Archive for March, 2011

Last Chance

Just 24 hours left to make a donation to the Red Cross to help Japan and win one of my quilts. See this post for details.

The winner will be posted on April 1st.

One last finish for March

Pieced by Karen and quilted with the Blooming Hearts pantograph.

Still working on end of March goals

Here’s another top pieced by Tish, quilted today with the Hearts in Bloom pantograph. Just one binding now to finish up to meet my end of the month goals!

Quilting and binding

I loaded and quilted a sweet HeartStrings top pieced by Tish – these quilts from our current project are so bright and cheery – working on them has been a good choice as I wait for spring to arrive here in Minneapolis.

I quilted freehand butterflies and loops — the easiest ones from the Pajama Quilter DVD.

Now I’ll relax and work on binding the one from the other day.

Lime Green

We’re finishing up our Lime Green project at HeartStrings so I wanted to get my 2nd top assembled before the 31st. It won’t be quilted yet but at least the top is done. The lighting is a little off in the photo but it’s a bright one!

For those of you who might remember me starting these blocks, I had planned to use a pink border but the center turned out to be to bright/strong so I went with the Lime border — good thing I have a nice stash to pull a substitute from when needed.

Finishing up March

A few goals to finish out the month — a couple to bind, a couple to quilt, and I need to finish the top in progress on the design wall.

Today I worked on binding. This HeartStrings  top (pieced by May) is finished and the second is in progress.


My favorite time of day. This evening we walked along the river at sunset.

And while it hasn’t been a super productive week, I did finish one more binding tonight. A HeartStrings top pieced by LauraJean.

Quilted with the pantograph, Seaweed – don’t you love the pop of red and hot pink in this one?

Another exploded block

Since finishing the Carpenter Star top, I’ve been on the lookout for another block to explode.

Do you have a block encyclopedia? I use EQ for designing quilts and while I often use blocks from there, I like to page through a book with blocks and modify or draw my own many times. My absolute favorite book for this is The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.

I didn’t use one of the exact blocks in the book – but I played around with squares and half square triangles until I came across this result and I’ve got some pretty purples in the stash that would work. Not sure when I’ll get to it but I love it.

Quilt giveaway to help Japan

There are just a few more days to enter my giveaway by making a donation to the Red Cross to help Japan. Click the link below to read the details.

Enter through March 31st – I’ll draw a winning name on April 1st.

Help Japan – Win this Quilt

It’s a HeartStrings day

First I quilted this top of Karen’s with the pantograph Hearts in Bloom and now I’m going to work on a binding until it’s time to go for my massage this afternoon.

Doesn’t it make you feel like spring??

Sashing quilts

I always find sashing a challenge or maybe a pain is a more accurate description  so you’ll notice that not many of my quilts have traditional sashing and when I do it, I like to incorporate it into my block piecing. I had a question about how I’ll do that so this is how I’ll assemble my Fruit & Vegi quilt.

Here’s a drawing of the overall quilt although it’s just for demonstration purposes and my quilt will have more blocks and rows.

I’ll make 3 different blocks. The majority of blocks will have the sashing on the right and bottom sides. The last block in the rows will have sashing on the bottom only. And the last row will have sashing on the right side only …except for the last block in the quilt which will have no sashing. I know it sounds complicated but really it isn’t.

Once I have my blocks made with the sashing, I prefer to sew them together in 4 block sections rather than in one long row.

Those larger blocks then get sewn together and the last row is added.

Once all the rows are together, I’ll add a 2 inch finished border. In case you’re wondering about my other measurements, my blocks are cut 4.5 inches, my sashing 2 x 4.5 inches, and the cornerstones are cut 2 inches.

And just to make it more interesting … rather than handle a bunch of 2 inch cut squares, I’ll strip piece my cornerstones with the right side sashing. I’ll cut and sew short strip sets with a 4.5 inch brown strip and a 2 inch fruit or vegi fabric and then subcut those into 2 inch strips.

Have I completely confused you?

I didn’t intend to start a new project

I’m not even sure when I’m going to actually sew this quilt I’m calling Fruit & Vegi – certainly not before I assemble the HeartStrings top that’s in progress on the design wall – but I got a new die for my Accuquilt GO and decided I wanted to try it out. I use a lot of 2 and 4 inch components in my quilting so when they came out with a die with multiple 4 inch finished squares (4 on the die) I decided I needed it.

I’ve had this fat quarter bundle for at least 3-4 years and even found a pattern in one of my books that was perfect for them — so I cut out all my squares last night. It was so nice to cut 12/16 squares at a time but I was having to snip more uncut threads/places than usual. I’m hoping it’s just the breaking in process for the die because I love how quick this was (even with the extra snipping). Once the die is broken in, I should be able to cut 6 layers – 24 squares with one pass of the die.

Here’s the quilt I’m going to make – from the book Bundles of Fun. Of course, I’m going to modify it some starting with the fact that I’m using a different size square. I’ll probably also use a 2 inch finished border of the brown rather than the sashed border. Unlike the book instructions, I’ll also construct my sashing as part of my blocks rather than sewing long rows together.

Not so happy with this one

I haven’t used this pantograph in years but thought it would work …. while I love the individual motif shape, I’m not impressed with how it looks on the overall quilt. Hopefully once it’s washed and has that little bit of shrinkage, the individual motifs will stand out better.

Top was pieced by Mom. Pantograph is Paperchase.

My last MN snow?

I couldn’t stay locked inside!

Maybe I’ll get some quilting done tonight when Keith goes to bed.

Helping Japan

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Quilts for Japan

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From rain to snow

It started as rain but it’s probably our last snow of the season — they’re only calling for an inch or two but I’m happy to see it one last time!

One more binding

Well, I didn’t get that quilt loaded but I did finish the binding on this HeartStrings top pieced by LauraJean. It’s quilted with my freehand Baptist Fans.

More cleaning

So far not the most fun day around here  … cleaning, sorting, piecing a backing … but I’m going to sit for a while and work on another binding and then maybe load that top of Mom’s that’s in the photo.

See how neat under my longarm is? I’ve sorted through all my pantographs and finally have them separated into two bins — one for the ones I use and the other for those I don’t — mostly because they are larger and I had them for the first longarm. I guess I think one day I may upsize again but not if we keep moving.

I keep seeing photos of flowers being posted but there are no signs of spring around here unless you count the snow melting as one. Yesterday was a cool, misty day but Keith and I got out for a walk along the river anyway.

I had my tea this morning in my Ireland cup but there won’t be new cups from Copenhagen and Berlin next week — Keith’s business trip was canceled and we had to cancel the vacation portion of the trip too as he needs to be here in the US that week. I try not to be disappointed when things change since it’s his job that allows us to travel so much.

March’s UFO is done

With plenty of time to spare, I’ve finished my quilt this month for Judy’s UFO challenge. This is a QOV that I’ll ship to Alycia and you can find instructions on my website if you’d like to make your own quick and easy version.

A Day for Quilter’s

Happy National Quilting Day

Did you quilt today? I did some binding and pieced battings together, not the most exciting tasks but I try to do something quilty most days.