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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

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.

Mini Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

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.

Mini Quilt Detail - piecefulthoughts.com

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.

Mini Quilt Back - piecefulthoughts.com

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

 

 

Work In Progress Wednesday

This weekend was a mix of busy and quiet, depending on the day. We attended a wedding on Saturday and served in the kitchen, so we were grateful for the cool weather. The reception was outdoors and it was a beautiful day for it. It was a simple, beautiful wedding.

Thank you to all of you who commented on the Devil’s Claw quilt. I meet with Connie today to hand off more quilts, and will  relay your good thoughts to her as well. I enjoy hearing from each of you, and do my very best to respond back to each of you!

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Projects Lineup

I went to a quilt show this weekend in one of the prettiest venues, the Owatonna Arts Center. If you are in the area, stop in and see the beautiful quilts in this setting. They are so inspiring. The show is there until the end of the month. Now that I’ve been inspired, I best get crackin’ on my projects for the week.

Little Mini Quilts

I have these little mini mini quilts waiting for me to finish. So I hope to do that this week. They shouldn’t take too long.

Mini Batik Mug Mat Projects (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Mini mini quilts projects (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Harmony Table Runner

I have the backing fabric for this now, so I hope to get this done this week. It’s going to a friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to finishing it for her.

Harmony Table Runner project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Sundrops Quilt

Okay, that’s not the name of the pattern, but it’s what I call this quilt. This is back from Connie, so all I need to do is add the binding. I hope to show you the completed quilt on Friday.

Sundrops Quilt project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

The Elephant Quilt

Do you remember this quilt? I am so excited to have this one done and can’t wait to show you the quilting! This one needs a binding and it’s finished.

Elephant Quilt project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Commission Quilt

The top is finally done, so I’ll be picking up the backing fabric this week and then taking it over to Connie. So excited to have this top finished! No pictures until it is given to its new owner, so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It has lots of little pointy stars, to give you a hint.

2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop

I have been getting to know a group of new bloggers, like myself, over the past few weeks. This blog hop is hosted by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne at She Can Quilt. The new bloggers are divided into hives, and each of the three hosts are the “hive mamas”. Let’s Bee Quilt’n is the hive I’m in and LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive mama. You’ll see a blog post from me popping up on May 8th. In the meantime, hop on over to She Can Quilt and meet some of the other bloggers.

Hope you have a great week in your sewing room too! What are you working on this week?

Wendy

Pieceful Monday

It’s Pieceful Monday once again, so let me show you what I’ve been up to. I’ve been having fun with some purple batiks, making a mini quilt, and getting down and dusty with my machine.

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Quilt Show Preparation

My schedule changed quite a bit over the weekend, somewhat unexpectedly. I had to cancel some fun outings I had planned with friends and, thankfully, they were graciously understanding. I took a short road trip to help my brother and sister-in-law prepare for a quilt show.

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Churn Dash Mini

Churn Dash blocks are one of my favorite quilt blocks to make. The block goes together so quickly and easily, and yet it is so versatile. With a change of just one color, you can completely change the look of the block. Recently I stumbled across a book with a cute little churn dash mini quilt pattern. I got the book for a song, and already had all the fabric in my stash.

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Cool Tool Monday

While I’ve been working on the commission quilt, I’ve also been having some fun trying out some tools in my quilt room. One of those tools is a BlocLoc ruler for flying geese.

I’ll be honest, this ruler was a bit of an impulse buy. I’ll also be honest and tell you that I really don’t like making flying geese blocks. So I figured the ruler might make it more enjoyable, and I was right.

Of course, the first thing is to cut the pieces for the block. I’m using some scrap pieces from my stash, an Amy Butler print, a coordinating print, and a soft grey.

I have the Amy Butler print wrong side up for the cutting because the print blended in to my mat and ruler, making it difficult to see the cutting lines. It made it easier to cut with the fabric wrong side up.

Once all the pieces were cut, I was ready to make the blocks using the traditional method.

First was to draw the diagonal lines on the squares.

Then sew the squares onto the rectangles, first one side, then the other.

One side stitched.

Now, here comes the part that makes this tool so fun. BlocLoc rulers have grooves on them that fit against the seams of the block. With this ruler, the grooves fit right into the larger triangle or goose part of the block. It snugs right up against the seam line and stays put while you trim.

Then you just trim off the excess fabric. There was very little waste fabric.

Stitching the blocks together was a breeze.

Like my little kitty scissors? Haha. It was a freebie in an order, and they kinda stuck around.

So that’s my cool tool for today. By the way, I’m not an affiliate for BlocLoc. I just like the rulers.

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