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Project Line Up

Projects! Our quilting lives would be dull indeed if we didn’t have projects to be done (and fabric to be bought, but more on that in a minute). I was just thinking that I had some pretty relaxed quilting time ahead, and before you know it, I have a list of projects to keep me busy. We won’t talk about the WIPs languishing on my shelves!

I had a delightful time last Friday when I went up to a local quilt shop, Quilt Cove, and finally was able to meet Nancy from Grace and Peace Quilting. I was able to chat with her for a bit, just before a busload of quilters came in for the Minnesota Shop Hop. Nancy is just as delightful in person as she is in her blog. If you don’t follow her, go visit her page and get to know her!

One of the things I’ve enjoyed since I began blogging is getting to know you, my readers or followers. On Saturday, Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats sent me a quick notice that she was going to be at another local quilt shop. I couldn’t get over there to meet her, and I am so sad that I missed that opportunity. Karen writes such great posts on her blog; she makes it just plain fun and is very creative. I encourage you to visit her as well; you won’t be disappointed!

I picked up fabric at Quilt Cove, of course. I was specifically looking for fabric for the Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt. I’ll share that fabric with you in another post. The mystery quilt begins tomorrow, so I’m ready! One thing I will tell you is that some of the fabrics are bright! Surprised?

While I’m waiting for that to start, here’s what I’ve been working on.

Garden Dreamer Quilt

All the pieces are cut for the quilt using Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer fabric. Truly, this is gorgeous fabric.

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Improv Play

I’ve been exploring some improv quilting, and finding that I really, really like it. I have over 20 blocks of these two color blocks. I know where this is going. Once I finish the rest of the blocks, I need to square them and then put the rest of the quilt together.

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Since I was having so much fun with those, I decided to join up the improv stripes quilt along with Debbie Jeske at  A Quilter’s Table. This is a fun way to give improv a try if you’re interested. Jump in and join along if you wish. You can see all the fun progress at #improvstripesqal on Instagram.

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I wasn’t really sure where these blocks were going, but an idea has come to mind. I’m excited to see if I can make it work.

That’s my mid-week project line up. I’ve purposely signed up for projects that have no tight deadlines since I have a couple of trips scheduled in August and September and I don’t want to fall behind on projects.

Linking up today with Mid-Week Makers at Quilt Fabrication and Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

See you Friday!

Wendy

Looking on the Bright Side

I promised you a picture of the bright quilt top, so I finally have one to show you. I still need to add some borders to this quilt, but that may involve hunting down some fabric, so it may be a WIP for a little bit longer.

Anyway, the quilt pattern is from Missouri Star and it’s called Two Step. This is a definitely a lively two step! The quilt was made from a jelly roll and a charm pack. After sewing two jelly roll strips together and cutting them, I got about three blocks from each strip. I ended up with 60 blocks and laid it out 6 blocks across, and 10 down. It is a long quilt, long enough for an extra long twin bed. In the photo below, my 6’6″ husband is fully behind the quilt. It completely covers him!

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It was an easy quilt to make. The most difficult part was making sure I was alternating the placement of the white blocks while I sewed the blocks together!

I have no idea what I will do with this quilt, but it is one more pre-cut off my shelf. Yay!

In other news, I am almost done cutting out that lovely fabric I showed you on Wednesday. I’m itching to play with the leftover pieces; I think a pincushion might be a fun thing to make with the scraps. We’ll see!

What a fun couple of weeks it has been with the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop! Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement for my project, and for those of you who have begun following me. I thoroughly enjoy my online quilt community, and I hope you continue to enjoy my posts as I share my pieceful thoughts of my quilting life!

Just a heads up — the drawing for the blog hop will be on August 4th, so good luck to those of you who have followed along and commented on each blog each day. I can’t wait to hear who wins!

