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.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Progress on UFOs

     To begin the year I took a quick inventory of UFOs and pulled 8 ZipLock project bags to focus work on. 

I have decided on the following 12 projects:

1.    Score 1 from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters - from 2015
2.    Four Patch Swirl ( stack ‘n whack blocks) - from 2007
3.    Gypsy Wife type quilt from orphan blocks – from 2015
4.    Rainbow Wonky Star quilt - from 2017
5.    Rainbow star and brick quilt - from 2017
6.    Scrappy anvil quilt with alternate quarter square blocks - from about 2014
7.    Scrappy anvils with string centers inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s Wild Child quilt - from about 2014
8.    Scrap Dance Waltz seen on From My Carolina Home  - from 2017
9.    Cat child’s quilt - from 2013
10. Graduation gift using nickel squares - to begin now –due in May
11. Finish quilting red, white and blue LeMoyne star improv – from 2012
12. Quilt Day Bee Mystery quilt - from 2015

  Project progress in 2018 is off to a good start.   I have pieced 4 blocks for the graduation gift and have 2 more blocks that are in progress. The pattern is called "Morning Star" from Nickel Quilts: Great Designs from 5-Inch Scraps by P Speth and C Thode.

The Scrappy anvil blocks with alternate quarter square blocks is almost a top.  The center is together and just needs a border of the dark blue.

     I also took some time to piece Perkiomen Valley blocks to help make Thomas Fire Relief quilts. Here is a photo of 4 blocks in 2 layouts.  You can find out more at .

 During the year c
omfort quilts will interrupt the work on my own projects but I feel encouraged that the list to focus on will help me finish more UFOs. 

Hope you enjoy some time sewing or quilting!