Batiks and babies are on my mind here at Pieceful Thoughts today. While I am procrastinating on other projects, I pulled out some batik strips and whipped them up into a quilt top.
The batiks are leftover from two other quilts I made, one for my daughter and one for friend who let us stay at her cabin. They are bright greens and blue batiks; very calming and fun to work with.
The pattern is a free download I found a few years ago. I used this pattern for my daughter’s quilt, so I knew it would be easy to do again. However, I miscalculated in one step of the cutting so things don’t quite match up correctly. No matter, this is going to be a practice quilt for me as I learn free motion quilting.
Babies and Baby Quilts
Both of the finished baby quilts are in their new homes, and just in time too! One of the babies has arrived. A beautiful little girl named Sophia Joan. I can’t wait to meet her and see her with the quilt. The day I took the picture, which was, of course the morning I was handing it off, was rainy and cloudy, so the pictures aren’t the best. I hope to have some better ones to show you soon!
The Mini Periwinkle Quilt was given to my cousin Deb, who is the grandmother of the soon-to-arrive little girl. We are all waiting, (im)patiently for her to make her appearance! Here’s a picture of the quilt, taken on yet another very wet, dark day. This pattern is from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and the fabric is Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique.
The rest of the week has been spent secret sewing, in anticipation of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! I’m looking forward to sharing my project with you!
My big finish for the week is the superhero quilt, but I can’t show the whole quilt to you yet. So — I thought I would do a review of my June finishes today. I’ve worked on quite a few little projects this month.
June started with this trio. Two woolie BOM blocks and a little patriotic mini that is 6″ square.
The patriotic mini is just right for July 4th, so I’ll use it when I decorate today.
I received this fabric from a friend and made this little pouch. It holds my little quilting tools. This is probably my favorite finish of the month. I love the fabric!
Then I pulled out some leftover batik blocks and made this quick runner. I’m not sure whether this will stay with me or be gifted at some point.
I enjoyed a lunch with two friends during the month, and I wanted to bring something for them. So I made two more little pouches. They are so much fun to make, and the ladies were delighted to get them.
We took a trip in June, which took me away from my sewing machine, but I did manage to take this little mug mat with me. I finished it up when I returned home.
I also finished the top for the wedding quilt, which is currently at my longarmer. I hope to have that back soon, ready for binding and then gifting!
So all in all, it’s been a good month! What have you been stitching on this month? I’d enjoy seeing your projects!
The wedding quilt blocks are completed, so it’s time to begin playing with the layout. I hope to do some of that today, and maybe even begin sewing the top together. I could really use a big room with a design wall about now, but my floor space will have to do.
I had this scrappy batik runner in my stash of tops that need to be finished. The runner is made from leftover scraps from a larger quilt that I made for my daughter. I finished it last night, stitching the binding while watching a show.
After I had prepped the batik runner, I decided to have some fun and make this cute little pouch. A friend had sent me the fabric, which I absolutely love. It’s so bright and cheery! It’s about a 9-inch bag, and I think it may be the new home for some of my sewing notions. The pattern is a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial called the Zipper Pouch. They are quick and easy to make.
Speaking of sewing notions, I decided to sign up for the The Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler (I have always been a sucker for surprise boxes) and this is one of the notions I received in May’s box. I think I’m going to be using these often, since it seems I’m always hunting down bobbins to match my thread.
Well I’m happy to report I finished the little snowman mini. The binding was a bit of a bear, using 1-1/2″ strips, but I do like the narrow little border. I’m not sure where this mini is headed, whether it will stay with me or be gifted.
My task for the day is to get these fabrics washed and prepped for a wedding quilt. Normally I don’t wash my quilt fabrics, but the blue batik mixed with the lighter colors is making me just a little nervous. I want to make sure the batik won’t run, so washing it is!
The wedding quilt will be large HSTs using the Vast pattern from Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle by Jeni Baker. The bride wanted the above colors based on a quilt of that pattern she saw on Pinterest. Admittedly I really wouldn’t have needed the pattern. For some reason, I thought the Pinterest picture was from the book and might have some info on the fabric line. It wasn’t the same; however, I think I managed to follow the color line with the fabrics I chose. The book would be a great addition to the library of a beginning quilter, so I may gift it at some point.
I hope to pull another UFO out of my stash and work on that today too. We’ll see how much I get done.
My quilting has been interrupted by several different things this week. Most of them have been good. One of the high points of the week was quilt group. Who doesn’t like to spend an evening with a whole gaggle of other quilters? It’s always fun to see what the ladies have been working on.
