Finishing 2015

I didn’t get to everything this year and was very surprised at how “little” I had done.  I have not done as much blogging about quilting this year as I had hoped, 2016 should bring more of my projects to life as I now have a better understanding of how to “post” but will keep learning and making mistakes.

Here is the list of what I did accomplish for 2015

  1. Card Trick, Top only. I was going to add photos of The Musketeers from my favorite BBCA show and that delayed me to the point of not doing it at all.
  2. Round Robin #1, Top only. Features a Black and White cat for the center and then following people in the party add boarders.
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  3. Round Robin #2. Paper Pieced Cat on 3 blankets. My first time doing Paper Piecing. It was very interesting.
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  4. Round Robin #3 was started but has not come home yet. Kitty in Purple.
  5. Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt from Ebony Love’s website “English Manor”. It was fun using various fabrics I had around the house trying to keep it red and blue based so it wouldn’t get to wild. Then I had it quilted on a “big” machine that I rented from Just Sew Studio. It took about 3 hours to quilt it but it’s all done and on my bed.
  6. Then there was a special request from my daughter for a Watermelon Pillow, not just in watermelon fabric. that would have been easy. Final result from the very fuzzy fabric, she loves it.
  7. Applique pillows for my parents RV to replace old ones from 5 or 6 years ago.
  8. Halloween table runner. I love Halloween, my favorite holiday. I had fabric and didn’t know what to do with it at a quilting weekend.
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  9. Wedding table runner and 4 placemats. embroidered date of my stepson and new wife wedding date.

    They love them.

  10. Pot Holder sets for Christmas. 1 Leaf, 2 circles, and 1 square. A first for me as well using special heat reflecting batting.
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  11. Also scrap bag holders, made 2 of them.
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  12. Log Cabin Pillows, made 5 sets for Christmas gifts
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So not a ton of actual quilt tops done but lots of quilting being done. Lots of trying new items to quilt.

I hope that 2016 brings you great quilting times.

Tell me what you have done new this year?

Applique Pillows

A simple request made by mother “Please redo the coverings of these two pillows.” I won’t scare you by showing the original pillows that I made for her over 10 years ago. The stuffing was coming out of the middle of the pillow due to the fact that the fabric had gotten too thin. So what is a good daughter supposed to do…upgrade them.

A while ago I found this wonderful pattern by Amy Bradley designs called Campers. They were so adorable and versatile that I had to buy the pattern. Applique pattern to be precise. Now I’m just learning how to do applique but I figure everything in quilting is a little forgiving so why not applique. If interested in Campers just follow the link but you also search the web to get the best price. It was all pretty self explanatory however I am glad I did have a little experience with the fusible interfacing.

Tan Camper

Tan Camper

I really enjoyed picking out my fabrics. I actually used camping inspired pieces with little s’mores and chocolate bars, yumm. I was even able to get in some free motion quilting on my Camper inspired pillows. Actually my BIG inspiration came from the fact that my parents snowbird in Arizona at an RV park. I am hoping that they appreciate the Camper/RV pillows with all the little extras, like buttons for wheels and door knobs.

Purple Camper

Purple Camper

I hope my feeble attempt at these pillows inspire you to create and try something’s only scary once, maybe twice!

Let me know what you decide to try and how well it goes.

Happy Quilting.

Farmers Market-Block 1

Eggplant and Zucchini

So I have begun the Applique learning project. Pat Sloan’s Farmers Market quilt Block 1. Tracing, cutting, and ironing special shapes onto fabric. Pat’s book is really easy to follow. So here are pics of my first attempt. I am hoping that by the end of this I will be able to sew it the applique more smoothly.  Have any of you been nervous about doing applique?

Eggplant and Zucchini

Eggplant and Zucchini

Close up of stitching for Zucchini


Close up Stitching for Eggplants

New Adventure – Applique

Earlier in July Pat Sloan came to Minnesota for the Quilters Market. She gave a presentation at the Barnes & Noble at Har Mar Mall that evening. I was fortunate enough to attend!  Pat is a really lovely person. I picked up her book, which she signed, yeah me!!  I used one of her Applique techniques with great success. Her books are very clear and well structured for the newbie to experienced sewer.

