Finish It Up Friday

I did more than paint this week while hubby was gone, just not a lot more! I did finish two small quilts. A while back, I shared some of my ladder quilts. It got me in the mood to make another. I used these strips of my hand dyed fabric.  

And began slicing up a chunk of white fabric. I did matchstick quilting on my long arm. 

And  here is my finish!


  My next finish is at the other extreme stylewise…remember how I mentioned that I was inspired by a little quilt I saw over at Humble Quilts?  I found this bit of toile and used it to make my little George quilt. 

Here is the fished quilt. 


And the back. 


The pieced squares here finish at one inch. I quilted this one on my Bernina 1030 with my walking foot.

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Some New Projects

Yesterday was a very full day. In the morning before work, I put one baby quilt top together. 

As you can see, the piecing is simple, but I love the bold, graphic nature. It will be so fun to quilt! As I was thinking about a backing, I decided this might be a great time to make another baby quilt top and quilt both of them at the same time on the long arm. So I cut some more pieces. 

And I got this star pieced.  

 I need to add to this but it is a good start.  


The double star block finishes at 16 inches and the flying geese are each 4 by 8 inches.

After work, Daughter #3 stopped by for a lovely visit. I miss her since she moved out! She helped me make some decorating decisions on the room I have been repainting. After she left, I talked to Daughter #3 on the phone and then got the baseboards painted.
After work today, I have a meeting at church about sewing some drapes for the stage area. Then I am driving to meet a member of Stitching Sisters to hand off some QOVs. I hope tonight that I can get this second baby quilt top finished.

Hubby will be home on Sunday afternoon. I am running out of time to get all my projects done! In just a week, we will be leaving on a trip to Missouri to visit his parents. I am so looking forward to it!

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WIP Wednesday

No painting for me yesterday! I did spend a bit of time moving some things around in the newly painted bedroom. And I worked on my new little quilt that I shared yesterday. I started laying out pieces like this. 

And then decided that George needed a frame. I cut and trimmed wrong so ended up adding another. 


I got it quilted and found some leftover binding to finish it off. I got off work at 9 last night and after taking the dog out, settled down with a bit of hand binding with Bonnie.  

Have you ever watched Bonnie Hunter’s (Quiltville) Quilt Cam? First time I heard of it, I thought it odd. Watching someone quilt via web cam? But then I decided to watch one night while sewing in a hotel room when I was traveling alone. And it was rather fun! Bonnie gives tips and tricks as she sews, explains what she is working on etc. it is interesting to see a master at work and Bonnie is so down to earth and fun.

I got a bit of fabric in the mail yesterday for another project.  

This 12 inch square was not cheap. I purchased this on Etsy. It looked to be a good match for this charm square set I had gotten a while back. 

As you can see, the block is the right colors/style but more faded looking.  I think this is an old block that was scanned and is being reprinted kind of like Spoonflower fabric. I thought when I purchased that it was a regular reproduction print like Mary Koval’s line shown above.  I’m not quite sure what I will do with this now. A faded center medallion is not what I had in mind. I do not fault the seller, I should have done more research.

I want to make some more baby quilts to have on hand, especially boy quilts. I’m thinking of making some very simply pieced graphic quilts made with these solids. 

I’m itching to get something on the frame to quilt! 

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Lori at Humble Quilts posted a picture yesterday of a small quilt she had made using a kit sent to her by Wendy from The Constant Quilter. You can see Lori’s quilt here. It is adorable!  If you haven’t seen Wendy’s blog, check it out. I have followed her for quite some time. She does beautiful work!

Anyway, this little quilt of Lori’s inspired me to dig out my little 4 patches I had been making as leaders/enders earlier this year. 

Then I just needed to find the perfect piece for the center. It didn’t take me long to come across a remnant of a fat quarter that had the perfect print of George Washington. 

Of course, now that I think about it, I might have a good piece with Lincoln on it…hmmmm….

