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EPP English Paper Piecing!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

No, I really didn’t get sidetracked! I am just finally caught up on a year long project and decided to share the progress!

These pieced hexies are for my Temperature Quilt. I didn’t get all the fabric together until February. Since then, I have been trying to do two hexies a day to get caught up to present. I reached that goal this week! I have all the hexies pieced through today. But I still need to get caught up on stitching the daily hexies together into months. January is under way, left side of the photo. Each hexie is showing the low temp of the day in the two outer pieces, and the high of the day in the middle.

Another EPP project that I’m finishing is prepping for a class at my local public library. I’ve put together kits for each person to make a little rosette. And now I’m working on a few simple projects to show what you can do with the rosettes.

I need to stitch this rosette down to the fabric. It will be displayed in the 5″ hoop.

And for my To-Do list for this week, I did finish the purse made from a man’s suit.

I’m calling it the Midtownman Purse, that was the tag inside the suit. There is black ribbon stitched under the Midtownman tag, wrap the ribbon around the center buttons as a closure for the purse. I left the strap/ribbon long, which can be shortened to fit the build of the gal receiving this purse who wanted it as a crossbody purse.

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

  1. Sandwich baby quilt. ✗ Hmmm. No, but I did buy a batting for it today.
  2. Finish purse. ✔️ Ready to deliver this Friday!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Sandwich & start quilting baby quilt!
  2. Work on UFO – Dresden Plate Table Runner.

It’s been a crazy week with my son and his family living 2 hours away but driving up to house hunt. After staying with us Thursday – Monday, they drove home late Monday just to get a call from the Realtor that a new listing will be available to look at Wednesday morning. They are driving back up tonight! Phew! I hope they find their dream house soon!

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linking Tuesday.

Terry Cloth + Teddy Bears = Baby Quilt

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

A finish!

The baby quilt using a terry cloth robe is pieced, appliquéd, quilted and bound.

Here is the little teddy popping up out of the terry cloth pocket.

And here is his friend peeking around the ‘corner’ on the reverse side of the quilt.

I hand embroidered the eyes, nose & mouth on both teddies and then used a machine blanket stitch to attach them to the quilt. I love the little smirk on this one, it is as if he is saying,”Tee hee, you don’t see me!”

Quilting is simple diagonal lines stitched with the walking foot attachment.

Binding done by machine.

Teddy in a pocket side of the quilt.

Teddy peeking around the ‘corner’ side of the quilt.

Quilt folded over to show both teddies.

Here the terry teddy quilt is all bundled up and ready to deliver.

Quilt Facts and Thoughts:  The finished quilt measures 39 1/2″ x 42 1/2″. I was given the terry cloth robe with only a request to turn it into a baby quilt. That is called Creative Freedom, my friends! I purchased Moda Grunge to use with the Terry, with the plan to make the simple quilt as pictured above. The bears are machine appliquéd using Misty Fuse. I used Aurifil 50 weight, color 2745 for piecing and quilting. Color 2340 for the teddy appliqué.

Design – I thought using the pocket with an animal peeking out would be cute, and my daughter suggested using a teddy bear. Once the two sides were pieced, I thought the reverse side also needed a bear so I created the fella peeking around the corner. Once all appliquéd and pieced, I decided to use a thin batting and settled on Hobbs Thermore batting for quilted clothing, which I had in my batting stash from years ago. The terry was not the easiest fabric to work with, especially removing the pocket and belt loops! But I do like the final results.

Have your creative juices been flowing this week?

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

  1. Finish terry cloth robe baby quilt.  ✔️ Done! Happy Dance!
  2. Start baby quilt for newest great niece. ✔️Cut, cut, cut, and piecing done!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Working on the other baby quilt (newest great niece quilt.)
  2. Start order for a purse.

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

One Monthly Goal – April

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Baby Quilt!

My goal for April will be to make a baby quilt start to finish.

I bought a Tula Pink Spirit Animal Fat Eighth pack from Quilts Plus in Indianapolis, IN. And soft pink yardage for the background and back from Edwards Sewing Center in Fort Wayne, IN.

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


Plans change!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

A few things got added to my week that changed my sewing plans. Those few things were my son and his family coming for a visit  Thursday – today! Instead of sewing, I had grand children to rock, read stories to, bake with, and play with during their stay with us. Did I mention in an earlier post that they are moving back to our town? They did some house hunting during this visit.

I did sneak in building another teddy bear for the terry cloth baby quilt.

This one is peeking around the border.

Tomorrow I’m sewing with friends. My project will be starting the newest baby quilt.

I’m using Tula Pink Spirit Animal fabrics and a soft pink for the back ground and backing.

How was your week?

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

  1. Finish terrycloth robe baby quilt.  ✗
  2. Start baby quilt for newest great niece.  ✗

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Finish terrycloth robe baby quilt.
  2. Start baby quilt for newest great niece.

