Circles and Hexies

April 18th, 2017

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter Weekend. We enjoyed having our out-of-town children visiting including our grand-daughter. And of course those who live in-town too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilting! I’m loving how the Sew All Around quilt turned out! And I’m not a pink person. But for some reason, I do like this combination of blues and pinks.

I like how the dark pink and blue binding frames the quilt.

Digging into my stash, I found this piece for the back that is perfect color wise for the quilt top.

I did go ahead and put a sleeve of sorts on the back for hanging the quilt. I put triangles in the top two corners and a tab in the center.

 

I’m using a yard stick cut to size and placed in triangles and tab to support the quilt for hanging. Using a yard stick for hanging a quilt is a trick I learned from my first quilting teacher 20 some years ago. She liked a yard stick for two reasons, they are basically flat so quilts hang nicely against the wall, and also they are inexpensive from the local hardware store.

Silly me, I should have used 2 tabs instead of just one in the center of the back! I didn’t leave a space for just one nail for hanging! I might be slitting a little hole in that tab for the nail to be centered in the back of the quilt. (Yesterday was not my best day, had a stomach bug all day, and it must have affected my brain as well. sigh)

Here is a close up of the Signature variegated thread I used for the quilting.

Do you have a favorite way to hang small wall quilts? Please share!

Last Thursday, at my Curvy Quilters sewing day, I got the hexies all sewn together into a quilt top.

I’m pondering if I should add borders. I’m also wishing I could find more of the Moda Honeycomb “From Outside In” precuts or even fabric, to make 3 more rows for a twin size quilt. But this is an older line, and I’m not finding it for sale as I search on line. I used three packs of Honeycomb precuts for ~54″ square quilt top.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Continue Sew All Around BOM, binding is next, I’m not sure if I will put a sleeve on it for hanging. ✔️ Binding and sleeve on!
  2. Continue Fusion Blanket. ✗
  3. Hexie quilt top – hope to finish piecing top this Thursday at my quilting group day. ✔️ Top pieced. Add borders or not?
  4. Enjoy Easter with family. ✔️ We had a wonderful time with family and perfect weather too.

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Get back to blanket stitching Fusion Blanket squares.
  2. Need to work on OMG for April – charity quilts!
  3. Sit Down Free Motion Quilters April BOM pattern is up and ready. Paper Piecing this month.
  4. Hexie quilt – borders or not? Figure out a plan for the quilt.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Check, Check and Check

April 12th, 2017

This month I’m participating in Gosia Pawlowska’s Sew All Around BOM. You can find it on her blog Quilts My Way or Facebook.

I’m behind. This week’s lesson is on attaching a sleeve on the back for hanging. But I just finished the simple grid quilting.

The quilting was done with a walking foot on my Janome. I used a variegated blue trilobal polyseter by Signature Size 30 for the top and a 50 weight Aurifil for the bobbin. I’m pleased with the quilting.

I’m moving along on the Fusion Blanket. The first set of squares are all blanket stitched.

I decided I’d like to make the blanket a little larger, so I stitched up more squares now waiting for blanket stitching. That means more blanket stitching in the evenings. I have continued to practice 2 crochet stitches that will be used to connect the squares. I will eventually get brave enough to share a photo of that progress! Ha!

The t-shirt quilt is now a top and waiting on the Longarm quilter. Sorry no picture. I might be getting it back to bind, if so, I’ll get a photo then. it’s large and I need help holding it up for a photo. Adult kids need to come home and help. tee hee

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List

  1. Sew t-shirts together with sashing and border. ✔️ Pieced and ready for longarm quilter.
  2. Sandwich and quilt Sew All Around BOM quilt top. ✔️ Sandwiched and quilting underway.
  3. Continue Fusion Blanket. ✔️ Part 1 blanket stitching complete, but making more squares that will need blanket stitching.

