Finish It Up Friday

My reveal for today is the finished superhero quilt.

Every quilt is a labor of love, stitching fabric, thread, and memories. In this quilt, memories are stitched in, broken hearts are mended a bit, and bright colors remind us of the Joy within us. At least that is what I hope for this quilt.

This quilt is in memory of a lovely young lady named Rachel. I was privileged to get to know Rachel just a little as she was growing up. She was a very sweet girl, with a twinkle in her eye, and always kind and friendly. Rachel would have turned 23 today. Unbeknownst to her family, Rachel had a heart defect known as Long QT Syndrome; she was taken from them very unexpectedly at the young age of 20.

According to her mom, Rachel loved superheroes and comics, so this quilt is made up of those fabrics. The pattern was chosen for its similarity to a movie reel. Rachel’s mom, Jo, chose the fabric and pattern, intending to make it herself; but life has a way of getting busy, so Jo asked me to make it. I was both humbled and honored that she asked me, and I was happy to do it for both Jo and Rachel.

Here are a few pictures of this bright, lively quilt. I fussy cut both the large squares as well as the setting squares. I pieced the backing from two Spiderman fabrics and tossed in some Batman. Jo did a great job choosing fabrics; they were really fun to play with!

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I tried to get a good picture showing the intensity of the colors; it is much brighter than this. There was a slight breeze that day when I took pictures, which made it a little challenging.

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The fussy cut large squares.

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And the fussy cut setting squares. The quilting is an overall swirl pattern. I think it ties in well with the theme of the quilt. Connie, my longarmer, rocks!

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Here’s a close up of the borders and binding.

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And the backing.

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And last of all, the label. This was taken by Jo; you can really see the bright colors in this shot.

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The quilt was given to a family friend who helped Jo through so much after Rachel’s death. He too is a superhero fan, so it seemed fitting that this quilt go to him. I hope he enjoys it.

Enjoy your weekend, friends! Love up your family and friends while we celebrate the 4th!

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

Wendy

 

Work In Progress Wednesday

As much as I love wool appliqué, I have been missing piecing blocks. So I decided to take a little break and pull out some paper foundation fun. I have had my eye on a little mini New York Beauty block for quite awhile. The pattern is from a Fons and Porter magazine that I’ve had for years.

I gathered my fabric, small cutting mat, and my essential quarter-inch ruler. This block is small enough that I could really use an eighth-inch ruler, but I don’t have one so will make do with the one I have. It is a handy tool for paper foundation. The ruler has a lip on one edge that you butt up against the seam allowance, allowing a quarter-inch seam to be cut.

One of the other tools that I find essential is good lighting, as it helps me to hold the fabric and foundation paper up to the light to see that I am aligning my fabrics correctly.

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The trickiest parts of paper foundation is getting your brain around the rhythm of working off of a foundation. I haven’t done paper foundation for awhile, so this is a practice block to remind me of the process and to see if I really want to make a mini (these pieces are pretty small).  If you’re new to paper piecing, you can  watch a video tutorial here.

Here’s how the quarter-inch ruler works. I fold the paper foundation back, butt the lip of the ruler against it, and cut the quarter-inch seam with my rotary cutter.

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I’m making progress — look at those tiny points!

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Once you get in the rhythm, it goes pretty quickly.

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Once all the stitching is done, it’s time to trim the excess fabric.

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Look at those little bright points! Now it’s time to add the curved pieces.

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I decided I wanted this fun and bright.

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In the picture above, can you see the crease mark I made on the orange fabric? There’s a matching one on the black and white, but it’s harder to see. These are the center marks of both pieces, where I will begin pinning.

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Before pinning, it’s time to remove the paper. This tweezers that I just got in my Sew Sampler box from The Fat Quarter Shop is perfect for this task; it’s difficult to get my fingers in those little points!

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Pinning is key, together with working carefully with those stretchy edges.

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Here’s the finished block, a little wonky but not bad. I’m not sure if I want to do blocks this small. I’ll try another one tomorrow and see what I think.

So now I’m off to do more wool work. I’ve satisfied my yen to piece for now.

I’m linking up with So Fresh Quilts and QuiltFabrication today.

Friday Finish Review

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

Wednesday Work in Progress

I had a delightful change to my quilting plan for the last couple of days. The superhero quilt came back from my longarmer, so I quickly put the binding on and added a label. I’m happy to say I handed it off, and it will soon be gifted to its new home.

Here’s a few sneak peeks. I’m hoping to show you the whole quilt after it’s been given to its new owner.

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I had fun with these small blocks, fussy cutting some of the fabric.
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The yellow is actually a little more intense, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it.

