Category Archives: Quilt Along

Squiggles and Wiggles

Squiggles and wiggles makes me think of little toddlers running too and fro, with gleeful laughter and joy. The quilt top I’ll show you today is a bit like that too.

A couple of my quilty friends encouraged me to join in the Squiggles Quilt Along hosted by Christa Watson.  The quilt along has a nice pace, and I’m happy I’ve joined in.

The fabric for my quilt was an impulse buy while shopping on a trip. I purchased a layer cake of Alison Glass Sunprint fabric at one quilt shop and her Sunprint text fabric at another. I didn’t do it purposely, in fact, I didn’t know the text print was an Alison Glass fabric until I got home.

The fabric sat on my shelf until this QAL came along. I wanted a pattern that would show the Sunprint fabric well, and this pattern was just right for that. I posted a little teaser picture on Instagram yesterday. Did you see it?

Squiggles and Wiggles - Alison Glass Sunprint fabric - piecefulthoughts.com

I enjoyed sewing it together, with all those bright colors surrounding me!

Here’s a photo all laid out on my bed. Can you picture all those joyful little toddlers squiggling and wiggling? I have to admit that I was like a squirmy, squiggly toddler while I sewed those little 2.5″ squares to the 5″ squares. I lost my focus often, and took quite a few breaks!

Squiggles and Wiggles - Alison Glass Prints for the Squiggles Quilt Along with Christa Quilts - piecefulthoughts.com

Want to see the blocks a little closer?

Squiggles and Wiggles - Squiggles Quilt, close view, Squiggles Quilt Along hosted by Christa Quilts - piecefulthoughts.com

We were encouraged to keep the bonus triangles while we made the blocks. Did I? Of course I did! They are all nestled in a little basket, waiting to be pressed open.

Squiggles Quilt - bonus triangle pieces - piecefulthoughts.com

Wait — Where are the Wiggles?

While I was sewing the Squiggle blocks, I realized there were gray and black pieces that I didn’t want to use in the Squiggles quilt. I set them aside until later. That’s where the Wiggles come in. I had a few left over and decided to make a fun little Wiggles mini.

Squiggles and Wiggles - Wiggles, the mini Squiggle quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

It was so much fun quilting this mini. I happened to have Aurifil thread that matched all of the colors, except for the pink. The pink thread was 40 wt, the other center colors were 50 wt. Since the pink was 40 wt, I decided to use Aurifil Smoke in 40 wt for the gray fabric. I thought it would balance the bold pink (which was varigated) a bit. I stitched from one point to the other, using the colored thread first. Later I went back and added in the gray thread randomly to create a fun stitching pattern.

Squiggles and Wiggles - Quilting detail, up close - piecefulthoughts.com

Squiggles and Wiggles - Quilting detail, up close, view 2 - piecefulthoughts.com

I did the machine quilting with my AcuFeed foot, which I love. I find excuses to use it. Haha. Here’s a view from the back.

Squiggles and Wiggles - Wiggles mini, back view - piecefulthoughts.com

The binding is a scrap piece of gray solid that matched well. The backing fabric is from my stash as well.

Squiggles and Wiggles - Front and Back View of Wiggles mini - piecefulthoughts.com

The next step for the Squiggles quilt is the quilting. That may have to wait for a bit for me, but I’m definitely looking forward to finishing it.

Linking up today with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts, and Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.

What have you been working on? I’d enjoy hearing about it!

Wendy

WIP Week

It’s been WIP week around here. I’m trying to get caught up with stitching on some of the QALs I’ve joined. There are no progress pictures to show you, though, other than stacks of blocks and strips of material.

Let me show you my Wayward Transparency top and my Magnolia Mysteries top. I haven’t posted them since I finished them.

Wayward Transparency

WIP Week - My version of the Wayward Transparency QAL named "Solar Flare" - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I’ve named this quilt Solar Flare. It is probably the most intensely colored quilt I’ve ever made, and I love it. The Kona fabrics are Chinese Red, Flame Orange, and Orange.

I found backing fabric a week ago when we went up to the cabin. When I saw it, I knew it would be just right to fit the colors and the name of the quilt.

WIP Week - Backing fabric for Solar Flare quilt - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I haven’t decided if I’ll quilt this myself or have Connie work her magic on it.

