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Stars of Joy

Do you remember the little star woolie project I was working on? I had forgotten about them until I unearthed my project list today. It’s been buried under a flurry of scraps from all the Tomte fun going on here.

Stars of Joy - woolie project from Buttermilk Basin - piecefulthoughts.com

All I needed to do was add backing fabric and stitch around them. That part was easy. Stuffing them wasn’t. All those little points were a bit difficult.

This pattern is Trio of Joy Stars from Buttermilk Basin. The stars finish at 10 inches. I didn’t want them that big, so I reduced the pattern to 75% and I’m much happier with them.

To add the backing, I just laid the woolie star right sides together with the backing fabric and sewed around the star, leaving a space for turning. After stitching, then I cut the background fabric around the woolie star. It was an easier way to stitch them together for me.

I used a chopstick to get the stuffing into the points, but it didn’t work very well. The points were sharper than I expected, and it was difficult to get the stuffing into those little points.

If I were to make this pattern again, I’d make it into a wall hanging, just stitching the stars onto a fabric background.

Since they didn’t finish well enough for me to give them as a gift, I just decided to add them to my Christmas decorating.

Stars of Joy - finished woolie stars from Buttermilk Basin's Trio of Joy Stars pattern - piecefulthoughts.com

Thanks for all the comments on my Christmas stocking and my little Tomte in my earlier posts. A few of you wondered what a stiletto is, so I’ll see if I can get a post together soon to show you how I use it.

I hope you all have a grand weekend full of quiet moments and humming sewing machines! It’s time to get those Christmas projects done! What are you working on this weekend?

Linking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Powered by Quilting.

Wendy

 

Autumn Calling Finish

Autumn Calling is not what I had planned to name this quilt. There were several names that popped into my head, but then I realized that Autumn Calling just seemed appropriate. So there it is.

When I last posted, I commented about trying to control too much when working on the layout of a scrap quilt. Several of you mentioned your tendency to overthink or control when working on layout too. Glad to know I’m in good company!

This quilt went through several transitions to where it came to be. You can read about part of the progression here. I just wasn’t satisfied with the lighter colors in the quilt. So I kept pulling them until I had none. And I liked it.

Autumn Calling Finish - My autumn quilt all finished. - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I was looking for a dark golden autumn quilt, so I’m very happy with how this came out. I might even tuck it up a little further on my piano and let it stay there. It seems to work well with the pumpkins and flowers!

I did simple lines for the quilting and used Aurifil thread #2355. I don’t know the color name of this thread, but it’s a rusty red/brown and worked well with the colors in this quilt.

Autumn Calling Finish - quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

The story behind the fabrics for this quilt began with a quilt kit I purchased on clearance at a local quilt shop. The kit didn’t have the pattern with it, so I had to do some hunting to find it. Then when I pulled it out to begin cutting the fabric, I realized that the kit had the wrong amount for some of the fabric. Frustrated, I stuck it on the shelf. I finally pulled that kit out the other day, and much of the colors in this quilt are from that kit.

The backing and binding were in the kit as well. It was nice to have it all there, just the right size. The binding and backing fabrics are from Jo Morton’s fabric lines. I’m pretty sure many of the quilt top pieces are from her lines as well, but I can’t tell you which!

Autumn Calling Quilt - Peek of the backing fabric - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

Isn’t it satisfying to finish a quilt? I’m excited to add this to my autumn decor around the house!

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Enjoy your weekend, all!

Wendy

Batik Finish

I have had this batik quilt top languishing in my stash for far too long. So long, in fact, that I cannot remember when I started working on it. We are having rain again today, but I was able to sneak out between showers and quickly get a few photos. Let me tell you a bit about it.

Batik Finish - A baby or crib size quilt made using the stack and whack method - piecefulthoughts.com

There is no pattern for this quilt. I just picked batiks that I liked and started sewing them together, using the stack and whack method, if I recall correctly. There was no plan, other than just playing with my batik fabrics. It started out with the idea that it would be at least a lap size quilt or larger, but then I got to a point where the rest of my batiks didn’t work as well with it. So I added the inner dark blue border and left it. I added the additional border a little later.

The quilt is 38″ x 50″, so a large baby quilt or crib quilt size. I had some left over yellow flannel, and I pieced that for the backing. That sat and languished almost as long as the top!

Batik Finish - Backing Detail View - piecefulthoughts.com

I brought it to Connie for quilting and then forgot I had brought it to her. This poor quilt! Anyway, here’s a close up of Connie’s lovely quilting with swirls and a leafy vine in the border.

Batik Finish - Front Detail view - piecefulthoughts.com

The binding is in a deep rose batik from my stash. I’m not sure what I will do with this quilt now that it’s done, but it’s my batik finish for this Friday.

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

Wendy

Tropical Pumpkins

A few months ago, Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting gave me this little roll of vibrant Island Batik fabrics.

