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This and That Wednesday

This and that. My week of projects has been like that — a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.

I thought I’d have a really productive weekend. It was quiet, and we had an extra day with the holiday on Monday. I apparently have hit a bit of an impasse with my quilting, because I got very little done on this long weekend.

Quilt Alongs I’ve Joined

I’ve decided to do the Squiggles Quilt Along with Christa Watson. There’s still time to join us on this fun, easy quilt. I’ll be using some Alison Glass Sunprint fabric and some of her text fabric for my version of Squiggles. This is the picture I posted on Instagram, with my Quilter’s Planner in the background.

This and That Wednesday - Squiggles QAL fabric - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I’m ready to begin sewing that together soon.

I’m also in the Regatta QAL hosted by Home Sewn by Us. I haven’t gotten all of my fabric for this one yet. I’ll post pictures once I’m working on the quilt. I may end up making two, because I’m being very indecisive about fabric!

Two friends and I decided we would all work on the Gypsy Wife pattern by Jen Kingwell. The three of us get together to stitch each month, so this will be fun. I’m going scrappy (I think) with mine. I have the book, but nothing to show yet!

I told you I was having a very non-productive weekend.

UFO #4

Last Friday I posted about UFO #5. However, I haven’t shown #4 until now. Actually I wasn’t going to post about it, because there’s just so much about it I don’t love. Except the verse on the quilt.

This and That Wednesday - Sampler view - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I began working on this sampler back in November of 2016 and you can read about that here. I decided to hand quilt it, and I’m not sure why. In the end, I would have been happier with machine quilting.

Here’s the verse in a closer view. The only reason I like it is because this verse makes me chuckle.

This and That Wednesday - Sampler Verse - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

This and That Wednesday - Sampler Verse - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

Truly, there are days like that in my house!

Gotta Start Somewhere

In other news, I decided to try free motion again. Now that I have a new machine, it’s time for me to learn. I pulled out this floral fabric, made a quilt sandwich, and just played around with quilting around the edges of the flowers. This view doesn’t look too bad. There were other places that got a bit jerky.

This and That Wednesday - free motion quilting practice - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

And there you are, a little of this and a little of that.

Hope you are enjoying some productive quilting mojo in your neck of the woods!

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication, Sew Fresh Quilts, and TishnWonderland.

Wendy

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday is my catchup to Throwback Thursday, so I can join in with Sandra’s linky party at Musings of a Menopausal Melon. She’s asking us to post quilts that we made before we were bloggers. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me show you one of my batik quilts from way back.

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, pattern by Judy Martin - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

When I first began quilting, I used batiks often because I enjoyed the way the fabrics blended together. I bought this fabric as a bundle, if I remember correctly. I cannot recall where I bought it, but it was a local quilt shop.

The pattern is called Thunderstruck and it’s from the book Piece’n’Play Quilts by Judy Martin. The book gives instructions for the blocks, then encourages playing with the arrangement until you come up with something you like. You can follow the suggested layouts in the book, or you can do your own thing.

I worked on this quilt at one of the first quilt retreats I ever went to. Late one night, I mustered up my courage to put my blocks up on a design wall. Putting blocks up on a design wall with no pattern to follow was intimidating enough. Then I heard a woman behind me say, “Is it supposed to look like that?” I just turned and smiled. I worked on it just a bit longer, then took down the blocks and went to bed. It makes me chuckle now; it wasn’t funny then.

I still like the bright colors and the way they play together.

Flashback Friday - block and quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I took the quilt to Connie, and she used a swirly pattern with a varigated thread.

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, block detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, block and quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

For the back, I found a backing that was kind of homely on its own, but worked well with the quilt.

Flashback Friday - Thunderstruck Quilt, back view - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The quilt is lap size, and perfect for snuggling under during a movie.

Linking up today with Sandra at MMM Quilts and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Wendy

 

Quilty Confessions

Quilty Confessions time. Okay, I know I said I was taking the week off from posting. However, I have been doing a bit of cleaning and reorganizing in my quilt room and I’m ready to make a confession. Or two. Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland has encouraged us to finish UFOs in 2018. I didn’t get my post done in time to link up, but I’m going to make a confession anyway.

I have more in common with a squirrel than just a love of nuts. I once put out four pieces of bread on our deck rail. To my amusement, I watched as one of our resident squirrels came and picked up each piece of bread, each time going to a different place in the high branches of multiple trees. He wedged the bread into the intersections where branch meets the trunk. Later in the day, all of the bread disappeared from each of the trees, one at a time.

I can squirrel away projects with the best of them, wedging them in the most amusing places. I intentionally went looking for UFOs, thinking I only had a few. I found them on shelves, in drawers, in bins. I’m pretty sure there are still some hiding that I haven’t unearthed yet. See? That squirrel has nothing on me.

