Friday, August 3, 2018

More quilt tops have been finished...have I mentioned that I'm practicing retirement? I'm currently working part-time - three days a week - and it is WONDERFUL!! That is the reason I've been so prolific lately.

I won a bundle of cute chemistry fat quarters last year. After added a few coordinating I made a new Yellow Brick Road quilt - my all time favorite pattern. Sorry the picture is not the best.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I dumpster dive. Last year at the quilt retreat I went to I raided the garbage cans and "stole" scraps. One of the quilters was making a bear paw quilt and I acquired the corners she cut off and threw out (after the first day she started saving them for me 😄). They have been one of my leader-ender projects this past year. After getting them squared up to 1.5 inches I made several small quilts / mug rugs.

I'm hoping to have one or all quilted before the next retreat so I can gift one back to the quilter who let me have them all.

And speaking of quilting...I put the Juki back on the frame.

 WHOO-HOO I have two finished quilts!! I made this little quilt a couple of months ago and forgot to post about it. Finally used up the last of the cat fabric. It is about 34 x 41 inches with a bright green flannel on the back. I quilted double loops in it.

This is the last of the log cabin sections. 40 x 60 inches with a yellow and white print on the back. With so many seams I quilted a simple meander.

I bought the log cabin quilt at a garage sales. It was original made in the 70's and has everything in it. Unfortunately I never even though about washing the quilt before I quilted it. I've found that several of the fabrics bled to the back of the quilt even with Color Catchers.  I originally intended to donate the quilts - now I'm not so sure.

Bella follows me everywhere. I've found having her in my sewing room can be a challenge as she like to jump up on the ironing board and cutting table, and likes to eat thread - specifically the thread I'm trying to sew with.

Have you heard about cats and boxes?

Its true...thank goodness.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Lots of Finishes...not all mine

I've been meaning to post some finished quilts for weeks, I've also been doing a lot of sewing. Each week I've thought okay I'll post after this finish but each week I've almost finished another project and thought okay I'll post after this finish...I could say that again this week - I only have one more row to add and I'll have another finish...but it is getting a bit ridiculous.

I made Missouri Star's free 4x4 quilt. This was a fun easy quilt. Perfect spring time quilt and fabric.

This is Nancy's version minus borders. I'd make this quilt again.

 I ended up with some odds and ends left over from the jelly roll so I made a little kinda sorta coin table topper...

...and still had some left over so I made this little mug rug...

 ...with the left over four patch blocks I made this table topper. I think I used up all of the jelly roll and coordinating yardage I had with the backs.

Stephanie and I took a class at the Quilted Heart and made Maple Island's Scooch Over 2. Another fun easy quilt. I even made a little bit of a dent in my Asian fabrics.

All of the above were squirrel moments to keep me from finishing Sweet Tooth. It is FINALLY done.

So the ridiculous pile of tops that need quilted is up to 7 table toppers/wall hangings and 12 quilt tops...geeze.

Nancy was over this past weekend. Here are two of her finishes. The quilt on the left was a Connecting Threads kit (can't remember the pattern name and couldn't find it on their site) - love it. And the quilt on the right is Jaybirds Quilts August Stars,  One of the few purple quilts I actually like. My pictures don't do either quilt justice.

I'll close with a new picture of Bella. She has been behaving lately...

But I don't expect it to last long. ;o)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Likes and Dislikes

A couple more small finishes...

...I don't like how this table topper turned out.

Same block, but I really like how this one turned out.

I really like my sweet Bella...

I don't like what she did to my roll of batting ...

15 yards...folded...I haven't gone though it yet to see what I can salvage.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lots of little finishes

It looks like I've been really busy...and I have been sewing a lot...but most of these where already almost done...

When I made my grand-niece's quilt a few years ago I made way too many blocks. I finally made a small quilt with the left over blocks.  I still have lots of the fabric leftover.

This little tumbler quilt has been my leader-ender quilt for the past year or so. I put it all together into a small quilt and then found another bag with already cut out tumblers. I think I see another small quilt in my future.

This table runner was a sample border I was thinking of for the medallion quilt - then I decided the quilt was big enough. I played with quilting feathers in the large squares.

Hexie table topper 1 was made last year during the retreat I attended. The pattern is Jean Wilder's, of Sew'n Wild Oaks, Seasonal Hexie. I just did some simple stitching in the ditch but it is done.

Hexie table topper 2 is a kit I purchase at the retreat of the same pattern. Quilted and bound. Done!

I made the nine patches for this little quilt a few years ago...can't remember why...leftovers from something else? Oh well. I used Jo Morton's Sadie's Quilt pattern as my inspiration.

Kathleen Tracy had a free pattern for this little mug rug on National Quilting Day. It was one of those "I have to make this" things. I loved quilting this.