Hanging with Sarah was so much fun, so I’m whooping it up with her again today at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and I’m also linking up with Finished or Not Friday over at Busy Hands Quilts.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Wendy

Mini Quilt Finish

Awhile ago, when I first joined our quilt group, we had a challenge where we picked a napkin with a design and made a quilt using the design on the napkin or colors in the napkin. I was told we didn’t need to copy the design exactly, but could use it as inspiration, which I did. I no longer have the napkin or my written description to show you, but I can tell you that my mini didn’t look at all like the napkin!

This little top has been languishing in my pile of WIPs until now. I have wanted to finish it just because I love the color and the fun I had designing it. All of the fabrics are from my stash.

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I decided to quilt it with freeform wavy lines with orange thread. I didn’t think too much about creating the waves, I just let them happen. I started by stitching wavy lines down the center of the quilt, then added additional wavy lines, spacing the wavy line pairs about 3-4″ from each other. Once that was done, I filled in more wavy lines between those until I felt it was done.

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The colors are very bright orange and deep blues. It was a challenge to get a photo showing the intense color.

Mini Quilt Detail - piecefulthoughts.com

For the backing, I pulled out this bright batik.

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The binding is another piece of orange batik that I had in my stash.

Baby Quilt Update

I handed off one of the baby quilts today, with a request for some pictures in the baby’s nursery. It was a rainy morning yesterday and I wasn’t able to get any good pictures, even in natural light.

I will be delivering the other baby quilt this weekend, so I’m hoping the weather cooperates enough to let me get some good photos of that one beforehand.

Linking up today with Susan at Quilt Fabrication, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, and Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter.

Happy Stitching!

Wendy

 

 

Little Friday Finish

Sometimes it’s just the little things that make me feel good. Here’s a few from this week.

On March 1st, BigJ and I had a date night to celebrate our engagement 30 years ago. 30 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven’t aged a bit – ha! We went on a little drive, which took us back to the place where he proposed — Diamond Bluff. There is a much longer story to it, of course. You’ll have to ask if you want to hear it, but it’s too long for a quilting blog post!

Earlier that day, I spent some time with a couple of quilty friends, sipping coffee and doing some stitching while we chattered away. See? It’s the little things that make me happy.

I am 9 blocks away from having all the blocks completed for the commission quilt. Another little thing that makes me happy!

Today I made a little tiny finish. It’s my first finish for the year, in miniature form. One of BigJ’s co-workers, who has become a friend to me, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her.

I pulled out my scraps and started to play. I wanted it to be bright and cheery, because sometimes the job she does can be a challenge. I decided to call this little project a “therapy mug mat” — something happy for her to look at when she needs cheering up.

This is what I came up with.

The block is square, truly! My aim with the picture? Not so much!

I had a little fun with some free motion quilting. I consider it not bad for a newbie to the whole FMQ thing. I made a wonky little star in the middle piece and then just organic wavy lines around the rest.

The block is made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s small template and concept from her book 15 Minutes of Play. It is so much fun, I will definitely be doing more of this!

That’s my little Friday finish. I hope she likes it!

Linking up today Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Have a great weekend, all!

Wendy

 

 

 

Wonky Block Wednesday

I didn’t get anything posted on Monday because I was busy helping my daughter move from one city to another. It all went well, despite the rain. We managed to get things moved between rain showers.

During one of my visits to her earlier this year, we were shopping at one of the antique shops in town. This particular shop had quite a few orphan quilt blocks, so I was preoccupied for quite awhile. I don’t usually buy things like this, so I don’t feel that I have a good eye for them. They were piled in a small plastic shelf system, about 4-5 shelves of all types of handwork.

I found these blocks and was very tempted to purchase them. I didn’t and I regretted that. So I finally had my daughter go back to the shop and pick them up for me before she moved.

Here they are, randomly laid out on the floor. I wanted to see all of them together. I love the colors, they are very bright and bold. Most of the blocks are two color, one center block color, one background. Then there my favorites, especially the one on the bottom right, by the table leg. Random background, random center. It’s almost the signature block of the bunch, I think. The mixed blocks add a bit of feisty flare, don’t you think?