2017 UFOs

So let’s take a look at my cache of UFOs. Rather than describe them with name, etc., I’m just listing the numbers.

  • Large Quilts – 6
  • Mid-Size Quilts – 5
  • Small/Mini Quilts – 12
  • Table Runners – 6
  • Pillows – 4
  • Mugmat – 1

Total UFOs = 44

Some of these have languished so long, they are probably vintage by now. I will admit that part of the reason they were not finished was because of the machine I was using. It was best suited for piecing. The walking foot I used with it was not great, and free motion with it was pretty frustrating. Now that I have a new machine, with an AcuFeed foot (that I love) and a greater ability for me to learn free motion, I can get quite a few of these done quickly (heh – positive thinking, y’know!).

There are a few that I no longer love, so I need to decide what to do with them. I may use them for free motion practice. Learning free motion was a goal of mine for this past year and I found all sorts of ways to ignore that goal. Again, my new machine leaves me with fewer excuses, so we’ll see.

2017 Finishes

I have to admit, I was feeling pretty deflated after I had pulled all of the UFOs out. I had also been reading many of the posts by others listing their accomplishments for 2017 and really felt like I had finished, well, nothing. So I decided to actually tally what I did get done this past year. It was a good thing I did. I completely surprised myself. If you haven’t done a review of your past year, I’d encourage you to do it.

Here’s my tally of 2017. I finished 54 projects in 2017. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Large Quilts – 6
  • Baby Quilts – 4
  • Mini Quilts – 12
  • Pillows – 5
  • Zipper Pouches – 3
  • Totebags – 2
  • MugMats – 10
  • Woolies – 3
  • Little Girls’ Dresses – 5
  • Other Projects – 4

Of those, 22 were given as gifts or specifically made for someone. One was a commission. One was a challenge quilt for our quilt group for The 70273 Project.

I participated in 5 Quilt Alongs, and three of those quilts were finished this year.

I also participated in two blog events, 12 Days of Christmas in July and the New Quilt Bloggers’ Blog Hop. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope to do them again this year.

I may have squirreled away projects, but it’s been a good quilty year for me. The best reward, however, is getting to know all of you better through my blog and your comments. You have become friends, and have enriched my life. For that I am so grateful!

I might have to start a regular post called The Squirrel Diaries, dedicated to getting those UFOs done!

Here’s to a productive 2018, my friends!

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

 

Pineapple Crush

I’m definitely crushing on these pineapple blocks. The bright oranges, golds and greens just make me happy.

So I have some decisions to make because I only made 12 blocks (that wasn’t the initial plan, but stuff happens). I have a wall unit in my living room that BigJ built, and he specifically designed a space for quilts. Here’s a photo from an earlier post.

Pineapple Crush - wall unit quilt display - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I currently have a mini wall hanging from eight of the pineapple blocks.

Pineapple Crush - Mini quilt - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

The quilt at this point measures a wonky 26.5″ x 38.5″ because of the long skinny blocks. I could add a border, but that might make it too long for the space. I may just add two more blocks to the end of each row so there will be 5 blocks across rather than 4. First I need to have BigJ hold it up so I can see if the current length will work in the space. I think it will, but it will be close!

Then I’ll need to make some decisions on how to quilt it. If you have some fun ideas, feel free to share. Just keep in mind I’m still working with my walking foot and haven’t ventured much into free motion quilting yet!

So let me try to give you a little idea of how these blocks go together. The patterns appeal to me because they have a bit of an improv feel. The construction is a bit like a modified stack and whack. Modified because rather than just slicing, rotating, and sewing, there is an actual pattern and method to how you do it.

Sewing the blocks together is a bit like traditional piecing, but also like improv because you don’t match seams. It’s also not unusual to have to lop off a point as you go, and that takes some getting used to. The block construction is very forgiving because you construct and then square it. I find that very relaxing.

Another part of the construction I enjoy is not really knowing which fabrics are going to be together until I begin working on the block. I know what fabrics I have in the mix, but after rotating them I don’t look at them until it’s their turn to be sewn together. It also keeps me from trying to be too matchy!

This will be my fifth Buggy Barn quilt that I’ve made. Two have been given away; two others are in my UFO pile. We can talk about that another time. Haha. (Hint: it has nothing to do with the patterns and everything to do with my procrastination.) I am determined to finish this one.

Linking up today with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Sherry at Powered by Quilting for Friday Foto Fun and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wendy

Pineapple Progress

Pineapple progress has been happening! I had hoped to have the quilt top done, but it’s still a work in progress. I do have some blocks to show you today, so you can see what they look like.

