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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!




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!

Continue reading Work In Progress Wednesday

Bits and Pieces Friday

At our quilt group last night, we shared our favorite tips for quilting. Here are a few that were new to me:

Pool Noodles – Pick up cheap pool noodles at the dollar store, cut them to size, and roll your blocks or smaller quilts tops on them. You can easily secure the quilts to the noodle with pins. Rolling the blocks/quilts avoids creases, and the noodles are light and easy to transport if you are heading to a sewing day.

Sandpaper – Okay, this wasn’t new to me, but thought I’d share it anyway. Sandpaper is a great base to use under fabric when you need to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. It holds the fabric steady so there is less distortion to the bias as you draw the line.

Rubber Doorstops – Place three of these under the back of your machine and it will tilt the machine just enough so you can see the machine bed better.

Zipper Pouches – Make a few zipper pouches and fill each one with basic quilting items, like scissors, thimble, etc. Dedicate the pouches to projects you are working on, adding in the notions needed for that project. Then when you are ready to stitch, you can just grab the pouch and all your sewing items are already in there, ready to go.

Reusable Tins – Use the tins from mints, etc. to create little on-the-go sewing kits. Attach a magnet in the tin to hold needles, etc., clip it shut, and off you go.

I thought these were some clever tips using common household items. Do you have a clever, handy tip? Share it with us in the comments!

This weekend I hope to finish the blocks for the commission quilt, as well as finish these bits and pieces into little mini mini quilts or pin cushions.

I’m whooping it up today for handy quilting tips and little projects along the way with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Happy Friday, all!


Wednesday Work

With the ice storm we had earlier this week, I was happy to just tuck in and get some stitching done. My next project is a quilt for a friend, so I’ve been busy cutting, cutting, cutting. I’m about halfway done. Currently I’m working on 1-1/2″ squares. 960 of them! I’m over halfway done with those. Here’s a picture I snapped yesterday. Hard to believe that little basket of pieces will become a quilt!

Shelly over at Prairie Moon Quilts is starting another year of The 350 Blocks Project and I’ve decided to give it a try. Click on the link to learn more about this project. Why not join us? I think it will be a great way to stay motivated and encouraged as we quilt throughout the year.

Every Sunday morning as we enter our church, we are greeted by Dean. He is one of the kindest and happiest men I know. Last Sunday he gave me a gift that he made, just for me. I love it because it’s from him. I’ll leave you with the thought it expresses.

Quilting mends the soul.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!



Quick Quilting Wednesday

We finally have a winter wonderland look in our backyard. We had about 3 inches of snow yesterday, and a little more today. It makes everything look so much better, but really messes up the drive time for those heading to work. I’m happy to be here at home, where my commute is up and down the stairs.

I was inspired to take our Christmas tree down last night (we put it up later in December and leave it up a little longer in January, it’s tradition). The tree is sitting on our deck (also tradition) and has a lovely dusting of snow on its boughs. I enjoy watching the little birds flit in and out of it while I have my morning coffee and catch up on quilt blogs.

I am working on my first quilt of 2017. I thought I’d have the top done and ready to show you, but not quite. Last year, in one of my Sew Sampler boxes, I received a Jolly Bar (5″ x 10″ precuts) of Corey Yoder’s Sundrop fabric line. I had a charm pack of Kona Cotton Solids, so I combined the two precuts and decided to make the pattern that came with the Jolly Bar. No cutting, so easy to put together.

Pretty simple, just chain sew the pieces together. Look at all that cheery fabric as I stitch. I needed something with bright, happy fabric!

Here’s a little peek at one of the rows, patiently waiting for me to finish them into a quilt top. I should have this done by the end of the week.

I’ll be starting another quilt soon, one I’m making for a friend of mine. Today I plan to get the fabric for that, so it’s off to the quilt shop I go!

I shared this little quote on Instagram yesterday. Thought I’d share it with you today.

Linking up today with Sew Fresh Quilts and Quilt Fabrication.

Happy Wednesday, friends!


Snowmen and Stockings

By the time I post this, I’ll have my shopping done, I hope! I have done much less shopping this year, most of it either local or online, so this week is quiet and relaxed. I have not set foot in a mall for any Christmas shopping! So I’m enjoying some time just playing in my quilt cave, but more about that in another post.

Since I’ve been giving a mini tour of my Christmas decorating, I thought I’d show you where this little snowman runner ended up. It’s a small runner, maybe 6 x 20-ish, so I had to think a bit about where to put it.

