A Finish and a Start

August 4th, 2020

Scrappy Star is all quilted, label made and bound.

I used a charm pack that I won earlier this year along with blues from my stash. Also two friends gave me blue fabrics to add to form the star and border.

Batik fabric and pattern I won from Living Waters Quilter.

Close up of pieced border, diagonal quilting, and binding. Quilted with Aurifil thread 1128 Light Blue Violet, 50 weight. Finished quilt measures 54 1/2″ x 58.”

For the new quilt to start, I decided on the quilt on the cover of Sue Pelland’s book Heart and More. I’m tweaking it, as I don’t want all raw edge appliqué pieces.

Piecing the 168 Drunkard’s Path units and sewing them in rows for the center of the quilt is my August One Monthly Goal. This past week I played around with Marti Michell’s templates and figured out piecing for the 48 -  4″ unfinished units shown above.

Only 120 more units left to sew with curved pieces in 2 corners. Ha ha! That shouldn’t take very long! Right?

I’m feeling like this was a good week, and hopefully this new week will be a good one too!

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Make label & binding for Scrappy Star. Bind. ✔️ All done!
  2. Start a new quilt, I have 2 waiting with patterns and fabrics purchased. ✔️ Shown above!

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Hem 3 pairs of pants for a friend. (shhhh! don’t tell anyone this quilter knows how to hem pants!)
  2. Piece lots of the Drunkard’s Path blocks. At least as many as I have time to do.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

 

One Monthly Goal – August 2020

August 1st, 2020

Last year I saw the quilt on the cover of Sue Pelland’s book Hearts and More displayed at a local quilt shop. Having promised a quilt to my son, Noel and his wife, Alicia, I thought this quilt would be something they would like. They stopped by the shop to look at the quilt and loved it.

I bought the book, templates & fabric the quilt shop had kitted for the Clam Shell quilt.

Hearts and More book by Sue Pelland.

I’ve not started that quilt yet! Honestly, I don’t think that’s a big deal as they have spent the last year gutting and remodeling their almost 100 year old house. No reason to have a new quilt in all that mess! Actually, they stayed with us during most of the dirty demo. Plus, most of their house hold items have been stored in our basement and garage for the past year. As rooms are completed, items have been moved back into their house.

It’s time. I want to finish the quilt by the end of this year, if not sooner!

For August, my goal will be learning to use Sue Pelland’s Hearts and More Templates.


Plus I don’t want to do raw edge appliqué, so there will be some tweaking of the pattern on my part. Oh, and I need to enlarge the quilt for their queen size bed. Not too many changes to conquer, right!?

August goal – start Clam Shell quilt for my son and DILove! The center of the quilt is made up of Drunkard’s Path blocks. That is where I’m starting.

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

One Monthly Goal – July 2020 Finish!

July 29th, 2020

My OMG for July was finishing up two baby quilts I’m calling Splash.

Moda Slice precut solids triangles and pattern. I cut the triangles in half to make 2 smaller quilts. Then followed the pattern for piecing layout, but added my own appliqué, omitting the anchor.

Top before appliqué is added. (I made 2 identical tops.)

Appliqué pieces: baby whale, mother whale tail, scuba diver.

Fabric selected for the two quilt backs.

Scuba diver applique.

Quilted and bound.

Close up of baby whale.

Quilting around scuba diver.

Quilting, I hope it looks like ocean currents. Back. Flange binding.

The quilts measure 46″ x 51″  Quilted with Superior Thread King Tut #1031 Edwardian Blue, 50 weight.

All done! All happy!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Scrappy Star

July 28th, 2020

Here are some photos as Scrappy Star came together this past week.

Rows on design wall.

Building borders.

Pieced, sandwiched, ready for quilting.

Half way there with walking foot diagonal quilting. Aurifil thread 1128 Light Blue Violet, 50 weight.

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish piecing Scrappy Star quilt top.  ✔️ Finished piecing and moved on to sandwich and quilting!

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Make label & binding for Scrappy Star. Bind.
  2. Start a new quilt, I have 2 waiting with patterns and fabrics purchased.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

Courtesy during Covid 19

July 21st, 2020

News! As of Monday, July 20, it was announced all major grocery stores in our town are making masks mandatory. No mask, no entrance. I’m fine with that. If for some reason you can not wear a mask, there is curb side pick up.

Last week several members of my family who have returned to work have requested more masks.

Some like ties, 8 masks made with ties.

Some like masks with elastic, 6 made.

While shopping at the local quilt shop for the elastic, everyone had on masks. And when I checked out, my debit card was wiped with sanitizer before it was handed back to me. That was a nice extra step!

Scrappy Star is coming along.

Rows completed. Next up borders.

I have no idea where this past week went! It flew by with little sewing happening.

Last To-Do List:

  1. Piecing Scrappy Star baby quilt.  ✔️ Progress made.
  2. Make more masks! I have several family members requesting masks.  ✔️ 14 masks made.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish piecing Scrappy Star quilt top.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

Little Pieces

July 14th, 2020

Many pieces! Here is my latest baby quilt in progress. I’m calling it Scrappy Star.