Earlier this week I was seeing all things pineapple, and it was making me smile. It’s an odd time of year to be thinking of pineapples, when all you see on the porches and walkways are pumpkins and cornstalks! This time of year also begins to gather friends and family together, so I think it’s an appropriate time to talk about pineapples and hospitality, don’t you?

The hospitality of friends has been on my mind today. Yesterday I got together with four friends to celebrate the birthday of one of them. We have been friends for years and years. Part of the hospitality is the lovely homes of each of them. Look at this beautiful table!

Pineapple Progress - Table Setting - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

Each of these ladies has the gift of hospitality, not only in their homes but also in their hearts. Good friends are wonderful, aren’t they?

Pineapple Peek

Okay, I know you’ve been waiting for it. So here you go. Four of the pineapples done, with eight more waiting. Each block is 7 x 19 1/2″. The instructions call for 24 blocks; I misread and made only 12, but I can work with that. I think.

Pineapple Progress - Pineapple Tidbit blocks from the Certifiably Crazy book from Buggy Barn - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

This pattern is called Pineapple Tidbits and it’s a Buggy Barn pattern from the book Certifiably Crazy. Buggy Barn Quilts closed a few years ago. However, the two Nesbitt sisters each have their own businesses now (as I understand it), Barn Chick Quilts and One Sister. The Buggy Barn Quilt Shop was the first quilt shop I stopped at while on a road trip way back in 2003. I have made quite a few of their patterns, two of which are still in my UFO pile, but that’s for another post!

Anyway, aren’t the blocks fun? I’m liking how bright and happy they are! I have a busy weekend ahead, so we’ll see if I get them done or not. You’ll have to stop back on Monday.

What about you? How do you celebrate hospitality with your family and friends? I’d love to hear about it!

Pumpkin Progress - Table Setting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I’m linking up today with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.

Wendy

 

Pineapple Mashup

Pineapple Mashup? That’s the title that kept coming to mind as I was thinking about this post. It’s going to be about pineapples and why I am making this quilt.

Pineapples have long been the symbol for hospitality. You can ask Mr. Google and find all kinds of information about it. Years ago, I was in a book club with some friends and we got on the topic of hospitality and when people just drop by unexpectedly. I don’t recall exactly how, but I gave the impression that I didn’t want that happening at my house. I was embarrassed to show my home. There was nothing wrong with it, other than being a home with young kids, cats, a few random dust bunnies and continual renovation. But I was always sure that no one else’s home looked as messy as mine. Anyway, because of that I’ve never felt that I had the gift of hospitality.

Fast forward a few years and I came across this pineapple quilt and I knew I wanted to make it someday. Then the TV show Psych became a favorite show of our family, and we would always look for the random pineapple in the show. Each time I saw it, I thought I need to make that pineapple quilt!

Earlier this fall, pineapple blocks and quilts were popping up everywhere, which also made me think of this quilt and wanting to get it done. So the project has always been on my mind. Over the past year, I have been gathering fat quarters for this quilt whenever I’m out shopping.

So there’s my mashup of thoughts on the pineapple quilt, full of trivial information you really didn’t need to know. Haha.

My pile of fabrics has grown, so on Monday I mentioned that I needed to check to see if I was ready to start the project. There was plenty of fabric, and I began looking at the fabric values only to find that most of my orange was too close in value.  I decided to switch to golds for my light colors, pulling whatever I had in my stash that would work and that was fat quarter size. My pineapples have become much more “wild” than I had planned, and I think I’m going to like it.

The Players

Pineapple Mashup - the fabric mashup - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

Benched

Pineapple Mashup - fabrics that didn't make the cut - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

Another reason for the title Pineapple Mashup is because the fabrics I chose are from multiple designers as well as years. Most of them are pretty recent, but there’s a few oldies tucked in there!

Getting Started

Here’s a little peek of where I’m at on this project. I’ll give you more details on the pattern used and method in another post. For now, here are some of the tops.

Pineapple Mashup - the tops - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

It was really fun to see how these fabrics emerged. I am liking the blend of colors and patterns. Yes, those blocks are wonky. They’re supposed to be. They will be squared later, but more on that in a later post.

Tops have got to have bottoms, so here’s a peek at those too. You might want your shades on, these are bright!

Pineapple Mashup - the bottoms - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I am having so much fun with this project. Hopefully I’ll have some finished to show you soon!

And you know what? I really do like to have people come to my home and enjoy making them feel welcome, although admittedly I still quake a bit at the thought of someone just stopping by. This quilt hanging in my home would remind me that hospitality is not about how my home looks, but how I make my visitors feel.

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday.

Wendy

Finally Friday

Finally Friday. This week has flown by and I have little to show for it. We got back home Tuesday evening. Wednesday came and went without a post. I played catch up the rest of the week. This post is late too. Some weeks are like that.

