Monday, November 27, 2023

Organizing Scraps

On my design wall is the little quilt I finished for my friend. We decided to name it Skittles because of all the bright colors.

I quilted it with Let it Bloom 3 by Christy Dillon.
Over the weekend I quilted a massive King size quilt for another friend. We used Cherokee Rose on it. I just love this pantograph, but it is a little bit of a challenge to get it aligned correctly.
For the past couple of days I've been sifting and slicing up my scraps. This was my scrap pile a few days ago and I'm tired of tripping over it.
I've made a lot of progress. The pile is now gone and I have a few tubs of sifted scraps. I'm now working my way through them ironing and slicing them into strips and squares and tucking them into my new scrap saving station.
I'm trying to wrap up the year with all my in-progress quilts finished and my sewing room cleaned up. I'd like to start 2024 with a clean slate.

Linking with up 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Paducah 2 Finished!

I recently completed my second Paducah Log Cabin quilt, but the tight schedule didn't leave me any time to think of a new name or make a label before attaching the binding. This was because I needed to send it off with my husband, who was heading out to visit his elderly mother for the holiday.

I must say, I'm quite smitten with the final result. For this piece, I used another chunk of my William Morris earthtone fabrics designed by Barbara Brackman, from around 2012. Back then, my grasp on fabric quantities for a quilt was a little hazy, leading me to buy way too much. I'm grateful I found someone who appreciated them as they are beautiful fabrics, the colors just aren't in style. (Though, I am seeing a lot more browns lately so maybe I'm at the front of the trend this time.)

This quilt design was created by Judy Martin and is available in her Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts book. I've really become an admirer of her incredible designs.

In the rush, I managed to snap a quick photo before my husband's departure, but alas, the lighting wasn't ideal—too shadowy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed he'll capture a better shot for me upon delivery.

For a change, I also took a photo of the backside. =) I thought it looked interesting.

For the quilting, I chose the Buffalo pantograph from Quilter's Niche, primarily because it was my brother's favorite. (Though I suspect it’s more bison than buffalo in shape.) The pantograph stitched out smoothly, but if I were to nitpick, I'd say I wished for a tad more detail in the bison, especially to fill the large unquilted space inside the body. Should I use this pantograph again, I'd opt for a smaller overall size.

I used Quilter's Dream Green batting, as usual, and stitched it out with soldier green Glide thread. Unfortunately, I didn't get any good photos of the quilting. That's one of the problems with rush jobs.

With this quilt off to its new home, my gaze turns to the rest of the year. I might just be dedicated to taming the chaos of my sewing room and tackling the mountain of scraps that's reached knee-high proportions. I'm contemplating participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge next year, and Bonnie Hunter's scrap saving system seems like an efficient approach. Pre-cutting my scraps into uniform strips will surely make my next scrappy quilt project smoother. Here's to orderly chaos and colorful creations! 🌈🪡

Linking up with 

Brag About Your Beauties
Finished (or Not) Friday
Friday Foto Fun
Peacock Party
TGI Finished Friday

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Sewing Weekend

I had a friend visit this past weekend for a mini-sewing retreat. It was pretty fun. I had several of my own projects lined up to work on, then I just ditched them and worked on her projects. LOL

First, we had to make a quick run to JoAnn Fabrics so she could buy the backings. Then we quilted up this little lap quilt for her. I used the Nebula pantograph from Christy Dillon. I love how it turned out. Christy Dillon has definitely become my favorite designer so I'll be sure to not miss her 50% off sale on Black Friday.

She also picked up small pieces of fabric that coordinated with this in-progress scrappy quilt. It is so bright and fun; her niece will surely love it. If we had spent a little less time goofing off/sleeping we definitely would have finished it before she left Sunday evening.

Since it just needs another hour or two of work, I had her leave it with me to finish the long arm quilting. That is on my list for this coming week.

I did finish my Paducah quilt in time for it to travel down to California with my husband. I started a blog post on Friday but didn't get it finished before my friend arrived. I'll try to get it posted later this week as well.

I'd also like to work on my pile of quilted-but-not-bound quilts. I'd like to start 2024 with a clean slate.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Another Paducah Flimsy

The flimsy is finally finished!! I am so glad. I'm really hoping I can finish it by Saturday because that is when my husband is taking off for California to visit his mother and he'll be able to drop it off for me. I've made this quilt as a wedding gift for my brother.

I used a lot of William Morris fabrics and quite a few other earthtone fabric scraps. These are my brother's favorite colors. I really didn't like them when I started the project, but they've sort of grown on me. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

My plan for the week is to make a backing, quilt it, and get it bound by Saturday.

(This is actually the second Paducah Log Cabin quilt that I've made. This is the first one I made last year.)

Linking up with TuesdayToDo, Midweek Makers, and Wednesday Wait Loss.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Paducah Blocks Finished!

I've been hard at work this past week and I've finished making all the blocks for the Paducah Log Cabin! That's 144 for the center portion and then another 52 for the border. I'm so pleased.

For the coming week, I'd like to assemble them into the quilt. My goal is to finish this project within the next 10 days so I need to keep up my pace. I think I can do it.

Linking up with

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Nov Fri Night w/Friends

I turned my night of sewing into a full day of sewing. I'm so pleased I've finally finished all 144 of the center blocks of the Paducah Log Cabin Quilt!

I also got started on the border blocks.
To see what everybody else worked on during Friday Night With Friends, drop by Gone Stitchin'.