Friday, September 23, 2016

The Joy of Finishing!

I have been happily sewing and quilting this week, and am finishing things!  In fact, I have finished four quilts so far this week, it's just been so much fun that I don't want to stop.  Replacing the needle bar thread guide has definitely improved the quilting problems I have been struggling with for the past couple weeks.  Thread breaking and stitch skipping has not been the problem it was before so I am relieved to be back in the groove.

Two of the quilts were just like this one that I made earlier this month.  It's a panel with two borders of coordinating fabric added.

One will be going to California, one to the quilt shop, and the first one I am keeping for myself! It's just such a beautiful fall quilt I couldn't resist.  Plus that my husband really liked it as well!  I also finished this quilt with some awesome Chickens on it.

It's already been claimed and will be traveling off with the Fall panel quilt tomorrow.  Since I was in the quilting groove I decided to finish the next quilt on my list as well - I decided to just meander quilt it and am happy with the results.
This one will be listed in my Etsy Shop later today!  I only have one more small quilt basted right now, so I guess I'll have to get busy and have another basting day soon and get more tops ready to quilt.  I'm not even close to getting to the end of my UFO pile and I have plenty of tops that are ready to be quilted.  I want to get them off my list first so I can focus on finishing several projects that have been hanging around for way too long (like my Crazy Dear Jane quilt, Joy, and Farmer's Wife!).  I have a couple of shop samples to work on over the weekend, and happily - no alterations on my plate, so lots of time for quilting!

I'll be linking up on Finished or Not Fridays on Myra's Blog - it's fun to share and to see what everyone else is working on - join us!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Road Home, Day 6

Are you ready for another amazing day on the Road Home Row Along? I am blown away at how awesome the rows have been so far!

September 22

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Miniature Quilt

It was so hard to pick what my second entry should be in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I finally decided to go with the Miniature Quilt category.  Miniature quilts are one of my favorite kinds of quilting.  I've made mini's of all kinds over my years of quilting, in many different techniques.  My favorite so far this year is this one:

This was a miniature version of a lap quilt I made.  It measures 11 1/2 inches square, including the binding.  It is made from Island Batik fabrics, and I made it as a prize for a giveaway in a blog hop sponsored by Island Batik.  The winner was quite delighted with it!

Here is the back - I had fun with the quilting on this one, and really like how the stars pop on the front!

You can see how small those squares are in this shot - the squares are 1 inch finished.  Not the smallest I've ever pieced, but small enough!

Go check out all the categories at the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Have fun getting to know some new bloggers and enjoy all the great quilts.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Modern Quilt

It's that time of year again - the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I've enjoyed participating in this several times as the event has grown every year, and look forward to seeing all the wonderful entries.  This year we can enter two quilts in different categories.  It's so hard to choose, but this quilt is one of my favorite quilts that I have created this year, and I think I was successful in designing a modern quilt using Batik fabrics (from Island Batik!)

This quilt was made using a package of 10 inch squares (Florida Oranges) and was a quilt that I think really made me grow as a quilter!  The simple piecing set the stage for me to do some more elaborate quilting on it, which was a lot of fun.

As I worked my way through the marking of straight lines and quilting some freehand wedges I was really inspired to try some different techniques and stretch my skills as a free-motion quilter.  The open spaces invited me to quilt spirals and swirls.  I was challenged to try to add more dimension by adding dense quilting in some areas and open channels in others.
I was delighted to receive a blue ribbon in my county fair for this quilt, along with a positive comment on my quilting!

 It was fun to see it hanging there, it really makes a statement!  I call this quilt Solar Flare - it measures 72 x 72.  I used Aurifil thread in a light gray to quilt it (50 wt) and Warm and Natural Batting.  

I hope you like my quilt as much as I do!  Make sure you check out the rest of the Modern Quilt Entries as well.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bountiful Table with Island Batik

I'm back and finally got the picture taken of my project for Island Batik. This months challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is Bountiful Table Toppers.

I love table runners!  They are not only fun to make, but they don't take a whole lot of fabric either! They are usually fairly quick, and they are really a great way to add a touch of color to your home.  I love to change them out for the seasons - they really are so versatile.

I made two different table runners - the first one is made using 5 inch squares, plus about 5/8 yard fabric for the back and 1/4 yard for the binding!  That means you should be able to make this table runner for around $20.00 - you probably have a scrap of batting big enough for this if you make many quilts at all!  The pattern I used is my own design - Fall Charmer.  The fabric I used was a set of Stamps by Island Batik named Tradewinds.  I thought the colors were great for fall, and the fabrics have a nice seaside theme, giving this table runner a fun and playful look!