Tropical Pumpkins - Island Batik fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com

I finally came up with an idea. While the fabric made me think I needed to do something with a tropical theme, I realized I could make some fun pumpkins from the pink and orange fabrics.

Today is all about keeping it real, as I show you that sometimes ideas don’t exactly come out like planned. Honestly, I debated about whether to even post on this, but I think it’s okay to show the imperfect too.

My idea was to make improv pumpkins. I just cut a few strips of the pink and orange fabrics and put them together. They are a bit more “cubist” than I had planned, but hey, it’s improv, so it’s all about going with the flow, right??

The stems are made from small improv pieces of the green and blue fabrics from the bundle. The cream background fabric is a piece from my stash (I don’t know what line it is from). Once I made the pumpkins, my plan was to add improve squares/rectangles to the corners to create the rounded pumpkins. That worked until some of the corners disappeared when I put the borders on. Voila! “Cubist” pumpkins.

Tropical Pumpkins - mini quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

Once I put the top together, I was debating the thread color for the quilting. I thought to use this rust-colored thread. It worked okay, although if I were to do it again, I’d go with a lighter thread color. I learn better through trial and error, so I’m okay with this too.

Tropical Pumpkins - quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com

As long as I was learning things from this quilt, I decided to take my first whack at a flanged binding. I’m not happy with the way it turned out. Not everything lined up and the corners didn’t miter as well as usual. I found it difficult to stitch through the flange and the quilt sandwich, much of which I think is due to the density of batik fabrics, and I wobbled around on my stitching too much.

Tropical Pumpkins - bad flange binding - piecefulthoughts.com

Anyway, I had fun making it, I learned some things, and, in the end, it’ll do. It’s my finish for the week.

Tropical Pumpkins - mini quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

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

Enjoy your weekend!

Wendy

Tiny Friday Finish

I’m having lunch with a friend today, and her birthday was this last week, so I made this little mug mat for her. We’ve known each other for a long time; in fact, my husband and I met through her and her husband many years ago. But that’s another story . . .

Tiny Friday Finish - mug mat - piecefulthoughts.com

The center block is from a fabric line called Comfort of Psalms, and I like to use it to make mug mats for friends. All of the fabrics were from my stash. The blue polka dot was supposed to be a dress for my daughter when she was little. Right when I was going to make it, she told me that she didn’t like polka dots. I love the polka dots, so I’ve used this piece quite often!

Introducing . . .

Another friend I’d like you to meet today is Tracie. Tracie and I have also known each other for years. We have shared many cups of coffee while chatting about life, family, faith, quilting, and her adorable dog. She has been a huge help to me as we both started blogging, and I am grateful to her for that. She is very creative, has a wonderful way with words, and an amazing eye for photography.

Tracie’s blog is Riceford Streams. Her current post shares some of the joys she finds from making quilts. Don’t miss her Vault of Happiness. Curious? Go check out her post and leave her a comment (tell her hi from me). While you’re there, don’t forget to take a peek at her Instagram, where you can see more of her photography and that adorable dog!

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

I’m linking up today with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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

A Madder Mini

Last fall, I participated in a QAL hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts where we made a mini quilt using Madder fabrics. I got the quilt top finished, but that’s all the farther I got. Until now. Over the last weekend, I finished off the little quilt, using my new machine to quilt it.

Mini Madder Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com
The deck was pretty wet from all the rain we’ve had, so I snapped this shot then moved inside.

I kept the quilting simple, just diagonal lines through the quilt. I used a thin batting. When it came to marking the quilt for the quilting, I tried my hera marker, but I couldn’t see the lines well enough, so I opted for a light (or not so light, in places) pencil line. It worked much better for this one.

Mini Madder Quilt View 2 - piecefulthoughts.com

All the fabrics used are shirtings and madder prints from our local quilt shop, Reproduction Fabrics.

Mini Madder Front and Back - piecefulthoughts.com
This is a photo after I washed the quilt, but haven’t touched it up with an iron.

I’m currently working on a quilt top using some leftover batik jelly roll strips in blues and greens. I hope to get a bit more progress on that today. This weekend will mostly be spent on the road, as I travel to celebrate birthdays with two of our aunts.

Linking up today with Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts, Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts and Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. 

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Wendy

Baby Quilt Finish

Last weekend was so busy I didn’t have any time to work on the baby quilt. Tuesday and Wednesday my sister-in-law Nita came to visit. We talked, did a little shopping, and just enjoyed each other’s company. We don’t get to be together often enough, but I do love the times we are together.

Yesterday was an all-sewing day. BigJ needed to take my car, so I was stuck at home, happily. I got busy and finished up the second baby quilt top. Wanna see it? Of course you do!

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Project Update Friday

It has been another crazy weather week in Minnesota. We have had sunshine, 80 degree weather, wind, rain, hail, and now chilly temps in the 50’s. Needless to say, it’s been good weather for a sewing project! I’ve been busy, so let me show you what I’ve done.

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