This quilt has a story, as many quilts do. I will share a little of that with you when I reveal the whole quilt.

Today I’m hoping to make more progress on the Christmas ornament woolies. I have two sets of woolie ornaments to do, a woolie tree skirt, a mini woolie quilt and a woolie pincushion. If I can keep interruptions at bay, I should be able to get these done by the mid-July deadline!

I’m linking up today with Sew Fresh Quilts and Quilt Fabrication.

Wendy

Pieceful Monday

Today I will be continuing to work on the little wool projects for What A Hoot quilting. Here’s a little peek at a few of them.

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They are some little ornaments from Primitive Gatherings. I’m enjoying stitching them.

Other than working on those projects, I may play a bit with a scrappy mini New York Beauty. It’s a paper foundation pattern from Fons and Porter, so I think I can have some fun with it.

Remeber the Frivols top? I need to make a couple more blocks, then sew the top together. Not in a rush to finish this at this point, so it will sit on my design wall while I play with arrangement.

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Linking up today with Em’s Scrapbag and Cooking Up Quilts.

 

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Friday Finish

My week has been a little short on the quilting end, but I do have one little mug rug that I finished today. I bought this fabric in a scrap pack from Reproduction Fabrics because I liked the fabric with the ladies and their umbrellas. I was limited on what I could make due to the size of the scraps, so I put this little mug rug together. I’m freehanding the stitching, and will use the outline of the umbrellas when quilting the print. You’ll see my light blue basting thread in the pictures; I use a bright color when I baste so it’s easier for me to see when I’m removing it.

Here’s a photo of it, basted and partially quilted.

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Here’s a close up of the ladies with their umbrellas.

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And a little peek at my freehand stitching. See what I did there — an umbrella theme!

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Here’s a picture of how I quilted the ladies and their umbrellas. I just picked a few umbrellas and outline stitched them.

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And here it is, all finished!

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Now that I’m back home, I’m busy working on samples for What a Hoot Quilting that I need to get finished by mid-July. I have several wool projects to do. Nothing I can show you for now, but I am excited to be working on them!

Tonight we are taking some friends to a baseball game, so that will be fun. And it means I don’t have to plan dinner, so I have more time to get some of those projects done!

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

Pieceful Monday

Since I’m not going to be at my sewing machine for a few days,  I thought I would post a few pictures of some favorites quilts I’ve made in the past.

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This is a quilt made from Minnesota fabrics. I didn’t use any pattern, just staggered the rectangles as I went along. I don’t have a picture of it completely finished with its binding, but it is done.

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My husband built this nook for hanging quilts into our bookshelves in our living room. I enjoy changing the quilts out from time to time. This is a simple square in a square pattern. The picture doesn’t highlight the crispness of the colors very well, but it is one of my favorite quilts.

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This is a built-in quilt rack that is next to the bookshelves. I can hang two quilts in it, and the rods lift out to access the quilts. The front quilt is a modified Bear Paw pattern; I made it so long ago that I cannot recall the name of the pattern. It was one of the first larger quilts I made. The quilt behind it is a batik quilt that I made at a quilt retreat. Both quilts are lap size.

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I made this fun little mini for a quilt swap. It was definitely a change from my usual color scheme, but I had so much fun making it. I used part of a Buggy Barn mini pattern to make the flowers. It is a blend of quilting and wool applique.

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Last one for today, this is a quilt I made that was for a Quilts of Valor group. It is a Buggy Barn pattern, which was so much fun to make. Most of the fabric was from my stash, with the exception of the backing. My friend Connie of Turnberry Lane Quilting did the fabulous quilting.

So what am I doing while not at the sewing machine? Well, in route to the conference, we stayed with my brother and sister-in-law. Just back from quilt market, they gave me some wool projects to complete for them. I knew I’d be getting them, so I packed up my supplies and I’m going to try doing some wool appliqué while I’m here.

Happy Monday, friends!

Wendy

 

Finish It Up Friday

Friday is here once again, and it’s time to review what’s been finished, as well as share what’s in the works.

My big finish for the week was getting the wedding quilt to Connie for quilting. It should be done by the end of June, so I should have plenty of time to get it done before the wedding.

I made a couple more pouches to give to two of my friends when we had breakfast together on Thursday. It is so much fun to give little gifts like this.

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Almost all the Frivols blocks are done. Here are most of the blocks on the design board, waiting for me to play and rearrange. I like the happy colors.

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My daughter is home this weekend, so today will be time spent with her and likely not much quilting today. I’m going to be traveling for a few days as well. Some of today will be putting together handwork for the trip.

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

Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy your weekend!