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!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Finishing out 2017

     During holiday sewing time I made some more microwave bowl holders in 2 sizes ( 10" and 15") This is the first time I have made the larger size.  There have been times when I could have used one so now I have one.  A couple will be gifted.

     I worked on finishing up this hexagon table topper.  I started English paper piecing with the New Hexagon quilt along and decided a lot of handwork is not for me.  I machine pieced 2 hexagons to finish the number needed.  Next I pulled out paper and ironed flat seam allowances (trimmed a little) to then machine piece the hexagons all together.  I layered batting and backing and sewed together pillowcase style so I would not need binding to finish the edge of all the hexagons.  Now it still needs quilting.

        As 2017 comes to an end, I finished another lap quilt for church.

Here are closer photos of the quilting. 

      Even though I only finished a couple of quilts from my listed goals, I am satisfied.   I finished and donated 1 Quilt of Valor,  2 kid quilts to my guild for the children’s hospital, 1 wall-hanging to my sister’s guild for silent auction,  and 10 lap quilts to my church (which includes 2 JoAnn class samples). I made 5 quilts of various sizes which were gifted to family and friends and 1 full size quilt I kept for myself for a total of 20 which does not include a couple sets of placemats and many mug rugs along with many other sewing projects.  I’m counting 2017 as a productive year for quilting and sewing projects even though I still have numerous UFOs and WIP.

     As I look toward 2018 I hope to continue to make progress on finishing up UFOs.  The AQS blog recently shared hints for prioritizing UFOs.  I usually store projects in 2.5 gallon ZipLock bags. Here are 8 projects I pulled to take a new account and make a plan for finishing in 2018. ( This is not all my UFOs.)

My red, white and blue LeMoyne star improv quilt is partially quilted.  I would really like to quilt a mystery quilt top that has been waiting many years.  A graduation gift quilt has not been started. That is plenty to work on in the new year. 

Be Safe for your New Year celebration.

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Projects

       On Nov. 6th I posted quilting project goals for the end of the year, hoping that would help give me focus to get them done.  I’m not sure how much it helped.  In this holiday season certain projects have taken precedence over those planned. The Circle Back lap quilt was finished and given.  The appliqued Double Wedding Ring lap quilt was finished and taken to church for a comfort quilt.  I have done the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting to stabilize the RWB Lonestar (Lemoyne star) improv quilt, but I have not given any thought as to how I want to do the rest of the quilting. There has been no progress on the scrappy rainbow anvil blocks or any Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.
The green, blue and yellow string blocks were partnered with hour glass blocks and are pieced into a charity top.  

 I also pieced 2 charity lap quilt tops NOT on the plan – Giant Swoon and 4 Patch Change Up – which tells you why progress was not made on others ON the list.

        Some holiday gift projects interrupted other work.  I made a scrappy small purse as a gift for one granddaughter. I found the directions here.  I did lengthen the strap and I used D rings to attach it.

I made an 18” doll chair from PVC for another granddaughter.  You can find the tutorial here. I may make more.

A few holiday mug rugs also were quick projects.

I enjoyed time with granddaughters.  I baked and put together 2 small gingerbread houses for them to decorate. 

Hope you are getting your holiday projects done.  Enjoy this holiday season and maybe find some time for sewing or quilting.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Project Progress

    I hope many enjoyed time with family and friends for Thanksgiving.  I did.   
      As I was preparing for the holiday break, I did make some time for sewing and quilting.  I finished piecing this giant Swoon top for a church comfort quilt.  I used lots of larger scraps plus one light background fabric.  It will wait a few weeks to get sandwiched for quilting when my group meets before Christmas.

    Then I worked on one of my UFOs.  I sandwiched the red, white and blue improv star inspired by a show of “Sewing with Nancy”.  I will truly miss having new shows with Nancy to teach and inspire me as she has for so many years. 

     All the stitching-in-the-ditch of borders and around the large center star is done so it is stabilized.  Now I need to think and plan the rest of the quilting.  That might wait a bit as I have an idea for a couple of Christmas gifts that I want to make. 

Hope you enjoy some family time this season.  However, maybe we can also enjoy a little sewing and quilting.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Completed Quilt and a Quilt Top

     I spent most of the day focused on comfort quilts.  I finished quilting and binding the double wedding ring quilt.

I am pleased with the free-motion quilting using motifs I had not used before.  I quilted S curves in the small melon areas.
I tried out Angela Walters’ bracket motif on the outer edges before the border and stitched parallel lines to the edge of the double wedding rings. They create a great texture.   I was not sure how to turn the corner so I stopped the parallel lines on the diagonal.

Then I finished piecing the 4 Patch Change-Up quilt top.

 Holiday projects probably need to be the focus for the next few weeks.

Hope you have a break to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends.   

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Progress and A Finish

 1.  The second Circle Back quilt is finished and ready for the mail to gift as a house-warming gift. Today it was put in the mail. 

 2.  Quilting is in progress (about half way done) on the appliqued Double Wedding Ring lap quilt.  I quilted S curves in the melon areas. 

3.  I have 31 green, blue and yellow strings blocks waiting on the alternate blocks. Today at church quilt group I found some fabric in our stash but did not have time to cut it up or sew.  I also chose fabric for 2 other comfort quilts in progress, one of which is the next. 

4.  The pile of leader/ender 4 patches have been sewn into 16 patches and are part of a planned top.  Inspired by an episode of Sewing with Nancy called “Change-Up Patchwork” of which I was reminded when I saw the blocks that Wanda at is working on.  Here are the blocks on my design floor. 

I still would like to get more accomplished before Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.