Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Baby Quilt Finish

      Not much sewing has happened here during the past week.  I was asked to take care of a sick granddaughter since she could not go with the rest of the family. Before I left, I did finish this baby quilt for a nephew’s new baby girl. 

 I fussy cut the alphabet blocks from fabric I had.  Almost could not get all the letters because when I would cut one out, the closer letters could not be used. I had to find another place on the fabric with those letters. I actually copied 2 letters onto fabric sheets with my printer.  I used needled polyester batting and minimal quilting with soft and comfy fabric on the back.  I am happy with the end result.
   With scraps of soft and comfy fabric I made a few taggies also for baby gifts. (Soft and comfy on one side and quilting cotton on the other.) 

I like the contrasting elephant ear better.

   I have several quilts sandwiched and waiting quilting.  I have struggled with how to quilt them.  I finally started quilting the Broken Herringbone quilt with a couple rows of wavy, wavy design from Angela Walters.  It creates a nice texture, but I will use several different designs on other parts of the quilt. 

Hope you enjoy time sewing or quilting.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Broken Herringbone Top with Partial Seams

       I have way too many projects in progress; however, somehow a broken herringbonetutorial popped up on YouTube.  It intrigued me.  I have done partial seams before but nothing like this.  I thought it would be a simple challenge.  I searched for more info and found that Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new book is based on this partial seam technique.   
    I used 3 ½” by 9 ½” bars.  Here all 4 columns are joined and triangles added to finish off the top. 

Then I trimmed and added a 3 ½” border.   

    I’m glad I took on the challenge to make a Broken Herringbone quilt; however, it is not a design technique I will be doing again soon.
      I added a border to the Love Multiplied top. I like it much better, though less modern.  It joined the pile waiting to be sandwiched.

      I also made a quick strippy baby quilt.  
 I put a “minky-like” soft fabric on the back instead of quilting cotton because my granddaughter loved hers so much. 
A friend is expecting 2 grandsons in the next few months.  Two nephews’ wives are expecting girls this month so I still have more I want to make.

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.

I'm linking up with Whoop Whoop Fridays to share what I've accomplished.  Check out what others have done.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Back to Quilting and a Finish

       After fighting a winter cold that turned into a sinus infection, I finally got back in my sewing room to work on projects (pausing for coughing spells).  
      I have been doing free-motion quilting for several years, but I’m always looking to improve my skill and learn new motifs.  That is why I am participating in Angela Walters’ Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This is week 3.  There's still plenty of time for you to join in.  I practiced week 2’s designs in a couple of squares on my “All Squared Up- A modern quilt design” lap quilt top.
basic meander

basic meander framed

I marked my frame instead of using a quilting ruler which I do not have.  I have not gotten to week 3 yet.
       Then I quilted this child’s comfort quilt.  I meandered the light background areas practicing filling in various shaped areas and moving around the quilt.  

The colored squares and star are quilted using a different continuous line motif.  Here are a couple of close ups of the quilting on the back.

I used most of the left over cat fabric to make a pillowcase.  The rest I will cut up into strips.

Hope you will join the fun and enjoy time sewing or quilting.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rainbow Blocks and FMQ Challenge

      These Rainbow Challenge blocks from 2017 still need a border but I am happy with the progress.

I also spent time cutting up scraps into leader/ender kits for Carolina Chain blocks.  If I counted correctly, I have enough for a lap quilt.  

     If you are interested in learning or improving your free-motion quilting, I hope you have heard about Angela Walters’ Free-Motion Quilting Challenge that was introduced Monday, Feb. 12th.  Instead of using the free pattern that she offers, I had already started Jean Boyd’s “All Squared Up- A modern quilt design” lap quilt pattern.    I plan to use it to practice my quilting along with Angela. I enjoy Angela’s videos and look forward to quilting along with her. 

Hope you will consider joining the fun and enjoy time sewing or quilting.

I am linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday.  Check out what others are doing.

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Pieced Top and a Comfort Quilt Finish

      I feel a lot has been accomplished this week.  I added a 6” border of  3 ½” by 6 ½” strips to the Scrap Dance Waltz blocks.  The blocks are from a mystery with From My Carolina Home blog.  (She is starting a new free mystery if you are interested.) Right now the top is 60 by 75” which would be a great adult throw size quilt. I considered whether to add more borders to make it full bed size.  However, I think I need to quilt it and get this UFO finished. 

     I never shared the finished quilting on my hexagon table topper quilt.  I finished it pillowcase style so no binding. 
Here is a view of the quilting on the back.

     I added the binding to the Four Patch Change Up quilt so it is totally finished and ready to donate. Most of the small 4 patches started leader/ender from scraps and this quilt just developed. 

    I pulled out Rainbow Wonky Stars UFO to work on and have a layout.  One problem is the pink blocks on the bottom. To rotate them like I want the same fabrics are too close. I may have rip some and replace a piece or two.  The very light red corner may also need some work.

    One afternoon I made a Valentine mug rug to send to a friend.

Hope you are enjoying some time for sewing or quilting.

I linked up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Check out what others are doing.  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Making a Little Progress

       This has been a week of afternoons with granddaughters.  I made a few new Barbie doll outfits for their dolls. The older one made a start on Free-motion quilting. She might find it easier if we could find some quilting gloves to fit her small hands.
Here is a close up of her first practice sandwich. Not bad for the first time. We also have the option of trying out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) for this machine. 
I tried to interest her in using a walking foot but she has the lofty goal of doing FMQ on her first quilt.

    I made time for quilting this 4 patch comfort quilt. 
It was a little strange FMQ using a different machine but it got done. 
Just needs trimming and binding. 

Hope you enjoy some time for sewing or quilting.

Friday, January 19, 2018

UFO Progress and a Finish

     Inspired by Sarah at Confessionsof a Fabric Addict , I pulled 8 project bags, a few more UFOs and 1 new project to focus on this year.  So far I am making good progress.
I have finished 14 of 18 Morning Star blocks for my nephew’s graduation quilt.

The Scrappy anvil blocks with alternate quarter square blocks is a top waiting to be sandwiched with the backing for quilting.

     I did not include many comfort/charity quilts on my list; however, I have finished quilting the Giant Swoon comfort quilt.  I tried out a few new motifs inspired by Angela Walters
Here are some close ups of quilting  

I did have one little problem.  Some of the extra backing got tuned under and caught in the quilting.  I was able to carefully cut it away.

There are also certain areas that may need more quilting.

The recent cold weather has been great for enjoying some time sewing or quilting.  Hope you enjoy some also.