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Continue Sew All Around BOM, binding is next, I’m not sure if I will put a sleeve on it for hanging.
  2. Continue Fusion Blanket.
  3. Hexie quilt top – hope to finish piecing top this Thursday at my quilting group day.
  4. Enjoy Easter with family.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Three Projects Progressing

April 4th, 2017

I finally got myself going on the t-shirt quilt. The shirts are fused with interfacing, and cut to size. The 20 in the photoed pile below are 14 1/2″ square.

Sashing is 2 1/2″ wide. There are also 3 shirts prepped at 16 1/2″ x 20″ not photoed.

Do you recognize the figure in the top t-shirt? That is John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed. A legend here in NE Indiana. Fort Wayne has a park dedicated to him where the Johnny Appleseed Festival is held in September. The story goes that he provided apple seeds or saplings to pioneers moving west so they could have apple trees to grow where they settled. It is said he wore a tin pot as a hat, thus the pot on his head in the graphic design.

Next is the Sew All Around BOM with the blocks are sewn together. This week is sandwiching and machine quilting.

I’m calling this little quilt Mixed Berry Smoothie. The designer of the quilt made it up in yellows, gray and black and called it Lemon Juice.

My Fusion Blanket is coming along slowly.

I have 28 squares blanket stitched with 8 more to go. Then I need to sew a few more squares to get the blanket to the size I want. Then, on to crocheting. The crocheting is going to take lots of practice on my part, as I attempt to learn the stitches needed for this blanket.

I watched the 2012 version of Wuthering Heights last night, but just could not make myself pick up a needle to blanket stitch the 8 remaining Fusion Blocks above. I didn’t make any progress on the Dropcloth Embroidery Sample either. Usually, I like stitching while watching movies.

How is your week going? Learning anything new?

Last week’s To-Do Tuesday List, how did I do?

  1. Concentrate on t-shirt quilt. ✔️ T-shirts fused and cut to size, sashing cut.
  2. Next step of Sew All Around BOM. ✔️ Top pieced.
  3. Continue Fusion Blanket. ✔️28 squares blanket stitched, 8 more to go, and a few more to sew.

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List

  1. Sew t-shirts together with sashing and border.
  2. Sandwich and quilt Sew All Around BOM quilt top.
  3. Continue Fusion Blanket.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – April

April 1st, 2017

It’s April and no fooling!

I found 3 more charity quilt tops last week.

I thought I was all caught up on charity quilt UFO tops.

But while looking for a back for another quilt,

I came across 3 more tops intended to be veteran quilts.

With the tops, I had backs, batting, and even binding strips folded all together in a nice neat pile.

My goal for April will be to complete these three quilts with FMQ and binding.

Linking to

One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts.

March is Bunny Trail Month

March 28th, 2017

I’m at it again. Off on another bunny trail or two! This time with some turtles and hexagons.

Here’s the story.  The LQS has a great little shopping incentive. During the last week of January, you can buy a certificate for $25. Then mid-February through July you can use that certificate for $50.00 worth of fabric. Each patron can purchase up to 5 certificates. Spent $125 for $250 worth of fabric.

There is a catch. Your purchase has to be $50.00 or over. You can’t use it as you would a gift card. So, I make a list of what I plan to buy and try to get it close to $50 or $100.  This past week, I went with my list, but was $15 short of $100. That meant finding more fabric to buy. Not a problem, right? After all, this is a quilt store with lots of goodies to tempt any quilter!

A turtle fabric had caught my eye as I was walking around. And there were several fabrics that coordinated nicely with it. I opted to buy 1/2 yard of three prints, with the plan to make a table runner for my sister.

At my Thursday Curvy Quilters sewing day, a friend and I came up with this asymmetrical design that showcases the turtles.

Close up of quilting, which I hope looks like wavy water and bubbles, back side of quilt.

Close up of quilting on front of table runner. It only took part of 2 days to complete this table runner with piecing, quilting, and flange binding. That was Bunny Trail #1.

