- Finger Lakes Log Cabin quilting/finishing
- Diamond Lane in Farmhouse Chic fabrics
- Aged Elegance bonus crib quilt
- Flower Paths lap quilt
- Log Cabin - Purple Green - quilting/finishing
- Pieces of My Heart quilting/finishing
- Deco Elegance quilting/finishing
- Insulated Grocery Shopping Bag
- Arlington Square quilting/finishing x 2
- Comet Disaster Block Quilt - pretty sure I'll be taking this one apart again.
- Broken Bricks Plaid quilting/finishing
- Morris Garden quilting/finishing
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Friday, December 30, 2022
I hoped to get all seven of my quilted-but-not-bound quilts finished by the end of the year and I made it! The final one is a Broken Bricks scrappy quilt pattern.
This is actually the very first one I made back in January, when it started out as my first leader-ender project. I quilted it back in October and it's been hanging around waiting for the binding, which is my least favorite part.
I believe I used Quilter's Dream Green batting in this one, which is actually my favorite of their battings because it is made entirely from recycled bottles. I just used MaxiLock serger thread in turquoise on this one because it is inexpensive and works fine on my Handiquilter.
I quilted it with the Dolce E2E pantograph designed by Christy Dillon. I really love this one too!
I think I am now done sewing for a few days. I've spent so much time in the past two weeks at my sewing machine that I'm tired of it. Time for a break. It will give me a good chance to think about my plans for January. I think I am overdue for a tidy up; my room is such a mess it's getting hard to work in there. I'd also really like to figure out a good system to organize scraps. They've overrun my current system and it's no longer working so it's time to look around for other options.
Well, I hope you all have an enjoyable New Years' holiday. I'll be hanging out with my feet up, not sewing, but possibly some ripping. I have some big quilts that I've decided to take apart and make smaller quilts. LOL
Thursday, December 29, 2022
After four hours of wrestling with it to put on the binding, the Paducah Log Cabin is finally done! This is the best I can do for photos right now. Our weather has been rainy and stormy so who knows how long it will take me to get a good photo of it.
I will say it again, this is the Paducah Log Cabin pattern from Judy Martin's Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts book. I made mine with a number of reproduction William Morris cotton prints. I started this project for my mother-in-law, but there was a miscommunication about the size she needed, so I ended up making her a different quilt and then made this one queen-size (98"x98").
For the batting, I believe I used Quilter's Dream 70-30 batting. I used Glide thread for the first time on this quilt and I'm still learning the correct tension settings, but it went pretty well. I actually edited the pantographs a little bit to add some tacking stitches to the beginning and end of each design because the thread is so slick that stitches will actually unravel which can be really disappointing.
I kept changing my mind about what pantographs to quilt this one with. I made at least 5 different plans, but in the end, I ended up choosing the Midsummer Dream pattern set from MyCreativeStitches because I liked that little knotwork detail, though it is hard to see on the finished quilt. I believe this is the final design I went with.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
I am trying some new patterns and this one is Kim Brackett's Sanctuary pattern from Scrap Basket Beauties book. It seemed like a fun idea when I changed the orientation of the blocks so the dark pieces were not all in alignment, but I'm not sure it was an improvement.the Adrienne pantograph and was designed by Christy Dillon over at mycreativestitches.
This was Kim's original block arrangement. I may try this next time.Midweek Makers and Oh Scrap!
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
2022 was the first time I participated in Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I learned some things about what I like and what I don't. I've been thinking about how I want to approach 2023. I've realized I don't like super-scrappy projects and I think I need to constrain the colors on my projects to only two or three colors or more carefully plan projects with lots of colors.
For my projects, I want to pick my border fabric and then make the quilt in colors to match, instead of making a quilt and then trying to find something to use for the border. (That is how I end up buying more fabric when I already have mountains of stash.) When a new color is announced, I'll go find a fabric in my stash that will work for the border then pick scraps to go with it.
I do have one project I've been thinking about working on but I won't be able to sew blocks as I go along. I'll be cutting out pieces and then sewing them up at the end. This is the pattern and fabric I'm hoping to use for the border.
I think I will be making blocks for this project. I likely won't be using this border fabric again, but I didn't have the actual fabric imported into Electric Quilt.