I love that at first glance it is fall, then at second glass you see the beach theme!  This runner is available for sale here in my Etsy Shop.

The second table runner is a fun project I made using the Cake Stand blocks I sewed using the 10 inch squares I had left from my May project.  This is another fun project - also quick as it uses four pieced blocks, setting triangles, and a border!

I thought this was such a fun project that I wrote up a pattern for this one as well.  I decided to name it Celebration.  I think it has such a fun and festive look, that it's perfect for a party!  This one is a bit bigger, about 60 inches long and 18 inches wide.  I think it is a really fun modern looking quilt even though the blocks are very traditional.  The bright colors and fun batiks make it so sunny and bright!  The 10 inch squares were from the Florida Oranges Stacker and the yellow triangles are from the Caribbean Splash collection.  The orange border is is from the Lavish Line.
I liked it so much I decided to make a second version!  The green setting triangles are from the Caribbean Splash line and the red border is also from the Lavish collection.  These will be available for purchase as well as soon as I can get the listings finished (if you would like to purchase one of them, let me know and I can send you an invoice via paypal right away).

We had a great time on our trip, but I am glad to be home and looking forward to doing some quilting this week.  I missed sewing over the weekend, but it was really good timing for me to be away as the thread guide on my Juki Tl-2001qi had broken off and I was waiting for the new one to arrive.  It came in today's mail, so now my machine is all fixed and ready to go.  I'm going to be a lot more careful sewing netting from now on - that's how I broke it!

Today is the next installment of The Road Home Row Along!  Here are our new rows for the day:

September 20
creates Denmark
Heleen Pinkster
creates Netherlands
MooseStash Quilting
creates Alaska
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
I can't wait to see the new rows! I know I will find some new favorites, and so will you!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Grandma Time

One of my favorite things right now in my life is being a Grandma!  It's such a special thing -  I really enjoy spending time with each one of them.  They are a bit noisy and tiring, but so cute! I am so grateful to be close enough to see them a few times a year, and see them as they grow and change.  We went to the music store today and little Jovi was excited to show me the pink guitar at the music store - she says she want it for her birthday.  Then we took a trip to Target.  Asher was excited to buy a spiderman glove.  He was hoping it shot webs, but it only made sounds...but he was actually ok with that.  He still owes Grandpa 8 favors for the dollar he was given to help him save up enough money.  Cole is funny - he loves his video games - or any other game.  We played Go Fish several times yesterday.

It's fun to have a break from sewing, but I get a little bored without my sewing machine and projects to work on!  I laughed when Asher said he was bored in the music store today...I said that I was bored too, I wish it was a fabric store!  I doubt that I'll go to any this trip, I'm a little outnumbered by the men this time, but maybe next time.

Today was sports pictures for the boys and a soccer game for Cole.  In the rain...luckily we scored a $5.00 umbrella as the sports club was selling off their extra stuff!  We have a football scrimmage later this afternoon, so it's a busy day.  I just might need a nap later!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


I had planned a post for today, but unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the item I wanted to show you, and we are away for the weekend!  So next week, I promise!  Today you can go visit the blogs on the Road Home Row Along and enjoy them.

creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
creates New Milford, Connecticut

Make sure you comment and enter the drawings - there are lots of great prizes available, and download the rows from Craftsy so you can make a quilt with them. 

I'll be back next week with my table runner post - and probably some cute grandkid pictures too!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day Three of The Road Home Row Along

We have four more great rows available today!  You won't want to miss these - make sure you download the patterns even though you won't be using them right away, because I am sure you will want to make them eventually.

The Road Home

Travel to the world today on these blogs:

September 13
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City, Utah
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
creates New Zealand

I can't wait to share my row later this month!  Here is a little hint about part of my inspiration:

We had a wonderful hike at one of our special places.  It was very foggy, but not very cold or windy, so it was a good day for a walk!  Of course, I had to take a selfie :)

I did a lot of pattern work this weekend...I have something new to show you, but I'll save that for tomorrow!  Just a hint - this month's Island Batik challenge is Bountiful Table (runners).  I think you will like what I have to share.  Have a wonderful day - go get some steps in, and make sure you sew a little as well!