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Force Awakens Quilt Finish

IMG_2717Today I finished the little Star Wars quilt I worked on this week.  It evolved a lot since my first concept, but I like the way it turned out.  And I have a lot of left over fabric that I cut along the way, so there will be a sequel.  I wrote a tutorial on inserting the orange strips into existing blocks.

IMG_2719The back is a blue geometric, a band of of orange Fairy Frost, and a section of gray moonscape.

IMG_2716I quilted it in a six” grid with gray Bottom Line.  Then I used NiteLite Extra Glow thread (Superior) to quilt diagonal lines in the direction of the green streaks in the fabric.  I did both a long straight stitch, and #44, a “hand quilting” stitch.  This would take some tweaking to really look like hand quilting, but the forward and back stitching put down lots of thread to enhance the glowing effect.  I used this is a quilt I made my son long ago, so I know it last through years of use and washing.

Batting is Warm and Plush.  35″ x 41″


Of course, Yuri snuggle tested it, and it passed.


Coming soon to an Etsy shop near you.


Sunday Stash Report: 7/31/16

Busy week with just one finish, this commissioned baby quilt in a familiar pattern.  I did have to buy a yard and a quarter of the aqua chevrons for the backing, but the quilt used three and a half yards.

This week:  + 1.25 yards,  – 3.5 yards
This year: + 77.25 yards,  – 102.75 yards
Net destashed in 2016:  25.50 yards

I’m linking up to the Stash Report at Patchwork Times.


Black and White Finish

IMG_2650Yesterday I finished the Black and White Stars Baby Quilt.  This was a quick, spontaneous little quilt just because I came across that pile of fabrics in my stash.  I liked making the wonky stars enough that I may do another project.


The binding is a little different:  I matched it to to value of the quilt.  Usually, I would contrast it to act as a frame, but I didn’t want any more busy-ness on this one.


I used a total of eight different black and white prints (six on the front, plus two additional on the back), as well as black and white Kona solid.

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I tried a new (to me) batting.  It is thicker and heavier than Warm and White.


It was not more trouble to sandwich or quilt, but I do think it shows off the quilting a little better.

IMG_2658And it produced a very snuggly quilt, as you can see.

Hope you’ve had some great finishes lately.

I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and to Let’s Make Baby Quilts at Michelle’s Romantic Tangle.


Coral and Aqua Finish


Yesterday I finished this baby quilt.  It’s 39″ square, with 7″ blocks.


The part I enjoyed most was quilting the roses free-hand (or free range!) in the solid blocks.  Roses are all different, and can’t be “wrong”, can they?


I also liked the tiny chevrons I used for the binding.


We think it’s a success.

Hope you have some great finishes.


A Quiet Finish


2016-02-05 13.42.42The bright sunshine I’m enjoying today played havoc with taking good photos of this understated little quilt (I was just glad it wasn’t sleeting as it was yesterday).  I hope you can see how delicately feminine this baby quilt is.

2016-02-05 13.43.13I ordered the floral last month, probably for a backing, but they only had half a yard left when they filled my order.  The flowers are a blue-gray, with aqua centers.  I paired it with this beautiful mocha colored Grunge that appears to be brushed with aqua paint.  On the top I added a linen colored solid.

2016-02-05 13.43.33The back is more of the Grunge, and an aqua and mocha print. I kept the quilting pretty simple, and I love the way it turned out.  I used a variegated gray Rainbows thread from Superior on the top, and Bottom Line on the bottom.

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This worked up very quickly, of course, and I enjoyed every minute of working on it.  Wish I knew a baby girl who needs this, but it will go into my Etsy shop.

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Good luck on your finishes.  Maybe you can join us this weekend for the Sports Ball Sew In on Twitter and Facebook.  #SBSI


I’m linking up Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Star Wars Scrap Quilt

IMG_2485I haven’t yet made any blocks for the Droid Quilt Along at The Stitch TV Show, but I got all excited before the directions came out and made the back for it.  That left me with just a few scraps that I had to make into another baby quilt, just because.

IMG_2489This was my first time making the wonky stars.  They are easy enough, but not as quick as I thought.  I like them, though.  They are made entirely from pieces from my 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ bins.  The different grays give some dimension.

IMG_2486I quilted all the plain blocks with wonky stars.  I was set to use decorative thread, but then decided that I wanted the shadows to do all the work, so the whole thing is quilted, top and bottom, with Superior’s Bottom Line in white.

IMG_2488The back is made from some multi-tone chevron fabric that wasn’t wide enough.  I made the zig zag insert using blocks I had miss-cut on those other elephant/SW quilts.

IMG_2496This is headed to my Etsy shop.  If you haven’t seen all the Star Wars baby stuff on Etsy, go look.

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Boxes of Elephants is Finished

2015-10-04 09.04.53This fun little quilt was commissioned, based on a quilt I made in January.  It makes up very quickly and is super simple sewing.

