Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lots of sewing

School is out for summer so I've been finding myself in my sewing room more and more. First of all I finished the quilt top to Pat Sloan's 2016 block of the month Secret Garden.  I chose to use fabric I had on hand in blues and yellows for this quilt.

Finished quilt top

Next I quilted my 3 Wishes quilt using Moda Grunge fabrics for this quilt.  I absolutely love it but this quilt will be gifted to my Mother-in-Law whose eyes lit up when she saw the fabrics as they match her bedroom perfectly.  I'm still in the process of attaching the binding but took some pictures of the quilting.

 Next I moved on to one of 2 family baby quilts. Both babies are due in November to teacher mom's so I have a bit of time to get them finished.  The first one was again from fabric I had in my stash from the Andover fabrics Eric Carle Brown Bear collection.

And finally back in May I was able to get up to Archdale, NC to the Pineapple Fabrics outlet sale and picked up the color therapy block of the month kit from Free Spirit Fabrics at a steal and have been enjoying putting these beautiful solids together. I have four blocks completed so far.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

April: Diamond Double Quilt

My April UFO quilt for the 2017 UFO Challenge took a little longer than the the month of April but I finally put the last binding stitches in yesterday. I bought the fabric for this quilt awhile ago when I lived in Michigan and when Christina's Quilt Shop was originally opened. It's since closed and re-opened which is exciting, too bad I live so far away now. This is another quilt that made the move from Michigan to North Carolina in the form of a jelly roll and straight yardage.  The joy of being an empty nester I've been able to spend more time quilting during the school year than in years past so I started piecing this quilt in February.  I finished the piecing in May and as with 7 other quilts it's been waiting to be quilted. Well April came and I was right on schedule pinning it at the beginning of the month but the quilting took a bit since we had some visitors.  My hubby is happy I finally made a quilt long enough for him but this may be leaving the house in August for son 2's apartment at school.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lollipop quilt

So happy to have another quilt finished. I appreciate the American Patchwork and Quilting UFO Challenge as it continues to motivate me to finish quilts that have been started several years ago.  This Lollipop quilt was a pattern from Guild Crafters in Berkley Michigan. They had a sample there one day when I was in and I just loved the colors though I wasn't too sure about the applique. I started this quilt in April of 2008, quickly finishing the center part but stalling on the applique. Originally I was planning on learning needle turn applique with this quilt but after about 5 stems I decided that wasn't for me so I had put some heat and bond on the circles planning on machine appliqueing them on.  That was when this project stalled and it sat in a box for the last 8 years, through a move and job changes and kids growing up and so on.  This past August after learning applique the Pat Sloan way through the splendid sampler, I picked up the project again. I definitely would have used the heat and bond a different way if I had know but I made due with how I had it and finished the piecing and appliqueing in September. Determined to quilt the 8 quilts ready for quilting I embarked on one project at a time.  The quilting for this quilt began in February and last night I put in the last binding stitches.  Now it will sit on the back of one of my couches displayed for all to see and I'm on to the next quilt in the stack that needs to be quilted.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tumbling block quilt

I have promised myself that I'm going to finish quilts this year instead of always starting new ones. It' been awhile since I blogged but I thought this would be a great way to document this year's work.  I joined American Patchwork and Quilting's UFO Challenge to motivate me to finish, finish, finish. I chose 12 quilts to finish and each month APQ chooses one to finish.  January was quilt number 6, I did finish piecing my January challenge but it hasn't been quilted yet. February was quilt number 8 and I finished putting in the last binding stitch on February 28th. This is Not Your Grandmother's Tumbling Block Quilt.

I started this quilt back in the early 2000's when I was new to quilting after watching an episode of Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts on HGTV. Since I was new to quilting I didn't always make the best color choices so I put it away. It stayed in a box through a move from Michigan to North Carolina and stayed in a box awhile longer until this past May when I pulled it out again.  I finished piecing it on June 13, 2016 and as usual it sat for a bit more until I got around to quilting it.  Now that it's finished I do love the final results and I'm so glad to check one quilt off my list as finished.