And I hope to continue working on my Stained Glass quilt. Last year I finished the red and yellow blocks before it got too hot during the summer to run the iron all day.
I probably will make some really scrappy lap quilts throughout the year, but I'll make them for Comfort Quilts for our local quilt guild and I'll finish them and pass them on throughout the year.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
This was my leader-ender project during the past couple of months. I finished piecing it this morning. I made it crib-size so I can donate it to the local quilt guild for their comfort quilts program. These little quilts go really fast.
I used a neat pantograph designed by Donna Kleinke called Daisies Panto 4. It's nice that it doesn't have an obvious direction so you can load your quilt either way and it still looks good. And it stitches out well.
I tried the So Fine thread again that gave me fits on my Rhododendron Trail quilt and today it was fine. Clearly, I got closer to the correct tension this time.
I had this highlighter pink batik that I got with one of my fabric scores. I would likely never use it on the front side, but it was fine for a backing.
So now I have yet another quilt to finish binding in the next week. I have so many to do now, probably more than half a dozen.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
The Arlington Square flimsies are finished!
This is a nickel quilt designed by Pat Speth from her Nickel Quilts book. This started out as a queen-size quilt but I decided I already have too many bed-size quilts so I made two smaller quilts with half the blocks. They are certainly not perfect, but somewhere mid-way through these quilts I decided done was better.
This is the third finish of my four Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for the year. The only one I have left is the stained glass quilt and I'll just go ahead and roll it over into next year.I'm linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
...before the end of the year. I can probably make it.
This is the Arlington Square quilt pattern. It's a nickel quilt designed by Pat Speth from her Nickel Quilts book. I will admit I accidentally made a change to the pattern that hasn't really turned out. In Pat's original design, she used scrappy squares through the block, not three-in-a-row as I've done here. I'm not entirely sure how I ended up making that change. It was unintentional and it did not improve the pattern.
Anyway, I spent the year making block parts with the rainbow scrap challenge and I'm trying to get this project finished before the end of the year so I can start fresh next year.
Friday, December 16, 2022
|Arlington Square designed|
by Pat Speth
(This post is overdue because last week I managed to drop my fairly new MacBook computer and cracked the screen. Oops. An expensive mistake. So my computer spent the last week in the shop and I was unable to post blog posts until I got it back so I have a lot to put into one post.)
When I originally started Pat Speth's Arlington Square pattern for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I was thinking it might take me two years to finish. One year to finish the block corner pieces, and then the second year to finish assembling the blocks and making the border pieces.
Since I've finished the other two quilts and there are still a couple of weeks left before the end of the year, I decided to try to finish this one as well. That would leave me with only one project rolling over to next year.
I pulled out all the block pieces I made throughout the year and laid most of them out in the photo below. I made about 10 each month and I used whatever scraps I found, including uglies, but I only used white fabrics for the light portion.
Since I made so many quilts with white scraps this year, I actually ran out of them. Towards the end, I had to start cutting strips off yardage so I figured I might as well cut out the fiddly border on my Cricut. It definitely saved fabric because if I had cut them out by hand, I would have cut 6.5" strips and then clipped off the corner. Instead, I was able to cut out the little white triangles for the pinwheels from that bit of fabric.
I cannot believe it's already been another year! Wow, this year went so fast. I didn't actually remember what I'd put on my 2022 list so I had to go back and look for it. First up, I said I wanted to finish an average of one quilt per month. I exceeded that. Since I finished so many scrappy quilts, my count exceeded more than one quilt a month.
|Dunrobin quilt for my mother-in-law|
|Judy Martin's Snake River log cabin quilt, finally finished|
|Bonus Unbeweavable lap quilt.|
|Judy Martin's Paducah's log cabin quilt flimsy.|
|A bonus Rhododentrail Trail lap quilt, mostly following the original pattern.|
|My version of the first Sewcialites quilt. I created my own layout.|
|Aged Elegance quilt|
|My version of the Rhododendron Trail. I changed the sashing.|
I also said it would be nice to learn how to applique and foundation piece. Yeah, I forgot about that one, though I did make a quilt with foundation-pieced blocks. I still have a lot to learn and need more practice, but I think I did decent for my first attempt.
|Pieces of My Heart flimsy|
|Jade Garden quilt|
|Diamond Lane quilt in Farmhouse chic fabrics|