Cross Cut Finish

It’s not often that I finish a quilt, all on my own, within a few days of piecing it. I have a habit of setting quilt tops aside and moving on to the next project. I am really excited to show you my completed Cross Cut quilt.

It took me a little time to decide how I wanted to quilt it. I noticed a little, somewhat fractured, heart in the quilt. This wasn’t planned by me; I didn’t see it until I started looking at the quilt after the top was sewn together. See it there, a little left of center?

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My 423 quilt is 17″ square.

So I began to think about that little fractured heart, about what I should name this quilt, and how to quilt it. And just like that, an idea popped into my head.

One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

So this little mini is named 423 after that verse. Inside the heart, I made some simple curved lines to represent a spring or spray of water. Then I just stitched an echo around the outside of the heart. Nothing too risky or fancy, just keeping it simple.

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Some simple curved lines to represent the spring/spray

Here’s the echo work. I just eyeballed it and stitched away.

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I decided to use a black and white fabric from my stash for the backing, and red fabric for the binding. Here’s a picture of the stitching on the back.

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You can see the spring/spray a little if you look closely.
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Top, back and binding on display

I’m still getting comfortable with machine quilting on my domestic, so this is far from perfect, but I’m excited because I had an idea, and I actually made it work!

The black and white fabrics in the quilt are Thicket by Gingiber for Moda; the colors are Riley Blake Crayola solids. I used a spool of red Gutermann thread that I had on hand for the machine quilting.

The one frustrating thing during the machine quilting process was that my walking foot was causing some problems. I would stitch along just fine, and then all of a sudden my needle would just drop out. I checked to make sure the walking foot was on correctly. I made sure the needle was tightly screwed into place. It was so annoying. The needle stayed threaded (no breakage); it just dropped out of its holding. I used spray baste (could that be the problem, even if the needle didn’t feel tacky?) and used Warm & Natural batting. If you have any advice, I’d be happy to hear it.

So that’s my Friday Finish — my little 423.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

I’m linking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wendy

Scrappy Wednesday

Fall is definitely in the air here, bring that cool, crisp breeze and leaves falling to the ground. I spent the day yesterday with my daughter, popping in and out of the shops in our little town. It was a delightful day.

Today I have been playing around with scraps in my quilt cave. This little pile has been calling to me, so I pulled the whole pile out to see what I had.

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These scraps are leftovers from this little mini quilt I made awhile ago.

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This is what I’ve made from the scraps so far.

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I’m not sure how many stars I’ll make, or be able to make, from the scraps, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with them when they are done. I’m just going to play away and see where it leads.

Hope your day keeps you in a scrappy mood!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, Quilt Fabrication and Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

Wendy

Pieceful Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! It is a lovely, cool, crisp fall day here. Thankfully the rain has stopped and the sun is shining. The weekend was busy for many, sandbagging to protect their businesses or homes. You can take a peek at this video if you want to see what’s been happening to our usually peaceful river.

On Friday, two quilting friends and I had the pleasure of attending a Friendship Spools class by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. I had plans to take pictures for you, but honestly, the class was fast-paced and there was no time to stop and take pictures. Edyta was absolutely delightful and so encouraging. Her fabric is lovely and her method really works. I didn’t get a block finished during the class — I apparently am a slow quilter – ha! Hopefully I’ll have some blocks to show you later this week.

The CrossCut is still on my design wall. I hope to get to work quilting it today. Perhaps I’ll have a completed quilt to show you later this week.

The rest of the weekend was spent with family. Our kids were both home, and it was BigJ’s birthday, so that took precedence over any stitching!

I’ll leave you with a photo of the last little woolie I did for the Block of the Month by Jeni Gaston.

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I added a little pizzazz to the flower blossoms, playing around with a new stitch.

Enjoy today! Keep those stitches running!

Wendy

CrossCut Phase 2

I had hoped to have a finished mini to show you today, but that will have to wait until another post. However I do have a completed top to reveal.

My plan was to have some pretty outdoor photos for you, but we have had torrential rains here and everything outdoors is just plain wet. So please forgive the less-than-great pictures!