This picture was taken awhile ago, before we had snow!

I realized that I had the perfect spot for it above my kitchen sink. BigJ hung it up for me; we just tacked it to the wall with straight pins. It makes me smile when I look up from my chair and see it in my kitchen. I collect snowmen, so this little runner belongs in my home. It was a kit given to me by my sister-in-law. She knows me well.

Today is the winter solstice. That combined with my dark little house has made it a challenge to get decent photos. (Better photography should probably be on my list of goals for 2017.) That being said, I hope you’ll still enjoy the peek at my home.

And then there are the family stockings, which we hang on the railing of our staircase so they are visible from our front door. Three of them were made by BigJ’s grandmother — his and our two kids. I made the fourth, for me. I did have a stocking as a child, and I still have that stocking somewhere, but it was just the saddest thing ever — not handmade. I’m not sure what the story was behind it; I never thought to ask. In a family of sewists, you’d think I would’ve had a handmade stocking! So, anyway, I made my own, with a snowman, of course!

The top stocking is the oldest of the four, made for BigJ when he was just a little guy. The three made by Grandma K are felt with much detail. That’s my snowman stocking, a Thimbleberries pattern.
During her lifetime, Grandma K made stockings for all of her grandkids and great grandkids. They are a treasure.

Lastly, I thought I’d sneak in this little stocking that is a favorite of mine. They are a paper-pieced pattern that I picked up at a local quilt shop that is no longer in business, unfortunately. It is a great pattern for using scraps!

I’ve made several of these, they are about 11″ from heel to the cuff.

One more post before the Christmas festivities begin. I hope you are getting those holiday projects done!



What’s Up Wednesday

I have one little quilt to show you today. Just one. Because all of the other projects I’m working on are for Christmas gifts.

Remember those cute little trees that finished at a whopping 2 inches? I made them into a little mini runner. It’s not perfect by any means, so it will just find a little spot somewhere in the midst of my Christmas decorating (if I ever get my decorating done!).

My initial plan was to put some red into this little project. However, I just couldn’t find the right fit; the red seemed to overwhelm those cute little trees! So I opted to keep it simple and stick with the green, and I’m happy with how it turned out. I can use this throughout the winter season and not feel like it’s a holiday quilt.

I did simple quilting with my walking foot. It shifted a bit more during the quilting process than I wanted, so ignore the puckers.

I can always add some red to it. My winter bird is a little too big, though! The finished size of the quilt is 8″ x 15-1/2″.

This quilt is made from my stash, so the backing is just a piece of polka dot green that was close enough. I used the scraps of the green fabric used on the top for the binding.

And that’s some of what I’ve been working on this week. I have been continuing to clean up my quilting space, and I’m surprised at how much I’m getting accomplished.

One goal for today is to finish and hang a small design wall in my space. I have all the things needed, so I’ll try to show you what I’ve done on Friday.

My other goals for the day are to clean through one more cabinet and get started with Christmas decorations.

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

Happy stitching!


November Review

It is a quiet day around here today, the last that I will have this week. Thursday through Sunday will keep me pretty busy, so I’m not sure how much stitching will get done.

November is coming to a close, so let’s see how I did with my to-do list for the month.

Quilt and bind the Quilters Madder top. Not done. Yet. I still have a few days, but I expect this will trickle over into December.

Finish the sampler I’m stitching. The top is done; I just need to quilt it (do you see a theme here???)

List out my Christmas gifts and assess where I’m at with them. Done. This is ongoing, as far as the assessing. I have a goal of either making gifts or buying them locally this year. I already have a few made and purchased.

Clean up scrap containers. Done! I actually have cleared out a bunch of tubs, so I am really pleased with this one.

Practice free motion quilting. Work in Progress, which will be ongoing. I’m waiting for a few supplies that will hopefully make this easier. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

Finish one of my quilt tops. Done. I finished this little Christmas mini.


Prepare the backing for two quilts to bring to Connie. On Hold. I have decided to wait to do this in January.

Finish November wool projects. Done! I even have the December block for one of the woolies done! I’ll post pictures of them at the end of this week.

I’m feeling pretty good about my progress, even with a week away from home and a busy holiday weekend thrown in!

I have a few other projects that I’m working on, but they are potential Christmas gifts, so I can’t show them here. I have also been pulling out UFOs and deciding what to do with them, so I hope to have a few of them to show you at week’s end.

Have a great day, all!



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.




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.


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.