Tuesday

Quilt Donation


I whipped up this simple quilt last week for a charity event. One of the ladies at the senior center is collecting quilts to take to the airport to give to sick kids that are going on an airplane ride. I think the details are a little more sophisticated than that but I wasn't feeling well when everyone was discussing it during an open sew session and I really wasn't paying attention. I did get the part where they stated that they wanted some handmade quilts.

I got out my stash of whimsical fabrics, cut some 5" squares and sewed 2 and a half-inch wide strips around the squares. I stitched the blocks together and added a 3 and a half-inch border around the whole thing. It is simple yet cute. I'm happy to add a donation to the sewing group's effort.

Friday

Sparkle Punch Quilt

I finished my Sparkle Punch quilt today. Yesterday I quilted it on the longarm machine at the senior center and today I sewed the binding on.

The quilt pattern for this quilt seems simple but it did have some complications. Each block had to be planned based on the blocks around it. The star points and centers had to match between blocks so the use of a design wall was very important. I am happy to report that I didn't have to unstitch any pieces between blocks - they all matched up correctly - yay!

I quilted this quilt using a pantograph called In The Clouds. It seemed like a good match for a quilt full of stars - ha!

Monday

Holiday Table Runners

I've been sewing Christmas table runners for the last week and a half. They aren't anything all that fancy, just simple patchwork. I want to try and use up my scrap pieces of Christmas fabrics and even though I just completed 7 runners, I don't think I made much of a dent. It feels good to get these done before the holiday season comes.

It's been a very busy time around here lately. Last Friday we had a new furnace and central air installed, Saturday we drove to Madison to pick up my husband's new truck and on Monday, the radon guy installed a radon mitigation system in the house. My husband has been retired since November 1 and we are getting as much done as we can before settling into our new routine. I wish I had more sewing time but it's just not happening and that's OK. It's great to get all these important things completed.


Wednesday

What's on the design board?

I delivered fall table runners to one of my clients and she immediately requested some Christmas ones. I am so happy that she likes my work and I look forward to making more table runners for her to choose from.

So today I have some patchwork squares of Christmas fabrics on the design board in preparation to make more table runners. I've been combing through some of my pattern books to get some inspiration however, I will make up my own designs.

I am enjoying getting into holiday fabrics.

Tuesday

Vintage Farm Girl Sampler Quilt

Vintage Farm Girl Sampler
Today I finished my Vintage Farm Girl Sampler quilt. A few weeks ago I took the quilt to my local senior center and used their long arm machine to quilt it. I just love the way the quilting complemented the top.

I planned on using green for the binding - the same solid green as I used on the back, however I didn't have enough left. So I headed to the quilt shop where I got the backing to get more. Unfortunately the bolt was gone. I searched for some other green since I really wanted the binding to blend in instead of stand out. As I looked around, there was a 1-yard remnant on the shelf and lo and behold it was the fabric I was looking for! I really felt lucky.

I sewed the binding on earlier this week and finished hand-stitching it to the back this morning. I hope it will qualify for the Wisconsin State Fair next summer.

Sunday

The 'Joy' Quilt

Today I finished up the 'Joy' quilt and I made a pillow cover to go along with the quilt. Working with flannel is a challenge for me and to add fleece to the mix just made the project that much more complex. Let's just say it wasn't all that fun dealing with the stretchy-ness of both the flannel and fleece and then add some tension issues when trying to quilt through the fleece and it was a recipe for frustration. After having the thread break at least a dozen times (whenever I stitched through the fleece) I finally figured out the proper tension setting. I'm not really complaining as all things difficult are learning experiences but I'm certain I won't be doing another fleece project any time soon.
So here's to kicking off the holiday season with a finished quilt and a matching pillow cover. I hope my client likes the finished project. I do love how whimsical this little cutie turned out.

Wednesday

My Latest Little Purchase

There's so much going on around here it seems that lately sewing has taken a back seat (yes, that was meant to be a play on words). Our neighborhood rummage sale is this upcoming weekend so we are cleaning out the garage, the basement, the shed, the closets and drawers and everything else that we can find to clean out. We've set up tables and price marked everything that isn't nailed down. We are ready.

Over the summer, I've been searching for the most perfect little 'me' car. I was hoping to find it sooner but every time I would come close to finding what I was looking for, when I inquired it would already be sold. Then Saturday night, I found this little sweetheart. I instantly e-mailed the dealership and asked if I could schedule a test drive. On Monday afternoon my husband and I took her for a spin and voila! On Tuesday I was taking her home. Since it's already fall I don't anticipate many more top-down days but I will enjoy the ones I can still get - in fact, it was probably better that it took me this long to find this - I got a better deal than I anticipated.

Doesn't this look like a fun way to go shop-hopping to quilt stores and for driving to quilt expos during the spring and summer? I think so.

Sunday

What's on the design board?

I've had this project waiting for me for quite a while (all summer long) and I am finally getting to it. It's a client project where the request is "can you make a lap quilt with my daughter's old pjs? Her name is Joy and it make a great Christmas present. Can you also incorporate the ruffles in the quilt as well?" After thinking all summer long as to how I was going to go about it, I came up with these large blocks.
I started with some fleece to use as the background fabric. I cut the fleece into strips and hated the bulk of the whole thing. I also wondered how I would quilt something totally made of fleece. I was trying to ignore my general dislike of fleece and come up with a way to make it work. It wasn't happening. So I dug out some fleece from my stash and stitched strips around the fleece. I liked the feel, but hated the colors I used. I tried using a soft pink like the Joy applique and I tried using a bright green that is also found within the applique. Both did not work. After a trip to the fabric store, I had the right colors for the blocks. 

I stitched the strips onto the fleece squares and ended up with the results shown here. I have enough Joy blocks to alternate with the plain dotted fleece blocks. I will end up with 4 rows of 4 blocks each. I think I really need to make this 5 rows of 4 blocks each. I definitely have enough fabric to make more dotted fleece blocks but no more applique blocks. I'm considering adding in some blocks framed with white fleece and maybe even adding back the soft pink block.  I will have to make a white block and maybe incorporate the ruffles then see how that looks before moving to the next decision.  The next think I have to consider is whether I should square up the blocks and make them wonky or just square them up straight. 

For now, I think I need to work on something else and think about it for a while. I don't want to make and decisions I will regret later.