work in progress
Last week, I finished quilting on 3 quilts! Two are twin sized, and another queen sized – what was I thinking! Anyway, I spent Friday preparing bindings and attaching them, then Saturday and Sunday stitching. I have finished bindings by machine, and I’m sure I will continue to do so on some occasions, but I do love the act of hand-stitcing a binding in place. Even when I don’t seem to have the time.
Stitching the binding down, gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and snuggle with the quilt too. It does help that I’ve gotten rather quick! I just have half of one of the twin quilts to finish.
I’ve been working on the nuts and bolts of my book too. Fabric calculations usually require an extra cup of … Read More »
The hard part about writing a book, is not being able to share the quilts I’m really excited to be making! Over the last month, I’ve completed tops for 9 of the 10 projects in my next book, but I saved the most laborious for last. I wanted to be able to focus, and not mix things up, which I haven’t done yet (knock on wood)!
The project includes some strip piecing – which I like to use a shortened stitch length for. This keeps stitches from unraveling when I cut my segments.
Any guesses as to how many half-square triangle units are here? I cut all of these with my Go! cutter last week, there’s a few quarter-square triangles too. Then I spent two days of sewing to get to a … Read More »
Hi friends! Since wrapping up Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I’ve been sewing non-stop. I have a book due in January, and with the holidays nearly here, I’m rushing to finish as much as I can now! Like, all of the piecing.
The way I tend to work, takes over the kitchen table, and I would love to be done setting up and putting away (daily) for a month, while I quilt everything downstairs.
It’s a lot of work, but I always enjoy the bits of frantic energy!
Even if I do question my decision when it’s time to trim things up. It’s not always perfect but it is getting done!
Next June I will be teaching at the Small Town Quilt Show, right here in my little valley! High Valley … Read More »
With fall setting in here, I’ve got lots of little projects that I want to get to, along with the things I have to get to, before the holidays. I’ve saved a pile of wovens, and linen fabrics for napkins, that I still haven’t touched, but I have started a few other things!
Last week I pieced this quilt top with some adorable AdornIt fabrics, and had to bust out the new roll of batting, to quilt it! Love all the possibilities that this bolt represents :
Fyi – it’s a 90″ x 40yd bolt of Warm & Natural
Shopping last year before Christmas, I found this crocheted garland, and fell in love. It’s been on my mental list of to do’s ever since.
Yesterday, I got started by practicing my stitches again. It’s been a while since … Read More »
I’m working on a little of this, and a little of that lately. Friends at AdornIt asked for a quilt (in a hurry) with these sweet prints, and thankfully I had just the project in my files already! I cut it out in an hour, yesterday, and look forward to sewing it up this week.
Last week I was having fun sewing up a new table runner pattern! It will be a free pattern available next month via Baby Lock. I’ll let you know when the pattern goes live!
I wanted to show the versatility of the pattern, and sewed it up twice, and I’m still trying to decide which is my favorite.
With the cooler weather here in the mountains (we had our first snow last week!), I’ve … Read More »
As you might recall, I’m working on my next book. I’ve spent time over the weekend organizing my thoughts, and selecting fabrics that I would like to use for each of the projects. I always try to work out a balance of colors and styles in the fabric choices, so that it is widely appealing and something that I’m proud of!
These pretty piles represent the first of 10 projects I need to sew in the next few weeks. I always get excited with the start of each project, I love when I’ve finished all the hard work of calculating and cutting, and can sew and enjoy watching the progress.
Random question for you : Do you have quilt patterns that you’ve never made, because you want to alter the size/borders/layout slightly?
I’ve got another … Read More »
Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway last week! I love reading about your favorite colors – it sends me to my color card to check out all the different shades!
Linda is the winner – I have an email out to you Linda, please reply to claim your prize :)
I’ve been working on this quilt, over the last few days – I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day, but it has been fun to work on! It’s not black and white, just took the color out until I can post the finish – any ideas on the fabric line(s) included?
More soon –
Hi there! With just a couple of weeks of summer left, in these parts – I’ve been doing my best to live it up, and have fun with my kiddos. Last week we spent most of a day at a water park, and came home entirely exhausted, but full of excitement to go again – they are all at the perfect age to really enjoy going places like that, and actually have fun! No pictures though – water and electronics don’t mix, and I’m accident prone enough that it could be a problem :)
I’ve been working on this hexie table topper in the evenings. I started with the solid in the center, but I’m thinking it needs to come out, and eliminate the solid plans that I had. I love the “value” hexies, and plan to continue growing … Read More »
Sometimes slowing down and doing handwork can be so rewarding! Not only does it go everywhere I go, but it helps me to slow down and take time to think about the stitches, but also LIFE in general. I feel like summer is getting away from me and hope that I can enjoy the last few weeks with my kids, and have a little stitching on the side too.
I pulled out a couple different groups but ended up loving the vibrancy of these prints! The papers are from Three Kitchen Fairies, and lovely to work with!
I’ll keep you updated as I stitch. Any handwork in your life right now?
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Last week I finished all my Dancing Stars blocks and was so excited to put them together into a top.
It took me a couple nights of intense sewing (the best kind, right?) and multiple episodes of Parenthood on Netflix – I have a quilt top!
98 blocks 6″ each, set on point; the top measures 60″ x 68″. I actually started piecing the blocks in March, and worked on it when possible for four months.
The prints are a variety from my stash, with a white on white print from Architextures, and this Chambray print by Rachel Ashwell, I love the touch of texture the print adds. I’m adding this top to my quilting cue, and hope to get to it soon!
You can make your own Dancing Stars quilt too … Read More »
When I originally pieced this quilt top, I called it my Scrappy Solution…four years later it’s quilted! This pattern actually made it’s way into Modern Basics, as Twisted Bars, if you are interested in making your own.
I had thought I would add a binding then show it off, but it won’t be happening this week. Getting all the details into posts for Blogger’s Quilt Festival is taking up my sewing time. Here’s a few details in the quilting -
I did loop-de-loops over the main area of the blocks, and in the corners where the square is formed I tried a few different things, before I decided to quilt the graduated loops. I’m having fun quilting with the Crown Jewel! Of course, I did pin this top three times before I … Read More »
Hi friends – I’ve been having fun quilting, and wanted to share a few pictures with you, and a great sale happening online this weekend!
My days are choppy with Owen in Kindergarten, so I worked on this for two afternoons, while he had fun playing with Lego. I had to look back through my archives to find when I pieced this top – I’ve had it hanging in the closet for a while…turns out it was four years ago! I plan to add a scrappy binding soon, and I will share more photos.
I cut and prepped pieces for a new tote for Market too! PB&J is super soft and I had just enough to cut all the pieces – more soon.
I’ve been working on Dancing Stars blocks as I can … Read More »