The next bunny trail involved a pattern I bought a while ago. It is Color Hex by Jeni Baker of Incolororder.com.  I love hexes, and liked the color wheel design.

Last summer, I bought several FQ packs while on a shop hop with my Curvy Quilters group. The FQ packs would work up well in this color wheel pattern.

I follow Jeni’s blog, she had a sale going on this past week to celebrate her birthday. How fitting, I thought, to pull out the pattern and finally make it – a celebration of Jeni’s birthday, and mine since I’m also born in March. I think the Hexies will be great spaces for practicing FMQ!

Last week’s To-Do Tuesday List, how did I do?

  1. Get back to Dropcloth Sampler. ✗ This is something I do while watching TV. But I’m not doing much of that lately.
  2. Continue Fusion Blanket. ✔️ I continued with the blanket stitching and have a lot more to go! Plus had my first crochet lesson!
  3. Continue t-shirt quilt. ✔️ Shirts are all fused with interfacing.
  4. Next step of Sew All Around BOM. ✔️ Blocks pieced.
  5. Enjoy Curvy Quilters sewing Thursday. ✔️ I worked on my two Bunny Trails.

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List

  1. Concentrate on t-shirt quilt.
  2. Next step of Sew All Around BOM.
  3. Continue Fusion Blanket.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted at Stitch All the Things and Linky Tuesday hosted at Freemotion by the River.

 

One Monthly Goal – March Finish!

March 26th, 2017

My goal for March was to complete 2 charity quilts with free motion quilting and binding.

Here are 3 charity quilts as I left them several years ago. I completed one for my February goal.

When I pulled them out of storage I thought they were just tops and backs. But I found that I had already sandwiched them and each had some straight line quilting.

Here are all three quilts, complete with simple free motion quilting, some ruler work for the straight lines (stars), and binding attached. That was a happy yet simple goal for a very busy March. I plan on tackling a larger quilt with more quilting next month.

Linking to One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts. Thank you Patty for the link up!

Bunny Trail!

March 21st, 2017

It is Spring, after all, so why not go off of my well made plan for the year and head down a bunny trail by starting a new project!?

At the beginning of this year, I kind of promised myself no more starting new quilting projects until I got a handle on more UFOs and WIP. Sigh. That latest until March!

Maybe I should stay off of Facebook, because I see so many neat Quilt Alongs, BOMs and new patterns that grab my attention. I need to say no! But I went ahead and started a new BOM called Sew All Around. Off I go on yet another Bunny Trail!

I did attack a UFO. This one I started back in 2012. The Fusion Blanket, part pieced and part crochet.

I had sewn the squares way back in 2012, and have just started the blanket stitching around them. I’m meeting up with a friend tomorrow who will be teaching me how to crochet. Next step is to crochet the blanket stitched squares together. Check out this tutorial if you’d like to start one of your own.

2012 UFO – that’s 5 years old! What is the oldest UFO you have ever decided to return to and work on?

Last week’s To-Do Tuesday List, how did I do?

  1. Continue hand work on Dropcloth Sampler. ✗ Didn’t touch it.
  2. Blanket stitching 4 1/2″ squares. ✔️In progress!
  3. Start customer T-shirt quilt. ✔️ Prepping t-shirts.
  4. Enjoy weekend with family. ✔️ It is always nice to see our adult kids and our grandchild!

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List

  1. Get back to Dropcloth Sampler.
  2. Continue Fusion Blanket.
  3. Continue t-shirt quilt.
  4. Next step of Sew All Around BOM.
  5. Enjoy Curvy Quilters sewing Thursday.

Back to Real Life

March 14th, 2017

This pretty bouquet was at the grocery store, and I could just not resist as I do love Hydrangeas. Isn’t it pretty!

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing this next quilt! It is the free motion quilt sampler from the Facebook group: Sit Down Free Motion Quilters. This week I attached the binding, so I wanted to show it one more time. I used scraps of binding leftover from previously made quilts.

