.  I have never been into random scrappy quilts, although I like lots of fabrics in a quilt, just controlled scrappy!  This quilt is shown on my daughter's queen bed with my grandmother's treadle in the background.

One block showing the twisting I did to use up more fabric and make the quilt bigger.

Last year American Patchwork and Magazine had a sew along for this quilt called Sew Many Strips.  I love the bright cheery colors I picked.  There are a LOT of pieces in this quilt, since each unit finishes at 1" X 2".  I got the quilt top done last year and set it aside like I usually do!  This weekend I opened my quilt top cupboard and it jumped out.  I had backing for it and got it pin basted, quilted and bound in two days.  I even hand stitched the binding.  I just did swirly texture quilting on my home machine.

center closeup

Earlier I made more shop samples for my friend's shop called Your Best Friend's Quilt Shop
This uses a large panel with small panels and a border print.
This one was already in half hexis when she sent it to me.  She used two colorways for a one block wonder and is sending me border fabric so I haven't mailed it back yet.

If all this wasn't enough I machine quilted a HUGE quilt for a friend of a friend.  It was a simple quilt panels and large borders, but I custom quilted it.  I thought I was quilting a lap quilt when I agreed!

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

Monday, January 06, 2020

First Finish of 2020!

I was working on this quilt top during December and couldn't post photos as it was a gift.  I was overwhelmed with lots of other things and got it to the top stage and gifted it that way.  I took it back and quilted it and gave it to my boss today on our first day back at school.

This was a kit I bought six years ago I think (maybe longer who knows!) from Starr Fabrics.  It had appliques with it and got put aside because it was not something that could be worked on at a retreat and keep track of pieces and it never got high on my list at home to work on!  Then I fell out of love with it.  I also had a smaller quilt kit I had made up from the same company.  When I got that quilt finished my boss said how much she loved it and had made a joke about wanting a king size quilt.  Well.....  I was able to order some blue fabric for the border and I started on the quilt.  I had issues and almost quit but I persevered and figured out what I was doing wrong in cutting the strata. 

I machine quilted it this past weekend on my Pfaff Grand quilter and yes, it is tough quilting a king size quilt that way!  I just did an all over stipple/loop quilting and had fun.  I watched TV and stitched down the binding and finished Sunday night!  I admit I like it much better now!

I took a picture on my daughter's bed in my house and then at school today.

She loved the quilt!
Linking up with Design Wall Monday and Monday Making.

Ending 2019 with Quilting and Family

Time flew from Thanksgiving on!  After traveling for Thanksgiving I quilted 3 small quilts for a friend.  I am trying not to overload this post with too many photos, but there are quite a few!

Two of them were You are My Sunshine quilts that I did thread painting on.  It was a lot of fun.

detail of quilting

 The backing for the Santa quilt was a minkie/velour type fabric.  The dimension of the quilting on the backing was amazing!

I participated in a Secret Santa Swap and made this tree wallhanging for my assigned person.  I used an Improv tree tutorial.  It was fun to make and I would love to make another one with bigger blocks for myself.  Unfortunately I have yet to receive a gift so that is sad.  The person keeps saying she will mail it but she had "forgotten" who I was!

 Every year at my school we make these paint filled glass ornaments.  They are so interesting to see the color combos and how they turn out.  Next year I think I am going to leave black out of the options of paint bottles. 
 I also organized these lighted snowman ornaments. 

My oldest daughter and husband and 3 kids came to visit for Christmas.  We hosted some of my husband's family for Christmas Eve.  It was fun to have kids here!

This is Kathryn - age 5 months.  The quilt is an old one on the back of the couch.
 My grandson Jared is 8 and loves machines of all types.  Since it was not farming season he saw my Brother Innovis BQ 350 machine and it has a touch screen.  He loves to figure out how things work and he taught me things about my machine!  He wanted to sew so I got out my pile of pre-cut 6" scrap squares.  Some of the fabrics are less than pretty and are an accumulation from several sources.  He was very diligent and we ended up with three machines set up and Nicole was in charge of putting squares together for others to sew.  The first top was quite interesting and my daughter Amy sewed it in offset rows as the corners would not have matched well!  It needs squared up and borders added and then finished and donated!

 After Christmas my husband and I were scheduled to fly to Kentucky to visit our younger daughter and her family.  Unfortunately my husband woke up very ill and couldn't make the trip.  I was a bit paranoid during my all day trip (3 planes) that I was going to get sick, but did not.  Several people from our Christmas Day dinner with relatives (not at my house!) got the stomach bug. 

On the first full day there we walked across the river to Indiana!  I have added two states to my collection of those traveled in.  We did get to visit with a niece who lives about an hour and a half from my daughter.

Finn loves slides!

Remy is a lefty and loves coloring
Look for another post soon with my first finish of 2020!