Magnolia Mystery Quilt

WIP Week - Magnolia Mystery Quilt, my version - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

This was my first mystery quilt, and I found it interesting to be stitching and not knowing what it was going to look like. I am very happy with the quilt. I like the unusual layout with the negative space. It will be fun to see what Connie does with it.

Although the background fabric for this quilt looks white, is actually a low volume check in gray. It’s a Jen Kingwell print.

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Wendy

Pieceful Monday

Pieceful Monday, well, peaceful Monday anyway. I woke up to an amazing sunrise. Had I not been in my jammies with hair all askew, I would’ve grabbed my camera and ran out for a photo. Instead, I just sat and looked at it, thankful that God has given me another day to enjoy.

I really did plan to post last week after I returned from visiting my brother and sister-in-law. However, I wasn’t home long enough to post anything, much less have anything to post about. I’m late getting this out today too, but I wanted to get something posted before Thanksgiving.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, stitching with Nita, my sister-in-law, is always fun. We spent the day at her shop. She loves to teach quilt classes, so as you walk in the door of her shop you see a large table that can accommodate 8-10 sewists and their machines comfortably. The other half of her shop has the cutting area, fabric, wool and, of course, patterns.

I didn’t bring any project along, knowing that Nita would have something for me to work on. She gave me a Buttermilk Basin wool table topper to work on. I didn’t get very far on it, but I did make some progress. You can see the pattern here.

Once we were back home, I had little time in my sewing room. I snuck a little time in on Saturday, which I spent trying to get caught up on two of my QALs. I didn’t make too much progress, but getting 10 blocks done is better than none at all, right? Here’s they are, from the Magnolia Mystery QAL by Meadow Mist Designs.

Pieceful Monday - QAL Progress, Magnolia Mystery QAL - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I’m still working on my Solar Flare quilt, which is my version of the Wayward Transparency QAL by Quilting Jetgirl. Hopefully I can sneak in some work on it this week. I haven’t gotten any further than the one quadrant I showed you in my last post.

I have one woolie star finished. No more finishes on these until I get more polyfil for the other two. Stuffing those star points is a challenge. Here’s the picture of the trio before stitching the backs on.

Pieceful Monday - Woolie Star Trio, Buttermilk Basin pattern - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

My pineapple quilt tops, both large and small, are ready to be basted and quilted. I may not get this done soon due to the holidays. At least that excuse sounds good. I do think I know how I want to quilt them, now I just need to take a deep breath and get to it.

One project I’m thinking of making for a possible Christmas gift is this pillow from My Quilt Infatuation. I have some Minnesota fabric left over, so it might be fun and easy to get done. I think I’d make my pillow a bit smaller, since I have the state outline ready to go. I’ll post pictures if I get this going.

Tomorrow our daughter comes home from Florida, so I’m not sure that much quilting will happen this week.

I hope you have a pieceful Monday, friends! I may not post anything else this week, so Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Enjoy your time with family and friends!

Wendy

 

Quilt Along Catchup

There was not much sewing in my quilt room this weekend. There were other activities that took my time. However, I did have some time to get some sewing done on my Wayward Transparency quilt for Quilting Jetgirl’s Quilt Along. It’s been fun seeing what others are getting done, and now it’s time for me to get caught up!

This quilt along is working with color value. We were encouraged to choose colors, then, according to value. I chose to go with one of the suggestions on Quilting Jetgirl’s posts, because I liked the colors of the fabrics. They are bold colors — does that surprise you?

Pieceful Monday - QAL fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I’m a little behind on my sewing for this month’s step, but I should be able to get caught up. Here’s what I got done this weekend.

Pieceful Monday - Quilt Along Progress - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I am looking forward to finishing this top because I like how the colors play together! I have named it Solar Flare, because that is what kept coming to mind as I stitched this part together.

Pumpkin Update

I didn’t want you to think I’ve left the pineapples behind. I’m happy to find that if I add two more pineapples, one to each row, it will fit just right in the wall unit space!  That will leave me with two orphan pineapple blocks, and I think I know what I’m going to do with them too.

I have to get a few supplies for the quilting, and then I should be ready to get started with the quilting. I’ll post more about it soon!

Tomorrow and Wednesday I’ll be spending some time with my brother and sister-in-law, and I get to help her at her shop. I enjoy spending time with them, and the shop is an added plus! I may not get a post done for Wednesday, but I’ll be back on Friday!

Happy stitching!

Wendy