And here are the three charity quilts that will go to Veterans. I attached the binding on to them this week, again using binding scraps left from previously made quilts.

Do you have a box of bits of bindings? I do like the scrappy look. Even though it does not show in the above photo, each quilt has at least 2 different fabrics in the binding.

Thursday was my sewing day with my Curvy Quilters group. I dug around for a UFO to work on and came upon the beginnings of a hexie quilt.

I had 3 packs of Moda Honeycomb hexies of the fabric line From Outside In by Malka Dubrawsky. There are 42 hexies per pack. I used the solids and some tone-on-tone line prints for the centers, and cut the remaining hexies in half, then sewed them around the center hexies. Now I just need the right fabric for set triangles. That means more shopping!

I had a simple list for this week to complete as Hubby was home on Spring Break. We had a nice week that passed way to quickly! Yet, I actually got all my little projects checked off the list this week.

Last week’s To-Do Tuesday List, how did I do?

  1. Bind FMQ sampler. ✔️ All done!
  2. Continue working on 2 charity quilts. ✔️ Quilted and bound!
  3. Sewing day Thursday with Curvy Quilters. ✔️It is always nice meet with my friends.
  4. Enjoy Hubs being home! ✔️The week went by too quickly. Sigh. Summer vacation will come.

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List

  1. Continue hand work on Dropcloth Sampler.
  2. Blanket stitching 4 1/2″ squares (a new project I’ll share next Tuesday)
  3. Start customer T-shirt quilt.
  4. Enjoy weekend with family.

Busy March

March 7th, 2017

Birthdays and Family!

In the photo above, 1 celebrated a January birthday, 2 celebrate February birthdays, 4 celebrate March birthdays. One is the odd ball out with a November birthday. My youngest daughter, missing from the photo, celebrates a March birthday! Plus 2 more missing with an April birthday and a June birthday. On March 4th we did a family celebration for all the February & March birthdays at one time. The 4th was my husband’s birthday (sitting holding up our grand daughter.) It was so nice to have 2 of our out-of-town adult children and their spouse/family come visit for the weekend of celebrations.

Hand stitching!

I’ve seen this color wheel pop up a few times over the past several years on various blogs. A class for it and other embroidery are offered by Rebecca Ringquist on Creativebug. I found I could buy the sampler from her Dropcloth Samplers Etsy shop. So I took the plunge and bought it as a Birthday present to me! I’ve been wanting to learn embroidery, and thought this sampler might be just the way to ‘wet my feet’. I had several 12 weight threads on hand from Aurifil and Superior Threads, but as you can see I need just a few more to complete the color wheel. I do have to wonder about my sanity! With all the piecing, quilting, binding of quilts I have planned, why am I taking on another project!?

How about you? Are you adding a new craft/skill to your list this year?

Last week’s To-Do Tuesday List, how did I do?

  1. Continue working on 2 charity quilts. ✔️ I’ve have quilted a few stars, pictures when complete.
  2. Continue FMQ sampler. ✔️ Top quilted and ready to bind!
  3. Set up time to meet with my friend making pillow cases. ✔️ She stitched 14 pillow cases, and I cut fabrics for 13 more!
  4. My husband’s Spring Break (college professor) starts this Friday and runs thru March 12th. I don’t think I’ll be getting much done in the sewing room. I’ll be happily spending the week with him!

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List:

  1. Bind FMQ sampler.
  2. Continue working o 2 charity quilts.
  3. Sewing day this Thursday with Curvy Quilters.
  4. Enjoy Hubs being home!

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – March

March 1st, 2017

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March is here! One of my favorite months! And one of the busiest months for my family.

I usually try to not take on anything extra during March.

That said, my goal for this month will be to finish two more charity quilts.

I finished one last month and made good headway on the other two.

My plan is to finish the free motion quilting on the last two, complete with binding.

 One Monthly Goal