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Monday, September 18, 2017

To and Fro Baby Quilt

Sometimes I have a post name in mind when I sit down. Today, I did not, so I went with the name of the block I used to make this baby quilt. It works well enough, I think. The block pattern is another one from Amy Gibson's Quilt Block Cookbook.

 So this is the block, or rather nine of them, each done in one color. I had to use brown, grey and the center block is multi-colored, to get nine blocks. All the triangles are from my stash.
        This is the multi-colored block. That is the name on the bin of scraps too.
 All of the triangles are cut from 5 inch squares. That is the largest piece I have in my scrap bins. I love that I was able to use so many of them.
 This is the pigs from Heather Ross' Nursery Versery line from about 5 years ago. I am so glad I found a use for this finally. I have always loved it.
 And on the grey block another piece from Nursery Versery. The itsy bitsy spider, a childhood classic.
 And here it is all quilted up with wandering loop-de-loops and fresh from the dryer. The crinkle effect on this is soooo nice.
 I decided to bind it with stripes of cream and grey. I think it gives it a classy look and I know the new mom will love it too. Plus, as a bonus it matches the back which is all greys.

        A close up of the lop-de-loops and the wavy lines I used in the borders of the quilt.

This is, obviously, the back of the quilt. I used up tons of larger scrap pieces to make the back. Some of this stuff has been in my stash for 5 years. And frankly, I love the way it turned out.
      This is one of the last pieces of this fabric that I have...Aneela Hoey...can't remember the name.
I can't wait to gift this and see the look on the mother's face. That is my favorite part. That, and knowing that it will be loved for a long, long time.
Have a great rest of the week and I'll talk to you soon. Much more sewing going on here this week.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday Catch Up

I have been home for a week and a half now and I have been doing some sewing! Yay. I have a couple of quilts in the works and also some garment sewing.

 First thing I made wast this pencil pouch for my oldest grandson. While I was in NC, we went back to school shopping but he couldn't find one he loved. So Grammie to the rescue. The TNT is his request. It is from Minecraft. Yellow is his favorite color.
ANd inside are the dapper foxes. The one with the glasses reminds me of him. I am told it arrived yesterday and that there was much rejoicing!
 Next, I ordered this Amy Butler fabric to make us some new napkins. We began using cloth napkins only about 6 years ago when I had to make 100 for my daughter's wedding. I made some for us at the time and they have been used and laundered a lot.
 Here is the set of 8 that I made. I just cut and hemmed. They were cut at about 18 inches and hemmed with a quarter inch turned under twice.
I used a coral color Aurifil to accent and went around twice to add a bit of decorative interest to the napkins. I have more fabric to make another set of 8. They are cut out, but not hemmed yet.
 Then there is this quilt that I made for my sister for her birthday. I am finally quilting it. This is the pixelated rose quilt a free pattern from Riley Blake.
         Hard on the knees and hips, but I got down to pin baste this thing.
 It only took me about an hour or so to get the whole thing basted. It looks so different up close.
These are the colors I have chosen to quilt it with. I plan to do some artsy quilting to accent the roses and the leaves. I have started it, but I will wait until it is done to show you.
Then there are these nine blocks that are being made into a baby quilt. The block is from Amy Gibson's Quilt Block Cookbook. A great book if you haven't seen it yet.
 And last, but not least is the September lesson from the Penny Sampler Quilt. This month we are tackling MPP, or machine paper piecing. We had to make two teacups.
 It was very challenging, and sometimes a bit frustrating. This one was the first and I ended up with it being a bit short on the top, so I added a bit to it. Not sure if I will go back and fix it properly, but I needed a break for now.
The other paper piecing project for this month is the diamonds in a row at the top of this quilt. I am LOVING those!! They were much easier than the tea cups.
That's all for now. Have a great Thursday friends.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Stick a Pin in It

Hi there...and I'm back. Don't have too much to show you yet, but I will in a day or so. For today, since I have been working on my Penny Sampler quilt, learning machine paper piecing, I want to talk about pins! I need help here people.