Here’s a photo of the 8″ blocks once I had sewn them all together.

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Then the cutting began once again. I was so eager to cut them out that I completely forgot to take pictures. I cut them into 6″ blocks.

Once that was done I played with them on my design board, and came up with this. Here’s my mini top, all stitched together.

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We have had incredible amounts of rain as I stitched this. No outdoor pictures, and this one was taken late at night, so not great, but I think you can get the idea.

While I sat and looked at this quilt, I think I have figured out how I want to quilt it. From that idea and a comment from BigJ, it also has a name. I’ll reveal all of that when I show you the completed quilt.

This has been so much fun! If you’ve never done this, give it a try.

Tomorrow I’m off to take a quilt class from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. I am so excited!

Linking up with Crazy Mom QuiltsConfessions of a Fabric Addict and Busy Hands Quilts.

 

CrossCut Fun

Back in August, several of the quilt blogs I follow were participating in a Cross Cut QAL. You can find the tutorial for the project from Debbie at A Quilter’s Table here.  It looked like so much fun, but I was working on some projects at the time that had a deadline, so I couldn’t participate. Those that did participate posted some incredibly fun, creative results! I was inspired, so I tucked the idea into the back of my mind for a day when I had time to play.

So, this week I am giving this a try. There is something incredibly fun and freeing about working from a basic set of instructions while adding your own twist.

For my fabrics, I am using part of a layer cake of Thicket by Gingiber for Moda. It was an impulse buy, I’ll admit. I’m drawn to black and white prints.

I also signed up for the Sew Sampler boxes from The Fat Quarter Shop. One of those boxes included a pack of Crayola colors by Riley Blake. They will pair perfectly with the Thicket layer cakes for this project.

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Debbie’s tutorial is so easy to follow, so I sliced up a few of the black and white blocks, and cut two 1 inch strips from each of the colored fabrics.

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A pile of fun color to play with!

I decided to mix it up a little and sewed one strip between two different triangle pieces.

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But wait! More cutting to come!

Next I cut those blocks on the diagonal.

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And sewed another colored strip between them.

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Now they are sitting nicely on my makeshift design board. The next step is to stitch the blocks together. Is it done then? Nope. More cutting to come! Hopefully I’ll have a finished product to show you on Friday!

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So stay tuned and see what I come up with later this week!

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.

A Week of Wool

When this time of year comes, and the temps begin to cool, I often dig out a wool project or two. I’ve had a few going already, so let’s take a look at what has been keeping me occupied this week.

I think I needed a change of pace from piecing quilts, so this week I have worked entirely in wool. I even sketched out my own design and finished it. Wool is so forgiving to work with, and I enjoy the patterns and the texture of the fabric. These little projects keep me busy if we decide to watch a show, so I often prep them during the day and stitch them in the evenings.

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I am working on two separate projects — one Block of the Month and one Mystery Block. Some of these that I am showing you today are for those projects.

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Block 3 of the Block of the Month from Woolen Willow.

And this one.

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The Mystery Block of the Month for August from River’s Edge Antiques & Quilt Loft

We had friends over last Friday evening, so I pulled out all of my fall decor to have my house ready. That put me in the mood to stitch up a few fun things for the month of October. This one will be a pincushion and will be gifted.

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This is a free download I found awhile ago of a pattern from Shirley Hudson Designs.

Just for fun, I decided to sketch up my own design and put it together. Actually it was just another excuse to use that fun black and white speckled wool. It is a piece from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop and it is really thick, soft and fun because it is reversible. In the picture below, the cat is made from one side of the wool; the bat from the other.

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Harvest Moon, before it has been stitched.

I just picked up this cute little pattern & kit by Cath’s Pennies Designs, aptly named “Let It Snow”. When finished it will be a cute little ornament. This is also a gift.

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I have one more block for the Mystery Block of the Month that I’m still stitching. I plan to finish some of these blocks this weekend.

Speaking of gifts, I was recently given this unique pincushion. Isn’t it lovely? It’s handy when slow stitching, because not only is it a place for your pins, but the spoon makes it weighted so it stays put. I love unique and useful gifts!