And this is what I made yesterday. Stephanie and I took a class at The Quilted Heart in Vacaville. We both finished our quilt tops. The pattern is Maple Island's Scooch Over 2. Fun, simple quilt. Don't look too close, mine still needs to be ironed. Some day I will learn how to take proper pictures of a quilt so that you can all the details.


And this is the sweet cat who is walking across the Bella.

Siddi went to play with Obba and Fred last month. She was five week away from her 19th birthday. Bella needed a new home after her 95 year old mama went to live in a nursing home. She is doing a wonderful job of cheering me up.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Still Making Progress

A new is already washed and ready to be donated.

Details: Pattern was a freebee from the Fat Quarter Shop. Fabrics are scraps from my scrap bins. The back is a gray flannel. The binding is also scrappy. Approximately 57" by 67". I quilted it with swirls - my quilting looked much better after it was washed. 😉 The quilt top was finished in January 2017; quilted and bound February 2018. 

I'm doing a happy dance!! The medallion quilt has needed binding for almost six is finally done. 

And on the bed. I need to find or make some pillow cases or shams to match. I wish you could see this in person, Barb custom quilted it and did a wonderful job.

Details: 81 inches square. I designed it using a variety of fabrics mostly from my stash. The quilt top was finished in 2016, quilted by Barbara Rienert in 2017, and finally finished February 2018. The back is a cream 108" backing fabric that I had in my stash.

I also got all of the table toppers / minis / wall hangings pinned. 

One is was a free pattern from Temecula Quilt Company. It measures 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Top made in April 2016; in the ditch quilting by me.

I think it looks great with my thread coffee mug.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Progress on the Ridiculous Piles

It always amazes me how much progress I can make just spending an hour or two sewing a night in the sewing room. My Project Linus quilt top is finished. I love how it turned out and it was such a fun quilt to make. It has moved from the "partially pieced" pile to the "finished top with back" hangers.

Check out the points on the flying geese...I used a Bloc-Loc flying geese ruler to square them up. They all have perfect points.

Town Square has the binding machine and hand sewn down. YAY, it is finished!

Details: Pattern is by Angela Walters, Midnight Quilter / Craftsy. Fabrics are a Moda solids charm pack and a Kona Cotton background. Size: about 59 inches square.

I love the quilting Barbara did on it. The butterfly fabric on the back was a bargain, wish I'd gotten more of it - I really like the colors in the fabric. So happy with this finished quilt.

And another finish!! This is a quarter of the large log cabin quilt I bought at a garage sale years ago. It is now quilted (simple meander by me) and the binding all machine sewn. Size: 36 x 48. This will become a donation quilt.

I mentioned I had two leader-ender projects going. They have moved from leader-enders to partially pieced projects.

I am one of those quilter's who raids the garbage cans for other people's scraps. One of the ladies at last year's quilt retreat let me take all of her bonus triangles from her garbage and gave me more. I'm squaring them up to 1.5 inches. FYI, I think Bloc-Loc rules are WONDERFUL - expensive, but wonderful. I should I have enough half squares to make two miniatures.

The second leader-ender turned partially pieced project are tumblers made from my 2.5 inch square scrap bin. All the rows are sewn together, now I need to sew the rows together and decide how I'm going to finish it. FYI, this barely made a dent in the scrap bin. :o(

I also got the binding added to the medallion quilt. It's going to take a while to finish the hand sewing.

Not too bad...two piles are smaller, one got bigger and no new projects were started...yet. ;o)

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Finishes

Happy New Year!!
I managed to get in a few last minute 2017 finishes...I finished the binding for three quilts.

 Gracie's Get Well Garden was donated to the silent auction at work to raise money for our local food bank. I've decided I need to do a better job of documenting the final picture my quilts. Pattern: Project Linus Mystery fundraiser - Gracie's Get Well Garden; fabric: a fat quarter bundle I won online Garden Rendezvous by Ro Gregg from Paintbrush Studio, plus a few of my scraps thrown in; the back is a flannel I've had forever; size: approprimately 55 x 65 inches; started September 2016, quilt top finished November 2016; quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished November 2017.

String diamonds ah la Bonnie Hunter. All scraps from my string bins. The red was from my stash. The back was purchased at a quilt show last year. The quilt was started in April 2014, the top was finished in April 2017. Quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished December 2017. Size: approximately 60 x 65 inches.

Glacier - pattern testing for Beth at Love Laugh Quilt. Fabric: all from my stash. Started July 2016; quilt top finished August 2016. Quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished December 2017. Size: approximately 67 x 89 inches.

It's nice to finally have these three finished...just two more that need close but they'll have to be 2018 finishes.