Quilty Inspiration is Everywhere

While we were in Milwaukee, we stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn . It was beautiful. Here’s a picture of the floor. Quilt inspiration, anyone?

Finally Friday – Quilt Design Inspiration, Hilton Garden Inn, Milwaukee – piecefulthoughts.com 2017

It was a short stay, but I managed to get the little woolies stitched up while I was there. Now they just need finishing, which will be a backing for each and then stuffing. This is a Buttermilk Basin pattern, but I reduced the pattern by 75%. Originally, they finish at 11 inches, but I didn’t want them that large. Mine will finish about 7-8 inches.

Finally Friday - Woolie Project, Buttermilk Basin pattern - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

So, what’s up for my weekend sewing?

  • Get caught up with my Magnolia Mystery blocks
  • Work on an improv project that’s tumbling around in my head
  • Check my growing stack of orange and green fabrics to see if I’m ready to start the project I have in mind for them
  • Clean my quilt room

What are your plans for the weekend?

Linking up today with Sherry of Powered by Quilting for Friday Foto Fun.

Wendy

Wednesday Progress

Progress is happening in the quilt room while this week has been buzzing along, and my sewing machine has been humming. I finished five little dresses and will soon get them in the mail to Lori of Humble Quilts. Lori will be taking the dresses with her on a missions trip. You can read about that here.

Wednesday Progress - Little Dresses - piecefulthoughts.com

They were fun to make. As I was walking back into the house after taking the above photo, I got distracted by our hydrangea tree. Look at those big blossoms, with just a tinge of pink beginning to show!

Wednesday Progress - hydrangea tree - piecefulthoughts.com

I finished the Maureen Cracknell quilt top using her Garden Dreamer line. I’m not going to show the whole quilt until it’s done and been given to its new owners. Here’s a peek though.

Wednesday Progress - Sneak Peek - piecefulthoughts.com

And guess what? I have some scraps left over! I cannot wait to play with them and make something more from this beautiful fabric!

I’m also just about finished with a quilt for my daughter. No pictures yet, but I’ll post some soon. It’s a really cute, simple quilt using a fun fabric with toadstools. I can’t wait to get it in the mail to her!

County Fair Block Update

Oh, by the way, remember that fun little red, white and blue block I made and submitted to our county fair? I got an honorable mention on it. I was up against some pretty talented quilters. Thought you’d like to know.

Wednesday Progress - RWB block - piecefulthoughts.com

I’m off to visit Connie this morning and drop off the 70273 Project Quilt and the Maureen Cracknell quilt so she can work her long arm magic on them. I hope to have my daughter’s quilt to her soon too!

That’s what I’ve been up to this week? What about you? What’s keeping you busy?

Wendy

 

Wednesday Wanderings

I haven’t posted a Wednesday Wanderings in awhile, and since I have been wandering a bit as of late, I thought it appropriate to post a few pictures.

One of the things we enjoy while traveling is finding coffee shops. Not Starbucks or other chains, but local coffee shops. Thank goodness for Mr. Google and all things internet these days, which makes that so much easier!

While we were on our way to Florida, we stopped by Innkeeper’s Coffee in Galesburg, Illinois.  It was a bit of a drive off the freeway, further complicated by construction, but well worth the effort. Upon entering the shop, I was surprised at how bright and sunshiny it was. It was just a happy place to be. The staff were smiling and cheerful, as well as patient as we tried to decide what we wanted. We are a divided family, with two of us coffee drinkers and two tea drinkers. All of us agreed that the coffee and tea were delicious! I was so busy with ordering coffee and looking around that I forgot to snap any pictures, except for this boring (and blurry) one of the street signage. If you go to their website, however, and click on “About Us” you can see a photo of the inside.

Wednesday Wanderings - coffee shop - piecefulthoughts.com

Anyway, if you are traveling through Illinois and are near Galesburg, it’s worth the stop!

Works In Progress

Meanwhile, I’ve been stitching away on the Maureen Cracknell kit, with little to show for it I’m afraid. If I get some decent stitching done today I should get the second set of blocks done. They go together pretty quickly, so if I stay on task I should have the top done — maybe this weekend!

I made another little dress, so now I have two. I do plan to make a few more.

Wednesday Wanderings - pillowcase dress - piecefulthoughts.com

Wandering Wednesday - pillowcase dress - piecefulthoughts.com

I also made this little flannel receiving blanket, and had enough flannel left over to make two little burp cloths. This will be gifted later this week. I’ve had the fabric in my stash just waiting for the right time, so I was happy for that. The flannel is so soft and snuggly.

Wednesday Wanderings - receiving blanket - piecefulthoughts.com

And just as I decided to take this picture my camera ran out of battery, so I apologize for the dark photo.

What are you up to this week? I’d love to hear!

Wendy