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Happy stitching, y’all! May your stitches be straight and your seam ripper idle!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday Roundup

One weekend each year, our cozy little city bulges at its seams with people from all over who come to celebrate The Defeat of Jesse James Days.  It is one of the largest festivals in our state. It began last night, with what the locals call “townie night”. The food vendors are open on Bridge Square and other activities are beginning, so the locals come out and play to get the busy weekend rolling. The weekend is full of food, art fairs, antique car shows, and reenactments of the bank raid. If you’re in the area, come and join the fun and see how Jesse James and his gang put our little city on the map. I may not get to any of the festivities this year; BigJ and I are sneaking away for our anniversary.

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a little quilting and sewing. Here’s my roundup for the week.

I finished this mini.

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And these three wool applique blocks for two different BOMs.

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Block 2
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June Block
June Block

You can read more about those blocks here.

I also finished this little mini quilt. I quilted in the ditch and then stitched inside the larger pinwheels.

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I finished the July block for the River’s Edge Antiques and Quilt Loft Mystery Block. I wasn’t sure I would like this block, but now that it’s done I’m happy with it.

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Those are my finishes for the week. It’s been a productive one, so I’m happy with it. Tonight we are having guests over for dinner, so I’m off to try to make my home look presentable! There are quilts to be hung!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

 

Twisted Flimsy

Twisted Flimsy — sometimes I think that could describe me, but that’s for a whole ‘nother discussion! This twisted flimsy is a quilt top that I have had done for ages. Seriously, ages.

This was a quilt kit from my sister-in-law years ago. I made the top pretty quickly, but I wasn’t sure how to quilt it. So it ended up in my pile of tops/flimsies to be finished.

Anyway, since the twisted pinwheels bring quite a bit of movement to the quilt, I just decided to stitch in the ditch. Don’t look too closely; I got a little distracted and some of the lines wobbled. I’m considering adding a few vintage buttons here and there on some of the pinwheel centers just for the fun of it. I purposely took this picture inside with the warmer light; it shows the actual intensity of the fabrics better. This quilt would look great in my daughter’s apartment, so I’ll give it to her if she wants it.

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I’ve been behind on a couple of wool appliqué Block of the Month projects, so I finished Blocks 1 and 2 for this monthly project from the Woolen Willow.

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Block 1
Block 2
Block 2

And I finished the June block for this monthly project. I’ll be working on July, August and September this week. Both projects are done on 7-inch blocks that will be squared to 6-1/2 inches when done. This monthly project is from River’s Edge Antiques and Quilt Loft. The blocks are free downloads during each month, but are available for purchase after the month has passed.

June Block
June Block

I have the day to spend with my sewing machine. The guys are going to a ballgame, so it’s just Max the cat and me here at home. Max has become completely enamored with some burlap that I have had laying on the floor of my quilt cave. He sniffs it, rolls in it, lays on it, rolls on it some more. I finally realized I could put an old pillow inside the burlap sack that I picked up at a coffee shop. I haven’t even sewn the opening closed, just flopped it on the floor. He seems to like it quite a bit.

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Today I’m going to do some practice with free motion quilting. I’m not very good at it, so I will get some practice sandwiches put together and try to be more intentional about doing some FMQ each day.

I may also pull out another little flimsy, quilt it, and get the binding on. I’ll also prep the next blocks for those woolie BOMs. That should keep me occupied for the day.

Linking up with Quilting is More Fun than Housework, Em’s Scrap Bag, and Cooking Up Quilts.

Mount Hood Finish

My Mount Hood quilt top is done.

I won the border wars and got the pieced border on — perfectly the first time. However, because I miscalculated on the blue inner border the first time around and had to rip it, I didn’t have enough of the fabric left to use for the final outer border. Here’s my remedy from my stash.

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I’m satisfied with the result, even though I really wanted the blue fabric for the outer border. The top is done, and I also hope to find the backing in my stash.

Last night I got started on this little mystery project from Jenifer Gaston at the Woolen Willow. This is my first block. I hope to get the second block ready for some stitching tonight.

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Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Sew Can She.