Work in Progress Wednesday

I am back to working on that QOV. The majority of you said to go with the Starstruck panto to quilt it. And I was all ready to do so.

Except I just couldn’t make myself start it.

It would have been easy. And done by now.

But, I knew this top would look better with even a simple custom job. And while in the shower on Monday, it all came to me.

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Even simple ruler work takes a long time. But this compliments the top instead of just holding it together. It is also good practice since I haven’t done anything with rulers and templates for a while.

I read in my devotions this morning, that the right thing is often not the easy thing. And that goes in quilting as well as other areas of life.

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If you are looking for a lovely online community to share devotions with, I highly recommend She Reads Truth..

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Sewcial.

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Border Options

I finished my little 4 patches yesterday and put them all together.

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Now I need to decide on a border. Below you can see pictures of some of the fabrics I auditioned.

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I am leaning toward the second or last option. I would like to get it bordered and ready for quilting before work today.

Last July, when Mr. Wonderful and I visited his parents in Missouri, my sweet MIL and I visited a few quilt shops. At one, I bought a kit for a quilt. I brought it home and cut out all the pieces and sent it to her. She got it all pieced this past weekend.

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Isn’t it beautiful? She did such a fabulous job! I can’t wait to quilt this for her. I love you, Mama Mim!

I am linking up with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tueday.

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Design Wall Monday

It was a busy weekend around here with as much family time as we could pack in. I did stitch a few more 4 patches though.

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And I am happy to share with you that Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts has written a post about the quilt she made that inspired mine. You can see it here.

I also finished my pumpkin seed blocks this weekend (cue the Hallelujah chorus)!

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These will be set aside for a while. I intend to use them in a medallion quilt at some point. Said medallion quilt has not been designed yet! I just know that once I start, I am not going to want to take a 3 month break to appliqué blocks!

I also got a wee bit farther on the sock I started on the way to Arizona. (Yes, that is sock, as in singular.)

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I got half the heel done. I am a very slow knitter. And once I start feeling it in my wrist. I quit working. I hope to get this pair done by Christmas!

Linking up with Judy Patchwork Times for DWM and Marelize at Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Monday.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

This is what I am slow stitching this weekend.

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I put all my supplies in one of my vintage enamel pans so everything is handy while watching movies with the fam.

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I will finish the last of my pumpkin seed blocks!

I also got a tiny start on a new project. I was inspired by a post by Kathie of Inspired by Antique Quilts on Instagram. She posted a picture of a 4 patch quilt with tiny 1 inch squares. I love little scrappy quilts and couldn’t wait to start my own version. She kindly sent me pictures of hers. Between family and work yesterday, I didn’t have lots of time to spend on this but I did get a few blocks made.

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I love playing in my scraps!

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I am using this die for my studio cutter to cut all my little squares.

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I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

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Quilting Design

Thanks for all the comment regarding the panto choice for my QOV. Most of you preferred the Starstuck panto. I liked both. However, I decided to wait a few days and play around a bit with some ideas for a custom job. I used an app for my iPad called Adobe Ideas. It allows you to import a picture and then draw on top of it. As you will see, I am not good at drawing with my finger (not good with a pencil either!). Here are some screen shots:IMG_0695-0.PNG

 

 

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I have too much going on this weekend to focus on actually quilting this but I hope to get some more time to play with the app. This is the first time I have actually used it since downloading it but I think it could be really handy for this.

What do you all use for designing the quilting for your quilts?

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Finish it up Friday

I finally finished the QOV top that I have been working on.

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I don’t know why I have been dragging my heels for so long on putting the borders on. Anyone else hate doing borders? Maybe it was because I not in love with the border fabric. It is the best piece I have in the stash for this and I was determined not to go out and buy anything. I have done enough fabric shopping this summer! Now it is in the frame and ready to quilt.

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I just have to decide how. I originally planned to do some custom quilting but I am very tempted to finish it up with a panto and call it good. These are the two options I am considering.

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Or:

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Any thoughts?

I need to cut charms today for a swap I am in with the SQT group.

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Two sets of lights and two sets of darks.

I have missed spending time in my sewing room; but, I have felt so tired this week, I just haven’t done much. I would just love to get up in the morning and have a whole day to sew. I don’t see that happening in the near future. But one can always dream!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link a Finish Friday,and Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Never forget…

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I created this quilt in the days following 9/11. In the red stripes, I quilted the following verse:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

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