Sunday, March 11, 2018

Still Making Progress

A new is already washed and ready to be donated.

Details: Pattern was a freebee from the Fat Quarter Shop. Fabrics are scraps from my scrap bins. The back is a gray flannel. The binding is also scrappy. Approximately 57" by 67". I quilted it with swirls - my quilting looked much better after it was washed. 😉 The quilt top was finished in January 2017; quilted and bound February 2018. 

I'm doing a happy dance!! The medallion quilt has needed binding for almost six is finally done. 

And on the bed. I need to find or make some pillow cases or shams to match. I wish you could see this in person, Barb custom quilted it and did a wonderful job.

Details: 81 inches square. I designed it using a variety of fabrics mostly from my stash. The quilt top was finished in 2016, quilted by Barbara Rienert in 2017, and finally finished February 2018. The back is a cream 108" backing fabric that I had in my stash.

I also got all of the table toppers / minis / wall hangings pinned. 

One is was a free pattern from Temecula Quilt Company. It measures 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Top made in April 2016; in the ditch quilting by me.

I think it looks great with my thread coffee mug.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Progress on the Ridiculous Piles

It always amazes me how much progress I can make just spending an hour or two sewing a night in the sewing room. My Project Linus quilt top is finished. I love how it turned out and it was such a fun quilt to make. It has moved from the "partially pieced" pile to the "finished top with back" hangers.

Check out the points on the flying geese...I used a Bloc-Loc flying geese ruler to square them up. They all have perfect points.

Town Square has the binding machine and hand sewn down. YAY, it is finished!

Details: Pattern is by Angela Walters, Midnight Quilter / Craftsy. Fabrics are a Moda solids charm pack and a Kona Cotton background. Size: about 59 inches square.

I love the quilting Barbara did on it. The butterfly fabric on the back was a bargain, wish I'd gotten more of it - I really like the colors in the fabric. So happy with this finished quilt.

And another finish!! This is a quarter of the large log cabin quilt I bought at a garage sale years ago. It is now quilted (simple meander by me) and the binding all machine sewn. Size: 36 x 48. This will become a donation quilt.

I mentioned I had two leader-ender projects going. They have moved from leader-enders to partially pieced projects.

I am one of those quilter's who raids the garbage cans for other people's scraps. One of the ladies at last year's quilt retreat let me take all of her bonus triangles from her garbage and gave me more. I'm squaring them up to 1.5 inches. FYI, I think Bloc-Loc rules are WONDERFUL - expensive, but wonderful. I should I have enough half squares to make two miniatures.

The second leader-ender turned partially pieced project are tumblers made from my 2.5 inch square scrap bin. All the rows are sewn together, now I need to sew the rows together and decide how I'm going to finish it. FYI, this barely made a dent in the scrap bin. :o(

I also got the binding added to the medallion quilt. It's going to take a while to finish the hand sewing.

Not too bad...two piles are smaller, one got bigger and no new projects were started...yet. ;o)

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Finishes

Happy New Year!!
I managed to get in a few last minute 2017 finishes...I finished the binding for three quilts.

 Gracie's Get Well Garden was donated to the silent auction at work to raise money for our local food bank. I've decided I need to do a better job of documenting the final picture my quilts. Pattern: Project Linus Mystery fundraiser - Gracie's Get Well Garden; fabric: a fat quarter bundle I won online Garden Rendezvous by Ro Gregg from Paintbrush Studio, plus a few of my scraps thrown in; the back is a flannel I've had forever; size: approprimately 55 x 65 inches; started September 2016, quilt top finished November 2016; quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished November 2017.

String diamonds ah la Bonnie Hunter. All scraps from my string bins. The red was from my stash. The back was purchased at a quilt show last year. The quilt was started in April 2014, the top was finished in April 2017. Quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished December 2017. Size: approximately 60 x 65 inches.

Glacier - pattern testing for Beth at Love Laugh Quilt. Fabric: all from my stash. Started July 2016; quilt top finished August 2016. Quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished December 2017. Size: approximately 67 x 89 inches.

It's nice to finally have these three finished...just two more that need close but they'll have to be 2018 finishes.


Sunday, November 19, 2017


Absolutely crazy. It is out of hand. I have two quilts pinned...

Seven table toppers / wall hangings read to be pinned (I think I have a hexi problem also)..

Seven finish quilt tops, six with backs...

Eight projects that are started - partially pieced (there may be more than one unfinished embroidery project there)...Oops, forgot a wool project I have stashed under my sewing table.

Five quilts that need binding...

And at least two leader/ender projects that I'm not showing here.

I do have one finish!! My Circa 2016 is done! I looked back through my blog and I can't believe I never showed the finish top. The picture is terrible and doesn't do it justice. It has wonderful Baptist Fans quilted throughout it.

All that and this bundle is calling my name...very loudly...I even know what pattern I want to use.

Yup, ridiculous.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Project Linus Progress

I'm hiding from the goblins, witches, princesses, Minions and pirates, so I thought I'd give a quick update on my Project Linus always, having a blast making these.

I cut into one of the Peanuts fat quarters I won for the next two blocks. Love how they turned out.


I not a big fan of applique. The next two are fused but not sewn down. I changed them up a bit from the original pattern...I didn't like the animals just floating in the middle of the background fabric.

I'm not crazy about the hat on my elephant...I may change the fabric...but then again, it doesn't look too bad in the picture. ;o)

Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ethan's World Tour and Other Fun Stuff

Project Linus has started their 2017 mystery quilt fundraiser. I had so much fun making Gracie's Get Well Garden that I didn't even think twice about signing up for this year's quilt Ethan's World Tour. So far Ethan has been to China (lantern), Oceania (boat), Italy (leaning town of Pisa), Germany (castle), Antarctica (blue whale)...he's also been to North America, Central America and Egypt but I'm behind on making my blocks. I'll hopefully have them made by the time the next clue is released.

During the registration, I won this cute Peanuts camping panel and fat quarter bundle. So cute!

Attending Lynn's quilting retreat has gotten me motivated to sew again. It has become a chore since it seemed like I was having problems with everything I attempted to sew, include this little quilt.

Looks easy huh? How could I possibly mess it up you ask? Easy. It's made from a jelly roll. I never know where my quarter inch seam should start...I ended up trimming a quarter inch off of all the horizontal pieces in order for the horizontal rows to fit the vertical pieced rows. What a pain. But it is done and I like how it turned out - very cheerful.

Had to stick in a picture of my favorite sewing helper.

Nancy and I went to the Falling Leaves Quilt Show in Lakeport, California on Sunday. I bid on a a silent auction item and won.

A block of the month quilt with the finishing fabrics and back for a 64 inch square winning bid: $20. What a deal! I really want to start making this quilt right now but I have so many WIP quilts that I am going to have to wait.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

The bad part of being gone for so long is...

... catching up. I'm going to start with a short post about this past week. I attended my first retreat with Loris from Luckypup Quilter. The retreat was hosted by Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting and was wonderful! You can see all the pictures on Lynn's blog, I took very few pictures.

I talk about marathon sewing at home but we really did marathon sew at the retreat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. With breaks for some really delicious food and workshops provided by Lynn. Check out Lynn's blog, she has designed some beautiful quilt patterns including the Seasonal Hexie table toppers I made below (really should have ironed them first). The first was a kit I purchased. It was so fast and easy that I made a second smaller one from some fabric I brought with me for another project.

I also worked on my Sweet Tooth blocks, the new Project Linus mystery quilt Exploring the World With Ethan, and a 17 year old UFO. I'll share more on those soon (I promise it won't be in three months 😜).