The Strippie is finished and I’m hoping I get to see Caleb next week to give him the quilt in person but Adam isn’t sure of his schedule yet.
Two finishes today – this doll quilt is a UFO and my 14th UFO finish for the year – seems like cheating to count the small ones but they need finishing too.
And here’s the simple pinwheel pieced from a Jelly Roll (2.5 inch strips). I was afraid that this was too blendy without enough contrast but I love the blues and greens and am happy with how it turned out. Both tops were quilted on the regular machine with a freehand leaf meander.
The Tumbler Race quilt is bound – it’s a UFO started in November 2014 and my 13th UFO finish for the year.
My schedule needs to be flexible right now and rather than being home for a few more days as planned, I’m heading back to VA in the morning. Today was spent getting myself organized for being gone for another 3 weeks and a little sewing, a little football, and a walk along the bay.
I did manage to finish the binding on the Drunkard’s Path quilt watching the Vikings beat the Packers tonight – I call that a win-win! (I’m leaving at 5am so no chance to get a better photo before I leave). This makes UFO finish #12 for the year.
Loved spending time with Keith
My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt is bound. It’s another UFO (#11 for the year) and the 6th quilt bound in my binding marathon this month.
There are two left to be bound when I get back from VA so I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing all the ones quilted last month at Big Canoe. I’m anxious to do some piecing but that will have to wait until I return too. Today is for packing and figuring out which knitting projects I’m taking along on my trip. Hat #6 is already in progress and I want to get hat #7 started too. I’ve also been working on the gray Yowza shawl at night during the Olympics and I’ve started the ruffled edge so progress is being made on all fronts!
Binding #5 is done, it’s another one of my UFO’s. I love a double 4 patch!
Instructions and a couple other versions are available on my website.
I’ve got the 4 patch on the diagonal next on the list to bind but I took some time out to dig through my browns looking for binding options for the last two. I’d cut one binding for the tumbler but in the end decided to use that for the Drunkard’s Path and chose another one for the tumbler.
I don’t know where the last week has gone and find it hard to believe that I’m heading out of town again in just a few days. This afternoon was spent choosing countertops and the backsplash for the kitchen remodel. I’m thankful to have most of the choices made even though we won’t actually start the project until mid October.
It’s been rainy here the last few days and my walking has suffered although Keith managed to get out earlier today. I did get 5 miles in yesterday but I’ve missed 3 days (Sun, Mon, Wed). I have to make sure I get out the next couple days. The effects are coming slowly – I’ve lost 15 lbs and have toned up a bit but even better, I feel like I have more stamina. The challenge as always is to keep it up. I’m going to be traveling a lot this fall so I have to do better when I’m home.
My binding marathon continues – this is the 4th one – Mom and I worked together on this one for my sister and Mom was supposed to bind it but I decided that I’d save her the trouble since it’s a heavier quilt due to the Minkee backing. It was from a kit I bought on Craftsy – Mom pieced it and I quilted it last month in Big Canoe.
For those of you that love Jelly Roll quilts – it can be made from 2.5 inch strips! (This one is made from strips cut 2 inches).
EDIT: I’ve used this block in a couple quilts when I first started quilting but I can’t find photos right now (I really need to digitize the photos of my early quilts – they’re in a couple albums that are in Big Canoe). It’s a log cabin variation and I just realized I have a couple Jelly Rolls that I could use to make another one. They’re not from the same fabric line but they’re both reds and neutrals. I’ll have to make a note for myself to use them for one of these.
My Red/Black/White Log Cabin is the 9th UFO finish for the year. This one just took me 4 years to finish! I’ve told you before a lot of my tops wait for quilting – it used to be because I was quilting so many group HeartStrings tops but now it’s because I have a limited amount of time in GA with the Longarm but still, I’ve enjoyed learning to quilt again on my regular sewing machine and it’s all working for me. I love the texture the quilting created on this one – it’s one of 7 I quilted last month in GA that I’m trying to get bound this month.
Are you watching the Olympics? We are and I thought I’d be binding but I’ve been knitting while we’ve watched and then I come upstairs to hand stitch bindings. I’m working on the decreases of this hat now – it’s taken a while since it’s a big slouchy and I’m using fingering weight yarn. I don’t think I’m a fan of the twisted ribbing on the band on this one – it seems a little tight and not as comfortable as a regular rib.
I did manage time in the sewing room today – my aunts quilts are packed and labeled for shipping, the quilt Mom and I are making for my sister has been trimmed and I machine stitched the binding. I was going to let Mom hand stitch it but there’s lots of fuzz from the batting and trimming the Minkee so I’m going to go ahead and stitch it down and then go over it really well with a lint roller before shipping it.
We travel again on Saturday and there’s a lot I need to get done before then!
This Double Sashed 9 Patch is a little older than the one I finished the other day. Started in May 2011, the top was finished in July 2013 and it waited 3 years for quilting so if someone asks me how long it takes me to make a quilt I can honestly say sometimes 5 years! I’ve got brief instructions for piecing this quilt on my website so click the link above if you’re interested.
I haven’t decided whether I’ll keep this one or not, it’s actually a good size for sitting in the chair or to use on the cot for the kids when they visit. I’m going to wait until all the quilts are bound and then choose.
I finished hand stitching the first binding last night. My Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt – it counts as a UFO finish but it’s just from last year so not one of my older ones.
These planned HeartStrings quilts are inspired by Sharon in Maine who has an ability to put 8 fabrics together and come up with something wonderful. It’s the second one I’ve made and I’ve brought fabric for two more of them back from GA. I like to start with a stripe in my center and pull my other fabrics from that one.
If you’d like to make one of your own, here are the guidelines we use.
(please review the guidelines to see how we make our HeartStrings blocks first and then adapt them as noted below).
Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)
All strips are cut 2 inches (fabrics 1-7)
For the corner triangles (fabric 8), use the same fabric on both sides of the block and they are cut from 4.5 inch squares (cut the squares first and then cut them on the diagonal).
This is a planned quilt with all the strips in the same place for each block.
NOTE: Nann made one last year and was a little more precise in her fabric measurements — we just estimated a yard of each knowing there would be some leftovers but I’m including Nann’s measurements here in case you have some fabrics you’d like to use but have less than a yard of them.
*It turns out that you don’t need one-yard pieces of all eight fabrics. Label the center 1, the strips flanking it 2 and 3, then 4 and 5, then 6 and 7, and the corners 8. #1, #2, #3 — 16 strips (32″). #4 and #5 — 12 strips (24″). #6 & #7 — 11 strips (22″), #8 — 4 strips (8″). That is handy to know if I try another Sharon quilt.