This might be the perfect project for me this week. I think I am getting more house stuff and less quilty stuff done while hubby is away. I got the bedroom painted in only two coats! Here is the paint I used:

Oops! It is Pittsburg Paints Grand Distinction and I bought it at Menard’s. It has primer in it! I think this is the best paint I have ever used. I finished painting the walls late Sunday night. Apparently too late as now I need to paint the trim. Sigh. And yes, I know I should have done that first. I also cleaned carpets and mowed the lawn yesterday so last night I was too tired to sew. Imagine that! I got my 4 patches out and George cut out and that was it.

I hope to do a bit of sewing before work this morning. Have a great day!

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Design Wall Monday -Leaders/Enders 

I finally did it. I cut up my Downton Abbey Charm squares. I did decide on making a 4 patch variation, but not the one I showed last week.  

I used my 4 1/2 inch square die and my 2 1/2 inch die. This is the waste from my cuts. 


 I can live with that!  Those of you with die cutters know that sometimes you have to snip a few threads in the corners. This is especially true if your mat is worn. This started happening while I was cutting these. I tend to not replace the mats as often as I should!  I decided to try turning my mat so the the wear lines were not parallel to my cuts like this. 

Worked like a charm! Hardly any threads needed snipping afterwards. This will extend the useful life of my mats for sure. Here are my pieces all cut. 

That pile of uncut charms at the top were pulled for a baby quilt. And if you read this far, you probably wonder where I am headed with these. Here is a finished block. 


I heard that collective groan! I was a bit underwhelmed too. But I knew I needed to trust the process so I made a few more blocks. 

 That’s better! I can’t say I am in love  with this just yet but I am going to forge ahead. One of the issues I hadn’t thought through, is that there are lots of repeats in these charm packs. Most have as many as 5 charms of the same print. And I don’t feel the different lines flow that well together.

I will be piecing the rest of these as leaders/enders.

There will be a total of 30 blocks in this quilt. I may fall in love with it yet.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I sorted out the missing hexies for my Brinton Hall quilt and am about halfway through app,queuing this green ring to its background. 

I have another bit of hand stitching I would like to get done today as well, the facing on this small quilt. 

This in not what a well done facing looks like but I was a bit desperate to get something close to a finish this weekend. I will share this little one later this week though I did give a peek of it on Instagram.

When hubby is out of town, I try to get a project done around the house. So I spent much of the day yesterday prepping and painting these small cabinets. 

 Sorry for the bad pictures. And also prepping this room for painting. 

Yes, those are magenta and chartreuse walls. Sigh. These were the only colors Daughters #2 and 3 could agree on when they shared this room. They’ve both moved out and it is time to redecorate. I must say, it makes me a bit melancholy to do so, the end of an era and all that. Anyway, the plan is to paint the walls light blue and use my red, white, and blue quilts in here. I will decorate with a vintage toy theme and those little cabinets will reside here. 

It will be a full on painting day after church today. Looking forward to that slow stitching at the end of it. Any guesses how many coats of paint I will need to cover these walls?

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Finish It Up Friday – QOV Edition

I’ve been working on QOVs this week. First up is Kathy’s from the Stitching Sisters group. 


The panto I used is called Eagle’s Landing. I love it! Here is a look at the back.

Next is Val’s. It is hard to see the panto I used here. It is called Ebb and Flow and I think it gives the feel of waving flags.


The quilting doesn’t show at all on the back! Lastly is a top made by Fran. She gave some pretty specific directions for how she wanted this quilted. She wanted to make sure it was not too closely quilted because she didn’t want it to be too flat.  

 She asked for all stitch in the ditch in the blocks, a large meander in the border and whatever I wanted in the sashing. I really wanted to quilt this more heavily but I followed the directions given. Here is a peek at the back. 

Hubby is off on a business trip to the other side of the world. I have projects to do while he is gone but I will definitely get some extra sewing time in as well!

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