A Small Finish

As you know, I’ve been practicing feathers this week. The other day, I mentioned trying to figure out how to quilt my little posy quilt and Sue, from Sue Daurio’s Quilting Adventures, commented that I should use feathers.

After I stopped laughing, and thinking that was easy for her to say (do look at her work!), I thought, what the heck? This quilt is only about 9″ x 12″ so these are pretty small feathers.

I quilted a tiny loopy pattern in the background. It is far from perfect but I like it! Pictorial stuff is outside my normal box and clearly, the quilting was too and that stretch is always good.

Have a great Saturday!

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Finish it up Friday

Here are pictures of the MissKate shelter quilt I finished this week. It is dark and dreary out so the pictures are not the best but I was busy every day this week that the sun was out!

I had to hang it sideways on the fence to keep it off the ground.



I quilted this using white Glide thread from Fil-Tec. I used a high loft Hobbs polydown batt and a panto from Urban Elementz called Loop the Loop. And just in case you are interested, there are 111,938 quilting stitches in this!

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

BTW, I am going through and cleaning out some vintage quilt kits and blocks. You can take a peek on my Sewing/Quilting Items For Sale page. The tab as at the top of the page.

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Feather Practice

I mentioned the other day that I am taking part in the Feather QAL hosted by Amy over at 13 Spools. I am reviewing the lessons from Angela Walters’ Craftsy class Free Motion Quilting Feathers. Here are some of my practice bits.








You can see that I am using up a lot of scraps of fabric and batting, just stitching the pieces down as I go.

I am always in such a hurry to get things done. I need to spend more time playing. It is fun!

Also, I had a question asking if I use Red Snappers. No, but I have created a similar loading system for my long arm using some inexpensive tubing and rope light tracks from Home Depot. You can go to this post to see the details.

Linking up with Gemma at Pretty Bobbins for IQuilt.

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WIP Wednesday

I have another little work in progress this week.

I was influenced by all the wonderful little windmill quilts made by Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts. These blocks will finish at 4 inches square.


I am really loving the vintage aqua and red look lately. I like the vintage colors much better than the newer versions in such lines as Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille.

I have been practicing my free motion feathers with scraps of batting and bits of pieces of leftovers fabrics on the long arm. I didn’t want to take my practice stuff off to quilt my tiny posy quilt so I loaded it like this:


I used magnets to attach the backing to the idle bar and the belly bar. Now I need to figure out how to quilt it.

I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday¬†and Lorna for Let’s Bee Sewcial.

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Playing Catch Up

That’s what I will be doing today! Here is the state of my binding project:

My laundry didn’t get done either. And we had leftovers for dinner. My excuse?


Babies don’t keep!

I did manage to turn this pile:

Into this:

I think I will just quilt and bind this. The flower part was the pattern for a Small Quilt Challenge back in May so I am going to call this my May challenge quilt.

Amy at 13 Spools blog is hosting a Feather QAL. The idea is to take what you have read/learned about free motion quilting feathers and actually put it into practice. This is definitely something I need to do. I love feathers! But I need practice and this might be the kick in the pants I need. I loaded some junk fabric on the frame and I intend to use up bits of batting scraps.

I took an Angela Walters Craftsy class on Free Motion Quilting on Feathers a while back. I hope to review the lessons and start using them.

Time to start that laundry before work! Linking up with Free a Motion By the River for Linky Tuesday.

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Design Wall Monday

I had another great weekend. Hope you all did as well. Yesterday, for some slow stitching, I played a bit with this:

And ended up with this:

The square in the center finishes at 3/4 of an inch. This morning I pulled out a few other vintage bits.

Aqua and red is all the rage but it is truly not a new fad! I hope to have a play with these today.

I finished quilting the Miss Kate quilt for the shelter and will bind it today. Here is a sneak peek.

IMG_1058.JPG I used some more of that thick poly batting. I still don’t care for it much.

Linking up with Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday and Marelizeries for Anything Goes Monday.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I have been doing plenty of fast stitching this weekend. I got this shelter quilt quilted.


I think some little boy will love this. Hopefully, it will make him feel a little less scared and a little more loved. I couldn’t help but think of my own two little grandsons as I worked on this. Quilting a pantograph is great praying time!
I also got this one started.


Hubby and I got hooked on the show Lost last spring. Then came the flood and summer and we took a long break from it. Recently we started watching again. I am sure we will watch a couple episodes today and I am ready with some hand stitching. First, my hexies.

And also a little experiment using the octagon template that came in the set I purchased last week.

It looks to be another beautiful fall day here today. The trees in my backyard are turning and falling.


Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

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