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

One Monthly Goal – March Finish

Monday, March 26th, 2018

March goal met! Which was to finish the Chopsticks quilt top. I did that plus pieced the back!

I’m really liking this top now with the added oranges!

And what about this back!?

I’m sure you can tell that the center strip are the triangle pieces cut off the sides to square up the top. The light print and dark green print were both used in the top. The orange floral was just a perfect match to finish up the back, and was the end of a bolt – meaning sale! from the LQS. I usually don’t make symmetrical backs, but for some reason this one went in that direction. I’m planning to practice several different free-motion quilting motifs in the triangle blocks.

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

Terrycloth Robe Quilt

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

What do you do with a bath robe when asked to turn it into a baby quilt?

How about an applique Teddy Bear popping out of a pocket?

My plan is to use the robe as one side of the quilt, and the Moda Grunge Hits the Spot as the other side of the baby quilt. I removed the pockets and belt loops from the robe which will let me cut a 33″ x 35″ rectangle from the robe, and also cut strips to use for a border on the Grunge side of the quilt.

I’m thinking Teddy is looking kinda cute with his embroidered eyes, nose, and mouth!

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

  1. Start baby quilt for newest great niece. ✗ Oops! Got bumped for the robe quilt.
  2. Practice FMQ! ✔️
  3. Quick trip to watch grand kids for our son & DIL. ✔️

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Finish terrycloth robe baby quilt.
  2. Start baby quilt for newest great niece.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Spring Break Week

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Hubs is home this week. We originally talked about doing a short, maybe 3 day trip, but he opted for a stay-cation. That is fine with me, because I’ll put my time into sewing!

Chopsticks is moving along. I like it so much better with the added orange fabrics.

I still have a way to go to complete this top.

Here’s another idea, how about shopping during my stay-cation!? A new quilt shop opened just 30 minutes from me. The Red Barn Quiltery, and they are holding a Grand Opening this week.

20% off everything! How’s that for celebrating!? What a great way to hold a Grand Opening! I bought thread, needles, and pins. Photo from shop’s site.

Plus I might have bought a few things at a shop hop last week …

25% off rulers and 50% off the rotary cutter!

Now back to regularly planned sewing!

I hope your are all having a grand week of stitching!

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

  1. Catch up on Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along – Yes? No? At least I’m working on it!
  2. Piecing Chopsticks top – still working on that too!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Finish up Chopsticks top.
  2. Practice FMQ!
  3. I love a spray basting wall for larger quilts

Linking to To-Do Tuesday

One Monthly Goal – March

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

My goal for March will be to finish piecing the Chopsticks quilt top.

I might need one more row of blocks, 10 triangle blocks, so the quilt will fit a bunk bed.

Linking to Patty’s One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts. Hop over and join in!


Shopping for Chopsticks

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

What do you do when you are happily sewing along, think you have all your blocks completed, lay them out, and gah! Don’t like the quilt!?

What I decided to do was buy more fabric!

The Chopsticks quilt just did not have a good balance in the orange color family.  When I laid out the blocks, I saw my mistake. Sorry, no picture. I had a nice range of greens, but only 2 oranges the exact same color. This quilt needed more variety in the orange family.

Today I pieced the additional orange blocks. The blocks are going together rather quickly! Tomorrow I’ll lay them out and hopefully make headway on sewing the top together.

Fabrics for back and binding. I hit a good sale on a shop hop last Saturday. 25% – 50% off!

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

  1. Piecing Chopsticks blocks. ✔️
  2. Finish piecing top for Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along. ✗
  3. Hosting Curvy Quilters group. ✔️

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Catch up on Angela Walters’ FMQ Challenge Quilt Along
  2. Piecing Chopsticks top

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – February Finish

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

My goal for February was to organize everything for the temperature quilt I want to stitch this year.

I pulled fabric from my stash, and bought the rest in 1/3 yard pieces.

I even got the fabric organized by temperature in to this little storage bin.

I dug around the studio for needles. And then bought better needles while on a shop hop.

I started stitching with a 12 weight thread from my stash, then bought Presencia thread for hand embroidery,which is working out much better.

After playing with the pieced hexie shape, I changed it and settled on the wider base center, instead of the ‘V’ center.

I have settled on using the high temp and low temp for each day. The center piece of the hexie is the high of the day, and the two side pieces are the low of the day. I’m stitching them together with a thread the color of the low for the day. I’m only using four thread colors.

Now that I’m all settled on fabric, pieced hexie shape, needles, thread, and technique, it’s time to get cracking and caught up. It’s slow going right now, but with making 365 hexies this year, I figure I’ll be a pro by the end of the year!

Instead of using a whip stitch on the back side to attach the hexie pieces together, I’m doing an embroidery stitch on the right side. I’ll show more about the stitch once I’m better at stitching the hexies together. One of my goals for 2018 is to learn, and hopefully enjoy handwork!

I’m linking to One Monthly Goal over at Patty’s blog Elm Street Quilts. Go check out the other goals meet for February and join in for March!