2015-10-04 09.05.34I can no longer find the original elephant fabric to purchase, so we agreed on this one, in which the light and dark is reversed (cuter print, too, I think!).  That necessitated a little redesign so the colors would look good together.  The elephant print is on home dec fabric, so it makes an interesting combination of textures with the soft Konas and prints.

2015-10-04 09.05.03I quilted this entirely with the walking foot.  I first stitched in the ditch between all the blocks with silver Bottom Line on top and a teal Masterpiece (because I didn’t have teal BL) on the bottom.  Then I switched to a variegated Coats and Clarks that I used to sew a serpentine stitch along all the seam lines, crossing through the plain blocks.  I finished with nine inches of thread left from that spool!

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I used a few inches of large-scale chevrons for the binding.  This quilt is now winging it’s way to Texas.

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I’m linking up to Michelle’s Let’s Make Baby Quilts.

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September/October Goals 2015

PicMonkey CollageIt was a great month, goal-wise!  I don’t set ambitious goals, because things always pop up that I’m not counting on.  This month it was twenty-four Wonky Hashtag blocks I made for the #Twilter exchange, and a little Super Secret block.  Plus canning and travel and life.  But I like this list because it does focus me and prompt me to get a few things finished.  The UFO wall hanging is a case in point.  It was old (five years?) and I wasn’t interested in it at all.  But I dragged it out because it was the only goal I hadn’t achieved and I wanted a sweep.  I decided that it should be a throw-sized quilt (The Gold and Turquoise Quilt), which is good because there was a lot of fabric there.  I did fix the mistake in the top, and add a narrow border, and now I’m working on piecing a bunch of scraps into the back.

September Goals

  1.  Finish coastal wall hanging.  Yes!  All done, right here.
  2. Quilt and bind Christmas quilt.  Yes!  Here it is.
  3. Make a baby quilt from some floral scraps I’ve pulled together, probably D4P.  Yes!  This one.
  4. Work on UFO wall hanging.  Yes!  Decided to make it a quilt.  The top is finished, working on the back.

On to October!

October Goals

  1.  Piece and quilt Boxed Elephant baby quilt commission.
  2. Quilt and bind Gold and Turquoise quilt.
  3. Piece top from Twilter Hashtag blocks.
  4. Make new baby quilt with elephant scraps.
Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup!

How did you do with your goals?  Hope you’re at least getting into the sewing room when you can.  Happy Autumn!


Finished Baby Quilt

2015-09-07 08.27.17This quilt began with rummaging though my 6.5″ scrap bin.  I pulled together these pretty florals and semi-solids.  Some were more recent, but some were OLD and needed to go.  It is nice and square, even though it didn’t want to hang flat for the photo.

2015-09-07 08.28.22Yes, I cut the four-patches different widths.  That was a… design choice!  I kind of like it.  I was originally going to use all twelve Disappearing Four Patch blocks for the top, quilt it, bind it, and be finished.  No matter how I turned the blocks on the design wall, they looked like…well, not good.

2015-09-02 09.26.00Sashing was in order.  The #Twilters and I looked at a number of choices.  The deeper ones were appealing, but not soft for a baby quilt.  In the end, I went with a soft blue dot for sashing and a two-tone green for borders.

2015-09-07 08.27.44Quilting was lots of vines and flowers, with minimal marking.  The largel-scale quilting left it nice and soft.  I used a variegated So Fine by Superior for all the quilting.  It shows up, but echos the soft colors.

2015-09-07 08.29.15A special thank you to my photography asisstant, Yuri.

2015-09-07 08.30.34This is headed for Project Linus.

Linking to Michelle’s Let’s Make Baby Quilts and Free Motion Maverics at  Lizzie Lenard’s.

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That’s No Moon!

2015-08-26 11.22.23 pmA long time ago… no, I won’t go there.  But this is the saga of the baby quilt commission that occupied a lot of August for me.

2015-08-26 11.19.20The order was fine.  It took a number of emails back and forth to work out the design and fabrics, but that was no problem.  Neither was the construction.  I had made the basic design three times before, so all went well.  Then I washed it.

wpid-2015-08-19-11.14.20.jpg.jpegI always prewash my fabrics, with Color Catchers.  I always wash the finished quilts with Color Catchers.  I so seldom have a bleed…  I checked the front to be sure that all my Crayola Washable markings had come out.  I forgot to check the back, and I dried it.  Big mistake.

I tried Shout and two different approaches with Oxi Clean.  I never made it to the blue Dawn, because the Oxi took all the color out of my silver light saber.  Sigh.  I’m ready to do the bleach-on-a-Qtip thing before donating it, but I’m just leaving it sit for a while.  Sigh.

2015-08-26 11.21.05So, I remade it with different blue fabric, different silvery fabric, and no blue ink jet ink on the applique sheet.  Whatever it was, it didn’t happen this time.  And the finished quilt has reached it’s destination.  Whew.

2015-08-26 11.19.54I will say that my quilting improved on this last one (#5 of this design!).  And I like how the trimmings of the chevron backing fabric made a striped binding.

2015-08-26 11.21.59Anyway, stay safe out there, and watch your backs.