Saturday, April 14, 2018

Morning Star Quilt Finish

     I finished quilting and binding the Morning Star graduation gift quilt. 

I quilted an overall swirl and swirls in the border.  Here is the front.

Here is the back. I piece one leftover block into the back. 

       I have made some progress quilting on my RWB Improv Lemoyne Star.   I quilted free form feathers with a swirl filler in the 4 light blue corners.
 I love quilting free form feathers. Today I plan to tackle the pieced border between sections.  I always struggle to choose the motif to custom quilt.  
Enjoy time sewing or quilting if you aren’t out enjoying the spring.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Making a Little UFO Progress

     Spring is here in South Carolina and I have enjoyed my pretty azaleas. 
I spent a couple of mornings working in the flower beds and yard this week and was too tried to quilt in the afternoon.
    I did make a little progress as I pulled out my RWB Improv Lemoyne Star and did some quilting.
 The center section is quilted.  It is difficult to see because I used matching thread.  I stopped to contemplate how to quilt the outer section.    

       My sister used the Morning Star blocks made by both of us and pieced this top.  I have it sandwiched 

and started the quilting using a swirl motif.  The quilt will be a college graduation present for a nephew so I wanted to get busy.  

     I have pieced a couple of mug rug tops with Bible verse sayings on Printed Treasures fabric. 

I used scraps to make one sample Pansy mug rug/coaster. 
You can watch a free tutorial on YouTube by ShabbyFabrics and download the free pattern.  They offer a placemat size and coaster.  The coaster finishes at 6 ½” so I am calling it a mug rug.  

Enjoy time sewing or quilting if you aren’t out enjoying the spring.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Finishes for March

   I finished quilting the Broken Herringbone quilt and am counting it as finished even though the binding still needs to be sewn on. 

I used the quilt to practice a variety of quilting motifs; some from Angela Walters FMQ Challenge Along. 

   I quilted this dot quilt for a friend.  She will add the binding.

   My 10 year old granddaughter practiced her FMQ with the Bernina stitch regulator and used part of her practice to make a couple of mug rugs.  She machine sewed on the binding.

  I use some time to make a few mug rugs that will be gifted. Instead of binding, I finished them pillowcase style.

Hope you have a Happy Easter whether or not you have any time for sewing or quilting.

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.

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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.

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