I finished the binding on the Giraffe Strippie last night and after my bedroom furniture is delivered and set up, I plan to start a small hourglass top. Work continues on the hall bathroom also.
The Bow Tie quilt was a Craftsy kit and was the first thing I pieced in the new sewing room back in July 2015 before I’d even organized my supplies and fabric. Meandered on the new Babylock Jane.
The Coins doll quilt is also quilted. I have 3 other doll size tops to quilt and I’ve decided they’ll make great practice pieces before attempting a quilting design on a larger top and by larger I mean baby or child size. Anything larger than that goes to GA for quilting on the longarm.
I love it – wobbly quilting lines and all. I finished the binding this morning but it’s not washed yet so the crinkles will help some with the wobbles but it’s a bright happy quilt in spite of them. Easy to make, easy to quilt. I used part of a Jelly Roll for the pluses and chose 5 of the leftover strips for a scrappy binding.
Do you procrastinate binding quilts? I’m always surprised when quilters put off that last step. I procrastinate during the assembly of the top and have been know to drag that out for days but I enjoy hand stitching bindings so unless I’m in GA quilting up a storm ( those come back to FL for binding) I typically get my quilts bound quickly.
This was one of many tumbler tops assembled in Maine and the 2nd of three that I brought back with me to finish up. Don’t you love my geraniums? They remind me of the deck in MN.
There were so many tumblers cut by Rebecca, Brenda, and Jackie and brought to the 2014 sew-in that I’m sure I’ll still be tying tumbler tops this September!
I’m so tempted to start another top right away but if I don’t want to get too behind, I need to get one quilted. Today I pin basted the 2nd tumbler from Maine and I’ll quilt a grid on it tomorrow. It’s so wonderful to have that table up all the time in the other room – I didn’t have the space in the MN townhouse or the FL apartment but it saves time and effort when I can just walk into the other room to trim or pin baste a top.
I can tell I’m being productive because the stack of quilts needing to be washed is getting larger. No room in the house is safe from my quilting stuff except for the kitchen and Keith’s office! These are stacked in the breakfast room and I have another stack under the entryway table.
I wasn’t thrilled with this little one when I finished the top, I’d used a Jelly Roll and thought that it might have benefited from the addition of a background fabric to calm things down a little but now that it’s done, I like it OK. Instructions are on my website – 16 patch and framed 4 patch.
I’m almost finished assembling the Double 4 patch top and might just go in and sew those last few seams tonight. Earlier today, I pin basted this little HeartStrings top too so it’s ready for quilting. It’s nice having that table left up in the spare room.
My first Rainbow quilt for our latest HeartStrings challenge is completed. If you look closely you’ll see I used a striped binding on this one.
I’ve made a lot of HeartStrings quilts and this is one of my favorites (I keep saying that!). The backing was one of many made by Tish and sent to me for use with HeartStrings donation quilts and I love how it looks with my top. I just smile when I think of how this quilt will brighten the life, just a little bit, of whomever receives it. I finished the binding on it tonight and it’s now my 3rd UFO finish for the year.
Edit: here’s the beauty shot taken this morning.
And since we’re talking about strings, I just had to share this photo I came across during my photo sorting today. (Don’t worry, I didn’t make a habit of allowing Chesty to wallow in the strings and all my donation quilts are washed.)
I’ve really missed him this week, a combination of seeing him in so many photos as I sort them and being home long enough to feel his absence.
This was my second UFO finish and I just noticed the birds are hanging upside down – no time to retake the photo now so I’ll post it and if I think about it later take another one and change it out.
Edit: photo retaken with the birds right side up!
It’s one of my Quick Strippies and its quilted with a combination of straight lines outlining the smaller strips and some freemotion hearts. It’s not half bad since this is only the second one I’ve done any freemotion quilting on with the regular sewing machine since I got the longarm 13 years ago and the first one was done when we moved from MN – that’s been about 20 months! I definitely need more practice but I admit it’s been easier to use the walking foot and I’ve hand quilted 3 using the big stitch method. It’s a challenge to freemotion quilt even the small ones but if Mom can do it so can I 🙂
Funny how I can go from feeling like I’m accomplishing nothing and turn around in a day and feel like I’m making great progress. The printer is still an issue but in my sewing room…lots of progress has been made including my first UFO finish for the year. I have a longstanding goal of finishing 12 UFO’s each year – it’s a modest goal but usually it keeps me from having too many unfinished projects sitting around. I’m a little behind since it’s already March but I’ve got two more in the process of being finished below.
The 16 Patch quilt has been bound – I love this one too … In fact I love all 4 quilts in today’s post.
The Quick Strippie is in the process of being quilted. I started with some straight lines with the walking foot and now I’m ready to do a little freemotion quilting in the largest strips. Isn’t this cute fabric? Yesterday, I ordered one yard of fabric for Mom from Fabric.com and since I didn’t want to pay shipping – I’ve got fabric for another one coming – 3 one yard coordinating pieces and they will also make a very cute Strippie. These really are my favorite quick donation quilt.
The next one for binding is also trimmed – quilt # 3 that I’m in love with – a bright HeartStrings quilt from a project we did last year. And still on the design wall so I can admire it longer, the PLUS quilt.