Finish It Up Friday

My finish for the week was the quilting on this QOV. The top was made by Sue from the Stitching Sisters a QOV group.  

 

 Here is the back. 

 The quilting  doesn’t show at all! I used Glide thread and Pellon Legacy 80/20 batting. Sue used the pattern that I shared in this post. Here is my version.

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TBT

I bought this old 1930’s quilt at a sale a couple summers ago. I just love it! 

Here are some detail shots. 

  

  

  

 Don’t you love that edging?  

 Just a bit of eye candy to start your day. 

This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭24‬ NASB)

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Work in Progress Wednesday

Are you tired of my city sampler yet?  I am making progress! I decided to skip the sashing. I don’t want this to get too big. I sewed the rows together and then flipped them on the design wall. This is how it will look with the white space at the top. 

And at the bottom. 

 And this is what I plan to use for the backing. 

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Quilts of Valor

You don’t have to hang around here very long to know that I am a big supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. I firmly believe that we are to give honor to whom honor is due and those that serve in our nation’s military are most deserving. I believe that showing honor can touch someone’s spirit in a way that nothing else can. It shows appreciation and acknowledgement of service, but it also celebrates their value and worth as a person. I believe it can soften the hardest of hearts and create an opening for healing.

This Saturday, I was able to attend a sewing day with the Stitching Sisters QOV group that I joined a few months back. I have been long arming for them since December but this as the first time I was able to meet them all face to face and sew together. I had so much fun! Kindred spirits they are!  I was given these awesome pins! Thanks, Terri!

It probably comes as no surprise that I got very little actual sewing done. I was too busy talking! But this is the project I brought to work on. 

I finally decided how to use this panel!  Here is my design in EQ7. 

On Saturday, I added the first blue border and made a pitiful handful of blocks. 

 The piecing shouldn’t take long. This quilt will be all about the quilting.  But I have a QOV in the frame to finish first. 

This is the panto I am using on it.  

If you would like to learn more about  Quilts of Valor and how you can help honor the men and women of our nation’s military visit the QOVF site.

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Design Wall Monday

Happy Monday! I am heading down to Ikea today with Daughter #1 and Little Man. I am pretty sure I will find trouble to get into! But this is what is on my design wall at the moment. 

Yep, city sampler blocks. And after playing around with this, I have decided I really like the way this is shaping up as a layout. I played around a bit in EQ7 to decide if I wanted to make any more blocks or not. 

  

 I think I prefer the white space at the top. This will give me lots of room to play with the quilting.  

 I kind of like the sashing and corner stones but need to think about it for a few days. 

I also started a new project this weekend but I will share that with you tomorrow. Linking up with Patchwork a Times for DWMonday.

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Finish It Up Friday

I love my little finish today! This was the April Challenge for the Small Quilt Talk Yahoo group that I am part of (SQT).  

The HSTs and 4 patches finish at 2 inches. I marked the quilting lines with this point turner. 

I started by quilting the diagonal lines but I shouldn’t have. Even though I was using my walking foot, starting with the diagonals began to pull it out of square. 

So I went back and did all the vertical lines before I finished the diagonals. I didn’t mark the vertical lines, just eyeballed it. As Angela Walters says, close enough is good enough!  And here is the finished quilt. 

See that border fabric? On its own, it is not the most exciting print in the world. But it really makes the scraps sing. It is what I think of as a “nothing” print because it isn’t really identifiable, you just know it isn’t a solid. These prints are some of the most useful you can buy.  

They are the “servants” of the fabric world. You know how there are people with the heart to serve others. They tend to fade into the background. Their job is often to make others look good. But nothing would look good or happen without them. That is what a nothing print does.  If you see them, buy them!

 And here is the back. 

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Jelly Rolls

Aren’t new jelly rolls the cutest things? 

So beautiful that they can be hard to even open! But I did. 

 This was a gift from Daughter #1. Isn’t it lovely? This is Amy Butler’s Hapi line.  The only downside to precuts to me, are the pinked edges. The strips are 2 1/2 inches wide. But is that measured from outer edge of the pinking to outer edge? Or is it from valley to valley? Or do I use the valley on one side and the peak on the other? 

I decided to use my strip cutter die to remove all doubt. I ironed my strips and stacked them up. I very carefully lay them on the die. 

 See the bits that were shaved off? Now I know to line up my pieces with the outer edge to get a perfect piece.  

 

 This can get a bit messy but it is worth the effort.  

 So a jelly roll from this manufacturer is a bit wider than 2 1/2 inches. Your mileage may vary. 

One of my personal challenges with precuts is how best to use them without any waste or leftovers. I’ve been playing with some designs in EQ7. 

 I’m still thinking on this. What is your favorite pattern for using jelly rolls?

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