Pat is starting a new FREE block of the month Sew-Along, featuring her Farmers Market quilt. So grab out your fabric and sew along with me as we follow Pat’s instructions and see how easy this is. Go HERE to see what you need to start.  We begin next Wednesday August 12th but don’t let the timing stop you from joining. Save the downloads and start when you can.

Adding on

I recently completed the quilt top to a Downton Abbey quilt along made up by Ebony Love. I didn’t have many fabrics from that line and just wanted to use what I had, so the quilt is a bit scrappy and crazy but that’s ok as it wasn’t my intention to make it look all the same. However when placed on the bed the side panels didn’t drop down far enough for me, so now I am adding a small 6in economy block to each side. Having sized it in EQ7, I think it turned out rather well (the individual block). I have 29 more to make so I better get busy.

Downton Abbey quilt top courtesy of Ebony Love's Quilt Along

Downton Abbey quilt top courtesy of Ebony Love’s Quilt Along

Economy block add on to Downton Abbey Quilt Top

Economy block add on to Downton Abbey Quilt Top

Starting again

Fresh start at the middle of the year is expected right…well only when the first half has been crazy and a person forgets that they have a couple of blogs to post to instead of just on facebook or the occasional twitter tweet.  The last half of 2015 will be great with success stories of what I managed to accomplish on my quilting and perhaps a new viewpoint to offer.  Thanks for reading. Happy Quilting.

So far…

Christmas Ribbon pattern that Tami and I have made up to Row 5 out of 7 or 8 if we have enough fabric.

5 rows

Chevron Quilt

I am currently working on quilting “echoes” into my daughters Chevron Quilt. This one was so easy to put together. The kit came with a 10in layer cake set, binding fabric, and white fabric. I only had to cut the white down to 10in pieces and match them up to the layer cake squares and cut them in half. The rows came together in one day.

All layed out and ready to sew.

All layed out and ready to sew.

My daughter even had picked out fabric for the back without knowing that is would be used for her quilt. 20140701_170022

However I am struggling with the quilting lines…someone keeps trying to help me out. IMG_20140713_182701 20140713_182813

I am hoping that I will be able to finish it up this weekend so she can use it on her sleepover. Wish me luck.

Happy Quilting.

It’s Done!!!

I finished it!!  It’s been bound and just this weekend I brought myself to wash it. I also picked up a pack of iron-on quilt labels, that will go on tonight. It’s then ready to be used, as no pieces fell off in the wash :D. Just in time to show it off at the quilting weekend where I am going to start the next one.  I need to take a completed photo for you to see the backing fabric, which turned out to be perfect for the quilt top and all it’s colors.

Oh, and don’t worry, I’m not done quilting. I have 5 more to start along with attempting an applique wall quilt that I bought in Michigan. Wind in the Whiskers Pattern Set by McKenna Ryan. I love cats and am looking forward to having something soft on my walls.  Here is a link to the set but you can search for it anywhere. I bought “Don’t be Koi”. I just can’t start out with an easy pattern.

Happy Quilting!

Putting it together

I have finally got the courage up to start in on the quilting process myself. A new learning experience, another first for this quilt. I has certainly challenged me with putting new blocks together and color matching. Now for the actual quilting. I’ve watched and rewatched videos on walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. Both “scary” but you have to start somewhere. The experts say “just need to jump in and go”, so I started with the walking foot. Doing a nice easy center square and then outside squares, there not to scary when you get started. Now for the design part. Making Diamonds on the first sashing. It went well considering how big this quilt is but as long as I took my time it was all good. The outside sashing, in picture, went ok. A few of my Diamonds are a little squished but i’m ok with that, learned something again. 😀

Quilting my Diamonds in the outer sashing area.

Quilting my Diamonds in the outer sashing area.

To finish off the border HST, I thing I will try the free motion. Nothing fancy just block w/in blocks. I might even get brave enough to quilt around the flowers in the center medallion area. I’m thinking they need to have a little more to hold it all together.

This was a long project and it feels good to be so close to the end. I can see myself taking a nice long nap wrapped up in it.

Until next time, Happy Quilting.