Saturday, March 11, 2017

Will Work for Fabric

It is almost spring!  If you live in central Ohio, that means that it is time for the annual sewing day to make quilts for patients at the James Cancer Hospital.  In addition to the upcoming sewing day, spring means that I need to finish the project kits that I picked up at last year's event.

Wonderful people volunteer to put together hundreds of kits for the annual event.  Here are a few that I took home:

The patterns are very easy, and it takes little time to make up these lap quilts.

The kits come with backing fabric too!  We are asked to piece together the backing for the quilters that volunteer to quilt them.    Once the tops and backings are finished, they fit back into their ziplock bags.  Last year, tote bags were even provided to hold the kits!
Charity quilting is a great way to practice your quilting skills, and give back to the community.  

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Here's to a Productive 2017

I am not been very good at posting on this blog.  I will try to do better in 2017.

I have dedicated 2017 to finishing several of my works in progress.  While there are many online tools to choose from  online, I am using a very simple project list.  Unfortunately, my projects are like tribbles, and they've multiplied within my cabinets and closets.  Every time I organize my quilting space, piles of projects somehow appear the very next day.

What have I finished so far?  

I really enjoy quilting small quilts, and during those Black Friday sales, I had purchased flannel to make the 2-fabric self binding quilts that are very popular.  I followed the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  These were the baby quilts that I finished in January:

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I finished this reverse appliqué quilt:

The pattern is by Teri Henderson Tope, who is a local quilt artist and a very talented teacher.

What am I working on now?

I am quilting a quilt for my daughter on George, and I hope to share it with you soon.  While going through my stash, I found a few baby panels, and I am using them to practice my free motion quilting on my Bernina. This photo is my early morning quilting while watching Hart to Hart.

 My wonderful dog GG is telling me she needs some attention.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Wedding Quilt

While my son and his fiancé were planning their wedding, I decided that it was time to start their wedding quilt.  I asked them to pick out the pattern.  After searching the internet, they picked the Bali Wedding Star Pattern by Quiltworx.

We went to my wonderful local quilt shop, Quilt Trends, and picked out fabric. Then the fun began.  Paper piecing a queen size quilt is not a quick project!  I spent a weekend retreat sewing the rings.

I spent another weekend sewing the stars. 

It took a few additional months to put it together, and to quilt it on George.  Finally, the quilt is finished. 

The work was definitely worth it.  They loved their wedding quilt!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Things That I Love

Hello!  I thought I would share with you something that I love, like or enjoy as part of my quilting life.  Some bloggers post reviews of things, but I won't be sharing anything that does not make me happy. We all have our own likes and dislikes.

So here is something that I makes me smile:

I love this 10 inch by 2 1/2 inch ruler by Creative Grids.  The large hearts are actually made out of non-stick material, so this ruler holds tight to my fabric.  It has a 1/8 inch grid on a portion of the ruler, so I can use it to cut small pieces. Plus, I just think it is pretty.

I found mine on Amazon.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Enjoying My Day Off

Don’t you love taking a vacation day!  Today, I am trying to make significant progress on my son’s wedding quilt.  I am making Judy Niemeyer’s Bali Wedding Star.  

I had a wonderful time at my local quilt shop, picking out the fabrics for the quilt.  We searched the internet, looking at color schemes, and decided on this example from The Quixotic Quilter.

These are the green fabrics that we are using:

Fortunately, my local quilt shop also offered a class from certified instructor, Sue Wilson, to make a small table topper using this pattern.  She provided simple instructions for making this complicated pattern.

Since the wedding quilt is a large quilt, there are a lot of pieces.  I need to make 112 arc A’s and 112 arc B’s.  Judy has figured out how to strip piece the arcs! I find it a little challenging to fit 8 arcs on each strip of fabric.

I have completed 96 arc A’s, and I am working on 96 arc B’s.  I found that 32 arcs (4 strips) are manageable to work with at one time.  Here are my 96 A's:

GG is keeping me company as I quilt, and making sure I take frequent breaks to give her some attention, so I just had to share her photo with you.

 I hope to share my progress as I complete this quilt.   Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Quilting

Happy New Year's Eve!
2014 was a great year, full of fun times with friends and family.  My favorite quilt that I finished in 2014 was "Memories of Surfside Beach." I appliquéd the dolphins while on the beach with my family.  I used a pattern from Pacific Rim Quilt Company.

In 2014, I also added two new additions to my sewing loft.  The first was my APQS George, who I love!!!  The second addition was a new table for my sewing area.  A local business was closing, and selling their office furniture, and I purchased the desk as a huge discount on the last day of their closing sale.  Here is my new sewing corner:
I am hoping to participate in a New Years Eve Virtual Quilter's Luau with Pat Sloan.  I will be quilting Merry Merry Snowman tonight.

I am almost finished basting it, and will soon be ready to quilt.  I am hoping that it will be the first project I finish in 2015!  I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's George Doing Now?

I quilt using an APQS George.  Since I have a pile of quilt tops waiting to be quilted, I thought I would share with you my latest free motion quilting project.  This summer, I took a class to make a Houndstooth Quilt.
It was a fun project to piece using one of the new Creative Grids rulers.  I finally finished the quilt top, and decided to quilt it using an allover hooks and swirls design.  Here is my work in progress:

Now I just need to bind the quilt and send it off to its new home.