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!

 

Work in Progress Wednesday

This week so far, I’ve made some progress on the Frivols quilt. If I keep going, I might have the top done by Friday.

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Tuesday I spent some time looking for the perfect backing for the wedding quilt. I had almost decided on this Michael Miller fabric the last time I was at the store, so I was delighted when I returned and it was still there. It was bride-approved, so home it came with me. Today I hand it over to Turnberry Lane to let Connie work her magic. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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I’m going to make a couple more of the pouches I’ve done lately, because they are just so much fun to make. And while I was picking up the backing fabric, I picked up more zippers in all sorts of colors, so I have plenty to choose from. I think I enjoy making the pouch because I can get it done, start to finish, in a day. I’m somewhat frustrated with my ability to quilt my tops lately. So I think the pouches are a cute way for me to avoid learning how to free motion quilt. Haha.

A while ago, our quilt group hosted a Pat Speth workshop. I enjoyed learning her method, and chose to make Mt. Hood from her Nickel Quilts book. I’m hoping to get enough blocks put together to make a lap quilt. I need to get back to this project, so I may stitch a few of these blocks together today.

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And see this little New York Beauty? It’s a wonky little block I made when experimenting with an idea for a mug rug. New York Beauty blocks and quilts are my very favorites. I have a pattern for a foundation pieced mini New York Beauty, so I may dig that out and try a fun scrappy design with it.

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I’m linking up with Let’s Be Social today.

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Pieceful Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! I finished the wedding quilt top over the weekend. I haven’t gotten a good picture of it yet, but here’s a picture of the blocks before sewing. They took up much of my small living room floor, so look at the quilt, not the mess on the right!

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Each block is 17.5″. The quilt will measure roughly 85″ square when completed.

Hopefully I can get some good shots of it outdoors before I hand it off to my long armer, Connie. I am pleased that it came together easily, and while the points aren’t perfect, they matched up better than I anticipated.

The quilt was made using the Vast pattern in Jeni Baker’s Patchwork Essentials: The Half Square Triangle. The bride found the color scheme inspiration from this quilt. I found fabrics in the same color family, but put my own twist on it, making it large enough to fit a queen by adding additional blocks and colors.

So what’s up next? Today I think I will try to complete my Frivols quilt, since the next one is on its way.

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They are easy blocks to put together. Perfect for a Monday project.

I’m linking up with Em’s Scrapbag and Love Laugh Quilt.

Wendy

Friday Finish

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.

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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.

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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.

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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

Wendy

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