Category Archives: Small Quilting Projects

Periwinkle Gem UFO

The Periwinkle Gem is my third UFO I’ve finished this year. I hope you’re not tired of my UFO posts yet, because there may be a few more coming. I will be starting a couple QALs this week, so you may see a little different progress from my sewing room this week!

The history of this quilt begins with a weekend stay in Wisconsin and a stop at a quilt shop in Bayfield. At that shop, I bought a charm pack of Fossil Fern fabrics. It was a huge charm pack, more than the usual 42 squares. It sat in my stash until I saw the Mini Periwinkle tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Company. I thought the pattern would work well with the fabrics, so I made a small quilt. Here’s a photo of the top that I took this past year.

Periwinkle Gem - quilt top before finishing - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The top sat on my shelf for quite awhile. Since I hadn’t made it for any specific purpose, I was in no rush to finish it.

This quilt top was finished before I had my new sewing machine, so I brought it to Connie for quilting. She did a fabulous job, quilting fun spheres in the secondary pattern of the quilt. Now that I have a machine that can handle machine quilting better, I hope to learn to do the smaller quilts on my own.

Periwinkle Gem - quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The quilt measures about 33″ x 38″, just right for a wall hanging or a small baby quilt. I’m not sure which it will be yet. I just enjoy looking at the bright, gemstone colors during these cloudy winter days!

Periwinkle Gem - made using Fossil Fern fabrics (Benartex) and Mini Periwinkle pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

For the backing, I went with the cream fabric, keeping it simple and clean.

Periwinkle Gem - photo of quilt back - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I couldn’t decide on one color for the binding, so I used strips cut from fat quarters of the same fabric. I really like the way the binding turned out.

Periwinkle Gem - binding was made from FQ strips - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

Okay, my question for today: How do you prepare physically when you are going to quilt a quilt top? Are there stretches you do beforehand? Do you take breaks while quilting; if so, how often?

I’m linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Monday, friends!

Wendy

 

Pieceful Monday

Pieceful Monday, once again. I hope your weekend was relaxing and enjoyable. Here in Minnesota, we welcomed in our first snowfall of the year, along with wind and much cooler temps. It was a great weekend for staying home and stitching!

When you read this, I’ll be on another short trip with BigJ. So I’ll be doing a little exploring, but I also have some stitching and other things along to keep me busy.

Remember the Jolly Braid Tote Bag? I’m taking it with me on its first road trip.

Pieceful Monday - Jolly Braid Tote Bag - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I’m filling it up with a few things to take along.

Pieceful Monday - Filling the totebag - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

So what’s in there? Well, a little stitching project, along with my zipper pouch full of thread, scissors, and other things I need to work on it. That’s a little wool project that may become a Christmas gift.

Pieceful Monday - Stitching Project - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I also bring along some sketchbooks for quilt designs, a ruler and pencil, and two books to spark my creativity.

Pieceful Monday - My bag stash - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

My Kindle will also get tucked in there, and I’ll leave room for a few things I may pick up along the way. And snacks — I’m sure some snacks will find their way in there too!

When I get back home, I hope to have some days to play with this happy mail I received this week. Look at all those solids! Yippee! Improv is calling!

These were sent to me as part of the #getyourquiltywishesgranted3 on Instagram. So much fun! It’s a good thing I sent a few quilty things to some other quilters so I have a little more room for this new addition to my stash!

So what about you? What do you take along when you go on a short roadtrip? Leave a comment and let me know.

Wendy

Small Finish

I have small finish to show you today. With the 4th of July holiday just around the corner for those of us in the U.S.A., I thought it would be nice to make something patriotic. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

I knew exactly what fabrics I wanted to use. I have had these fabrics for quite awhile. In my mind I was thinking on a design for a flag mini with them, but the idea I ended up with is totally different.

I started with the fabric, my small cutting mat and rotary cutter, and ruler. In addition to that I used this mini Made Fabric template from Victoria Findlay Wolfe. While this project is easily done without the template, the template is clear and makes it so easy to fussy cut for this project.

Small Finish - piecefulthoughts.com

I fussy cut four stars from this Jo Morton fabric. Then, taking red, white and blue fabrics, I began to sew.

Small Finish - Sewing the block - piecefulthoughts.com

I just alternated the strip colors as I attached them to the star piece, going around twice.

Once that was done, I pulled out my little scrap pieces of batting and got them ready for quilting. Just enough of the cream colored fabric was left for the back.

Using simple straight line quilting,I  just followed the flow of the strips around the center star. One 22″ black strip cut 1-1/4″ was used for a single-fold binding with an envelope finish.

Small Finish - Quilting Detail - piecefulthoughts.com

Our daughter is coming home this weekend, so these will be fun to use when we’re all together. I am hoping the weather holds enough for us to spend some time around the table on our deck, sipping on something refreshing and catching up with each other.

Small Finish - 4th of July Mug Mats - piecefulthoughts.com

I’m linking up with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts, Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Anja of Anja Quilts and Myra at Busy Hands Quilts today.

To my Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day on July 1st, to my American friends, Happy Independence Day on July 4th, and to my other international friends, may you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Wendy