Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Winding Ways is Finished

I love how this quilt turned out - it was a lot of work but so worth it. :)  I would say that the winding ways quilt pattern with all of its curves is not for the feint of heart!

I was having some trouble trying to come up with a name for this quilt and all along I have been referring to it as the Winding Ways quilt so I guess the name has stuck. ;)

before fix
While I was quilting it I had a needle break and it caused a flaw. I was very disappointed but there was nothing I could do about it. I had thought about patching it by appliqueing a small piece of the same fabric to cover the flaw but I thought it would draw more attention to it.  At this point it is just a bit of shredded fabric that caused a few tiny holes but I do want to stop it from getting worse. It could potentially turn into a hole in the quilt top over time and I hope to prevent that. So, I decided to put a few drops of Fray Check on it, front and back, and pressed it with an iron and I will just leave it as is.

after using Fray Check
I have extra bits and pieces of fabric left over from creating this quilt so I took a 4.5" piece of the same fabric that was flawed as well as the backing fabric and I tucked them in behind the label before I stitched it down to the quilt. If the flaw ever becomes an issue, even in the distant future, there will be a piece of fabric to fix it. This quilt is for my niece Kim and I will let her know that if she needs it the fabric is available. I think it is a very good solution. :)

This quilt finished at 69" x 77" and was quilted with a light pink thread. I quilted it using a Dragonfly panto and when you look at the back you can really see the dragonfly motif. Love it!!!

back of quilt

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Customer Quilt



I recently quilted this wonderful quilt for Marjie. She did such a great job putting it all together and I just love the colours and fabrics that she used.

Marjie provided a wool batting and it gave the quilt a wonderful puffiness and texture.

She chose the Maple Syrup pantograph and I used a dark green thread that matched the top and backing perfectly.
Maple Syrup Panto

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pinwheels Flimsy

I was in the midst of working on this quilt top when I had to set it aside to work on a couple projects that needed my immediate attention. It turned out perfectly fine but I really should have written myself a little note about what my plans were. ;)

I knew that I had planned to add a flying geese border and I had enough geese made to use for the borders so I went ahead with sewing everything together just as it was. I made 4 pinwheel blocks for the corners and as I was finishing sewing the final edge to the top, I realized that I had intended on including another border between the flying geese and the plain border. Oh well, I wasn't about to change it and do all of that ripping so it is staying just as it is.

The quilt top is approximately 78" x 84" and it was really tough to find a place to spread it out and take a photo. I was challenged by space limitations as well as that wonderful sunshine streaming through the window in my front door but I think you can get a good idea of what it looks like. It is a very simple design and I just love it. :)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

So Much Fun!!!



Oh my goodness, I had a blast making this little quilt! As a matter of fact, as I was quilting it I was just belting out some ridiculous lyrics...all made up of course. ;)

I took the last stitches in the binding last night at around 10:30 pm and that was way ahead of my morning deadline. lol

I have decided to name this quilt Exuberance because every time I look at this quilt I smile and feel a sense of joy. I know that sounds weird but that is how I feel. I think it has a lot to do with the bright colours and the fun but simple design as well as the exhilaration of needing to get it finished so quickly. This is just the prescription that the quilting doctor ordered and that I need to follow. Quick, easy, fun and colourful are just what I need when I feel bogged down by so many long term quilting projects. I think I need to make more of these!!!

Exuberance finished at 51" square and is quilted with yellow thread. The pantograph pattern that I used to quilt it is called Popcorn.

I don't know what colour the child's nursery is nor do I know the sex of the child but I do think the Mom-to-be will love this quilt. More importantly I think the child, whether a boy or girl, will love it and will be able to use it and enjoy it for many years to come.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lovin' It!


finished flimsy
Wow - I am feeling so good about this little quilt! I have added the borders and I think it is just adorable and very vibrant. :)

The backing is made and everything is loaded onto the long arm.





I have chosen Popcorn as my pantograph and I have already done one row. I think it will look very cute when it is all finished.

Now, I am very confident that I will have it ready for tomorrow morning. Once I have the quilting finished I will add the binding and then I will watch movies tonight while I hand stitch the binding to the back.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Scrambling!!!


starting point on Wednesday pm
Wow...time does fly by and I am in 'catch up' mode! I have had quite a few things on my plate for the last couple weeks and even though much of it has been quilt related it did not really have anything to do with actually making quilts.

My last post I showed a photo of some quilt block parts that I had started to put together for a quilt that I need for a baby shower that is taking place on Saturday - that is THIS Saturday. Oh...my...goodness....

I had done some sewing since the last post but not near enough progress was made and when I got into my sewing room yesterday afternoon I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. There was nothing to do but get at it and get it done.

These are monkey wrench blocks that will finish at 5" and I had many of them sewn into sets of 3 rows and I also had a few that still needed to get to that stage. At least I wasn't starting completely from scratch. :)

finished blocks
After piecing all of the blocks I cut the sashing and the corner stones and starting joining everything together. I like what I see!

Thursday am start
I left off at 10 pm last night and then got back at it at 6:15 this morning. When I started this morning I worked on finishing up sewing the blocks and sashing together and then I added the narrow red border.

I am very pleased with my progress even though things didn't always go to plan...
oops...we all do it :)
I still need to add the outer border and make the backing. I am really hoping that my fabric for the border works because I just don't have the time to mess around. I have to work today until 7 pm and I am hoping that I will have the energy to cut and add the borders tonight. Tomorrow I will make the backing and do the quilting and put on the binding. I keep telling myself that I can do it. :)

lovin' it!
For now though, I have to get ready for work......

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A New Baby Quilt


I have been trying to decide on a quilt design for a baby quilt that I need to make for an upcoming baby shower. I have pulled out all sorts of fabrics from my stash hoping that a design or plan would come to me from looking at the fabrics but I was really having no luck at all. What the heck...I have all of this fabric and absolutely no ideas would come to me. I know that I have been going through a bit of dry spell when it comes to creativity but this really is quite ridiculous if you ask me!

Thankfully we have the Internet and all of the wonderful resources and eye candy that it supplies to us daily. I became reacquainted with a Bonnie Hunter design called Little Monkey and I decided that it was the one. It really is a traditional block that is not too difficult to make and it looks so cute!

Time had flown by and I just didn't realize how close the birth of this baby was until I got the invitation to the baby shower in the mail the other day. I have just about 2 weeks to get this quilt made and that really won't be a problem now that I know what I am going to make. ;)

I have pulled out lots of 2.5" hsts from my bins (as long as I had at least four of each fabric) and I cut more as well from my 2.5" strip bins.

I had a bin stashed away that contained a whole slew of twosies made from 1.5 squares and many of them were in sets of at least four so I was able to take advantage of those as well. As a matter of fact, there were many more than I actually need in this bin - yippee. These twosies were leftovers from a long ago project and I am very happy that I saved them!