 Here is a random sample of the pins I have. A few years back I bought the colored glass head pins on the recommendation of a blogger.  See the problem here? The nickel plating has begun to come off and the pins catch going through the fabric. Those are Little House Pins I ordered on line. Kinda pricey as I recall. The white glass headed pins are from  some I bought at my LQS at least 5-7 years ago. I think they may have been clover brand and I bought them because I needed glass headed pins and I only had plastic headed pins.
 I do not sew over my pins, but in getting close to them before removing them, my feed dogs scuff them up a bit, and over time, the nickel comes off, they begin to rust and snag fabric, even though they are always in a pin cushion like this, filled with ground walnut shells.
 These are some of the pins in my "collection". Dritz, Clover and Little house brands. The ones without heads on them are for special projects from my past sewing adventures. I don't care for them as they are hard on the finger tips, especially now that I am dealing with some neuropathy.
I keep these babies separate, and really only use them to mark rows with numbers for quilt assembly. I wrote the numbers on them in sharpie. Works like a dream. So one other thing I found out is that the lower the number on the "size" of the pin, the thicker it is. Now, pins aren't cheap, at least not good ones. So my question to you, dear readers is this: Do you have a pin that you might recommend? I want one that will hold up pretty well and has a glass head so my iron won't melt it. I tried Google to research this, but didn't find much. So...can you help a fellow quilter out? What do you use and how would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?
Let's see where this takes us, shall we? See you soon with some sewing pics.
Linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Friday Finish...and Now, Vacation

Well I said I would show you my other quilt finish. I leave tomorrow to go visit children and grand children in NC so now sewing for the next two weeks. I know I won't have time to miss it since I will be very busy while I am there. So here we go:
This is the quilt, started back in North Carolina last winter. I made one block from Amy Gibson's book, The Quilt Block Cookbook. I loved it so much, I decided to make 8 more and make a small quilt of it. And then we moved and it was packed away. I got it out probably a month after we arrived, but it sat folded for a long while.

I finally figured out how I wanted to quilt it. And then, the binding, which was, in my opinion, the perfect choice.
And I did some hand quilting too. This little quilt has a bit of everything.
 Can you see the little bird in the center of the block? I copied it from the fabric and hand stitched one in every center square. There is stitch in the ditch around the star points too.
And swirls in all the in between white areas.
 The blocks are twelve inches square, as are all the blocks in that book. With the border, that makes it about 40 inches square, a nice little size.

 For the backing I sewed together two Cori Dantini panels I have had for a long time. I loved them, but could never figure out how to us them.
 They are perfect for the back of this little quilt, don't you think?
I hope you have a lovely weekend and I will see you in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Have you ever been working on a project, or projects and you suddenly have to take a detour?
 I had finally gotten to the binding point on this quilt that I started a lifetime ago in North Carolina.
               And I had started working on a baby quilt for a friend's first baby.
And I was also working on a project for a baby shower as well. Not a quilt, but something else.

And then it happened. Another friend in need. Someone with an illness in need of comfort and support from as many people as possible. So this was born:
 I dug deep into my stash to find something not to flowery and girly. I found several pieces of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille that I had been sitting on, just waiting for the right quilt. Perfect.
 I pulled lots of coordinating fabrics. I had no idea exactly how big I was going for. I used Melissa's method for making flying geese. I love it because it is a no waste method and it is quick. I chose flying geese because I find the idea of soaring birds inspirational.
 I had it together in 4 days and on to quilting. I decided to do straight line quilting, but as I started, I was unsure of how many lines I would use.

 At my husband's suggestion, I used a navy blue Aurifil thread to quilt the lines. I liked it, as it went with all the fabrics, but something was missing. So I quilted a second line, very close, in teal or red, depending on the placement. That was what it needed. Glad I had so many colors of threads. The teal was 40 weight but the red and navy were 50 weight. I just went with it.
 I added a little flag to my signature tag, using some binding scraps that caught my eye. The binding is also from Daysail.
And now, less than a week and it is done. I will be taking it with me to NC this weekend to hand it off to a friend who will see that it reaches its intended recipient. And now, my heart is at ease for having this done and I can return to the path I was on before my detour.
I will show you the other finished quilt before I leave for the east coast.
Linking up to Let's Bee Social