There’s a story to this quilt – 3 years ago in Maine Brenda, Jackie, and Rebecca brought Tumblers – lots and lots of Tumblers – and we had some Tumbler races just for fun.
Some of the leftovers went home with Mavie and with Darlene’s help – and maybe Sharon’s too – they came back 2 years ago as a bunch of assembled tops. I tied some of them that year but there were lots of them for Bev to quilt too so I brought 3 small ones back with me to finish here in FL. I intended to get them all done and take them back with me last year but I wasn’t able to attend due to caring for my sister-in-law who passed away in October from cancer.
Fast forward to now – this is the last one to be finished and I can’t wait for September and the Maine sew-in!
Just 3 more items on the to do list before we leave for Big Canoe next week – I’m still not sure I’ll get through all three but I’m happy that most of the list has been accomplished!
I finished the binding on the Pluses and Circle quilt several days ago but I needed to repair a small area of the stitching where my bobbin thread had loops. It was less than an inch but still needed to come out and be redone. Now it’s ready to be washed and carried to GA. I’ve decided I’ll keep this one at Big Canoe for Rae to use when she’s visiting.
I’ve also finished piecing the backing for Becky’s king size top – that’s the last one of those I plan to piece!! Next time I’m going to purchase a wide back! I’ve been gathering all the things going to Big Canoe in a corner of the sewing room but now it’s time to start organizing it all. The car will be packed to the gills as usual going and coming. I also got a package from Mom with two tops – the stockings need some lettering that my sister decided not to do. I may do it if I have time and the inclination so that Top will wait for quilting until our December trip but the poinsettia top will go with me for quilting in July.
This little batik squares doll quilt is finished also as I work my way though my list.
It also happens to be a UFO finish for me – # 8 for the year. Quilted with a loopy meander, it was meant to be a warm up for the Pluses and Circles top but I ended up quilted swirls on that one.
Someone asked if I donate these and that was my intention several years ago but I couldn’t find a doll that I liked to go with the two I’d made so they just sat around and then Rae started putting all her dolls and stuffed animals to bed under quilts so most of them have gone to her including the last one that went with Bridget the Elephant.
Maybe it’s time to make her another animal for her menagerie and save this little quilt to go with it. Becky sent me this photo a while back of the three I’ve already made for her. The quilt is one of her many quilts – I made this one – but Mom has made several for her too. When we were facetiming other day she saw one I always working on and asked if it was for her – when I said no she told me that she loved quilts and then started telling Becky that she should make her some quilts too. Becky doesn’t sew or quilt and has no intention of starting to but she said Rae assured her she could learn how.
I quilted and bound the Bright Rectangle quilt today while my house was being cleaned. One good thing about having someone come in to clean is that it forces me to straighten and pick up the house before they come so that was my day yesterday although I did manage to get the center of the 5 Star top assembled and the pieced borders are laid out and ready to sew. The binding is also done on the small doll quilt but I haven’t gotten a photo yet and the Plus and Circle quilt is ready to have the binding hand stitched too. Working my way through the list!
Brief notes about these rectangle quilts are on the website. Both were quilted in a simple grid with the walking foot following the piecing.
I finished the binding on this blue/green rectangle quilt a couple nights ago. Nice to actually finish something for a change!
I also just realized that I left two things off my list from earlier today. I need to piece a back for Becky’s king size quilt and put borders on Mom’s queen size log cabin and both of those should be done before I leave for Big Canoe!
It feels SO good to work my way through my list! The 5th quilt on my list to be bound was my red centered HeartStrings quilt.
#6 was my Amish inspired Churn Dash. I made these blocks with my Accuquilt GO using the 4 inch finished half square triangle and the rectangle from the 8 inch Qube set. As I said before I actually prefer the dies that come individually because there are more shapes per die which means the cutting is quicker but I do use the Qube.
And I’m done with all my binding just in time to travel tomorrow! These 6 quilts will be donated – after I get back home and get them all laundered. I have a bunch of others waiting for donation too and I’m running out of space to store them so I guess I need to get them organized and out of here.
My Coffee quilt is the oldest UFO in this batch – started in January 2014 – it’s now finished.
It’s a grown up variation of our HeartStrings Happy Block quilt.
Another variation – this Charmed Hearts quilt started with a charm pack and two coordinating fabrics were used to frame the charms.
And here’s one more variation – I called this one Charmed Squares and it also started with a set of Charms and two coordinating framing fabrics. You can find brief instructions for this one and the Happy Blocks on my website by clicking on the links.
The pink 16 patch was finished last night – in addition to being the 3rd quilt bound during my binding marathon this week, it’s also my 5th UFO finish for the year!
Now I know we don’t need a pattern for a 16 patch but isn’t it nice when someone else does all the work for us? This is the 3rd quilt I’ve made using these dimensions – the individual squares are 3.5 inches finished (strips are cut 4 inches) but what I love about this block is that they’re made from fat quarters and included in the instructions was a quick reference to show how many fat quarters to use to make quilts of a certain size. You KNOW I have lots of fat quarters … I can’t seem to resist them.
See how helpful that is? The first time I made one I linked to the tutorial but since then the blog has been deleted so I spent some time searching the Internet archives today to find a link to share with you. It took a while to load on my iPad so be patient. I have no idea if the archived copy will also disappear at some point so I suggest you print it out if you want to keep a copy.
St Louis 16 Patch tutorial from the Sew with Sass blog
This one was finished yesterday – it’s a scrappy Bargello from the Quiltville site but I didn’t use her instructions. I like piecing in blocks not panels.
Another photo taken in the back. Usually I photograph my finished quilts in the front of the house but Finn has me up and working earlier than usual and the light is not right in the mornings so I’m experimenting with alternate locations in the back. Our townhouse community is built around a courtyard and inside the fenced area from the photo yesterday and today is our patio. We don’t use it much because we have the front porch but I’ve got a pen and potty area set up for Finn right now. Once he’s a little older and able to walk on the leash we’ll take him out front or to the park to potty but for now he goes out every one and a half to two hours and thinks the leash is for chewing so it easier this way.
I snapped this photo in the sewing room yesterday as I was trimming and getting it ready for binding. You can really see the texture from the pantograph – Fern Gully. It’s an ongoing frustration that I don’t have the right light at Big Canoe to show the quilting on these. Side lighting from a window gives the best result.
The 3rd quilt is ready for me to hand sew the binding down. Progress is being made!
The taxes have been mailed off, the quilts shipped to Mom and my Aunt and my binding marathon started yesterday. First up was my sashed Rainbow HeartStrings. I really, really love this one!