Initially I thought the blocks were made from a poly blend, but they are all cotton. I had my iron on the highest heat when I pressed them (after taking this picture) and they handled the heat just fine.

They are hand pieced and about 10″ square-ish. They are really wonky; some of the background pieces are pretty wavy. No matter. I’ll figure something out as I square them, etc. I would love to hear the story behind these blocks. Were they made by a beginner who lost interest? By a grandma who just stitched blocks together and who just “made do” with what she had? At any rate, they are my blocks now, as a friend reminded me. I can give them a story.

I won’t be working with these right away. They are just going to live in my quilt room for a bit. While I’m working on my other projects, I’ll ponder how to square them, etc.

Max the cat thought he would put his spin on the quilt layout. Silly cat.

Today I’ll be working on the commission quilt blocks. I need to get caught up a bit since I’ve been gone a couple of days.

So that’s my midweek crush; just enjoying some orphan blocks that have found a new home!

Wendy

 

Twirling Finale!

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I am up to. I enjoy reading and responding to your comments, so feel free to leave a comment or two.

A few posts ago, I wrote about putting the Twirl Me pattern together from Beth at Cooking Up Quilts. You can read my first post here. It is really a fun pattern to do and it’s paper pieced, so getting those precise points is a breeze.

That lovely 18″ block has been on my design wall for a few weeks now. I liked it there, smiling at me every time I looked up. Besides, if I used that excuse then I could delay trying to decide how to quilt it for a bit longer. However, I knew that since I posted a Part 1, there really should be a Part 2. I had to decide what to do.

I flip flopped between making a pillow or a mini quilt. I flip flopped between no quilting (if a pillow), hand quilting, or free motion quilting. I finally decided on hand quilting, because I figured I could do the least amount of damage that way.

It didn’t work. I didn’t like the look of the hand quilting and I didn’t have the right thread for the hand quilting.

That left me with free motion quilting. No big deal, right? I mean, this was just a sample block for fun. But I like the block and I didn’t want to wreck it. I’m working on getting over free motion fear, and I think I made some progress toward that this weekend.

I settled on making a pillow. I realized that since I was going to fuse some very thin batting to the top for a little stability before adding the pillow form, I could actually do some quilting without having to put my walking foot or free motion foot on.

So I opted for just doing some freehand lines, letting let the block tell me what to do. Have you ever done that? Or do you always plan your quilting? It actually was pretty relaxing. I’m not sure I would say this actually counts as free motion quilting, truly, but it was close enough for me to gather a little bit more confidence in moving toward more free motion practice.

As a little side note that filled me with all sorts of happiness, a little while ago I won a pack of 20 threads of my choice from Aurifil. I found thread to match all the colors in this pillow from that pack. I love it when stuff like that happens!

I started with the center, first following the shape of the green pinwheels. Then I decided to quilt some lines like rays on the blue. I just drew them in lightly with a pencil and went to town.

Here’s a close up.

Next came the brown patterned section. I decided to use the red hexi as my pattern for quilting.

It was kinda fun, like having a brain teaser while I was stitching. How can I stitch all around this red pattern without stopping? Some were easier than others, and I did have to do some backtracking.

Here’s what the back was looking like at that point. It was nice knowing I didn’t have to hide my knots!

The black and white borders were done just with straight line quilting running the length of the strips.

The red points were just a quick echo stitch around the inside. The white, brown and blue blocks around the points were echo stitched, for the most part.  I think I was getting tired after all the brain teasers in the red patterned phase, being blonde ‘n all . . .

Once the top was done, I quickly made the pillow back with another piece of black and white fabric from my stash.

Then it was time to tuck the pillow form in. Drum roll, please . . . here is the finished pillow!

I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I might just add a funky button in the center of the green pinwheel. We’ll see.

There are so many fun options with this pattern. Beth shows some different ideas on her post. If you like, why not give it a twirl!

Keep those stitches running!

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

Wendy

 

Workin’ on It Wednesday

Well, honestly, I’ve not been working on any quilting today. However, I do want to show you two of my projects that I have been working on.