One quilt that was shown was a postage stamp quilt. The woman showing it was completing the hand quilting on it. This was no small quilt — a very generous queen (if not a king) and, if I understood her correctly, was done before strip piecing became popular. In other words, think 1-inch squares sewn together! She indicated she had spent 250 hours handquilting it. 250 hours!! It was a beautiful yellow quilt, complimented with other pastel colors. I regret that I did not snap a picture.
A surprise gift was given to me by one of the ladies. Isn’t this little pouch cute? I had given her some batik fabric, and she thanked me by making a little pouch out of some of the pieces. I am absolutely delighted.
I am working on a mug rug for a secret pal swap due at the end of April. Here’s a peek — not much to see, but I can’t show the whole thing yet.
I ordered this book by Katie Fowler — An Artist’s Journey through Wonderland. It will be a good book for me to read every now and then, to remind me how to think about my creativity. I’ve never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but she puts the story in a whole new light for me.
Next week I head up north for a conference, so there will be little time for quilting. However, I get to visit with fun people, and I get to spend time by the water.
A high point of this week was giving the batik quilt to its new owner, Deb. She was delighted with it, so that brought much joy to my heart. My dear friend and fellow quilter, Connie of Turnberry Lane Machine Quilting & Design, does all the longarm work on my quilts. She is amazing.
I chose the pinwheel pattern because it reminded me of the sun sparkles on water, of the walk from her cabin to the lake, and of the lovely colors in her cabin. It was made using Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats Bluegrass precuts.
The superheroes quilt top is all pieced, and is now ready for borders. I’m hoping to get to that today; we’ll see how my day maps out.
What am I up to next? I have a couple of mug rugs I need to get done, I need to work on a mini quilt for the Creativity Challenge, and I need to finish the design work I’ve been doing. My next large quilt project is a wedding quilt, so fabric shopping is in the near future!
Hope your weekend is all you want it to be! The sun is shining here (for the moment anyway), so things are looking up!
Well, as much as I’d like to say that my weekend was spent celebrating International Quilt Weekend, that hasn’t been the case. I had a busy weekend outside of the quilt cave. I did get a good day in today, however, so I made up for it, I guess.
I’ve made progress on the superhero quilt. Not much to show, since I’m in the slow process of piecing. It needs to be accurate, but I’m trying not to let my perfectionism get the best of me on this one. Sometimes I can get just a little too fussy and it ruins all the fun. The next step will be to play with the layout — the fun part!
My batik quilt is done and ready for binding, which I finished tonight. I’ll post a picture after I’ve given it to my friend. I can’t wait to give it to her — hope she likes it! Here’s a little sneak peek.
For the rest of the week I hope to get some design instructions typed up and on their way. I also need to get my woolie BOM done for March since April is right around the corner.
We have another winter storm headed our way for tomorrow and Thursday. I’m ready to hole up in the quilt cave while the snow flies! I thought it was interesting that my Facebook memory for today was a snowstorm last year that left about 11 inches on our deck. We’ll see if there’s a repeat.
It has been a fun and productive week here in my little piece of the world. The quilt cave has been humming, and I am satisfied with the work I’ve done.
What was I up to? Well . . .
I made this.
Tankini Table Runner from Atkinson Designs
This wonky little piece is made from the leftover cuts from the Sashed Half Hexi quilt below. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet.
Then I made this.
#pixiebasket from tutorial by @fabricmutt
I finished my February woolie BOM from River’s Edge Antiques and Quilt Loft.
I finished the top of my mini Sashed Half Hexi.
I am finally a little more satisfied with my crayon work from last week’s Creativity Challenge. I’m still working on this week’s challenge — a smash journal.
I took my batik quilt to my longarmer. I am very excited about what she is going to do with it!
I’m still working on my elephants — over halfway completed! Yippee!
And I had a few good times over coffee with friends.
I need to give the hubs credit for his effort this week. We have one little hallway that needed painting, so he had it on his list to get done this week. (The painting has to happen before the closet doors can be put in.) He removed the vent cover in the hallway and left the area for a few seconds. In the meantime, our cat ventured into the hallway and — you guessed it — hopped into the duct and took a tour to who knows where for the next 30-45 mins. I did alot of talking into a hole in the wall while cracking open a can of tuna. I am happy to say the little twerp found his way back and out of the hole (with my help, I have the scratches to prove it). It added an interesting twist to an otherwise quiet evening. Why did this happen? Well, the hubs saw I was quilting and didn’t want to bug me. He thought he could sneak away and back before the cat discovered the hole. But seriously though, y’gotta love the guy!