Monday, May 25, 2015

Finally Finished

Orca Bay
A 2011 Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) Mystery
75 x 85

I know you've seen a lot of these over the years in blog land.  I guess that's why I really never got around to getting it finished - too many people made one that looks exactly like it...from a distance...

...but up close and personal each quilt is a unique blend of fabrics. 

Well, I can now cross it off my UFO list. It's finished. 

I machine quilted it with loops and stars in variegated thread.  And yes (close your eyes, quilt police) , I used a thrift store sheet for the backing again.   It's silky soft and 100% cotton.  Who gives sheets in such good condition that are so silky soft to the thrift store?   I don't know but I'm thankful.

I had a couple of pics of my quilt on my plain Jane DSM just to show how small the harp is on my Janome DC2010 but I guess I deleted them before I uploaded them. And so it goes.  

Finishing this was one of my goals  (#10)  for   Q2 Finish Along 
At the end of May I will like up with Julie for Julie's Binding Blitz. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Green 2.5

Green is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 
These 8 inch Depression Blocks used up some 2.5 inch green and neutral scraps. 

Plus I was able to make a few miscellaneous 4 inch blocks as well as several 4 patches from 2.5 inch scraps.  
Got Scraps?
Use them up and show us what you've done each ScrapHappy Saturday. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sister's Choice

I finished the last 14 out of the 49 Sister's Choice blocks I need for a quilt. 
These are 10 inch blocks in civil war reproductions. 

And, yes, I see two HSTs that are in the wrong spot.  I won't tell if you won't. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Hand Quilted Pickle Dish

Pickle Dish
67 x 67

Pattern from Kaffe Fassett's book Quilt Romance

This is a wedding quilt for my granddaughter's hope chest.  (She's only 10 years old now so it will be a few years before she sees it) 

It is hand quilted.  I used stencils to mark some of the quilting and in other sections. 

I'm still working to perfect my stitches. Right now I'm trying for consistent size. Later I will try for smaller and smaller stitches.  I love hand quilting. It is so relaxing and gives a quilt a lovely texture.  And somehow I think it puts me in touch with my ancestors. 

As with most of my quilts...this was a learning experience...curves, paper piecing, hand quilting...I'm hoping I'm still alive when my granddaughter gets married but if not I will be there in the spirit of this quilt. 

This is my entry for the Hand Quilted Category at 

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Scrappy Wild Thing

Wild Thing
80 x 80
Hand quilted with perle #8

Blocks were made of scraps in complementary colors. 
As you can see from a lot of the blocks...I love novelty fabrics.
These were all last years Block Lotto blocks. 

Some blocks were rather challenging and some were very simple. 

I hand quilted the entire thing in different colors of perle cotton #8. 

Because the front was so busy I used a solid color wide backing so all of the hand quilting would show up somewhere. 

Green Kaleidoscopes - No Volcanoes


I went through my 2.5 inch green scraps and found enough long pieces (at least 22 inches) to make 15 Kaleidoscope blocks.   These will finish at 8 inches. 

Last year I made 12 inch Kaleidoscope blocks and the first few (and a couple since then)

Last year I made 12 inch Kaleidoscope blocks and the first few (and a few since then) had the "volcano effect"...middle of the block did not lay flat. 

One of the tips I have found to eliminate the "volcano effect"  is to be sure the tip of the ruler and the side of the ruler are lined up properly before cutting.    If the outside of the block is not lined up exactly  with the ruler (as seen here)  that's usually okay (for my blocks).  Every once in a while my seam allowance is a little off and I end up with a some buckling in the middle of the blocks and those I starch into submission. 

In case you haven't is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 
Check out the sewin' of the green ScrapHappy Saturday. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

I Love Cherry Pie: The Flimsy

 "I Love Cherry Pie" (aka Flowering Snowball in Cherry Themed Fabrics and cherry pie colors) is now a flimsy.   And, oooops...I made it way bigger than I thought it was going to be.  It measures about 99 x 110 - King-sized, not Queen-sized.   So, now the backing I had planned will have to be pieced, I will have to buy a King-sized batting or piece some scraps on to the Queen-sized one I  bought. 

I'm going to big stitch hand quilt it with red perle #8.   I don't know seems to be cool these days but will get warm soon and I don't have air conditioning at home. 

And it's kind of weird how random sewing sometimes ends up kind of un- random looking.    I don't have a design wall so I just pretty much grabbed and sewed.  

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