I finished the top of the sampler. This is a pattern I found while browsing through a quilt shop and it just cracked me up. This is definitely true in my little corner of the quilting world. If I had to change anything, I might’ve changed the third line to read “I don’t know what’s for dinner”, but it will work as it is.

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The fabrics I ended up using aren’t quite what I had thought I would use, but they are all fabrics from my stash, and now that it’s come together I really do like them. The gold scallops will have buttons in each of the scallops after the quilting is done. This will hang in my quilt room when it’s finished.

The pattern is called Stitcher’s Priority by The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs. The finished size is 13″ x 17″.

The other project I’m working on is my little trees. Here is where I’m at. I’m not sure where I’m headed with this. I’m still pondering whether I want to leave them as is, separate them and try something else, or what. So this will percolate a bit over the weekend.

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I hope you all have a relaxing weekend, whether it is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, or just enjoying time with family and friends.

Linking up with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Cross Cut Finish

It’s not often that I finish a quilt, all on my own, within a few days of piecing it. I have a habit of setting quilt tops aside and moving on to the next project. I am really excited to show you my completed Cross Cut quilt.

It took me a little time to decide how I wanted to quilt it. I noticed a little, somewhat fractured, heart in the quilt. This wasn’t planned by me; I didn’t see it until I started looking at the quilt after the top was sewn together. See it there, a little left of center?

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My 423 quilt is 17″ square.

So I began to think about that little fractured heart, about what I should name this quilt, and how to quilt it. And just like that, an idea popped into my head.

One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

So this little mini is named 423 after that verse. Inside the heart, I made some simple curved lines to represent a spring or spray of water. Then I just stitched an echo around the outside of the heart. Nothing too risky or fancy, just keeping it simple.

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Some simple curved lines to represent the spring/spray

Here’s the echo work. I just eyeballed it and stitched away.

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I decided to use a black and white fabric from my stash for the backing, and red fabric for the binding. Here’s a picture of the stitching on the back.

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You can see the spring/spray a little if you look closely.
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Top, back and binding on display

I’m still getting comfortable with machine quilting on my domestic, so this is far from perfect, but I’m excited because I had an idea, and I actually made it work!

The black and white fabrics in the quilt are Thicket by Gingiber for Moda; the colors are Riley Blake Crayola solids. I used a spool of red Gutermann thread that I had on hand for the machine quilting.

The one frustrating thing during the machine quilting process was that my walking foot was causing some problems. I would stitch along just fine, and then all of a sudden my needle would just drop out. I checked to make sure the walking foot was on correctly. I made sure the needle was tightly screwed into place. It was so annoying. The needle stayed threaded (no breakage); it just dropped out of its holding. I used spray baste (could that be the problem, even if the needle didn’t feel tacky?) and used Warm & Natural batting. If you have any advice, I’d be happy to hear it.

So that’s my Friday Finish — my little 423.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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

Wendy

Mt. Hood Update

It’s Friday, and time to show you my Friday Finish. While I don’t have a completely finished quilt, I did get the first inner border on Mt. Hood. So I’m counting that as my finish for the week! I managed to find fabric for the border in my stash. I need 2 yards of fabric for the inner border and outer borders. I think I might just make it. It will be close!

A photographer friend of mine recently posted a photograph he had taken on a visit to Mt. Hood in Oregon. The colors surrounding the mountain were beautiful! I remember the shades of blue and purple, so I decided to go with a blue fabric for the border. I think it adds a brightness to the quilt, and I’m happy with it.

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Up next is a pieced border of hourglass blocks. I have not had great experiences with pieced borders in the past, so we will see how this progresses. The pattern is really well written, so hopefully I’ll be able to make this border work. My task for the rest of the afternoon is to begin sewing the 60 hourglass blocks.

I’d also really like to get something put together to hand sew tonight. I haven’t had any hand sewing for a bit, and I’m missing it.

We’ll see how much I accomplish!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.