HST units pieced and being trimmed to 4″

40 units all trimmed using Bloc-Loc tool. Bloc-Loc has several sizes and shapes that make trimming units a snap!

Time to lay out the star design. Sewing in progress.

The next project I worked on this past week was a zipper pouch made from candy bags.

I bought 2 Mentos bags. After cutting them open, I covered both sides of each bag with Heat n Bond Iron on Vinyl. I followed this youtube by Laura of Sew Very Easy.

And easy it was!

Flip side.

The zipper pouch measures 10″ x 6″. The Mentos pouch and candies – her favorite – are ready to mail to a special friend for her 20th birthday. Hubby said to add a note that says, “Mentos as a memento for your 20th Birthday!” He is such a punny guy!

That’s it for this week. How was your week?

Last To-Do List:

  1. Prep for one more baby quilt. A star design this time. ✔️ squares cut, units sewn and trimmed!
  2. Candy Bag Pouch – hoping to find a bag of Mentos to use! ✔️Mentos comes in fruit favor too. Who knew?! I bought 2 bags in two flavors.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Piecing Scrappy Star baby quilt.
  2. Make more masks! I have several family members requesting masks.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

A Whale of a Time

July 7th, 2020

This is why I always do a little quilting on a sample sandwich before starting to stitch on a quilt.

See all the loopy mess? Tension needed major adjustment before I started quilting Splash.

Once I played with the tension, top and bottom, and got a good stitch, I moved on to the Splash quilts.

I’m hoping the random quilting looks like ocean currents. Since these quilts are my OMG, I’ll share in more detail at the end of the month.

I moved on to a panel to stitch up for another baby quilt.

This panel is called Geo Zoo by Greg Mably for Robert Kaufman. It measures 24″ x 43.”  I removed the elephants and walrus from the right side of the panel. Cut them apart, and then attached them side by side under the whale and zebra for a more pleasing layout for the baby quilt.

Two borders were added, a 2″ black fabric and a 6″ coordinating wave fabric which is part of the Geo Zoo fabric line.

The wave fabric was used for the back, and then a solid black for the binding. Quilted in a grid using a light blue Aurifil thread. The finished quilt measures 45″ x 50″ and I think is just soooo cute!

Those are my whale quilts for this week. How was your week?

Last To-Do List:

  1. Splash quilts  ✔️ Two quilted, one completed with binding and label, and one to bind.
  2. ???  ✔️ Geo Zoo panel quilt completed!

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Prep for one more baby quilt. A star design this time.
  2. Candy Bag Pouch – hoping to find a bag of Mentos to use!
Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

 

One Monthly Goal – July 2020

July 1st, 2020

My goal for June was to finish the Color Me Happy Triangle quilt, and make progress on two Splash quilts. I did finish the triangle quilt and almost got to sandwiching the Splash quilts.

My goal for July will be to complete the two Splash quilts.

Blocks pieced and trimmed.

Appliqué pieces are prepped. I’m not using the anchor that came with the pattern, switching it up.

Top pieced.

Appliqué blanket stitched in place.

Time to piece the backs, sandwich, and get busy quilting these two quilts. That and binding the quilts will be my goal for July.

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

A Finish!

June 30th, 2020

This quilt is going to my Sister in Law.

It was on hold for a while as I waited for fabric ordered for the binding.

The LQS was out of the blue Moda Grunge I used in the middle border and wanted for the binding. A bolt was ordered – back in May – and happily it arrived last Monday!

Binding on! Plus, here you can see the match stick quilting and curves quilted at the corners.

Here is the quilt on my queen size bed. The pattern is Curve it Up by Sew Kind of Wonderful. The yellow border was added so quilt fits a queen mattress. This is the largest quilt I’ve quilted on my Baby Lock Tiara III. 92″ x 105″

I quilted one block at a time. Sashing was quilted in a zig zag design,  all remaining white spaces quilted with meandering & loops. I followed the line of the curved piecing in the borders, adding circled in the wide yellow border for interest. Find more details and photos here.

Splash quilts are pieced and appliqué is underway!

Finishing the Splash quilts will be my July OMG, a quilt party sponsored by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Last To-Do List:

  1. Bind Curve It Up quilt  ✔️
  2. Continue piecing Splash quilts  ✔️

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Splash quilts
  2. ???

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us. Go take a look at what other quilters are doing this summer.

One Monthly Goal – June 2020 Finish!

June 29th, 2020

During the month of June, I’ve focused on finishing at least one baby quilt, and making progress on a few more.

It’s been a good month for meeting my main goal – finishing a baby quilt for my niece’s new little girl.

I did a curvy line stitch for the quilting using the walking foot.

Close up, and also two solid pink fabrics for a flange binding.

A flower motif for the center of the quilt.

Oh, plus while quilting, I decided to rip out the plain white corners and replace with printed fabric triangles.

Before quilting, and ripping out corners.

Quilted, bound, washed, labeled and ready to gift.

Two Splash quilts are well under way for two little boy quilts.

Blocks are pieced

and trimmed. Tops are actually pieced waiting for appliqué to be added.

Finishing these two quilts will be July’s OMG.

Linking to Patty’s One Monthly Goal. Thank you Patty for hosting the linky party!